You are at:
The Previous Charter of Severn Temple

From this day forth I agree to honour and obey the following contract. I swear by my art, and by my Oath to uphold the tenets of this agreement. I ask that I be accepted as a magus of good standing while I keep faith to this charter.

Of The Covenant


I swear that I shall protect the covenant of Severn Temple and recognise the rightful authority of lawful council. I will work for my covenants advancement and its good name. I shall never aid my covenants enemies or those who seek harm against my covenant. I will defend my covenant to the best of my ability, I shall never neglect a member of my covenant who requires my aid if I can freely give it. I will not unnecessarily harm or torment the grogs or covenfolk who work within my covenant.

I will abide by the lawful decrees of council to the best of my ability, and never shirk the responsibilities that arise from such decrees. I shall honour and respect each magus who has sworn to this covenant, I shall accept them as my equals while they remain in good standing. I shall never raise my hand or art against my sodalis, as I have sworn, except in just and lawful wizard’s war. I shall not seek to spy or scry upon my sodalis, as I have sworn. I shall perform one season of service to the covenant each year, this service shall be decided by lawful council, and I shall carry out this service to the best of my abilities.

Of Property


I swear that any precious goods, be they monies, treasure, books, art or worth, that I purchase through covenant resources shall belong to the covenant. I swear that any precious goods, be they monies, treasure, books, art or worth, that I obtain as part of my seasons service shall belong to the covenant. I swear that half of any precious goods, be they monies, treasure, books, art or worth, that I obtain in a season when a covenant service is not upon me shall belong to the covenant. If such goods gained under such circumstance cannot be divided equally in half then the balance shall belong to the covenant.

I swear that any magical goods, be they vis, books, potions, artifacts or enchantments that I purchase through covenant resources shall belong to the covenant. I swear that any magical goods, be they vis, books, potions, artifacts or enchantments that I obtain as part of my seasons service shall belong to the covenant. I swear that one third of any magical goods, be they vis, books, potions, artifacts or enchantments that I obtain when a seasons service is not upon me shall belong to the covenant. If such magical goods gained under such circumstance cannot be divided equally into thirds then the balance shall belong to the covenant.

I understand that personal resources, be they magical or mundane, that are lawfully owned by a magus in good standing of this covenant, belong only to that magus. Any goods, be they magical or mundane, that are purchased through personal resources shall entirely remain the lawful property of that magus. Such lawful possessions are not a covenant resource, but council may decree that a magus of good standing give them up if a motion to that punishment is passed. Any personal possessions, be they magical or mundane, that are not lawfully held, belong to the covenant. I shall not infringe the right of any magus to the lawful possession of property.

Of Covenant Property


It is unlawful to take or borrow from the covenant its property without the consent of a motion at lawful council. Lawful council may make grant or loan of precious goods and magical resources, owned by the covenant, to a magus. If the council makes loan of covenant property, council shall also declare when that property shall be returned. If the property loaned to a magus is damaged or lost, or otherwise fails to be returned, then council may decide whether the circumstances of that damage or loss require penalty. If the circumstances are considered poor, then council may require of that magus the replacement of loaned goods within a specified time. If replacement is not possible then council may motion any reasonable alternative penalty. If the council make a grant of covenant property, then that property becomes the lawfully held possession of that magus and may be disposed of as that magus wishes. Council may require that a grant be used for a specific purpose, however, if no specific purpose is explicitly stated at the time the grant is made, council has no power to dictate the disposal of the grant. A magus may petition council for the grant or loan of covenant property by raising an appropriate motion at any session of lawful council.

Of Vis Sites


A vis site is that location or entity which may provide a regular source of vis, as defined in Hermetic Law. Any vis site that is discovered by a magus shall be declared to council and will become the property of the covenant. It is unlawful to claim ownership to a vis site, beyond the authority of council, and it is unlawful to fail to declare a vis site to council. Once a vis site is declared all vis from that site is the property of the covenant. The magus who discovers a new vis site may keep two parts in three of the vis gained from their first visit to that site, providing the site was discovered whilst the magus was not performing a service to the covenant. If the vis gained under such circumstance cannot be divided equally into thirds, the balance shall belong to the covenant.

