Okay, so I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, and I just noticed by accident that having truehearing as part of my standard defence set was blocking my own beneficial songs
as a bard. I'd just assumed that song bonuses were special and didn't show up on BODYSCAN... but no, it was just me not understanding (or having forgotten) how deafness works now.
However, the more I think about it, the less I really understand why Truehearing exists as it does. I mean, I totally understand having a defence against the passive effects of a particular archetype for player vs player combat (equivalent to protection scrolls for mage demesnes), but as far as I was aware, protection scrolls don't make you immune to elementalism/druidry entirely, including your own support abilities.
1. Doesn't it kind of make Lipread in Discernment pointless? Like, wouldn't it make more sense to just be able to become deaf and lipread as a defensive option... why do we even need a separate 'truehearing'?
2. Not that PvP is really my area, but doesn't it make the deafness counter to musical abilities kind of free, without any drawback? To block pretty much all active abilities and passive effects from the whole skillset - unless you are a bard in which case, too bad about being able to access that defence against hostile bards yourself I guess?
3. Why is it inconsistent in terms of what it blocks? It seems like ALL song effects positive/negative are ignored, most active music attacks are ignored, majorthird's heal is ignored, captivate audience is ignored, but roulade is heard and effective on boosting ego for some reason. Why is that one ability able to be heard differently?
I mean, I'm not coming from a PK perspective so maybe this all makes sense and I'm just misunderstanding, but I'm a little surprised that even for PvE/support, either I or squadmates have to drop what seems like a key defence just so I can act in that support capacity.
Also, is it intentional I don't get more feedback that my abilities (whether active or passive) are being completely ignored by my target (or myself)?