I have some background questions with regard to the setting. I want to get a handle on the history of the effect that was discovered and the founding of the government.
"...it has been noticed that there is a strange effect."
"...Recent investigations have determined"
How was this discovered? How long ago were these invsetigations? Were these investigations organized or happensance?
"Those who can read the paths."
Has this been quantified somehwere? By who? How far and wide has the information on how to read paths been spread?
"The order has decided to establish a covenant in Hiddenhall to investigate this effect."
Who in the order? I presume the tribunal, but who in the tribunal? Who determined that this was important enough to spend resources on? Who went along with that and was it totally for 'altruistic' research or are other reasons for foundingn the covenant at play? Are the PC's initended to be the founding members? Was the membership determined at tribunal or later? If later, what was that process?
I know that's a lot of questions, but if we're going to take 'dedicated covenant' I just want to know some background on why we're dedicated and how it came to be. Also it'd be useful to know if the tribunal and the charter dedicating us to this task lays out any expectations or specific responsibilities other than 'be a covenant and hang out in this strange place and see if anything happens'.
Also, it'd be useful to know which answers to these questions are things you need to keep 'firm' for purposes of the plot development that you intend and which of these answers are 'soft' and might be modified by player's in developing their backround ideas for their PCs and/or allowances for players having a say in covenant and setting development in general.
As a side note, I didn't say I was in but I am interested. Now I think I'm in, but fair warning - my first PBM game.
Is there any thought to employing something like ObsidianPortal or GoogleDocs or such as a resources? I'd be happy to help develop spreadsheets (I'm something of a guru).