I just wanted to start a thread without over flowing it with my own thoughts, to see where others stand on the Theban tribunal.
First have you played any games set here or visiting?
Currently my TT game is set here and our group far and away loves it. I personally prefer it by leaps and bounds over any other Tribunal and I find that creating stories for it are enriching and thrilling.
Have you found the lack of general resources of the Ars material inhibiting?
It cuts both ways. On one side you have nearly every single book of 5th edition written for what seems only the English, Frank, Germanic perspective. To be fair there are lovely and rewarding treasures to be found in many books, but all in all Theban Tribunal lacks the Ars attention. Of course the Greek tribunal's desire to be difficult and non-conforming to the rest of the Order does not help them in character or out.
On the other side, not being overly oppressed by the crushing weight of the majority of Ars vanilla, means you really get to research and develop the culture and society of Theban magi.
Oh and slaves. And vis. And many gods. Islands. Mountains. The funland is endless.
Has anyone come to appreciate the civility and reasoning of how Theban tribunal operates?
The Seven years of gathering and the the auctioning of apprentices seems at first tedious, but then it provides endless story quirks as well as a realistic reasoned out and efficient method of finding and training magi. I thoroughly like the communal aspect of finding magi. I also like how the society of Theban rewards the most dedicated, community serving, and responsible magi with training the future of the Order. The entire process of Tokens and Shards is elegant, useful, and appeals to a metagaming aspect of presenting the ENTIRE Tribunal on a personal scale.
For me, I think the Theban tribunal is fantastic in every way. From it's abundance of history, fantasy, and vis, to it's democratic civility and yet stratified class structure. It is the epicenter of east versus west and the very pathway of all cross continent learning. And while it isn't the wall that breaks the Mongol invasion, I like to think it is the foundation of those walls in Transylvania and the Levant.
Okay, I thank you all who look at this.
Feel free to respond with even the shortest reply or whatever you like... I am interesting in comparing notes and really sucking the marrow of the land of mythology .... oh and the Byzantines... come on how awesome are they?