Maxximianus is quiet most of the day, eating a sustaining breakfast, drinking strong tea and avoiding Aggie. One snarled rebuke from Maxximianus and Aggie decided to drink his ale elsewhere. Some of the sod is peeled back to closely examine the soil, which Aine helpfully provides and is one of the last tasks that is performed in preparation for the grand casting of the Ritual. Some of the younger magi wonder if all of this is necessary. Aggie snorts.
"Well we could probably wing it, but with all that vis we might knock a hole all the way through the bloody island and sink it! With all that vis..." he whistles as the chests are brought up. "That's the makings for a magical disaster! It reminds me of the time Maxi tried conjuring a simple animal, a bull I think, when he was a wee bit drunk..."
"I was conjuring a horse! Why would I conjure a bull?! I get enough from you to last a lifetime!" snarls Maximianus who was going through the components, but couldn't help and overhear.
"Well, whether it was a horse or a mouse, you conjured a crazed bull! It charged through that old covenant you used to stay at!" Aggie guffaws at the memory. Maxximianus merely shakes his head sternly.
"Fool!" he finally mutters. "It was you that distracted me..! You'd better not distract me while I cast this!"
"Aye, aye." Aggie says with a wave, and then steps aside with a bow to allow Maxximianus to step into place for the ritual.
Rhodri takes Maxximianus's arm and walks him to the designated site for casting the ritual. Once there Rhodri opens a leather satchel that is skillfully stitched with golden threads depicting keys, snakes, and other arcane symbols. He pulls from it with reverence a heavy black velvet cloak, the hem stitched in in red and gold thread. Maxximianus shrugs off his plainer cloak and lets it fall into the mud. Rhodri holds the robe up and places it over the master Bonisagus's shoulders, as he slowly turns. It can already be seen that he's muttering softly in Latin as he does the turn and is dressed in the fine cloak. Once complete he faces the site of your future covenant and calls out in a bold voice, shaking the onlookers out of their quiet watchfulness. Aggie shakes his head at all the ceremony but stays quiet as he takes another drink of ale.
Rhodri steps back and around his old master, grabbing the discarded cloak and hurrying to the assembled covenfolk and magi. He casts the muddy garment to one of the serving girls before addressing Dermot, who he knows speaks Latin.
"Lord Dermot! You must keep them all back!" he whispers as loud as he dares. "For their safety, for all of our safety! And keep them quiet, not even a babe must cry!" Rhodri turns to his Sodales. "We shall be protected by our Parma and Gift, but mighty magic will be released, as I'm sure you're aware. I will attend my master for the Ritual, but you must help keep it quiet and calm. The spell will take 45 Diameters to cast!" Rhodri looks behind him to see that Maxximianus is chanting still, and one hand is making a slight circle gesture, as if to say 'come here'. "The vis!" Rhodri hisses as he hurries back to his Master, and reaches into the chest full of vis. He picks up a clay disk and hands it to him. Maxximianus takes the disk and crushes it in both hands, then forms the gestures for Terram with his Left hand, and Creo merging to Rego with his Right, clay crumbles and falls to the ground in sprinkles. A faint feeling of apprehension can be felt, as if one is near a hill and the sound of falling rocks can be distantly heard.
The old wizard continues the Ritual.