I am playing a Cleric in 3.5e who's neutral good, plant/good domain, and going up to level 6 next session.
To be effective in combat, I rely on my spells. However, before I join combat, I'd prefer to cast two spells on myself — preferably a third. Obviously, three rounds preparing to go into combat, while some of the spells are wearing off, is a non-optimal situation, so I'd like to be able to cast more than one buff in a round so I can join combat in the second round.
The metamagic feat 'Quicken spell' lets one cast certain spells as a free action, but that has an added spell level component that's too high for me at the moment.
Not being well-versed in the magic item department, I was hoping you all could help me by explaining or pointing out my options.
I want to improve my AC, damage output, and attack bonus before I go into combat, so I am looking at Barkskin (domain) or Shield of Faith, plus either or both of Bull's Strength and Divine Favor.