I'm often surprised about how much other troupes have magi stomping around "adventuring". In my sagas, the SG (often me) generally has to really leverage Story Flaws, and possibly Personality Flaws and/or Hooks to drag magi -- even one magus -- out of the covenant.
I guess the reason is that stories detract from study, and are risky; our magi prefer to send out expendable grogs, perhaps monitoring them from afar and sending aid if and when it's really, desperately needed. There is the occasional exception, of course, but it's the exception, not the rule.
This poll is an attempt to gauge what's the "common" situation among players in this forum. EDIT: for the purposes of this poll stories where a magus makes just a brief cameo appearance -- less than 10-20% of the total time -- do not really count. Neither do stories where Magi have no covenant (e.g. because they are roaming around to establish one) or that for some reason take place in their labs: it's as the title says, how hard is it to drag them out of their labs?
- Almost every magus is on almost every story. It's hard to make room for companions!
- Each magus takes part in about half the stories; magi and and companions are roughly equally balanced.
- Most stories feature at least one magus, sometimes more; but generally each magus skips more stories than he participates in.
- Magi very, very rarely participate in stories. A SG has to put in a lot of effort to drag them out of their labs!