A long time ago, back in the early days of the University, The Many Tough Choices Committee noted the need for a system. The system would need to build a ladder, in which young students could become esteemed teachers. And thus, was born ranks. Five ranks were born, each with its own challenge, each furthering the greatness of the University. The first was the Lehrling. Then the Gelehrter. Then the Forscher, followed by the Magister and Magistra, later to be united as Magist. And finally, the Professor.

Now, along with ranks, it seemed we needed some separation. Something to keep us all from fighting. And so, the Committee amazed us all again, by making yet another choice. We were going to have Orders. Six were made, and it seemed to work.

And then, the inevitable happened. We were doing all this good work, and we wanted some recognition. Do you know how whiney researchers can get when they want to? Quite. But we couldn't expect much more than coffee and juice from the Committee for another century, so the University actually stepped in and did something themselves, the made Honours.

But this article is only about one of the Committee's greatest achievements, Ranks.


Usually un-noted beside a name, the title "Lehrling" is for young students in their first four years of learning. In the first six months, Lehrlings apprentice with a Magister or Magistra from each of the six orders. In this time they must choose their field of study, order, and a Magister or Magistra will take them in as a Lehrling for the three and a half years. Lehrlings are regularly accepted between 10 and 16. The youngest known Lehrling was Neotoma, who entered at the age of seven, spending his Gelehrter years with his Magister, Heathcliff.


After four years of study with Magister or Magistra Lehrlings are given a choice. They may stay and study with their Magister or Magistra for an additional time period, in which they take on a research project that, when finished, will graduate them to a Forscher: a true Researcher. Or, they may leave their Magister or Magistra and take on a research project in another country, this having the same effect. This is the time of Gelehrter. Neotoma spent his years with his Magister, finishing in only three years, with a push; it seems, from certain disagreements between him and his Magister.


Forscher are researchers. They study a subject for many years in order to earn their licentiate, allowing them to use their magic or science to further the well-being of their world in anyway, shape or form, in the name of the University, without permission, as is normally needed. Some Forscher choose to then take a test to become a Magister or Magistra, others choose to go out into the world. The average age for one to earn his or her licentiate is 28. Neomata was 19, one year over the minimum age.

Magister or Magistra (Magists)

Magister or Magistra: the famed rank. Many young Lehlrings dream of becoming one, yet only ten each year are accepted. To become a Magist, Forschers have to go through three gruelling tests.

  1. The physical. Magists must be in top shape. They go through 24 hours without sleep, then climb a mountain using their magic or science, and pure strength.
  2. The mental. Magists go through a magically induced psychological torment. They face their worse fears and find them selves in life and death situations.
  3. The logical. To solve this test, each Magist must solve a riddle. This writer has yet to find what this riddle is, but no one will repeat it to her.

Once a Magist, many will take on a Lehrling, an apprentice. The most famed Magist, Magister Gelderhall, who the writer herself was taught under, and is now a Proffesor, had 34 apprentices in his life time, and received the Honour of Gehrin for his teachings.


Professors must be Magists for fifty years, and then become teachers, and a member of Many Tough Choices Committee.

I quote: "After eighty years of life, you'd think we could decide on coffee or juice for tomorrow’s meeting."-Proffesor Gelderhall.

By Messera Marqueth

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