Letters, we got your letters

In response to this letter from Tranquillina, the following letter is delivered by Renaud late in the spring of 1224. It is written upon papyrus, sealed in wax that contains a piece of walnut shell still embedded in the seal.

Fair greetings, sodalis. Please forgive this aging old man who could not directly remember receiving the letter to which you referred; fortunately it was still ensconced in my stored belongings, and hence I was able after reflection to call our introduction to mind. You have moved quite a great distance since that time, as you say - perhaps not so unusual, although I far prefer to remain here amidst the stability of home and family. Your prayers on their behalf are kind and welcome: when we received your last letter, Semira called for a mass to amplify your intentions and to echo the Lord's favor back upon you. My children and grandchildren are well indeed, although my nephew Sopros was thrown from his horse and is confined to his Convalescence Bed; I thank you for your prayers in his name also. Arbus Tutus (my 7th) is now raising a daughter, praise God, and will soon begin siring sons of my great-great-grandfather's bloodline.

But you asked about Hermetic matters, in particular the art of diagnosis. The best use of this quill is to inform you that much of what I might tell you is also available to the Order at large, as I have sent two volumes detailing my research to your House's vaunted library. Most in demand will be my treatise on Longevity Rituals and fertility, but your inquiry leads me to suggest the other volume, in which I describe Artemis' Fertility which demonstrably increases the likelihood of conception for the spell's beneficiary. Among other incantations, the diagnostic The Maculate Noblewoman is most directly related to your question; I should attempt to summarize its main ideas briefly here, for your medical beliefs (if I might say so without offending) are suffering from a few minor misapprehensions.

First, while you are correct that the humours derive from the chyle that is delivered to the liver via the appetitive force, it is not the liver alone that mediates the second concoction producing the four humours, but only the aspect governing the sanguineous humour. Indeed the natural faculty must be distributed as far as the pituitary before all four humours can be derived. On the plus side, this demonstrates that your hypothetical Intellego spell can be centered upon one of these organs alone, the pituitary in your example of detecting the creation of the serous humour. Contrarily, Intellego trained upon the liver alone cannot detect the balance of humours. Moreover, the transformation into cambion (and, more pertinently, sperma) is far removed from this second concoction, and so - while the balance of the humours is of course essential for the health of the human vessel in which flourishes the cambion, it is not directly involved in that creation. In fact my grandfather Alboin was the first to demonstrate conclusively that cambion can indeed be magically created....
(He includes a brief description of his grandfather's spell, then goes into more details about his diagnostic incantation and the elements of Corpus magic that differentiate its effects on the various bodily tissues and fluids. Much of this description is understandable, but a few details involving both advanced medical knowledge and newly discovered Hermetic theory are difficult for even Tranquillina to fully comprehend.)
In this way, we see that additionally to the reduction or amplification of any one humour, it is crucial that the total fluid content of the patient be preserved, else one might induce hypohydration or, in the other direction, even burst an organ with excess. This is the danger (one danger - not the only) of weaving Rego power into a diagnostic spell, which is why I prefer to regulate the patient with mundane methods (simple fluid intake, administering a spontaneous purgatory, or leeching) and confine such investigations to the Technique of Intellego alone.

Perhaps these simple observations might assist you in pulling together a lesser version of The Maculate Noblewoman, to allow some investigation into your servant's condition while you gain access to the perfected spell at Durenmar; I hope I have given you some reason to be hopeful. I will pray for her fertility at the next full moon. Your invitation is most kind, but I have a large family to oversee here, and indeed enchantments to design for the first of my great-grandchildren.
Aurulentus ex Jerbiton

Back to Roberto, at the start of 1227

Salve Amicus

I had planned to skip the tribunal altogether, but Edward seems quite eager to see it, so I guess I'll come. It'll be something he'll remember.
I'll hear you about these magi. I hope to be able to shed some insight in this.
Havlard... We still keep to each other, so I can't much tell. You know what it is. Not a friend, not a foe, just the neighbour.
Quite funny that you'd speak to me of Isen. We had a correspondance a few seasons ago.
Sandra Flambonis send him to me, assuming, like you, that we shared the same lineage. We don't. I'm from Apromor, and favor Perdo Corpus and stealth. He's from Sebastian, and is all about Creo, Rego, and Aquam. Still, we managed to find something to discuss with Parma. Seemed like a nice guy, I agree, although a bit obsessive. I hope you two will become friends. It'll make your stay easier.
I'm glad you've got such good equipment for your lab. You're lucky ME is so wealthy and generous. Some covenants would have left you out dry. As per your lab and sanctum, it's yours, so who cares? Do as you like.
And have no fear for your sword. I've put it on display in my lab. It reminds me of our friendship every day. And I'll kill anyone who tries to take it.

