Illusionists are spellcasters who have developed their magical talents in the area of illusion and phantasmal magic. The spells at their command deal with both offensive and defensive magic, and rely heavily upon the shadow plane, where many of their spells derive. Illusionists are physically weak by most standards, and can be quite frail. Their abilities at hand-to-hand combat leave much to be desired, and, in most cases, they leave the fighting arts to Fighters. To make up for these handicaps, Illusionists have created a multitude of powerful offensive and defensive spells. Thay can cause much damage through the use of phantasms - physical manifestations of an illusion - and are also capable of protecting themselves and others with a variety of spells designed to sow confusion among their enemies.