OOC: Yikes, I take off a few days for Christmas and things explode.
Magnus nods at many of the statements and eventually speaks up to make some of his own thoughts heard. He stands from his seat and paces back and forth as he talks.
"I agree that we would be best in doing all we can to retain power among the founders," he says. "We would certainly not cut the newer magi out of the power structure. But Constantine is correct. Younger magi can easily overrun a covenant. Perhaps it would be wise to have two tiers of membership, masters and journeymen, each with their own rights, privileges, and obligations."
"I also agree that it would be difficult to make the whole land a single covenant, if only because we'll ultimately need four covenants to petition for our own Tribunal. What I propose is that we found a single covenant with the expectation that the covenant will spawn chapter houses. These, in turn, can become the new covenants that we need to create our Atlantis Tribunal."
"Of course, that does lead to the question of what Tribunal the Order will consider us in. We would be best, as you all say, to claim that we are outside all of the Tribunals. But we can't say what position the Order will take. From a location standpoint they may claim that we are part of any of Loch Legean, Hibernian, or Iberian Tribunals - possibly even Normandy. But that will be an argument for a future date."
"The question of rulership is a thorny one. It may well be that we will want a conventional leadership structure put in place under the authority of the magi. I would suggest that we have Lord Mayors of the towns we create, Deans of any institutes of learning, and Squires or Knights in charge of farmlands. The magi would, of course, have direct control over any lands designated as covenant grounds. To that end, we could be very generous in designating such land. Much as the Church in Mythic Europe owns much land, so too will the covenants in New Atlantis own much land."
"But this is perhaps placing the cart before the horse. We will need to have people before we have rulers. And getting people without upsetting the rulers of their current homes may be a delicate matter. As you say, we could do well by accepting those who are persona non grata in thier homelands. That may give us a start. But it also leads to the further question of how public we will be at the start about our new land. If we say nothing, it may be quite some time before anyone notices that it has appeared."
"And then there's the Church. Once more, I agree that we do not want to place ourselved under the thumb of the Church. There will be no kneeling in the snow to accept their blessings on our new land. But I disagree with keeping them out. Those we bring in will inevitably include Christians. We cannot deny their faith, nor can we expect the Lord to ignore our new land. Christianity will come to New Atlantis whether we wish it or not. Best that we accept it and try to mold its presence into something we can deal with rather than let it spring up as a forbidden religion."
"I would suggest that we accept it, but limit the presence of churches to limit the effect of the Divine Aura. Perhaps something akin to royal preserves around covenants can keep them safe from interfering auras."
"Clearly there is much to discuss," he concludes. "But I take it that we are all agreed that there is no disagreement that we should not delay the raising of New Atlantis and the beginning of our transformation of it into a living and growing land. I know Meliai, among others, will be instrumental in that. But others of us can work on getting towns ready for people to move into when we are able to gather the people together. I have no idea of hte nature of any ruins that may remain and whether they will be significant or reparable. But that is also an option."
"So, may I suggest the Summer Solstice as a propitious day to arrange for the casting of the spell?"
OOC: Make it the very end of Spring 1220 as the time for raising Atlantis. I'm going to say that even though the spell only takes a short time, it's going to take much of a preceding season to get ships ready, sail out there, get the positioning right, and then do a bit if initial exploring.