Sherwood Covenant

Session 23

Hypatia joins Claudius in camp to pass on the White Hart’s news, however the Archdeacon is unwilling to grant her access to the inner circle.

Back at the Covenant Simon is awoken by word of an intruder, investigating he discovers that Cymbulus has been replaced by a simulcram body and apparently abducted. Albertus is also nowhere to be found.
Examining the body Simon identifies the creator’s sigil as being ‘hair’

Out in the forest close to the camp, Lillith and Gideon encounter a black clad figure creeping by, however when the Verditius reveals herself he appears to teleport away.

Luscinia opens up communications between the various mages and soon they are mostly aware of the various problems unfolding. Simon’s discovery leads Claudius and Gideon to identify the perpetrator as being Epiderius ex Flambeau, a murderous corpus specialist who was supposedly killed in a Wizard’s March several years ago. He was alleged to have links to house Diedne.

At the tower Simon and William open up the fake body to find it full of animate hair.

Gideon joins the others at camp but a perdo-imaginem botch near Hypatia soon leads to serious problems as an invisible force of destruction risks endangering the idea camp. Luscina and Hypatia locate and diagnose the problem and Gideon eventually resolves it though this results in a enormous explosion of imaginem effects.

Out in the forest Lillith encounters a large number of ‘Merry men’ massing nearby, however she is able to identify them as illusions. She is contemplating sending out Geraldus with a message when she hears the boom from camp.

Hypatia escapes in the confusion of the blast and returns to the royal encampment dressed and disguised as a squire.

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Session 22

The message came from the grogs who are concerned for the village women who they may have mislead about the virility of fairies.

Claudius suffers several mishaps whilst following the royal train. There is a suspicion that the princess may be gifted.

The White Hart informs G,L&H about an attack upon the Princess the following day.

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Session 21

The magi argue for a long time about what to do with Robin.
Gideon bewitches Robin to believe that he’s in hiding.
Simon and Gideon create a warded cell to hold their prisoner.
Tom mentions that he met a redcap who told him much of the order.
There are tons of Scots about.
The Sheriff and Archdeacon insist that the Magi take responsibility for Robin.
Luscinia recieves a strange note asking if one can get pregnant by a fairy.

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Session 20

The magi’s trap works almost perfectly and it is not long before their ‘merchant caravan’ is led off course by the fae bandits. The trap is sprung and the merry men are soon overwhelmed by the Gideon/Lillith skeetshooting team and Claudius’s instant brambles. The leader, Robin, proves a bit more of a handful though Luscinia’s illusions and Hypatia’s swordwork stop him from doing any harm before he is finally brought down.

Back at the covenant the magi consider what to do with their prisoners whilst Simon scrys upon Robin’s creator. The spell gives no clear answer but he receives impressions of the colour red before it slams against some sort of Hermetic defense. Simon’s later interrogation results in a twilight episode that imparts Robin’s desire to selflessly assist the poor to the Criamon however he also learns the locations where the stolen gold has been invested.

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Session 19 - Spring 1221

Using the proceeds of Lillith’s labwork the Hypatia is able to heal the mute child Nathaniel. Having been reassured as to his status as a potential apprentice, Nathaniel is encouraged to observe the magi using his second sight. Lillith and Hypatia are gratified by the draconic and literary natures of their respective gifts however Nathaniel’s reaction to Luscinia is more confused due to her Bjornaer nature, but his agitation on viewing Simon rather perplexes the magi. Nathaniel claims that Simon is not a person, but Claudius witnesses an angelic intervention that appears to calm the child.
It transpires that Hypatia spent much of her apprenticeship studying the hermetic theory of Second Sight, and is able to give Nathaniel a reassuring talk about his talents. The magi send out notice to their parens that they a child ready for apprenticeship, though there is an inclination towards a Criamon who will be able to cope with his twilight experience.

They receive a letter from Regulus ex Merinita requiring payment in vis for his consultation upon the Golden Lion.

Worried that the fairy bandits may cause a problem for Princess Joan’s trip up towards York, the magi travel to Nottingham and alert Sheriff Fitzwilliam of the issue. After the intervention of the Archdeacon the magi are sent home with notice that Father Alan will call upon them if needed.
Not trusting the Sheriff’s mundane search parties however the covenant decides to lay a trap for the green-clad outlaws and creating a merchant wagon of extraordinary riches sets out into the forest…

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Session 18 - Spring 1221

Heremon arrives and promptly demands tribute from his granddaughter who presents him with a crafted trinket. Heremon explains that the dragon who broke his leg was named Sardonyx, but that he had slain her himself. He has other knowledge of her that apparently he has been bid not to tell.

