Il Campo Scanto

Blood on the Seas, Intrigue on the Road.
The Summer of 1220 A.D.

The Boat of Antonio Morosini had been seen in the harbour, and yet neither the man himself or anyone else from the ship has been spotted. For several days it lay there anchored, and so Nicolo “The Younger” Da Mosto had called upon his son, Paulo to investigate.

The ship was eerily quiet. Exploration discovered a slew of gruesome scenes. Decapitated bodies, their heads arranged in a macabre pyramid in the ships hold. Not a single crewman or the captain had escaped this fate, though Antonio was nowhere to be seen. An investigation by Vito Da Mosto and Alessandro Vendramin definitely proved that this was not an incident of mortal mayhem, but some act of the supernatural. though they were as of yet unable to be more specific. A half-dozen items were missing from the hold of the ship, each seeming to have religious or mystical significance. Since many other similar items from Constantinople were missing, it stands to reason they were taken for a purpose. What that purpose is, remains a Mystery. One the Covenant will investigate.

Paulo was so aggreived at his father for not attending to the investigation himself, that he didn’t respond when his father informed him that his reason for not attending was delicate negotiations which had just completed… over Paulo’s betrothal to Lucrezia Simonezza.

Meanwhile, Luca along with Giusecondo and Facio Sartor set out on the long journey to Apri Caput. Travelling first through Padua, they soon came to Vicenza, where they encountered Ezzelino II da Romano, an ageing Duke who surprised Luca by knowing of her presence, her position as a magus, and that she would appear in their city. This rightfully unnerved the magus, especially after being told this information was presented as if it had come from the Patriarch of Aquileia. How the covenant would make an enemy of such a powerful figure is unknown. Whether to believe the scholarly Duke or not was another question entirely.

Taking leave, the party next journeyed to Verona, where they supped with Ezzelino III da Romano, the prior Duke’s son. Ezzelino appears a boisterous, Manly figure of both jest, but terrifying cruelty. One that seemed to seep from the walls and from every encounter in his castle. The party was glad to be away, regardless of the jovial virility the young man Displayed. While leaving the city, however, they did manage a clandestine rendezvous with Ezzelino’s sister, Cunizza. Married to the Lord of Verona, it was hard to suss out what this scheming sister’s aim was. But one way or another, this strange family had gained note of Luca, and possibly the Covenant as a whole.

Free of those strange Nobles, the journey on-ward was peaceful, until, rain coming gently down, they encountered Bandits making the worst decision of their lives. Between the Wind and Rain magic available at Luca’s fingertips, the Brutal power of Giusecondo and the quick murderous skill of Facio, the bandits stood no chance, and Apri Caput beckoned.

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Cupid's Arrows, Mars' Sword.
The Summer of 1220 A.D.

As agreed upon, Odysseus, Luca Molin, and Nicolo Da Mosto III all met to meet with the three sisters of the Contarini family, along with one slightly nervous maid.

The evening seemed to progress, the youngest sister, Helena, engaging the Magus in academic discussion while her older sisters engaged in more traditional romantic games with the two members of the extended Da Mosto family. The evening seemed primed for romance until the rude interruption of Donaldo Contarini, the eldest brother of the family. Along with perhaps a half dozen man, he made claims to defending the honour of his sisters, while Luca succeeding in both attempting to play down any affront, while adding new insults.

The Matter seemed it would end in blood until Odysseus drew himself up and unleashed the power of his Fae Blood. While some of the men, and Helena, stood fast, Donaldo, in particular, was impact by this display, feeling a raw terror he had never felt. He fled with his men, though one cannot help but think being so publically unmanned in front of his men will have consequences.

Luca and Nicolo were dressed down by Paulo Da Mosto, left to the job by the de facto head of the family, Nicolo “The Younger” Da Mosto. Matters were left perhaps unsettled, and this is far from the end of things.

Luca meanwhile, met with Catarina Abbandonato, promising to help her discover the true nature of her fiance. Though such matters would have to wait, as Luca herself was off to Apri Caput.

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The Mage, the Captain and the Glassblower
The Spring of 1220 A.D.

Alessandro has decided that Intelligo Vis is important for his continued research. To this end, he, through Vito, contacted Paulo Da Mosto to try and arrange access to the Doge’s Library.

After a short and surprisingly measured meeting with Paulos’ father, The meeting with the Doge went both better and worse than expected. The Doge saw through the simple ruse Paulo had initiated to get the meeting and got straight to the point. The Doge would permit the Vendramin ‘outcast’ to use his library, but Paulo, and thus the Da Mosta, would owe him.

This was not for nought though, as a few weeks of research within revealed to Alessandro a record by a sea-captain some 60 years ago, regarding a strange phenomenon on the Adriatic sea; Lights of many hues descending from the sky among playing mermaids.

Believing this to be a potential source of Vis, Alessandro negotiated with Salvatore di Gaetano, a sea captain much employed by the Da Mosta, though his own free agent. A ship negotiated, the Mage and the Captain set out to find this strange place. Though it took some days, a few directions were given, the phenomenon was seen. Many cries went out among the crew as strange spirits of water and sea played among shafts of ever-changing light that reflected with impossible clarity.

Taking notes, Alessandro returned to land, where his research concluded he would need round spheres of fantastic craftsmanship to contain this Vis. Likewise, even if he could land the Spheres, he would require someone with exceptional knowledge of glass and its properties to assist in Gathering the Vis.

Armed with this knowledge, he sought out a Master Glassblower, only to be frustrated by discovering that nearly every Glassblower in town was allied with the Vendramin, his ‘family’. Finally, he found the Greek, Orestes of Corfu, who was reportedly as skilled as any, tough still not seen as properly ‘one’ of the Glassblowers. A contract was discussed for the Orbs, but despite offer of Silver, the Master Glassblower was adamant in not wishing to leave Venice.

A council meeting was called to grant funds for the Orbs, and to reveal to the other Mages what Alessandro had discovered. Some talk was made of the Master Artisans insistence to not come, with Luca volunteering to try and ‘Discover his price’.

While this all transpired the other mages seemed mostly concerned with their own researchers. However, Odysseus was accosted by two young men, Luca Molin and Ricco Da Mosta. The two young rogues apparently seek his help in some Romantic conquest involving three young sisters, though how it will transpire, and what either their, or the ladies, motivations are, remains a mystery for now.

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A Gathering of Magi, a Covenant is formed
The Winter and Spring of 1220 A.D.

The New Year brings much frivolity to an already frivolous city. While the air chills and assignations between patrician and commoner alike occur in the dark, a Quartet of Strange figures join a motley assortment near the Casa D’Mosto on the Grand Canal.

The Covenant was formed and bonded, in witness of the Quastores Morgan on the Day of the New Year, and though the business of the Covenant fell to the following day, it seemed an Auspicious occasion. Vito Da Mosto was elected Princeps in the councils first official act. He quickly nominated Luca as Interpes and she accepted. All was in readiness and the young mages bonded together in solidarity. The first month together one of learning the space and people of the Covenant. Luca especially spent much of her time learning all about the people she now lived with, perhaps even to the detriment of her magical studies.

The council meeting at the Spring Equinox fared well. It was revealed that the covenants finances, thanks to the Da Mosto family and the work of Paulo Da Mosto, were flush and would, by year’s end, be flowing with silver. Luca reported her limited contacts with other covenants of the Tribunal and made sure to set time in the Summer to visit one of them. Alessandro Vendramin felt he was near to a breakthrough in Intelligo, and prepared to see if access could be gotten to the Library of the Doge to try and locate a source of Intelligo vis to complete his task.

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