The Unassisted Path to Grey Magedom

Alex Greene's picture

I had been working out the path for a character who will become a Grey Mage in the course of their life, without assistance from a Chantry, and while it may be a long and arduous process, it is doable.

They would have to develop their Arcane Lore, and Arcane Discipline as well. along the way, as their Arcane Lore developed, they'd learn to invent spells of their first Convocation - starting in every Convocation with Feel, Focus, and Sanctum. Possibly Infuse, too, to strengthen a Convocational residue for analysis. As Arcane Lore develops, they would gradually grasp the principles behind the Secondary, Tertiary and Diametric Convocations, until the greatest leap of faith - somehow taking the step to Grey Magedom at ML 101+.

The task would be akin to capturing a bird in a bucket, but it could be done. The only hurdle is the Ritual of The Core - which would require the Disquisition named in HMG Shek-Pvar p. 36 to fall into their hands, or something else ... perhaps contact with an artwork of Earthmaster origin?

How would you develop your character into a Grey Mage? What different steps would you take?

Balesir's picture

The rule on Arcane Lore simply requires that researching a Neutral spell (which is what the Ritual of the Core effectively is, according to the sidebar on SP36) requires "assistance", further characterised as "an appropriate mentor or written work". Note 9 in the sidebar on SP36 also says that "The GM may allow some other way to become a grey mage, since there must have been a first one..." - so it seems to me that other options might include:

- Something agreed by the GM; inspiration from a particular experience or place, maybe?

- Religious inspiration; the church of Save-K'Nor seems to me like a possible source of "suitable mentoring", possibly in the form of spirits or creatures encountered in Yashain

- Kelestia is full of potential mentors in the esoteric arts that are, well, esoteric. Spirits, echoes and residues of powerful or knowledgeable entities might fill this role without the need for mortal (or at least human) intervention...