Ad Astra

Summer 1208 Tribunal Part 3

As the meeting starts the next day, Julia tells the AdAstra magae that she has convinced Siffed to vote with both of his sigils, but was unable to convince Maximianus. With Siffed and Flavius on their side, the vote to censure AdAstra ends in a tie, so Talion, as Praeco decides to break the tie, obviously against AdAstra. Maximianus stands, and tells him not to bother, as he votes in favor of AdAstra as well. The AdAstra magae sigh with relief as they are saved from any immediate consequences.

Talion callse for any additional business, and when there is none, closes the tribunal. Mabel, as the youngest maga present stands and asks for the reopening, as Stonehenge tradition demands. Iudicium calls for the magi to stand, dispensing with any additional roll call, and Talion opens the second part of the meeting. Focus asks for recompense from the magi who marched his parens, Scintilla, expecting to claim filius rights for the effects of a deceased maga. Iudicium points out that the spoils from a marched wizard go to those who put her down, so a vote is not called, and Focus is defeated. Talion reprimands Focus for not being part of the group that hunted the rogue maga, and spreads his ire over several of the magi present, including the AdAstra magae.

Caitlin asks for help against Horsingas covenant from the Loch Leglean, which has been raiding Burnham’s vis sources. There is much debate over whether or not the Tribunal should get involved at all, but the fact that this is the first quorate Tribunal meeting since 1187, and Stonehenge does not want to appear as weak, the debate seems to lean in favor of action. The day ends with not firm decisions. That sight, AdAstra takes fruit baskets to Siffed and Maximianus. Mabel talks to Astrolabe about casting Wizard’s Communion. He pushes her to tell him what the problem is that they need help with. As her parens, Astrolabe is quite effective at sniffing out Mabel’s secrets, which she ultimately divulges. He volunteers to cast the actual ritual at the next full moon, if Mabel will come and teach Greek at Cambridge for a season.

The next day, after more discussion, it is decided that Talion and Iudicium will draft a letter to Horsingas Covenant demanding and end to the vis raids, and a return of the vis that was stolen. It is further decided that if Horsingas does not comply with the demands, that Stonehenge Tribunal will declare Wizards War on Horsingas. There is more discussion about how the Stonehenge Covenants will support this endeavor, and it is decided that each covenant should supply one magus, eight grogs, or 12 pawns of vis to the War, should that become necessary, with Burnham supplying at least all three. Burnham will supply magi, grogs, and vis. AdAstra will send Epona and vis. Blackthorn and Ungulus pledge vis and grogs. Nigrasaxa will send a magus and vis. Schola Pythagoranis and Voluntas will each send a magus and grogs. Letters will be sent to CadGadu and Semitae regarding their pledges as well.

With the business part of the meeting seeming to wind down, the late afternoon and evening session of the meeting takes on a festive air, with Blackthorn hosting a banquet for the visiting magi. Traditionally, the banquet includes plenty of trading and contracts between individual magi and between covenants, and this event is no exception. Epona announces her need for an apprentice. AdAstra makes the following trades: three pawns Mu for three In vis with Schola Pythagoranis; a copy of Walking with Aesculapius for 2 pawns of Pe vis with Siffed of Nigrasaxa (partly in gratitude for his support in the vote); 2 pawns Me vis to Natan for 2 pawns Te vis; copies of the spells Vision of the Haunted Spirit, Lay to Rest the Haunted Spirit, and Ring of Warding against Spirits to Siffed for a Penetration Summa, The Sharper Stick (level 3, quality 8) and three pawns of Vi vis. Kirist is looking for an apprentice. Aaazz is looking for an apprentice. Tang trades with Burnham a pawn of Cr vis for a sapphire.

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Summer 1208 Tribunal Part 2

The next morning, Herrit ex Tytalus from Nigrasaxa brings up a pogrom in Berkshire, eaither carried out or condoned by Sheriff Richard fitz Regis. Herrit claims that this action against the Jews by mundanes has limited his capacity for magic, as several of Nigrasaxa’s servants and grogs were Jews from that area. Tang asks if the order did anything in 1190 for the Jews in Lincoln. Fredigisa Quaesitor researches the precedent, finding that there had been some sort of magical interference at Lincoln, but it was unclear whether magic was the cause, either direct or indirect, or the end of the massacre. Rumors about the event seem to crop up most often about the Jews being blamed for some magical activity, which brought on the pogrom. There is some debate about whether the tribunal should expend resources on the events at Berksire. Natan speaks out loudly in favor of intervention, others seem to imply that Herrit himself may have had something to do with this. Natan proposes an investigation of the events at Berkshire, which passes after more debate. Trutina, Focus, Aaazz, and Natan volunteer to investigate. After more debate it is decided that they will meet five days after the next full moon at Nigrasaxa, and be paid three pawns of vis for their work.

