Forgotten Legacy

1226.4 Winter
Winter Council. Someone plots. The murials dream.

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Lucian Procellus read the letter carefully. The agent he had placed in the other covenant had at last proved useful, vital even. Someone was plotting against Treverorum. A claim would be made at Tribunal. The Covenant of Pfalz is officially destroyed. Hence all it’s resources are up for grabs. Although his agent could not give names somone of master rank would claim he had harvested vis from PFalz Island for years on that the site therefore was rightfully his. Unless Treverorum gave up on the the Island he would put forward charges og deprivation of magical resources, They would have to act and come up with a plan to stop whoever it was. Lucian decided to bring this up at the oncoming Council meeting.
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Having delivered the letters to the many magi Ulrike the Redcap headed towards the kitchens.
Treverorum always had such nice food.
Morrkul read the brief letter he had recieved.

Salve Morrkul
Tribunal approaches and as you are aware it is customary for magi of the Rhine to join one fo the Gilds. I am certain that Daria La Gris has attempted to recruit you to her movement and that Clemens has told you that you are expected to join the Oak Gild. In this regard I wish to inform you of my indifference to your choice of Gild. The only thing that matters is your service to our House. I expect you to put the collective good of House Tremere and by extension the Order above all other concerns. You will inform me of your choice before this becomes public knowledge.

Et omnia vincit
Quod optimum
Stentorius

Winter Council
A winter council was held and all magi attended. I was agreed to travel to Pfalz Island in the spring and negotiate with Schwall. The goal was to get a written agreement clarifying that Treverorum harvested Vis on behalf of Scwhall.
Damianos was recompensated for work. A total of 15 pawns of vis.
The council further agreed to give each magus 3 pawns Ignem, 2 pawns Rego, 4 pawns Auram, 2 pawns Vim, 3 pawns Terram and 2 pawns Herbam Vis. This was in anticipation that most magi would wish to buy stuff at the upcoming Tribunal and Grand Tribunal.

