So I have long (very long actually) loved the concept of the school of magic. This has led me to try and figure out ways to go about designing it so that a number of concepts of Ars Magica remain intact even though some of the general rules are being broken.
At base I am changing these two things:
There was a Major Breakthrough that established the possibility for a teacher to teach multiple people in the Art.
There was a Major Breakthrough that made immunity to the social penalty of the Gift an aspect of having the Arts Opened rather than of the Parma Magica, that way students didn't have to worry about being surrounded by other Gifted and thus Parma can still be taught at the end.
[*]Another breakthrough combined both others (and a third, the subtle opening which make it so that one's schores in the Arts doesn't effect the totals needed to gain supernatural abilities, but that is just because I like the concept) into a 'secret' opening variant taught only by the school.
Okay, so as a principal the idea is that the school of magic (which I still need to actually think of a name, though in someways I am partial to just Scholae Magicae) was founded around the 'present' time of the setting (that is a little after 1220), with all the political, social, technological, and magical elements that currently existing remaining in existence. This includes the Houses and the cultures and standards of how they organize.
So a magus (or magi) come in and announce that they are creating a school, and that they know a way to open the Gift to make such thing as magical classroom training possible. The question becomes how the various Houses interact with this phenomena and the potential story seeds that might come from it. Furthermore, how would school interact with the magi of the Houses and their apprentices. I was thinking that maybe apprentice would be a title applied to those who have a master, and student would be applied to those in the school taught by the school itself but not directly by their master. At base the four Mystery Cult and four Societies all could allow membership post training in the school, while the True Lineages require direct master-apprentice connections.
I was also thinking that a master could enroll their apprentices into the school by agreeing to provide some cost, which often would be gifts or goods other than vis or money. But that not all members of the school would be apprentices, some master-less students would come in. I was also thinking that the school would agree to open the Gift for those apprentices who would go on to attend the school, the ceremony would have the master be involved in such a way that it could be said they opened the Gift, even though everybody knows the professors of the school were the one to open the gift (since the professor is doing it in the name of the organization, and the covenant organization school is not a magus and cannot have an apprentice, everybody is fine with the fiction). If a master has their apprentice gift opened up but then takes the apprnetice and runs, they become blacklisted by the school - which basically means zero access to its resources, laboratories, information, or future academic connection.
My idea is that the school is in the Apollon Gorge on Candia (Crete) in the Theban Tribunal with Talos as the guardian.
Anyway, I REALLY would like to here what sort of story seeds could come from this. Interesting ideas, various plot points, elements of design and whatnot.
I would like to establish that while I am all for adventure and quests and danger of the attempt failing, my thought is that in the end (however long the 'end' part requires) is that it becomes an accepted Hermetic-wide institution of learning that almost all mainstay magi consider useful, valuable, important and accepted.
But I really want to here you thoughts on this. Basically, when I read through the books this is one of those ideas that stick out at me, explode in my head, and demand attention no matter how many times I put the books down and move away. So yeah, I would love to here thoughts and opinions and stuff from you guys.
Thanks for reading this and thanks for commentating.