A game I'm in recently reached session 100, so we've been reflecting on some of our favourite moments. I thought I'd share some here.
We're playing newly gauntleted magi at a Winter covenant in the Provencal Tribunal, trying to rejuvenate it.
I don't think this spoils plot hooks in published material, but consider this a spoiler warning anyway!
Highlight 1 - The Faerie Queen's Revenge
Francisco, a companion character who had been the quiet bodyguard and guardian of one of the magi (Avilius) for decades, was revealed to be secretly in the power of the Faerie Queen. She sent him to assassinate a magus at Tribunal. (Mostly by coincidence, the magus had previously dishonoured Avilius and beaten him at certamen.) Francisco lured his target out and had a friend ring the church bell, which triggered the magus's hermetic flaw - unable to cast spells while the church bells rang. With a storm beating down, and the Wild Hunt howling in the distance, Francisco confronted the magus and cut him down. It was incredibly tense and cinematic, and it was fun to see the aging, loyal Francisco victorious over a magus who had so many advantages!
Highlight 2 - The Fall of the Were-maga
After a string of crimes and misdemeanours, the Bjornaer parens (Bozhena) of one of the magi (Pall) was exiled from the covenant for breaching the code. Bloodthirsty enforcers from Bjornaer and Flambeau arrived to kill her. However, rather than flee, she returned to the covenant to try to access the resources there (including a nearby, powerful regio full of malevolent spirits). One thing led to another, and she ended up invading Avilius's sanctum. The other magi cornered her there and physically held her down and muzzled her, while she partially transformed into a her wolf-form and fought them, until Avilius could arrive to legally execute her. With the Bjornaer and Flambeau enforcers watching on (unwilling to enter Avilius's sanctum and place themselves at his mercy), Avilius arrived and killed Bozhena... with a sword!
Interesting to note that both of these moments of high drama were resolved with the antagonists stripped of their magic, and cold steel used to end them!
I may post more stories later this week.