Andorra Customs


The old original Charter of Andorra has some strange language. The modern covenant operates according to a system of by-laws, many times more expansive and comprehensive than the original charter and old laws. However, the by-laws and new codes get their force and authority from that old original charter.

All I am really getting at is that there are old goofy archaic titles that no body uses anymore.


The Ancient Charter mandates the role and responsibilities of a Pontifex, which shall be considered an Office for the purpose of these Resolutions. The charter further mandates the election of Artifex, Inquisitor, Marshal, and Warden. These Resolutions further mandate election of Herald, Librarian, and Treasurer.


A Master who holds the title of Pontifex is also considered to hold the Office of Pontifex. Unlike other officers, a Pontifex cannot resign or be voted out. However, they can yield authority if truly desired or firmly requested. Also, unlike other offices, there may be multiple pontifici and they are not elected to the position by the general council. However, only one shall wield the responsibly at any given time for any given circumstance. The exact division of labor is decided upon by the pontifici, be it to serve terms in rotation or divide specific responsibility. This not to be seen as a position of privilege, and unless they are in their dotage, a pontifex is expected to fill a regular office as an Archbishop if necessary (that is to say, a Pontifex is expected to also serve in another office if needed, exempt if they are old and infirm).

The duties of a Pontifex are to represent the covenant in matters of governance and temporal concerns, attend regular meetings and keep order in meetings, act as the covenant's representative in diplomatic matters, see to it that the other officers are enabled in their duties, and regulate the administration of covenant resources. As with any office, a Pontifex must give a quarterly report of activity and accountability, and shall heed resolutions of the council. A Pontifex shall not act with authority to rule on matters on the covenant's behalf. Instead, their duty shall be to enforce the rulings and resolutions of this council. If a Pontifex is unable to fulfill duties because of emergency, the Council of Masters may elect one of their number to serve pro-tempore as a Disceptator. A Pontifex may also appoint a Master to assist in a specific function as a Vicar (one who serves as a vicarious substitute).


The Artifex is charged with the duty of cataloging and maintaining the covenant's supply of enchanted items and their lab texts. They are to see that our grogs are well armed and equipped, that the covenant's staff of craftsmen serves the needs of the members, and to manage the provision of other enchantments as are needed. Pertaining to enchanted items of communal property, the Artifex has the discretion of what shall be distributed or available, what needs further investigation, and what must be safely set aside and secured. The Artifex may appoint deputies to assist him in the roles of Quartermaster, Technical Designer, or Technical Assistant.


The Inquisitor is charged with the maintenance of Law and Order amongst the members of this covenant. They have the duty of investigating apparent or suspected breaches of the rules of this covenant or the Code of Hermes, as committed by or upon the members of this covenant or within or upon the jurisdiction thereof. They are to present their findings to the council, suggest a course of action, and make a case for that suggestion; be it prosecution, defense, further investigation, dismissing the matter, etcetera. The covenant recognizes that our unique Tribunal status leaves our members vulnerable to harassment, so the Inquisitor is also responsible to investigate and assist in matters when our members find themselves embroiled in legal matters abroad. If ever the burden becomes to complex for a single officer, the duties may be split in twain between an Inquisitor of the Interior and Inquisitor of the Exterior, or even an Inquisitor for a specific investigation of importance. An Inquisitor may deputize whomever they need to.


The Marshal is charged with the duty of managing the covenant's armed forces. They are to make sure they are provided the armaments and equipment required, the training and development they need, and are provided the wages and benefits of their services. The Marshal shall defer to the grog captains and turb sergeants in the areas of leadership and discipline, but the Marshal shall have authority in terms of strategy and tactics and are responsible for the leadership and discipline of these subordinate grog officers. The Marshal is also granted discretion in many other military matters. The Marshal may appoint other members to assist him as Deputy Marshals.


The Warden is charged with the duty of maintaining and managing the covenant's physical and mystical defenses and is responsible for our physical security. This office may held by a single Master, or duties may be divided in twain as Warden of the Profane and Warden of the Arcane. A Warden may appoint another member magus of the council to assist her as a Junior Warden.


The Herald is charged with the duty to facilitate and maintain the covenant's communication with the Order outside the covenant. This involves working closely with the Redcaps of Mercere, especially those stationed at this covenant. It also includes maintaining contact with other Redcap hubs, and maintaining correspondences with other covenants. The Heralds is to make a report on the state of the Order and news of the outside world at each quarterly meeting. The Herald may select any number of assistance in his efforts at maintaining communication and gathering information.


The Librarian is charged with the duty to manage and maintain the covenant's library. This includes the trade and acquisition of texts, maintaining and improving the quality and condition of texts, insuring the covenant is adequately supplied with scribal materials, and that the covenant is adequately staffed in these regards. They may appoint other members to assist as Librarians and call themselves Chief Librarian.


The Treasurer is responsible for the accounting and management of the covenant's mundane and Hermetic wealth, in terms of liquid and real mundane cash assets, and mystical wealth such as supply and stores of vis and magical ingredients & equipment for lab activities. This office may be divided in twain, the Temporal Treasurer and the Arcane Treasurer. A Treasurer may appoint another member of the council to assist them as Secretary Treasurer.

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