The Murial
On the auspicious day of the 17th of February Morrkul, Damianos and Oberon were discussing how to reduce expenses using magic. Oberons two sons were playing in the cuncil hall when suddenly oine of them tugged on Oberon’s robes. “Father father! Brother walked into the painting!” Searching the area the magi concluded they better had investigate the murial. Using Intellego Vim magic they discovered that the aura had increased to 5 and found an entrance to a Regio in the Murial. The young magi decided to enter. They quickly found Oberon’s son playing in a beautiful forest. Investigating they discovered that the regio was small, had an aura of 10, and contained all they could see from the hall. In several places they could see Conciatta peforming the investigations depicted in the artwork.
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After a while the magi found they could sense other places in the corner of there eyes. A room, a hall, some stairs. Oberon still using magic felt he could guide the others to these places, they agreed and Oberon pulled them all recklesly into the twillight void. After drifting for what felt like timeless eternity they emerged in a small room. Here they saw the moment of Conciatta’s death at the convent near Toledo. At the center of the room, an aged Conciatta lies in bed. A nun by her bedside holds her hand and prays. Another by her other side, leans in close so as to hear her last words. A third, more senior nun stands at the foot of the bed. The scene moves on and Conciatta takes her last few breaths. As Conciatta dies, the candles in the room extinguish and the room is plunged into a gloom. Characters may now see, in the four corners of the room, obscured by shadow, the four spirits of Conciatta. The images last long enough for the spirits to manifest…and then the scene replays from the beginning. This happens over and over: Conciatta’s neverending death. As the image plays out, the magi notice the effects of Conciatta’s uncontrolled magic. Small items are picked up by invisible forces, but the power appears tired and the items are soon dropped. Listening to Conciatta’s last words they hear her ask for the spirits to be reunited, “My soul is broken and cannot rest. I am here, I am in fire and damnation, I am deep in the lost city, and I am home at last. Find me and make me whole.” A triptych in the room shows the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Ildefonso’s mother during her pregnancy; just before her death; and her appearance to Ildefonso himself at the moment of his mother’s death. Oberon recognises the saint as Ildefonso. But the triptych also seems to have other images, mystically coexisting with Currito’s work. As the magi look closer they see reflections of other tempora. Convincing Oberon’s son to guide them to these locations the magi enter the twillight void again.
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The magi enter the next tempus at the bottom of the winding stair of Conciatta’s tower. The steps behind them disappear into mists while Currito stands sorrowfully in front of them. His head is bowed and his shoulders sag. He is dressed as though for a journey and has a large bag slung over his shoulder. The tower here has no walls and the winding stair is alone in the eerie blank whiteness. Wisely nobody steps off the stairs. The steps behind Currito stop at Conciatta’s door. Oberon peers around Conciatta’s door only to see the other side of it. Morrkul looks through the keyhole and sees the darkened sanctum. Here Conciatta is surrounded by items floating around her, held up by some unseen force. Conciatta herself stands at her work table, fists clenched and tears welling from her tightly closed eyes. Oberon opens the door soon after and the party is once again sent into the twillight void.
The next tempus they arrive at shows Conciatta in her sanctum. She is with Currito and they both appear relaxed, though frozen as though mid-conversation. Currito sits in a sizeable chair, his hands aloft as though shaping something invisible and his eyes wide and enthusiastic. Conciatta stands behind a work table, like those that fill hundreds of Hermetic laboratories across the Order. Her finger rests on an open book, marking the very line that drew Currito’s reaction. The pages of the book cannot be turned but the subject matter is clear. It appears to be a journal. The unnamed author was apparently a magus who suffered a magical accident. This accident sent him into a regio that inhibited his magic. He became trapped inside for what seemed like weeks until he expended all the vis he carried in an attempt to force the same magical accident and reverse its initial effect. The point that drew Conciatta’s finger was the reveal that all of the vis the magus carried was of the Form of Vim. A tractatus on the Art of Vim also lies open on the table. It appears to use an archaic form of Hermetic Latin. The open pages show that the author considered it impossible to affect the four supernatural realms with anything other than new Arts. The magi immediately recognize this as outmoded and absurdly incorrect. The book harks back to the early days of the Order, and reminds the magi that it was Conciatta of Bonisagus who made the breakthrough that banished such outlandish ideas. In life, this moment fueled Conciatta and provided yet more evidence that the Art of Vim could manifestly affect all of the supernatural realms, that the grand theory of magic needed no other Arts. The walls of her sanctum are lined with laboratory texts, tractatus, scrolls, and devices. It is rich and colorful, vibrant and thriving. There is even a view from the windows, though it is peculiar and can only be seen as though from Conciatta’s vantage point, as though a window-shaped image hung against
a white drape some feet beyond the window frame. The Moorish city of Saraqusta can be seen outside the tower, with the Noor Mosque rising above the low streets.
Opening the door behind them the magi enter the twillight void once again. After drifting through the timeless void guided by Oberon’s son yet again the magi find themselves in a great lecture hall, recognizable to Oberon as one of the halls of Durenmar. The tempus here behaves oddly as the images shift, jumping from one to the next as the magi walk the hall. Rows of benches, filled with magi of several Houses, face forward and are bisected by a central aisle. At the front of the hall, on a raised dais, Conciatta stands at a lectern. On entering the hall, the tempus shows Conciatta as she begins her presentation. As the observer moves towards her, magi can be seen posing questions. Further still, and magi appear by turns dismissive and approving. Again further, and pockets of discussion can be seen breaking out among the assembled magi. Some quickly examine Conciatta’s new ideas while others voice their anger. Eventually, the magi stand and applaud, while a few of the more senior magi storm from the hall. The last image, seen only from Conciatta’s perspective, gives a hint to the loss of magical control to come. Her gaze suddenly becomes surprised and she looks to a silver stylus on her lectern. The stylus has bent, curled in on itself, and floats just above the lectern’s wooden surface. But there is one constant with each change in image: Currito sits at the back of the hall. He looks on proudly, lovingly. So content is he that he does not even stand when the other magi give Conciatta their applause; he knows her achievement and lets her soak in the acclaim.
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At last the magi leave the vestige through the door at the rear of the hall. Fortunately Morrkul took two apples with him from the garden regio they first entered. The magi discovered that these were arcane connections to the regio. Using the apple Oberon’s son could guide them all back to the regio and out of the magic realm. From here they found their way back to the council hall in Treverorum.

Reflecting upon their experience the magi found that the aura had reverted back to 3. Studying the signs and astronomical portents Oberon and Damianus discerned that certain signs had activated the restored murial. They also determined that murial regio would possibly appear again in twelve years.

Giovanni later asked to investigate Oberon’s son. Together they concluded that he has the Gentle Gift as well as second sight. Oberon consequently set himself a new goal. To attain the rank of master as the youngest magus ever in order to take his son as en apprentice.

Winter Activities

Damianus Philocrates investigates Arliandus’ Silver Trumpet
Morrkul Tiranul studies Discerning the Transmundane.
Praenuntius invents two spells in his lab.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus writes a tractatus on Vim quality 9.

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1226 Spring through to Winter
A year of work and preperation

House_band.jpg The spring of 1226 sees most magi minding their own buisness. Oberon finally invents a Wizard’s communion variant for use when casting Aegis of the Hearth.
In late Spring Giovanni Ladardo Amalfi ex Jerbiton arrives at Treverorum. With him is a small entourage, a scribe, a couple of musicians, a young pretty girl and several assistants. Several small banquets are held with musical entertainmet.
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Giovanni spends the entire summer restoring The Murial of Conciatta.
After his work is completed Giovanni makes no preperations to leave. Instead he asks: “As you know the journey from Milano is not short. I would like to enjoy your hospitality over the winter and meet up with some old friends. While I am here might I study from your Lirary? In return I offer to contribute with two tractati.” Morrkul and Oberon consider his request, knowing they cannot deny his visit without breaking etiquette they have also been informed by Elena that Giovanni and his entourage cost the covenant 3 pounds of silver a season.
Giovanni awaits their reply.

Having saved money on Damianus Philocrates’ enchanted hearth the magi agree to let the Jerbiton stay.
Giovanni donates two texts to the Covenant Library Tales of the Lusty Maid and Images of Form.

