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Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:03:49 PM »
Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science

Wyrdwood Academy is one of the oldest wizard colleges in Serendipity. It is known for magical research that is groundbreaking, dangerous, and unethical. Because the school has graduated generations of highborn mages, from well-connected families, most are content to overlook such unseemly allegations. Its ultimate goal is to produce peerless mage-knights, and vaunt Serenian culture to its rightful place of dominance. The old guard cherish it, though Wyrdwood has clashed with the Order of the Moon and more progressive nobles. The school is fiercely competitive and patriotic. It loves draconian rules, slavish adherence to tradition, and cruel hazing.

(The goal is a wizard school filled with reckless experiments and oddball traditions. But I want to make it very easy to get involved, and open to collaboration. It can sponsor adventurers, be the alma mater of a mage-character, or a player in political intrigue.)

Membership

Serenian mages make up the bulk of the school. Still, non-magical adventurers and visiting scholars have worked their way into the Academy.

Apprentices: Wyrdwood students, ages 13 to 21, are mostly drawn from old mage-families. Still, talented slaves and peasants are often admitted for the sake of new blood. Noble or common, they are stuffed into the same overcrowded dormitories, made to wear the same starchy blue robes, and given the same out-of-style haircuts. Apprentices are left to express their individuality and worth through raw talent.

Fellows: Graduates, junior teachers, and wealthy donors are Fellows. They can walk the grounds, visit the libraries, and conduct research under supervision of a Magister. Most underclassmen are taught by Fellows.

Magisters: Wizards recognized as masters of their craft are Magisters. They oversee teaching and experimentation. The Magisterium, their collective body, votes on matters of school policy and leadership. Most are old, crafty, and mired in petty intrigues.

Campus

Wyrdwood is a small, early-age castle built into the scrubby hills of northwestern serendipity. Its courtyard houses the the Wyrdwood, a gnarly old apple tree covered in eldritch carvings. According to legend it was grown from the cuttings of a since-incinerated world tree. Its towers are a maze of vast libraries, cramped bunks (smaller students sometimes sleep in drawers), and hidden menageries. Magic is incorporated into its very architecture, and corridors are rearranged each semester. The Lyceum houses libraries and lecture halls on the lower floors. The Attics, a euphemism for Wyrdwood’s three towers, are for dormitories and offices. The Vaults are a network of caverns beneath the school used for experimentation and spellwork.

The Academy loves to showcase its magical excess. Flocks of overdue library books soar through its constantly rearranging corridors, though tardy students are made to sweep and mop.

Student Life

Most students are sent to Wyrdwood by virtue of family connections. Its not uncommon for junior instructors who are either unlucky, or passionate about education, to wander the countryside and slave markets in search for promising talent. Most begin their 8 year stints in early adolescence. Life at Wyrdwood is strictly regimented and the smallest details down to lunch and attire are micromanaged by persistent enchantments. Truly clever pupils will find ways around them, after all, and those inclined to follow rules are best suited to taking orders.

Course of Study: All students are schooled in the fundamentals of elemental magic, life magic, and metamagical principles. Upperclassmen are officially apprenticed to a Magister, or Fellow Magician, to develop their unique talents.

Culture: Wyrdwoodians are fiercely competitive and accustomed to fighting for accolades and attention. With each year and trial come new perks and privileges; older students perpetuate the pranks and hazing they endured the previous year (as gestures of affection, of course). Just the same, Wyrdwoodians form close friendships as a consequence of the shared ordeal. And upperclassmen do take little ones under their wing. Traditions at the Academy include:
  • Midsummer Masters: A chess tournament where underclassmen, not off for the summer term, are miniaturized and made to fight as the pieces.
  • Vaulting: Thrill-seeking students sneak into the Vaults, pilfering magical oddities for bragging rights. There’s talk of a race of blind fish people (transformed students? dimensional interlopers?), a wish-granting mirror, and an undead wyrm.

Room and Board: Wyrdwoodians are quartered based on age, sex, and standing. A bright girl in Year Eight might get a tower-top; ten boys in Year One will simply be crammed into a bunk. All pupils are given a set of starchy, azure robes. Stoles, gilded sleeves, and personal staves are awarded for advancement. Upperclassmen seated near the high table dine on roast game from Wyrdwood’s preserve; underclassmen near the kitchens enjoy blanched greens and porridge.

