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If the information train is still chugging:

On 11/10/2018 at 6:16 PM, freespace2dotcom said:

Who is the current (acknowledged) oldest living mage, and is this person still active, or living like a hermit?

On 11/12/2018 at 2:29 PM, Rhialto said:

Has there ever been a regent who studied in one college and later became a regent for the college's rival?

(yes, 2018. I went back far for these two ^_^)

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13 hours ago, Legate of Mineta said:

Schwarzbart;

It turns out it was a bit more elaborate:

"It was used to power kind of a room-sized, clockwork "zoo" that had been built on top of the engine itself.  Elaborate metal animals would move back and forth in complicated ways, driven by a system of gears under the floor of the display.

The creators of the piece actually had people shoveling coal into its guts back home in Priestadt.  At the Academy, though, students just enchanted a few hundred stones to give off obscene amounts of heat whenever the sun was in the sky.

Nobody even thought it was cheating."

The "it was" means this "zoo" is no longer there?

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Wonder what would happen if a student suggest to rebuild the great steam engine with revision magic as his / her last year Vernin project.

Somehow I suspect it could even be a Aranaz project or gods beware a combined project of a Aranaz and Vernin student.

Edit: That bring up a question is it possible that more then 1 student working on the same last year project, maybe even from different college? 

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M;

Here you are:

"Who is the current (acknowledged) oldest living mage, and is this person still active, or living like a hermit?


Indeterminate.  There's a pair of twins, Ineza and Janiero Solis, born in 1494 and still kicking at the start of 1658.  Each asserts that the other was born first.

They travel together and stay as guests in different courts, but the nature of their connection is that only one can be awake at any given time.

And, yes, this seems awfully young for the oldest living wizard, given what magic can do.  There's speculation that the really ancient wizards have either isolated themselves, gone into a cloister, or changed their public identity - or else just wiped one another out.  Regardless, the oldest known surviving wizards are the twins.

P.S. [Redacted]


Has there ever been a regent who studied in one college and later became a regent for the college's rival?

It's strange to say, but: apparently not.

A regent needs a core bloc of supporters among the alumni, as a rule, and it's just Academy tradition that someone who forsakes or "betrays" her own college shouldn't be rewarded with high honors by another. They can be professors associated with a different college, but that's generally as high as they can rise.

Now, there have been former Aranaz students who taught Negation - thereby associating with Durand in their professorships - who went on to become Legate.  That's not scandalous at all.  (The most recent example was Herland Wheelwright, Negation prof from 1630 to 1636, then Legate from 1640 to 1642.)


But, assuming you were an Academy student in your youth, you can only be regent of your own college.  It's not a written rule, but it's a rule nonetheless."

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Do you mind telling us why Herland Wheelwright was only Legate for 2 years? (My name memory is bad and you might already told us)

Was there ever a student that did go trough 4 or more college before manage to graduate? 

Is it planed to allow a player to change the college each year so that (s)he did go trough 5 different college after year 5?

How would such a character be viewed if the college changes wasn't because of bad grades?

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Schwarzbart:

"1)  Herland Wheelwright became Marquess of Angrim's Strand (in Langsey) in `62, and had to hurry back north to secure his claims and start cleaning up the messes left by the last Marquess.

 
2-4)  There's no record of any student who traveled through four or more colleges.  Colleges have to accept new transfers - and if you've already gone through two colleges the rest start to question your seriousness.  In the past, people who were unsettled in the college system eventually found themselves in the College of the Optiones, subject directly to the Legate, or else they just left the school altogether.
 
The difference now is that Orso has shown no interest in reactivating the College of the Optiones, and the various colleges aren't generally involved in the kinds of conflicts you saw even fifty years ago - though the Durand/Aranaz feud does show signs of heating up.  As for joining five or more colleges, we think Orso would find the idea amusing enough to allow if the various regents could put up with it...so...possible. :)
 
As for how the character would be viewed... well, honestly, there would probably be a fair amount of hostility until it had been going on long enough to seem harmlessly eccentric.  Students are encouraged to take real pride in their colleges, and in many cases have very close relationships with their regents - a student who drifted in, tried it out for a year, and then decided it wasn't good enough would rub a lot of his or her peers (to say nothing of the alumni) the wrong way."