After lunch, Flavius brings up the interdict and how to take advantage of the weaker dominion. There is some debate about what could be done, whether this is even a topic to discuss at this point in the tribunal, and who in Tribunal might be responsible for John’s barring of Stephen Langton from England in the first place. Rumors and accusations begin to fly, with Julia ex Jerbiton of Voluntas becoming quite agitated when it is suggestes that she might have had something to do with this. Talion becomes irritated with the debate, states, possibly too emphatically, that the Order had nothing to do with the interdict, and declares the discussion over until later in the tribunal during business among the Order.

Herrit appears to get a signal from Golias ex Tytalus of Blackthorn, and accuses AdAstra of interfering with the mundanes. He stated that they, in direct violation of the Code, are acting as Court Wizards to Morien, defending him against his enemies, to the point of intimidating and injuring mundane soldiers in a political skirmish. He further states that emissaries from Llewellyn and John have approached Nigrasaxa and Blackthorne requesting aid from those covenants, in a manner similar to the aid AdAstra provided for Rydderch. The accusations enrage the AdAstra magae, who defend themselves vigorously. Tangwystl appears to insult the investigation that Trutina ex Guernicus carried out, and Iudicium chastises her for it. The Burnham magi appear to support their sodalis, against AdAstra, along with the Blackthorne magi. The accused’s only allies seem to be the magi from Schola Pythagoranis and Voluntas. Talion is unable to call for a vote, and as the hour gets late, he calls a recess until the morning, at which time he will demand a vote. That evening, Julia lays out some scenarios for the AdAstra magae. She thinks she can convince Siffed ex Criamon to vote in favor of AdAstra, but Maximianus is likely to abstain, as he has in every vote up to this point. She figures this is a trumped up charge from Blackthorne, aimed at weakening the Schola Pythagoranis/Voluntas voting block, as AdAstra seems to support them. She is wary of what Flavius ex Misc from Ungulus will do, as he remained quiet during the debate, and may have motives on both sides. If AdAstra loses, the magae would be welcome to join Ungulus, rekindling life in that winter covenant. If AdAstra wins with Flavius’ vote, he may expect some favors in the future from the magae. Julia suggests that AdAstra talk to Flavius tonight. Mabel and Tang decide to go, taking honey cakes and fruit, and are admitted to the older magus’ ostentatious tent in the cave area. Flavius is overly gracious to the magae, and discusses the possibilities of an agreement with them. Mabel becomes tongue-tied during the negotiations, and although they secure Flavius’ vote, they agree to host Flavius as a guest at AdAstra, and to have one of them spend the Winter at Ungulus as Flavius’ lab assistant. Tang decides she will take on this task as service to the covenant, and tries hide the fact that her skin is crawling with disgust.

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Summer 1208, Tribunal Part 1

The magae and their entourage arrived at Blackthorn on July 12th, three days ahead of the beginning of the Tribunal. Two sets of tents were already set up in the Welcome Field, with others in the entrance cave of Blackthorn Covenant. The magae noticed Malvinius walking about, very obviously not greeting their group, possibly still upset at his certamen loss to Epona several years ago. The other tents in the Field belonged to the Voluntas Delegation (Julia ex Jerbiton and Kirist ex Flambeau) and Astrolabe ex Jerbiton from Schola Pythagoranis. The three redcaps (Joanna, Perceval, and William) were also in the area, and the magae were introduced to Joanna’s apprentice, Great William. The magae went into the entrance cave to register while the grogs set up the tents.

In the cave, they found the tents of the Burnham delegation (Caitlin Ex Misc and Focus ex Flambeau), and the quaesitors Fredigisa, from Schola Pythagoranis, and Trutina, from Burnham, to whom the gave their names and affiliation and from whom they received Aegis keys, bronze discs with the symbol of Blackthorn Covenant. Afterward, Tangwystl used spells to enlarge and decorate their tents. The tent for the magae became navy blue with constellations mimicking the night sky, and the grogs’ tents also darkened to navy blue, but had the image of crossed swords and a border of stars.

