Morrkul tries to gather information about Arliandus of Tremere who was part of Treverorum. He sends a letter to Trebonius Sempiterne in Transylvania to inquire, as well as to Covenant of Roznov.. maybe the Tremeres there has some information.
Severicus read the letter thoughtfully, trying to recall events all those years ago. His reply was a careful one.
I knew Arliandus before his death as he held my sigil when I arrived at the Tribunal. He was an exceptional negotiater able to convince fire elementals to at least once try swimming and not dismissing it out of hand. I know he came from the Greater Alps Tribunal and when he settled in Prague he was the only prescence of our house in the entire southeastern part of the Rhine Tribunal. There were some rumours that he had associates who dabbled in necromancy, but I have no knowledge that he ever met with any outside his covenant. To my knowledge Treverorum had no enemies and besides the historic significance it had little of reel value.
You should know that Arliandus did indeed survive the initial attack and ambushed the attackers outside the city. He was killed in the ensuing battle but managed to kill two of the hostile magi. A third unknown magus is known to have survived and his identity was never determined. The identities of the two attackers killed by Arliandus are known to House Tremere but this should be discussed more privately.
Will conquers all
p.s. I have attached something for you to study as your assistance in the lab will be needed in the foreseeable future.
p.p.s. Our Exarch will be visiting Durenmar sometime during winter and will want to meet with you.
Morrkul Tiranul considered the letter and looked at the attached reading material. He was delighted to see it was a tractatus of sound quality (Q:12) on magic theory; The magic of defensive constructs, by Hermanus of Tremere.
Morrkul also talks a bit with his fellow covenant sodales to inquire their view on matters suchs as:
- Should we find a new name for the covenant or use Treverorum?
- Do you have any particular view on the covenant charter?
- Do you have anything you personally plan to donate to the covenant?
Praenuntius har nogle tanker som han gerne vil dele med Morrkul og hvem der ellers er tilstede i de hyggelige omgivelser
- Et alternativ kunne være Neo Treverorum, ellers har jeg det fint med Treverorum.
- For mig er det vigtige at vi har en Oath.
-Charterwise synes jeg det er vigtigt at covenantet ikke kan tvinge magi til noget. Da vi er et lige antal magi foreslår jeg en stilling som tiebreaker ved afstemninger, den skal gå på turnus efter hver winter council. Evt andre stillinger som librarian. Udfører man arbejde for covenantet kompenseres man med 2 pawns vis; alternativt kan vi i opstarts fasen indføre at 1 season om året skal dedikeres til covenant work som scribing, enchanting, useful spell research osv… . Jeg vil godt påtage mig rollen som librarian hvis ingen andre melder sig. I hvertfald indtil videre.
- Jeg vil måske donere to tractati til vores bibliotek og oversætte nogle af mine lab texts.
Morrkul nikker og drikker lidt vin: “Ja, jeg synes også vi kan beholde Treverorum some covenant navn. Det er et godt navn og har lidt historik. Vi kunne eventuelt hvert år udbydde en række covenant opgaver til 1-2 vis (I starten) som magi kunne påtage sig for covenant’et. På den måde er det nemt at skelne mellem faktisk covenant arbejde og personlige projekter der naturligvis også gavner Treverorum skulle man håbe.
Man kunne også forstille sig en slags formand for Treverorum, der sætter dagsorden på covenant meetings, men som afstår fra at stemme medmindre der er stemmelighed.”
Lucian Procellus indstemmer at vi beholder Treverorum som navn.
Jeg er enig i at vi ikke tvinger magi til at løse opgaver, men belønner dem der gør. Der er jo mange måder at hjælpe Treverorum uden at skulle bruge en season i laboratoriet.
Det hjælper at have et charter, så vi er enige om hvordan vi vil have tingene til at køre i Treverorum. For mig er det vigtigt at vi respekterer Moranas tempel.
Jeg beholder min pickaxe, men låner den gerne ud til covenantet, hvis jeg ikke selv skal bruge den.