See you this summer, then. Clara sends her regards. Edward does, too. He misses you and your stories, says you were funny.

To: Ra'am of Bonisagus
[tab][/tab]Covenant of Phoenix, Iberian Tribunal.

From: Fiona ex Miscellanea Kore tes Kirkes
[tab][/tab]Covenant of Mons Electi, Normandy Tribunal

(early to mid-summer, 1225...about three days or so after Praxiteles and Alips arrive))

Esteemed sodalis,

I do not know if you remember our chance meeting at the most recent Normandy Tribunal meeting, but I recall well the measure of success that you had with the stall you had set up for your Longevity Rituals.

Unfortunately, my knowledge of this particular application of our Arts is somewhat limited, and so I turn to you for help.

A magus whom I have commissioned for a project, has requested that I find a superior Longevity Ritual for his wife. His wife is already under the protection of a Longevity Ritual and, although she claims to be in her seventh decade of live, looks to be no more than 20.

I immediately thought of you, due to your success at Tribunal and the fact that, as a Bonisagus, your knowledge and application of the various areas of magic are surely nonpareil.

I trust that this commission is one that strikes your fancy and that you respond at your earliest opportunity so that we may work toward a mutually beneficial bargain.

[center]Fiona ex Miscellanea Kore tes Kirkes[/center]

About two weeks later, a letter is returned...

To: Fiona ex Miscellanea Kore tes Kirkes
Covenant of Mons Electi, Normandy Tribunal

From: Ra'am of Bonisagus
Covenant of Phoenix, Iberian Tribunal.


I do remember you. Pardon me for saying it, I have been told that I am direct, but I don't mean any disrespect, you are not easily forgotten. There are a few magi of your physical stature, so you and your kind have a tendency to stand-out. My apologies if that came out poorly. I am direct, not mean-spirited. I could tell you many a tale of where I told one of my amici here at Phoenix to do something and it was ill-received.

I am extremely surprised to have received this note, as Korvin is probably well versed at creating longevity rituals. So I must ask, is there a reason you seek me out, rather than your covenant mate? Is there some matter of confidentiality that must be maintained? A certain amount of discretion into your affairs required?

I am currently engaged in research related to maintaining fertility after commencing the longevity ritual. I offer standard rituals and experimental rituals to further my research goals. In the event of a flawed ritual that comes as a result of an experiment, I will reperform a standard ritual for half the cost. For the woman in question, my knowledge is more than capable of making her a ritual. Depending on whether extra vis is used, I can probably achieve as high 19th magnitude ritual, or 15th magnitude if no vis is used. Of course, this is at my lab here in Phoenix. Regardless of whether you chose an experimental or standard ritual, my vis fee is one half of the amount of vis necessary for the ritual. In her case that means my fee is 7 to 13 pawns of vis, above and beyond the cost of the ritual. I waive my fee for any ritual that needs to be reperformed, so you can exclude that from your calculations. We provide full hospitality for the duration of their stay here, and our environment is pleasing and relaxing while they are here[1].


[1] Ra'am is running a spa. :laughing:

Letters go back and forth between Mons Electi and Nigrasaxa multiple times a year. The following letter was sent to Tranquillina in the late autumn of 1224. It is scribed with a meticulous, almost pretentious handwriting, upon flax paper of higher than the usual mediocre quality.