Over the next three days, other magi arrived:
Natan ex Tremere, who met the magae at the Certamen Contest. He set up his tent near the AdAstra tents.
Corvus ex Bjornaer from Voluntas arrived, flying in crow form, and as usual, walked naked up to register with the quaesitors, until someone mentioned that he should be wearing robes. He did not take a tent with the rest of the Voluntas magi, but decided to roost in the surrounding trees.
The Nigrasaxa representatives, Maximianus ex Bonisagus, Herrit ex Tytalus, and Siffed ex Criamon set up tents in the entrance cavern.
Flavius Ex Miscellanea from Ungulus attempted to ingratiate himself with Natan and the AdAstra magae, but took up rooms in the covenant proper along with the quaesitors and redcaps.
Two factors for Verditius magi from other tribunals also set up tents in the Welcome Field, but did little business. Aaazz did look at some of the items.
List of all magi at the Tribunal

The magae approached Julia about the possibility of her helping with a Wizards’ Communion spell after the Tribunal. They also found out that Astrolabe knows a high enough version of the spell to help with curing Everard of his lycanthropy. On the night of the full moon, as the other magi enter the covenant for the opening ceremony, Epona, Aaazz, and Tang remain behind to protect Everard during his transformation. Epona casts the circular ward against wolves inside the smaller grog tent, with Everard inside. Aaazz cast a perdo imaginem to make the tent silent, and Tang cast spells to seal the tent flap and make the tent stronger. When they finally arrive in the Tribunal Hall, they find the Blackthorn contingent (Goliard with her apprentice Prelum, Golias, Malvinius, and Fornax) sitting together at a table, staring at them. No table is available for the AdAstra magae to sit together; Epona sits with the Voluntas contingent, Aaazz with Nigrasaxa, Tang with Natan and Flavius, and Mable with Astrolabe and the Burnham magi. The three redcaps sat at a table near the front of the hall. Talion ex Flambeau, the praeco from Blackthorn and Iudicium ex Guernicus, the ranking quaesitor also from Blackthorn occupy places on a dias with the other quaesitors and a table filled with scrolls.

Talion opened the Tribunal, and one by one, the magi in the hall introduced themselves, while Iudicium checked their credentials. Maximianus slept through most of the proceedings. It was at this point that the magae found out that Goliard still possessed Fornax’ sigil, and Herrit and Siffed each held a proxy sigil from Nigrasaxa. Just before Talion was about to close the ceremony and recess the Tribunal until the morning, Julia moved that Maximianus be named Praeco as he is the eldest of the magi. The quaesitors conferred, and Iudicium recessed the Tribunal until the morning. That night there was plenty of politicking going on among the tents. Tang congratulated Julia on a well-played move, and Goliard came to make sure the AdAstra magae were comfortable and well treated at Blackthorn covenant.

The next morning, Iudicium reconvened the Tribunal and announced that since Talion and Maximianus were gauntleted in the same year, the matter would be put to a vote. Most of the magi kept the same seats as the previous night, but Aaazz moved to sit with Mabel, Epona and Tang moved to sit with Natan and Flavius. When the vote for Praeco finally came up, after some speechifying from Iudicium, standing for Maximianus (who quickly whispered to the other Nigrasaxa magi), were the Voluntas magi, Herrit and Siffed with only their own sigils, William who was voting for Fredigisa, Astrolabe, and the AdAstra magi. With only 11 of 24 votes going for Maximianus, Talion was retained as Praeco. Talion immediately called a recess during which he expected the magi to present items to him for consideration, specifically about the relationship between the Order and the outside community in the tribunal.

When the Tribunal resumed, Talion recognized Astrolabe who identified a problem with the amount of silver the magi were magically creating producing inflation in the mundane economy. There was much debate, and Mabel and Tangwysl both spoke in favor of limiting the amount of silver that a covenant could create. The debate was dominated by Blackthorn, Voluntas, and Burnham who were all against limits, and Astrolabe and the young magi of the tribunal who favored limits. After another recess, during which there was much bargaining, Astrolabe proposed a limit of two pounds of silver per covenant member, gifted or mundane, per year. The measure passed with the AdAstra magae and a few others dissenting.

Talion called an end to the first day’s work.

