I am running a saga starting in 1220. My players and I are experienced role-players, but new to ArM. I started them with grogs who had a meet-up prequel and then joined the covenant, located in southern Gascony in the foothills of the Pyranees. Next they created and played apprentices who passed their gauntlet by "proving themselves" on an expedition to Calebais. Now they will be junior magi passing into the daily life of a wizard - setting up their labs, reading books, etc.
For the purposes of my story, I would like for them to attend their first regional tribunal in two years, rather than next year in 1221. This will allow them more time to learn about and become involved in hermetic politics first.
Initially I figured, my players know little of, and are even less attached to, the canonical details of the standard setting. So there is no reason I can't just say that the 7 year cycle means a tribunal in 1222 or 1223 rather than 1221.
But whenever it works for us, this saga is sticking with published canon, as that helps all us newbs, to not mess with what we're still learning. So I'd prefer to keep the canonical regional tribunal meetings in 1221 as the expected event.
There seems to be very little published info about this region. I've browsed my local shops, explored online shops selling older material, and even delved into dark corners of the net in search of information, but found little. If anyone can point me to sources, however obscure, I'd be grateful.
Where is the regional tribunal customarily held? What is the tirbunal meeting like? The only tribunal book I own is tSE (and C&C), and that's not a very good example of a "typical" tribunal.
With no info to draw from, and a desire to stick to published canon, yet do what works best for my story within that framework, my idea is that a tribunal WAS planned for 1221, but the ongoing anti-cathar crusade has disrupted plans, causing an unprecedented pushing back of the tribunal to 1222 or 1223.
If I had a rough idea of where the tribunal is supposed to be held, I imagine I could browse wikipedia and other sources for historical events in the 1215-1221 period in the area, and come up with some related mythic history that would explain the disruption.