The Hermetic Wild West
The Covenant of Savannah was, once, one of the most powerful covenants in the American south, and was effectively the north American capitol of House Verditius.
Capitalizing on the seaport on the Savannah river, along with extensive plantation holdings growing crops of cotton, silk, and indigo, the Savannah covenant was dramatically wealthy, and operated an immense trade network stretching across the Atlantic, into the Caribbean, and all up the Atlantic seaboard. All of this was, of course, to supply the covenant’s thirteen Verditius magi with the exotic raw materials they needed for their projects.
The Savannah covenant was so powerful, that the city’s mundane government was, essentially, an extension of the covenant, with politicians, merchants, industrialists, and others being treated, effectively, as custodes. As a result, the magi of Savannah felt no hesitation in providing amazing magical items to improve the city in countless ways. Savannah became the jewel of the south, drawing tourists with impossible, magically-constructed architecture, flying ships, magical lighting at night, climate control in public spaces during the hot months of summer, devices to repel the mosquitos of the marshes, and endless other civic works.
The lab-intensive nature of Savannah’s magi ensured a close relationship with The Louisiana Priory, who provided Gifted slaves to work as lab assistants, while more mundane slaves toiled the immense plantation estates for the greater wealth of the covenant.
Nowadays, the Savannah covenant is held up, somewhat unfairly, as the cause and instigator of the Hermetic Civil War in America. So tied were they to the politics of the state of Georgia, that the covenant offered magical support and armaments to any secession, and necessary military action, that would enable them to maintain their current lifestyle. When Georgia did seceed, and violence broke out at Fort Sumter, the many minor magical items in the hands of the southern militias were decisive.
The Savannah covenant actively supported the south through a steady flow of magical items during the civil war. Unlike other southern covenants, however, their magi never participated in active battlefield magic. As a result, somewhat ironically, the Savannah covenant survived the war, and the subsequent Hermetic trials and purges, as the only charges the Tribunal could make stick were “dealing with mundanes to the detriment of their sodales” (although some quaesitoris pushed hard for “endangering the Order” charges, which did, in fact, stick to the leading echelon of Savannah’s magi).
The Savannah covenant was never ransacked. Savannah itself avoided any significant battles during the war. Many of the magical wonders that made it a marvel have, however, been dismantled, the vis needed to maintain many of them being given over in crippling war reparations. The covenant today is run by those Verditius who were newly-gauntleted magi, former enslaved lab assistants, or apolitical lab rats that managed to avoid significant charges of Hermetic crime. Their plantations and other mundane resources are in flux with the abolition of slavery, and they are but a shadow of what they once were.