Claudius visits Nottingham to buy some horses and hears that Princess Joan (age 10) is shortly to travel north on her way to marry Alexander II of Scotland. This apparently has all the county’s nobles on best behaviour.

After some hunting with Hypatia, in which the Maga manages to keep pace with the beast, the dragon speaks privately with Gideon and relates that Sardonyx was the steed of Damhan-Allaidh, leading several other dragons who fought for promises of infernal gold. He fought alongside Pralix, their aerial duel taking them some distance from the raging final battle at Cad Gadu, and together they defeated master and mount; according to Heremon he finally crushed the warlock by casting Sardonyx down upon the hill where the wizards’ warred. Sometime after the war’s end Heremon was asked not to speak of the battle’s details by one of Guernicus’ filia who apparently provided a large bribe.

The conversation is somehow overheard by Geraldus who relays it to Lillith. She in turn tells Luscinia. Heremon then departs to visit London, taking with him a horse purchased by the covenant which he has promised to return if it is not ‘used up’.

Later in the season Claudius finds himself beset by fairy bandits having been led astray by enchanting music. His magic stymies their threats and with some quick talking he learns a little about their motives (to rob the rich and give to the poor) and is guided by to the Covenant.

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Session 17 - Winter 1220

Hypatia decides to stick her nose into Gideon’s affairs with the Grand Lady of the Hunt. With Luscinia’s help she prepares some delicious if odd smelling ‘bork’ and heads into the forest to attract some wolves to deliver a message.
She is eventually successful but not before attracting the attention of a strange boar-like creature with scaled skin and flame billowing from its snout.

Gideon finds a strange message scratched into his chest when he returns in the morning, but unable to decipher it he keeps the knowledge to himself.

Visiting the Feasting Tree Hypatia and Luscinia learn that the Grand Lady is one of the three wives of an Arcadian king known as the Golden Lion. Calling on Claudius’ knowledge of who’s-who in the order they dispatch a missive to Regulus ex Merinita, a magi with long standing relations with the Lion.

When they travel to the feasting hall only a single wolf has attended their meeting and is unable to communicate with them. Eventually Geraldus has a growled conversation with the beast and in terrible Latin burns ‘Are you ready to kill the king?’ into a table.
Concerned and surprised, Gideon admits his possession of the message and Luscinia determines that it is a fairy script but in some manner of code. The Master of Revels helps to translate the fairy text into a Latin equivalent.

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Session 16

The magi plan to infiltrate the Feasting Tree by luring the revellers outside with an impromptu party. During the preparations Luscinia creates a musical piece of incredible beauty, much to the delight of the assembled fairies. She and Simon then dance extraordinarily well somewhat to the surprise of their companions.

Whilst their hired chef lays on the feast outside, the magi sneak into the feasting tree and try to eliminate the cannibal cook. Lillith sustains a minor injury from the fairy, but is treated by Hypatia. Claudius very nearly ignites himself with a miscast puddle of oil, but manages to recover and finally the group brings the cook down eventually boiling him into a delicious stew of corpus vis.

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Session 15

Julius ex Guernicus visits along with Alumnus ex Jerbiton. After discussing the stolen book with the magi the quasitor concludes their is no evidence they have been involved in the foul play. Julius also reveals that this is the second incident of a breach of the Aegis within the Tribunal. In the first case a mundane was used as the thief, this time it was indeed a fairy.

Julius also visits the dragon. When he returns he cautions the magi never to enter the cave and indeed not to look in there if they can avoid it. He provides no explanation but inserts some repressed memories into Gideon before he departs.

Speaking with the fairy chef that accompanied the visiting magi they learn that he will cook until his hosts are sated and then move on. They decide that it should be simple enough to trick him into a permanent position working for the Master of Revels.

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Session 14

At the Winter Solstice, Simon successfully raises an Aegis using a newly scribed casting text.

Prospero ex Verditius visits, snoops around the covenant (remaining just within the bounds of courtesy) and has a long distance conversation with Lillith’s Grandsire Heremon who will apparently come to visit at the Equinox.

Prospero agrees to trade the covenant some Terram vis to help them with their current financial problems.

Gideon, Lillith and Luscinia trade with the fae to acquire a sapphire, exchanging the gem for ‘horse socks’ and all the iron that Strong Tom can carry down in a day.

Claudius hears rumours in Nottingham that the Archdeacon and Sheriff are martialing their forces. He also encounters a group of Scotsmen who are looking for Duncan with malicious intent.

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