Ok, how do I calculate the requires Lab Total for a Hermetic wizard wanting the open the Arts for a hedgie, who already has his Gift opened to his native tradition? I assume the hedgie is opened but still has a score of 0 in all Arts or Abilities.
I'm not entirely clear on this.
Starting with the original rules in ArM5 p106-107, and HoH:Soc p126, the rules give a formulae taking into account Supernatural Abilities of the subject.These books pre-date HMRE and therefore the concept of Hedge Arts. The authors and designer couldn't possibly have predicted what was to come. At this point I assume all Hedgies were assumed to simply have Supernatural Abilities, or Supernatural Virtues with no associated Abilities.
Lab Toal is 5x (sum of Supernatural Ability Score), with those from Minor Virtues counting as min 2 and those from Major as min 6. HoH:Soc mentions that if the Lab Total exceeds the target the Arts are opened, but previous abilities are lost. If lab total is double target, all previous abilities are retained, or converted to something Hermetic and relevant. Plus that the wizard Opening the Arts decides which are converted and which are retained. The text in ArM5 p106, left column, 3rd paragraph says: "If the apprentice has multiple Supernatural Abilities, you may save some and lose others". But naturally only if lab total falls in between 1x and 2x target the target.
HoH Soc p127, right column, end of 2nd paragraph says: "A trained wizard whose Arts are succesfully opened almost always suffers at least one Major Hermetic Flaw due to the mismatch..." That makes sense, but I'm missing some rules for when and how many. Something like "Accepting new Major Hermetic Flaws during the opening process effectively lowers the necessary target level". IIRC Apprentices include something like this for teaching Hermetic Virtues to the apprentice.
Either way, these rules are fairly clear: It can be difficult to take a Gifted person who already has Supernatural Abilities to teach Hermetic magic. Likewise, it is difficult for a Gifted person, who already has some Supernatural Abilities or Arts to learn new Supernatural Abilities. Both of them are for balance IMHO.
HMRE p7-8 list the same formulae for Opening the Arts (or Opening the Gift, in case of the Hedge Traditions). Only difference it that is mentions "the sum of Supernatural Ability or Art scores", because Hedge Arts have now been invented.
Furthermore, if the subject already has his Gift opened to another tradition, the Hermetic needs to add a flat 30 (or 12 for the Hedge formulae).
Is this supposed to be impossible?
If the scores of Hedge Arts need to be calculated as at least 2 if they come from a Minor Virtue, or 5 for a major...that's some very high numbers. This becomes especially odd since defining of an Art is a minor or major virtue is only relevant for unGifted practicioners. Gifted hedgies have their Gift opened to their tradition, and get all Arts at score 0, with no virtues formally added. Some of HMRE's traditions list their Arts as Virtues, but Vitkir don't.
Does it make a difference whether a given Gifted Hedgie has been trained only partially by an unGifted master - thus requiring virtues corresponding to his Arts/Supernatural Abilities learned - or whether he is trained by a Gifted master, with his Gift opened properly - thus having all the Arts/Abilities of the tradition?
Does it matter that the wizard's who have already had their Gift opened to their tradition have their Supernatural Abilities (or Arts I assume) as Favoured - thus these are unpenalized for learning regarding other Supernatural Abilities.
Look at the example of Gragachan, they have 2 Techniques (major virtue) and 4 forms (minor)
- Gifted Gruagach, trained by unGifted master. Gruagach has 1 Technique and 2 Forms (any higher seems unlikely to learn from such a master). Assume he is found by a Hermetic Wizard before training his Arts above 0. Lab Total for a Hermetic wanting to Open the Hermetic Arts is thus 5x the sum of his Arts, with the minimum of 2 for minor/forms and 6 for major/techniques = 5x (2x2 + 1x6) = 50. This is 50 to open at all, or 100 to preserve (or convert?)
[Edit: Second example is now named 2]
2) Gifted Gruagach, trained by Gifted master who has has his (Gruagachan) Gift opened. He has both Techniques and all 4 Forms at 0. The lab total required is: 5x (sum of Arts)= +30.
But are the numbers either:
2a) 5x (0) +30 = 30. So 30 to open, or 60 to preserve/convert. No mean feat but by no means impossible.
Or is using the minimums for the virtues, even though the Gruagach does not formally have the virtues, just the Arts:
[Edit: Calculations corrected]
2b) 5x (2x6 + 4x2) +30 = 130. So 130 to open or 260 to preserve/convert. Ouch!
[Edit, New conclusion due to corrected calculations.]
If one interprets the vague rules harshly, and adds in minimums due to virtues, the fear is practically impossible for the fully trained Gruagach.
If I one rule lawyers a bit and ignores the virtue bit it becomes doable.
But the incompletely trained Gruagach is hard to Open the Arts for - as will other people with Supernatural Abilities- because if they’re not Opened to a tradition so the Arts or Abilities are not Favoured.
Vitkir must have the gift, and their description don't mention how their Arts (or Runes rather) are associated with formal Virtues. Just like Hermetic Wizards don't either.
So how does one go about Opening the Hermetic Gift of a Vitkar? Assume one can find a laering who has just had his (Vitkir) Gift opened and still has score of 0. Is it simply the flat 30? Or does one need to assume that each of the 24 runes are equal to Forms and thus correspond to a Minor Virtue, with the resulting effective minimum? So lab total is 5x (24x2) +30 = 270. Even though this last number is the same for a laering with 0 in all Runes as well as one trained to score 2 in all 24!
How about a Hedge Wizard wanting to Open the Gift of a Hermetic apprentice? If the apprentice's score are 0, then the Hedgie's lab total is the flat 12. Or does one need to balance out that each of the 5 Techniques could correspond to Major Virtues and each of the 10 Forms to Minor?
I'm just trying to work my head around this.
I don't see any advantage in actually being Opened for two completely different traditions. Having two sets of Arts is an enormous pint-sink anyway. I'm just interested in the theory of it. Maybe for purpose of Integration or Breakthrough having a wizard Opened for both Hermetic and another tradition would be a boon?