A novice is a young magician who studies magic at the Guild for five years before they graduate. If a person is a slow learner it may take them longer to graduate. Novices wear brown robes which fall to their thighs, they recieve full length robes after graduating.
Most novices start at fifteen except in special circumstances, examples of this are Sonea and Farand. Novices are taught Control when they enter the Guild after the Acceptance Ceremony, and it usually takes them one to two weeks.
During the first year of study novices are given duties such as clearing the paths of snow and lighting the courtyard lanterns. However these tasks may be given to a novice at any time as a punishment.