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Depend on the wealth of the parents it would for sure affect how they see you if you donating 1000pim. Unless your parent are wealthy or extrem religious I think it would change the opinion of your parent to the negative if you throw out your money like that and they learn about it. I suspect that some parent even force you to pay the tuition for Academagia afterwards your self!

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How tolerated are schools of thought that don't subscribe to the standard Revision/Negation/Incantation/etc. divisions for the different schools of magic, provided that they don't run afoul of any Proscribed magic laws?

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Metis;

"Well, the counter-question is "Tolerated by whom?"  You're perfectly free to express those ideas in polite society - if you're eloquent enough you'll be considered a fascinating eccentric rather than a threat to the body politic/magical.  If a second-year student makes it the foundation of a term paper, though, one could reasonably expect professorial pushback."

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@Legate of Mineta: Can Mastery mages (even if only skilled ones) detect other mastery magic users if they are using powerful mastery magic for a long time in a way that, say, negation magic cannot?

I am thinking that since mastery involves telepathy (among other things), one might be able, through telepathy, to detect powerful and long-lasting mastery.

I have an interesting climax for a story idea that would only work if such would be possible. If the answer be sensitive, feel free to PM me.

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"The question isn't totally clear to us, so we'll try to answer both of the most obvious interpretations.

 
1)  Can a Mastery mage magically recognize that a third party is under the influence of Mastery?  Yes.  Really good Mastery mages can even identify one another's fingerprints, so to speak - signature patterns in the way magic interacts with a subject's mind.
 
2)  Can a Mastery mage perceive active telepathic connections in an ambient space?  It's possible, but it's really, really hard.  You'd have to be specifically looking for it, and ideally you'd want to be familiar with anyone and everyone participating in the metamental link.  And perceiving what's being communicated is harder still - maybe even functionally impossible."

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I'm assuming that it's possible to use weird, uncommon things as triggers for enchanted items, as a (perhaps inefficient and/or roundabout) way of limiting who can activate it - rubbing it with a specific alchemy ingredient, playing a specific song, stuff like that. But how (im)practical is this, in terms of adding complexity to the enchantment? And assuming it isn't limited to theory, are there rumors/legends of items that are (in)famous for only working in downright stupid circumstances?

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At what level is the nonmagical medicine?  (I suspect  when it comes to surgery , wounds and anasthesia  quite advanced while cure for sickness is thanks to the belief far behind maybe even behind the level of herbalist/ witch doctor) 

At what level is the health care for your normal serf / peasant?  given the adventure and even students from a magic academy going to a "wonder-healer" I suspect most hoping for miracle.

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Metis;

"Enchantment triggers aren't that difficult/impractical at all - except insofar as you usually have to have your intended trigger (or a sample, if it's a type of thing rather than a specific object) handy in the process, in some form or another.  A first-year Vernin student might not be able to do it (unless we're talking about Marc Sury on a good day), but they probably all know how it can be done in principle by the end of the year.

And stories of stupid enchantment triggers are plentiful.  One of Durand's ancestors (we're talking Durand the student, not Durand the college) rather infamously had an underground vault that would only open for someone carrying a live duck.  This was the result of a prank rather than a security decision, but still.

Closer to home, poor Neta Xemutre was given a sealed casket by a lovesick suitor (an older boy) and all she had to do to open it and see the gift inside was say his name.  Unfortunately, she never learned his name and didn't really want to encourage him by asking around, so... yeah, she's got a box she can't open."

Schwarzbart;

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Schwarzbart;

Unexpectedly quick!

"Genuinely well-trained surgeons with decent tools are actually quite good; magical research has done wonders for specialist understanding of anatomy, biology, and even medical hygiene.

That said, well-trained surgeons are extremely rare.

The best that most isolated peasants can hope for, as a rule, is a midwife or hedge witch who knows every herb with natural or supernatural healing properties within three days' walking distance, and maybe a blacksmith or barber competent, willing, and sufficiently sober enough for amputations in worst case scenarios.

That said, magical healers (legitimate and otherwise) do show up at fairs and regional markets, and some of them will work for very little pay; you just can't know how good they are until they've done their bit."

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@Legate of Mineta: 1. Can Mastery mages amplify each others' telepathic range?

2. Could some one have or have had an artifact implanted that would allow the person to be telepathic even without casting mastery spells? I know that it would be illegal.

3. What type of non-human is Neta related to?

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Rhi;

"1.  In a sustained joint ritual/project, yes, for as long as they're actively keeping the effect going.  In a one-shot spell, probably not.
 
2.  It has been done, or at least there are writings that suggest it was, but the secrets behind it were never passed down.  (As far as a player with knowledge of Mastery knows, anyway.)
 
3.  This isn't something Neta wants to talk about at all, but it's believed that there's fey ancestry on her mother's side.  Note that Neta's sisters seem more conspicuously otherworldly than she does - at least according to Ausdauer, who's actually seen them."

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@Legate of Mineta: A quick question about Zoe Melis: since Zoe means life, did her parents name her this in an attempt to grant her a long life - that is, was her poor health known from birth?

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@Legate of Mineta: Does the friendship in "Friendship is the Treasure" refer to the state of being friendly or to the relationship between friends? I am translating it, and need to know.

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