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  1. Rhi;

    "1.  Depends on the familiar.  Unless you got Pamela - or, y'know, Mr. Pebbles - it's entirely possible you've heard no "talking" at all in Y1.  You may never.

    Moreover, it's extremely likely you've never heard another student's familiar speak.
    Traditionally, though, if a mage is communicating with a creature that doesn't have a humanoid larynx (or can't fake it), it's a telepathic/empathic line of contact over the Bond.  Silent to outsiders, but sometimes with echoing body language to suggest the contact is ongoing.
    2.  Some people, if they really listen, can hear actual words.  And the horror of it is, the more they hear the harder it is to tune him out afterwards.
    For others, it's like a pre-verbal toddler.  Just incessant "Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba!"
    3.  Multiple levels to this one.  Yes, there are spells that purportedly let a third-party wizard "overhear" conversations conveyed via the Bond.  They're all considered Mastery, though.
    There are also spells that translate non-human vocalized speech.  If, say, Sheary's dog barks a message that Lambert has fallen down a well, a prepared mage can overhear it and understand - and that's totally legal.
    And, lastly, there are spells that allow a wizard to communicate with another wizard's familiar by way of a kind of pseudo-Bond; veterinarians find it useful, though it's extremely difficult to master.  That said, it's generally only legal if used with the consent of the familiar's wizard."
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    "It varies from mercenary company to mercenary company, but most do consider themselves qualitatively better than pirates.  They generally claim to honor their contracts and to adhere to recognized rules of warfare, which to their minds gives them an ethical foundation that pirate bands lack.

    (The view is somewhat complicated by the fact that most of the major merc companies have long and storied histories of breaking contracts more or less at will when better offers come along, but they don't focus on those... discrepancies when making their cases.)
    It's worth noting that aristocratic society broadly agrees.  There are plenty of cases of mercenaries marrying into noble families in exchange for exceptional service (i.e., if they capture and control useful towns), and that's generally not done with out-and-out pirates.  The cynical might say that the main difference is which parties one gets invited to between raids, but it is what it is."

    "1.  Let's just say that Catherine, Flore and Durand (who between them know quite a lot about the heights of power in Mineta and in the Merilien north) would all say that it's extremely likely that such caches exist - but, if so, they certainly aren't public knowledge.

    2.  You're about half-right.  It's perfectly legal for a Negation lecturer to teach techniques that manipulate local ley lines in ways that would make creating gates more difficult - that doesn't require or convey any detailed Gates knowledge, just general magical theory and application.  Similarly, Astrological techniques meant to attune a subject to his/her/their guiding stars tend also to be very good at breaking some Mastery effects, but that doesn't make them legally suspect.

    But, yeah, classes that teach you how to recognize and counter specific Mastery/Gates phemes or spells could only be taught in Mineta with specific dispensation from the Captain.
    3.  Yeah, absolutely."
    "Oh, yeah.  Even at the Academy, a solid majority of the profs wouldn't call Rixenda's work "art."  She's even had some demoralizing conversations with Piaxenza - despite the fact that he isn't her Regent or an art teacher - about "taking art seriously," just because he fears she reflects badly on the school."
    And for Yuri:
    "I'd say that the Stranger figures no more directly in Minetan religious lore than, say, Baal in the Bible; he's not much discussed and he's not well understood.  He's known mostly for his most terrible work, bringing the Dragons - though there are some influential treatises (ex., Rudovici's On the Harmony of Spheres) that argue that he created Gates magic more generally to corrupt just societies from within.  If he ever had major cults, either during or before the time of the Dragons, it's fair to say that the New Gods and the early Empire wiped them pretty decisively from the face of the known world."
  3. S;

    "As a rule, there are at least two layers of magical protection on what you’d call “school clothes” - official robes and such.  The first are basic enchantments (usually on buttons, studs, or coins sewn into the cloth); these are the responsibility of the Colleges, in the sense that the Colleges have to provide them and guarantee their quality, but they’re usually actually made by third parties with ties to Vernin (possibly even enterprising upperclassmen).

    There are also minor spell effects that attach to clothes when students cross the thresholds of their dorm rooms: minor short-term protections and the like.
    Weird effects from tampering with all that are not uncommon at all.  Particularly if you try to disguise or radically modify what you’re wearing; a fair amount of the magic in place here is meant to prove that students are actually students when tested, under the protection of the school.
    Not that it’s impossible to get around these magics, by any means.  But it can be tricky if you’re a novice."
  4. Rhi;

    "The name "kitsune" isn't in common use around Mineta, for obvious reasons, but shapeshifting foxes are definitely part of the mix in the Empire of Man.

    Are they fey by nature?  As a matter of political definition, no.  Foxes (even seemingly non-magical ones) are perhaps as good as cats at weaving in and out of fairy lands, and unlike cats they tend to go out of their ways to annoy (and occasionally eat) fey creatures who don't see them coming; they're occasionally hunted by both the Light and Dark Courts, and are considered more or less hereditary enemies of both.

    Does that mean there's nothing fey in their nature, though?  Probably not.  Shapeshifting foxes have passed for fairy lords and ladies more than once, and that's hard to do if you're mortal at the core."

  5. It hasn't seriously been considered as a form of government for a few practical and cultural reasons. Theocracies (given the power of Astrology) were at one time proposed, but the Civil War put aside most of those notions.

    That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the noble classes that didn't have some form of magical training, so you might argue that there is already an implicit magocracy of a sort.

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