As seen here.
1. An unforeseen (astronomy? who cares!) solar eclipse occurs and terminates effects with Sun duration (why not), including Parma. It also triggers devices with "constant" effect, which will therefore fail that night as they are typically only designed with 2 uses per day. Hopefully, nobody relied on them for anything critical, like lab bonuses or flying castles. Smart magi may realize what happened, but they only have until sunset to solve the problem. Can they do it?
2. Following rumors of fantastic riches and wondrous magic, a small party of highly skilled and talented "adventurers" break into the dungeon ... err, I mean, the Covenant.
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edit -- numbering as instructed by Grand Master Yair.
Silly Fruny, you need to NUMBER them.
A prophet has foretold the PCs uncovering a secret/breaking a spell/defeating the dragon. A redcap arrives with a letter he has received months or years ago to be delivered upon this achievment, containing remarkable details on the event and proclaiming a dreadful prophecy that the PCs must try to navigate.
A demon is discovered meddling in a magus' lab. He is dispatched, but has it managed to taint the magus' magic?
Someone leaves notes in the magus' lab, aiding his work (add to Lab Total). Who was it, why did it choose to aid his research, and most importantly - how did it get in?
Raw vis that has long been used by the covenant is discovered to be Infernally tainted. When was it tainted, and are the old magics relying on it reliable?
A Higly skilled magus from the times of the schism war returns from twilight and resumes his attacks.
Apprentice goes missing.
A new house primus needs to be choosen
All Magi in your Covenant have the Major Story Flaw : [color=blue]Dark Secret.
It turns out that you all have the Major Hermetic Virtue : [color=blue]Diedne Magic!
When you check other Covenants , you find out that every magus/maga has this Virtue.
It seems that a recently cast ritual has broken The Limit of Time.
House Tremere is in an uproar , as every single one of them also has Diedne Magic as well.
There will be a new Schism War if the culprits are not found and the effects of the ritual negated.
One of the magi in your covenant has been regularly writing letters to the Pope.
Somehow , one or two of them have actually been read by the pontiff.
The author has written about the life of the covenant and the simple christian folk in the nearby village.
Impressed with the honest nature of these missives ,
he is sending a papal envoy to visit.
The first the other magi in your covenant know about this ,
is when a redcap delivers the message with an official papal seal.
14 A glass blower recently instsaled near the covenent is actualy a demon flolwer and sell infernaly tainted material for the magus's labs.
15: a local baron decided to invade your land to plunder it thinking it was undefended.
16: a new resident mage has gone missing on his way to the covenent
17: A magical incident turned your grogs against you, prepair yourself for a peasant revolt.
Unbeknowst to you , your father had contracted an arranged marriage for you when you were in infancy.
Your Bride and her considerable entourage have just arrived , expecting the contract to be honoured.
A scathing satire has been composed about your covenant.
You gain a level 08+ Bad Reputation of a humourous nature (to everyone else).
Villagers and covenfolk start leaving because of the embarassment this is causing.
Belphegor has taken an interest in your covenant.
41 - Your covenant's resident Flambeau has been tapped to host the Flambeau Gathering, since the Magus who was supposed to has either incinerated himself or is in the middle of a very long twilight episode. The first you know of this is when the Redcap delivers the message, with most of the House behind him.
42 - Even more fun than a Grog adventure - Children of the Covenfolk explore their mysterious home.
43 - A personal belonging is discovered missing from nearly every magus (and some companions) in the covenant. The fun really begins the next morning, when everyone wakes up, and finds themselves tranformed. Who or what is responsible, and how does one undo the damage caused,
A large number of very pregnant women arrive at the covenant.
All of them are single and accompanied by angry relatives.
They all claim that "YOU" are the father of their child.
Any magics used to determine the father , all have the same result ,
that "You" are indeed the father of all these children.
Even if you have taken a longevity potion , the results are still the same.
Claims of innocence on your part cannot be proved ,
as you were "working" in your Lab (alone)
when the various encounters occurred.
Scandalous pictures of 13 of the most attractive maga in the Order of Hermes
are being sold to anyone with enough money and willing to buy them.
45 A secret passage is accidentaly found under your covenent leading to unknown rooms, who know what is in these forgoten parts?
46 you recently found a magic item for some reason... some days after some of your grogs are blodily slaughter, is this little thing realy responsible of all this blod?
47 Your magus receives mail from correspondants who seem to have no idea where he lives or what his interests are. A mistaken identity, but on gauntlet your magus chose the same name as an archmage living in a different tribunal. The redcaps occaisonally get mixed up and bring the wrong post to the wrong person. The archmage is not amused especially when his property is being diverted to a young whippersnapper.
48 An investigation by a select committee of hermetic magi wish to perform an experiment on the viability of the covenant, as they have done for many covenants before. Hiring actors, both witting and unwitting, they set of scenarios (any and all of the above) increasing in difficulty just to see how the magi will cope. A constant barrage of interuptions and harassement hits the covenant at least one different type per month, as soon as one problem is solved another begins. If the magi of the covenant discover what is really occuring then the impressed committee pass them. They reward the covenant with gifts and swear them to secrecy. It emerges that every other covenant experiences this within 20 years of founding.
Everything is absolutely normal.
No incursions or harassment by Demons or Fae.
Worldly and Divine Powers have no special interest in anyone.
Everything that should be happening , is happening in a routine run-of-the-mill way.
There is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary , either good , bad or indifferent going on.
Minor accidents still happen , so there is no special blessing to take note of.
The only extraordinary thing is how very ordinary it all is.
...but include Kabbalists who explain that deep numerological correspondences require them to bestow fantastic gifts on you, hedge wizards dispensing surprisingly inexpensive potions to improve your potency in certain areas, and lawyers representing the Byzantine imperial family asking for your assistance in retrieving the state treasure hidden since the Fourth Crusade.