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Summer 1208

On June 29, Aaazz and a small entourage visit the Shrewsbury fair. Aaazz enjoys the diminished Dominion Aura. The Stonehenge Tribunal Meeting of 1208 will commence on July 15 at the rise of the full moon. Aaaaa, Epona, Mabel, and Tang set out for the Tribunal Meeting on July 7. They bring Gaspard, Sinead, Kevin, Cadan, Everard, Aeddan, Annie, and Cecilia. They also bring along the spells, books, and vis they have to trade. They intend to try to cure Everard’s Lycanthropy there.

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Spring 1208

March 21: Redcaps arrive with: letter of invitation to the summer tribunal meeting; condescending letter from Stentorio ex Tytalus from the Normandy Tribunal in which he appears to be offering his services with a level 25 Wizards’ Communion (the magae reply back cooly). March 23: England placed under interdict. Easter is a sad affair, especially for Radulfus. April 19: Rhian’s son, Cadogan, is born and Gwenneth’s daughter, Isabeau, is born. Mabel is kept busy assisting at the births, as Epona and Aaazz (with grogs and servants) visit the regio to gather produce and the oak leaves. They also visit on May 18th. Tangwystl leaves with Cadan on 3/31 for the Faerie Dance. There, she sees Michael who is now well advanced in age; he asks to remain with the faeries, and Tang agrees.

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Autumn 1207

The redcaps bring letters from Phillipe (he is doing well, and fought a troll; Louis took a light wound, but is recovering.) Julia ex Jerbiton also sends a letter in response to their inquiry, letting the magae knows that she can cast Wizards Communion at 20th level.

The magae send another letter to Julia thanking her, and will let her know when they need her help. They also send a letter to Phillipe telling him what happened with the necklace, and asking him to check for another magus who knows WC. Letters are also sent to Crispin Logos and Carolinus Poeta.

Tang and Cadan travel to the Faerie Dance. Michael appears to be 36 years old, and asks to stay for another six months.

Rhian is pregnant, and due in April; as is Gwenneth. Aaazz casts spells to keep the babies healthy (CrCo10). Everard is given a daily cup of St. John’s Wort tea to help aleve his melancholy over being a werewolf.

Sean’s knees get worse, and have an affliction score of 1.

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Summer 1207

The necklace warding against creatures of the air is becoming troublesome. It not only keeps birds away, but other helpful creatures as well. The magae debate how to get rid of the item, and worry about upsetting Phillipe, who spent so much time creating it. Options are to destroy the necklace, destroy the enchantment, hide it near Blackthorn covenant, or sink it into the ocean. The magae decide the last option is the best, and decide to buy a lead box at the Abbey fair to carry out the plan.

Jocelyn, Mabel, Kevin, and Radulfus go to the Abbey Fair. Aaazz and Tang are very disappointed that they cannot go, but Jocelyn refuses to help them if they do. He is not happy paying premium prices (at best), and having shops close and the watch called (at worst), when those two go into town. The shopping list for the trip includes several glass jars for Aaazz, 2 agates, a bloodstone and a sapphire, in addition to the lead box. Tang casts Covenant’s Income to cover the fair expensens, and the upcoming rent and covenant expenses. She creates two pounds of silver, and sends one with the group to the fair. Mabel and Jocelyn are able to find the agates, jars, and box, but the other precious stones are not available at the fair.

On the nights of the full moon, Epona casts a circle of warding against beasts (using the book Selene left behind) in the cell in the undercroft, and Tang reinforces the wooden bars to keep Everard confined. Jocelyn and the others try to help him keep his spirits up, as Everard is becoming more and more depressed about his condition.

On July 13, a servant arrives from Gryffudd’s asking for help with an apparently magical room. Mabel, Rhian, Adam, and Kevin go to investigate. The maids discovered the door behind a tapestry in a room they were preparing for Huw. Mabel finds the room contains a table with a jar with a crow’s foot, a jar with dust, and a piece of parchment with writing. She investigates the room, and collects the items. She also copies the symbol off the door, then erases the charcoal marks with a PeHe. She hypothesizes that the room was used by Melangell, who apparently has (had?) some sort of magical ability.

The necklace is sealed in the lead box, and a sliver of lead is taken from the box as an arcane connection, should the magae wish to retrieve it at a later date. Several grogs cast the box into the sea.

On Aug 3, the redcaps arrive with 3 Aq and 2 An vis (in exchange for 6 pawns of Mu).

Annie Otter has apparently kept one of the rabbits that invaded the covenant last season, named him “Mr. Whiskers”, and refuses to part with him.

