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Is there an equivalent of Vikramshila or Nalanda - a school openly teaching magic dealing with other universes whose students are not insane?

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@Legate of Mineta: Due to certain fictional and allegedly real stories, it is easy for readers/players from Earth to understand Uliva as creepy and a budding Dark Lady type of mage (not that I understand her in this way. She is, I think, one of the kindest characters in the game - but only to serpents). Are such sentiments surrounding her at any level in the Academagia? Are there plans to give to her a stern warning about proper studies for her?

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"As far as the professors are concerned, Uliva's... well, eccentric, certainly, but not unusually so for a young Morvidus student.  Sure, Regent Storey has given her a few lectures about the dangers of obsessive behavior over the course of Y1, but there hasn't been a lot of worry behind them; as far as he's concerned, having a passion that keeps you from being as disruptive as Philippe - or even Girars - isn't the worst thing in the world.

But, obviously, a lot can change in later years if habits continue to intensify.

It should also be said that Storey and company know about Uliva's [Redacted] background."

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6 hours ago, Legate of Mineta said:

"As far as the professors are concerned, Uliva's... well, eccentric, certainly, but not unusually so for a young Morvidus student.  Sure, Regent Storey has given her a few lectures about the dangers of obsessive behavior over the course of Y1, but there hasn't been a lot of worry behind them; as far as he's concerned, having a passion that keeps you from being as disruptive as Philippe - or even Girars - isn't the worst thing in the world.

But, obviously, a lot can change in later years if habits continue to intensify.

It should also be said that Storey and company know about Uliva's [Redacted] background."

But what about the students in Morvidus? or the non-Morvidus students?

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"Oh, what the students think about Uliva?

Most of Morvidus is... reasonably okay with her.  She's maybe the only girl in the college that Joana won't casually threaten, due to general snakeyness, but she tends to get well with Beatrix and Hector. The rest of the college figures that if she didn't do anything horrible to them in their first year she's probably fundamentally safe.  Or, failing that, at least one of them.

But, yeah, it's a whole other bag with students from different colleges.  She might be the girl least likely ever to be invited to a sleepover in Avila (since Olivia Solari and Joana are strangely respectful of one another).

And, yes, as an aside: Kate Badcrumble can be enticed to allow other girls to sleep over, if you ask her very politely."

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What college have the highest living quality for girls in their dorms? I suspect first Vernin and then despite financial problems Avila.

And for boys? I suspect again first Vernin but then Gondia as second.

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Schwarzbart;

From the Team:

"Currently, for girls, that's basically correct.

For boys, it's definitely Vernin first.  Second place is more subject to debate, but there's a pretty good chance that it's actually Aranaz.  Godina was becoming a bit dilapidated before Regent Massioti came on, and though its fortunes are now definitely rising, the bulk of the money is going to restoring athletic facilities and other showcase amenities; the student housing is comfortable enough, but it's not the highest priority.

Aranaz, on the other hand, has a number of competitive, aristocratic students - as well as a Regent who aims to impress (and to make Durand look bad by comparison)."

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"There are such potions, and the legality is a function of consent.  If Academy students drink forgetfulness potions because they want to banish the memory of Sixt von Rupprecht dancing from their minds forever, that's fine; if you trick or force someone to drink a forgetfulness potion after you've robbed them so they can't describe you, that's a kind of assault.

And, yes, there are some that argue that brewing such a potion is essentially akin to working Mastery magic, and should be illegal - but some applications are popular enough for the alchemists' guilds to throw a lot of weight behind protecting them."

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10 hours ago, Legate of Mineta said:

And:

"She literally signs official documents as Pelia figlia dell'Orolagliaio (or, once in a great while, Pelia Urmakersdattir) - either way, it's really just "Pelia, the Clockmaker's daughter."

Her father really did prefer to go by just "the Clockmaker" - the greatest clockmaker in the greatest city in the world.  That said, he occasionally signed things Sereno Rosso, though he was born "Søren" somewhere up north..."

