FAQ about the Jinn
Jinn vs jinni vs jinniyeh?
It gets very confusing, but the various spellings of this Arabic word denote gender and number. Incorrect transliterations into English don't help either.
We generally use jinni when referring to a single individual as it is shorter and more recognisable. I'm not a scholar of the Arabic language.
Jinn - refers to the plural form and as a proper noun refers to the group of spirits as a whole. Think "boys" or "hedgehogs" or whatever.
jinni - is singular for a male spirit or the general adjective eg "a jinni nomad". Think "boy" or "hedgehog" or whatever.
jinniyya - is singular for a female spirit, with the plural usually the same as for males ie. jinn. Think "girl".
Can a sahir learn the Solomonic Arts from studying jinn?
As derived from the HoH:S rules on (elemental) Magic jinn, learning from jinn is akin to studying from vis or significatos etc - the jinni is not teaching the character, the character is learning from observing and questioning the jinn - some jinn may find this distasteful and/or consider this beneath them and seek revenge on the summoner. The rules presented however do not require the jinni being studied to have scores in the elemental Forms, Imaginem, Vim or even their associated (Realm) Lore. Similarly most jinni do not have a knowledge of Sihr but as Sihr is all about jinn, studying the behaviour and interacting with jinn grants experience towards learning Sihr.
At the Troupe's discretion, Storyguides may also allow a sahir to use this process to gain XP in the Solomonic Arts, as suggested by Erik Dahl (the author of the Order of Suleiman chapter).
For actual instruction, a Faerie jinni with the Faerie Instructor Virtue (to allow the jinni to have Abilities instead of Pretenses) may be the most appropriate and may allow teaching non elemental Arts, including Sihr and the Solomonic Arts, depending on what Arts the jinni possesses. Some jinni, particularly those styled on wizards, the more magical individuals of the Ghul tribe or those jinni who are transformed sahir may know Sihr, Summoning etc and be able to teach these Abilities/Arts to sahir and even Hermetic magi with the appropriate Virtues etc.