This may seem haphazard a start to the conversation but here goes.
My current table top character is a Gifted Mercere magus, with the Major virtue Hyperborean descent. He has two wives and soon to have a family of seven children. ((currently based on rolls, one child is Gifted... though he is only 4 so we don't know entirely that he is.... one daughter has Enchanting music... and one child has Heroic blood )) Mind you none of the children are player characters, and as such they are only background story for Philo my ship's captain Mercere.
In a discussion with other players, I noticed how my character had no ultimate goals or plans... I had downtime, two seasons, and I sorta shrugged and thought how content Philo was with his life. This seems a good thing and a bad thing, but for a PC I should be a bit more driven. Then it struck me just what I wanted and what the character would want to be a ultimate goal.
I decide to return the society and magic of the Hyperboreans, as well as the worship of Apollon, back to the world of the Order. Of course this will be done as a Mystery cult, as per the rules of starting a cult, because I am fully aware ((and oh I look forward to!!!)) that there may STILL be magi alive who's master or they themselves participated in the purging of the Hyperboreans. Maybe there was a bit more of time passed than I let on, but still the Order may not, as a whole, enjoy hearing about the rise of the Hyperboreans.
Here is the plan. I will not intend to use Hyperborean magic, at all if I can help it. I will base some of the Hermetic magic and virtues and flaws on the source in Ancient Magic, and may even attempt to do Hermetic breakthroughs, though that will not be absolutely necessary for the first decade of play or so. A few directions will be names of power, but only using aspects of Apollon and his many forms. There may be flaws reflecting a religious proscription against harming the minds of anyone, enemy or not, however Apollo did love hurting people with just about everything else.
There will be a lot of civic duty obligations as well as vengeance and retributions (often impulsive and swiftly applied vengeance hahaha) within the initiations of the cult. I have written 18 pages so far on the cult throughout last night and today, but I think I will miss some glaring and obviously cool things to do within the cult. So I am posting it here. Many minds are better than one...
One observation, this does not have to be a pathway to power, rather it is a return of the Hyperboreans. Eventually I see the goal being a return of the worship of Apollon to the masses, even to the point of it being accepted by the Christians and Islam... well at least tolerated in certain places.
So any thoughts?