Altair has a natural talent for offensive magic. If he cared more about dueling other than as a social event that Cy coerced him into (and didn’t care whether his opponents were hurt), he would probably win easily.
I don’t believe so. Sorry.
Ritual magic can be used in the first book to summon a hellhound, set a trap for Reyna, paralyze the drake, etc. Like Dwise said, it lets MC use magic through runes, spells, and other means.
It would probably be helpful to focus on a more offensive stat (either fighting or elemental manipulation) in addition to cunning.
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Altair and Cyrus haven’t yet been dragged into the keeper mess in the first book. By the second book, their reactions to MC apologizing will depend on MC’s specific actions in the second book; in general, they won’t blame MC if MC hasn’t done anything to exacerbate the situation.