I have a player whose Tremere necromancer is about 12 years out of apprenticeship and wants to learn Leadworking. He noticed that Monica Ierne of Tremere in Against the Dark hs this virtue and he wants to travel from Scotland to Transylvania to ask her to teach him.
I generally do not discourage my players as long as their choices can fit into the story and would like him to be able to acquire it not later in life. I know there are other necromancy secrets such as the Caananite Necromancy from Ancient Magic and the Disciples of the Worm from Mysteries. I do not want to spend too much story time on this away from the rest of the saga but I want there to be some roleplaying time involved.
My thoughts are that Monica Ierne would not have the time to teach Leadworking. It is a virtue learned during apprenticeship. Therefore, it may have to be learned via a mystery (ordeal/sacrafice), but I am not sure that Tremere do that sort of stuff with the whole anti-cult thing. I think Caananite Necromancy takes the character away from his hermetic necromancy and we do not have the lab time to dedicate to a breakthrough because "Fimbulwinter is Coming" along with The Spider and his traitorous Damhan Duidsen.
I was wondering about Monica sending him to someone who is a Disciple of the Worm and include Leadworker as on of the cult's lower virtues. He could then have to go through an ordeal in some catacombs (he is Italian Born), face a series of spirits and then obtain the virtue without 15 years of exposure to it. Or someone could teach it to him.
My core questions are:
Can Leadworker be learned later in life and how long would it take?
If Monica Ierne of Tremere taught him, what would be a good price from this battle maga?
Could Leadworker be learned via a mystery?
Would a Tremere particpate in a Mystery?
Is Disciples of the Worm the right cult to go to?
Any more thoughts or comments?