My dear friend - so good of you to stop by for dinner last month. I'm sure everyone was as glad to see you as I was - I'm sure you know not to read into Herrit's games of the mind, nor Siffed's criamonic vagaries. We much enjoyed the bottle of Burgundy wine you brought - small recompense, I suppose, for you having to learn that hooligan Norman tongue. Now when will you get around to preserving that damn Arcane Connection here so that you can visit indefinitely?! I would spend the week myself on your behalf if I wasn't staunch in my commitment not to let you off the hook where viswork was concerned. I vow I will learn Pilum of Fire and cast it at your head if you go through with your incomprehensible plan to remove the distillation equipment from your lab. Expansion, my toll-toine. (partial jest)

Anyway, as we predicted the bitter cold has come early this year. Don't even tell me what balmy breeze you're living under. Interesting to hear about the environment at Mons Electi and how conducive it is to casting wards. I'd ask for the lab notes for your upcoming creation but I know it will end up in a folio anyway - ! This Viscaria sounds like quite a character. True that the Tribunal City you described to me seems like it will be quite impressive, if a bit ostentatious - I know many of my sodales are wont to show off unnecessarily. (say you nothing!)

Well, I guess we caught up on personal matters aplenty last month, so I might as well spend some time on our ongoing Vim discussion. Look, Tranquillina, I know your theoretical bent, and I trust that it really is your House training and not some weird coping mechanism for your condition; I respect your Hermetic knowledge and grant that there is some (distant, philosophical) validity to your point of view. But I am a practical man. I know Vim when I see it in action. When I sense a magical aura, or walk into a foreign Aegis, or cast one spell upon another, or investigate an enchantment. And, yes, when I open an item for enchantment, absolutely. To divorce yourself from actual, tangible Vim is to look at the matter with one eye closed.

Let me further my point with an example. Last year, Morlen went out to parley with a newly contacted Sidhe tribe; in the process, the faeries' stags charged our party, and one of the stags had to be slain. Morlen was near inconsolable, and not just because it soured the negotiations. Anyway, the stag's body was brought back to Nigrasaxa, and I went about harvesting the vis. Since I was in no hurry, I decided to boost my magic slowly, to test the resistance of the fae creature even after death.... (There follow a few paragraphs about some small-scale Intellego Vim and Muto Vim experiments that he performed on the corpse.) My hands stank to heaven for a week thereafter, but it was worth it to see the look on Maximianus's face!

Well, let's hope some of that will be useful to you in your quest to understand your own corporeal connection to Vim. I have to get back to this commission. Bloody hell but some days it's not worth the vis, to have to work in an unheated lab for half a year. I hope word of the finished product makes it around the Tribunal - I'm adding a few (necessary) flourishes to the larder to make it a little more impressive to the untrained eye. Take care of yourself down there - stay away from fire giants,


((Just a few days after Fiona receives her letter from Ra'am, she pens a response.))

To: Ra'am of Bonisagus
Covenant of Phoenix, Iberian Tribunal.

From: Fiona ex Miscellanea Kore tes Kirkes
Covenant of Mons Electi, Normandy Tribunal

To my esteemed Bonisagian colleague, greetings.

I trust you do not take this the wrong way, but I have spoken with Korvin (in addition to sending letters to others whom I had heard were exceptional in the field of inventing Longevity Rituals) with hopes of finding a superior Ritual within our means in the soonest possible time, and I had not yet had the opportunity to discuss the matter with Korvin when I sent my letter.

He has agreed to invent and perform the ritual for us.

However, it's always good to have a civilized discussion among peers about common interests. For example, I find it fascinating that when transforming a person, regardless of their final form, there will always be certain traits that identify the transformed person as being human. ((Here she discusses at length some Corpus stuff, particularly how it's affected by Muto and tangentially by Rego)).


Fiona ex Miscellanea

To: Fiona ex Miscellanea Kore tes Kirkes
Covenant of Mons Electi, Normandy Tribunal

From: Ra'am of Bonisagus
Covenant of Phoenix, Iberian Tribunal.

To my esteemed sodalis,

No apology is necessary, although I do miss the opportunity for the chance to experiment with an actual longevity ritual and not just spells to explore longevity. I also find it difficult to schedule very much time, as I'm currently handling two apprentices, so my schedule, as you can imagine, is quite full. In truth, this opportunity was as much a challenge as it was an opportunity.

((Ra'am responds politely about the Corpus, going into Creo and Rego applications. It counts for the 1xp to Corpus))

I do enjoy correspondence with my colleague, very much. I am interested in finding suitable correspondents to discuss the application of the entirety of Hermetic Magic Theory, would you be interested in continuing the discussion along those lines in future letters? I find I have little time for corresponding for much else, but writing about Magic Theory is quite simply easy for me, and I enjoy the insights I receive from others who view magica Theory through their specialty, rather than my own.

