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  1. Rhi; No, no plans- it will depend on the character. Note that magic to change gender exists, and is fairly easy to perform in the case of a transgender person because the magic is not actually in contravention with the Ideal; it is bringing it further into alignment. Metis; Opinions vary, as always, but in general it's viewed with tolerance, and confirmed by the Imperial Temple: "The patron saint of the Frangitti is Decianus Aristander, the first-century Dux Bellorum who retook Colocoro from the First Pretender and renamed the province "Imperia." He was born Deciana, but claimed a masculine toga as a kid, was married as a male with the blessings of the Gods, and from some accounts was given the power of procreation when he led the Eleventh Legion through the Porta Divina (now defunct, it was a Gate left by the Gods allowing passage from Monte Edare, near the Palace of Man, to Monte Vettore - called Mont Simeon now, in eastern Montors). From the sixth century until the breaking of the Porta Divina in the ninth century, there was a pilgrimage route through the gate for people who sought divine affirmation of their gender identities - complete with some substantial temples that received offerings and conducted prayers and auguries. For inheritance purposes, most legal codes require the power of procreation appropriate to the gender when gender specific inheritance is required (the estate will be divided amongst all living males or all daughters who have made the Pilgrimage to Mineta, etc.), primarily due to early shenanigans involving magical transformations (many forced) to control inheritance. That said, magical transformations generally can give the power of procreation if the Ideal is very closely aligned to the gender being Revised. Incidentally, such Revisions are as close to Permanent as possible with magic, because of the alignment of the Ideal. Generally, it's permanent 'enough' for a normal lifespan."
  2. Metis; It's not impossible, if you befriended local mages. It's a bit of training, though, so they'd need to invest time. Often, if you show potential, mages may agree to take you on as an apprentice.
  3. Direct from the Team: "The Enchantment course includes a perfectly workable introduction to pheme-and-palette magic, even if it isn't the focus. Moreover, it's broadly assumed that the player character is already minimally proficient at the start of the first academic year; to do otherwise would've required a "Magically Unlearned" Background that would've had to be worked off - and that never appealed to us, just because it would've closed so very many adventures and random events. It's up to the player to decide where that proficiency came from, but I'd say at a bare minimum that anyone who (presumably for astrological reasons) received an invitation to the Academy would've been directed to the nearest local magical tutor to prepare, if life hadn't already tossed a wand their way."
  4. Rhi; "No, not at all. In fact, Rikildis had done enough research to be able to argue that it was a minor Aranaz tradition going back to at least the early 14th century, and mentioned semi-jokingly in a 15th century biography as "the Brancaccio Stratagem." The idea (according to Benedetto Brancaccio, a 14th century Count of Ghiera/Chiera and an Academy graduate) was that the master of each pillar in the Academy was best understood not as a teacher but as a prince in command of a particularly subtle domain - and each student was therefore a potential courtier or soldier. It behooves the intelligent courtier to learn which court is worth joining, and to build enough of a reputation to be sought after rather than to come as an anonymous petitioner."
  5. Rhi; "Yes. It didn't rise to the level of scandal, but it was the subject of her first (of many) heated conversation with von Rupprecht."
  6. Schwarzbart; From the Team: "Nope - or, if so, it's been very effectively covered up. Anyone who can't demonstrate at least minimal proficiency by the end of their first year is sent away for a year to be a servant (and not a servant with a lot of rights) to a garrison mage (originally a legionary mage, of course) in some frontier outpost or bandit-plagued hamlet in the middle of the frosty backside of nowhere. They either come back capable of, at a bare minimum, magically lighting a fire or they just run away. That's the somewhat romantic story, anyway. It hasn't happened in a couple of decades, and in that case the exiled girl (a Lindella Giuri) had had political problems as well as magical ones; her exile might have been a pretext for getting her out of Mineta."
  7. Rhi; It's relatively rare, but: "In some parts of the Oncestrian north it's considered a sign of aristocratic breeding. If you're of a magical bloodline and you don't seem to ever do anything other than talk to a hawk shaped out of lightning and stormcloud, it's interpreted as a sign that you're influential enough to have lesser wizards do the hard stuff for you. (There's actually some indication that it traces back to nobles who were banned from using more active magics after a good round of sedition and rebellion in the 14th century and invested in their familiars as a show of increasingly spectacular defiance, but it's hard to be absolutely sure.)"
  8. History is a lot of detective work, as we've discovered. Thanks for the update!
  9. Schwarzbart; It has been known in the past, yes.
  10. Rhi; ""Machines" in the sense of complex clockworks or automata, no. Or at least they're not publicly known. Airships and the like, though? There have been a few, and most of them haven't been healthy for their pilots in the long run - and they're extremely likely to end up haunted, as it happens. That said, it's not illegal, any more than enchanted rings that respond to their wearers' wishes are illegal. It's just one of those grey areas of enchantment magic that doesn't get heavily policed since consent seems inherent in basic function."
  11. Rhi; We try not to kick out announced things, but it could happen that there are changes, yep. Until it's released, you never fully know- one of the reasons the Team has been reticent.
  12. Well, it means there's no specific difference between any day. But you may well find that some dates are more desirable than others, depending.
  13. Rhi; Mmm...partially. That's what I can say.
  14. "It's not strictly enforced late in the day (though it certainly is in the morning and early afternoon), but the rule is that you wear the robe until you've formally signed out of your dormitory for the summer and exited the Great Gate."
  15. Rhi; 1) The Player chooses the date. 2) Yes. 3) Also, yes. 4) No, it's different from how it was originally conceived in Y1.
  16. Yep, that's the Art Book layout. It's evolved a little from that, but not too much.
  17. "The answer has to be "covered up." Living in the shadow of the Academy, most Minetans understand (or believe) that terrifying magical events are happening near them all the time - and yet that they're protected. Given that, who really needs to know the details? They're generally happy with that arrangement, or at least they've come to terms with it. It's part of what makes them all more worldly and interesting than people who live in backwaters without insane magic schools. Mind you, calculations could change if a rogue Gates mage left a long-term problem that the Academy didn't deal with properly...."
  18. I don't think you'll see the whole before Beta, but...enjoy the teaser.
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