I'd like some feedback on some loose ideas I have. I am considering a new saga with Europe not being what it is in 1220. I want to run a more war torn Order of Hermes. So here is the what if (old Marvel reference).
What if a large group of Magi conspired to separate from the order and forged allegiances with some of the noble families and more open minded parts of the Church about 100 years ago? What if then they declared war or the Order? After 100 years of war between the broken factions of the Church, noble families that either sided with or against the Order, Magi declaring themselves kings, and mad use of powerful rituals, magical war machines, unleashed magical horrors and demons Europe is left a war torn mess with a loose peace between the Order it's allies and the sorcerer kings and their allies.
This will be high fantasy in a broken mythic Europe. The Order now trying to maintain what territories withing the various tribunals that remain. Some of the Code is much more lax such as interaction with mundanes. Monsters abound and magical artifacts the order wishes to keep from the hands of mundane lords.
I've only begun considering this as an alternative setting. Is it to far removed from the setting itself? There are a lot of questions I do not yet have answers to, but I was hoping to hear some thoughts on the idea or from anyone who has tried an alternate mythic Europe.