This year the Tribunal has a special treat: after a hard day's deliberations, what better than a performance, somewhat akin to a Mummer's play? The Spanish Play is put on by a trio of House Jerbiton magi from Paris, guests this year at the Tribunal of Hibernia! So assembled Irish magi, prepare to be entertained. A troubadour sings, actors speak their lines, and the Jerbitons create wonderful magical special effects. Wonder what it's about, with a title like "The Spanish Play"?
It opens at the covenant of Duresca in the Iberian Tribunal. An apprentice has gone in to the cellars to look for some vis, but accidentally goes the wrong way, and stumbles upon some ancient jars. He opens the jars, and within finds some ancient scrolls, containing the correspondence between the Founder Guernicus and Fenicil his apprentice. What's this? It involves some kind of conspiracy, an attempt by House Guernicus to take over the Order? The apprentice takes the scrolls to his mistress, but one of the covenant's Quaesitors overhears their discussion. The boy manages to escape with the scrolls through a Hermes Portal, even as a dozen quaesitors burst in and capture his parens, and torture her horribly till she expires. The apprentice finds himself at Durenmar; there he finds the Primus of Bonisagus, and starts to read to her from the scrolls.
We flashback in time for this act; the opening scenes if of Guernicus gloating over a map of Europe. "Soon, young Fenicil, soon! Tremere thinks he shall control the Order, but I promise we shall rule it, and then the world!" cackles Guernicus. "First we must destroy Diedne, then we must weaken Tytalus..."
Just at this moment the Presiding Quaesitor calls a halt to the play, and for the Three Jerbiton of Paris to explain themselves. They have vanished - well at least they re nowhere to be seen now, though they were here a moment ago. As to the mortal actors, they seem utterly confused, as if they have no idea why they are faciung a large mob of somehwta put out wizards.
Someone has made The Duresca Scrolls , long since suppressed, in to a rather bad piece of melodrama, known as "The Spanish Play". And the Praeco said it was fine to put it on as an entertainment, and personally endorsed it with a little speech about how grateful he was to be able to offer this entertainment. Should charges be brought? And if so what charges , and against whom? One thing is certain - the Presiding Quaesitor is not impressed!
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