Starting at 1st level, mages gain one field and one study in that field. This reflects the knowledge that the mage has been able to gather while studying their calling. This knowledge is then expanded as the mage increases in level, for it is presumed that the mage is naturally inquisitive, exchanging techniques with others, studying magic, physically improving their minds at every opportunity, growing more adept and able with respect to the concerns of civilization, the humanities, power, science and so on.

This is true even if the player never expresses their intention to gather knowledge, as not every moment of 'downtime' is actively accounted for during play.






See Mage