A rival covenant has been found to have been sending magically created gold to a noble in Aquitaine. Said noble was happily engaging in the Albigensian Crusade, despite the wishes of his neighbors. He did not know immediately that the spoils of war were being supplemented by magi seeking his favor. Eventually, he is approached by a mundane operative, a bandit leader, who offers more gold in exchange for various strange rights (all connected to vis harvesting, some ignoring of the law here and there, and the right to pass unimpeded, etc.) The gold is the result of magic.
Said noble gladly agrees to the bandit leader's requests, as he is making crazy money and no one seems to be unduly harmed by this.
The increase in revenue, and the monetary savvy of the noble, allow him to continue to buck the desires of his liege, and he swears allegiance to the King of France over the Duke of Aquitaine at a moment that he sees as militarily opportune. He has numerous mercenaries in his employ from Flanders and elsewhere. He has built a number of extra castles and cannot immediately be deposed as visconte through force of arms. Rumor persists that he is good with money and made out well in his forays against the southern lords, whom he has betrayed in favor of the King of France.
10 years into the saga, the players have finally discovered from a wounded member of the rival covenant that the rivals were funneling money to fund the visconte's fortunes and war machine.
- The visconte is the younger brother of one of the mages, who forsook his birthright to become a mage.
- The player covenant accepted charity in the form of gold and food from the visconte when times were tough. This charity was made possible by the rival covenant's gold. The PCs have not yet put two and two together on this fact.
- The rival covenant never pumped money directly into the economy, but instead used it to gain favors from the visconte.
- The rival covenant never revealed the source of the money, or that they were wizards. A mundane always handled the money transfer, though a wizard was always on hand to guard the transport of the gold.
- The rival covenant never cast magic on behalf of the visconte, or otherwise favored him. He assumes they are bandits who are funneling their money through him for some strange reason, but he is not one to look a gift horse (or a Gift horse) in the mouth.
The players have just discovered this. The PC Quaesitor will be Leap of Homecoming back to the covenant soon to report on the status of the covenant's expedition to the East. He will then be given the full report on this gold scheme.
Has the rival covenant (lets call them Atsgingani) broken the Code or Peripheral Code (the anti-inflation ruling on magically created wealth)?
If so, what sort of punishment could they face when this comes to Tribunal?
And can I spin this into a tense court-room drama, or am I left with a brief Tribunal ruling and the following potential punishment?
I leave it to you, sodales!