It was at this meeting that the Law was born. The Seven became the
Council, able to dispense life or death to lesser kindred through the
Sigils. To the earlier rules of the Pact, were added the powers of the
Court, and most of the other features of the modern Law.
The Court was conceived of as an annual meeting place, where deals could
be made and differences resolved. No formal structures were created. There
was no judge or jury, not least because no-one could agree on who should
take on such a role. Mortals may think that this was a major oversight,
but the Law was so simple, and events likely to be so straightforward,
that there was really no need for such formality.
In the time since the Great Convocation, the scene in London has changed a
great deal. Almost immediately Henry began to undermine the power of the
Council and attempt to set himself up as King. He did this both by arguing
that in order for everyone's safety to be ensured there must be a strong
leader. He played on the weaknesses of the Law, particularly the absence
of any enforcement, and tried to make the weaker kindred believe that he
would champion them against the entrenched power of the Council.