Just in the process of building my first character Vaelis. Summed up, he is Videnese Eídisi, an Academy progeny who has been in education there from entry level onwards as a boarder while his parents (Academy sociologists) are in Desnind working on a study there.
I want to give him a solid foundational level in subjects that the Academy would train students in during their primary and secondary education so I thought for skills he would have:
Etiquette (5) - not sure about this one... might shift it to an additional 5 points in Writing or Linguistics
Research (25 racial bonus)
...and then I want him to grow into becoming a very traditionally-trained purist mage in the "Pure Disciplines" of, first, Attunement and then Transmutation, who ventures out into the world to continue his studies. Of course he will need to find a suitable master to initiate and educate him in these fields first, I figured I would just give him Ensorcelling (5) for now to reflect his fascination with Arcana and his initial steps into tertiary education at the Griseous Wing of the Academy.
I'm trying to figure out a few things from there:
- How easy would it be for an Academy student to pick up Ensorcelling in his theoretical studies at the Institute of Arcana? I was thinking of just keeping this character in the Academy for now focusing on his studies (reflected in developing skills in Research, Writing, Meditation, Ensorcelling and maybe Linguistics if some arcane theory texts need to be translated) and hoping to be noticed by a mage and picked up as an apprentice for his first initiation in Attunement.
- Have I spread my skill points a little too thin or does that seem like a reasonable distribution for an educated Academy brat's starting off point?
- Is an Academy-educated character more or less likely to be taken on as an apprentice by a mage? I figured a master might have some hesitations as Domain Magic is ultimately a spiritual practice so a rigidly educated mind might be too cerebral to understand concepts of the soul. But then mages seem to be fairly academic and half the students in the Griseous Wing seem to be mages themselves?
- Am I wasting my time starting the character at an early pre-mage stage? Should I start him off post-initiation as a starting mage to save time trying to find a mentor? I just thought as a starting character it would be easier for me to start him off with a wide spread of base skills and build him from there.