So I purchased the GotF so I could create a more detailed background for Methuselah's life at Durenmar. With the new book info, I would like to do some more fiddling with Methuselah's abilities after all since he should really have a Durenmar Lore of 5 given his obsession with books. I will need to figure out where the points will come from though.
Here are the proposed relationships with the Magi of Durenmar as described in the book:
Caecilius, Archmage Quaesitor of Bonisagus, and parens to Methuselah always stressed that the most important thing in life was to be diligent with his favourite saying being, "Whatever you do, do it carefully and do it precisely." This is what led Methuselah to become such a careful sorcerer. Despite Caecilius's expertise in Intellego, Caecilius allowed Methuselah to explore his own affinities in Creo Corpus and aging once Methuselah was old enough to start making those decisions for himself (around 18) and all the basics of Latin and Magic Theory had been taught. Methuselah intends to follow in the exact same tradition with his apprentice of directing their studies for approximately the first 10 years of apprenticeship before allowing them to pursue their own interests. Caecilius is very touchy about several issues, most notably any potential blemish on his Hermetic record. Caecilius taught Methuselah that he came from a proud line of a prestigious House and he must ensure he never tarnishes that lineage. Methuselah is very proud of his lineage and of his parens and considers it his solemn duty to carry on that prestige. As a result of this pride however Methuselah tends to look down on other magi who do not come from such a prestigious lineage or have significant social standing similar to the ways nobles look down on those of lesser status. As final Twilight nears, Caecilius has taken less interest in Hermetic politics or enforcing the Code and has become increasingly indolent.
Murion, Prima of House Bonisagus. Methusela's loyalty to Murion was absolute, as she epitomized his personal objectives of prestige and rank. That changed about 2 years ago, when Murion appointed her first filius, to the position of Librarian of the Great Library of Durenmar since that was a position that Methuselah was striving for and which he felt he was better qualified for. Methuselah's umbrage at being passed over for this position is his motivation for leaving Durenmar.
Andrus, filius of Murion of Bonisagus, was Methusela's best friend at Durenmar. Even though Andrus was 9 years older then Methuselah, it was Methusela who dominated the relationship due to Andrus's weak will. Both magi were on the fast track for prestige and rank given their respective parens so they shared in the pressure to achieve excellence and supported one another. When Andrus achieved the title of Cannophori and was lucky enough to be drawn for the Colens Arcanorum on his first attempt in 1214, Methuselah was genuinely happy for him. When Andrus subsequently became a Master, Methuselah was the first to congratulate him but when Andrus was selected to be Librarian of the Great Library of Durenmar then the friendship soured from Methuselah's point of view since he was very jealous and upset over the decision. Andrus is too busy with all his responsilities to notice that the friendship has become strained.
Tandaline, of Bonisagus is another close friend of Methuselah's. They share a joy of written correspondence which is likely to continue after he has left Durenmar.
Occultes, of Bonisagus, was another of Methuselah's friends when Occultes had the role of librarian. Methuselah spent a lot of time in the Great Library of Durenmar so the two met often. When Occultes was relieved of his position as Librarian by the former Primus, Methuselah started avoiding him since he did not want to be associated with someone out of favour with the Primus. Since Murion also did not favour Occultes, that avoidance continued until Andrus was appointed the new librarian. Methuselah has since risked re-establishing his relationship with Occultes, who friendly as ever, was happy to reconnect as if nothing had ever happened.
Winfrida, follower of Guernicus. Even though she is several years younger than him and not a Bonisagus mage, Methuselah has cultivated a friendship with Winfrida since she has status as a Quaesitor and because she is in favor with Murion.
Xavier of House Mercere and Rhine Tribunal Archivist. Their shared passions for musty old tomes brought Methuselah and Gudrun into frequent contact. Methuselah has a passing interest in the history of the Order which is a topic Xavier likes to discuss.
Philippus Niger of House Flambeau, as an Archmage and Protector of Durenmar is one of the few Flambeau that Methuselah actually respects. While the two were never really close, as a Creo Corpus specilaist at Durenmar, it was Methuselah's job to cure the warrior mage after his battles.
Ricarus Caespuus, follower of Bonisagus, is socially shunned by Methuselah in similar fashion as all the other followers of Murion do.
Petrus Virilis, follower of Bonisagus, was too shy and socially unimportant for Methuselah to ever pay attention to. Methuselah feels Petrus's Vim source makes Petrus too vulgar to be associated with or taken seriously.
Gudrun Tigurina, follower of Verditius and Artificer of Durenmar. Methuselah never had much interest in making magical items as his passion was for books. Gudrun and Methuselah rarely met and when they did they had nothing to really talk about.
Note: Based upon the descriptions of the other magi at Durenmar, Methuselah probably created the longevity rituals for most of the powerful magi at Durenmar especially Caecilius and Philippus Niger but I will leave that up to SG discretion. None of the other magi are described in such a way that would indicate that they are as exclsuively focussed on longevity rituals as Methuselah which is what it would take to beat his lab totals. My understanding is that the 10 XP per season is merely an average for how much progress one over the course of years with several seasons lost for covenant business and the like. The most likely covenant duty that Methuselah would have had would have been longevity ritual creation. If that is not going to be the background story and there is another mage at Durenmar who is better than Methuselah at LR's then that magus would be Methuselah's rival and should probably be created so I can include him in my background story.
Note 2: I intend to add a notable incident involving Methuselah and his 4 grogs, called the Immortals because they all have the Unaging minor virtue, to Methuselah's background story. The story will likely involve an encounter with the fay of the Black Forest and the interaction of a botched fey curse with Methuselah's sigil to cause the Unaging virtue result.
Note 3: I have not yet read enough of the tribunal books to pick an appropriate enemy(ies) but I will over the weekend .