Departments, Clubs, & Committees

Within Wyrdwood are numerous departments, committees, and fraternities. For every school of magic Wyrdwood has a practitioner. Elementalism is the favored craft, though it has pioneered the art of Soulshaping. Divination is banned for being the stuff of charlatans and primitives; a wizard determines his own fate, and the gyrations of elemental particles are inherently unpredictable. Key factions are listed below, but many others exist:

Blue Ribboned Basilisks: The Blue Ribbons are devoted to the art of wizardly dueling. Mostly it’s a social club for rowdy young mages with a penchant for destructive pranks. Still, it’s responsible for many lifelong friendships, petty rivalries, and society weddings.

The Broken Seal: Officially, the Broken Seal is devoted to studying the nature of the soul and afterlife. Its members are hand-picked and sworn to secrecy. It funds itself through the creation of golems and magical artifice. No one has officially asked if infusing soulstuff to steel is so different from necromancy. No one wants to know.

The Reliquary: The Reliquary is responsible for archaeology expeditions, and the catalog of magical anomalies, and fantastic beasts. It is very open to outsiders and new ideas. It openly consorts with unsavory adventurers and mercenaries.
Guilds:
Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science

Events:
The Midnight Harvest

Characters:
Ewan ap Rhys - Once a great sorcerer, now a small boy
Colby mac Arryn - Farm boy, prankster
Duke Blackthorn - Duke of Dawn and Dusk, Warden of Weal and Woe, and all-around evil faerie
Kai Wilding - A charming young hero, who turns into a donkey
"Kaliam" - Magically conjoined apprentices
Maergath - Professor of Soulshaping, and angry, hateful wizard
Narlis Thordane - Hero for hire, proud and unrepentant scumlord
Wylie Wyndham - Rebellious Lord, Daemonologist

Online Eckhart_Von_Musel

Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 08:41:22 AM »
Signing up Susie Rainfeather as a first year student! 

Also, is it possible for me to have my politician, Mr. Fiegenbaum, as a donor? That would open up some fun plots for him.


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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 09:57:38 PM »
Awesome! I'll toss her on the list.

Fiegenbaum as a patron could be very interesting. How would you like to move forward with it? If you'd be interested in threading with Maergath I'd be willing. Off the top of my head there are two approaches we could take:
1) Amitai has some specific interest in a project at the school, perhaps of an illegal nature. He's meeting with Maergath or some other magister to gain access.
2) For all the gold Amitai's given the Academy offers him a dinner. None of the Magisters like him or care to go. Maergath owes someone a favor and gets stuck at dinner.

Obviously these are just seeds if you want to expand on them.
Guilds:
Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science

Events:
The Midnight Harvest

Characters:
Ewan ap Rhys - Once a great sorcerer, now a small boy
Colby mac Arryn - Farm boy, prankster
Duke Blackthorn - Duke of Dawn and Dusk, Warden of Weal and Woe, and all-around evil faerie
Kai Wilding - A charming young hero, who turns into a donkey
"Kaliam" - Magically conjoined apprentices
Maergath - Professor of Soulshaping, and angry, hateful wizard
Narlis Thordane - Hero for hire, proud and unrepentant scumlord
Wylie Wyndham - Rebellious Lord, Daemonologist

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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 06:17:01 AM »
Thanks! I'm also going to be making a professor, I'll post him here when he's done.

I really like both ideas, maybe we could combine them? He learns of this project while at dinner?


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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2018, 10:26:00 AM »
Throwing out Patrick Motsi for a Magister position! He's an elemental master with power over wind and earth.
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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2018, 09:16:02 PM »
@Eckhart_Von_Musel I think combining them could work well, especially since their interests might just happen to Serendipitously intersect. Did you want to get the ball rolling or wrap up some of our other stuff first?

@SilverDragonsBlood Added Patrick. He looks like a lot of fun. A Magister with an interest in education, and a more peaceful nature, brings some nice balance. Also an elf with a mullet.

Another more general idea I had was a party of students exploring the vaults on a dare. I usually gripe and warn against the evils of large-scale D&D adventures fizzling... but it might end up fun.
Guilds:
Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science

Events:
The Midnight Harvest

Characters:
Ewan ap Rhys - Once a great sorcerer, now a small boy
Colby mac Arryn - Farm boy, prankster
Duke Blackthorn - Duke of Dawn and Dusk, Warden of Weal and Woe, and all-around evil faerie
Kai Wilding - A charming young hero, who turns into a donkey
"Kaliam" - Magically conjoined apprentices
Maergath - Professor of Soulshaping, and angry, hateful wizard
Narlis Thordane - Hero for hire, proud and unrepentant scumlord
Wylie Wyndham - Rebellious Lord, Daemonologist

Offline SilverDragonsBlood

Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2018, 06:00:24 AM »
That sounds like a lot of fun! I have two other students in the works right now (a 21-year-old and a 17-year-old). Definitely interested in exploring the vaults X)
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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2018, 06:54:16 AM »
Finished him! Meet Alabaster Zinc, Magister of disenchantment! I believe I told you on discord last night, but I have another teacher in the works as well- a hag who teaches black magic. I'll probably start on her tonight.

