The Holy Grail War
Freelancer (or Rogue, as many call them) are Mages who hasn’t joined to any Magical Organization, due personal choosing or external factors.
A Freelancer mage only gain 2 Rote Skill Specialties, as opposed to a organized Mage. However, being a Freelancer is itself a feat of determination, inventive and cunning; and self-taught Freelancers can choose any Skill for his Rote Skill Specialties.
Also, lacking the resources and fellowship of the Magical Organizations, its harder to any Freelancer to learn the ancient formulae of Rotecraft: they must spend 3 x Arcanum rating to learn any rote, even if he gets the help of a mentor or another fellow Mage.