[tab][/tab] In the small conference room of the Rotunda the assembly of almost all the magi of Meru Mudi make it seem crowded. Last year's 'founders' mingle with the newcomers in small talk and genial conversation, while a woman servant (who is looking down and not meeting anyone's eyes, except Raven's, quite terrified) brings in a tray with some victuals and tidbits. A small dish of black olives and soft white cheese, a stack of freshly baked flatbreads, a small platter of wizened late-fall apples neatly cut into pieces, and of course wine. Room temperature adequate wine, nothing fancy, that is supposed to be consumed watered down in the plain ceramic cups provided, to cool your thirst. Of note, the servant woman serves Raven a small opaque glass cap with a carafe of water separately, then with a small bow leaves (a bit hastily).
[tab][/tab] The unobtrusive servant makes little impact in the introductions and deliberations. Pavo has a side of the table to himself, looking much like a young prince with an almost palpable aura around him. The Bonisaga named Raven sits next to him looking quite reserved. Aristocles the Verditius is all business. It is Scylax the ex Miscellanea that is the most chatty, perhaps due to his lineage. While the newcomers want to make a good impression and learn more about their new home, some on the other side seem reserved, others more genial. Talks continue....
[tab][/tab] General Gossip and Overhead tidbits
All characters, use your discretion on what you might have heard or overheard:
The covenfolk are very clannish. They do not gossip with the newcomers. It is almost impossible to get more than a word or two out of them.
Almost of the mundanes look up to Anastaj, the oldest magi in the covenant, with at least some measure of respect. This is also shared with Dimitrios, his aide/right-hand man.
The covenfolk do gossip between themselves. There also seem to be some divides between ethnic groups, and people who work inside the rotunda, outside and the various guards, though this is still a nascent evolving process.
Most covenfolk are in various states of awe when it comes to Pavo. They treat him more like nobility than a garden variety magus. On the other hand, they seem to prefer Raven for some reason, their dealings with her are more relaxed and typical of a servant-master relationship.
Other people of note are Dimitrios, the unofficial seneschal, sir Georgios who runs the guard (he has shown some kind of martial prowess recently) and a wild woman of the mountains called Maia (who is not resident).
The covenant was created by Anastaj and Christoforos. Both these old men are known to the covenfolk in a personal basis. There is still some sorrow over Christoforos' passing. No covenfolk will be caught criticizing either of these men or gossip about their doings.
The people are not sure about their place in the scheme of things. Most are nervous and worry about their future. It is an ominous place, deep in the mountains, and there has been little effort to assuage their fears. There was a lot of construction though, and the new buildings bring a sense of permanence.
There has been 'something' recent going on in the covenant itself, some kind of discovery. People refrain talking about this, making signs against bad luck. [This option is still locked. More to come in the State of Affairs about this discovery]
He also inspects the free rooms, to get a feeling for what's available. The new building could give an interesting home...
There is a description on what is free and what is not. The new building is under the control of Raven and her family (maybe ask her permission to see it), while the workshop outside the covenant is open.
For any young Theban Tribunal Magi, he's probably met them at least once before, if not anytime recently - at the Apprentice Presentation (TSE 33)
There are three Polites present. All three are indeed from the same batch of apprentices but 'graduated' on different years [from what I can see]. Aristocles (1213) is known but after apprenticing in Igantios nothing of note was heard about him. Pavo (1214) was a striking figure even as a child. There were quite a few magi wanting to bid over him. Its is weird that fate has put him in the covenant. Scylax (1213) is almost an unknown, he had little presence all these years back.