Warm regards,
Ra'am scholae Bonisagi

((Fiona may or may not know that Tranquillina has corresponded with Ra'am a bit about Magic Theory.))

Sent 1225.4
To Tektonius of Bonisagus, StoneHendge Tribunal


I hope this letter fines you in good form. My name is Korvin ex Mercere. I am a magus in the Normandy Tribunal at Mons Electi. I am given to understand that you are the filius of Cannophori Methuselah of Bonisagus. If true I have a question that perhaps you can answer.

First a bit of a story. I am not sure if you are familiar with the practices of the Normandy Tribunal and it's tournament to distribute its vis resources. Needless to say, every tribunal is followed by a tournament of games of skill and magic. Winners of the tournament are allowed to pick from various prizes such vis sources, enchanted items and book. It is of this last item that I have a question. At our most recent tournament we were able to win a complete and I believe original copies two huge tractatus on Corpus written by written by Cannophori. They appear to be bound in human skins. I've encloses a copy of the opening page in hopes that you will recognize it.

My question deals with the Calf and Cow oath. I have learned that Methuselah was lost on his way to Mons Electi and has been presumed dead. Having read your pater's work and talked at length about it to another magus, he has asked if he may get a copy of both tractatus. His religion prevents the touching of the dead so he has gone through me to inquire permission to copy the both tractatus on less offense medium. I would gladly pay you for the rights to copy the books and I will do the copying.

Please send a reply with my brother redcap.

Yours in friendship
Korvin ex Mercere.

Arrived 1227.2, about three week before Tribunal.

To: Korvin Merceris ab Mons Electi
From: Azura Merceris ab Phoenix

I will be arriving within a week to prepare the Mercury's Blessing for Abigail. The House is providing all the vis necessary for the ritual, and I understand from your previous letter that she has selected one Praxiteles Jerbitonis from the Rhine Tribunal to be the father. Arrangements have been made, and the typical fee will be paid for this from the House coffers. Look forward to seeing you.


This letter is penned in the winter of 1226. It is written quickly in a casual, familiar hand with rather thin letters, but upon high-quality Mons Electi parchment; the impression in the wax seal has been made with Tranquillina's coin sigil.

Dear Ariel,

It's always good to hear from you, and to hear that you grow ever more settled at Val Negra - and in your role as Prima, which I know you are filling admirably. I am more settled here as well, though perhaps with a bit more caution than I might have bothered with back up at Nigrasaxa. I started the year reading up on Parma Magica, and also spent some time this summer designing a defensive spell (of nature secret!) to improve our covenant's protection. It wasn't until the leaves started turning, it seems, that I was finally able to tends to my own needs, studying my favored Art from those gigantic tomes we won (Mons Electi, that is) in the last Tribunal, and also arranging a substantial corner of my laboratory so that my Pedestal is prominently featured.

On to other magi though: Roberto Rodriguez now joins us as a probationary member. Is he as hot-headed as he seems? I think his heart is in the right place, but I don't know whether his presence causes us to be more or less safe at Mons Electi. Though none would say outright, the other Flambeau here gave me the impression that Roberto is here on your instruction. This is reassuring in the abstract, yet I still wish I understood the specific situation that compelled his presence. Worry not, my friend, I do not hope to force you to divulge any House secrets. That being said ... care to divulge a few House secrets, related to this?

Speaking of the other Flambeau, I have gained some familiarity with them these last three years. On the surface Alexei acts like a noble dilettante, but he wears his Crusader's badge with pride, and his reputation as a Hermetic warrior is quite solid and, from what I can tell, deserved. He was the first to graciously welcome me to Mons Electi, and he certainly can turn a phrase well when impassioned. Isen - well, despite his cold reputation, he is not impossible to work with. Indeed, he has positively shone with enthusiasm (relatively speaking) when I cast my first Ward of the Curious Scullion in his presence. (He was quite pleased with my current invention. So now you know how to find out!) He, and Jacques as well, were instrumental in safely retrieving Marcus from the Magic Realm (that is quite a story - I shall tell you more when I see you next year) and in keeping me safe from harm.

