Just curious if anyone else has done something like this.
Since not everyone has played Ars Magica before, or at least not 5th Ed, the SG took us through an introductory sea voyage adventure.
The setup was that all the PC Magi met up at a faire being held at a French covenant, shortly after gauntlet intending to go off to the wild west of Stonehenge Tribunal and setup a Covenant. Apparently we had corresponded by Redcap a couple of times before-hand as apprentices expecting to be gauntletted before attending the faire.
While we managed to get to the faire for free by Mercere Portal, we had to take a ship to England. Each of us was pulled aside by the SG to get some personal advice/information/gift from some NPC mage that we weren't to share with the others.
In the tight confines of the ship, we experienced how our Gift ticked off the crew. And the ship's cat. Fortunately we had a Companion character with us - a wandering Priest who smoothed things over (he had good Visions about us, and his Compassionate nature led him to be our Companion). Most of the rest of the Companions and Grogs we expected to meet in England.
The day crossing of the English Channel was extended thanks to a sudden storm, bad tides, and encounter with a monstrous eel. The sailor whose hand was bit off by the eel, wept and wailed that he would not be able to earn a living and marry his bride to be. We all got to cast a few spells, to not always useful effect. Except the poor Tytalus - he suffered Motion Sickness and failed all his attempts to Concentrate long enough to cast a spontaneous spell. He even used Confidence points, to little effect.
Later the Priest wept and wailed when he got an unexpected Vision of his knightly father dying while crying out his name, and the Priest failed his Personality roll to remain composed.
The third day, during a thick fog and flat sea, the tide pushed us to shore. Moments before the ship beached, the Tytalus mage grabbed a handy onion and rubbed it into his eyes and started wailing, to the amazement of everybody but the SG. After the party landed, the ship's cat dropped its disguise and revealed it was the Familiar of the Quaesitor who witnessed our plans in France, and it spoke to the Tytalus mage to say that technically he had succeeded, then the cat said "Leap of Homecoming" and disappeared.
At the inn in town, the Tyalus mage admitted that the crossing of the English Channel was his Apprentice Gauntlet that a Tremere mage had forced upon the Tytalus parens from a Cetamen contest (something about the original Gauntlet was going to be terribly dangerous and destructive, which is why the Tytalus apprentice was taught Parma Magica early, that the Tremere said would interfere with his Magical studies- Tytalus character was never told the details) - he had to convince the party Magi that he was a mage, and that 3 people on board the ship had to weep and wail before landing, without him being the obvious cause. The sailor who lost a hand, and the priest companion's grief were SG coincidence, and the Tytalus mage/apprentice used an onion on himself.
Several days later a redcap (another Companion character) met our party in the inn, and gave the Tytalus a package containing an official certification of successful gauntlet signed by the Tytalus parens, the Quaesitor, the Tremere and a couple of other witnesses, a copy of the Oath of Hermes, and the voting sigil for the Tytalus character. And when the Tytalus character touched it, it triggered a spell where the Tytalus parens yelled that the apprentice was a craven, useless sorcerer who cheated and used happenstance and a total lack of shame to falsely claim above his station, and that the Tytalus parens would make certain that a sufficient challenge to be properly overcome would eventually be provided. All in a volume that could be heard several houses away.
And thus we now know our Tytalus Mage has the Tormenting Parens flaw.
And it occurs to me that next session we should witness the Tytalus character swear the Oath of Hermes. After we get out of town.