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Okay guys, I threw together a list of possible classes that the first year students can take. :D Everyone is required to take the core classes and at least one elective, though they may choose a second if they wish. For convenience sake, go ahead and fill out the Current Class skeleton and add it to your character sheet post (or the character sheet itself if you would prefer).

If you have any ideas for additional classes that your character might want to take, feel free to shoot me a message and let me know so that we can work something out!
Character Name: Anyu
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with:

As Anyu and the other Meadowmist students followed Den to the section of the field where they would be demonstrating their magical abilities, she couldn’t help but feel rather anxious about the whole thing. Though she had come to realize that she probably didn’t need to be afraid of being punished by the Guild for using magic, Anyu was somewhat afraid that her inability to properly control her magic might get her into trouble. What if everyone thought that she was just refusing to participate because she couldn’t get anything to happen? She had never really tried to use her magic on purpose before. And even if she could get something to happen, what if she ended up hurting someone due to her lack of control? Just thinking about the number of different ways her demonstration could go wrong made Anyu’s stomach churn.

And so, when Den instructed them to line up behind a white line on the grass while he explained a little bit more about how their demonstrations were going to go, Anyu made sure that she was behind everyone else and off to the side so that she could see past her larger classmates. Once Den had finished explaining the procedures of the test, he called for the first student to approach a white square that had been painted on the grass a short distance away from where the line actually began.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Marius ended up being the first student to step forward to take the test. Though Anyu was probably not the best judge of the magical talent of other people, she was absolutely amazed by the power and skill that Marius displayed throughout his demonstration. Of course, it was also a little frightening for the small feline girl. Marius was a heroic person who seemed to want nothing more than to vanquish evil. What would happen when he discovered that she wasn’t really a good person like he was? Trembling at the thought, Anyu resolved to avoid letting him get to know her for as long as possible.

Sylvana, the strange Sun Elf girl who had been laughing during Marius’s demonstration, was the next to take the test. Though she ultimately didn’t really display the same level of skill that Marius had, Anyu was decidedly more astounded by the Sun Elf’s performance. Of course, that was really only because Sylvana had the courage to make one of the teacher’s clothes fall off with the use of her magic. Just the thought of having that kind of anger directed at her by an authority figure made Anyu squirm with discomfort, but Sylvana seemed completely oblivious to the teacher’s outrage as she lay on the ground and laughed hysterically.

The next student to take the test was a pale girl named Artemis. As it turned out, she was the first student whose demonstration didn’t involve causing substantial damage to the environment or using magic on a teacher. While that meant that her performance wasn’t as exciting as the others’ had been, Anyu was still amazed at the skill and abilities that Artemis had displayed. In particular, Anyu found it incredible that Artemis could use her magic to teleport and make objects appear out of thin air, though this was mostly because Anyu had never seen or heard of anyone using magic that way.

A silver-haired girl named Rahele took the test after Artemis had been evaluated. So far as Anyu could tell, Rahele’s performance consisted largely of summoning a pretty rude crow and talking it into bring her a stick before using magic to make the stick strong enough to break a rock. Overall, Rahele’s demonstration seemed to be rather simple and straightforward when compared to those of the students that had gone before her. In a weird way, this was somewhat comforting to Anyu. She would have felt pretty bad if she had been the only student whose demonstration ended up paling in comparison to those of Marius and the others. Of course, Rahele’s display was still probably much better than Anyu would be able to do, but still.

Brandon, the Dwarf who had been so strangely nice to Anyu earlier, was the next to take the test. Much like Rahele’s demonstration, Brandon’s was a straightforward affair that consisted of him repeatedly launching stones into the air with a stomp before slapping them into the ground in front of him. Though it wasn’t nearly as flashy as Artemis’s manipulation of earth had been, Anyu thought that it seemed pretty impressive how he was able to keep it up without appearing to get tired or altering his timing at all. He even managed to maintain the same even rhythm while singing some strange song!

