Every Covenant – that is, the place where you live and work – in the Theban tribunal needs two things: a purpose, and a supernatural patron.
- The purpose can be almost anything. Some extant examples include selflessly healing the sick, hunting down monsters, and fostering prospective apprentices before they find a master.
- Your patron is a supernatural entity with whom you have entered a pact of mutual defence and assistance. Typically a magical creature, it might also be a faerie, or even a divine entity! Technically, it could be infernal too, but then you’re either being duped or you’re a bunch of very naughty boys and girls.
Your Covenant could also be, theoretically, anywhere in Greece or Asia Minor. It’s a big place! And there are no shortage of good spots. The best spots are unquestionably places of mystical significance – magical (and to a lesser extent: faerie) auras are immensely helpful to magi. And mystical auras likewise indicate there are liable to be sources of vis – physical objects imbued with the raw essence of magic – nearby.
All in all, we could spend a long time discussing the where and whys of your Covenant. On the off chance you’re all a bunch of lazy buggers though, I’ve had an idea:
The island of Samos lies in the Northern Aegean. Not the largest island in the region, it’s not small either – and I think it’s a great potential spot for your Covenant.
Samos is an island with historical and mystical significance. It’s in a politically exciting spot. And there are two towns of note and a smattering of small villages: making it neither too crowded for comfort, nor so isolated you can’t find any hired help.
It’s said to be the birthplace of Hera, Queen of the Greek Gods and wife of Zeus. The ruins of a massive temple lie on the island, much of it dismantled for its stone over centuries of disuse. The first Queen of Samos, Samia, was a Naiad and later bride to one of the Argonauts. She’s still knocking about on the island, and is in a bit of a sticky situation at present. A Sibyl, Phyto, has also made her residence here – one of ten magical immortals with prophetic powers.
In addition to having great weather, the island has also long been the birthplace of famous people. A few of note include Pythagoras (the theorem of), Aesop(’s fables), and Arstarchus – the first man to propose the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
Currently, Samos is owned by the Venetians who have made it something of a trade hub. But geographically, the island is slap-bang in the middle of the Latin Empire (who control Constantinople and its surrounding lands) and the Empire of Nicaea – the largest of the Greek successor states.
In short, there’s a lot of opportunity. Ya’ll will need to decide on the particulars, and that’s something we’ll do when the first session rolls around.