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On 11/19/2017 at 2:30 AM, freespace2dotcom said:

1. Can you tell us about some of the old traditions that the Academagia likes to uphold even though it makes little sense to do so in the modern era?

On 10/26/2017 at 1:17 PM, freespace2dotcom said:

2. How long after death can it take ghosts to manifest?

On 8/3/2017 at 2:06 AM, Metis said:

3. What sort of things do people compare items to when commenting on their noteworthy pricetag, be it especially low or high? For example locally for me it is (or at least was) common to call things "expensive as pepper", dating back from when pepper was actually insanely expensive several hundred years or so back. What would someone in Mineta say?

On 11/13/2017 at 1:28 PM, freespace2dotcom said:

4. Who was the youngest person to get a job as a professor teaching magic at the Academagia?

On 8/6/2017 at 11:23 PM, Metis said:

EDIT: Now that I think about it, wouldn't that mean that Piaxenza became a Regent after von Rupprecht did? I thought old VR punting out his predecessor was the most recent change. Legate, when did the current regents assume their position? Or at least, in what order?

On 11/6/2017 at 2:00 AM, Metis said:

Anything noteworthy that one of the Academagia's Rimbal players are endorsing?

1, 2, 3, 4, EDIT, [blank] is totally how you count to six, right :P?

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And:

"1. Can you tell us about some of the old traditions that the Academagia likes to uphold even though it makes little sense to do so in the modern era?

1. One standout is the Procession of the Flowers to St. Huld's Hostel. The hostel is situated right by the Canal as it joins Ardica Lake, and historically incoming Academy students would stay there until their formal matriculation into a college at the start of the academic year.

In the old days, an Imperial dignitary would sail down the canal to greet the St. Huld's students and escort them to campus on the last day of summer - and they would be met along the way by students about to begin their final year of studies. These older students would offer the younger ones flowers (traditionally lilacs and purple irises) to bring them good fortune in the years ahead.

When Imperial representatives stopped coming, incoming students generally stopped staying at St. Huld's - though Catherine Chard and Flore Yveuillet both did before their first years - but every college still sends one student with a purple iris and a bag full of pims to the last day of summer.

2. How long after death can it take ghosts to manifest?

2. It varies wildly. In some cases it's the very next night (and it is usually nighttime). In other cases it seems to be the next moonless night. In other cases, there seem to be specific triggers - comets, significant objects being disturbed, loved or hated people having major life events.

3. What sort of things do people compare items to when commenting on their noteworthy pricetag, be it especially low or high? For example locally for me it is (or at least was) common to call things "expensive as pepper", dating back from when pepper was actually insanely expensive several hundred years or so back. What would someone in Mineta say?

3. "You couldn't buy that for a pirate's cap." The idea is that bringing back a pirate's head was supposed to earn you a significant ransom - but even someone so blessed couldn't afford to buy Item X.

4. Who was the youngest person to get a job as a professor teaching magic at the Academagia?

Possibly Anathias Ranz, who was nineteen when he started teaching geometry back in 1416 (though he was qualified much earlier). That said, older school records don't necessarily contain professors' birthdates - not least because in the old days elite wizards didn't believe in sharing astrologically significant information with bureaucrats - so we can't say that profs noted for their youth at the time (i.e., Liturza Ottavia Gotto) were definitively younger or older.
      
5. Now that I think about it, wouldn't that mean that Piaxenza became a Regent after von Rupprecht did? I thought old VR punting out his predecessor was the most recent change. Legate, when did the current regents assume their position? Or at least, in what order?

