Charter

Charter of Servat

Purpose

The purpose of the covenant of Servat is to elevate the Rhine Tribunal to higher glories, as is its birthright.
Servat pledges itself to protect the magical resources in the surrounding area, which it can rightfully can claim as its own, and the unclaimed resources yet to be found in the area known as Westphalia in the year of our lord 1227.
The official founding at ordinary meeting of 1227 records the following magi as founding members:

  • Titus of Flambeau
  • Dietmar of Verditius
  • Meinhard of Tremere
  • Gottschalg ex Miscellanea
  • Baliana of Bonisagus

Governance

  • Servat is led by a Council consisting of the official members of the covenant.
  • There are two ranks, Senior and Junior members.
  • All members at the time of the founding is considered to be of Senior status, All members to join after founding is considered to be of Junior status.
  • The Council can by vote promote a member to Senior member.
  • Senior members have two votes, Junior members have one vote
  • The Princeps has three votes and acts as a tiebreaker.
  • The council is scheduled to meet at midday on the first day of each season.
  • A Senior member can call an extraordinary meeting, but must do his or her best to notify the council members, these meetings cannot be used to censor or exclude a member, this must be done at an ordinary meeting.
  • Ordinary council meetings are attended by chosen branches of the mundane staff, these consists of:
    • The Autocrat – Staff and to some degree the buildings of the covenant
    • The Captain of the Grogs – the leader of the turb, arms and armor, and military expertise
    • The Diplomat – Relations with mundane and nobles
    • The City Councilor – Envoy of the city Council
    • The Master of Coin – Represent of trade and the covenants mundane wealth.
  • These chosen have no right to vote, but are allowed to speak if the matters discussed are related to their areas of expertise. This is decided by two members agreeing that it is the case.
  • The Princeps title is up for election each spring, the eligible members are the two council members who have the most accepted services through the past year.
  • Lots granted by title counts as services to this election.
  • A Council Member can only hold the Princeps title for 7 years in a row.
  • Resident Perigrins, and Guests invited by at least one senior magus, are most welcome to the ordinary council meetings, and are allowed to speak, but cannot vote.
  • There should always be at least one council member at the Covenant, so that the covenant is able to defend itself.

Rights

  • All members have the right to use the library, if multiple members are interested in the same work, it goes to the higher ranking member, as defined below:
    • Archmagus before Master before Journeyman.
    • If rank is tied then Senior before Junior,
    • If the internal rank ties, then it should be resolved by use of certamen.
  • All members are entitled to lots which is used when dividing resources.
    • Junior members have no lots, but can earn them through services.
    • Senior members have one lot each year, and can earn more through services.
    • The Princeps has two lots each year, and can earn more through services.
  • All members are responsible for their actions, and the council can choose to force a member to undo a wrong he or she has done the covenant.
    • This is done by at least two senior members, and must be done at an extraordinary council meeting.
    • This decision can be overruled at an ordinary council meeting, or another course of action forced upon the magus or maga in question.

Resources

  • Vis sources found accrues the covenant, magi who helped finding it, share the first year's harvest.
  • A Vis source is defined by the fact that it is a renewable source of vis, usually the vis can be harvested in cycles.
  • Vis sources found outside the covenants reasonable locality are not defended by the covenant as a whole, but each member can be guardian of such; The one sworn to defend and harvest such a source is payed half of the harvest. The magus who find such a source is always given priority to be guardian, then Rank prior to Senior and then Junior, and then cetamen.
  • A Vis source found in the covenants locale, but deemed too impractical to harvest can governed by the rules for vis sources, not found in the covenants reasonable locality.
  • Vis found in situation where the covenant pay for the expedition, half is gifted to the finders to share, the second half (and remains that cannot be shared) goes to covenant.
  • A vis find is defined by being a non-renewable source, such as a slain magical beast.
  • Each Year in the Spring Season, the council distributes the vis from the year before. Each season spend in a fashion a magus can get two senior magi to accept as a service allows a lot.
  • One of the chosen representatives can count as a supporting magus if the service in question falls under their purview of expertise.
  • All vis is distributed if it is not earmarked for the covenants operation, this is typically Aegis and any other rituals, Longevity to selected covenfolk, expenditure on gifts, etc., devices to be built for the common good.
  • The lots and Vis is tallied for distribution, and then divided by the number of lots. Excess vis remains in the covenants coffers.
  • Selection of Vis types is decided by higher rank as priority, then Senior before Junior.
  • Lots can be used to pay for expensive onetime expenditure such as a longer journey with escort, expensive items such as precious stones or upkeep for an expensive laboratory for four years(The council can agree that a lab is so expensive that four year is too much, or make the duration longer if so desired)
  • Lots used in this manner is tallied in the spring season, before Vis is distributed.
  • The Order of Business at the Gatherings can be loose, but 2 things are given:
    • The first order of business is to lay out a Vis budget, determine Vis shares and hand out Vis
    • The last order of business is to determine who will hold the title of Princeps for the coming year and the Gathering at the end of that year.

Peripheral Charter

List of Princeps, by year.

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