Activities:

Spring
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius assists Oberon.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus invents Wizard’s Ritual Communion, level 30 MuVi Spell; 3 xp in magic theory gained.

Summer

Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius reads The magas shield; gained 12 xp gained in Parma Magica.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus writes 100 levels of spells for the library.

Autumn
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius Spends long hours in his laboratory, all meals are brought to his door and he is not seen for months.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus studies the The Murial of Conciatta discovering that it can bu used as a one time sstudy for Quality 6 in Magic Theory. Oberon also gained insight into the creation of a Level 30 In Vi spell.

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1225
A year of study and contemplation

Roleplay
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Activities
Spring
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius Teaches Citus Magic Theory; total 19 xp. Exposure xp gained.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus Studies Discerning the Transmundane; 17 xp gained in Intellego, 1 xp in Vi, Me, Im, He

Summer
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius studies Practical Disintegration; 27 xp gained in Perdo, correspondence with Lucas von Beck.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus Study 1 pawn Mu vis; 15 xp gained in Mu, 1 xp in Vi, Me, Im, Co

Autumn
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius studies Lest We Perish; 11 xp gained in Parma Magica.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus Studies Liber Gregis; 12 xp gained in Leadership

Winter
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius Assists Oberon; 2 xp exposure gained.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus Fails to iInvent a level 30 Wizard’s Communion with duration sun; 3 xp in Magic Theory gained

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1224
The Infernal Laboratory. Trebonius Visits

The Infernal Laboratory
The chained prisoner had eventually lost his mind. Awaiting his inevitable death in Morrkuls lab, he had begun pleading for his life. “Please master, let me live, I can tell you were to find a hidden place, much like this one. Filled with treasures and valuables.” Morrkul could almost taste the desparation in the air surrounding the shackled mercenary. “What makes you think I won’t just take the knowledgde from your mind and dissect you anyway?” “Please for thelove of God have mercy!” the unfortunate cried.The cat jumped up on the shackled subject, scratched him mischeviously on the chest and purred. “Why not listen to what he has to say? Investigate this hidden place if it exist and when you return his fate can be decided?” Morrkul considered the matter.

Provided with the location of what might be a laboratory in the Ore Mountain, Morrkul ponders his options. Apparently the mercenary had once worked for wizard who maintained a hidden laboratory. Only 4 days travel from Tetschen hidden in a small valley in the woods. It could only be found at night when the moonlight shone on a rocky formation. Having confirmed the mercenaries story with some mild torture Morrkul thought about who he should bring with him.

Morrkul took Borbak with him and for some reason Oberon insisted on joining them. They traveled by boat to Tetschen and left on foot on the trail heading west into the woods. They came upon a small village after a few hours travel. Here they met a young knight in the service of Freiherr Jürgen Schönburg von Wartenerg. The knight had been told to Garrison Pfalz Island when Oberon took over. The knight decided to travel with the young magi to ensure there safety in the forest.
After a few days travel they encountered a village deep in the forest. Oberon discovered a +4 Faerie aura surrounding the village centered around a huge oak. He also concluded that most if not all inhabitants were fae.
From the village they headed north finding the crevasse the mercenray had described. Here they waited for the moon to shine revealing an entrance into a regio. Oberon probe the aura and discovered a +4 infernal aura. The party snuck through a twisting cave corridor and discovered a laboratory with a single occupant. Being very sneaky the black robed magi did not here them before it was too late. Deciding the person must be evil, the knight charged. Despite being somewhat burned in the process he made short work of the magus.
The party searched the laboratory and found a living area and some coded texts. Soon after Tolides made his presence known. He claimed that he had hunted the marched magus and demanded that everything be destroyed. After some discussion the party left with the books intending to hand them over to Tabanus. Tolides stayed behind and collapsed the cave.

Claiming Pfalz Island
Morrkul teleported home after cleansing the infernal laboratory while Oberon, Borbak and the Knight headed towards Pfalz Island. Here they met with Robert Schönburg and politly through him off the Island. Oberon searched the place and found a makeshift dungeon with a sole occupant, Wolkan. Oberon questioned and then released him under the consition that he work for Treverorum. Should he fail in any way he would be flayed and quartered. Eager to not be imprisoned Wolkan agreed to Oberon’s terms. Oberon also discovered a collapsed part of the cellar and ordered it dug out. Meanwhile he investigated a copse of trees on the northern part of island. He determined that the aura was +3 magical among the ancient and beautiful oak trees. Oberon also found a vine growing in one of the trees. He is certain that it is identical albeit smaller than the obe growing in Durenmar. Possibly a plantlet was taken in secrecy. Oberon determined that sap could be carefully harvested in spring. He did so and claimed 3 pawns Intellego vis.
Returning to the excavation he found some dank cellars and a sanctum. Here he discovered 6 books that he took with him and an abandoned underwater laboratory.
Wolkan warned Oberon and the knight that the first toll collected every spring must be offered to the river spirit at the first new moon after collection. locating the collected tolls Oberon discovered that four coins contained Rego vis. He waited for the new moon and prepared to give the river spirit his due. To his surprise the river spirit turned out to be the long presumed dead magus Schwall. They talked for a while and Oberon discovered that Swchall did’nt use Pfalz Island anymore althought he claimed his Covenant still existed. Considering the ruins, Oberon thought the elder magus somewhat confused. Oberon promised the elder magus that his vis would be handed over every spring as it had been the last 25 years.
After making sure everthing was in order and the knight and Wolkan were set to collect tolls Oberon headed home.

