Paulos stays in his kitchen, working away, but gathering bits of information about each candidate. Throughout the day, covenfolk wandered through the kitchen, knowing they could get a bit to eat from Paulos. And each time they do, Paulos learned a little bit more about how the election was shaping up. So far three main candidates had emerged: Romanos, the autocrat, Gabriel the Turb leader, and Christophoros, the school master. And from what it sounded like, each brought something different to the table.
Romanos obviously brought his skill in bureaucracy, as well as being able to combine the roles of covenfolk leader and covenfolk representative, which would no doubt aid in communication between the two. Gabriel offered a covenfolk leader different from the autocrat, but still firm in his leadership position, leaving the possibility that two heads would be better than one in making decisions. For no doubt Gabriel would consult with Romanos when determining how to vote. And Christophoros brought his knowledge of magi and his ability to be near them without being affected by their Gift. Paulos had been told that it was very uncomfortable for most people to be around those with the Gift, and he wondered about how a covenant representative could sit on the council and suffer that terrible effect. Then again, he knew that the magi had some sort of magic that would hold the bad effects of the Gift temporarily in abeyance. No doubt they would use that magic during council meetings.
As he chops onions to go in the soup he's making for dinner, Paulos considers the three candidates, and wonders if anyone else will throw their hat into the ring.