Once Tabanus is finished, Liliana blots the page, and Great William (Guglielmo) makes use of his incredible size to grasp the scroll and carry it away, ostensibly to the library. As soon as he opens the door and steps out of the council chamber, a portly blond maid enters with a tray of stone cups, and places one before each of the magi, along with a cloth-wrapped package for each. The cups contain a hot beverage that is both sweet and sour (it's honey and lemon-- you are surprised at such opulence, as honey is extremely rare and valuable, and lemons must be imported from the Mediterranean), and the cloth napkins each hold a currant scone.
Liliana clears her throat. "First of all, welcome to Gallus Florensis! It is a pleasure to have you all here.
"So... the state of the covenant. Yes... oh dear. Well, our vis sources have all been claimed by other covenants since we lost quorum, and due to the troubles we've run into in the past few years, our stocks are empty. This past year, our Aegis was cast on loan from House Mercere, and we did not cast the Bountiful Feast ritual." She pauses thoughtfully. "Due to the legal loophole regarding our young Mercere here, we are technically at the minimum for quorum once more. The new claims upon the vis sources are not binding until ratified by a Tribunal, so should we resume harvesting our old vis sources, we strengthen our case for defending our claims come 1222. Beyond that, we have had troubles with our mundane finances. We will not be able to pay our lease to the Baron next spring. And of course, it would be ideal if the fates of Maribus, Justinius and Aislinn, could be discovered. My brother has always been prone to bouts of wanderlust, as I am myself, but he has never been gone for more than a year at a time. Justinius and Aislinn are formidable magi, and anything that could trouble the two of them together must be truly frightening indeed.
"But of most pressing need, of course, is for you all to settle yourselves in. This is your home now! Perhaps you could investigate the abandoned sancta of our missing sodales, and in the process, claim new homes for yourselves? I would not worry about offending any of them by taking up residence in their former homes, as they have all been missing long enough that they would be reasonable regarding the covenant's needs and the limits of space. Should they return, either of their own volitions or by your efforts to locate them, they will simply have to re-establish new sancta and laboratories, as is only reasonable. Would this please you, my new friends?"