The extreme mana cost is the reason that I go for blood magic. The only aura I would ever consider would be vitality with a prism guardian and the 40% reduction node, but that is still 26% of my life.
Mostly posted for my own records, however if anyone has any kind of constructive criticism or optimization I will happily accept. I do have experience as my highest leveled character is a flame totem templar, and I think a mara can do it better.
The main links for the build would be:
Flame totem > LMP or GMP > Fire Pen > Minion res (5 or 6 link would add culling or IIR)
Searing Totem > Increased Burning > (Need ideas and research for more links)
For bandits I will say my personal favorite for this type of character is Oak/passive/passive
-Added Bandit choice
-Changed to a more life based build
-Added 16% life and 30% life from flasks to round the build out at 100 points