The Thaumaturgical Fair in Venice

If there doesn't happen to be a Tribunal that year, Midsummer in Venice hosts a most interesting fair, where magi gather to do trading. (Venice appears to be "neutral ground" amongst magi of the Roman Tribunal.)

Magi are, of course, far too dignified to set up booths like common merchants; few have so many wares as to make such a display worthwhile. Instead, the fair takes the form of a large banquet in a hall with many small alcoves off to the side; Magvillus, Domus Magnus of House Guernicus, owns the space, and considers it useful that it seem occupied more often than every seventh year, when it hosts the Roman Tribunal. Magi spend their time in professional discourse; those with more straightforward goals will even write what they are buying or selling in chalk upon a large slab of slate, to facilitate multi-way exchanges.

Vis is, of course, one of the greatest means of exchange. The Roman Tribunal is the best place to sell vis in all of civilization, and trading goes furiously. (This factor, combined with Italy's central location within the Order, weighs heavily in the choice of Venice for this fair.)

About half of Verdi turns up to these gatherings, seeking to sell their creations or commissions for more. There are usually a number of Tytali present, though they seldom have straightforward motives.

Some notes on vis trading:

Magi trade other things as well. Spells and lab texts are popular, and it is possible to pick up complete laboratories (assembled by apprentices) for cash. One can often find complete grimoires for sale by someone who has decided to compile a group of useful spells together. Verditii, newly arrived from Verdi for the occasion, often know just what you're looking for in the archives of Verdi, though the general consensus on their apparent ignorance of the most advanced enchantments is that it is merely a reflection of their desire for repeat business.

Some Flambeaux, in need of cash or vis, will turn up selling their services as slayers of great beasts, hoping to profit by ending the troubles of young covenants. Many mundane texts trade hands here, and upon occasion, a magus will bring a tome on a particular Art and auction it to the highest bidder.