Schism War

The Schism War is the name given to one of the most important (and traumatic) periods in the history of the Order of Hermes.

House Diedne, which at the time was by far the largest House in the Order, was a non-Latinate House, comprised mainly of magi from the Druidic traditions of Brittania and Normandy. Tensions slowly mounted between Diedne and the other Houses, owing in large party to Diedne's secretive nature and their adherence to their own customs and culture. Although most of the early Covenants in the Order of Hermes were single-House (that is, all its members were Flambeau or Bonisagus, for example), Diedne covenants were not only adamant about not allowing magi of other Houses to join, but were also very restrictive with their visitors.

Over time, rumours began to circulate about the reasons for Diedne's secrecy; one of the most prevalent was that Diedne used human sacrifice to fuel their rituals. By the end of the tenth century, many magi had begun to declare Wizard's War on Diedne magi (often "ganging up" on them, so that several magi would declare Wizard's War on one Diedne at the same time). The escalation of Wizard's Wars and impromptu Marches forced the cancellations of many regional Tribunals, which effectively ended any hopes of a peaceful resolution to the conflicts. House Tremere declared Wizard's War en masse on House Diedne in 1010, and were quickly joined by Houses Flambeau and Jerbiton.

The Primus of House Guernicus called for an Emergency Grand Tribunal to be held in 1010 instead of the regular Grand Tribunal scheduled for 1011, which was quickly agreed to by the Primi of Houses Bonisagus and Mercere. In a narrow vote, House Diedne was cast out of the Order entirely, and all of its members had been Marched by 1017.

Even after the end of the Schism War, there were rumors that some Diedne magi had escaped and were given refuge in other Houses (primarily Merinita, which was sympathetic to Diedne at the time; Bjornaer, which had withdrawn to Crintera for the duration, and ex Miscellanea were also believed to have done so).

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