Ars Magica: Druesberg

Story So Far: Lord Erwin

In Autumn 1222, the magi met Joachim the Scribe, who introduced them to his master Lord Erwin, the feudal lord whose land is closest to the covenant.

Hoping to gain Joachim’s service from Erwin, the magi went to his castle to impress him with a magic show. Unfortunately they failed to overcome the effects of the Gift, and were forced to abandon the plan.

That Christmas (1222), Lord Erwin’s castle came under attack by a Lindwurm. The magi and their companions dealt with the dragon and earned Lord Erwin’s gratitude.

A few years later, at Christmas 1226, Lord Erwin asked the magi to entertain him, his family, and his feudal superior, a visiting duke. He also wanted them to join him in hunting the Emperor Wolf. The magi impressed Erwin with a magic show, but, instead of hunting the wolf, got everyone really drunk and then made them think they had hunted the wolf.

Since that Christmas, Lord Erwin has sent his daughter, Lady Elsa, to study at the covenant under Sarrazin for one season each year. Erwin does not hide the fact that he hopes that this tuition will turn into a courtship, so that Erwin can gain some magi allies by marriage.

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Story So Far: Aqrab

In Summer 1222, the Quaesitor Christina of Guernicus accused Sarrazin Ex Miscellenia of teaching magic to an outsider without inducting them into the Order of Hermes. This hedge wizard, Fulbert of Beziers, was now taking sides in a mundane conflict, another breach of the code. Sarrazin had taught Fulbert in a university but not taught him magic. He set out for Beziers to find out what was going on.

Fulbert turned out to be an infernalist, who believed he was being taught Hermetic magic but was actually being taught infernal powers by a mysterious woman named Aqrab. Aqrab claimed that she was Sarrazin’s servant and that she was teaching Fulbert based on Sarrazin’s magical techniques.

Sarrazin and his companions captured Aqrab, but she managed to escape while they were bringing her back to the covenant.

Some time later, when someone in the covenant was wounded, Aqrab reappeared and offered to heal them. She appeared to be able to cast Hermetic healing spells, or something indistinguishable from them.

Later, Aqrab appeared to Pietyr of Verditius, this time taking the form of a blue-skinned faerie, and offered to teach him. He narrowly managed to keep has association with Aqrab secret, and built a secret underground temple for her to teach him in. She has appeared to him variously as the blue-skinned faerie woman and as a cloud of midnight-blue smoke filled with eyes and mouths. She has taught him Magic, Infernal and Faerie lore, and shown him how to create vis by profaning holy objects.

When the giant living near the covenant was going to convert to Christianity, Aqrab convinced Pietyr that this would damage the covenant’s Magic aura, leading the magi to convince the giant to remain a pagan.

Aqrab still lives near the covenant and appears in Pietyr’s temple whenever he wishes to learn from her. Her plans are unknown.

By studying a book that Aqrab gave to Fulbert (which she claimed was written by Sarrazin, but was actually written by her), Sarrazin has learned Aqrab’s True Name. This can be used as an Arcane Connection to her, which could be useful if trying to affect her with spells.

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Story So Far: Druesberg and Caelinus

The Covenant of Druesberg was once one of the most powerful in the Tribunal of the Greater Alps, but over the 12th Century the covenant declined as the magi aged and one by one entered Final Twilight.

In 1219 the Order of Hermes decided to send a set of new magi to revitalise the covenant, against the wishes of the last surviving magus of the previous generation, Caelinus of Bonisagus. The magi travelled to the covenant from Zurich and Caelinus reluctantly allowed them to set up labs.

In 1222, Caelinus departed on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, saying he would be gone for one year, and leaving the new magi in charge in the meantime. He has not been heard from since.

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