Additional information for your prelude:
You hear a rumor that Phoenix Covenant in Iberia is seeking new members, and all they ask for in return is votes at the next tribunal. This rumor may come from any number of possible sources: the Redcap delivering the news (I can play the Redcap if you have further questions), your parens or some other magi NPC you wish to have ties to, or similar types of deus ex machina.
If players wish, their magi may already know each other, may be located at the same starting point and decide to journey to Phoenix / Cijara together.
The prelude might also include stories about meeting your companions or assembling your grogs.
If you are looking for a prompt, request it here and we can piece one together.
Actually, that yields a question worth asking: where is your character(s) in Winter 1212?