The Order of Hermes divides all of Mythic Europe into Tribunals, each of administer the Magi of a large region. Once every seven years, the Magi within a Tribunal hold a meeting, also called a Tribunal, where new Magi are presented to the order, the Quaesitores judge disputes which cannot be resolved within or between Covenants, and much additional business is conducted. Once every 33 years, each Tribunal sends a representative to a Grand Tribunal, which acts as the presiding body of the entire Order.
Each of the thirteen Tribunals corresponds to a nation, cultural area or group of related states, and each has a distinct cultural and historical flavor. For example, the Roman Tribunal is a densely populated area with a shortage of magical resources, but offers great opportunity for political plots, while the Novgorod Tribunal is a largely unsettled, often hostile environment where barbarian invaders and magical beasts can be a recurrent problem.
The Tribunals of the Order of HermesEdit
- The Tribunal of the Greater Alps, including the Alps, including Austria, parts of Bavaria and parts of northern Italy)
- Iberian Tribunal, encompassing the Iberian Peninsula, nominally including the Moorish states thereof.
- The Normandy Tribunal, corresponding to northern France including Flanders and Burgundy.
- Provençal Tribunal, including southern France, the Pyrenees, Provence, Vasconia and western Lombardy.
- Roman Tribunal, including the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, and parts of North Africa.
- The Tribunal of Thebes, corresponding to the possessions of the Byzantine Empire around 800, excluding its Italian possessions but including Greece along with Macedonia and Thrace, as well as most of Asia Minor.
- The Transylvanian Tribunal, including southeastern Europe, Hungary, Bulgaria and Serb and Croat lands.
- Rhine Tribunal (The Rhine valley and the Holy Roman Empire north of the Alps)
- Novgorod Tribunal, including eastern Europe, Poland and Russia, and (nominally) Scandinavia.
- Stonehenge Tribunal, including England and Wales.
- Loch Leglean Tribunal, including Scotland and the northern isles.
- Hibernian Tribunal, corresponding to Ireland.
- The Tribunal of the Levant, including the Holy Land, the crusader Kingdoms, the near east, parts of Asia Minor and (nominally) Egypt.
Like any medieval border, the territory of each Tribunal is not precisely defined, and is often the subject of dispute between Tribunals.