Now, you lifeless corpse of a thread, Rise!
We ran through the last of the Provencal Tribunal of 1221. Here are my basic planning notes, with no stats and no particular details. Some of these happened as background events, others got skipped; I won't be providing detailed notes because A) your sagas will vary and 2) saga plotting security. They might be interesting to someone as an example.
Tremere meeting (private, House members only)
Jerbiton Wine & Snob Club Art Show and Promenade
Redcap exchange of news and gossip
Crusader Magi Rallying Meeting
Verditius item display review
Cult meetings (very private):
Matres & Matrones
Knights of the Green Stone
(Other cults are more highly centralized)
A Mage has a paranoia attack when he discovers a Bonisagus mage near his apprentice (Tytalus mage with reflexive combativeness – threatens War if the B “snatches” his apprentice?)
Magi are covertly scouted by cults
Be mysteriously courted by a mage who is looking for a particular cult, but no idea how to find them – trolling for cultists
Return of a mage lost in Twilight, and affirmation of identity
Declaration of Orbus status
Orbus magus seeking new house comes calling
Covenfolk constantly circulating, on various errands for their masters.
Redcaps going about Tribunal and related business
Young covenfolk respectfully approach, saying that they are journeymen craftsmen seeking a position in a covenant, should the masters require their services…?
At Tribunal, reading the rulings of private hearings into the record, where it is of public interest.
Magi of Castra Solis hold a fighting tournament, for armed magi only, with ransoms in vis and minor magic items and potions. Many magi join in, including Robert Vasques, Artemis of Tremere, and Cyprian of Flambeau. Some of the fights use phantom arms and armor that look like steel, but are only images that react to each other as if solid, but only pass through flesh and real objects.
Ruberus of Verditius demonstrates his swords, including a flaming sword, a sword that slices through armor, a sword that cuts flesh but not bone, a sword that (he claims) stuns with a single wound.
Elornis One-Leg and Bubulcus of Bjornaer seek out Atgir, but rapidly retreat once they see his heartbeast. Add Lexora from Through the Aegis.
Lupia also seeks out Atgir, and is not intimidated but does become guarded.
Jerbiton gallery of art and magical art; a tent filled with sculptures, paintings, musical performances.
Tolosa Black Faction & White Faction magi (p41+) sniff around for dispositions, seeking political allies.
Gilbert of Flambeau (p48) seeks out Jacques for his interest in Grail lore (subtly, asking after Celeres and his Arthurian library), interested in recruiting him for the Knights of the Green Stone.
Rebecca Ex Misc comes around to greet the covenant on Dama’s behalf, and takes an interest in Jacques, as a Bonisagus magus of good Hermetic standing – not Atgir, a Bjornaer, (maybe Enrico, but he won’t be there when she is). She takes an immediate social interest in Julia, Cipriana, and Domitiana.
Protendus of Tremere of Castra Solis consults Domitiana on investigation, and obliquely on secession matters as a feel-out.
Calais filus Septentrio of Bonisagus seeks young magi to start covenant on Mount Ventoux. The Magus recalls Grimgroth – they were correspondents on Auram.
Guillermo of Mercere holds the field in sport certamen against several challengers; he does well even against Tremere magi.
Marcus Minor of Flambeau holds a public prayer – about half of the magi join in directly.
Protendus, Garsenda, Elisa, Artemis, etc., of Tremere hold a private planning meeting.
Before the meeting, various cults meet in secret, under cover of socializing.
Popilia Ex Misc may visit Julia.
Rumors of the Wizard’s Wars at Tolosa Paratge fly.
Stories of dragons and monsters: the Lou Carcolh, the Drac, the Terrasque, jentilak, aker, tartalo, laminak, etc.
Maju, Dama’s familiar, a winged sprite, often flits by, on errands for Dama, and causes minor mischief, usually against covenfolk but sometimes against magi.
Maju changes to a rabbit to tempt and trick Atgir.
Embeth challenges all to race, magi and grogs, to be held in the mid-afternoon of the next day.
Cipriana has a vision of a wellspring, nearby.
Cipriana has a vision of a serpent coiled around an egg.
Beatrice invites Cipriana (and other Seekers) to schedule to investigate Glanum.
Troya of Flambeau rides a calm and obedient horse through the camp field, and invites magi to ride the gentle creature. She also puts on a riding demonstration, showing equestrian skill, magic, and feats. She brought four horses tolerant of magi, and is looking to market to magi.
Ophilio of Mercere is absent; Midius of Flambeau holds his proxy.
Ricardus of Flambeau wanders through, mildly drunk and aggressively flirty with men; spends some of his time with Etienne.
Impetus of Flambeau, looking for a covenant, latches onto whoever he can – possibly Atgir.
An apprentice, “Simes”, is caught stealing a minor item from a booth. He is a Tytalus mage and was ordered to do this – neither of them will admit that, and the boy will be punished worse for failing and betraying his master, so he will be silent. The master will return the item and pay a pawn of vis to the booth owner in penalty.
A pair of young magi, a VERDITIUS and a GUERNICUS, ask after interesting cave, mountain, and volcano sites, and assert that they will be scouting the Tribunal for a new covenant site.
Alosius of Mercere (p. 125) inquires after Mansio and whether we have made contacts with the local kermes beetle dye cultivators; he is interested in cutting a deal for dye.
Marcella Bonisagus lectures on genius loci and loci mundane. (Giacoma attends dutifully but without interest).
Alazais addresses the Tribunal on the subject of colonizing Africa, starting in the late 1220s (the treaty expires in 1225), with each neighboring Tribunal sponsoring one covenant. She proposes a Wizard’s Council on the subject, with a agenda to include a possible series of expedition to scout Africa’s coast region to begin.
Jean Marie of Jerbiton pursues and discusses the idea of a covenant of troubadour and other performance magi; Archmage Valgravian supports, as does Mariola of Tolosa Paratge.
Elisa of Tremere and the other magi of Marjarida formally and politely introduce themselves to each and every covenant, and every mage that can be stopped for a moment.
A Tytalus mage soap-boxes emotionally on the necessity of halting the Cathar Evil, actively and overtly as the Order.
Luc of Merinita reiterates at Tribunal Ara Maxima Nova’s claim to all archeological sites within a short walk of the Via Domitia.
Jeanne of Merinita leads a Faerie encounters seminar. Marie of Merinita attends.
Gilbert of Flambeau rants extensively on the need to defend the Tribunal against the misguided Crusade.
Alazais and other Redcaps mention that Redcap Olivar is missing, and so is Magali, a young lady scribe in service to the Mercer House – they disappeared at different times and in different places, and apparently not together. There are rumors that a Drac has been taking people away, but Olivar was nowhere near the Drac’s usual hunting grounds, the Rhone.
The new covenant Pugnatio is publically but not strongly cautioned by Beatrice on overt action.
Aedes Mercurii pushes to host the next Tribunal; Bellaquin, Castra Solis, the Cenoebium all volunteer; Bellaquin has the least involved and a movement to shift power from the largest covenants takes root (unless the players do something.)
Beatrice is formally requested to preside as chief quaesitor at the next Tribunal.