Following three assassinations, two attempted assassinations, and one wedding, Dormarion and the party need to do something at a grander scale. Finally fulfilling the promise inherent in the Commonwealth, they set out to write a constitution. And every nation that saw the daggers of Chelish assassins is invited.
A convention is organized in Absalom, widely seen as neutral ground and a befittingly grand location for an event designed to change the world. In attendance are delegates from Andoran, Taldor, Galt, Kyonin, the existing Commonwealth, and a few independent River Kingdoms. On the trip to Absalom, the party becomes suspicious of Lord Irovetti of Pitax, who has long been dogged by rumors that he seized power in his small river kingdom through the use of a magical artifact. However, before the party can act on their suspicions, things get under way. After a brief tour of the city, the delegates are brought to a grand hall in which to conduct their negotiations.
Dormarion opens the event by suggesting that Cheliax's attacks on their heads of state and subsequent aggressions against Andoran have tied their fates together. Cheliax clearly intends to extend their diabolical reach over their old imperial holdings and beyond, and none of these realms can fight them alone. But beyond this, joining together can protect them against future aggression, increase trade, and improve the lives of their citizens. The military point is accepted quickly, but most at the table are skeptical of his later stipulations.
Still, they are at least willing to humor him if it means allies in the coming war against Cheliax. The discussions start with a debate of principles around which their union should operate. The theme of growing together emerges quickly, implying that they can benefit from cooperation but that each is coming from a distinctive history. Some, particularly Andoran and Taldor, still feel that the differences between their cultures needs recognition, and the party is able to portray this as an ideal of diversity. Everyone agrees that their union ought to combat the influence of Hell in the material world, and this becomes their final ideal of combating evil.
After this broad discussion of ideals, they dive into the details. They start with trade policy, since the party expects that to be one of he main selling points of membership in this new expanded Commonwealth. They determine to generally follow principles of free trade, especially between the present realms, trade with realms recognized as evil will be restricted, and the legality of individual goods will be determined by individual realms. A parliament will be formed of representatives sent from each realm, in numbers reflecting the populations of each realm (this last point was popular with Taldor and Andoran, the two most populous realms).
Following this was a discussion of titles, succession, and aristocracy, most of which had the liberal Andorans and Galtan bristling. Of particular concern for them was the decision that Dormarion would be known as High King of the Commonwealth and that this title would be hereditary, although the parliament would have a role in confirming his heir.
After this it was Taldor's turn to grumble, as the discussion turned to slavery. Most of the delegates despised slavery, yet Taldor protested that their economy was heavily dependent upon it. This division threatened to end the discussion entirely, but with Eutropia's help as a forward looking Taldan voice, they were finally able to compromise that slavery would be phased out over the course of three years, with immediate protections being made for the rights and lives of slaves in the interim. In the event that Taldor's economy was threatened, the might of the Commonwealth's magical researchers will be put towards developing cheap constructs and other labor saving devices.
After addressing the issue of slavery, the conference turned to issues of movement and citizenship. The network of elf gates, several of which were already under Commonwealth control, would be administered by a new Portal Authority, led by an elven appointee to assuage Kyonin's worry of losing control of one of their greatest assets. Commonwealth citizenship is extended to all sentient beings who ask for it, although in the case of ogres and the like they will need testimony of their good intentions. Citizens will be allowed largely free migration within the Commonwealth, although migration to a particular realm may be restricted by a waiting period, this to again assuage the elves who feared being outnumbered in their own homeland.
It was around this point that Primarch Gyrr of Absalom appeared in the chamber. Having been informed of the potentially advantageous conference happening in his city, he asked to join the discussions. He voiced a particular interest in the trade and free migration provisions, but showed worry in a revival of the elf gates which might cut his traditional hub of a city out of the regions trade routes. The conference welcomed teh addition of this gem of the Inner Sea, and pledged to find a way to add Absalom into the portal network, perhaps using the old Spire of Nex that still towered over the city. With the potential addition of Absalom to their ranks, the delegates quickly agreed that it should be the capital of their union, given its central location and cultural importance.
The major remaining issue was the army, both in the longer term and how to address the Chelish invasion of Andoran. Each realm showed misgivings about handing too much of their existing military forces over to a central authority, so it was decided that the Commonwealth would create a new standing army, but would have the power to bring half of the realms' soldiers under central command should the Commonwealth be in a state of war.
With these major points hammered out, Lord Irovetti rose as if to speak. The party recognized this as his attempt to seize power, but before they could act he had activated the Rod of Rulership hidden in his cane. Most of the room came under his control, and he began to command that his name be inserted into key places in the constitution. Fortunately, three key players had resisted his influence. Ktihdi leapt over an Andoran ambassador to knock Irovetti out of his chair, but he kept hold of his cane. Dormarion drew his sword and chopped down onto his wrist, but still he held the insidious stick. But just when it looked like the petty king would turn things around, Aldeberan cast a simple spell, and Irovetti's now greasy rod slipped from his grasp. The room was immediately freed from his spell, and his was hustled off to a cell.
Dormarion capitalized on the drama of the moment to argue for a quick ratification, and within minutes all those present had signed the document. With the constitution as official as they could make it, Dormarion concluded the day be declaring: "ladies and gentlemen, we are at war."