Mythic Blood is a pretty good virtue, but I really don't think it should be Hermetic. Non-magi should be able to have it, and magi who have it should be able to take a Major Hermetic Virtue other than it.
But its current bonuses make it unusable for a non-magus. So I'd like to do something about that.
Mythic Blood has four effects, so let's look at them one by one.
- You don't lose Fatigue when you barely fail a spellcasting roll.
We need an alternate effect for non-magi. Took me a while to realize it, but a bit of Magic Resistance is the obvious way to go. It's something magi already have and therefore don't need, so mages won't want to take the non-mage version. But it's very useful for most people. And it makes a lot of sense, because almost all of the creatures that'd give you Mythic Blood have Might and therefore Magic Resistance.
The question is, how much Magic Resistance?
I'm thinking 15, but I'm not confident in that number.
- You get one special magic feat.
This effect is mostly fine as-is. At least for effects that you use on yourself. But I think the current version doesn't give enough Penetration.
Magic items get two points of Penetration for every point invested in overcoming resistance. I think that'd be appropriate here. A small base Penetration, like 10 or so, might also be a good idea.
Non-hermetic magical effects might also be cool, but I have no idea how to write the rules for those.
- You get a free Minor Magical Focus.
Non-mages can't use this one, unfortunately. And many mages have other foci, so they can't either. The obvious solution is to let people have another minor Virtue if the Focus is inappropriate.
- You get a "free" minor personality flaw.
This works fine. It should be clear whether it counts against your two-personality-flaw cap, though. I'm inclined to say that it doesn't, since I think it makes sense for people with Mythic Blood to be a bit more extreme than regular people.
So, does that sound like a good plan to y'all? Do you think that Mythic Blood would be a solid Major Supernatural Virtue with these changes?