Apologize if this has been posted before but having trouble finding the answer -
When can a Wizard War be declared?
- Whenever a mage feels like it for whatever purpose (other mage looks funny, is insulted, is a rival, have a dispute)?
- If certamen challenge is refused or loser refuses to abide by outcome?
- Only a tribunal meetings?
What is the frequency of said declarations?
- Against the same opponent could a magi have consecutive wars or separate such wars by an interval?
- Coul a war be decalre sequentially against different magi, first A, then B, then C...
For the recipient of such Wizard War what recousre does the "defendant have?
- Could he get the war decalre illegal/invalid? What would be the timing of such an appeal? Are there unjust wizard wars?
- Could he get the intervention of a Quesitor to judge the case?
- Is recourse limited to self-defense only (hiding or fighting)?
Is there anything in the various AM canon books that discusses wizard wars that I have missed limiting the ability to declare?
My problem is this: An aggressive group of magi could declare repeated wars to control various resources and effectively bully their way into prominance. This seems to run counter to the Guernican ideal of an orderly group of magi where more powerful members cannot exploit lesser members of the order through magical violence. The only limitation would seem to be not to endanger the order.
Wizards War would seem to make more sense in the context of having an adjudicative body resolve or allow for this type of conflict. That way, the worst proponents of such tactics are limited. A more stable tribunal or legalistic may seek to have extremely limited wizard war - (Translyvania w the Tremere). As fundamentally law derives from the greatest source of power (whether your political philosophy is dervied from Locke or Hobbes or another source), the most powerful entities in a tribunal could set tribunal law to limit or better regulate wizard wars.