Fopund an image that shows what the island of Heligoland looked like in 1500. It is much much larger. The current island corresponds roughly to the two inner-most areas of the map.
The caption of the website where I found this is: "The medieval Helgoland on a map of Husum cartographers Johannes Mejer (outline around the year 800; gray area: around the year 1300; small island 1649)"
We can use that as the basis for the island in the saga.
The grey-ish arms showing around the core of the island is probably stone -- red sandstone for the core of the island, chalk in the northeastern and south arms.
There seems to be much more vegetation than I thought, even trees. And I notice that there are numerous marks for churches and some sort of fortifications. That seems to be in line with some indications that the population of the island would have been around 2000 people. Very far from the small island that survives today. That gives us many more possibilities!
If I compare the length of the core of the island today (about 5000 feet) with the dimensions displayed on that map, I get an island which is almost 5 miles (7.5 km) long and almost as wide.
That cave and the fock of virds are vis sources, I tell you
Now, to answer the question (I missed that!)
Resources (5 categories, ordered in descending order of priority)
1- Lab equipment
2- Mundane resources (such as money, building materials or a boat).
4- Lab texts
5- Mundane servants (such as grogs and specialists)
Getting the materials to outfit at least 3 labs would be a high priority. We are in a quite remote place, and lab equipment is expensive, so getting this is not easy. We will be doing a lot of auto-research, so a lab is important whenever any of us wants to do anything except study vis. Creating minor items and inventing spells requires a lab, and these go a long way to improve our (fairly bad) starting position and making at least contenders for minor opponents.
I think that to build up the covenant my character would start by getting the necessary materials: money and materials. he can create some of the materials, but not all of them. Money would be especially important I think, or weapons. Weapons act as good currency in most parts of Mythic Europe. A boat would also be good, to have a way to communicate with the mainland without having to rely in people not used to The Gift.
Books are always welcome.
Dunno about the lab texts, but a text for Wizard's communion 20 would be more than desirable. "Highly desirable" as in "we must get that to be able to have a functional Aegis".
I prefer to get local servants, so specialists are not a high priority for me. Yet. Still, some servants that can sail would be necessary if we get a boat.
I think I will rank these in this order from top priority to least.
This is how my character would prioritize but I think we need some mundane servants to help us build the actual covenant. Some carpenters and stonemasons for example. Maybe not as covenfolk but we would need to hire them initally to put up some buildings. Quercus might help magically with his Oak specialty but I guess he doesn't want to put all his time into that if we can get some mundane help. None of us are very good with Terram it seems otherwise we could have excavated the ground and caves to make a living there perhaps.
Quercus will put his initial time to construct the covenant. And for the matter also will the rest of you You have a strength value above -3? No problem! you can move stuff! :mrgreen: Given what arthur has said, the first few seasons will see us moving around doing stuff and not having time to open up a book at all. Except one on "how to build your own cabin".
There might well be, but probably buried deep inside some library gathering dust. After all, no new covenant has been built around here for decades...
I'll almost certainly have Bernhard provide some contacts to hire locals to help in the initial building phase. After all, he is the only who knows where you are going, and it is unlikely that you'll be getting help from established covenants.
Indeed. we are bringing a minimum support staff (8 people, if Bernhard does not bring 2 dudes himself), but far less than necessary to fully staff a covenant, let alone establish one. Even after the initial phase, local laborers are necessary.