Orders

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Falkensburg University is a multi-disciplinary educational institution, catering to both the sciences and magical arts. Within the University, students and faculty will join one of the six traditional Orders of the University. Each Order represents a different path and philosophy towards both education and research.

While the Orders are mostly ceremonial and organizational in nature, this does not prevent rivalries from springing up between members of the various orders, especially over contentious issues. In this way the various Orders of Falkensburg University resemble the fraternities common to institutions found in the New World.

The Esteemed Order Of The Ineffable Arcane

(More commonly known as the Arcanists)

The Arcanists are the order that places the study and practice of magic above all else. As a whole, they adore pomp and circumstance, holding to ancient rituals and mannerisms the rest of the world moved on from centuries ago. If one sees a figure dressed in a flowing purple robe, adorned with astrological symbols, topped off by a prominent conical hat, one can be sure that you are observing an Arcanist.

The Council Of Transmogrifiers

(More commonly known as the Alchemists)

Combining chemistry and magic, the Alchemists are dedicated to the systematic study of magical properties and transformations of materials, much to the ideological disgust of the Arcanists and Scientists alike. However, the strategic and economic value of their researches can hardly be understated, and in recent years their collaborations with Mechanists have contributed much to the prosperity of Falkensburg.

The Clockwork Assembly

(More commonly known as the Mechanics)

The Mechanics value the practical, hands on application of technology in the pursuit of solving problems, real or imagined. Depending on the temperament of the Mechanic, these devices can be simple and practical, such as an improved can-opener. Far more often, the creations are overly elaborate and dubiously useful.

A noteworthy example produced by a Mechanic Gelehrter last year was a modified can-opener intended for use in dissecting falling meteorites in flight, as well as brewing the perfect cup of tea, flossing your dog's teeth, and capturing rogue elemental spirits without human intervention. It would engage in all of these activities controlled by a series of automatic timers linked to an atomic clock. The battery for this can-opener may be 60 pounds, but he fully expects to have it down to 55 pounds within the next 5 years. Next year, the Mechanic plans to work on making the device ambulatory, allowing it to actually move to the locations of the tasks it is performing. Alternately, he may add a budgie chirp translation module, allowing the birds to unambiguously communicate with jackalopes.

While the Mechanics tend to favour the hard sciences, they are often at the forefront of developing practical applications for magical developments.

One notorious example of a Mechanic creation is well known to all Lehrlings on the Falkensburg campus. Head Prefect Boris was created by the infamous Mechanic and University President Ilhaam some 80 years ago to help enforce order and discipline among the students. With his flawless clockwork body, powered by tireless elemental spirits, Boris is the perfect disciplinarian for an unruly student body.

The Disciples of the Natural Order

(More commonly known as the Scientists)

Scoffing at the flashy and inexact nature of magic, the Scientists are dedicated wholly and completely to the furtherance of science. While their fields of study may vary wildly, the one thing that binds all Scientists together is research and discovery. Generally, Scientists are less interested in practical applications of their discoveries, being wholly focussed on the pursuit of knowledge.

The Synod Of The Empyreal Divine

(More commonly known as the Deacons)

The Synod focuses on the spiritual, researching the religious implications of both science and magic - the soul, bodily humours, and similar concepts. Much of the order has historically been dedicated to finding Enlightenment by any means necessary, however modern members tend to downplay that last part in an attempt to avoid the stigma of Magister Kelten and his associates, who, several centuries ago, considered "any means necessary" to include taking bodies apart to see what made them work while said bodies were still, technically, alive.

Also, never mention the word "voodoo" to a Deacon.

The Academy Of The Humanities

(More commonly known as the Humanists)

Not given to magic, the sciences, or religious extremes, the Humanists prefer to dedicate themselves to the study of society and its condition. Typical Humanist fields of study include art, literature, history, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, politic, theatre, music, social sciences, languages, law, and an ever-increasing range of other specialities and subspecialities.

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