Nights on Olympus
There are three basic starting scenarios that you as players may choose from. This choice will determine your startting site, resources, political position and intial storylines.
Your covenent is already poltically established. You have a site with an aura, established buildings, basic lab equipment available and a handful of grogs. You will have some vis sources. (some contested, some not) As well as books that you determine from the covenent creation section of chapter 6.
Just as it sounds. You are all newly released magi preparing to create a covenent. You will start out with the books that you determine from the covenent creation section of chapter 6. In addition you will have leads on several possible sites for a covenent. There may or may not be buildings on those sites and your covenent will not be politically recognized by the tribunal. So there will be more politics to aquire recognition and uncontested vis sources.
Chapter of an Existing Covenent
The covenent would actually be a chapter of an Existing covenent. This would come with access to a greater library as well as political support. However, there will also be obligations to the supporting covenent in order to have those luxuries.