Archmage of Spring
Archmage is an Imperial title bestowed upon a magician by the members of the Imperial Conclave. There are six archmages; one for each of the magical realms. They serve as a focal point for ritualists of that realm, as well as helping to guide the use of the Conclave's resources. The six archmages match the six realms into which magic is divided. Where the influence of a grandmaster is primarily political, the archmages are responsible for attending to the magical business of the Conclave. They are assumed by the Senate, the Military Council, foreign dignitaries and eternals alike to be well-versed in the capabilities and lore of their Realm. The archmages are often seen as the public faces of the Conclave; they are the individuals most likely to be consulted by other Imperial bodies when they wish to know what magical possibilities exist.
Each archmage is addressed by their title and the name of the Realm of magic they stand for - commonly in the form Rosmaund, Archmage of Spring or Archmage Fabiene of Spring. The title archmage comes originally from Urizen, a development of the title mage.
The Archmage of Spring is responsible for attending to the magical business of the Conclave, and bears powerful tools to help them do so. They represent the Empire to the eternals of the Spring realm, and vice versa. They also work with magicians versed in the lore of Spring magic to expand the Empire's understanding and power in that realm, and employ it to the advantage of Imperial citizens.
Archmage of Spring
The Archmage of Spring has the legal powers common to the Archmages. They can address the Conclave; accept a formal parley with Spring eternals; and advise the magistrates as the recognised master of Spring magic;
Regalia of Spring
In common with the other Archmages, the Archmage of Spring has legal ownership of three powerful magic items that make up the regalia of the Archmage. These include the Staff of Spring which greatly enhances the bearer's prowess with Spring ritual magic; the Emerald Chain of Aesh that can reduce the magnitude of a Spring ritual; and the Belt of the Fountain which can allow multiple covens from the same nation to cooperate in the performance of a single Spring ritual.
The appointment, replacement, or removal of the Archmage of Spring is made by Declaration of candidacy as part of a Conclave session. A candidate can be presented for the post of archmage only once a season, and the title can be held by any Imperial citizen.
The Archmage of Spring serves until they are replaced by another magician using the Declaration of Candidacy. As a title in the Conclave, an archmage cannot be revoked.
|Arhallogen||Survival, adaptation, poison|
|Irra Harah||Youth, struggle, the weak|
|Llofir||Fungus, rot, decay|
|Ossegrahn||Healing, life, fresh water|
|Siakha||Storms, destruction, predators, the sea|
|Yaw'nagrah||Fertility, life, Chaotic diversity|
The Eternals of Spring
The Archmage of Spring is the Empire's formal representative to the inhabitants of the Spring realm, and often serves as a go-between when those eternals wish to communicate with the Empire. Most eternals will treat the archmage as a peer - although that can mean very different things for different eternals. One of the most potent abilities the Archmage of Spring possesses is the power of plenipotentiary, allowing them to communicate with eternals from their realm and potentially arranging a parley. A list of previous plenipotentiary results can be found here
Of all the Archmages, the Archmage of Spring may be said to have the most difficult job when dealing with the eternals of the Spring realm. More than any other realm, the concerns and attitudes of the Spring eternals are often alien to mortal sensibilities, and tend to be at odds with the requirements of a civilised nation.
The Archmage of Spring is often in a good position to present declarations of amity and enmity to the Imperial conclave when relations between the Empire and an eternal need to be formalised. Indeed, more than any other Imperial title, the Archmage benefits from cultivating an awareness of the relationships between the inhabitants of the Spring Realm and Imperial citizens. The current status of the Spring eternals with an interest in the Empire can be found here.
|Winter Solstice 381YE||Dawn||Ser Fabienne De Miel|
|Summer Solstice 381YE||Volfe of Ashenhall|
|Winter Solstice 380YE||The Marches||Rosamund Holt|
|Autumn Equinox 379YE||Alcuin Shatterspire|
|Autumn Equinox 378YE||Urizen||Iulian Shatterspire|
|Winter Solstice 376YE||Kallendar Stormcrow|
This title is currently held by Ser Fabienne De Miel; it can be reelected at any summit by a declaration of candidacy. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.