<.< This is getting deep.
So 'Mental lab' is a flaw in Covenants' Laboratories. States its a CrMe ritual spell, probably associated with Art of Memory Ability. I will not 'create' a new Virtue based on that, I would prefer published stuff, please. That ritual will probably be very high.
Its a flaw, because you cant do much, but it does allow you to study and research spells in your mind (ie. when traveling, or after you blew up your laboratory). I would allow your Parens having cast that on your character, but I am leery. We should ask other players if they are ok with this.
The Criamon Philosophy hinges on Empedocles. It is not certain if its right (though they strongly and fervently believe it is). They could be right, they could be partially right, they could be wrong, or they could be imposing their own paradigm on reality. In the end, it does not affect this Campaign. I have a big issue by how they were made in this version (a hold over from earlier editions), but I am going to play it by the book; follow canon or go Gorgiastic. It makes my life simpler...
That being said, almost all Criamon are celibate, vegan, non-combatants. Also crazy af, but thats besides the point. The most important part isnt riddles, but Apt actions (pg 48 and 51-52). Can you pull that off?
Starting with a path is not allowed. Progression in a path thats not described is allowed (we'll just have to create it, and god help us).
Wow, Magic Realm and Vestiges....time out, dont go that deep! Also, once Criamon or whomever escapes time, he/she.it isnt replicated. You dont get an infinite number of existences, because as an ideal you are already outside.
Vedic as in Hindu philosophy? Don't go there, reincarnation is not the same as the Empedocles theory. They seem close but they arent.
EDIT: Its not Craft: Illustration, its Illumination. And cannot be used in tattoos. Whats this book binding and virtue thing?
Bottom line. I think its too deep, at least for a starting character. Take it slow. I am good with Mentem and Art of memory Ability (but I will not allow it for another character, one is enough). The Mental lab, we will ask consensus from players if you can start with it. I guess the character's name is Thufir Hawat?