What's up with Gating being easy and Marking being hard?

I have a mage with 75.3 Magery and 79.8 Eval Int.  She has no extra Magery or Eval skill on her spell book or jewelry.  She has been making runebooks for other characters on the account (Inscription 69.8, should that be a factor) and marking runes to fill them.  So she is using the Gate (lvl 7, "23.3%" success) and Mark (lvl 6, 58.3% success) spells a lot.  Gate is succeeding every time, while Mark stutters often, as I would expect with not even a 60% stated success rate.How could Gate be so much easier to cast than Mark? (Note that Polymorph, another lvl 7 spell, stutters a lot.)
Rock (formerly Imperterritus VXt, Baja)

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  • InLorInLor Posts: 353
    Not sure about this, but I would increase the success chance in magery overall. I find it pretty annoying that a GM mage fizzles at all. 100-120 shouldn't be about spell success but about power.
    A qua lemmúr wíste, an zen anku vol verde wís.
  • RockRock Posts: 567
    @InLor, She is still in training; the numbers listed above just happen to be her current skills.  Should she ever acquire the +20 power scrolls, she plans on getting both Magery and Eval Int to 120.  I don't understand how other mages I have trained used the Gate skill for their training, and it failed often.  But for Wiz Writer, Gate might as well be a lvl 1 spell. (I'm not complaining, just trying to figure out why this is happening.)
    Rock (formerly Imperterritus VXt, Baja)
  • InLorInLor Posts: 353
    Well, use a mage -29 like everyone. Magery flies with that. It deducts from your magery skill and you cast lower circle spells to raise it. 
    A qua lemmúr wíste, an zen anku vol verde wís.
  • RockRock Posts: 567
    She has such a wand and uses it when in a pure training session.  However, making runebooks and marking runes was something she is quite capable of with her current skill levels.  My characters on this new (to me) shard use their skill to help each other.
    Rock (formerly Imperterritus VXt, Baja)
  • BomburBombur Posts: 14
    Rock said:
    How could Gate be so much easier to cast than Mark?
    It isn't, when casting from the same character. Although probability can make it feel that way.

    As a side note, there is some information regarding Inscription & Casting Focus, and its impact on spell chance, the formula comes from unofficial source, so take it for what it is:

    Casting Formula from uoguide.com:
    Chance to Cast = ( ( Skill - ( Difficulty - ( Casting Focus / 2 ) ) ) / Casting Focus )%

    Magery Page from uo.com
    Inscription adds Casting Focus – from Apprentice to Grand Master a 1% increase to base casting focus per 10 points of Inscribe. (5% at Grand Master):


    Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur!
  • RockRock Posts: 567
    Just noticed this thread while searching for another one of mine.  I figured out the answer a long time ago.  She was gating from a Runic Atlas.  These make gating act as if you were casting with a Gate scroll, lowering the skill necessary.  I don't know if this works the same on Siege (and other Siege ruleset shards) because these places actively discourage quick traveling by anyone other than high-skill mages.  I.e., only Gate works -- not Recall or Sacred Journey.
    Rock (formerly Imperterritus VXt, Baja)
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