One of the no-question strengths of RQ6 is the way it tries to weave the character into the social matrix he comes from, including magic practitioners. And when it comes to things like mundane support and easy access to things like new spells and such, that seems entirely sensible. However, magical ranking also function to limit certain practical capabilities, and its less obvious why this should always be necessary.
(I'll leave theism out of this for the moment, though I'd think the magically powerful solitary hermit still has a role there in a lot of settings, but let's keep it to animists, mystics and sorcerers for the nonce).
So how does a mystic, sorcerer or solitary shaman who lives outside of his normal society advance in functional power? As written in the rules it seems impossible, being dependent on hierarchical approval of some nature.
(To make it clear, I'm talking about the abilities and removed limitations present in the four "ranks" of mage, such as the shamanic access to the spirit world and so on).
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