Before I dump merits into this, I wanted to see if someone could answer a question for me. I know that this will still cause spells of the opposite arts to have a MP, cast, and recast penalty. Still, I keep looking back at the description for the ability:
Optimizes both white and black magic capabilities and allows access to both addenda for your next spell.
This very clearly specifies that this ability does two things. The second this is what has been clearly observed; it allows us to cast things from the two addenda. However, what about the first? Perhaps this at least raises all of our skills to B+? ....or perhaps SE is just evil and says it does something that it doesn't do. Anyway, can anyone tell me please if it does or does not improve the skill please?