Trebonius visits
During the summer season Trebonius Sempiterne paid a visit to Treverorum. He was on his way to Fengheld to craft a longevity ritual for Archmage Stentorius. Trebonius stayed for three days in the newly built luxurious guest quarters. He seamed quite pleased with the progress of the young magi.
During his stay Trebonius presented Morrkul with a gift. A summae on Animal written by Tremere himself. Trebonius told Morrkul that the book had once belonged to his dead father and that he had recovered it from the Library in Coeris. IT had been handed down for generations from master to apprentice ever since it had been given by Tremere to his third apprentice. Intrigued by news of a family he had never known Trebonius told Morrkul more. His father had been a Tremere magus and friend of Trebonius. He had died some 50 years ago and Morrkul’s mother had kept him hidden in Irencillia for many years before sending the infant boy away to Transylvania. Here Morrkul was raised by craftsmen working for the Scholomance and secretly watched over by Trebonius. When asked Trebonius told Morrkul that his mother might still be alive. She was a Merinita maga in Irencillia.

Oberons dreams
Oberon spent most of his nights dreaming about the mysterious magus that sometimes visited him in his dreams. Searching his own dream subconsciusnes for clues Oberon found him in a strange dream landscape. After some discussion Oberon was able to learn that the dream magus was looking for a way to reach Kadath, the city were dead gods dream. Perplexed by this Oberon returned to the real world.

During the late summer Oberon’s wife gave birth to two healthy sons. The were baptized in The Church of Mother of God before Týn.

Ulrike visits
Ulrike came by with a new book for the library and letters. Treverorum recieved a letter from Giovanni Ladardo Amalfi ex Jerbiton who informed that he would be willing to restore the The Murial of Conciatta for 5 pawns of vis. He could arrive in the summer of 1226. The young magi agreed and Oberon wrote a response letter.

Rewards
Oberon recieved 5 xp for his adventures.

Activities
Spring
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius learns teaching from Oberon
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus teaches Praenuntius teaching

Summer
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius constructs a basic laboratory.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus studies The Forms In Theory and Practice.

Autumn
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius finishes his laboratory.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus studies Discerning the Transmundane.

Winter
Damianus Philocrates
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius binds Citus as his familiar.
Lucian Procellus
Oberon Valdarus assist Morrkul in crafting Oberon’s longevity ritual.

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1223.4
Council Meeting

Roleplay
The young magi gathered once again for the annual Meeting of the Council. “Does anyone have any points?” Oberon asked looking around. "I intend to bind Citus as my familiar in the autumn season, according to our charter I will use vis from our stores for the process. Also I urge you all to contribute to our library with your spells. Additionally unless anyone objects I will purchase books with vis to supplement in the areas we are lacking. " Praenuntius looked around awaiting an answer.

Activities
Deadline: none
Damianus Philocrates study Auram vis in magic regio.
Morrkul Tiranul invents Leap of Homecoming from Text
Praenuntius studies Ars Flambonis.
Lucian Procellus Add Lesser Feature: Balance to lab(+1 Re) (2 xp magic theory)
Oberon Valdarus Studies Mentem in The Great Library, Summae level 18 Q 13, 16 xp gained.

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1223.3
The Last Oister Shipment

Roleplay
“Make sure all the oysters are fresh this time.” Elena told the grizzled chef. The last serving to Morrkul’s quarters had had an unfortunate ending and Morrkul had not been pleased. The grizzled crusader cook looked indiffirently at Elena. “We didn’t eat them fancy foods in the Levant Madame. How the bleedin’ Christ am I supposed to know how they’re suppoed to smell? Just cause you ain’t a whore no more don’t give you the right to boss me around.” They starred at each other for a while. Ever since she had dumped him again he had been acting up when she tried to make the kitchen run smoothly. “And besides.” the cook told Elena coldly “We ate the last shipment of oysters two days ago. Apparently our supplier says the trade agreement ended with the last shipment. Guess I’ll go find some old donkey to serve at the feast on Saturday.” He turned his back on Elena and set his attention on the soup he was preparing.
Elena, somewhat disturbed by the news, left hastily to find a magus. Surely they must know something about the trade agreement.