Mine agents er mine, men jeg deler viden og deres evner med covenantet.
Stillingen som ordstyrer eller formand skal da gå på omgang med mindre vi finder en semipermanent løsning. Det medfører jo en del opgaver også. For eksempel så er det formanden der modtager gæster og redcaps.
Jeg synes det er en god ide at når vores covenant kommer op at køre at vi sørger for lokal området også, fx ved at uddele mad til de fattige og sørge for forældreløse. Det sørger for goodwill og at de måske ikke tænker så meget over at vi er mærkelige.
Lucian Procellus skriver igen til Gerhart Falken og Maximillian Schreiber for at forhøre sig hvad der er af metalforekomster i området især på sølvområdet. Og skulle der være noget, så bedes de inkludere detaljer om ejerne. Som altid er deres hjælp uvurderlig og Lucian glæder sig over at snart komme tættere på, så deres fælles planer kan udfolde sig og bære frugt.
Egbert always enjoyed talking to the young Tremere when they met, he always had so much gossip from outside Durenmar. “As I hear they have chosen Prague as the site of a new covenant.” Egbert told the Tremere. "They have joined with a newly arrived Guernicus from Sicily and Oberon, whom I believe you know. “Interesting” the Tremere replied, his curiosity peeked somewhat “Tell me what you know of their plans and I will share a little known fact about Oberon’s apprenticeship.” Unable to resist the urge to know more Egbert recalled all the rumors he had heard about the plans for Treverorum.
Ulrike found Lucian and Morrkul in the Durenmar guesthouse enjoying som wine and having a good time. “I thought I might find you here. I have some letters for both of you.” She handed two letters to Lucian and one to Morrkul. “Now I need to see if I can get one of the good rooms. Last time I was gone they gave my room to some arrogant Flambeau, cause they didn’t dare give him one af the bad ones. I meen come on…I’m a permanet resident of Durenmar I can’t live in some windy dump with a hole in the roof.” Ulrike rolled her eyes and headed towards the bar.
Lucian hid his eagerness from Morrkul when he opened and read the first letter from Gerhart Falken.
I have infiltrated the court of King Otakar under the cover of representing a wealthy and prosperous German wishing to settle in the area around Prague. Although I have been unable to get an audience with the King himself I have met whith the Lord Chamberlain. He informs me that the King welcomes prosperous Germans to Bohemia together with the money and trade they bring. It is my impression that his ambitions are very high, possibly he aims for his descendents to have a shot at hte Imperial throne itself.
I have also discovered that king Otakar keeps a court wizard at court. He goes by the name Cagliostro and originates from Naples, apparentky the King invited him to stay somehow imlrpessed with his services. I have met with him and discreetly inquired about his knowledge of the Order of Hermes. He knows about the Order but considers them to be dangerous and arrogant powermongers to be avoided at all cost.
I have also looked into the property around the Treverorum as you asked. All the property above Treverorum, except the ruined house, was sold by a single individual in 1773 and the money donated to the church. The burned ruin was donated to [[The church of St. Bartholomeus | The church of St. Bartholomeus]] some 12 miles east of Prague.
Also I have done some inquiries into any silver production in the area. Some time ago the Cisternian monestary of Sedlec in Kutna south east of Prague found silver on its grounds. They have only done modest mining until the recent apponitment of Abbot Heidenreich, who has expanded the mining operation significantly. Also several investors and nobles have attempted to purchase land around Kutna from the monestary, so far very little land has been sold off. One particular buyer is of note; a very sinister and wholly unpleasent character named Tolides whom I met briefly at the Bishops court. He was tall and gaunt with a haunted look in his eyes. From his demeanor I suspect he may be a Hermetic magus.
If you require any further information please let me know.
Your loyal friend
The second letter to Lucian was from Maximillian Schreiber, it too was read carefully with a feigned disinterest.
I have gained employ under Jochen Stahn a German merchant in Prague. As far as I can tell he seems to be the most succesfull. Originating in Rotweill he came to Prague some 15 years ago and his buisness has expanded ever since. He own several warehouses along the river and half a dozen boats sailing as far as Hamburg. As far as I can tell he deals in all types of goods passing through Prague except slaves.
I estimate his assets to be worth several thousand pounds of silver.
As per your request I have investigated the people in the vicinity of The Blue Boar Inn. The Inn itself is remarkably pleasent and I always find all my troubles far away when visiting. I is run by a couple in their mid-forties whom seem very happy and in no way inclined to sell. Their three children help with running the inn. The brothel is quite run down and overpriced. The owner is an obnoxius fat woman with a sinful reputation. The glass blower, Vachlev is a sorry sight. His wife has recently run off with a knight errant who returned from the fourth crusade and promised her riches in the newly concoured city of Constantinople. Rumour has it Vachlev has been unable to provide her with a child. He spends most his time drinking in the inn and his buisness seems to be running into the ground. The wine merchant is run by Isaac,
a jew who knows nothing of magi, or of the former covenant. Isaac is taking advantage of recent changes in rabbinical law that now permit the selling of grape products to Gentiles. He manages the shop on behalf of its owner, his uncle, who is a prominent Jew called David ben David. The smith, tanner, butcher and toolmaker are all succesful craftsmen who can most likely be bought out for a reasonable price. The jew will likely be very expensive and I believe that the Inn keeper won’t sell for any price.
Lucian Procellus læser begge breve og føler en iver begynde at tage form. Her er der en udfordring! Straks kontakter han Ulrike for at høre om hun kender noget til Cagliostro og Tolides. Lucian prøver også at snakke med de andre fra Treverorum om de to mænd. Caglistro er helt sikkert en vi skal være opmærksomme på og forsigtige omkring, da han har kongens øre og ikke er OoH venligstemt. Samtidig er han jo tydeligvis en hedgemage, så han skal vel have valget “join or die”. Tolides skal vel overtales til at give os sølvminerne og vi kan måske lave en aftale med klosteret om at købe sølv fra dem.
Ulrike har ikke hørt om Cagliostro men fortæller at der er en del court wizards rundt om ved de tyske hoffer. Navnet Tolides siger hende ikke noget men hun har set en magi der kunne passe beskrivelsen i Lübeck.
Praenuntius kan fortælle at han har mødt en Tolides i Castra Solis for nogle år siden. Han var Perdo specialist og vist nok udlært i Triamore.
Trebonius Sempiterne read the letter carefully before considering his answer. His new agent seemed promising, but then again so had the others. Still he had a good feeling about this one. If anyone could discover what had truly happened to Arliandus it would be Morrkul Tiranul. Trebonius sometimes missed Arliandus, his quick wits and dry remarks had lightened the mood on countless occasions in the Alps. Trebonius began penning his reply.
Praenuntius vil prøve at undersøge mulighederne for at købe to berømte Flambeau bøger som bla. findes i the great library. En Ignem lvl 14 summae og en penetration lvl 5 summae.
Begge er rimelig udbredte værker af Flambeaus første apprentice.
Oberon Valdarus woke suddenly, this dream had been different. The old magus had been aplauded in the Durenmar Guesthouse by several other mages. He had seemed quite happy and proud of himself. Oberon tried talking to him during the small party in the dream, but someone kept getting in his way no matter how hard he tried. Perhaps he could dream the same dream again and learn more of this moment in the mysterious magus’ life.
Morrkul Tiranul met with Stentorius who required an update on this new Tremeres recent activities. Stentorius also promised to send some aid to rebuild Treverorum.
Damianus Philocrates convinced Murion to allow him to learn the spell Touch of Midas, so he could create enough gold to finance the rebirth of Treverorum.
Morrkul studies Rego Vis during Winter.
Damianus Philocrates plans to learn a spell at Durenmar, and barter for some Vis.
Lucian Procellus vil læse Parma Magica i Durenmar
Praenuntius Studies Parma magica in the Great Library and asks about book prices.