Loch Leglean Politics

For the most part, the political issues of the Loch Leglean Tribunal are petty things - personal grievances, raiding alliances and disputes over vis sources. Even when issues involve more than one covenant, the aonaronan can usually be counted upon to be neutral in (and often amused by) the bickering of their more social sodales. However, there are two perennial issues to which Tribunal debates have returned again and again, and on which every magus in Scotland has an opinion.

The Border

The issue of where the Loch Leglean Tribuanl ends and the Stonehenge Tribunal begins has been hotly contested since the original Britannic Tribunal was divided. The Grand Tribunal of the 1334th year of the Age of Aries (anno domini 1195), weary of seeing its English and Scottish delegates feuding over the issue, instructed the two Tribunals to reach an agreement and announce it at the Grand Tribunal of A.A. 1367 (A.D. 1228).

Since England and Scotland currently lack a defined border, the obvious idea is to fall back on an ancient one. The Romans built the Vallum Hadriani to divide the province of Britannia from Pictish Caledonia. In contemporary Loch Leglean, the Lowland faction advocates this as the ideal dividing line.

However, the Romans also built the Vallum Antonini some hundred miles to the north. This has become the line championed by the Highland faction, who see the character of the Tribunal as being defined by its gaelic culture and independence from southern peoples (including, implicitly, the King of Scots).

Brennix helped convince the Tribunal meeting of A.A. 1360 (A.D. 1221) to adopt the Vallum Hadriani as its preferred border. He was instructed by the praeco of Loch Leglean to attend the next gathering of the Stonehenge Tribunal to ensure the agreement of the English magi.

Interfering with the Mundanes

A quirk of the Tribunal often remarked upon by visitors is the blatant disregard in which native magi hold the portion of the Code of Hermes forbidding interference with the Mundanes. The Pact of Crun Clach implicitly defines the crime of mundane interference as aiding the plans of the King of Scots or his enemies. Any other mundane faction, from peasantry to the Church, is fair game.

Prior to the Pact, magi fought for the King of Scots in battles against the English and interfered in the dynastic politics of the House of Canmore. In fact, the covenant of Mhor Rath is quite open about the fact that the three witches of folklore who prophesised to King Mac Beth were its founding members.

One reason the Loch Leglean magi's excesses have been allowed to continue is that the sole quaesitor of the Tribunal, Firthowebba ex Guernicus, openly strives for the overthrow of the Normans and the re-creation of the Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. So long as she remains uninterested in prosecuting the breaches of the Code (and no other quaesitores take up residence in the Tribunal), magi are likely to have almost unlimited leeway to deal with the mundanes as they see fit.

Interventionist magi wish this situation to continue, usually to allow them to support their friends or kinsmen. Isolationists advocate a more traditional reading of the Code of Hermes, and would like to see Firthowebba brought to heel by a quaesitor appointed from outside the Tribunal.

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