Of Lawful Council

I shall recognise the authority of lawful council. To be lawful a council shall be quorate; in that more than half the magi who are full and permanent members of this covenant are in attendance, and that, except when a magus cannot be contacted by mundane or magical means, good notice of council session has been given to each magus. Good notice shall be considered a full day or night before the council is to begin session. If a magus does not wish to attend council and has been informed of its time of session, that magus may waive the right to attend council. In this circumstance his absence shall not count against quorate, and he shall waive his right to obstruct or support any motion raised in that session.

A motion raised before council will be considered a lawful decree if a simple majority of the magi present cast their vote in its favour. If a vote requires the unanimous consent of council then all magi of that covenant must be in attendance. In this circumstance any absence shall count against quorate, and if a magus declines to attend their vote will count against unanimity. If a magus cannot be given good notice of a council session, or cannot attend by physical or magical means, then any motion requiring unanimity cannot be passed. Those motions that require unanimous support of council are as follows: Any motion to accept a magus as a full and permanent member of the covenant; any motion that would result in a alteration of this constitution; any motion that would create a treaty, alliance, or state of war between this covenant and another; and any motion that would obligate this covenant to a dedication.

I recognise the right of every magus, who is a full and permanent member of this covenant, to hold and cast one vote at council. Council shall formally meet a minimum of once each season. These sessions shall be at dawn of the first day of each season. No additional notice is required for a magus to attend this meeting. I shall not seek or endeavour to infringe the right of another magus to vote at lawful council, and I shall recognise as equal the vote of each magus.

Of Punishment

I recognise the authority of council to impose the following penalties upon me if a motion to this punishment is passed by lawful council: An additional season or additional seasons of covenant service; a fine of personal vis or appropriate personal goods; or a loss of good standing. It is understood that any punishment decided upon by council shall be appropriate to the misdemeanour of which I am accused. If I am dissatisfied with the decree of council I reserve the right, under Hermetic Law, to bring my case before the Quaesitor.

Of Good standing

Loss of good standing is the maximum penalty that a motion of lawful council can enforce. It is a most serious penalty that may only be delivered by council under the following conditions: The magus has taken an action that has impeached his Oath and broken Hermetic Law; the magus has taken an action that has directly and seriously endangered the covenant or his Sodalis; the magus has flagrantly broken faith with this charter; or the magus has consistently refused to comply with just punishments delivered upon him by lawful council. If a magus has lost his good standing he may not use any covenant possessions, be they magical or mundane, for his studies. Any books or resources that belong to the covenant, that the magus holds, must be immediately delivered to council. The council shall refuse any petition for covenant resources, beyond the barest quantities of food and water, to be granted or loaned to the magus. No covenant resource shall be spent to protect, heal or otherwise aid that magus. The other magi are under no obligation from this charter to protect, heal or otherwise aid that magus.

Any attempt by the magus who has lost good standing, to enter the sanctum of another magus, may freely be interpreted as an act of aggression within Hermetic Law. The covenant shall not seek to protect or lend sanctuary to the magus from his enemies. The magus will be restricted to the confines of the covenant for the duration of his loss of good standing, unless a motion passed by lawful council requests that he do otherwise. The magus shall have no honour or respect paid to him, as he has dishonoured and disrespected the covenant and its council. However, the magus shall still be given good notice of council sessions and may still cast one vote at motions. At the first meeting of each season the council shall review the position of any magus who has lost his good standing. At any of these reviews his good standing may be reinstated by the majority vote of lawful council. If the magus is dissatisfied with the ruling of council in this matter, he has the right, under Hermetic Law, to make appeal to the Quaesitor.

Oath

I recognise that this charter has no authority above the rightful tenets of Hermetic Law. No part of this charter can be used as legal basis for failure to comply with the Quaesitori or the decrees of the Tribunal. This charter has no jurisdiction above Hermetic Justice, and this oath is entirely superceded by my Oath to serve the interests of Order of Hermes.

To this contract I do solemnly swear. I shall honour and respect this charter, this covenant, and my Sodalis in good standing. May my arts fail me if I do otherwise.
 You are at: