Cool. (and got 'em both, currently, check.)
re Ability Summae:
The "best" book we are allowed buy with the Covenant Point System looks something like:Level 8, Quality 11 (max Level allowed, max Quality for Level 8 )
Level 7, Quality 14 (max Quality for Level 7)
Level 6, Quality 17 (etc)
Level 5, Quality 20 (etc)
Level 4, Quality 23 (etc)
etc...Both in buying and writing, for every Level you drop below your max, you can add +3 Quality, no prob.
However, I have NO idea how one gets a Level that high to begin with, which is what they are all premised upon. Level 8 requires either a Skill Level of 16 (get back to me about that when it happens.*) Or maybe some non-canon Virtue that lets you write at a Level of more than 1/2 of your skill.
(And let's not forget that those Authors with Skill 16 seem to all have +2 Communication or so... fortunately.)
Point is, with the arguable exception of Aristotle et al, those books are a bit "unrealistic". Unless the Author has a humongous skill level to start with, there are no book levels to trade away for those absurdly high Qualities- just can't do it.
So... what do we want to do about that? Ignore it? Or, accept that a skill of 10 rocks, and (without Virtues), that would make your average "good" book look something more like...Level 5, Quality 7 (Skill of 10, +1 Comm)
Level 4, Quality 10 (max for the above & Level 4)
Level 3, Quality 13 (etc)
Level 2, Quality 16 (etc)While these texts are not nearly as delicious, they would give us more books (on more topics).
Using those guidelines (but with some exceptions for "the classics"), we'd have a few more Ability Summae (actually just 1 more good book!), but the Quality (which dictates the Study Total) would be slightly lower (than "huge") for all but the well-written ones (of which there could certainly be a few). See below.
Assuming about a 10 skill level max (more for the Masters, less for obscure Lores), and about a +1 Communication for anyone interested in writing a book...
o Lvl 5, Q17 (Philosophia?- Aristotle, collected works, w/ commentary)
o Lvl 5, Q10 (Latin? Good Teacher!) [color=red](-2 Quality)
o Lvl 4, Q 8 ______? (Law? Theology? Local Lore?...)[color=red](-8 Quality)
o Lvl 4, Q 7 (Area Lore? Maps?...)[color=red](-5 Quality)
o Lvl 3, Q21 (Artes Liberales? Euclid & Ptolemy)
o Lvl 3, Q12 (Code of Hermes?)[color=red](-2 Quality)
o Lvl 3, Q10 (Order of Hermes Lore?)[color=red](-1 Quality)
o Lvl 3, Q 4 (Local Nobility Lore?)
(25 spare pts into...)
o Lvl 2, Q10 (Prof: Scribe?)
o Lvl 2, Q5 (Maybe... Premonitions?* Great Weapon? Faerie Lore?)
[color=blue]Level 3, Quality 9
(maybe.... Law? Local Church Lore? Magic Realm Lore?
or General European Area Lore- i.e., the AM map of Europe?)
(btw- the "average" books we have cost around 20 pts.)
Not necessarily a "good" trade, but perhaps a good story decision?
[i](* Actually, a dedicated scholar could achieve a Level 16 skill without too much fuss and ~23 years (680 xp) to burn. With an Affinity, it would be only(!) ~455 xp for ~15 years. That would be about 15 years of dedication to that one Skill, before writing about it. And only just less than 12 years if the character was "Wealthy" (a Major Virtue) and got 33% more XP/year, a true dilettante scholar! So it could certainly be done. And it was with some of the ancient Masters. But it would be rare with more modern topics, especially many "Lores", I'm thinking.
Otoh, that is what an "excellent" library is all about...)[/i]