5. In chronological order:

Term beginning in 1634: Oliver Storey becomes Regent of Morvidus.

Term beginning in 1646: Finus Piaxenza becomes Regent of Hedi.

Term beginning in 1649: Sixt von Rupprecht kicks Regent Strom to the curb and takes over.

Term beginning in 1652: Orso is brought in as Legate.  Shakeups ensue.

Term beginning in 1653: Kate Badcrumble becomes Regent of Avila, Giovanni di Lucca Alazzo becomes Regent of Vernin.

Term beginning in 1654: Polisena Briardi (who only started as a Negation Prof in 1650) becomes Regent of Durand, and immediately raises von Rupprecht's ire.

Term beginning in 1656: Leo Massioti is seduced from the world of professional coaching to take over as Regent of Godina.

6. Anything noteworthy that one of the Academagia's Rimbal players are endorsing?

6. Leo Massioti's best-selling book, All on the Field.

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So St. Huld still is a place you can go to learn before joining Academagia?

What is/was tutored at St. Huld?

What are the requirement to join the education at St. Huld?

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Who were the predecessors of the current regents/Legate of the Academagia? Some of them have come up before, but not all of them, and having that information in one convenient place would be...well, convenient. And broadly speaking, what are/were they known for during their tenure or afterwards, whichever time frame they're more (in)famous for nowadays? Or if any of that is [redacted] territory, what rumors/gossip about it could our PC student dig up about it, if any?

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I noticed ;). Incidentally,

On 8/2/2015 at 9:32 PM, Legate of Mineta said:

"There are different traditions - and different stories - underlying some of these numbers, but the most common numerological portents of bad times are probably 11, 21, and 777. The number 4 has very ancient associations with death as well, but over the centuries it somehow came to suggest particular kinds of death: lovers' suicides, or merciful releases from pain. Not good, to be sure, but not necessarily to be feared - and symbolically more transformative than catastrophic."

On 8/2/2015 at 9:44 PM, freespace2dotcom said:

Lol, 777, huh. Hope nobody has slot machines in Elumia, hahaha!

Curious why that number is what it is..

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On 9/7/2015 at 3:58 AM, dyrhet said:

Actually, that's a point. Alfesa isn't part of Elumia, right? What are their takes on Gates and Mastery? What about Magic Japan?

(Alesfa's take was answered, Magic Japan's take was not. Based on what I know I'm assuming this is referring to the colonies in Saarlandstadt and Lauens, and if it isn't than spoiler alert: The answer is [redacted])

On 8/23/2015 at 1:51 PM, freespace2dotcom said:

6. Who was the last person to steal the durand necklace and are they still attending the school? (probably a 5th year in Y2 is my guess.)

And the super special bonus question:

On 12/29/2015 at 4:52 PM, Legate of Mineta said:

1. Is the question about how often Regents change the core syllabus for incoming students of their Colleges? If so, it tends to happen when the Regents change, in no small part because controlling (or at least closely associating with) certain departments offers additional prestige. Random example: von Rupprecht grabbed History from Hedi when Piaxenza stepped into the job and didn't have the influence (or, to be honest, the passion) to keep it. That said, the traditional College core affinities, as described above, have been locked in since the days of early antiquity, and they're not generally challenged.

22 hours ago, Legate of Mineta said:

In chronological order:

Term beginning in 1634: Oliver Storey becomes Regent of Morvidus.

Term beginning in 1646: Finus Piaxenza becomes Regent of Hedi.

Term beginning in 1649: Sixt von Rupprecht kicks Regent Strom to the curb and takes over.

Term beginning in 1652: Orso is brought in as Legate.  Shakeups ensue.

Term beginning in 1653: Kate Badcrumble becomes Regent of Avila, Giovanni di Lucca Alazzo becomes Regent of Vernin.

Term beginning in 1654: Polisena Briardi (who only started as a Negation Prof in 1650) becomes Regent of Durand, and immediately raises von Rupprecht's ire.

