This meeting is almost like any other meeting of the covenant council, the food and wine is excellent. Justus sits in his almost throne like position at the table and starts to speak as soon as the magi have seated themselves amongst the magi there are two new faces. Justus clears his throat and begins to speak; [color=red]I like you to meet our two new members of this covenant. They will be introducing themselves in a moment. But first our servants have to report the state of the covenant. Before I let them speak I need to mention that a quesiatoris are coming tomorrow. Justus summons the servants. [color=red]To you who are new let me introduce them, Erich the captain of the covenant guard, Gunter who has is in charge of the covenants bookkeeping, and Horst who are the representative appointed to speak for our covenfolk and father Gerald our new priest. All of the covenfolk bows in turns as their name are called. Iâ€™ll let them speak in turns and then we can ask them questions.
Erich is allowed to speak first. Erich is a forceful man who speaks with a stern voice. [color=red]I have the following to report, The losses amongst the guards have been replaced with capable men from the militia. From the fighting with and against magi exercises I have a idea that I wish to suggest to you masters. I think that it is wise to order the manufacture of throwing axes for the militia and the guard and order them to practice. Reward the practices with a few annual feasts and accompanying axe throwing tournaments. The benefits of using throwing weapons are that they need little preparation time before they can be used. That is if sudden attacks occur. A there is little cost for the covenant as whole.
Gunter is a slender man with a cruel look upon his face and speaks with a soft voice. [color=red]The covenantâ€™s funds are still rapidly decreasingâ€¦ There are still 92 silver left. The silver smith and the sword smith will save some but that doesnâ€™t cover the entire loss of silver. It is my firm belief that the covenant must stop leaking silver into the surrounding area. The effects on the local economy will hurt us in the long run.
Horst is next one to speak. His average height and has a sturdy body can easily mistake him for a peasant rather than the head of the villagers. [color=red]The town hall is finished and we now have sufficient room to conduct our duties properly. Every magus have seen the new building it is almost grander then the covenant main house with your council chamber, it is smaller but made out of stone and with an imposing entrance. [color=red]I have a suggestion that will perhaps be useful in the future. As you all know the covenant secure funds even from villages a bit away from the covenant and they have been crudely administrated. If it where possible for me to hire a staff of clerks to sort out this mess it would be good. It will make the taxation more efficient and that will have the following effects, in times of need we can take more funds out of the peasants, hunters and swine headers and in normal times we can make the taxes more just and thus improving the good standing of your rule. I have a scribe standing to make a full report tomorrow of our affairs down at the town hall. If my masters wish I can order him to convey the full details of anything tomorrow or any day after that. For my tax efficiency operation I would need some silver to cover the initial recruitment cost to implement my plan. Also when I mention it I is my firm belief that a few feast a year would improve the morale and show that our masters pay what most villagers believe is proper respect to holydays and harvest feasts and such. The town hall can take care of any of such arrangement if you masters hand us the funds or least us take the necessary food and beverage from the stores.
Father Gerald steps forward and starts to speak. [color=red]Blessing of the Lord upon you masters of this covenant. Me and my housekeepers are most grateful for being allowed to live here amongst us. I have a little request and that is that some writing materials would be needed for my writing. I write a great deal in the liberal arts, theology and concerning natural philosophy. The villagers are pious folk and visits the sermons regularly, it is a pride and joy of our Lord. If anyone of you masters wish to make a visit to my household you are most welcome. I have a library that could be most interesting to view for scholars such as your self.
Justus Felix cuts the father short and thanks them. The servants and covenfolk exit the rooms so that the magi can deliberate in peace and wait to be summoned. [color=red]Fellow soldaes I forgot one thingâ€¦ Jusuts pauses for a moment. I received a letter of invitation to a newly established covenant in the Novgorod tribunal. It is inviting us to visit and is located near the coast but further east. What shall I write back? What are your opinions on the matter at hand concerning what our covenfolk just have told us?