You asked whether I knew aught of Thormod. Yes and no: I have communicated with him briefly, when he wrote to inquire about our stonemasons (having heard about the vast constructions we are erecting for the upcoming Tribunal). He is notoriously close to the vest, as I had heard. But I wonder whether the following sentence is telling: "Never doubt that our requests are made under the total direction of Archmaga Geirlaug, in person or otherwise." Why would he add the last phrase? It reminds me of this scheme I uncovered at the 1214 Stonehenge meeting, while talking with Caitlin. (Tranquillina relates a tale about Scintilla ex Flambeau and her filius Focus, who was never seen in person by all accounts. A messenger from Burnham was cornered into admitting that Focus's signature on a particular contract was actually written by Scintilla, giving the covenant of Burnham quite a setback.) Other than the roles of parens and descendant being reversed, there are some curious similarities that definitely guide my suspicions about the origins of directives from Montverte.

Keep yourself well, my friend. I'm sorry to hear about Chloe's illness, but her recovery seems to be underway. I'm sure you have access to far better magic than mine, but if you should ever want me to support her health, just send me an Arcane Connection by Redcap and I can be there at once.


This letter is penned late in the fall in 1225, after a pleasing harvest festival for the Mons Electi covenfolk. It is written in a simple hand, with rather thin letters, on one of Mons Electi's excellent parchments; the impression in the wax seal seems to have been made with a coin of some sort.

Salve, Findabair.

At this time of year I am wont to reflect on other occasions of fellowship and hospitality from my past, and today I am recalling my visit to Cad Gadu nearly a decade ago, where you feted me almost to the breaking point. I trust that by now, our subsequent incident in the deep of night can safely be relegated to a comical anecdote. (Had I known your interest in Edward le Grand had nothing to do with inside information, I would have been much less confrontational!)

It is a shame that you and I had few chances to familiarize ourselves before my departure from Stonehenge. I can report at least a new acquaintance here at Mons Electi: one Fiona of your diverse House. She has the blood of the Gaelic highland giants within her (obvious at a glance); some coincidence that I, of all the people in Normandy the one whose birthplace is closest to hers, should end up at her covenant. (So far our relationship is still marked with personal caution: I gather this is common for her, and for my part I am still working through an unvirtuous uneasiness in her presence - her size perhaps, although that explanation rings not completely true....) Regardless, she is a valuable member of our council, and I have learned much about our Parma Magica from one of the summa that she merited from my Domus Magna.

As it happens, I have been engrossed in the study of a book with which you are surely familiar: In Flux Veritas, perhaps the earliest extant writing of the tradition of Mutante. Your prowess with Muto magics is of course well known (and deservedly so). I have some skill with such spells - not on a par with your own, I hasten to add - but my recent reading has made me wonder about its relation to Forms other than Corpus.

More specifically: when we call upon Muto Corpus magic, we have a great deal of perceptive experience with the possible results of such spells (visages, limbs, what have you). Lately I have been pondering a much different sort of spell, Muto Vim, where the target and desired state are much more abstract. I admit to having some trouble transferring my knowledge of one sort of spell to the other, and I wonder whether you might have considered such issues before.... (Tranquillina goes on to list three examples from In Flux Veritas. The first two examples are somewhat general in nature, and Tranquillina contrasts how she would incorporate them into a MuCo spell to her hesitations concerning the analogous MuVim spells. The third example is a MuVi spell explicitly described in the summa, about which Tranquillina's questions concern the range and duration, which are unspecified in the book.)

If you are able to spare the time for what must be somewhat naive queries, I would be most grateful for your perspective. I would be pleased to reciprocate, were you not already so skilled in Corpus magic, but there is possibly some small point or other on which I might be of service.

In the Founder's name,
Tranquillina Bonisagi

This letter is penned early in the summer in 1227, two days after the Tribunal meeting ended. It is written in a simple hand, with rather thin letters, on one of Mons Electi's excellent parchments; the impression in the wax seal has been made with an ancient Roman coin.

Salve, Mathieus. I regret that I was unable to find you before you departed our Tribunal, to express my gratitude for your company at dinner on the first night of that meeting. I enjoyed our broad-ranging and intriguing conversation, and I hope that this is only the start of a correspondence of long standing.

