Claws of the Dragon
An Adept’s progression through their Discipline is measured by their Circle, which represents not only their ability, but also their role within the culture of their path. First Circle Adepts are Initiates, new to the mysteries of their Discipline. At the Second Circle, they are Novices who often work beside more experienced Adepts. At the Fifth Circle, they are fully-fledged Journeymen, but often still work in the service of a Warden (Ninth) or a Master (Thirteenth).
To advance to the next Circle of their Discipline, an adept is expected to master all the Discipline Talents she knows to a certain level (to a Rank equal to the next circle) and then train with a willing tutor of the desired Circle or higher. Upon learning the Talent associated with this new Circle—and any special abilities—other members of her Discipline will recognize her advancement, often with a formal ceremony.