| So another thing we've been bandying around backstage that I think we're going to go forward with is something we're calling Arcane Symbiosis.|
An Arcane Symbiosis is a very basic spell pattern that can be combined with another spell pattern. They reside in the same rough realm as the AP spells - patterns so simple that they work with every type of mana.
To gain access to a symbiosis, you must perform RESEARCH. To begin research on a symbiosis, you RESEARCH SYMBIOSIS [Symbiosis Name]. Once you've completed this research, you retain memory of that symbiosis and can activate it by using PREPARE SYMBIOSIS before casting another spell.
When a Utility, Warding, or Augmentation spell is cast after you've done PREPARE SYMBIOSIS, you gain the benefits of that Symbiosis. The catch is, Symbioses increase the difficulty of the spell you're casting dramatically.
The effects of Symbioses fall in either the Warding or the Augmentation category. Some examples are 'Add an electrical resistance barrier' or 'Add a First Aid buff'. These buffs are weaker versions of the buffs that any particular spell has - Spells whose matrices have been exhaustively researched and optimized to be as effective as possible. Instead, you have access to a variety of different effects at lower power that can be added to a spell.
If you cast a spell with a Symbiosis of a different skill than that spell, the spell becomes a hybrid spell and trains both skills (And is subject to the other Hybrid semantics too).