I've been following a few discussion on min-maxing, apprentices, etc, and it got me thinking, Tremere would min - max. If I ever run a campaign, I could have Tremere trying to do a soft takeover by showing how they do things so much better, and their way should spread through the order.
I'm thinking the way would be to get in the ear of weaker covenants and magi just out of gauntlet, especially magi with "Weak Parens" and show how much better off they'd be with Tremere helping out. Point out how established magi hoard resources and this is a bad thing, to get younger magi on side, and set a good example.
Think how apprentices are taught. Most magi will have rubbish communication. The social penalty of the gift makes that logical. Normal magi, gets an apprentice, teaches the apprentice Latin, Artes Liberales, Magic Theory etc. 9 XP a season to begin with. It would be years before they are much help in the lab at all.
Tremere scour the universities for the best teachers out there. Magi, think long term. If there's not great teachers, they make them. Find the children of grogs and companions who are good communicators, put them through uni.
The min-max companion under 30 years old, when teaching a full class, gives 23 XP, 29 XP if it's one on one. Once older, in his 50s, he'd be giving 28 XP a season to a class, or 34 one on one. Give him a longevity potion when he hits 40, as it's worth the vis investment and you are set.
Assuming a communication 5, etc super teacher is a once in a generation thing, settling for a comm 3 with virtues of good teacher and affinity teaching, is still giving 19 XP to a full class when young. Also, as a teaching specialist, he will continue to get better and better at teaching.
The Primus tells Tremere magi, give us your apprentices for 2 seasons in their first 3 years. They will be taught Latin, Magic Theory, Artes Liberales, Philosophae and Code of Hermes by the best teachers in Europe.
Yes, those first 3 season, the Magi has his lab slave for 1 season less, however, he gets compensated by having a season to do what he wants, instead of train his apprentice the basics, and he gets a much better trainee. Tremere offer this assistance to any magi who wants to send their apprentice to the Tremere school. If the teacher adds a bit of Tremere indoctrination in those 3 years, so be it.
Season 3 apprentice has these skills. Latin 4, Magic Theory 4, Arts Liberales 2, Philosophae 2, Code of hermes 2. Make the last 3 skills 1s, if you have the young non-super teacher. How many people could have an apprentice with magic theory 4 after 3 seasons with normal teaching? The apprentice is much more useful in the lab.
I'm floating the idea of Tremere doing better resource sharing. Vis is clearly limited, however, books, less so. Same thing with the teacher. Get a brilliant scribe. Make copies of books, set up a proper indexed library. Tremere magi put out a request, the scribe copies the book, next season there's a copy delivered.
Back to the apprentice. For the last 12 years of the apprenticeship, the deal is the magi must give 1 season of one on one face to face training, or the apprentice gets 2 seasons of home study. With the better book access, he's reading the level 6 quality 21 summaes, and later on after putting in the book request the level 15 quality 15 summaes. He's got access to lots of books with spells. Same deal, yes, 1 season less of lab slave, but 1 less season of wasting time teaching an apprentice.
If the apprentice wants to learn something his magi can't teach, and there's no book, for example, lets say the Rego specialist has an apprentice who wants to be a Creo specialist, he puts out a request. The Tremere registry works out who's the best teacher in that field. A deal is made. The apprentice's Parens makes the teacher an item, agrees to teach him or his apprentice something, whatever. A season for a season.
The season exchange for teaching could be comprehensive. A Magi wants an item not in their technique and form area, they put out a request. Someone gets the request, makes the item, awesome.
Lets say a Tremere magi needed to be fireproof. He's never done Perdo or Ignem. He spends two seasons getting Perdo and Ignem to 6 each so he at least has some lab total, and then spends 2 or more seasons making the item. Instead a Perdo Igem specialist makes it for him in a season or 2, and in return, he makes that magi an item he wants in his specialist areas, also in a season or two. Or a season of teaching, whatever.
The apprentice I'm talking of could have over 500 XP after gauntlet, and that isn't assuming lots of cheap XP in a brace of level 6 techniques and forms, and easily the default 120 level worth of spells if not more.
A 30 year old wizard seeing a 20 year old Tremere throwing better and more complex spells than him, might want to find out what's going on. An established magi wondering why his Tremere covenant buddy keeps getting high quality books delivered, and has items that he couldn't possibly make himself, might want to know more.
The order hoards resources. "I put seasons of effort to make that summae, I better get a return on it." "Why should I help you teach your apprentice?" Tremere offering a better way seems compelling to younger magi.