As a follow-up to the discussion about my op-ed on canon, I am curious what people would do differently if they were starting a new Saga and felt completely free to make major changes to the setting (not rules).
To be clear, I don't want this discussion to be about an eventual ArM6. A new edition would affect every saga. And, I would prefer to talk about the setting more than house rules. What would you do for your Saga, today?
To start things off, here is what I would do:
Make faeries part of the Magic Realm. The Magic/Faerie distinction has major rules impact because you need different spells for each, but as far as I can tell adds little or nothing to the game experience. Faeries can still be mysterious, and House Merinita can still be distinctive, if faeries have a Magic Might.
Introduce Celtic magic as a living tradition in Mythic Europe. Probably creating a new House. That's OK -- Houses Guernicus and Mercere can be dropped to make room for it as far as I care. Never made sense to me that the rest of the Order would let one House run the judicial system, or let messengers call themselves magi (as to the dozen or fewer actual magi in House Mercere, Ex Misc. can and should absorb them IMHO)
Make the enemy in the Schism War mysterious again. Leave it as a real question mark: the Quaesitores did a massive cover-up like they did in 2E so most magi don't even know the name of the Renounced House, and nothing at all about its magic. Let the players ignore that or investigate, depending on which way they want the Saga to go.
None of these would I dream of ramming down anybody else's throat, so please don't panic just because I have my name on a couple of books.
Really, I am more interested in reading what other active players would do with a blank slate than in telling you about the awesomeness of my ideas.