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8 hours ago, Legate of Mineta said:

Yes, the original was an AD&D game, that morphed into 2E, and all the way into Pathfinder. :)

But currently, the time the Team spends is on Academagia- no time to create a subsidiary product, at least not yet.

@Legate of Mineta I suspect your game must be long past the usual 20 lvl, are you using any official / semiofficial rules for the level past 20?

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24 minutes ago, Legate of Mineta said:


It's more than 360 with the holidays, iirc. I don't recall the exact number off hand. The year is similar to an Earth year, which means it does not divide cleanly.

...and yes, there are many familiar faces that appeared in the tabletop game. :)

Well then, the first page of this thread is wrong when it says that a year has 360 days.

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Before it get lost in the general question thread


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.

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"Aranaz: Regent Strom has already been discussed.  He was conspicuously tall, very blond, and devastatingly seductive in any number of ways.  He was also arrogant and careless, and when von Rupprecht finally got him thrown out (again, for trading in illegal magic artifacts) the word quickly spread that he was in the pocket of draconic cults and Saisyne spies.  How true it is is open to question - von Rupprecht has been absolutely meticulous in destroying his reputation and burying any exculpatory facts.

That said, the facts wouldn't be particularly exculpatory.

Avila:  Valeria Krantz - the woman responsible for imprisoning Avila boys in Tower 8 and implementing a program of beatings and religious orthoxies - was Avila Regent from `42 to `53.  Even the girls found her...unpleasant, though most of her ire was directed toward the few boys who were in place when she arrived.  Her predecessor was Regent Ioanna Scarletti, who was more or less Kate Badcrumble's direct inspiration.  (Kate first came to the school as a student in `38, so she started with Scarletti and then had to witness the end of the Golden Age first-hand.)

Durand:  Technically, the previous regent was a man named Stag Orens, an amiable drunk who only got the job because he was Legate Wheelwright's nephew.  In practice, the person running the show for most of that time was Negation Professor Una Junger.  When Briardi got Junger's job, she also learned to do Stag's job - so when Orso finally forced the latter out, Polisena was the natural successor.  (Though, of course, there was enough scandal in her background that her position seemed fragile at first.)

Note that regarding the Great Steam Engine's donor,  it wasn't actually Stag who made a gift of the thing in `50 - it was Una.  It says something about her reputation that everyone just came to remember it as coming from the Durand Regent.

Godina:  The previous regent was one Tomasz Sandor, who got the job almost entirely because he was much calmer and less dangerous than Aliviera Battori, his predecessor.  He's remembered for spectacular gardens as much as anything else.  (The gardens were demolished by Massioti, who wanted the space for Rimbal training fields.)

Hedi:  Piaxenza's predecessor was Imeldis Silvermark, who's remembered for general holiness and impeccable manners - and for hunting the undead in the summers.  She left to become a nun after the death of her husband.

Morvidus:  Regent Kim Haxney, Storey's predecessor, is now mostly remembered for her disappearance.  She was hunting for a semi-mythical creature called the Aurean Bear, off in the Forest of Diamond Lakes, and she never came back; all anyone ever found was her deserted camp and a travel journal that described the strange sounds she heard at night.

Vernin: Di Lucca Alazzo's predecessor was Antoine Azair, perhaps the greatest magical jeweler of his age.  He was also flamboyant, often wearing a golden cape instead of work robes, and was known for profoundly unwise and inappropriate romantic liaisons.

Rederico Agnetti was Orso's immediate predecessor, serving from `42 to `52.  He was famously "medium-looking," which is to be expected - his mother was the former head of the Ombra, Mineta's secret police, and a Legate in her own right.  It was commonly understood that Rederico was her agent for most of the years he held office.

Rederico's predecessor was Herland Wheelwright, who swept in as a great reformer, got his nephew a job, and then left town when he was given titles and lands up north.

Wheelwright's predecessor was Ecarla Agnetti, head of the Ombra, known (not fondly) as the Scorpion Woman.  The Captain couldn't stand her and couldn't get rid of her - not for years, anyway.

Ecarla's predecessor was Palo Cantrell, a history professor who had been the protege of crusading Durand Regent Mario Ghiberti in the `10s and early `20s.

Cantrell's predecessor was Bonifatio Randsom, a secret Gates "cultist" (which implies he was in regular contact with certain extra-planar entities) and sworn enemy of, yes, Mario Ghiberti.

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when I asked "Is there a public count how many Library are at the Academagia grounds? And if so how many of them can be visited with the right donation?" I got this nice answer:



"Okay, known to the wider public and fairly easily available to the public by donation, appointment, or institutional whim:

The Venalicium (with previously discussed limitations)
The Academy Infirmary Library
The Calomantia Gymnasium Library (such as it is)
The Menagerie Library Collection (aka Professor Pachait's Reading Room)
The Dimmae Theatre Collection
The Spavia Theatre Collection
The Library of Illusions (if you can find your way)
The Library of Matilda (Morvidus's botanical and alchemical library)
The Library of Orthographical Curiosity & Insight (technically an Aranaz library, though von Rupprecht scorns it)
The Library of the Mantle of Stars (the most famous Avila collection)
Known to the wider public but harder to access:
The Fairwell Collection (Hedi's private archive, including the donated papers of a great many famous alumni)
The Grand Alchemical Library (Godina's old crown jewel, sealed off to the student body when finances wouldn't permit round-the-clock staffing; with donations, visitors can come and be served by upperclassmen)
The Sestani Archive (Aranaz's historical collection)
The Silent Library (Durand's collection, secured against pirate attack)
The Vernin College Library New Collection (scheduled to open in the near future, when its tower is complete)
Forgotten by the wider public, but available by donation or appointment:
The Library of Longshade
The Library of Mantele
Known to the wider public and totally inaccessible:
The Legate's Library


There was also a lot about the Venalicium in the recent answers that I also should save over here:


The Venalicium is a special case, of course.  The rule there is that admission is limited to the people the library itself allows to enter; the main doors (or what we think of as the main doors) recognize Academy students, so almost everyone in the school gets a pass.  (Though Philippe's brother Dexter was barred for the second half of his second year for reasons that only astrologers can guess.)  In other cases, though, people have to find doors that will admit them - or, as in the case of a certain scholar from Wetgen who thought he'd found a side entrance to his favorite alehouse only to step through and find himself in an antechamber thousands of miles to the south - sometimes doors find them."
If your not living at Academagia you present yourself at the Grand Gate and declare your intent to visit the Venalicium, you'll be allowed onto the Academy grounds if it can be proven that you've made a pact with the Venalicium itself. This is generally as simple as stating that you've been invited to enter to the guards. To lie can have dire consequences. If your intentions are not malicious, it'll turn you away (in which case it's likely you'll stagger through a haze of glamours and find yourself back outside the Gate wondering what's happened.) Sometimes you can be given access, but you've essentially placed yourself under its protection while you're on Academy grounds.  If you do so under false pretenses, it's understood that bad things can happen - they say the thief Giancarlo Moro found himself trapped in the pages of a tragedy, reliving the story over and over again, for more than three hundred years.
Academy graduates remain entitled to enter the Venalicium through the main doors unless their status is changed by the librarians or by the library itself.  (Some have visitation rights revoked, while others are permitted to enter through the Silver Door, or Scholars' Door, which leads directly to a series of private study areas collectively known as the Chancery and the Illuminarium.  The librarians themselves enter either through the main doors or the Oak Door.)


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