I could start a thread with Fiegenbaum, yeah! I'll be on vacation in New York over the weekend, so I'll probably write the opener next week.

(Vault exploring sounds like a blast btw, count me in!)


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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2018, 09:07:22 AM »
My second student! Brendan Chase is looking forward to joining Wyrdwood.
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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2018, 12:12:53 PM »
Finally done! Finished her in the car on the way to NYC.

Meet Maggie Fen-Breath, magister of black magic!


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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2018, 10:29:15 PM »
I have an apprentice for the school: Meet Taig Harnas!

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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2018, 02:34:49 PM »
@Eckhart_Von_Musel @SilverDragonsBlood @emeraldknight

Awesome! I added everybody's new characters. So happy everyone is so enthusiastic.

With respect to exploring the vaults I'll try and get something set up in the next week. I have an underclassman (second year) I'm working on right now. I suppose he, Susie, Eleanor, and Taig might be the best candidates? Maybethey all tried to join the Blue Ribbons to make friends or some-such? But wound up thrashed and humiliated. One of them hears an old myth about a wish-giving mirror in the vaults? We can always work on the exact premise if that's not to your liking.
Guilds:
Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science

Events:
The Midnight Harvest

Characters:
Ewan ap Rhys - Once a great sorcerer, now a small boy
Colby mac Arryn - Farm boy, prankster
Duke Blackthorn - Duke of Dawn and Dusk, Warden of Weal and Woe, and all-around evil faerie
Kai Wilding - A charming young hero, who turns into a donkey
"Kaliam" - Magically conjoined apprentices
Maergath - Professor of Soulshaping, and angry, hateful wizard
Narlis Thordane - Hero for hire, proud and unrepentant scumlord
Wylie Wyndham - Rebellious Lord, Daemonologist

Offline SilverDragonsBlood

Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2018, 03:25:43 PM »
I have Clarissa Wolff here!

She's a graduate who is now head of a coven of sorts of Wyrdwood graduates and last year students who have decided to go the route of mage-knight. I'll post the information page on the coven/group here once I have it up. I'll be adding to it and everyone else is free to as well!
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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2018, 08:00:56 PM »
Finished it faster than I thought I would!

The Knights' Coven is dedicated to training primarily the graduates of Wyrdwood who decided to continue on the path towards becoming a mage-knight. Though, those not affiliated with Wyrdwood may be allowed to join.
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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2018, 10:19:13 AM »
Okay, I love this school, so I can't help myself X)

Another magister! Meet Keeler Quevedos! He's a professor of bestiary with a dragon as a best friend. If you want a field trip or some outdoor experience with animals, he's your guy.
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My Guilds:
Winter Winds
Little Birdies
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My Gang:
The Silence

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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2018, 07:13:54 PM »
I made a new student! Meet Lulu Von Grimmelshausen, fourth year student!


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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2018, 09:04:10 PM »
Unapologetically in love with this school X)

Kimberly Sanel is a professor of primal magic with blood rituals/weaving as her specialty.
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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2018, 10:34:33 AM »
Jacqueline Cleary is a 19-year-old elemental mage, not so thrilled with being at the school.
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My Gang:
The Silence

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Re: Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2018, 05:27:48 PM »
Whew. I've got everyone added!

I did want to highlight that if anyone wants to play an ambitious or put-upon teacher that most of the teaching at Wyrdwood is likely done by Fellows. In my head I imagine magisters mostly instruct upperclassmen or pursue their own research. I've been mulling over whether or not the position is equivalent to "professor" or something more akin to a department head or dean...

Now that I've got my student(s), Kaliam, created I'll start working on a thread to coordinate the Vaulting event.
Guilds:
Wyrdwood Academy of Arcane Science

Events:
The Midnight Harvest

Characters:
Ewan ap Rhys - Once a great sorcerer, now a small boy
Colby mac Arryn - Farm boy, prankster
Duke Blackthorn - Duke of Dawn and Dusk, Warden of Weal and Woe, and all-around evil faerie
Kai Wilding - A charming young hero, who turns into a donkey
"Kaliam" - Magically conjoined apprentices
Maergath - Professor of Soulshaping, and angry, hateful wizard
Narlis Thordane - Hero for hire, proud and unrepentant scumlord
Wylie Wyndham - Rebellious Lord, Daemonologist

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