While reading this thread, a few question popped into my head.
A - Re: Bathing. Are there things like bath houses? Maybe not at the school currently, but in the past?
B - Are there other forbidden arts? If so, might they make an appearance in year 2 or later? And would they be fun to use?
C - Do the islands ever have... i'm not sure how to phrase this: quakes? Natural, storm related or magical?
D - If you can tell us, has Cyve progressed somewhat similarly or radically different from the islands? (Cultural, technological/magical, etc.) And what do they think of the islands? (Of course, I suppose it could be an apocalyptic wasteland down below.)