[size=150]Metatarzes filius Argentius ex Bonisagus[/size]
founded the covenant in 1145
Metatarzes filius Argentius is an elderly (though not infirm) man of medium height and slight build. In fact his nickname among some of the less-respectful members of the covenant is “Beanpole” (which he knows, and finds amusing). He is balding, and while has only a minimal beard, but long mustaches—all a pure white, almost like summer clouds. It is not known exactly how old he is, though he appears to be about 75.
Metatarzes is known as an expert in Creo and Auram arts. Those were his focus as a young magus, though in later life he has expanded his range substantially and as been seen to perform some complex work in Intellego, Rego, Animal, and Vim. Even so, he is recognized as a good generalist rather than a specialist. His sigil is a slight breeze carrying a whiff of ozone as before a lightning strike.
Metatarzes is well-known in House Bonisagus and to a somewhat lesser extent in the Order, not least because he managed to found a covenant that has not yet been made to choose a tribunal. He has a reputation as a magic theorist, researcher, and (pardon the anachronistic term) a renaissance man.
In the covenant he is the only member who has regularly been re-elected to the office of disceptator, or council-head. He has served almost every other 7-year term since the founding in 1145.
Metatarzes has a familiar who accompanies him almost everywhere. A Dalmatian hound, it is named Afosiomenos, or “Spot”. It is not uncommon to find Metatarzes and Spot discussing some esoteric and unfathomable bit of hermetic lore, for Spot has the gift of speech.
Metatarzes is an indefatigable author and most of his lab texts have been translated (not all by him, but with his permission and aid) and are in the library. He created the Aegis of the Hearth spell used at the covenant. He has written Summae and Tractatus on a variety of subjects, found not only in the library but also in many places in the Order.
He has created only six magic devices, but they include useful tools such as The Physicians Perceptive Eye and The Tin Miners Spoon, both of which have been of great benefit to the covenant. He has an amber wand that has been seen to have some interesting effects, but he does not divulge them and uses it only rarely.
Of course with so many fine accomplishments there must be some issues. In the last decade or so Metatarzes has experienced two twilights and both have left him behaving a trifle odd. Perhaps not a trifle, since the rumor of his sometimes strange behavior has spread beyond the covenant to the Order. What that may bring to the covenant, no one can say.
Still, Metatarzes is generally a wise, friendly, and only moderately cranky old man. It is easy to forget he is a puissant magus who could turn you into a spot of lightning toasted cow dung if angered.