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Actually, the master don't have to be better at everything. For example he may have been targeted by a curse which makes him unable to use magic/less good at combat. Maybe despite all his years of experience he remained very socially awkward and the apprentice will have to do most of the social interactions with NPCs. Maybe the apprentice has a special gift ...


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The assumption that the master is better in everything because he is the master is false. The master is better in the relevant aspects of his craft. There is no need to weaken him, simply make the pair face challenges a bit outside the craft. A master witcher will be better with the sword and will know more about monsters and magic, but being feared and ...


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To preamble this answer with some experience, I've been a fan of the Witcher Saga for over a decade, played and run RPGs in that setting and I don't think I have to mention the video games. The official RPGs suggested (back in the old days) one witcher per group, but there are ways to distinguish between a couple. Geralt was great at everything, being the ...


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Master and apprentice is a popular scheme. Whether it's Jedi or medieval knights, stories are full of those pairs. Obviously the master is better in whatever he is a master in. On the other side he has sacrificed something to get there. Most popular (probably because very realistic) is that he sacrificed time. The master is no 20 year old healthy guy, he's ...


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I'll start a bit from afar. If I remember psychology of Witchers correctly they are a set of ideologically and socially motivated specialists who strive to produce effective result. If this model is correct then cultural reason for Master to have Apprentice would be one of these two: Help. In real-world trades of martial arts and survival trades Master + ...


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Master being better than the apprentice is not inherently bad. I will expand one point of Anne's answer that I find extremely important. The master wants his apprentice to become better, so he won't do everything for him, even if he is more qualified. This allows for a lot of situations which do not arise in the conventional "all-players-are-equal" ...


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