Summary of the season
Oberon left for Durenmar. Here he was told by Murion to behave more like a Bonisagus and less like a Jerbiton. After a small talk he was assigned to help Concientia with her research. He assisted her for a season researching randomness in magic by inventing two spells.
Damianus left for Mount Blanik to study vis in the potent aura. During his stay he studied the ghosts of the dead pagan priest. He concluded that a season of dedicated study might reveal the nature of the ritual they are conducting for all eternity. Morrkul and Lucius both spent time expanding their laboratories.
Rewards

Activities
Deadline: 5. december
Damianus Philocrates study Creo vis in regio
Morrkul Tiranul works on Greater Expansion
Praenuntius studies Principia Hermetica.
Lucian Procellus upgrades his laboratory
Oberon Valdarus spends time in Durenmar inventing two CrIm spells. Gains 3 xp in Magic Theory.

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1223.2
The Reichgraf's wedding. Oberon answers to the Prima.

Roleplay
Pantos’ reply to Praenuntius letter was most useful, indeed the swamp provided an incident aetherial perdo flux. The description Pantos provided matched the theoreticals from Principia Hermetica. Praenuntius needed to know if other perdo sympathetic sources could provide the same background. Considereing the lack of a swamp in Treverorum some other source was needed, perhaps a huge fireplace. Praenuntius began writing his response to Pantos, perhaps he had some thoughts on a huge fireplace.

The Merchant’s Game
Tabanus callled a meeting with the Council of Magi, present was Oberon, Morrkul, Damianus Philocrates and Lucian Procellus additionally Istvan from Roznov was present. Tabanus told that he had been informed that Oberon had tried to spend 10 pounds of magically created gold to expand a merchant buisness. Citing the Peripheral Code of the Rhine Tribunal it was made clear from a ruling in 1130 that no more than 1 pound of magically created gold could be introduced to the market every year. Clearly violating this ruling Oberon was fined 2 pawns of vis, a punishment that he accepted. Also being a member og the Oak Gild, Tabanus informed the council that he would write to Murion and express his concerns over Oberons Un-Bonisagus like activities.
Istvan informed the council that Jan would no tbe accepting Oberon’s gold and would no longer cooporate with his cousin Vlad. On behalf of Valdorius Lucius Prominentus Istvan challenged Oberon to Certamen, if Istvan won Treverorum would not be allowed to interfere with any of Jan’s buisness dealings and if Oberon won Treverorum could do any buisness they wanted without interference from Istvan or Jan. Oberon convinced Lucian to champion Treverorum and he soundly defeated his rival Istvan.
Following this the Council of Treverorum met and discussed the results. It was agreed to not pursue any expansion of the trade network other than the already planned expansion northwards from Prague to Hamburg.

Reluctantly Oberon agreed to the councils decision, and consulted with Vlad. Together they settled with Jan and Treverorum gained control of Vlad’s house, Xantippes’ mansion, a warehouse by the docks and the good ship Magdalene. The marriage between Vlad’s oldest sister and Oberon would still take place.

Oberon’s Wedding
Oberon’s marriage was an ostentatious affair. Soon after Oberon was recalled to Durenmar to answer to his Prima. His new wife took over the daily running of the manor, assisted by Elena.

The Reichgraf’s Wedding
Reichgraff Helmuth von Leitmeritz was married. A great party was thrown. Freiherr Jürgen Schönburg von Wartenerg attended and presented the magic items he had been given by Treverorum. This secured his betrothal to the Reichgraff’s daughter. In return Treverorum was granted toll rights at Pfalz Island.

Rewards

Activities
Deadline: 5. december
Damianus Philocrates study Ars Flambonis
Morrkul Tiranul works on Greater Expansion
Praenuntius studies Principia Hermetica, correspondance bonus.
Lucian Procellus reads Foundations of the Principles(6 xp + 3 xp booklearner = 9xp ialt)
Oberon Valdarus Learns Pillum of Fire, 3 xp in Magic Theory gained.

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1223.1 Spring
Stolen assets. An Enemy Revealed

Roleplay

“Master master!” Pavel came running up to Vlad. “Someone is stealing the Magdalena! I went to check on Hans and found him bleeding on the ground and the boat was had left the harbour! Do something master!”
Oberon looked inquisitively, first at the young man and then at Vlad. It was only a week since he had seen the boat for the first time. Oberon had also delved deeper into the dispute between Vlad and his cousins. He had leaarned that Jan had never liked Vlad and had always been envious of him. When he had learned that Vlad would be returning from the the Holy land, Jan had hatched a plan to cut him of from the family buisness. It seemed that the older cousin Berhardt had been more or less indifferent to his younger brothers plots. Snapping from his daydreams Oberon realized that the stolen boat resembled a significant investment in both time and money.

Correspondances
Sitting in the Library Oberon pondered Bonisagus’ work. In a year he would begin construction of his laboratory if all went according to plan. A laboratory attuned towards his prefered art Perdo requires some thought. And although his friend Pantos in Trier doesn’t have any particular inclination towards the destruction he does live in a swamp. Slowly Praenuntius began writing a letter to Pantos. He needed to hear how the ariel flux from the swamp interferes with the balancing of allegorical humours. Perhaps this could be used together with Bonisagus’ thoughts on sympathetic drestructive energies.

