Currently revising in line with some of your critiques, and the notes from Jarkman. The affinities I do think should apply to the hermetic sorcery... as I think it is in keeping with the intent of the affinity virtue. In a manner similar to how the wording of 'flawless magic' was changed in the errata, I assumed it would work the same. Though if that isn't your understanding I will revise?
How many seasons should one spend on an initiation? I have it as one season ( and ten xp worth of time ) per. Beyond that I've yet to develop anything, waiting for the story elements of it to go with when I more fully develop my background notes. I generally have in my accounting assumed that he would initiate once every other year or so, with him usually spending at least one season a year 'adventuring' to include doing quests and whatnot for the cult. ( all undefined as of yet. ) But generally I didn't think that was overly excessive for a magi without a covenant making demands on his time. That is basically what he has been doing at the expense of settling down and establishing himself... pursuing that hard to come by lore of his magical lineage.
I do however have no problem cutting some of the virtues or reworking things in general should that become necessary. I can see your POV concerning the puissants and perhaps the flawless magic.
In my current revision I've the following:
Virtues: ( 10 ) Self Confident ( House ), Major Magical Focus ( Spirits ) ( Major ), Summoning ( Major ), Second Sight ( Minor ), Cautious Sorcerer ( Minor ), Affinity ( Rego ) ( Minor ), Affinity ( Vim )( Minor ), The Gift, Hermetic Magus
Flaws: ( 10 ) Incomprehensible ( Minor ), Proud ( Minor ), Wrathful (Minor), Infamous Master ( Lineage of Tasgillia / Mercatora of Rallantali )( Minor ), Cabal Legacy ( Titanoi )( Minor ), Pagan ( Major ), Hermetic Patron: Titanoi ( Minor ), Seeker: Theurgic Magic/Mysteries ( Minor )
Acquired Virtues: ( 10 ) Hermetic Sorcery ( Major ), Commanding ( Major ), Leadworker ( Minor ), Chthonic Magic ( Major )
Acquired Flaws: ( 10 ) Enemies: Sahirs ( Major ), Proud ( Upgrade, Major ), Wrathful ( Upgrade, Major ), ( +1 undecided major flaw, suggestions welcome )
Still reworking my accounting to go with this version. All of these are from initiations I have accounted for in my time workup... though the possiblity has been raised of twilights and the like doing interesting things. I've never really considered that. I'm also considering cutting the Chthonic Magic entirely ( and thus a reworking of the flaws, and accounting ) as Marko has expressed he is alright with an all magic realm version of goetia.
Anyway... that is where I'm at now. No desire for over-cosmic-ness here. Thoughts?