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Spring 1207

Tang sees Michael as a 19 year old young man at the Faerie Dance, and lets him stay for another half-year. Epona and Phillipe enter Corinthius’ lab and remove all the lab texts, the pine needle vis, the bust, the stuffed owl, and the book press. The magae arrange to trade 6 pawns of Mu vis for 3 Aq and 2 An with the redcaps. On April 15th, Gwenneth and Armand are married by Fr. John in the village. Tang creates a bigger bed for the newlyweds. Aaazz creates bed linens. The pair move into Tang’s lab.
Phillipe takes 3 Mu, 3 He, 2 Co, 2 Ig, 2 Me pawns of vis and leaves for Durenmar with Louis on April 8 to copy summae on Magic Theory and Rego, and trade for Terram and Aq/Au/An. Epona visits the regio on April 7, and discovers the dusk path. She and Sinead gather as much vis as they can, including the oak leaves. They return to cast the ward for Everard.
Epona returns to the regio with Sinead and Aeddan. On 5/24, the rabbit man appears and asks if the faeries can return the gift. Mabel says yes, and the man hops away. Mabel tells Tang about the new “deal”, but Tang does not take the news well. Mabel decides to visit her godson, Hwyel, the next day.
On 5/25, Eleri warns Aaazz that there is an ogre coming to the village. Aaazz, Gaspard, Radulfus, Cynlais, and Jocelyn go to the village to deal with the ogre. G, C, and J are turned into bunnies, while R goes back to get Tang. Aaazz tries to trap some bunnies, but has no luck. She returns to the covenant. The ogre clothes remain, but the stuffings and the necklace are gone. Aaazz and Tang return to the village to investigate. They find no trace of the transmutation spell. Aaazz returns to the covenant to get Radulfus; Tang gathers up dropped weapons in the ogre shirt. Radulfus and Eleri return to the village with Aaazz. They spontaneously cast an InAn (level 5 for Sight range) and find some bunnies within sight. They create a pen of grass that Tang changes to have the solidity of steel. The magae and Radulfus gather up bunnies into the pen, Tang using The Gentle Beast. Aaazz tries to dispel any spell on the bunny in the pen, but does not succeed. Mabel visits Hwyel, then travels to the stone circle with Kevin. She finds the grass in the area nibbled to the ground, but no other evidence of the ogre and the necklace. Aaazz, Tang, and Radulfus stay in the village, and see several villagers come back naked. Tang asks Eleri to take a census of the villagers the next morning. Everyone has returned by the next morning. Jocelyn tries to describe the feel of being a rabbit. The rabbits start destroying the local field within a couple of days. On the 29th, Tang takes a basket of fruit, bread, and milk to the faeries at the stone circle. Aaazz and Mabel go with, along with their grogs. Despite Jocelyn’s displeasure with all three magae leaving, they go anyway. Tiberion tells Tang to find Roger (the rabbit). On 5/29, Aaazz casts a ward (from a scroll) to protect the local fields. Tang and Aaazz go bunny hunting, and collect a rabbit using The Gentle Beast. Aeddan and Cynlais set snares the next day. Snares are set and broken for two days. The dogs are released, but don’t come back, until the next morning. Aaazz and Tang create giant strawberry plants for the rabbits to feast on instead. On 6/4, Epona returns from the regio and interrogates a rabbit or two. As a lynx, Epona captures Roger, who escapes with the help of a horde of rabbits. Tang manages to get the necklace.

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Winter 1206-07

Everyone works in their labs; Phillipe casts the circle to contain Everard’s wolf form.
Annie Otter starts training as Aaazz’s servant.

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Autumn 1206

9/29 Tang, Cadan, and Michael go to the Faerie Dance, and Tang and Cadan return on 10/4, leaving Michael behind.
10/12 Perceval and Jocelyn arrive. Send a letter to Lumen ex Jerbiton regarding Selene’s disappearance. Scintilla was killed by Julia ex Jerbiton and Kirist of Flambeau. Sending notice about the Intellego Summa available, and request for Waiting Spell, and trade 4p Mu (for 5p Aq)
On 10/15, Epona casts the Ward against animals, and destroys the sounds in the undercroft. 11/30 the letter from Selene arrives, and the magae retrieved the equipment from Selene’s lab.
12/9 Perceval arrives; send letter requesting someone who knows Wizards’ Communion at level 15+, or who can cast a level 50 PeVi spell. 12/21 Phillipe casts Aegis of the Hearth.

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