My fifth ed saga has finally started. We had our first session a couple weeks ago. Five seasons passed. It was very enjoyable .
I'm a bit unclear as how to differentiate between who gets 'genuinely free' seasons, and how to handle those who might not.
I know that Hermetic Magi almost always get 'genuinely free' seasons each year. In all 4 seasons, they can read a book, invent a spell, enroll at a class at the Universidad del Salamanca, spend a season making bracelets, and whatnot. Anything in Long-term events can be done by someone with a genuinely free season.
People that aren't supported by a covenant, and don't have Wealthy or Poor, have two 'busy' seasons and two 'semi-free' seasons. For two seasons each year, these people can only take exposure XP as they earn their living. During they semi-free seasons, they have somewhat more freedom. They can go on a short adventure and take adventure XP, they can 'practice' their trade. They can also practice area lore for where they live, practice bargain (if they're a craftsman), etc. Can they read a book during a season? I'm having a bit of trouble differentiating between what can be done in a semi-free season and what requires a 'genuinely free' season. (Not counting Hermetic Lab work).
Next question: Where do Companions fall on this spectrum? The basic question I have is this: Must I require that each companion take only exposure XP for 2 seasons per year? Or can they get practice-and-above for all 4 seasons? I'm unsure whether companions who live at a covenant have 4 genuinely free seasons, 4 semi-free seasons, or 2 busy, 2 semi-free seasons.
In case it varies on status, here are the 4 companions. No one has Wealthy or Poor.
One is a Redcap. (2 busy, 2 genuinely free?)
Two are Wanderers.
My companion has the Priest Minor Virtue.
While I'm asking about NPCs and such... do you ST's out there make sure that virtues and flaws for NPCs balance? I'm putting together a nobleman to possibly serve as an adversary. The problem is that with Landed Noble, Wealthy, and a couple other virtues, he'd have a lot of flaws to balance. Do you make sure that all points are accounted for? Or do you give NPC's their status virtues for free?
I love 5th ed