As I said, if you want to survive, all your characters need to have access to at least level 3 white magic. You can either do it now, or later, but I garuntee you'll need to eventually. :/Originally Posted by King Sora_Strife
Another tip: Your party leader will be running into the fray of battle first, and will thus always be targeted first. Giving the leader the best armor/shield is a good idea.