Yours was a pleasure to read -- looking forward to further updates, & good luck down there!
And that's that - death by ember tree invisible breath spam.
I started a new ironman today... updates coming soon!
Black Palace phase portal at level 9, to a platform immediately in front of two zealot spawnpoints.
Started a Vanquisher, just got done killing Brink. Easy going so far, had some decent drops (pistol, Frost I).
Pics later when I get back from uni.
Edit: Duende, no Titan Stomp? That'd have made your life a lot easier in the ruins IMHO...
I've used Frost I, which is ranged, though not a real dmg-dealer by itself. Currently have Fireball, but haven't learned it yet, mostly also because I'm short on Mana as it is already...
IIRC, there's a no summons rule, but beyond that, spells aren't restricted. You will kite bosses/big mobs (trolls and constructs, particularly the latter as their attacks are much faster than trolls) with TS or perhaps DQ anyways, so I don't see the harm that ranged spells would do...