A conspiracy against King Roger II formed in 249 HE. The conspiracy was headed by Prince Baird, the king's younger brother who wanted the throne for himself. They kidnapped Gareth of Conté, the king's only child, and would have sold him into slavery if they were not stopped by Sabine of Macayhill and Rebakah Cooper.
- Members of the conspiracy kidnapped Prince Gareth to sell him into slavery.
- Lazamon of Buckglen, the Lord High Chancellor of Mages was murdered by the conspiracy after his capture so he wouldn't share important details.
- Corus is put on lockdown. Nobles and mages are not permitted to enter the city, and those nobles and mages who try to leave are turned away. Common people are allowed to leave, but they are inspected closely by soldiers. Herds are searched as they come in the gates.
- Hereward of Genlith is put in charge of the Tortallan royal palace while the king is in the Summer Palace.
- All those who are presently living in the palace are forbidden to leave, and those who left days before are ordered back.
- Due to the death of the Lord High Chancellor of Mages, the First Priest of the Mithrans and the Eldest Daughter are put in charge of all things magical.
Members of the Conspiracy
Royals and nobles
- Baird of Conté
- Dewin of Queensgrace, a count
- Aeldra of Queensgrace, the countess
- Graeme of Aspen Vale, a baron
- Elyot of Aspen Vale, younger brother of Baron Graeme, a powerful mage
- Thanen of Halleburn, kinsman of Sabine of Macayhill
- Nomalla of Halleburn, daughter of Thanen, a Knight of Tortall. Defected against the conspiracy and allied herself with Rebakah Cooper and Lady Sabine later.
- Lazamon of Buckglen, the former Lord Chancellor of Mages in Corus, murdered by other conspirators after his capture
- Ironwood of Sinthya, King Roger's personal mage who joined the conspiracy presumably because of the proposed legislation that would restrict mages
- Dolsa Silkweb, an extremely powerful mage
- Orielle Clavynger, Queen Jessamine's personal mage who joined the conspiracy presumably due to the proposed legislation that would restrict mages
- Matthias Tunstall, turned coat while staying with Count Dewin and Lady Aeldra
- A bunch of men from Aspen Vale and various other fiefs that committed treason