For something different on playthrough #13243214321, I'm trying to figure out if there's a situational use for The Ossifier staff.
(purchase from Lucky Aello's Discount Store in the first area of Baldur's Gate)
It casts Barkskin on target on a successful hit. According to the Barkskin spell description, Barkskin sets the base AC to 6, +1 for each 3 caster levels.
It occurred to me that it might be situationally useful against highly armored targets, but only if the +1 bonuses are low. Does anyone know:
a) If the target is wearing AC lower than the Barkskin value, does the worn AC override the Barkskin or vice versa? (I've noticed some inconsistencies in my game with order of equipping AC items. EG Neera had bracers AC 7 and when I equipped the robe of the neutral archmage (AC5) her AC didn't lower until I removed the bracers).
b) Is the Barkskin cast by The Ossifier fixed level or based on the level of the wielder or the target?