This is the perfect timing and set up for this. Everyone should have developed all through 1233, and it is now the start of 1234. The regional tribunals are held next year, and if held to my promise, there are still two more years to finish the cycle through 1235 (regardless of what we are doing as a troupe with the Sa Dragonera chapter).
The Set Up: Solomon of Gurnicus is meeting with the Barcelona magi to discuss Mercere Portals. They are well aware of the discussion at hand and both sides are sure to have had backdoor discussions in the past few years. The deal is sealed with the Mercere, they are ready with materials and magic to establish portals right away between Andorra to Doisettep and again to Barcelona. They are ready to start projects in (around) Barcelona as soon as it is green-lighted.
They know why Solomon is here, and they know they will have to come to some sort of agreement. But they will still want to milk it for what it is worth and minimize as much as possible.
It is Christmastime, 1233. The Aegis ritual has been conducted, these are the ten fee days at the end of the season. The New Year begins at the end of the month. Everyone who wants to vacation in Barcelona is invited to come along. Carmen will be going to visit her mom. At least one of the two Redcaps should go. New players can start here, as it will make a good introduction point, and anyone else is welcome to come along or happen to be there as I weave my clever tale of mystery and suspense...