I've been trying to come up with a nice new PFS character for a little while, and what I'm looking at right now is a Halfling Lore Oracle with the Clouded Vision Curse, taking the racial favored class bonus to get the Blindsense and Blindsight abilities earlier. And while paging through Ultimate Equipment, it occurred to me that the Mask of a Thousand Tomes would be magnificent flavor, and actually very useful once I got the higher-level curse benefits. But a thread a little while back suggested that if I were blind, even if I had blindsense I wouldn't be able to target any spells that required targeting. I'm not sure how much that would impair me, so any thoughts on the following would be appreciated.
Could I build an effective Oracle using mainly spells that either don't require targeting or are used mainly out of combat (i.e. bless and cures)?
Would I be able to target spells once I got blindsight?
Would it make sense to mainly wear the mask outside of combat? If so, what kind of action would it be to remove the mask?
Would I even be able to make knowledge checks about monsters that I can only "see" with blindsight? This one is probably my biggest concern, not least because it seems the most subject to table variation.
You aren't blind, just super short sighted; you can see normally (or better than normal because of Darkvision and your other benefits) but only up to a certain range. So within 30 feet (60 feet at 5th level) you can do anything sight related that any normal character can do.
The questions mostly relate to if I were wearing the Mask of a Thousand Tomes, which makes you blind while wearing it and grants a +10 competence bonus on all Knowledge skills after being worn for ten minutes. Sorry if I wasn't being clear.
Also, I found the thread I was talking about here. So I guess blindsight would work for targeting.