Q: Dear Sage,
When a duskblade uses arcane channeling to deliver a touch spell with a somatic component, does he require one hand free?
A: According to a strict interpretation of the rules, the duskblade would still need to perform any components required by the spell. If the spell had somatic components, the duskblade would need a hand free.
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