Trutina takes down Siobhan's suspicions, writing them in her elegant shorthand. Fredegisa seems a bit surprised at the magnitude of Siobhan's concerns.
"Or it could be the ravings of a mad man, or it could be something sinister. These may be matters of faith, something we as wizards are woefully ill prepared for." Comments Fredegisa. Iuducium speaks.
"When you question Julia, find out about this monk. We live in a time filled with men and women claiming visions. Tricking him is an option, and I am loathe to consider other options...should the Order be endangered. That shall be your assignment. Julia is too closely involved, even if she is innocent, and I believe she is, she cannot be trusted to do...what might be necessary. Exercise your judgment on what should be done with him, if he is granted visions by the Divine...I believe our temporal influence will be found wanting."
"Regarding your concerns with the fair, they are wise and appropriate. You intend to join his Covenant, yes? We shall be well served by your presence there. I trust that you will see to it that this fair shall be...compliant as well as festive. Let us make it the pride of Stonehenge. Trutina? I would hear your counsel now."
Trutina stops writing notes and looks up. "I have nothing to add that is not already in my notes Senior Queasitor." she then picks up her pen to resume writing. Iuducium nods to Fredegisa. She licks her lips and seems to hesitate...gathering her resolve before she finally speaks.
"Senior Quaesitor, I feel that the power within Stonehenge is out of balance. There is too much power that resides in Blackthorn, the Praeco, you, the Tribunal Meeting, and of course Barbara." Iuducium's face does not change, but you can see the snake tatoo on his face rear up on his cheek, taking a pose as if to strike. "I know this is what many of the young magi always say in any Tribunal, and they are often jealous of the power and prestige that the older covenants posses. But in this case...I feel they are right. Look at their response over the last 20 years. No less than three new covenants were formed, all with the intent of making the Tribunal meetings Quorate again. They form a considerable voting bloc, and often oppose everything that Blackthorn does, yet Blackthron still remains at the top of the pyramid. We should break up this power base, remove the focus, and allow balance to take its place. That starts...by having the next Tribunal at the new Covenant with Agitatus. It also starts by having a new Senior Quaesitor..." Iuducium holds up his hand for her to stop, his face still resolute and inscrutable.
"That part of the meeting has not been reached yet. Do you have more to add?" Fredegisa shakes her head. He turns to Trutina, who seems only mildly surprised at this turn of events, but she too shakes her head. He finally returns to Siobhan.
"How do you feel?"