Sometime in late 1229.3, shortly after his return from Confluensis, Marcus receives a letter.
[hr][/hr]To Marcus ex Tytalus, cenobite at the Covenant of Mons Electi, Normandy Tribunal,
From Saraid MacMurtaugh, scholae Bonisagi, Disceptatrix of the Covenant of Machaera Aqua, Novgorod Tribunal,
I hope this letter finds you well. Actually, no, I don't. I hope this letter finds you able to travel, and don't much care beyond that.
Four months ago, we found Isenvox of Criamon (the former Disceptatrix -- I am certain you remember her) seated at her desk within the library, with the wax tablet she was using in her divinations in front of her. She was in Wizard's Twilight. She is still in Wizard's Twilight as of the time I write these words. The tablet in front of her was covered, top to bottom, one side to the other, in renditions of your name.
Since then, Machaera Aqua has been under siege by the forest itself. Yarra Flambonis was killed -- gored by a boar -- during a perfectly routine vis hunt. Miklo Vladovich Bjornaeris is gone as well: we have no idea what happened to him. Our grogs don't return from cutting firewood. Our Aegis shudders daily under mystical attacks of indeterminate origin. Our covenfolk are deserting in droves. Wolves howl at the walls every night, speaking in human voices, demanding "send out to us the legless freak".
I don't know what you did to so incense the fae. It doesn't matter. However you annoyed them, whatever it was you did: [size=120]come back and fix it[/size]. I am certain I do not need to remind you what the Code says about molesting the fae, and thereby bringing ruination upon your sodales. I am equally certain I do not need to remind you of the penalty for breaching one of the core tenets of the Code.
I await your reply.
Scratch that. No reply is needed.
I await your arrival.
Saraid MacMurtaugh, scholae Bonisagi, Disceptatrix of Machaera Aqua
(her seal and sigil)
(Machaera Aqua's Covenant seal)
From what Marcus remembers, Saraid is the last person one would entrust with the governance of a covenant. Well, that's not quite true: call her second to last, because the honor of last place belongs to the only Machaera Aqua magus not mentioned in the letter. One Percailis of Bjornaer, a pugnacious and self-important waste of space. His heartbeast is a woodcock.
In Marcus' estimation, Saraid is young, unprepared, and overwhelmed by the responsibility that has landed on her shoulders. The strident and hostile tone of the letter is additional proof of that.
Her threat of legal action is not quite as potent as she makes it sound. Depending on the evidence she has, if she were to bring a case against Marcus, the decision could easily swing either way. Assuming, of course, that the case could get a fair hearing.
Given the general attitudes of the Quaesitori towards Mons Electi, the chances of a fair hearing are, perhaps, slightly diminished. Slightly.