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Greater Alps Tribunal
Localization (as of 1220): Alps
Current and past covenants: The The Cave of Twisting Shadows Domus Magna of House Criamon (?-present)
Valnastium Domus Magna of House Jerbiton (773-present)
Notable magi:
Current sourcebook:
Sanctuary of Ice: The Greater Alps
(4th Ed.)

Source books and other references[]

Sanctuary of Ice: The Greater Alps, the source book dedicated to The Greater Alps Tribunal is a Fourth Edition work, so at least some adjusment is necessary. Also, unfortunately, little history is presented for the two domnus magni, though present day situations and recent history is provided.

The House Jerbiton section of Houses of Hermes: Societates provides some Fifth Edition information about Valnastium, just as Sanctuary of Ice contained some information about House Jerbiton. The House Criamon section of Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults has less information about its Domnus Magna.

Overall, aside from any conversion you would expect to have to do regarding character stats, there still minor changes in what is written up in Fifth Edition, and some omissions as well. For example, the Larta Maga mentioned in the Valnastium section of Sanctuary of Ice are not mentioned in the Fifth Edition Jerbiton write up. These omissions in Fifth Edition can make the tribunal book more valuable, as they can be good additions that don't really contradict the major rewrites between editions.

Covenants of the Greater Alps Tribunal[]

  • The Cave of Twisting Shadows, Domus Magna of House Criamon. It is believed to have existed in one form or another before Christianity.
  • Valnastium, Domus Magna of House Jerbiton. Founded on the familial home of the house's founder.
  • The Covenant of the Icy North is more a collection of chapter houses, than a single covenant. Its mother house is used as a base for the tribunal's quaesitoris.
  • The Covenant Where Journeys End
  • The Covenant of the Sinews of Knowledge is a major base for longevity ritual research and production. A major source of Corpus vis in the form of a "dead god", a giant, shackled skeleton that constantly bleeds and forms flesh, is kept in the covenant itself.
  • The four magi of Tarragon Vale have inexplicably disappeared, along with all their covenfolk at the time. This happened 22 years before the official start date of Fourth Edition. At that time, the quaesitoris are holding off on declaring the covenant dissolved, as the magi may still return.

The tribunal book indicates that two more extant covenants exist, but has left those to the storyteller or troupe to develop.