In page 316 of the 5th edition core rulebook, in Getting around mana barriers, says that you can opt for breaking through violently or you can try passing through subtly, then:
If you want the violent option you have to deal with its armor and structure ratings as any other barrier, that means you can use physical means for destroying a mana barrier? Using guns or melee weapons? On the next page there is a red box titled Breaking mana barriers: going to the source that points to the fact of destroying the physical link of the barrier (a glyph or something), and that makes sense, but Im a bit unclear on the means of the first statement
If you want to pass subtly you have to make Magic+Charisma[Astral] vs barrier's Force x 2 opposed test, if you get hits, you can pass, but it also says: You can bring a number of friends, spirits, active foci, sustained spells, or other astral forms with you, one for each net hit you score. So:
What happens with bound spirits that are not summoned? If you have a bound spirit, you can dismiss him and call him after you pass the barrier?
Can the foci be "turned off" pass the barrier and then "turn it on"?
What means friends? Not awakened characters have to check or pass with the help of the hits of the magician? The barrier alerts the magician owner of the barrier if a non-awakened character passes?
If there is a version that explains better this struggle of passing mana barriers I would like to know to see if I can get ideas or adapt the rules.
Bonus question: When a focus is "disrupted" for being forced to pass a barrier and failed his check, is totally broken or it recover over time or something?