1. Is it common in Mineta for great craftspeople in Mineta to change their names like Pelia's father did?

2. Is there a clock-makers' guild in Mineta?

3. Is Pelia's father's northern origin a reason why Professor Aventyrare is sympathetic towards Pelia?

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"1.  The first kind of name-change we're talking about here isn't uncommon at all.  "Sereno" sounds more Minetan than "Søren," but you can make the case that it's more or less the same name; "Rosso" was purely descriptive of his red hair, but again helped him fit in.  It's an adaptation rather than an entirely new identity, if that makes sense.

Going on to call himself just "The Clockmaker" is... less common, granted. But, even there, the great craft-masters are often caretakers of their own personal mythologies.  A little bit of bizarre flair is almost expected.

2.  There's actually not a separate clockmakers' guild in Mineta, though they're not uncommon in the Vilocian-speaking cities of the world.  In Mineta, the clockmakers generally ally themselves with carpenters/cabinet-makers or with jewelers, depending on whether they hand-construct their own mechanisms or buy the intricate metalwork from somewhere else.

3. Professor Aventyrare is not likely to even be aware of the Clockmaker's roots unless she got Pelia talking while in a very strange mood.  The girl herself has a Minetan accent."

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@Legate of Mineta: 1. "Professor Aventyrare is not likely to even be aware of the Clockmaker's roots unless she got Pelia talking while in a very strange mood.  The girl herself has a Minetan accent." Who would need to be in a strange mood?

2. Miya claims to be a Princess, but in Japanese terminology (as filtered to foreigners), that could mean several things (especially as applied to a fantasy world): a Tennou's daughter, a Shougun's daughter, a Daimyou's daughter, an Ou-omi's daughter, or a female noble given the rank of king/prince by a Tennou. Which is she? Or does she not know/care aside from the aura of mysterious power that she gains from the title Princess?

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Rhi;

"1.  Pelia.

2. It's Miya. You should assume that Miya's story will change depending on who she's talking to - whatever her family's actual standing, and whatever kernel of truth there is inside her claim, when she tells Academy students she's a princess she's aiming for the mystique more than anything else."

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@Legate of Mineta: Where is Oriabel Sidot from? Is she Merilien? Her father works with the Palace's guard, so why will she not be spending the summer in Mineta? Sorry if these  questions are based upon my poor memories or have been asked before.

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"No, Oriabel is indeed Minetan; her father's family lives in the forests and lake country of Girsan in Breuil, though, and she's often sent there over the summers to get away from the heat and to bond with her cousins.

Plus, in theory it keeps her from getting into trouble while her father is pulling long shifts in the palace."

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Rhi;

"1. Yes, though it's not particularly well regarded.  Most practitioners are frauds, well-meaning or otherwise, and the people who actually seem to achieve magical results are often perceived as skirting up against Gates or Mastery.

The thinking is that palmistry seems to get astrological results without invoking the celestial order of the gods, so any information gained may come from more questionable sources.  That said, it's never been universally banned and it's not regulated; it just makes people nervous when it seems to work.

2. [Redacted]"

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If something thoroughly unsettling were to happen thanks to a rogue Gates mage, would people in Mineta generally prefer the event to be publicised or covered up?

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"The answer has to be "covered up."  Living in the shadow of the Academy, most Minetans understand (or believe) that terrifying magical events are happening near them all the time - and yet that they're protected.  Given that, who really needs to know the details?

They're generally happy with that arrangement, or at least they've come to terms with it.  It's part of what makes them all more worldly and interesting than people who live in backwaters without insane magic schools.

Mind you, calculations could change if a rogue Gates mage left a long-term problem that the Academy didn't deal with properly...."

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@Legate of Mineta: Are students required to wear their colleges' robes on the day when students leave for summer vacation? I ask because I am writing a farewell scene in which I have thought that it would be nice for a character to not wear the robes.

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"It's not strictly enforced late in the day (though it certainly is in the morning and early afternoon), but the rule is that you wear the robe until you've formally signed out of your dormitory for the summer and exited the Great Gate."

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@Legate of Mineta: Would it be legal for a publisher in Mineta to publish a book purporting to chronicle the lives and downfalls of various gates mages? Or would such a book be illegal for teaching people too much about how to study gates magic?

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