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Protocols of the Ivory Tower
Mysterium's mages fall into a set of Circles, which represent their relative rank in the Ivory Tower. All Wizards of the Tower are nominally equal, as they each have one vote at a Gathering of the Tower. That said, some Wizards are more equal than others in practice; Apprentices, for instance, are rarely considered the intellectual or magical equal of the Journeymen or Masters, at least until they've proven their skills. Likewise, Fellows, a relatively new addition to the Tower, are sometimes looked down upon by more traditional members of Mysterium due to their lack of magical faculties. Finally, the Voice and Grandmasters are usually looked upon for guidance, and they have certain autonomous authority as well.

Circles of the Tower
  • Initiate: An Initiate of the Ivory Tower is one who has requested entry and has been sponsored by at least one Wizard. Formality suggests that the Voice also support the Initiate, and tradition specifies that the Voice be the sponsor of all Initiates, but technically, any Wizard can be the sponsor. An Initiate is not Named and is not a Wizard, so he cannot attend Gatherings without the permission of the other Wizards, nor may he speak or vote at them. An affirmative vote of the Wizards is required to make an Initiate a full Wizard of any Circle, and in most cases this vote is dependent upon Naming and the Initiate getting to know several Wizards. Unlike all other votes, the Grandmasters and the Voice have the authority to "void" an Initiate, denying him a vote on his initiation. In practice, this results in him leaving the Tower (though the case of Taruma Latama of the Silver Circle, who rose to Grandmaster of Thaumaturgy after being voided no less than four times before proving his worth, is a notable exception).
  • Fellow: The Fellows of the Ivory Tower are those who are unable or unwilling to walk the path of the mage. These bodyguards, scribes, clerks, hunters, and messengers take on non-magical roles that are nonetheless necessary for the safety, security, and convenience of the other Wizards of the Tower. A Fellow swears the same oath as other Wizards and is in all ways considered a full Wizard of Mysterium, with all the rights and responsibilities that entails.
  • Apprentice: The Apprentices of the Ivory Tower are those with magical talent but not skill -- certainly not enough skill or wisdom to be free to operate on their own. An Apprentice is tutored by a single Master who provides practical field lessons in the judicious and ethical use of magic. Masters have been known to insist their Apprentices pick up other fields of study to better understand the flow of Aether; for instance, Robert Fletcher required that his Apprentice, L'yhta Mahre, learn to dance. An Apprentice can be released by her Master at any time, at which point she becomes a Journeyman.
  • Journeyman: Journeymen are those Wizards of the Ivory Tower who have demonstrated competency in at least one Discipline of Magic. The backbone of the Tower's membership, the Journeymen seek to uncover new magical knowledge, improve their skills, defend their fellow Wizards, disrupt the plans of the Voidsent and the Primals, and better understand the mysteries of the Aether. While the Ivory Tower itself takes no moral stance and is only affiliated with the Maelstrom for political reasons, in these dark days, many Journeymen also seek to use their skills to defend Eorzea from the Garlean Empire and other forces of evil.
  • Master: One becomes a Master of Mysterium by demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the Tower and its principles, including training apprentices. With the losses of the Seventh Umbral Era, the Voice has put a particular emphasis on this latter charge, and so the fastest way to become a Master is to take on an Apprentice with the consent of the Grandmasters and the Voice. Despite their name, Masters have no authority over anyone save their Apprentices. However, due to their weightier responsibilities, Masters are usually looked to as exemplars of what a Wizard should be.
  • Grandmaster: The Grandmasters are chosen by the Voice from the Masters of Mysterium. Most importantly, they decide how Apprentices are to be assigned to Masters and which Journeymen can become Masters. In general, the Voice attempts to choose at least three Grandmasters, one from each Discipline. In headier times, the Tower had nine Grandmasters, three of each Discipline, as the number was seen as doubly propitious, numerologically speaking.
  • Voice: There is but one Voice, and she leads the Ivory Tower as far as the outside world is concerned as its face and representative. In other times, in other incarnations of the Ivory Tower, the Voice has had other titles, such as High Lord, Grand Wizard, and She Most High. However, the title Voice was chosen for the Wizards' Choir, and to honor her master, L'yhta has chosen to keep the title. The Voice represents the Tower politically and socially and speaks on its behalf, in accordance with the wishes of its Wizards; as part of this role, she selects Grandmasters and vets most Initiates. In times between Gatherings, when a key issue arises, the Voice may also act on the Tower's behalf, but her decisions are always subject to discussion by the Wizards at a Gathering. The Voice also moderates Gatherings to keep them on topic and to call for votes when appropriate.

