Quaerentes in Extremis
THE NORMANDY TRIBUNAL
From west to east, the Normandy Tribunal extends from the Atlantic Ocean over 400 miles to the edge of Lorraine and the River Saone, marking the border with the Rhine and Greater Alps Tribunals and the Holy Roman Empire. The border here is well defined, depending on whether the land owes fealty to the French king or the German Emperor. From the English Channel to the north, the Tribunal extends the same distance south, as far as the River Dordogne and the Provençal Tribunal. The border between the Normandy and Provencal Tribunals has moved over the years, but for over a century the Normandy Tribunal has accepted that its southern boundary is marked by the River Dordogne. This leaves an area of uncertainty in the Massif Central to the south-east, but there is currently (1222) no dispute amongst the covenants closest to the area.
The Tribunal covers a densely populated land, firmly controlled by bishops and secular rulers, covenants have had to adapt to survive, either hiding away or reaching an accommodation with their neighbors. Most have evolved a means to operate within the mundane world, if not amicably, at least without major antagonism. The hierarchical structure of the Church and feudal structures of the nobility are reflected in the way the covenants have organized themselves, with weaker covenants pledging loyalty to the stronger ones as a matter of survival. Magi here have adopted rigorous modes of contest and strife that other, more tremulous, Tribunals would consider excessively violent or outright forbid. As a result of these factors, covenants in the Normandy Tribunal are easy to found, but hard to maintain; they are great in number, but small in membership. By number of covenants, Normandy is very likely the largest in the Order of Hermes, but by number of magi, it is merely a somewhat large Tribunal of moderate history and importance. The various tides of fortune and strife, Hermetic or otherwise, have caused many covenants to fail — the land is strewn with many such forgotten ruins.
While magic is under pressure in Normandy, it is far from dead. Ancient megaliths stud the landscape, faeries control many forests, and caves and burial mounds hide relics of the past. Demons and monsters imprisoned in ages past by saints and sorcerers stir uneasily in their confinement, and magi wield potent and spectacular magic throughout the land.
[[Dragon’s Rest | Dragon’s Rest (Normandy)]]
Lapis Crudus (Isle de France)
Eboris (Isle de France)
Spider’s Palace (Flanders)
Requies Aerterna (Picardy)
Atramentum Renatus (Burgundy)