Iohannes sits. "My travel here. Where to begin?
"I was in the Mediterranean carrying a cargo and some... distinguished passengers who prefer not to be distinguished, if you carry my gist, when my parens, Marcus--if you follow developments either in medicine or Corpus magics you might have heard of him, but then again, maybe not--visited me in my cabin using the Leap of Homecoming and an Arcane Connection.
"Naturally, I was startled, though, in truth, hardly surprised. That had always been his way, to visit and take leave as he pleased, and, as he so rightly pointed out back when I was an apprentice, there's nothing in the Code against it. I might have asked him to leave, but that would have been unconscionably impolite, don't you think? Especially after the effort he must have gone through to make sure that he didn't pop by when I was on deck, surrounded by crew, or during a delicate negotiation. And what if he didn't want to go?
"There was nothing for it but to share my very best wine and exchange stories of what had happened in our lives since last we saw each other, during the course of which he told me the purpose of his visit, to offer me the gift of membership in this covenant, which he had arranged some time ago and was waiting for the right time to present. As I recovered my wits, he filled the silence by telling me exactly why it was the right time for me to make certain adjustments, and how Lubeck would suit me better than the alternatives.
"So, here I am. It's the sort of thing you'd more likely expect of a Tremere or Tytalus master than Ex Misc, but my lineage has a tradition of... continuing involvement and participation, you might say."
"And he's probably right."
After another pause he says, in a more personal way, "In fifty or a hundred years, I'll probably do the same kind of thing. I notice that both of you appear to be of an age with me, Hermetically speaking, or close enough to make little difference. In the outside world, we would be at the peak of our powers, masters, junior to none except through accidents of blood and birth. In the outside world, I am a master! But have you noticed a difference among magi with a hundred or so years on you, a few lifetimes of experience? And I don't mean raw power, that's the least of it."