Durenmar vs. Leczyca: with the information at hand...
- Leczyca should be seriously punished
- Leczyca should incur a minor punishment
- Leczyca should be acquitted (possibly with a warning)
- Durenmar should be seriously punished
- Durenmar should incur a minor punishment
- Durenmar should be acquitted (possibly with a warning)
A Grand Tribunal case! The covenant of Durenmar, of the Rhine, brings charges of scrying and of deprivation of magical power against the covenant of Leczyca, of Novgorod; which in turn brings a counter-charge of deprivation of magical power against Durenmar. It's a bit longer than usual, but I tried to incorporate as much information as possible upfront.
I've added a poll to simulate Tribunal voting. This should not discourage you from discussing the case! Keep in mind that you can, and should, choose two options. Also, you you can change your vote at any time -- so vote early, and change your vote as your sodales sway you!
Durenmar was visited several years ago by one Boris ex Miscellanea. The magus appeared destitute; Durenmar magnanimously offered him shelter for the winter. Boris spent the winter assisting the scribes of Durenmar in the library, and the spring studying from one of the [strike]Roots[/strike] Branches of the Arts, the famous Ars Percipiendi of Cecilius of Bonisagus. He left, and was never seen again.
Two years later, a number of agents of Leczyca swarmed throughout the Order's lands, from the Levant to Stonehenge, offering to sell or barter copies of the Ars Percipiendi to any interested covenant. The price was undignifiedly low for such a great work, particularly since it was offered without any Cow and Calf restrictions, and only one other copy existed (at Magvillus). Still, in a brisk trade lasting less than two seasons Leczyca may have put in circulation no less than nineteen copies of the Ars Percipiendi; gaining vis, goods and services for almost a queen of vis in value, if not more.
Durenmar called for a quaesitorial investigation in the Rhine, and Tabanus of Guernicus was assigned to it. Tabanus reports that all evidence points to the mysterious Boris ex Miscellanea as source of the leak. All attempts to find his whereabouts, or any other information about him, have failed. In fact, it proved impossible to even ascertain his identity: there are a number of magi ex Miscellanea, including one Boris Paraliev who vanished in Faerie in the 10th century, who partially match his description.
Tabanus then visited Leczyca, where he faced a very cold reception. Leczyca said that the copy of the Ars Percipiendi was procured by one of their agents currently not in residence, and refused to provide Tabanus with means -- or even permission -- to locate the agent by magic. Leczyca said they would collaborate with Novgorod quaesitors, if asked, but not with "an agent of the Rhine". On the third day of his stay, Tabanus was rudely shown the door.
Tabanus then sought assistance from Novgorod's quaesitors. The local quaesitor assigned to the case, Pavel Chedyav of Guernicus, made it clear that they had far more serious cases on hand than unauthorized circulation of a book. Still, he briefly reviewed the case brought by Tabanus and -- separately -- the arguments of Leczyca, and judged that there was not sufficient evidence of any wrongdoing on Leczyca's part in Novgorod. He also suggested, since the issue was clearly impacting more than one Tribunal, and a Grand Tribunal was due relatively soon, that Durenmar bring the case there.
Leczyca states its position in simple terms. Ars Percipiendi is a book in the library of the Domus Magna of Bonisagus and was authored by a Bonisagus. By the Oath, any magical knowledge that Bonisagus obtains should be shared with the rest of the Order, whose members may use it as they wish. Durenmar thus cannot construe acquiring such knowledge as scrying. Since no book was physically taken from them, they also cannot claim having been deprived of magical power. Thus, there is no need to further pry into Leczyca's affairs under the pretext of a quaesitorial investigation.
Leczyca, in fact, brings a counter-charge against Durenmar. It states that Durenmar has violated the Oath depriving Leczyca, and probably other covenants, of magical power. Well before the case at hand, Durenmar repeatedly refused Leczyca permission to copy any book from the Great Library. This even in seasons when said books were not otherwise in use, and during which Durenmar would have allowed any magus to study the books. Even just for study, Durenmar allows free access to its Library only to magi of Durenmar or Bonisagus -- everyone else must pay for the privilege with seasons of service, other books, or vis "donations".