Character Generation And Advancement

Each player in the saga will play a magus. Each player should also play one Companion character. They may opt to not start play with a Companion, but at no time will they be allowed to have more than one Companion active in the saga at a time (with the exception will be Apprentices, see below).

Mythic Companions (Houses of Hermes: True Lineages, p. 104) are not allowed as such. Specifically, you may not take two points of Virtues for every point of Flaw. Virtues and Flaws must be balanced at character creation for all characters. Characters may not begin play having undergone Mystery Initiations beyond the minimum required for House membership (The Ritual of Twelve Years for Bjornaer, Faerie Magic or Nature Lore for Merinita, Verditius Magic, or a Tradition-specific Initiation for an ex Miscellanea Mystery Cult).

Each Magus and Companion will have their own creation thread on the saga forums. This is not only for input on the creation process itself (sometimes the other players notice something that the Storyguide missed, or they have questions that can help flesh out the character more fully), but also a place to discuss seasonal plans, advancement, et cetera. There is a separate thread for Grog characters.

Once the character has been finalized and gotten approval from the Storyguide, either the player or the Storyguide will create a page for the character here.

A player may also create/run as many fully statted Grogs as they feel comfortable with. The Storyguide's preference is that a player runs any Grogs that they create, and are responsible for advancing them annually, but this is not a requirement. The "default" condition is that a Grog will be run by the creator or given to someone to run on a "permanent" basis; any grogs that are open for anyone to run will be labeled accordingly. Note that this only applies to fully-statted grogs; any Grogs who are merely a name and a thumbnail sketch (e.g. Mìcheal, a member of the Turb with Single Weapon 6) is available for anyone to use unless/until someone stats him out fully.

As the saga progresses, magi may seek out and/or find apprentices. Any apprentice characters will not be created and run by the master's player. They will be created by another player (or, in a pinch, by the storyguide) in consultation with the master's player and the storyguide. A player may run an apprentice in addition to their Companion.

There will be a thread created for the discussion of new spells and Enchanted Items; any new spells will also go on the New Spells page.

Any House Rules concerning character creation or advancement may be found on that page.

Character Creation

Character generation uses the rules given in Ars Magica, pages 28-33 (the section entitled "Detailed Character Creation"). Magi may begin play at no more than seven years1 post-Gauntlet. Companions and Grogs may be any age. Exception, for players in Canaries Are Dying or The Stonehenge Saga ONLY: their magi may begin play at the same age they were when the previous saga stopped, and the player may revamp the magus for a better fit in this saga.

If you spend a season (or more) in lab activities post-Gauntlet (Ars Magica, p. 32), those lab activities may only be used for activities that do not result in something that you would normally spend points on in character creation - namely, Abilities, Arts, or Spells. Spells invented in post-Gauntlet pre-play Advancement must be bought using your 30 points per year.

If you are creating a character less than 21, than you may use the optional rules in Apprentices (specifically, "Transitions of Maturation" on pages 14-15).

When designing Heartbeasts or Shapeshifted forms, in addition to using the rules on page 23 of Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults, you may use the base animal form from the Book of Mundane Beasts PDF (which is reprinted as an appendix in Realms of Power: Magic or from the Fourth edition book, The Medieval Bestiary. In case of conflict, use the Fifth edition statistics. These conflicts are most likely to be found regarding the animal's size; many are listed on page 39 of Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults.

Magical Familiars (those who had Magic Might before being befriended and Bonded) should be created as either Spring or Summer characters, and either Grog or Companion Level (see Realms of Power: Magic, p. 34).

Note that this saga does use non-canon player-created forms of the Faerie Blood and Strong Faerie Blood Virtue, as well as a couple of non-canon Virtues and Flaws

You may use any Virtues, Flaws, and Abilities listed in Ars Magica Fifth Edition and any of the Houses of Hermes books. Any Virtues, Flaws, or Abilities listed in any book that I have will likely be approved (on a case-by-case basis). Any listed in a book I do not have will not be allowed.

Books which will be rubber-stamped
Ars Magica Fifth Edition
Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults
Houses of Hermes: Societates
Houses of Hermes: True Lineages

Books which will probably be allowable
Against the Dark
The Contested Isle
Faith & Flame
Guardians of the Forests
Hedge Magic Revised Edition
The Lion and the Lily
The Mysteries Revised Edition
Realms of Power: Faerie
Realms of Power: The Infernal
Realms of Power: Magic (only for the creation of magical creatures or familiars)
Rival Magic
The Sundered Eagle

Books which will be denied
Ancient Magic
Art & Academe
The Church
City and Guild
Hermetic Projects
Realms of Power: The Divine

Magi can bring up to 75 Build Points' worth of their own personal equipment, texts, people, etc – either for their own use or as largess. There is no level limit on lab texts or effect level in enchanted devices purchased with a magus's Personal Build Points.

Character Advancement

Magi use normal seasonal advancement. Seasonal plans will be discussed/proposed in the appropriate thread(s) on the forum, with the finalized plans listed on the Finalized Magi Planners page.

Companions and grogs may either take 15 xp per year to spend as they will, or may use the optional rule presented in Grogs (p. 67): two seasons of exposure (2xp each), a season of practice (4xp), and a Vocational season of teaching,
training, adventuring, or studying (7xp). The Storyguide will try to have an annual "training schedule" posted on the wiki.

So, to recap:

  • 2 seasons Exposure in whatever's reasonable.
  • 1 season Practice in whatever's reasonable, plus Exposure in Gaelic.
  • 1 season Vocational Training in whatever the character's profession is, plus Exposure in Gaelic.
  • Adventure experience, as awarded.

If a companion or grog is being taught or trained outside of the regular routine, that training replaces the above seasons in the following order: an Exposure, Vocational, Practice, then the other Exposure.

A note on Adventure Experience: Being awarded XP for a story does not disqualify your character from spending xp (practice, training, exposure) for that season. Any Adventure Experience is on top of your normal advancement, unless the story takes up most of the season (which will be decided on a case-by-case basis). Note, however, that lengthy adventures would still affect Source Quality scores for study or Lab Totals for lab work, as per the main rulebook.

In addition, any season that a character doesn't get exposure elsewhere, they can take 2xp of Exposure in Gaelic. This applies to all characters - Magi, Companions, and Grogs.

Finally, all characters will post their advancement (and Warping gained) on their pages.

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