General Table Talk

The season you join is the season you set up your lab.
Everyone gets to hut the ground running. I just looked up the HR we had been using, and it turns out it is easier than I indicated. you may either...

  • Start off with a basic lab requiring no time or effort
  • Spen a season to configure your lab with a balanced number of Virtues & Flaws
  • Spend time refining your lab and then some time installing Virtues & Flaws.

Installing/Rearranging Virtues & Flaws takes a single season if they are balanced. Otherwise it takes a minimum of ONE season, plus one season per Minor Virtue and two per Major, minus one season per Minor Flaw and minus two for Major.
I grant this benefit for two main reasons. First, it is so new characters can get into the mix as quickly as possible. Secondly, I don't want to wait and wait for you to finish your lab before I can hook you into a story.
The real limiting factor is Upkeep. Journeymen are covered up to Upkeep +2 and have to pay for the rest out of pocked (though the are allowed to go into debt). For Masters, the covenant pays for Upkeep +4 and above that splits the difference (and Masters are also allowed to go into debt).

Is Lucas going to be in Andorra or Sa Dragonera? I only ask because it will effect what his lab looks like. I'm cool with either outcome. If they want him in Andorra, that's fine. But I also wouldn't mind being off in Mallorca if that's what the covenant needs.

I forget which magus you are. If you are the Mercere, your House wants you in that lodge at the main covenant. Otherwise, the covenant Masters will likely prefer you to be based on Mallorca or nearby there.

Regarding Fleur's lab, I have considered whether she can take region when the sanctum region is uncontrolled, and I suspect she will need to take the haunted flaw as well...

I'm Lucas of Mercere. So I guess I'm in the main covenant. I'll do up a lab accordingly. BTW, the rules say that we can decide the size of our lab. Is that the case here, or do the towers all have standard lab size of 0?

Ah well, the kids might have enjoyed a holiday in Mallorca ... :wink:

You suffer from the demon known as "autocorrect". :laughing: Uncontrolled Regio + Haunted should be interesting :slight_smile:
I have been updating the Hpuse Rules as posted on Forum to match the wiki, so people don't have to track information down all over the place. Here is a lint to the Laboratory Rules. Update project is almost finished, I apologize for any confusion.

Speaking of the Wiki, what is it with thios game and web sies I can't sign up for? I'm having trouble with both wikidot and invisible castle.

Fixer can help you with the wiki, I am not so well informed as to its function. Fixer runs that, I run here. And I have been slacking and will correct that.As for Invisible Castle, not sure what the issue there is with those guys. But you can use the dice roller without logging in. There are other dice rolling websites out there. If you find one you prefer and is easier to use, go for it :smiley:

I know at least one Master would argue for lodging him in Andorra.

Yeah, Solomon would also argue that Lucas should be at the main covenant. It might suck for him, being the only journeyman there, but it makes the most sense.

It doesn't bother me. That's where the library is!

Speaking of which, when the time comes, Lucas will volunteer to serve as Librarian, if the Masters are willing. That would make Vocis Chief Librarian

Appointing Lucas as a librarian is Vocis's call, not the Masters'. I was going to RP that once he's formally a member. Marko, are we going to play out the vote like we did with Fleur or just rubber stamp it? I'm good either way.

I was hoping for that. :slight_smile:

No one gets to decide where Lucas is stationed. The covenant [strike]sold the parking meter rights[/strike] made a contract with House Mercere that states they get to station a Mercere magus of their choosing in the Redcap Quarter. The covenant must grant him the basic rights of a Protected Guest (and possibly a member), and House Mercere pays his expenses (until he becomes a member).
And there's the rub :mrgreen:
The process is for becoming a member is detailed in our Resolutions of Charter under Ranks and Membership. A magus in good standing can directly petition the council, though it is better if one or more current members sponsor their petition (Sponsors are not part of the resolutions, just a tradition). The petition can be accepted or rejected at that moment. However, the council may require them to wait as a Pledge for up to seven seasons, and may require three services of them (equal to a season's work).
Becoming a member requires a unanimous vote, at which point you become a Journeyman. Then you are in and have full rights. Then the road to becoming Master is ambiguous and a ways down the road.

So, right now Lucas is a Pledge with Protected Guest status and is being Sponsored by Fedora. Now, the magi got fast tracked because they agreed to serve deputy warden posts at Sa Dragonera (Mallorca/Ibiza/Balearic Islands). Stationed there, they lack the strong aura and Aegis protection that they are entitled to. Performing this service got them fast tracked into membership. Lucas cannot be stationed there, even if he wanted to. Unless he quits his job. So the question is, "Why should we not make him wait seven seasons and demand three services?". Carmen will specifically bring this up to Fedora when Fedora requests a council meeting.

I have updated the House Rules :smiley:

Well, I'm not, never even watched the show, but who cares?
I remember when I was seen as "kiddie" because I read comics and watched cartoons, despite a lot of these being better than the TV shows that were en vogue. So I sure won't poke at bronies :smiley:

Oh yeah, those are all great :smiley:
I miss robot chicken here :frowning:

Arachne says we shouldn't
But she thinks of the covenant's first and foremost: This ensures a magi's basic willingness to work for it.
(and wasn't it 7 years at some time? Whatever)

Yes. Vibria is Marshall, and Arachne is Warden.
Roberto would like to work with either one of them, either as a Deputy Marshall or a Junior Warden.

That's not the point. It is a girl's cartoon. And there is nothing wrong with that, it is just amusing. And it is a good show with layered writing (so I have been told), and maybe the subliminal intent is to get fathers and daughters to bond together through mutual media enjoyment. Or whatever. It is a cult phenomenon. And part of earning their stripes as bronies is enduring a little b-busting :laughing:
Blame it on Ryu, who is the one who taught me the slang term and is also a bronie.

It usually takes seven years to go from Journeyman to Master. Seven seasons and three services is generally what is traditionally required just to become a member. It is not mandatory to wait, and we waived that for the Sa Dragonera magi because they must endure three severe hardships: weak magic auras, no Aegis, and each location is based on a node in this mysterious Regio network spanning the Balearic Islands and centered on Sa Dragonera.
Lucas is unable to perform this exceptional service (unless he quits his job), because House Mercere wants him stationed in the Mercere Quarter to assist Fedora.
I am not creating blockades, I am creating challenges. Carmen is willing to fast track him if she can be convinced of a good reason why.
It is a Story Hook :smiley:

Of course, of course, we certainly BELIEVE you :mrgreen:

Ok, I've been meaning to ask. What is this?