Promotion through the Circles, at least up to Master, is at the discretion of the Grandmasters, though an Apprentice can be released as a Journeyman by his Master without their consent (though this is rarely done). One becomes a Grandmaster only by selection by the Voice, and to become the Voice, historically, the previous Voice must die. Only twice in the histories of the Tower has the Voice abdicated; in 232 of the Sixth Astral Era, She Most High Amelie Tourmenoix abdicated when she fell in love and decided to give up the position to raise a family. She remained a Master of the Tower until her death. L'yhta Mahre abdicated the position in 5 of the Sixth Umbral Era, passing the title to Eamont Desormaux.

Styles of Address
Any member of the Ivory Tower is referred to as a Wizard of the Tower, or simply a Wizard. This represents the difference between them and other mages. The proper honorific is Brother -- or, since the Wizards' Choir of Robert Fletcher -- Sister, though this style is rarely used despite appearing in the Tower's histories. Formally, a Wizard is addressed as "Wizard <Name>, <circle> of Mysterium, <titles of known magical practices>; by Aether illuminated, <Sigil>." The "Sigil" bears further explanation. During a Wizard's time in the Tower, most will decide on a particular path they wish to follow in life -- some principle they wish to represent in their magic and in the world. When a Wizard has decided on such a thing, he or she takes on an illuminated name, the Sigil, that represents that principle. The Sigil is typically one or two words, or at most three, that represent this transformative principle.

For example, L'yhta Mahre's formal form of address is Wizard Yhta Mahre, Master of Mysterium, Thaumaturge, Conjurer, Arcanist; by Aether illuminated, Seeker of Destinies. In her address, she chooses to drop her tribe letter from her first name, representing (to her) the intimacy of her formal address.

While all members of the Tower are properly called Wizards, semi-formal styles of address exist as well. Any Wizard can be referred to by their circle and their name, as in Master L'yhta. Using their full name in this address implies greater formality; in semi-formal situations, such as official meetings, only the first name is used with the title. Using the last name in this form of address implies displeasure at the Wizard, as it establishes distance and implies that their accomplishments are less important than their family name. It's not an insult that would provoke a fight, but it communicates a clear displeasure. It's also acceptable to refer to a Wizard by their circle alone when it's clear you're speaking to them, though again, this is only used typically in semi-formal situations.

In informal situations, or among those not of Mysterium, no style of address is usually used. One common exception to this is an Apprentice speaking to his Master, or vice-versa; to maintain a proper distance between student and teacher, most use these honorifics during the entire tenure of the relationship. However, this formality is at the discretion of the Master and her Apprentice.

Dear Friends
Those who are not Wizards of the Ivory Tower, but are its allies, may receive a linkpearl and access to Mysterium property so that they, and the Wizards, may better work together. These people are known as Dear Friends in the current era, though they had other names such as Guardians, Watchmen, and even Servitors in the past. The current name reflects that the Dear Friends are indeed close friends and allies of Mysterium, and in no way are less than the Wizards -- even if they have no formal say in the Tower's activities, nor any right to participate in its rituals and meetings. However, since the Wizards' Choir, the Ivory Tower has usually invited interested Dear Friends to these events to receive the benefits of their outside perspective.

One needn't be "exclusive" to the Ivory Tower to be a Dear Friend or a Wizard; the choice is more of a personal decision based on loyalties and a willingness to swear to the Code of the Magi, which puts loyalty to Wizards of Mysterium above that of any other associations one might have. A Dear Friend is not required to swear such an oath.

Dear Friends have no official honorific or style of address, though some Wizards have been known to refer to them as "Friend" in semi-formal situations.