Article VI. Lesser Consilium Officers
The Ruling Council appoints all Lesser Consilium off ricers. Lesser Consilium officers may not hold more than one Consilium position.
A. Office of Herald
-There shall be as many Heralds as are needed to fulfill duties to the Consilium.
-A Herald shall act as the voice of the Hierarch and Council and is tasked with spreading the Ruling Council’s edicts and decisions among the Consilium. To ignore the words of the Hierarch and/or the Council passed down through the Herald shall be considered an order ignored from the Hierarch and/or the Council directly.
-A Herald who discovers information deemed important to the Consilium shall inform the Hierarch and Council of their findings in a timely manner.
-A Herald at times will be called upon to act as a messenger for the Hierarch and/or the Council to other Concilii or other more reclusive members of the community.
-When the Herald is acting as an ambassador to foreign Concilii they are expected to respect the Lex Magica and customs of both the Granite Coast and the host Concilii.
-The Hierarch's Herald may be removed by the Hierarch. Any additional Heralds may be removed by a majority vote of the Council.
B. Office of Sentinel
-There shall always be at least one Sentinel at all times with additional Sentinels appointed as needed by the Ruling Council.
-A Sentinel shall act as the sword of the Ruling Council and is tasked with enforcing proper practice of the Lex Magica.
-It is the duty of a Sentinel to apprehend anyone suspected to have violated the Lex Magica, as directed by the Hierarch or a Councilor. Apprehension of a Hierarch must be approved by a majority vote of the Council. Apprehension of a Councilor must be approved by a majority vote of the Council or the Hierarch.
-It is the duty of a Sentinel to pursue fugitives who are attempting to escape justice.
-It is the duty of a Sentinel to carry out punishments against those found guilty by the Ruling Council, as directed by the Hierarch or a Lictor.
-At times a Sentinel may be called by the Hierarch or a Councilor to provide protection to a member of the Consilium or chaperone a visitor.
-A Sentinel is subject to the direct command of the Hierarch or the Council in matters concerning their duties only.
-A Sentinel may be removed by the Hierarch or majority vote of the council. They may also voluntarily step down.
C. The Recorder
The Recorder will be chosen by the Hierarch and may be removed by the Hierarch. The position is optional and is not required.
- Duties of the Recorder: The Recorder shall attend all Council meetings, Trials, and Caucus' and record all happenings, assignments, threats, attendance, etc. The Recorder will be an assistant to the Herald and pass all info along to the Herald. The Recorder will be sworn to the secrecy of all information provide by or to the Council and not participate in such meetings, unless specifically called upon for their knowledge.
Article VII. Justice
Crimes committed against the Lex Magica by the Awakened of the cities of Fallcoast & Hanging Hills shall be punished with Wisdom and Justice, observing the Precedents that came before and considering the impact that may come after. Fair trial shall be given to any Mage Recognized as a member of the Consilium of the Granite Coast or any
A. Accusation of Transgressions
Any Recognized Mage can bring a transgression before the Council through the Privilege of Petition.
B. Progression of Trial.
When a transgression has been brought before the Ruling Council then the Ruling Council or a Lictor will decide through majority vote if there is reason and evidence to proceed with an investigation and/or trial. A Lictor may be called to investigate and judge any trial with the understanding that their word and sentencing supersedes that of the Ruling Council. Any Lictor rulings will be considered Consilium Precedent.
-Should the Ruling Council pursue an investigation, the Ruling Council will decide upon an end date for the investigation.
-Should the Hierarch or a Councilor be accused of a crime, if the Ruling Council or a Lictor decides to proceed to an investigation and/or trial, those not involved in the crime and a part of the Ruling Council shall vote whether to strip the accused of the powers that office affords, until the dispute is resolved.
-In extreme cases the violation of thoughts and memories may be used, during a trial, on an unwilling target to extract information; upon majority approval by the Ruling Council, or in a State of Emergency as ordered by the Hierarch.
-Any Mage Impersonating or enacting the powers of any Consilium office with which they do not hold will be severely punished.
C. Form of the Trial
-When a Lictor is called, they decide on the form of trial; the only requirements being that there is a prosecuting Factotum and a defending Factotum.
-All trial proceedings shall take place in front of the Ruling Council; and a Lictor if they have been called.
-The accused has the right to hear their crime from the lips of their accuser.
-The accused has the right to request their defense factotum.
-The accused shall not be incarcerated during the course of their trial unless the Council deems them a danger to others or of risk to flee Justice.
-Once all evidence has been considered and testimonies heard, the Ruling Council or a Lictor will deliberate on the matter and through a 2/3 majority vote pronounce guilt or innocence for the accused.
-A suspect declared innocent will be restored to their previous position and standing in full and cannot be accused of the same transgression again unless new and substantial evidence is presented to the Ruling Council or a Lictor concerning it.
-A suspect declared guilty by the Ruling Council shall be sentenced by the Hierarch, with guidance from the Council. A suspect declared guilty by a Lictor shall be sentenced by the Lictor. Punishment may be decreed based on the 10 degrees of the Tetragrammaton, as is tradition.
