|Name||Collejio te Sortilejio (College of Sorcery)|
|Governing Origin(s)||Sorcery (Alchemy, Runes, Mana)|
|Vacultato te Sortilejio||Association||Faculty of the Colejio|
|Alumnato||Fellowship||Students of the Colejio|
|Cavilto te Merochasa te Cremio Artivicatos||Association||Merochasan chapter of the Artificier's Guild|
|Tunicos Asules||Order||Merochasan order of protective mages|
|Concilio te Cuervo Alvino||Order||Council of the Albino Raven: Secretive council of prominent Merochasan mages|
|Resources||9||The Colejio has extensive resources for an omni of its size. It is supported both through its own sources of income (tuition fees and property revenues) and generous grants from the Merochasan civic government and the various mercantile houses.|
|Membership||5||The Colejio currently has over a thousand active members, including retired associates and students.|
|Scope||5||Members and resources are concentrated in the city of Merochas, but the Colejio's reach extends throughout Merochasan lands and trading partners to a lesser extent.|
is primarily independent of any other omnis, although the inclusion of the Merochasan
chapter of the Cremio Artivicatos
provides contact with other omnis in neighboring lands. The relationship between the Guild and
the Colejio is a balanced one - although the Colejio as a whole does not
dictate terms to the Cremio chapter, the dual membership of several prominent
members of the Colejio ensures there are few Guild secrets kept from the Colejio.
In addition, Colejio sponsorship of several professorial seats in Alchemy
gives the Colejio additional influence in Cremio matters.
The subordinate omnis within the Colejio have two major links: first, they are jointly funded through Colejio income, and second, they are primarily led by members of the Concilio te Cuervo Alvino. The sole exception is the Cremio chapter, which is governed by a council of several master alchemists and mystics, only two of which are formal members of the Colejio, and only one of which is a member of the Concilio.
There are few other omnis dedicated to Sorcery. The Colejio does maintain contact with the Belaquini Royal Arcane Society, which includes a small number of Sorcerors, and with the Karatasan Academy of Ascendent Sagacity, with which it has extensive contacts and exchanges (although relations between the two are friendly, they do share everything they know).
is frequently seen as an agent of Merochasan policy, especially in the Riverlands.
In some ways this is very close to the truth. The Colejio does not
pretend to be apolitical - Tunicos Asules routinely operate in concert
with the Rontaria,
an arm of the Merochasan navy, and numerous former students and retired members of the Tunicos
can be found serving in in the Merochasan military or Tropas te Casas.
Additionally, the generous support provided to the Colejio by the civic
government and Casas ensures that many Colejio members are generally sympathetic
to many Merochasan goals and policies.
One would be mistaken, however, to think that either the Consejo Mercantio or the govierno civico can directly control the Colejio or assume its support in any endeavor. Despite its collusion with and open support for Merochas, the Colejio exists for a larger purpose - the advancement of sortilejio and related arcane knowledge in order to better defend against the forces of Unlife in the Jermo (Wastes). The side benefits that such knowledge and resulting power bring - such as being able to help support Merochasan dominance in the region - are precisely that: side benefits. The Concilio te Cuervo Alvino ensures that the primary resources of the Colejio are not diverted from the crucial goals of training and educating new sorcerers to fill the ranks of the Tunicos Asules. Members of the Concilio are only selected if they are both prominant members of the Colejio and devoted supporters of the central mission of the Colejio. So far, not even the formidable influence of the various Casas Crantas has been able to distract the Concilio from its core mission.
Within Merochas, most citizens view the Colejio as one of the preserves of wealth and privelage, in the same class as membership in a Casa Cranta or prominent civic post. Although talented members of the laboring classes are frequently selected to train at the Colejio, the required lengthy service in the Tunicos Asules changes those former working class students, so that they are seldom able (or eager) to return to their former lives once their terms of service are complete. Such talented and highly trained mages can assume very comfortable lives as members of the professional or even privileged classes.
|Renown||9||Among Mages||Highly trained, knowledgeable Sorcerers|
|7||General Populace||Powerful institution, capable of wielding great inflluence|
founded for two primary purposes: first, to train human sorcerers capable
of battling creatures of Unlife arising in the Jermo (Wastes);
second, to develop a tradition of arcane study and power with strong
communal roots. The founders had experienced difficulties arising
from traditional master-apprentice arcane traditions, and had seen arcane
power abused for political ends. The Colejio was envisioned
as a social institution as well as an arcane and educational one, that
would provide a foundation for developing arcane power separate from
The Tunicos Asules fulfill the first purpose. The second purpose, while perhaps not entirely fulfilled according to the vision of the founders, has been realized in some limited ways. Many graduates of the Colejio do see themselves as "above" petty political squabbles, and are thus less tempted to apply their arcane abilities to directly influence mundane affairs. Many graduates also use their powers charitably from time to time, to help their fellow citizens.
The Colejio is not entirely apolitical, however. It is a Merochasan institution, with significant influence in many areas. Its sources of income include lucrative properties both in the city and the campas (countryside), and with that wealth comes the inevitable circus of commerce and intrigue in Merochas. Because of this, the Colejio is inextricably involved in Merochasan politics to some degree. The most that can be said is that the Colejio seldom exercises its arcane powers to directly aggrandize more power or wealth to itself.
|Orientation||Balanced (Vigilant)||Demeanor||Studious, Self-Centered|
is the ultimate arcane power. Other arcane powers are useful, but
their study is best pursued as an adjunct to Sorcerous ability, rather
than as an end in themselves. Sorcery is the power that enabled
Humanity to liberate itself from the dominion of the Hsugga and Aezjarean
overlords, and as such is both a source of arcane ability and Human
Alchemy is a reliable and practical method of gleaning the mystical fruits of Geoza, and its study should be a part of any educated mage.