Stolen Assets
Morrkul Tiranul and Lucian Procellus who had accompanied Oberon Valdarus were not slow to react. Together with Vlad they hurried towards the docks. Lucian and Morrkul arrived before the others and found the captain Hans lying on the ground clutching his head. The Magdalena was about fifty paces away on the river, eight people manned the oars while three others hurried to ready the sails. A fourth character commanded the others.
Lucian turned invisible and used his weather magic to focus the winds in his favour. The breeze and light rain picked up paced and focused into a stronger wind that began to blow the small ship towards the docks again. Meanwhile Morrkul teleported to the more remote and uninhabited opposite bank of the river. Using his Corpus magic he took control of one of the figures next to the person in charge. Under magical control the poor person grappled with his master and threw them both overboard. Both disapeared under the waves of the turbulent river.
Lucian found himself suddenly surrounded by a soft glowing purple light clearly marking out his position, he hurriedly hid among some crates and barrels, shortly after he noticed someone countering his wind magic attempting to prevent the ship from reaching the docks. After the person in charge of the Magdalena was thrown overboard the countermagic stopped. The ship was quickly guided to the docks and the remaining crew readied short bows. Oberon and Vlad ducked for cover together with the to shipcrew. Lucian diverted his winds to blow the arrows off course, while Morrkul teleported onto the ship magically sleeping one of the crew. The thieves were now clearly seen to be armed bandits and readied a charge onto the docks. Lucian sleeped one of them and dragged him away while Morrkul killed one, cutting his legs clear of with one clean stroke of his sword. Another was subdued by Vlad and Oberon but four managed to escape.
The commotion had attracted the attention of several citizens and the town watch. Some pursued the fleeing bandits while others took the captured bandits into custody for flogging and branding.
The sole captive bandit was smuggled back to Treverorum and bound in the temple of Morena. After some sadistic tourture overseen by Lucian and Morrkul, Oberon took over and got the poor bastard talking. The bandit revealed that they had been hired by someone matching the description of Vlad’s cousin Jan, who had been the one thrown overboard. The purpose had been to steal the Magdalena and take her to Franconia. Oberon the left, abandoning his promise to the poor bandit and handing him over to Morrkuls morbid studies.

Aggresive Expansion
A small counsel was held between the three magi and Vlad. It was determined that another magi, possibly Hermetic had been present. His purpose unknown. It was also decided that Oberon and Vlad should approach Vlads oldest cousin and broker a deal. The were authorized to expand the trade network with 10 pounds of gold, a huge ammount of gold, not considereing that this might attract unwanted attention. At a dinner held the same evening Oberon was introduced to Vlad’s two sisters and a marriage with the oldest sister was arranged for the summer.

Vlad and Oberon met with Berhard and convinced him that by joining forces they could expand the regional trade extensively. Importing large ammounts of luxury goods through Vienna. Berhard seemed reluctant but was convinced of the merit of such a plan. He was promised 10 pounds of gold as an investment by Oberon. Convinced that everything was working out perfectly Oberon left for his Sanctum.

Charges of Breaking the Code. An enemy revealed.
A well dressed figure entered the office of Berhard. “What did they promise you?” he asked. “You know I can offer more, and already have.” Berhard looked up, “Oberon wishes to expand his trade to the south. He has proposed to join our ventures and wishes to use our network to import huge ammounts of luxury goods into Bohemia. He has offered me 10 pounds of gold for my efforts.” The other merchant looked surprised, “10 pounds? Not a small ammount. His efforts must be in vain. My partners will not accept any competition. You will deny his request and cease your buisness with your cousin. Our arrangement will continue as before.” Berhard seemed unconcerned with the potential loss of the gold. " I will terminate my arrangements with my intolerable cousin. But what of my brother? His attempt to steal the Magdalena failed and I have not heard from him. And what of Oberon? Can you keep him from bothering me again? I find his presence somewhat disturbing, I can not get myself to trust him." The merchant considered Berhards words carefully, “Your brother is safe, he has left the city and is headed towards our base in Meizen. We will profit from this Oberon still. I will make sure he does not interfere, I have connections that will ensure this.” he paused making sure his message sank in. “And by the way, Oberons glass trade with Venice must not be disturbed in any way.” “As you wish.” was Berhards simpel reply. His instructions clear he set about ending his brothers partnership in the family buisness.

The black robed magus opened the door to his little chamber. “Did anyone see you enter?” he asked the well dressed merchant. “Off course not, you know full well that I keep my presence in the city secret. Your scheming is almost Tytalan in scope.” The black robed magus smiled “My scheming is superior to those of that lesser house. Now tell me of the Roman situation, is our motion written? Has it been distributed to appropriate people in the Tribunal?” The merchant sat down and began his account of the situation. After an hours discussion the subject was done with. He looked smilingly at the black robed magus. “Now I need you to do something for me. Oberon has been spending gold, lots of gold. In principle he is breaking a point in the peripheral code of the Rhine Tribunal.” “And that bothers you?” the black robed magus interrupted. “No not at all, I always enjoy when people spend lavish sums of money. My problem is that he wishes to expand into a market that I own. Luxury goods import into the Rhine from the south. I need you to approach this ”/characters/tabanus" class=“wiki-content-link”>Tabanus character and inform him of the situation. He will put an end to it, suggest that he writes to Murion. As a member of the Oak Gild you must all agree that the place of a Bonisagus is doing research, not playing merchant. Also I need Treverorum to not interfere with Berhards and my buisness. Challenge him to certamén over the issue. I am sure he cannot defeat you." The black robed magus considered the request of his ally. Perhaps he should comply, some goodwill was never bad. “I will do as you request.” I am heading to Treverorum tomorrow anyway. " The meeting ended as quitly as it had begun.

