Overview

The Preceptor of The Skarsind College of Warcasting (often shortened to Preceptor of Warcasting, Preceptor of War, or even occasionally The Warcaster) is an Imperial Orcs Imperial title created following an announcement in Summer 380YE by Bloodcrow Yargol, Civilian Commissioner of the Imperial Orcs. Construction was completed shortly before the Autumn Equinox of 380YE.

The College of Warcasting was expanded following the 384YE Spring Equinox granting the Tamazi access to the classes provided. In return the Tamazi artisans offered their own expertise in working with dragonbone to supply the Preceptor with magic items useful to warcasters.

The position of Preceptor is both a sinecure, offering a regular income of crystal mana, and access to a ministry allowing the purchase of magic items from the Tamazi.

Responsibilities

The Preceptor is called on to settle any disputes arising between students. The Preceptor is also responsible for ensuring the college runs smoothly, and dealing with anything that might threaten the good functioning of the college. They may also be called upon to advise on the curriculum, but most of the teaching is performed by veteran orc warcasters.

Powers

Bounty of Mana

The Preceptor gains custodianship of a sinecure. They receive an income of 9 crystal mana each season, paid out of the surplus mana produced by the large mana site at the heart of the college.

Warcaster Armour
7 Crowns1 Warmage's Belt
9 Crowns1 Sunfire Pectoral
16 Crowns1 Vambraces of Regeneration
30 Crowns1 Gravedigger's Vest
Warcaster Rods
5 Crowns1 Tumultuous Gyre
7 Crowns3 Windreaping Sickle
13 Crowns1 Stormweaver
13 Crowns1 Roaring Chimera Rod
30 Crowns1 Radiant Torrent
Warcaster Shield
9 Crowns1 Stormguard Bulwark
9 Crowns1 Warcaster's Oath
20 Crowns2 Stormguard Bulwark
20 Crowns2 Warcaster's Oath

Tools of the Warcasters

The Preceptor of the Skarsind College of Warcasting has access to a ministry. The Preceptor can purchase magic items useful for warcasters at a set price. The Preceptor makes their decision how much money to spend during downtime from their character page. Money is removed from, and ribbons are placed into, the character's inventory when the downtime is processed.

Appointment

The Preceptor of the Skarsind College of Warcasting is appointed during the Autumn Equinox by Imperial Orcs who control military unit personal resources who supported an Imperial army during the previous year. The larger the military unit an individual has, and the more often they supported the Imperial armies, the more votes they can allocate in support to a candidate. The voting is handled by the civil servants in the Bourse.

Given the changes to Tally of the Votes the title will be next elected at the Spring Equinox 386YE for a shortened term of two seasons.

Only an Imperial Orc character may hold this title. They do not receive a seat on the Bourse. They cannot be revoked by the Imperial Synod.

Skarsind College of Warcasting

Built on the northern slopes of Estermark, the College is often plunged into shadow even during the day. A dour, blocky building surrounded by a wooden palisade houses the staff and students dedicated to training orc magicians in the battlefield arts of the warcaster.

The college stands in a well defended area, with access to a spring of natural, fresh water, it could easily hold off a small group of attackers for some time. Below the building - and forming part of the cellars of the college itself - is an old mine long since played out at the bottom of which lies a significant mana site that provides crystal mana for use by the orcs studying at the college.

SummitElectedVotes
Spring Equinox 386YEBloodcrow Rakk6 Votes
Spring Equinox 385YERakk81 Votes
Winter Solstice 384YERakk20 Votes
Autumn Equinox 382YEGaterender Brik
Autumn Equinox 380YEIrontide T'onk

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Bloodcrow Rakk; it will be reelected at Spring Equinox 387YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

The Title in Play

The role does not provide additional information about events in the Empire, nor allow the player holding it to request special reports or downtime actions. These details are assumed to be below the abstraction layer. The title holder is encouraged to create their own stories about their activities within reasonable limits and to get involved in events appropriate to their title during the game, but they do not have any powers beyond those explicitly listed in the section on powers.

These details exist partly to provide context and character to the role - and partly to allow our writers to use the title as a plot hook. Plot that involves the position will be rare - but all the campaign positions in Empire have these details to create the potential for it to happen.