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The Mages' Accord

The Mages' Accord was engraved into a stone monolith, as are all treaties agreed by the members of the Three Kingdom Alliance: Camelot, Oksal and Noravägen.   Most of the document records charges that these nations wish to bring against the mages, particularly regarding their lust for power and wanton destruction. The last sections of the treaty agree that the three countries will not criminalise magic if all practising mages form and join a self-regulatory body within 5 years. Its terms also specify how they will ratify and monitor this organisation's activities.

Purpose

It was formulated to regulate magic use and curb the supreme power of the mages. The Kingdom of Camelot was in its infancy, and all efforts to settle or rebuild were quashed by warring mages. They didn't recognise aether-ignorant nations as legitimate and treated anything in their territories as their own property, including the people living there.

Document Structure

Clauses

First Matter

Introduces the signatories and their countries, as well as the mages who they agree have caused the most harm to the peace. This was decided in a cross-nation tribunal held before the Accord was written and ratified. It lists all the charges brought against mages in general and those levied at individuals. Serves as a summary of the court proceedings.     

Second Matter

The famous ultimatum: enforce common law and good practise amongst mages or face the consequences. Tangibly, this meant setting up a law enforcement organisation specifically for mages with the supervision of the already existing courts. These results would be reported to the three rulers concerned and discussed. They can independently let mages continue to practise or criminalise them.    Each country gives its own stipulations on how what punishments a mage would face, should magic become a criminal offence. This includes degrees of severity, types of spells, and intent. Noravägen, notably, has the least severe retaliation to such offences and specifies their "their penance will be paid in their beasts' blood" - meaning Klöka always carry a responsibility to assist hunters in killing their creations.     

Third Matter

Primarily a list of signatures. These include the main rulers concerned, but also local legislators, fellow mages, prominent guilds, scholars and legal officials. The vow for the three nations to remain allies is renewed here, along with their allegiance to the people.

Caveats

If aether-gifted fail to legislate themselves through a recognised body, the three signatories will put laws in place to ban magic entirely. They set up a regulatory organisation for all mages by 235.

Publication Status

The Mages' Accord was engraved into stone monoliths, much like all agreements formed under the Alliance's authority. These records are kept with The Union Stones and easily available to the public for utmost diplomatic transparency.   These particular sets of monuments have been the target of the aether-gifted counter cultures who found the terms an indication of further prosecution. Over the years, the Mages' Accord has been reconstructed numerous times in the aftermath of co-ordinated vandalism attempts. Though the Union Stones are guarded by Pact Wardens specifically for this purpose, it remains one of the most popular agreements visitors hunger to destroy.

Legal status

The Institute of Wizards was founded for this purpose, so in Camelot, wizards aren't persecuted. Since Wiccan refuse to join the institute, they are deemed illegal.   In Noravägen, the rules are more ambiguous, since many rely on their help to survive beast attacks or to safely journey into the Northern Beastwilds. As a result, Klöka evade the terms easily. Neither do the legislators in Fristadt concern themselves with their presence too much if they provide aid more than harm.   In Oksal, the mages refused to submit their powers to a single, corruptible authority. In 235, a bitter civil war began between the mages and Oksal authorities. In 241, a religious leader known as Ira stopped the fighting and established The Heart of Ira as the primary power. Ever since, magic has become the enemy of both belief and the state.

Historical Details

Legacy

This treaty tipped the balance between mages and the aether-ignorant, marking an end to the magiocracies of the past - at least in human territories. It has led more conflict and the ultimate dissolution of the mage community, now divided into wizards, wiccan and the outcasts who joined neither.   At the time, the Mages' Accord was a major step forward. Those unable to defend themselves against arcane onslaughts had their rights and voices heard. In modern times, it's seen as the groundwork for future oppression against the aether-gifted, especially in nations like Oksal. It's because of terms like these that Altijara has yet to join the Alliance.
Type
Treaty, Diplomatic
Medium
Stone
Authoring Date
226
Ratification Date
230
Location
Signatories (Organizations)

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