I've been thinking hard about characters. The trouble is that I know enough about the system to create a character of powerful synergies and can then give him or her a story that explains the virtues and flaws. What I am trying to do is to create a character that starts with a concept and chooses virtues and flaws that fit the concept and damn any questions of power. That means I best stay away from Intellego and Vim, because these arts always bring out the inner munchkin in me.
The farmer - a magus that cares about crop yields, cows, and rain. Problem - I grew up in rural Germany but I'm no farmer.
The Wassermann - Saxony has tales about river or lake-dwelling fairies - problem: I have never liked house Merinita
The gently gifted knight - school of Ramius (or whatever the flambeau's name was), problem: what a common concept
The bard - problem performance magic is not in the core book
none of these are exceptionally fascinating. I'll need more time.