College of Mysteries

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College of Mysteries
(Organization)
Type Magical college
Leader Brythen Blood
Headquarters Absalom
Goals Sharing secrets and techniques of magic from different cultures

Source: Guide to Absalom, pg(s). 38-39

The College of Mysteries (formerly known as the House of Secrets) is the oldest school of magic in Absalom and is located in the Petal District.

The college has a superb reputation in the city, and is favored by a number of organisations, such the Javelin Gallery, whom they aid by enchanting weapons.[1]

History

According to the legends of early Absalom, the college began when Aroden invited the first pilgrims to the Isle of Kortos. These mystics conversed and learned from each other, drawing upon their diverse knowledge of the arcane from their respective homelands. The organisation became targeted by angry groups in Absalom who believed that the sharing of cultural styles, beliefs and philosophy was a crime, endangering the group. Even so, the organisation endured the inevitable assassination attempts, and was given the name House of Secrets. When the Arclords of Nex built the Arcanamirium the House of Secrets changed its philosophy and opened itself up as a proper school. However, they educated only the children of the most wealthy families in the ways of the arcane arts.[2]

Structure

Far smaller than the Arcanamirium, the school is both old and wealthy. The most distinguishable part of the school is a giant dome of arcane fused gemstones and glass called the Lens. Built in response to the creation of the Arcanamirium, the Lens (also known as Crystal Ball and the Hall of Diamond) is where they teach their classes.

Leadership

The college is administered by an inner circle, known as the Assembly of Enigmas. These individuals are the teachers of the school, and are also known as 'curators'. The most adept of the school's students are initiated into this ruling body.[3]

Academics

In order to be accepted, students must either be direct offspring of students from earlier generations or show a strong natural talent for one of the courses of study offered. Unsurprisingly, tuition fees are extremely high (though sometimes waived by the Assembly) and do not include living costs or materials.

The college covers a range of subjects, not merely spell incantations. Other topics include metamagic spellcasting, magic item identification, analysing magical affects, magic item creation, and many others. As a result, a fair number of students are bards, sorcerers, and even clerics.

Each course is comprised of four stages (representing for levels) of mastery, although the completing of even a single stage is enough for the student to be considered a professional. A student begins as a 'Riddle', implying that their 'true selves' has yet to be revealed through study. For each stage completed the student is advanced to 'shadow', then 'charade' and then 'labyrinth'. The final stage requires one-on-one tuition from a senior curator. Should the student pass this final, arduous stage then they are given the rank 'enigma' and possibly an offering to join the inner circle.[4]

Notable members

References