So, I've got a Rego Vim lab monkey who has decided to save the Order from itself by integrating a number of Hermetic virtues into Magic Theory, and in doing so make the world a better place for his soon-to-be-apprentices. And show his pater, who inflicted a broken Opening the Ways ritual on him, how a REAL magi does research. And shows up all those snooty Bonisagus in their fancy-schmancy "Duremar covenant". He'll show them. HE'LL SHOW THEM ALL!!!!
Anyway - so I was reading both through the HoH:TL rules on Breakthroughs, as well as the variant rules in Ancient Magic (for integrating already-existing magics), and figured that doing the already-known Hermetic Virtues is much safer (ie, it won't blow your head off), and study sources are much more available.
Which brings me to my main question: how do you do research on a Hermetic Virtue you're already learned? For example, my character has Cautious Sorcerer, and he'd like to fully integrate that ability. OK - according to the rules, it's a Major Breakthrough, at ~45 or so Breakthrough points (BP). What sources does he have for this?
Gaining the Insight is trivial - he's got a high enough Intelligence + Magic Theory + Inventive Genius that he can do it in a season.
I would imagine the character himself counts as a source - a teacher "ready and willing" to show (himself) how to do it. But from what source did he learn it?
OK, he learned it from his pater - so his instructor would also count as a source.
Potentially he could put together a Mystery Script, and study from that, I suppose. Or study someone else's mystery script.
I'm guessing I need to go out and buy Apprentices - that's where it talks about teaching your apprentices their virtues and flaws, right? Because if I understand it right, all of his 'learned' Hermetic Virtues are basically his magical accent - which he learned from a number of sources at an early age, and/or instinctively developed over his apprentiship.