The first saga I ran was based in a lighthouse covenant, though it was not in a particularly distant area. Income from nearby port town, had a small fishing village as its wards. The magi never really saw a need to explore the options of the lighthouse, and I was content to let them just explore the Ars Magica rules and setting since the players were new.
BAND name not BAD name.
Aw, where did that N come from?