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  1. Rhi; No, in case things are re-opened or dropped.
  2. Rhi; No, it just means you can't control when the term starts.
  3. S; Yep, although some actions/areas are not available at certain Time Slots, of course.
  4. Free; "1. Oh, Alazzo is a talented craftsman, but you'd have to call him... maybe a gifted hobbyist? He excelled as an enchanter when he was in school himself, then didn't do much with it as an adult - certainly professionally - until he was brought on as Regent. He's less rusty now than he was when he first took the job, and is certainly capable of giving intelligent, detailed criticism and commentary, but nobody would mistake him for a mastercraftsman. Note that that isn't something he's embarrassed about; the overwhelming majority of Vernin alumni are in the same boat, or are even less skilled. 2. Rather than directly answer the question, we'll just note that any student who spends a serious amount of time at Schohanwicht will discover that a number of Gates wizards through the years have felt very strongly that Gates wouldn't be illegal at all if Mastery mages hadn't conspired to bring them down. Gates "culture" is hardly monolithic, but for a lot of practitioners there's kind of a romanticized view of themselves as libertarian explorers - whereas Mastery mages just want slaves. The popular association between the two disciplines among the uninitiated is widely seen as grossly unfair, basically. At the same time, you'd be right to say that they would hardly call in the Minetan Guard. ;)"
  5. S; "Yes, Astrology can confuse Astrology. (Technically Astrology should be incapable of delivering false information, but it can be made to give information that’s hard to correctly interpret.) As for Gates: [Redacted]"
  6. "Oh, yeah, Rikildis would've had a field day - but she would've been more focused on chaos in the classroom, prank war ramifications, and how long the player character would be in detention. For Lambert, at least in year one, Mr. Pebbles falls into a blind spot. Lambert likes subtle mysteries and grand conspiracies, and that's not what Mr. Pebbles looks like at a glance. At some point, when he's older, he might start taking Mr. P. very seriously indeed. Professor Badcrumble is... keeping quiet too. Suffice it to say that she's done astrological studies of all the familiars - as well as all the students. It's not meant to be comprehensive or privacy-violating, but if there's a strong likelihood of disaster the school would like to be prepared. So... it's possible steps are being taken behind the scenes. But the player character isn't in on them."
  7. Schwarzbart; That definitely sounds like a Y5 project. 5 is 'passing', correct. There aren't special classes for being an overachiever in Y2, but that's a possibility for the future.
  8. S; Sure, although I don't think anything is being lost due to duration, specifically. You might lose some things to confiscation, depending on if you bring it home, though.
  9. Rhi; I think that's the rumor she's spreading.
  10. Free; "Well, fortunately for the PC, pretty much anything having to do with Mr. Pebbles is too surreal for the rest of the student body to be intimidated by. Imagine you were an eleven year old in the real world and you had, like, a Jack Russell terrier that was regularly dressed in a tuxedo jacket and had its fur dyed purple, and it followed you everywhere and liked to mark territory at really inauspicious times. Then imagine that you were in school one day, and suddenly a small spaceship of extraterrestrial origin crashed down in the school's front lawn, released your dog, and promptly disintegrated. The dog then promptly ran into the principal's office and relieved itself beside one of the legs of the office desk. The first assumption would not be that the dog had been on a bizarre intergalactic adventure and had returned with proof of non-human technologies. The first assumption would be that you were a lunatic and this was all, in some messed-up way, you and your crazy dog being you and your crazy dog. Shorter version: people pretty much think this is all a prank. Maybe it was your doing, maybe it was Rui's, maybe it was whoever was responsible for creating Mr. Pebbles in the first place, but it's all Glamour and nonsense or something. The professors certainly aren't going to risk panic by going into too much public detail about Gates magic. Shorter shorter version: you basically get teased mercilessly if you're embarrassed about it or you get embraced as a comedic genius if you take credit for it. :)"
  11. S; What you would have heard is: "Well, what she says is that it's her natural color, inherited from her mother's side of the family, and she just keeps it very clean - though maybe less obsessively than our Mistress Kiffer. There's then a certain amount of unsubstantiated gossip about whether her mother is a faerie noble, or a shapeshifting swan, or a moon spirit, or just from somewhere very far to the north; Neta doesn't comment on any of this, though, so any truths contained in the rumors are purely accidental. There's also a certain amount of questioning about whether the hair might have unusual magical or astrological properties. There are also debates about whether Neta is bragging about her hair, and is therefore stuck up, or is embarrassed by the attention. It should be said that Olivia Solari periodically gets very annoyed with Neta, and she's not above spreading idle speculation about the family having been touched by Gates magic at some point - or just generally indulging in morally degenerate behavior as part of running a tavern."
  12. Rhi; 1 & 2) Mmm...you'd have to ask her. 3) "It's not uncommon. Some of the students asked early on in Y1 and word got around the school pretty quickly, so she doesn't get questioned from day to day. But when she's in town - particularly if visiting a barber - it probably comes up once or twice a month."
  13. S; Yeah, that's all cleaned up nicely. Thankfully.
  14. Schwarzbart; I think they mean interviewing ones already in the game, rather than entirely new ones.
  15. S; I think they usually want to see the uncorrupted file, please.
  16. Free; "1. [Redacted] 2. Yeah, unfortunately, there have been a number of documented instances of that - some of them genuinely ghoulish. One of the more famous (and perhaps consensual) cases had to do with an eighth-century general named Sixtus Albrassus, who had a bodyguard who would stand in as him in cases where it was to his advantage to be in two places. In fairness, there's a fair amount of scholarly debate about whether Albrassus took control of his agent from afar or whether the agent was periodically mastered into believing he was the general - but the camp documents from the period strongly suggest that it was the latter. Part of why this case is reasonably well known is that it ended dramatically. The real Albrassus was poisoned by an enemy spy before the Battle of Montganier, but the bodyguard (acting as the general) went on to lead the wildly outnumbered defending army to victory after a seventeen-day siege. When the fighting was done, the bodyguard was released from the Mastery spell, and then promptly banished from Yssiac and the Compagnie de Meril as a pretender to a rank and station that wasn't his own. There are a number of ballads devoted to his adventures as "the Faceless Man" over the next fifteen years or so. Usually the endings are much darker than that, though."
  17. Hmmm, that...shouldn't be, but...an interesting test case.
  18. S; I sent it over to the Team already, will get them the Mods- not sure where they will touch it in the queue, but I'll let you knw the outcome.
  19. S; "The official metamagical explanation you'd find in a Theory of Magic class is that, via the Bond, the Familiar is an extension of the wizard's Palette. This enables them to visualize (rather than draw) Phemes and cast spells, albeit in a limited way. But this asserts that all magical agency comes from the wizards while familiars are technically just supernatural side-effects, so it's possible the question doesn't get the attention it deserves."
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