Legate of Mineta Posted October 15, 2017 Report Share Posted October 15, 2017 Schwarzbart; 1) I believe it was, yes. 2) The Colleges all do have libraries, but I'll have to refer to the Team for any public details. Free; 1. Polisena Briardi has her NO! face on. The Minetan Guard won't drag you away if you're wearing fey-touched jewelry, or tossing exotic glamours around. But fey magic tends to attract the attention of the Courts, and everyone understands that that often doesn't end well. Which, again, brings us back to Professor Briardi being terribly concerned. 2. It has happened, and by tradition the student so honored is supposed to run to the Regent of College Hedi to arrange an escort - Glamours and diplomacy are kind of Hedi's thing, obviously, and rumors about the College's ties to one or both of the Courts go back hundreds of years. These days, Piaxenza himself would probably then bring in Orso and Briardi, but he's still supposed to be the point of contact. 3. Hello and welcome to a very old debate. The answer that magical philosophers settled on is that apocalyptically powerful Glamours could create a completely convincing semblance of someone who had died, capable of fooling every single sense and every means of non-magical study available to man. And that would be legal, if odd! If, however, the entity was magically proven to have the soul of the deceased - or even a meaningful fraction of the soul, depending on which Saint's Path you follow - then the magic crossed the line into Gates, and is extremely dangerous. It may seem like splitting hairs, but the thing about Gates magic (or what gets called Gates magic) is that the effects don't tend to be stable and they often spread in unexpected ways. Glamours just break down. 4. Astrological resonance tests. They're not definitive, usually, but you can get evidence that the stars and the Gods are looking in the same directions one's dreams are. 5. If spellcasting is involved, and if there's a pattern of behavior, astrologers are usually brought in - either from Avila or outside. The fear is that there's Mastery at work; the hope is that Gods or Saints are. Sometimes, mind you, it seems like the spells themselves just influence the mage; affinities for certain Pillars or magical aspects have a way of shaping the people who have them. 6. In the Banned section of the Venalicium there are a few hints... 7. Very common in aristocratic courts and extremely expensive taverns and salons, but most commoners will never taste enriched foods (unless the Minetan Guard is offering emergency supplies to stave off famine). 8. Smoking isn't unheard of, obviously, but it's generally seen as a Saisyne habit, and therefore in very poor taste. "Dragonroot," as a name, is meant to imply corruption, after all. 9. Any Regent can challenge grants of Merit, and in cases where there are clear abuses Merit penalties are imposed by the Legate himself. There have been years when relationships between the Legate and one or more Colleges allowed for real corruption within the system. 10. Year one? He'd probably send you to the library to try to find out for yourself while he skipped off to a tavern, frankly. 11. Briardi does indeed have a reputation for not getting out much - and she probably told Sido (who told others) that she had absolutely no interest in romance when he first swept into the school. Also worth noting in the case of the Duke of Broken Pines... well, he's a duke, and she presumably came from a merchant family. Those sorts of relationships... well, they're not usually public, and they don't usually look a whole lot like dating. 12. Really depends on the materials used and the circumstances of the enchantment. If you're working with aurichalcum in a temple on a major ley line, you could conceivably work something that could last for centuries... if not necessarily in the ways you'd expect. 13. The answer's almost certainly Hector. Unless certain Familiars are too smart to call attention to themselves... 14. Enspell could almost be taught alongside Orthography; it's very much about pure magical technique. The general position of the Academy is that students are better off learning the basics of spellcasting first, and then learning shortcuts to drawing phemes and tonal variations to spoken components after the basics are pinned down - but an educator could certainly argue that a student who knows how to work efficiently from year one will have advantages in speed of mastery (not with a capital M) in the years to come. Certainly, Concentration tricks can be handy all along... 15. Oh, sure. It wasn't at all uncommon in the early days. It made some of the scrolls mad. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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