Runes are a more limited application of Alchemy, but their study has special benefit to those battling Unlife in spirit form, and so has a respected place in the Colejio.
Mana is less reliable than Alchemy, but is potentially very powerful as a source of enchantments. Those with talent for Mana should pursue it, but should not allow its use to hinder their study of Sorcery.
Spiritism is problematic, and although suitable for study by those with superior talent for it, holds some risks for those who lack experience and discipline in their dealings with spirits. For this reason, only specially selected students may study this source of power.
Colejio is actually governed by the Concilio te Cuervo Alvino,
but that group seldom intervenes in day-to-day decisions. The formal
governing body of the
Colejio is the Camara Rectoria (Chamber of
Rectors), the assembled heads of the various etivicios colejial.
Each residence or lecture hall elects its own Rector(a) from the
members of the Vacultato associated with that etivicio.
The Camara makes all decisions regarding the general resources and
policies of the Colejio, but does so with the tacit approval of the
Concilio. Camara decisions are based on a concensus of
present members. Each Rector(a), upon assuming office, is
sworn to secrecy regarding the existence and role of the Consilio.
Few individual Rectores know much about the Consilio, and
fewer still know the identities of any Consilio members. The Consilio
selects a handful of Rectores each term with whom it will
communicate. Again, most day to day decisions of the Camara
are not interfered with - only major decisions of policy or resources
would involve the Consilio's approval.
The Tunicos Asules have their own, more hierarchical structure. Members of the Tunicos sometimes provide specialized instruction to selected students (especially those destined to serve in the Tunicos), but except for the specific coursework involved, have no direct authority over the students. Likewise, although the Tunicos are technically members of the Colejio, decisions made by the Camara are not binding on the Tunicos, unless such decisions are upheld by the Tunicos' own leadership.
The Concilio must approve the appointment of any new members of the Vacultato by a clear majority (i.e. a majority of all members, not just those present). Vacultato seats (catetras) that are supported (wholly or in part) by the government or a Casa are almost always filled with the tacit approval of the supporter(s) in question, but do not have to be (and in a few cases, catetras have been filled over the strenuous objections of sponsors). Nominations for catetras are usually forwarded from the Camara to the Concilio, and decisions regarding nominations are formally announced by the Camara, based on the decisions of the Concilio. This system helps to preserve the secrecy of the Concilio.
are accepted into the Colejio based on the recommendation of
three or more members of the Vacultato (see Initiation,
below). Individual provesores retain
almost complete control over their own courses of instruction. Of
course, since provesores gain income from the tuition they charge
each student, and students are not forced to take instruction from any
given provesor, instruction is generally beneficial to the student.
There are three terms of study each year, each approximately three months in length. Students normally receive instruction from one or at most two provesores each term. Studies tend to be clustered around related subjects, which a given provesor can effectively teach.
Students who apply for honors or graduate status must pass a series of grueling examinations, known as the ensayos. The examining provesores are selected on a rotating basis from among the teaching members of the Vacultato. Once a student has passed the ensayos, he is known as an escolar, and though he remains a member of the alumnato, his status is significantly enhanced. Escolaros generally go on to train in the more advanced elements of alchemy or sorcery, at the Escola te Cimicos or the Escola te Sortilejio. Escolaros who are to serve in the Tunicos Asules attend a special academy, the Acatemia te'os Tunicos Asules (usually just called the Acatemia) where they learn specific sorcerous techniques used in detecting and battling Unlife. The Acatemia is located at Vuert'e Jermo, northeast of Merochas on the Chasega River.
of the Consilio and the Tunicos Asules, there are
four member groups in the Colejio. The most basic group is
the alumnato, those students who have been accepted as students by
the Colejio, but who have not passed the ensayos. The
second group is composed of members of the Cermio Artivacatos,
known as artivicatos (artificiers), cimicos (alchemists), jiervalistas
(herbalists), or mysticos (mystics, also called vrujos).
Those members who are sortilejiatores (sorcerers) may also
be known by that title, but more frequently are called by another title:
sorcerers with no other magical talents are not accepted into the Cermio
(of course, few if any graduates of the Colejio lack training in at
Graduates of the ensayos are known as escolaros (scholars), if they are not members of the Vacultato, which are known as provesores sortilejos or maestros sortilejos (or simply provesor or maestro).
Provesores are the senior group in the Colejio, followed by the escolaros and artivicatos. Escolaros are somewhat senior to artivicatos in the academic setting of the Colejio, but experienced artivicatos are generally given the respect due their experience (especially by practical escolaros, who recognize the need to do business with such individuals outside of the academic setting).
Senior members of the Tunicos Asules are accorded full honors as provesores, even if they do not currently teach in the Colejio. All members of the Tunicos are, of necessity, escolaros, and so are due the respect of that position, as a minimum. In truth, active members of the Tunicos are generally somewhat more experienced than the typical escolar, and this is usually recognized by the escolaros.
|Strictures||None inherent to Sorcery.|
|Lexalo||Tunicos Retiranos, Provesor tel Catetra Rinalto Secuntio Sortilejio. Missing right arm from an injury while battling espectros nivitasos. Highly capable Nutiyotor and Sortilejiotor and competent Cimico. Teaches students who have been selected for the Tunicos Asules exclusively.|
|Serano||Provesor tel Catetra Honroso Cicini Sortilejio. Rarely teaches, more often identifies potential student candidates for civic or Casa endowments. Marginally competent Sortilejiotor, competent Cimico.|