As it happens, a matter has arisen about which I felt impelled to seek your expert opinion. Later at this Tribunal I made the acquaintance of one Stultus Maximus ex Tytalus. Despite the well-known disreputability of members of that House, I am considering entering into a contract with this Stultus. He tells me that his latest home was in factor Eboris, and thus his disposition should be known to you. If you would be so kind: how would you describe Stultus's prowess and strengths of a Hermetic nature? And more importantly, how would you describe his nobility of character?

I appreciate learning any information you deem relevant to my request. In the meantime, I am sincerely yours,

Tranquillina Bonisagi filia Maximianus

((Sent shortly after the conclusion of the Tribunal))

To: Ariel, Prima of House Flambeau

My Dearest Prima, I do hope this letter finds you well and also that your time spent at our Tribunal and Covenant was satisfying. Needless to say it was quite satisfying for me and my Sodales at Mons Electi. A great increase in prestige and importance I should say.

Reflecting on the fortunes received, I find myself dwelling more than a bit on our Founder and his views both on Religion and Christ, and also our duty as Magi in this Order. I feel that far too many in the Order think of him and the legends of his prowess and temper rather than his devotion and deep well of faith. He wrote few things that have survived, but I understand his second apprentice was considerd quite lettered as well as being his biographer.

Seeing this, I feel I should look back to Him as I go forward, at the very least it would do me good to know more of the House's history. As the Prima of House Flambeau you might have greater access to writings in regard to him. I am looking specifically for De Protestate et Obligatione . No doubt the book is also at Durenmar, but they are notoriously slow with regards to sending books. I will gladly compensate the House for this boon and would consider it a great honour if there are other books that you, my Prima, might consider for me to read, especially in regards to my new role in the Tribunal.

Thank you kindly for any considerations.

Your Servant,
Alexei Von Kroitsau, ex Milites
Chief Hoplite of the Normandy Tribunal

The letter is scribed on an imperfectly-scraped palimpsest, in Stultus' rather precise, careful handwriting. It's addressed to Gabrielle the scribe, at the Covenant of Montverte.

Gabby, dear girl:

I hope this letter finds you well, in good health and fine spirits, and that things with Shlomo the trader (whom you mentioned in your last letter) are proceeding to your satisfaction. You had high hopes for that situation, if I recall correctly. If he proves recalcitrant, or slow on the uptake, please remember that my offer to waylay him with a large knotted club and beat some sense into him still stands.

My previous address, at Eboris, is no longer correct. Letters sent there should still reach me eventually, by a roundabout route, but for the foreseeable future I've made my home at the Covenant of Mons Electi. It's proved to be a surprisingly genial place. I must say I am greatly enjoying myself here, and my new covenant-mates are, almost without exception, great fun to talk to -- much better than the usual dry sticks one finds in well-established covenants.

I regret to say that I have not yet located the book you asked me to keep an eye out for. The destruction the Albigensian Crusade wrought in its wake is a great impediment. It is entirely possible that no copies exist anymore, and the writings of RABaD are lost to history -- but that would be a terrible shame, so I shall keep looking.

With regards to your last inquiry into whether I had found a nice girl yet, and the consequent intimation that perhaps I should be looking for a nice boy instead, I must say that snideness ill becomes you, young lady. (The passage was, however, perfectly crafted -- we'll make a humorist out of you yet.) I have no progress to report on that front, although there are some large possibilities looming on the horizon. Whether that is a good thing or not remains to be determined.

I shall eagerly await your next missive. Until then, I remain,
Yours truly,
Stultus ex Tytalus.

The palimpsest is imperfectly scraped, so a decorative border is visible from what was on the page previously. Concealed within the border is a second missive to Gabrielle, in Aramaic. It expresses concern that Mons Electi may come under attack from Montverte, and asks Gabrielle to keep an eye out for, and pass along, any information on that score, so as to avoid unnecessary loss of life.

(letter sent shortly after Fiona returns from Grand Tribunal, in the Summer of 1228)

Dear Viscaria,

I trust that things are going well for you since your return to Phoenix. Things are proceeding apace here; we have a couple of new members who have joined over the past couple of years, but none able to take your place.

All of Normandy was impressed by the work you had done in creating our Tribunal Grounds. In fact, they were so impressed that they have expressed an interest in holding the Tribunal here permanently. We have managed to have them table the motion until the Lotharingian question was settled at Grand Tribunal, but now it seems we must face it again in 1235.