Term beginning in 1656: Leo Massioti is seduced from the world of professional coaching to take over as Regent of Godina.

How long and how successfully did VR spend kicking out Strom and taking over his position, that he apparently managed to nab a class from Hedi a full three years before he actually became Aranaz' regent?

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M;

"'Magic Japan' is [Redacted] (which, by the way, Miya's people seem to remember as "Renpo"), but the colonies in the northeast are extremely anti-Mastery and are considered eccentric about Gates.  They respect the prohibition - maybe more than some of their neighbors with High Elumian ancestry - but in theory they often argue that Gates magic is simply the flip-side of Astrology, and that mastering one without learning the other leaves one susceptible to a kind of magical imbalance.

The last person to steal the Durand necklace wasn't a student.  Heh heh hehhhhh.

As for von Rupprecht's seizing of the History portfolio, two notes:

1)  It was actually a major part in his power play against Strom.  He had the prestige of expanding the feofdom, as it were, and as long as he had Piaxenza's semi-official support Strom couldn't reassign the professorship to a different Aranaz flunky.

2)  Three years later, Piaxenza helped back von Rupprecht's ouster of Strom, while keeping his fingerprints mostly off the metaphorical knives.

It's worth remembering that Finus Piaxenza may be the most talented and farsighted political player among all the regents.  He just generally seems to value stability, so he doesn't attract as much attention as Team Aranaz."

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How effective are the various anti-burglary enchantments around the Academagia, and how quick is the faculty's response to them, particularly in low priority areas?

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Do Academagia have security magic / enchantment that is transferred to the current office-holder when (s)he take over? 

Or have each Legate / Regent to set up their own security magic? 

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First, for Metis:

"The anti-burglary enchantments are objectively fairly poor, unless reinforced by specific professors.  In theory, the dorms completely refuse outside access, but it's not at all uncommon for older students to leave unshielded points of entry for friends to slip in and out - and any competent astrologer can eventually pinpoint a means of ingress.  In some respects it's harder to steal from classrooms; even when doors are unlocked, most of the furniture and essential supplies are magically associated with the room.  That said, there usually aren't regular inventories taken in the classrooms, and things regularly get moved around by the students, so if someone does manage to grab something small and sneak it past the wards, it could be a long time before its disappearance is noticed - which means there's plenty of opportunity to scrub it of magical flags and alarm bells.

That said, it's very hard to steal from the forges - some of the magics protecting them are non-human.  And it's borderline insane to try to steal from the Venalicium, because the library itself might get angry.  Or hungry.

As for faculty responses: well, as a rule, theft from a student is supposed to be reported to the student's regent, so responses vary.  Von Rupprecht will tear into you for being careless, but there's a pretty good chance he'll want an example made of anyone who steals from one of his kids; Massioti will express great sympathy and then file a pointless report with the Minetan Guard and forget the whole thing ever happened.

Theft from the school itself (unless it's specifically property owned by one of the colleges) is Orso's responsibility, though, and his response rests almost entirely on how many competing crises he has going on.  If, as you say, it's low priority, he'll probably ask students to investigate (as the Main Character can no doubt attest), or just ask some of his friends in the Thieves' Guilds to keep their eyes open for things coming up for laundering or resale.  If he's got a few free moments, he'll probably also try some basic astrology to try to track either the items or the thieves down - or at least get a clue or ten he can pass along.

The thing about Orso, though, is that he likes investigations and he likes the hunt.  There's always going to be a chance he'll make a theft his business - especially if Briardi's trying to get him to go negotiate the purchase of several crates of detained cleaning supplies at the same time."

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And, for Schwarzbart:

"Both.  Orso has control of really ancient defenses, but they're geared more toward warfare than theft.  Then he's entitled to lay down whatever enchantments he likes on the Academy grounds to supplement the original defenses.

He was also responsible for defusing some of the traps left behind by previous legates, it should be said."

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