Mark and Oli, (Gribble & Ghidorah) you're playing this adventure, please read no further!
Apologies for the wordy post! I'm Gm'ing a game where one of the other players has played for many years and knows the game in far more detail than I ever will. There are going to be consequences to what's hapening, and I'm looking for advice on keeping them realistic!
Brief background to the question:
Our covenant fell out with the local lord, he attacked us, and we slaughtered his entire army.
Despite our efforts to keep it quiet, word did get out, and we got a visit from a representative of the king. Who turned up to arrest the 3 magus.
The king knew enough about the OoH to be able to quote several parts of the code to us. We were offered a deal, do a job for the King William (the conqueror), or be sentenced to death for our crimes.
Recently the pope had made a speech calling for (the 1st) crusade to be sent to the holy lands. Children across europe have begun to talk of a childrens crusade (based loosely on the real thing), and in their masses have left their homes in large groups heading off to the holy lands. Among them was one of the kings younger sons.
This was 3 months ago, our job was to find him, and persuade him to return home.
However, all was not as it seemed, the supposed inspirational leader of the childrens crusade (known as The Piper) was, as the name suggests a pied piper type figure, with an enchanted flute designed to charm the kids.
3000 children left the UK on a fleet of ships, and were sold into slavery.
However, a Sicillian mage has an agreement with the slaver that he gets first pick of the kids, he briefly inspects each kid, and buys the gifted ones, which he takes back to his covenant.
The young prince was one of these kids.
The Sicillian covenant have been doing this for a while, and have far more gifted kids than they could ever take as apprentices. They are heavily into research, and run labs with large numbers of lab assistants, which is where they use these kids, to massively boost their lab totals.
They wipe the kids memories, and in the process stunt their gift, ensuring that the kids can never be taken as apprentices by other magi.
The Sicillian covenant are very highly valued in their own tribunal as great researchers, and recently made a large breakthrough which they are negotiating the sharing of within the Rome tribunal. As such, they have a lot of friends.
Our magus have just arrived outside the covenant, knowing that the prince is inside with 11 other gifted kids who were taken with him. (2 of which are children of one of our magus).
(sorry for the long preamble!)
My questions are about the consequences:
Have they broken the code by buying gifted kids from a slaver, and possibly being in cahoots with the Piper?
Have they breached the code by stunting the kids gift?
If we confront another covenant and demand the kings son back.. are we breaching the code by blatantly interfering in the affairs of mundanes?
If we try to steal the prince back, are we (by taking a gifted lab assistant) depriving another magus of his magics? (sorry not got the exact wording of the code here)
If we therefore decide there's nothing we can do, and the king sentences us to death, and by evading that punishment we bring the kings wrath upon the order.. are we then breaching the code?
Does the fact that 2 of the gifted kids were born to one of our magus make a difference? They were unclaimed by our own covenant at this time
What are the implications of the fact that this is all taking place in another tribunals area? If we breach the code, will we be expected to turn up to their grand tribunal to answer charges? or would they be presented at the next stonehenge tribunal? What if we, or they fail to attend?
If they refuse to hand the prince over, and we fail to steal him back. We can point out to them that their actions are likely to result in the king sending an army against the Sicillian covenant. However that won't happen unless we tell this king where the prince is. In those circumstances, have we breached the code .. by bringing a matter to the attention of the king that will bring down the wrath of an entire country upon a covenant, and potentially against the order in general?
Thanks in advance!