Acadamae

The Acadamae is a wizard's college in Los Torres which attracts students from as far away as distant Vatharond. Although it teaches all eight modern schools of magic, it specializes in conjuration, and requires its pupils to pass a difficult exam in conjuration in order to graduate. It is currently run by its headmaster, the powerful Tophas es'Orñelos.

The Acadamae was founded in 1095 NS by Lord Artephius es'Orñelos. It has grown to a small city, supporting its students and faculty without any need for them to leave the grounds. Visitors are not welcome and messengers, and repairs are watched carefully, for fear that the secrets of the school might leave its grounds or that the many wards protecting the outside world from their magic might be damaged.

The students give ten years of their life to become highly talented wizards. The first three years of studies, the students are very much the cheap labor of the staff and the senior students. Two of every ten students at the Acadamae do not survive these first years, being slain by magic traps, wayward spells, or murderous imps, or simply dying from exhaustion or carelessness. The rest then choose a school of specialization, and proceed to their actual studies. The examinations that lead to graduation are dangerous and often fatal. The most impressive graduates usually apprentice themselves to senior faculty, serving as tutors to younger students and continue their studies with the great masters of the school.

The primary building of the Acadamae and one of the largest in all Salvatore is the Hall of Summoning. More than a dozen binding circles throughout the massive structure prevent any sort of catastrophic failure. Other buildings in the complex are the Hall of Seeing, the Hall of Induction, the Hall of Wards, the Hall of Lies, the Hall of Shaping, the Hall of Charms, the Hall of Whispers, the Halls of Crafting, the es'Orñelos Hall, the staff quarters and the student quarters.

One of the Acadamae's greatest traditions is the yearly Breaching Festival, in which students but also adventurers try to prove their skill by breaking into the supposedly impregnable Hall of Wards on campus.

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