The next student to take the test was a large, snake-like Tosuri named S’Hraa whose demonstration involved using lots of different images to show off his different skills until the end when he vanished only to reappear behind the teachers a few moments later. If he hadn’t been describing what his abilities were before he vanished, Anyu probably would have thought that he was using a slower form of the teleportation that Artemis had used seeing as how she hadn’t been able to detect him at all once he vanished. Even though it wasn’t like Artemis’s teleportation, Anyu was still pretty amazed by how many different ways S’Hraa was able to use his magic.

Unfortunately, once S’Hraa had received his evaluation, Den called for Anyu to come forward and demonstrate her own meager abilities. Afraid that hesitating might make some of the others upset, Anyu hurried over to the square despite her reluctance. ”M-My name is Anyuki,” she stammered as loudly as she felt comfortable, which meant that the other students could probably just barely hear her. ”I-I, um, don’t know what my affinities are. S-Sorry.”

After watching her fellow students effortlessly proceed through their demonstrations with confidence and determination, Den was admittedly caught off guard by how nervous Anyu appeared to be. It was also abundantly clear that she felt bad for not knowing something that everyone else had. ”Hmm… Well, that’s not a big deal. It’s not all that uncommon for us to get students that haven’t received any formal education in magic,” Den responded gently in an attempt to put Anyu more at ease. ”We’ll probably be able to figure out what they are after seeing your demonstration. Go ahead and begin whenever you’re ready.”

Afraid that she might end up getting in trouble if she didn’t at least try to do something, Anyu closed her eyes and took a deep breath to help her focus when Den told her to begin her demonstration. Though she had never consciously tried to use her magic before, she had a vague idea of how it might work. Every time she had accidentally used magic in the past, she had felt some kind of icy energy surge through her and into her surroundings. She could even feel some of that same energy flowing out into the air around her in order to create the tiny snowflakes that were currently falling nearby. And so, she figured if she could find some way to make that energy surge on purpose, she might be able to do something.

Unfortunately, Anyu quickly realized that knowing what it feels like to use magic and knowing how to use it are two completely different things. No matter what method or level of effort she used to make the energy surge, it remained pretty much unchanged from its usual state.

”Okay, Anyuki, you can go ahead and stop now,” Den called out once he figured that he had seen enough to make an accurate assessment of her abilities. Unfortunately, that meant that her demonstration had only lasted for about a minute. The fact that the only thing she had managed to do in that time frame was make it snow a little bit around herself wasn’t a very good sign. Maybe she had even less training than Den had originally assumed? If so, why had the Headmaster’s department decided to place her in the same House as a group of students with far more experience? Sometimes their decisions just made no sense.

”First of all, I think that it’s pretty clear from your performance that you need a lot more training in how to use your abilities,” Den continued once Anyu had directed her attention towards him, somehow appearing even more nervous than she had before. ”In particular, your ability to make it snow despite the heat leads me to believe that you have some natural talent as a mage. It also indicates that one of your affinities is probably for the School of Evocation with a specialty for manipulating water, which is good to know.”

”Th-The snow wasn’t part of it,” Anyu responded as Den made a note about her potential affinity. Though she was afraid that he might be upset with her for failing to actually do anything during her demonstration, she knew that she had to be honest about it. And so, fidgeting slightly as Den turned his attention towards her, Anyu took a deep breath and continued. ”I, um, wasn’t able to do anything with my magic. S-Sorry.”

”So it’s not something that you can control? Does it always snow around you?” Den asked, his tone slightly incredulous. Anyu’s only response was to answer each of his questions with a small, hesitant nod. That certainly made things interesting. ”Well, that tells me that you definitely have an affinity for Evocation magic and that it’s probably your only affinity. It also tells me that you have less experience with using magic than I had originally thought. That means that you’ll probably have to take a few remedial classes on the basics until you manage to get some control over your abilities.”

