Ars Magica: Fallen Alliances
The Provencal tribunal is situated in the south of modern France, in-between the Iberian and Normandy tribunals.
The county of Toulouse
Listed here are the eight covenants that presently make up the Order of Hermes’ presence here.
Aedes Mercurii (18 votes)
This collection of pagan magi split off from Val-Negra at the start of the Schism War, and is organized around a great temple to Mercury hidden deep in the Pyrenees mountains. Contentious and rebellious, they loathe Castra Solis, the other great Flambeau stronghold in the Tribunal. The covenant aggressively opposes the establishment of new covenants in the region, unless the newcomers join a political alliance with Aedes Mercurii. However, the covenant members are not unified on any topic but blocking Castra Solis, so new covenants can expect inconsistent, even contradictory responses. Aedes Mercurii is really the difficult stepchild of the Tribunal; many consider them to be dangerous fanatics.
Ara Maxima Nova (4 votes)
This primarily Merinitia-based covenant is focused on magic of vineyards and roads in the Perpignan region of Narbonnais, and the Dionysian mysteries of its founder Luc’s Mystery cult. The covenant is neutral toward new magi, as long as the covenant doesn’t prevent of interfere with the exploration or investigation of the Via Domitia and its route.
Bellaquin (5 votes)
A Summer covenant which transitioned to Autumn by moving its location from the war-torn county of Toulouse to the sheltering Pyrenees, Bellaquin delights in mundane affairs and remains strongly driven by the resident Jerbiton magi. Regarding new covenants, Bellaquin believes “the more, the merrier.” With untaxed resources, they could easily double the membership of their covenant. To them, more magi in the region only increases its influence, perhaps contributing to the formation of a new Catalan tribunal.
Castra Solis (17 votes, plus Praeco & Presiding Quaesitor)
The domus magna of House Flambeau, Castra Solis is unquestionably one of the most influential covenants in the region. Situated in Gascony, it is the stronghold of every sort of military magus the House produces, from the soldierly Mithraians to knightly Milites. Yet it is still very northern in its outlook, and owes most of its overall direction to its primus, Garus. The covenant strongly advocates for the Crusades and the Church, with very Christian attitudes, and very political aims. New magi could find allies of enemies in Castra Solis, depending on how well their aims align. Typically very generous to those working with them, the magi strongly distrust Tytali, denying assistance to new covenant with a large Tytalan presence.
Coenobium (Approximately 20 votes)
The Coenobium is a sprawling collection of chapter houses settled across the County of Provence. They banded together under one covenant charter about two hundred years ago, and reside in the only part of the Provencal Tribunal to have remained within its borders since its establishment. The covenant is extremely political, populated by mostly cooperative magi of House Jerbiton and the Redcaps of the Tribunal’s Mercer House. They take a dim view of magi attempting to establish a new covenant in their shadow, which makes the process very difficult. The nearly two dozen members coordinate an enormous amount of magical and mundane resources to sabotage prospective rivals, unless those magi join as a chapterhouse. As a result, no new covenants have flourished in southern Provence for over a century. However, the Coenobium’s open offer to assist petitioners seeking aid is common knowledge, but such help comes with the implication of future annexation.
Ostal Des Exiles (The House of Exiles) (6 votes)
The Faidits are made up of refugees from other covenants around Toulouse which failed or were abandoned because of the Crusade. This odd assortment of magi welcomes any new Spring covenants as allies, working hard to recruit new Tribunal members into their defense of Toulouse from the Northerners. Open-minded, they consider what every potential covenant might be able to contribute and how other allies could repay that assistance.
Stella Durus (5 votes)
This covenant is a small, cosmopolitan group of mixed Houses (including a Tytalan magus, Ducaru, of whom most of the Tribunal is very aware) on the outskirts of Narbonne. They are generally too preoccupied with their own projects to interfere with those of others. So long as a new covenant does not impinge upon their resources and isn’t established north of the Pyrenees or south of the Counties of Albi, Beziers, or Toulouse, the magi of this covenant remain neutral. They are hostile to those established within that zone, organizing to harass and bully the new covenant for at least one season a year.
Tolosa Paratge (9 votes divided)
Noble, cultured, highly structures, and at war with itself, Tolosa Paratge is a multi-House covenant hidden in a magical regio inside the great city of Toulouse. This covenant is split over the issue of Cathar heretics within the covenant, forming two factions. White (expel the heretics) and Black (protect them against the Crusade). How the magi respond to newcomers depends on the side with which the characters align themselves. If a new covenant simply ignores them, the factions continue with their struggle, unperturbed. If the characters become involved and support the wrong side, however, they might easily find themselves the target of a Wizard’s War.
General opinion within the Tribunal holds that Tolosa Partge is self-destructing. From a sense of decorum, the other covenants have tacitly agreed to let them resolve their own issues and see who, or what, emerges from the aftermath. Certainly individual magi of various covenants have personal opinions, and may act on these beliefs indirectly, but no one currently intends to act openly. Renaud of Stella Durus has concern for his pater, and the magi of the Coenobium always admired Tolosa Paratge’s style, but for now, the general attitude is to wait and watch.