College of magic
A college of magic allows the creation of new formulaic rituals. A formulaic ritual can take decades to complete, requiring extensive resources and many dangerous experiments. A college of magic speeds this process up dramatically by providing a forum for expert magicians and magical theorists to collaborate, providing them with good quality equipment and the guidance of a single individual who directs their research.
There were three colleges of magic in the Empire: the Lyceum and the Halls of Knowledge in Urizen were joined in early 380YE by the Icy Crag of the Eternal Sun. The Lyceum is overseen by the Dean of the Lyceum, a powerful position appointed by the Imperial Conclave; the Halls of Knowledge were directed by the Provost of the Halls of Knowledge, an Urizen appointed by the people of Urizen; and the Icy Crag is guided by the Master of Ice and Darkness. With the Destruction of the Halls of Knowledge in 382 however the Empire currently boasts only two functioning colleges.
The Imperial Senate may pass a motion for the construction of a college of magic allowing the Empire to increase the number of new rituals that they can create. The Senate must select a territory and region where the college is to be built.
When the construction is complete a new Imperial title is automatically created. The title may be either an Imperial or National position. The Senate motion should state what the title is called, and how it will be appointed. The well worn path is for an Imperial position to be appointed by declaration of candidacy before the Imperial Conclave while a national position would be appointed by the people of that nation through the Imperial Bourse.
The magicians of a college can be directed to research the formula of a new ritual so that it can be mastered. The ritual must already exist in the form of an arcane projection, but there is no requirement to select one they have personally commissioned. A college can work on formalising one ritual at a time, and the research may take anywhere from a season to several years depending on the complexity and the resources available. The amount of time it takes to complete research into a ritual depends on the magnitude of that ritual.
It requires three months (one season) for every 10 ranks of magnitude the final ritual will have.
If research is not completed, the college keeps notes on their work so far, and may resume it at a later date from where it was left off.
At the completion, the master of the college receives a ritual text suitable for use in mastering the ritual. They may keep the knowledge of the ritual restricted to themselves and their allies, or through a declaration of Imperial lore the Conclave can have that ritual added to the wider body of Imperial lore, making it available to any ritual magician in the Empire.
A college may be created with a speciality in one of the six realms of magic. This specialisation is free, and is almost always declared when the college is commissioned. When the college is directing research towards a project that is part of the speciality lore, the work proceeds at the rate of 15 ranks of magnitude each season.
Furthermore, when working in the speciality realm, the master of the college can increase the rate at which the ritual is researched by spending money to purchase rare materials, esoteric tomes and exceptional equipment, and to secure the temporary assistance of reclusive or avaricious experts.
The first five ranks of additional research in a season cost 2 Thrones. The next five ranks cost a further 5 Thrones. The next five ranks cost a further 10 Thrones, and so on doubling the price for each additional five ranks of research within the same season.
A college can have only one specialisation; changing a specialisation once it has been declared would be extremely expensive.
- Materials: 60 wains of Mithril, 60 wains of Weirwood and 60 wains of White Granite
- Time: 1 year
- Labour: 45 Thrones
- Upkeep: 50 Thrones (but see below)
There are a limited number of magicians in the Empire who are prepared to help with research of new rituals. This means that each new college of magic that is constructed will have an increasing upkeep cost - to reflect the fact that it must pay more to entice those independent magicians that remain to work there.
Existing Colleges of Magic
The list includes all existing colleges of magic in the Empire.
Previous Colleges of Magic
- Halls of Knowledge - destroyed by the Druj shortly before the Autumn Equinox 382YE.