As everyone knows The Gift is a major part of Ars Magica and dealing with it provides much of the conflict between mundanes and magi. The Gentle Gift Major Virtue is available at character creation to remove that problem.
Some background: My character is a Mentem specialist, and my original design was one of a mute. I was new to the system and didn't recognize that having a character that couldn't speak would be such a flaw. So with the permission of my troupe, I respecced out of that idea into a more forgiving one.
As the resident Mentem expert I've found myself playing the diplomat or dealing with mundanes more often than I intended with my original mute character, and the Gift is getting in the way.
I have a general understanding of the rules on original research, but I want to know what everyone thinks regarding if this is possible.
As far as I understand, learning a new virtue would usually fall under the category of a Major Breakthrough. However, the Gift is arguably (probably not arguably) part of a magi's Essential Nature, so perhaps a Hermetic Breakthrough is required to augment the Gift.