Scholars who participate in Salvage get an added benefit for meriting Max Sublimation. If, while under the effect of HP Pathos, you still have 100% HP, your Sublimation will tic off for up to the full amount you have meritted.
In situations where you can cast Stoneskin and have Job Abilities, but don't have HP, you'll still get MP from your Max Sublimation merits. I know my group would sometimes give SCH Magic and Abilities from the starter chest, and having those merits would help, even if it was a small amount.
I dunno if SCH is different or what, but when I try to use Sublimation in Salvage as WHM/SCH when my HP is still reduced, it doesn't work at all, even if I'm at 100% HP with Stoneskin up. The charge immediately stops, and when I use Sublimation again I only get 2 MP back.
Scholar -is- different. The key is the merits themselves. This is why ???/SCH wouldn't work.
If a SCH has a pathos effect on his HP, but has 100% HP, Stoneskin, and 5/5 Sublimation merits, that SCH will sublimate for 50MP before capping.*
It's a glitch in the code or something, but it leads me to believe that the Sublimation merits are calculated -first-, not last.
Now, if that same SCH is in the middle of Sublimating his 50MP and takes any damage to drop his pathos'd HP down by any amount, the Sublimation will end.
The SCH needs to maintain 100% HP (while under pathos) the entire time the Sublimation is ticking away. We had multiple instances where our SCH had 90% HP or something from a random AoE, tossed up Stoneskin, and Sublimated for 2MP. The "trick" only works if the SCH has 100% HP and Stoneskin, and even then it only works for the amount of MP meritted.
If the SCH has his HP unlocked, Sublimation works as normal.
As an aside, I think it has to do with the fact that Sublmation is calculated as long as HP is greater than or equal
to 50%. As soon as HP dips below 50%, Sublimation counts one last tic and then stops. Now, this differs from the ickywiki explanation, so if I'm correct, that's a significant note to be made.
However, I've only experienced it with one SCH, and it may be worth noting individual pathos effects on SCHs in Salvage, since it is truly my assumption that the Salvage pathos is a HP-50% effect, which may not be accurate. Edited, Jun 3rd 2009 11:32am by Acturus