-The 10 Degrees of Tetragrammaton: Minor Reprimand, Major Reprimand, Payment of Debt, Minor Penance, Major Penance, Serve Reprimand, Incarceration, Banishment, Spiritual Scourging, and Spiritual Oblivion. Punishments outside the 10 Degrees of Tetragrammaton may be decided upon and set into precedent.
D. Duel Arcane
When called for and agreed upon the tradition of the Duel Arcane may be used to resolve disputes.
-A Duel Arcane must be officiated and witnessed by a Sentinel, Provost, Councilor, Hierarch, or Herald agreed upon by both parties. The agreed upon officiate may deny witnessing of the Duel. If the Duel is denied, they may petition another officer of the Consilium.
-A Duel Arcane shall proceed until the conditions of its conclusion, agreed upon by both parties, are met. If no such conditions were set, then the Duel shall continue until one or both parties cede or are otherwise clearly incapable of continuing the Duel.
-No Mage shall take advantage of the defeated party's weakened state in the immediate aftermath of a Duel, and they should be allowed to peacefully depart, unless this violates the purpose over which the Duel was fought.
-Any Consilium official may be removed from his position through the Duel Arcane, should they be defeated by a member in good standing within the Consilium with the expressed purpose of removing them, through a great fault in wisdom or ability, and replacing them.
-Should the challenged be victorious then the challenger may not engage in Duel Arcane again with the challenged for this reason until a single month has passed.
-Neither participant can make any demands that violate Lex Magica by using obvious magic in a public place, or endangering non-participants.
-Other forms of the Duel Arcane may be performed rather than just the battle of wills, so long as both parties agree on the terms.
-If a Consilium officer is replaced through the Duel Arcane they cannot be removed from their position by any means, other than a second Duel Arcane from a different individual, for one month.
E. Justified Violence
A member of the Consilium is allowed to bring violence against another Recognized only in the following circumstances:
-In defense of one’s own life, soul, free will, or in the defense of the life, soul or free will of others against intentional, direct violence.
-In the fulfillment of an Office of the Consilium or appointed Position.
-By order or allowance of the Hierarch or Council in compliance with the Lex Magica.
-In defense of ones own Recognized territory.
-In the event of a death of a Recognized Consilium member, the Ruling Council may bring the event under investigation.
Article VIII: Mortal Existence
Sleepers & Sleepwalkers
Treat the Sleepers with due respect and care; within each living soul lies the potential of Awakening.
Sleepwalkers who are aware of our society and the Lex Magica are to be held to all laws within the Lex Magica. Sleepwalkers are not Recognized as Mages by this Charter. Any Sleepwalkers who are known allies of the Granite Coast Consilium shall be granted the protections of the Lex Magica.
Article IX: Other Authorities
Cabals and Solitaires must provide the Ruling Council with access to libraries and lore which might contain information about impending threats to the Consilium.
A. Master and Apprentice
This Consilium respects the bonds of Master and Apprentice, and considers that bond to be inviolate unless said Master should be guilty of severely violating the Lex Magica. Until a student has been released from the tutelage of their Master, the Master shall hold all responsibility for their actions both good and ill.
-This Consilium respects the affiliations and Oaths of the Cabal.
-This Consilium recognizes that each Cabal shall conduct its own business, accept and eject members, keep their own secrets, and claim rights and territory before the Council.
-Members of the Cabal are expected to patrol their territory and keep it safe from Abyssal incursion and other threats to the Consilium. When necessary a Cabal may Petition the Council for additional assistance when expelling a threat from their territory. Claimed territory may be questioned or rescinded in the face of lack of resources, aptitude, or will to maintain it.
-The Consilium shall make allowances for the punishment of Cabal specific infractions by a member against their Cabal, as prescribed by the Protocols of that Cabal. Under no circumstance shall these punishments themselves violate the Lex Magica.
-No Cabal shall transport any member outside of this Consilium’s jurisdiction for the purpose of circumventing the Lex Magica in their punishment.
-This Consilium respects the affiliations and Oaths of the Orders.
-This Consilium recognizes that each Order shall conduct its own business, accept and eject members, keep their own secrets, and claim rights and territory before the Council.
-Members of the Order are expected to patrol their territory and keep it safe from Abyssal incursion and other threats to the Consilium. When necessary an Order may Petition the Council for additional assistance when expelling a threat from their territory. Claimed territory may be questioned or rescinded in the face of lack of resources, aptitude, or will to maintain it.
-The Consilium shall make allowances for the punishment of Order specific infractions by a member against their Order. Under no circumstance shall these punishments themselves violate the Lex Magica.
-No Order shall transport any member outside of this Consilium’s jurisdiction for the purpose of circumventing the Lex Magica in their punishment.
Article X: Amendments and Precedent
Amendments can be assigned to this Charter to add to, alter or remove portions.
-The amendment must be approved by a majority vote of the Ruling Council.
-Amendments, once created and affirmed, shall have the full binding force of the original document.
Decisions made by the Council and the Hierarch will be recorded into Precedent for all to study and review.
This charter was altered from a charter by The Thearchs of the Azure Totem Consilium, particularly Amy, Ben, and Camille.