Joining in with the spirit of producing something for November, I have decided I will write up a Realia collection a day for November.
Realia collections seem like something that could be really interesting and provide a lot of flavour. They can also provide the excuse for all sorts of adventures. Despite this I've noticed players in my game don't seem particularly interested in them, nor in creating them, and from some searching on the forum I get the impression that many people would say that large collections are needed before it is worth using Realia over just getting a vain tractus.
From the Exp point I can see this argument, but as Realia can give bonuses to researching things related to the collection, or provide people with knowledge of something they can then Creo into existence or otherwise use in their magic, I see there being a real role for Realia collections that might be put on display, or that others might opt to go out of their way to visit.
So I want to play this theme up in the collections I am going to create - therefore I'm going to suggest some things not in RAW for the Realia I'm thinking of creating. Some of the Realia may, for example, allow the person studying it to chose to learn one of a couple of arts/abilities from the collection. (For example a collection of live animals may allow the individual to learn either Magic Lore or Animal. They would be able to pick each time they studied the collection, but the maximum number of times they can study the collection remains the same, no matter what combination of subjects they learn from it)
I may also propose that these Realia might give additional in game bonuses where it seems fitting. This is just me trying to give Realia collections a bit more of a unique feel and to tempt someone to think about making a collection rather than just buying a vain tractus that season.
I don't know if anyone has proposed something similar, but if you don't like the idea of additional bonuses then feel free to just take the descriptions of the collections and use them instead.
So, without further to do, here is the first Realia Collection - criticism and comments are welcomed!
1. Portraits of Twilight
Lvl 5 Vim OR Lvl 5 Enigmatic Wisdom
This collection consists of 20 portraits of Magi and was assembled by Didactus, a Criamon magus of the Rein Tribunal.
This former Jerbiton Magus became interested in twilight at an early age, having experienced his Parens fall into twilight towards the end of his apprenticeship. Didactus gauntleted as a Jerbiton but, after spending several years corresponding and talking with the Criamon magi in the Rein, he joined house Criamon.
As part of his work in attempting to understand twilight he contacted several Magi to ask them to describe their experiences, but the simple descriptions lacked the impact of the experiences many tried to convey to him and left him with the impression he was failing to grasp important nuances in their experiences.
Specialising in Imaginem magic and having been trained as an artist he eventually reasoned that he would learn more if he were able to experience and visualise the twilight experiences of those Magi willing to share them with him.
To this end he entered into correspondence with many other Magi, asking if they would be willing to allow him to paint their portrait and enchant into it with a spell that would allow the user to see, hear, touch, taste and smell what the Magus had experience in Twilight. Whilst most were sceptical and others outright dismissive, Didactus found many willing to pose for his portraits, allowing him to create this impressive collection.
This Realia allows those studying it greater insight into twilight and the magical realm it is connected to, allowing them to increase their ability in Vim. Many Criamon many would willingly spend years going through the twilight experiences of other magi, looking for patterns and deeper meanings in each twilight experience, and so those with the enigmatic wisdom Ability may instead use the Realia to study enigmatic wisdom.
Additional Bonus - Any Magi who have studied this collection will gain a bonus to their next roll to comprehend twilight as if this collection was being used to assist in research (giving +1 to the roll)