Rewards
5 xp
1 confidence
4 pawns of Herbam vis found in the linden tree in Xantippes’ manor.
The source has been added.

Activities
Deadline: none
Damianus Philocrates studies The Forms In Theory and Practice
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius studies Principia Hermetica
Lucian Procellus More Labfixing :)
Oberon Valdarus Learns two spells, Calm the motion of the Heart and Loss of but a Moment´s Memory, 3 xp in magic theory gained.

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1222.4 Winter
Oberon the Merchant

Roleplay
Morrkul found himself walking behind two magi, one had a semblence not unlike that of Selena’s ghost only she seemed younger, he did not recognize the other. They walked through the Treverorum council hall heading towards the back and the council table. He seemed to float behind them unable to focus on their words. The other maga opened the secret door and they both entered the hidden passageway. Morrkul floated after them his vision different from the usual ones, more dreamy, more hazy. He followed the two maga who turned right and headed down a long lit passage. With a sudden lurch Morrkul awoke in his bed, dazed he struggled to remember what had been so strange ithad awoken him.

Xantippe’s Manor
At breakfast Morrkul spoke with Lucian and Oberon about his dream. The three magi quickly decided to investigate the tunnels and rightly so. They discovered that there was no tunnel were Morrkul had dreamt of one. And before Morrkul could intervene Lucian had knocked a huge hole with his enchanted pickaxe. A tunnel appeared before them, one that had clearly not been used in decades. They proceeded with caution and after several minutes following the twisting corridor they arrived at a door. After som deliberration they opened it, revealing a circular chamber beyond. Before they could enter strong thorny vines sprouted with tremendous speed from a pedestal in the center of the chamber, completely surrounding the magi. With liberal application of PeHe magics Lucian managed to free them all. The chamber was circular with a small carved wooden box on a pedestal in the center, four doors evenly spaced and a desecated corpse by one door. One side chamber proved to be a ransacked storeroom, while the other resembled a study of some kind. Paintings and drapes depicting the Founders and other famous magi decorated the chamber. The young magi sensed a strength 5 aura in the small chamber.
The mummified remains of the tall magi from Morrkuls vision occupied a chair to the right. The center wall held a writing desk where the ghostly apparation og the long dead magi stood writing, only Lucian Procellus could see him. Lucian talked at length with the dead magi identifying him as Xantippes. He learned that Xantippes had killed one of the uknown assailants but died shortly after from a mortal wound. While aware of his own death the ghost of Xantippes is obsessed with completing his work, writing a tractatus on prniciples lore and spreading its content. Lucian took an oath that he will indeed read Xantippes tome, a copy of which he recieved. The young magi also discovered that Xantippes lighted a candle that began ethereal but solidified after a while. Much to their amazement they discovered it to be a rare source of dedicated vis, being both Vim and Rego vis at the same time, the vis is bound in frankincense that seems to burn forever providing the form and effect bonuses of it’s form should anyone wish to enchant it. They also learned that the vine trap box was triggered by an iron horseshoe that monitored the room. The trigger could be avoided by hanging a token with the Treverorum Sigil on the door prior to opening it.
The young magi left the ghostly magus to his obsessions and conitnued their investigation of the tunnels. After a while they found a sealed entrance to a long abandoned cellar. Lucius promptly destroyed the wall to gain entrance. The abandoned cellar contained the remains of a pillaged laboratory that once belonged to Xantippes. The young magi searched the cellar and the manor above it. It is revealed that it is the same manor which Elena, Natália Dimir and Michael Hahn investigated the previous year during the events of [[1221.3 Autumn. | The night of the living dead]]. The young magi discovered that the cellar and manor house has a magic aura with a strength of 3 but they also found an old groundskeeper, the last person living in the dilapidated manor. Much to their puzzlement they found that the court yard had a magic aura of 4 centered both on an ancient Linden tree and the groundskeeper Wilbur.
After questioning Wilbur thouroughly the young magi discovered that the manor was owned by the heirs to the merchent killed by Brami Rektos. They quickly descided to move fast to secure the premises for Treverorum.

The King’s Court
Using their connections at the court, the young magi discover that Xantippes manor is owned by the heirs to the merchent killed by Brami Rektos. The also found that the dead merchant’s nephew Vlad was imprisoned in the castle dungeons accused of starting a fire in a rivals warehouse. After some investigation they found decided that he was falsely accussed of the crime and his cousins, Berhardt and Jan, had set him up so they could take over his part of the buisness.
Using much guile and subterfuge they gathered evidence and testimony for the coming trial. They also met with Vachlev Obchody whose warehouse had been burnt. Vachlev was invited to a dinner at Treverorum and attended with his family. The meeting was quite productive and they agreed that joint buisness ventures in the future was a possibility.
Oberon defended the accussed Vlad in the King’s court against an elderly and skilled prosecutor. The trial ended with Vlad being found innocent and released from the dungeon, while Jan was found guilty of several crimes and sentenced to exile.

