While Atolycus goes to visit old friends, Leonardo gives Constantine and Artemis a tour of the covenant. He does so with grace and dignity, and if he feels any discomfort at Artemis' Gift, he gives no indication of the fact.
Harco the magi see is located in the hills of Piedmont, on a wooded hillside overlooking a village of the same name. It's clear from the beginning of the tour that the members of Harco live in the luxury that the covenant’s huge income allows. The main covenant building is a large square villa, surrounding a beautiful central courtyard. A winding trail leads up from Harco village, past orchards and vineyards, through a small wood that surrounds the Covenant, to the large bronze doors which have served as entrance to Harco since its foundation. As Harco has always maintained reasonably friendly relations with its neighbors, the covenant is not particularly well-fortified, and has numerous spacious balconies which offer a commanding view of the woods, vineyards and village below.
The two magi are shown the main meeting hall, the library, the gardens, and several of the more interesting outbuildings. It's a leisurely tour that takes well over an hour.
Once the tour is done, Atolycus rejoins them for a simple midday meal made of only the finest ingredients with some of the best wine any of them have tasted. As the magi are finishing the last jug of wine, Leonardo excuses himself, only to return a short while later informing the group that Insatella is free. They are then ushered upstairs to her solar where the Prima is awaiting them.
"Thank you for coming," she says politely. "Atolycus I know, and you must be Constantine," she offers him her hand. "And I gather you are Artemis." She maintains a polite smile, but there is a little strain behind it. "I'm so glad you could come."
"I've asked you here, as you may well know, to discuss the details of setting up a Mercer House in New Atlantis. You're far enough away from the rest of the Order that House Mercere would like to have a permanent presence on the island. And if you're to live up to your promise, there will be more than a few magi there before long. We'll need lines of communication open."
"But please, come in and sit down so that we can discuss the matter properly."