it seriously is hampering, since in some ways, mage chars have 10 more stats than fighter chars, since fighter chars can't utilize their spi barring spam. and spam being spam, think it best if that quest had an option (maybe at a cost of 1-2 prac) to move it to str/con/dex/perc wherever. having the prac cost will prevent mages (3rd circle variety) from using this quest (think it as some kind of mild handicap for having a 3rd circle mage).
p.s.- this suggestion has nothing to do with the fact that i've ended up with 100/100/90 stats with the dumb perc req. :P
woops, this might not be totally relevant ;)