The following months saw Oberon and Treveroums new merchant ally Vlad consolidate their buisness.

Council Meeting
- Damianus requests one pawn of vis from the covenant stores, to create the gift to the Reichsgraf. He needs either Intelligo or Mentem.
- Daminanus claims recompense for covenant work carried out (the Reichsgrafs ring), at the tune of two pawns of vis.
- Praenuntius claims recompose for covenant work carried out restoring Julia’s laboratory.
Praenuntius also anounces that a ward has been placed on the exit from the council chambers preventing anyone without magic resistance from carrying a book across it. This is to prevent theft from the library.
-Tabanus anounces that he has fully restored Julia’s laboratory.

Rewards
Morrkul, Lucian and Oberon each gain 6 xp and 1 confidence point.
In addition Oberon gains 1 xp in his reputation as a merchant.

Activities
Deadline: none
Damianus Philocrates creates a magical ring for the Reichsgraf and gains 2 xp in Goldsmithing.
Morrkul Tiranul
Praenuntius studies Ars Flambonis.
Lucian Procellus reorganizes the lab he found and restores it to working order.
Oberon Valdarus

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1222.3 Autumn.
Return to Pfalz Island

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Tasked by Archmage Stentorius to investigate the ruins of Rheinstein and report back Morrkul Tiranul has convinced some of his fellow young magi to join him. Oberon Valdarus ever greedy for more power proposes that they take over the Island, declaring it a Chapter House and get rich on the tolls they can extort from desperat merchants. Uncertain of the sanity of this idea Damianus Philocrates instead suggests that they begin investigating the Island and first uncover the ownership relations and investigate who might object to this plan. The young magi agree to travel to Tetschen to investigate the nearby Pfalz island and the ruins of Rheinstein.

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Roleplay

Oberon read the letter carefully, his “friend” in Fengheld had delivered once again. “Welcome to Treverorum Brianne, I am sure you will feel at home here.” Brianne looked down at the little man, her new master seemed all right albeit a bit weak. “I look forward to bringing discipline to this rabble, now please direct me to the barracks.” she intoned in heavy German. Oberon looked a bit awkward, “We don’t have any.” he replied. Brianne shook her head, “so much work to do.” Then she walked off looking for the autocrat.

New arrivals

The Covenant is joined by Hilda, a mighty warrior and turb captain from Fengheld and Tabanus ex Guernicus who is accepted as Peregrinator.

Pfalz Island

A party consisting of Oberon, Morrkul, Damianus, Hilda and Borbak head towards Tetschen by boat. Here they learn that Pfalz Island is under the ownership of Freiherr Jürgen Schönburg von Wartenberg. They learn that his bastard son Robert Schönburg collects tolls from riverboats on behalf of his father. The local nobility is also identified, chiefly Graf Dieter II, an expansionistic Graff whose territory borders that of Jürgen Schönburg.
After lengthy discussions the party decide to use magic to disguise themselves and rick Roberts bandit toll-gatherers to attack a merchent vessel ad raid a village on Graf Dieter’s lands. Next Oberon using his merchant persona meets with Jürgen Schönburg to discuss taking oer the toll at Pfalz Island. While the Freiherr consults his councillors the magi begin setting up a trade route and finding trading partners in town.
After a few days the Freiherr summons the young magi to inform them that he will accept their proposal under one condition. They must ensure his marriage with the neighboring Reichgraffs daughter. Oberon agrees to this and the young magi decide to craft two magic items. One for the Reichgraf as a gift from Jürgen and one to Jürgens soon to be fiancé.

Council Meeting

Tabanus the Quesitor arrives at Treverorum requesting a meeting with the Council. Here he ratifies The Covenant Charter. He also investigates the possibly tainted vis. Tabanus states that while no clear taint is visible care should be taken when claiming vis from possible Infernal sources as such can be dangerous. He also orders the witches tome burned imediately.
Afterwards Tabanus officially requests to join Treverorum as a Peregrinator. This is approved by a unanimous council.

Oberon Valdarus announces that he spends the season doing covenant work studying Arliandus’ labtexts.

Rewards
The adventuring party gains 6 XP and 1 confidence point. Additionally Oberon gains a reputation as a German merchant of 1.

Activities
Deadline: 14 July
Damianus Philocrates studies Pricipia Hermetica for 27 xp in Magic Theory.
Morrkul Tiranul Invents Coerse Spirits of the Night from lab text and investigates Pflalz Island.
Praenuntius Travels to Mount Blanik where he spends the season studying 3 pawns Perdo vis and exploring the Regio.
Lucian Procellus reads Lexica Viscera and gains 17 xp in Corpus.
Oberon Valdarus studies a lvl 30 PeIm labtext; learning a Dispelling the Phantom Image and spends 6 story XP.

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