I dug out my old notes to look into some things, and I found a lot of unfinished/untested minor mysteries that I was playing with. Here is one of them, it was actually planned for Bonisagi, but anyone could theoretically do it.
Brutus wishes to use original research to turn a hermetic/supernatural virtue into a normal part of hermetic magic. This is a two stage process - first research the virtue so it can be taught, then integrate it. This is two major breakthrough projects (45 points each) per virtue. He is planning to hire multiple magi to research a single spell on a topic, then have a 'lead' magus read all the texts, then have that magus teach him and others. The lead magus needs to have a high teaching/writing total and a good enough lab-total to use the research of the team. As each research lab-text comes to the lead researcher it is copied by a team of skilled experts. After the project is completed the original lab-texts are sent to Brutus and the copies are sent to Durenmar.
Due to the distributed nature of the plan, there can be many different teams at the same time. Each team will have different lead magi – this magus then passes out a request throughout the order asking if people are willing to donate a few seasons of their time for a worthwhile endeavor.
Brutus is also willing to pass the whole mechanism on to Houses Bonisagus and Tremere, as long as he gets a cut of the vis or virtues.
Each magus in the first research group will be paid a sum of vis for their part in the research, they will also be given the opportunity to study a tractatus of the virtue at the end of the project. The lead researcher will get to co-author the discovery, receive funding for their part in it and keep a tractatus of the virtue.
After the initial project has been completed and sent to Brutus, the lead researcher puts out another advertisement for researchers. This time the payment is a larger amount of vis (1.5 times previous amount rounded up) and a tractatus on Magic Theory which incorporates the new materials into hermetic theory.
Magi can pay 10 pawns of vis upfront and within 8-10 years they will be taught the virtue of their choice, if they pay 20 pawns they will receive a tractatus of their own with the virtue which others can study (though it cannot be copied). Brutus plans to use this bis to pay for the actual research of both breakthroughs. When the project is completed Brutus keeps the original and copies are sent to the Lead Researcher and those who paid extra.
Magi who take part would be rewarded for their stabilised discovery with vis according to the following table and being taught the virtue when it is completed .
|Magnitudes of effect (research points)||Reward (vis)|
E.g. 30 people within the order wish to learn unaging, 5 of them wish to own a tractatus, Brutus gathers the first few payments and appoints a lead researcher, Frederik who advertises for recruits. Frederik selects 7 magi who will do the project and over 2 years they invent and stabilise the following spells:
|Restoration of the Defiled Body||5||9|
|Purification of the festering wound +12 bonus||5||9|
|Cheating the Reaper||6||11|
|Purification of the festering wound +15 bonus||6||11|
|Purification of the festering wound +18 bonus||7||13|
|Incantation of the Body Made Whole||8||15|
|Purification of the festering wound +21 Bonus||8||15|
As it comes in, each lab-text is copied by a skilled scribe and illuminator before being passed to Frederik to read. As there are 7 lab-texts, Frederik spends 7 seasons reading them.
5 years have now passed since Brutus first advertised the virtue, 350 pawns of vis were collected, 88 pawns were paid out to the researchers, 40 pawns to Frederik with 40 going to Brutus and the remainder being kept back for the integration project.
Frederik writes a tractatus on the new virtue. this is then copied by scribes and illuminators so there are a total of (number to be sent out (5) +1 = 6 extra copies). The copies are sent around the backers, each having it for a season but not having permission to copy it, last to receive them are the researchers. Within a few years everyone should have had a copy for a season and know the virtue. The copies are gathered up, with 1 going to each backer who paid for one, 1 going to the team leader and the original being kept by Brutus. Each copy is covered by cow-and-calf, the owners can allow people to study from them, but no copies are allowed to be made. Each lab-text used in the research has copied, with one copy going to Brutus and the other to Durenmar in both Brutus and the Frederiks names.