University of Terra
The Academia Arcana and the Griswulf Polytechnical University were bitter rivals until an invasion lay waste to both schools. Now, they have rebuilt the school in a unique way. They worked together to create a pair of “bridges.” These bridges each connect a dormitory and lower university buildings to a pocket dimension where the Upper University is located. One campus located in Griswulf and another in Uzarel, the campuses combined form the new University of Terra.
The University of Terra aims to provide a balanced curriculum for all it’s students. You are among the first few to attend the University. Can you balance friendships, classes, affiliations and still make time to decide your path in life?
The Academia Arcana was the premier place of thaumaturgical learning and research throughout the Empire. It was known far off in the Gris Republic, a technological powerhouse that stood against the Empire. When the two nations went to war, the school stayed out of it. Though many of it’s students would be drafted to fight, the school never bowed to the Emperor’s pressure to militarize the school. It had just enough clout to keep the Emperor from forcing his way. So it was that the school remained above the war.
In the peace that came afterward, a rival school arose. Griswulf, capital of the Gris Republic chartered it’s own university dedicated to the study and application of technological solutions. This school quickly rose to prominence and became the premier place to learn about technology in the world. A friendly (and sometimes not so friendly) rivalry was sparked between the two schools. This would come to a head during the “White Lily affair”.
The White Lily Faire was a joint endeavor between the two schools to showcase advances in magic and technology and promote peace and cooperation between the nations of Terra. It also celebrated 25 years since the Emperor had been deposed. It isn’t known who started the fire but, by the time all the copied cattle had been herded back into their pen the damage was done. The rivalry had killed the fair that year before it really even started.
It used to be that in order to enter either University, a student had to demonstrate incredible potential and be invited or have enough money to buy their way in. Things are better now but not as much as many would like. The university still has many scouts watching for “talent” but mostly, it is applied to like any other school. The prospective student includes a transcript of their grades if they had previously attending school and letters of recommendation in their application along with the application fee.
Should the application be accepted, the student will receive a letter stating that they are accepted and that they should report to the campus nearest them in order to sign up for classes. At this point, financial considerations will be taken into account. No student is ever turned down because of lack of funds. Then, it’s just a matter of packing your things and moving into the dormitory. All students must live on campus.