When you were here before, we had talked some about enchanting the pegasus that Petronius carved for me some time ago. Are you still interested in undertaking such a project?


(letter sent shortly after Fiona returns from Grand Tribunal, in the Summer of 1228)

Dear Petronius.

My apologies for not writing sooner, but as you can imagine life has been very hectic since last summer. I hope that you, and the people of Laurus Argenti, have found some respite since our Tribunal.

I find myself taking solace in the magnificent Pegasus that Praxiteles created for me some years ago. It still stands proudly in the courtyard for all to see. And as I sit, watching it, I can tell that it yearns to fly free, to feel the soaring winds beneath its wings.

Would you be interested in returning to Mons Electi for some time to enchant the Pegasus for me? I would be most grateful, and will do what I can to help.

Fiona filia Marós Ex Miscellanea Kore tes Kirkes ab Mons Electi

(A answer to Fiona's letter arrives only three days later from Pettonius)

To Fiona filia Marós, of Mons Electi, do I, Petronius e Bonisago, send my warm greetings.

As you can imagine, the first few months after Praxiteles' passing have been difficult for us in Laurus Argenti. When a group of magi have been together as long as we have, the disappearance of one of us has profound impacts. We at Laurus Argenti lost a member of our family that fateful day, and the circumstances of his death made things even more difficult to accept and live with.

I remember seeing the sculpture as he began working on it, but I don't believe I've had the chance to see it completed. The last time I was there, it was for Tribunal and events made it impossible for me to visit your covenant proper -- I stayed in the Tribunal city for most of my visit. It would be an honour for me to work on one of Praxiteles' masterpieces, provided I can be of service. I can arrange for a visit in a few weeks, however, once I have wrapped up my current lab project. We could at that time discuss the kind of work you would like done, and various ways it could be done.

In friendship,
Master Petronius e Bonisago
Laurus Argenti, Rhine Tribunal

To Petronius e Bonisago, warm greetings from Fiona ex Miscellanea

I was quite pleased (and, I must confess, pleasantly surprised) to receive such a quick reply to my inquiry. I can certainly sympathize with the pain your entire covenant must feel. I have only lost one sodalis to that which awaits us all, and I had only known him a couple of years; I still feel the pain of his passing. And, although I had only known Praxiteles a short while, I had grown fond of him in that span, and think of him often.

I would be delighted to extend to you and yours the hospitality, not only of Mons Electi but me personally, and look forward to seeing you again. And I hope that ours can be a fruitful and mutually beneficial arrangement.

Give my regards to the others, and I look forward to your visit.


The following letter is delivered to Tranquillina about 1 week after Cumhachd departs, by a Redcap who requests her voting sigil as acknowledgement. If questioned about it, he informs her that her sigil is to be held by Cavillor pending resolution of the matter detailed in the letter.

To: Tranquillina filia Maximanius scholae Bonisagi ab Mons Electi
From: Quaesitor Cavillor filius Proctor scholae Guernici ab Confluensis
CC: Prima Bilera scholae Guernici ab Magvilus, Prima Murion scolae Bonisagi ab Durenmar, Primus Harpax doctrinae Tytali, Prima Bullista doctrinae Tytali

Please be advised that I have consented to allow Quaesitor Adrasteia doctrinae Tytali ab Covenant of the Icy North to conduct an investigation into the matter of Cumhachd Tytali v Tranquillina, a matter that occurred in Gallia Transalpina. For the term of this investigation, and on this investigation alone, she has the full sweep of Quaesitorial powers vested in her by the Council of Magivillus, and may present a prosecution at the next scheduled Normandy Tribunal, should she so desire or it become necessary. This letter serves as a notice to all parties that Adrasteia has attested to the fact that she has taken a statement from Cumhachd that Tranquillina did willfully and knowingly attempt to deprive her of her magical power by attacking her apprentice, under Frosty Breath of the Spoken Lie. Adrasteia will be contacting the accused at her own convenience. The parties directly involved may be heard in full in my chambers at Confluensis, should they so desire, after Adrasteia completes her investigation and shares her findings of fact.

Quaesitor Cavillor filius Proctor scholae Guernici ab Confluensis