Well, you might remember my other thread.
Now I finally have decided how I'm going to get my character away from home and to the place where she's supposed to learn how to use her magic.
But now I'm facing the next question. I know that there's an organisation called the Alchemist Circle in this country where the young elemental magicians learn how to use and control their powers along with lot's of traditional and ritual stuff. And I also know that this organisation used to have taught the young via a master-apprentice-system in the past.
Back then this has been the privilege of the rich, well-connected, or very lucky but this has changed about a hundred years before the start of my story. A group of very powerful alchemists started challenging the traditions of the Circle and among other things, established a system that allowed everyone with the talent get taught, no matter where they come from.
So far, so good, but there are problems. There aren't enough people good enough to teach everyone anymore, the logical solution would be the establishment of a school system.
This poses some problems of it's own however.
- The sheer number of different elements makes one on one-teaching the more sensible road.
- Elemental magic doesn't surface at the same age for everyone, mostly somewhere between 15 and 25 but much younger and older cases are known. Many of those people have obligations of their own that can't just be left alone for two years of magical training.
Now I'm trying to decide if I should stay with the apprenticeship-system or adopt the school system.
The common answer is of course, what does your plot demand? If the answer to this was clear, I wouldn't ask of course. The plot could work with both options, but the school system would definitly make it eaiser for a foreigner to get her chance. I don't see any sensible reason why any of the Circle members should want to make her their apprentice.
In an earlier version I got a specific person to do it, but this doesn't make much sense anymore in the current setup.
Therefore, the school option would be easier for the story, but suffers from the problems described above.
On the other hand, it is a good way to show how much the persons mentioned above have changed (destroyed as some call it) the alchemist system, which is rather important as well.
What kind of approach would you favour?