Once Den had finished giving her his assessment, Anyu couldn’t help but heave a little sigh of relief that nothing horrible had happened and that she hadn’t gotten into any trouble. The assessment itself was ultimately unsurprising to Anyu, however. She had always been aware of her own lack of control and figured that she would have to work hard if she wanted to learn how to use her magic to help people. On top of that, she had always known what her magic was typically like, though it was admittedly nice to know what the proper name was for it. It made it sound really official and important in her opinion. All things considered, Anyu didn’t think that she could have really asked for anything more.

”Okay everyone! Gather ‘round!” Den called out once he had finished talking with Anyu. When the other students had gathered in front of him, he continued. ”First of all, I want to thank you all for taking the diagnostic test seriously. Having an idea of your current abilities will help me and the other teachers figure out the best way to help you develop and hone them while you’re students here.

“Now, I know that some of you are going to be upset with me for this, but you do have an assignment to turn in at the beginning of class tomorrow. Don’t worry, it’s a really simple assignment. All you have to do is fill out a form asking about what additional classes you want to sign up for. These possible subjects that are covered by these classes include things like learning one of the magecrafts, learning a new language, or even learning how to fight with different kinds of weapons. I expect everyone to sign up for at least one class, though you could sign up for two if you really wanted to. I’ll be dropping the form off after dinner. Apart from that, you’re free to enjoy the rest of your evening.”
Character Name: Den, Mentor of House Meadowmist
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with: Brandon@Avant

The next student to step forward in order to take the test was a Dwarven man with blonde hair who introduced himself as Brandon Argyle of the Republic of Bergen in a solemn tone of voice. ”He seems like a mature, responsible kind of guy,” Den thought as he noted that Brandon had affinities for the same Schools as Marius. ”Maybe he would be a good influence on Marius and Sylvanna? Might be worth considering if they end up being even more eccentric than they appeared to be.” Filing that thought away for later, Den gestured for Brandon to begin his demonstration when he was ready.

Brandon began his demonstration simply by stomping the ground in order to cause a moderately sized stone to rise from the ground in front of him. While the stone was still rising in front of him, he slapped it away with a barrier that he had created in his hand so that it embedded itself in the ground. More stones followed the first as Brandon began to stomp his feet rhythmically. Maybe Brandon was planning on demonstrating his magical endurance instead of his precision or raw power like the other students had done? It would certainly be an uncommon choice if that’s what he was going for.

As Den watched Brandon’s display progress, he couldn’t help but note the differences between Brandon and Artemis’ styles of working Evocation magic to move earth. At first glance, it appeared that Brandon’s style was primarily focused on using explosive bursts of magic that he synchronized with his movements. It seemed very similar to how people took a deep breath and focused before attempting to lift a heavy object in one motion. Artemis’s style of working Evocation magic had seemed to focus more on moving earth with dexterity and precision. In a sense, she had been using magic to guide the earth rather than force it to move as she wanted. Of course, neither style was necessarily better than the other, though one might be better suited to certain applications than the other.

Towards the end of his demonstration, Brandon suddenly began to sing loudly and clearly in a language with which Den was unfamiliar. While he belted out his strange song, he continued to stomp and launch stones into the ground a few feet in front of him with the same even rhythm that he had established at the beginning of his demonstration. Moments later, he had finished and looked upon his work appraisingly before explaining that he had created the rune of his house using the smaller stones. Curious, Den and the other proctors moved closer upon hearing this in order to get a better look at the shape before scribbling a few more notes on their clipboards.

”Very well done, Mr. Argyle,” Den said as he finished making his notes. ”Your demonstration clearly showcased your endurance and your ability to multitask, even if you didn’t display quite the same sort of raw power or precision that we have seen already today. It’s also a little impressive that you were able to localize your barriers to your hands, though I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of Abjuration being used for launching rocks. Of course, it’s not revolutionary or anything, but it requires more finesse than it would appear to at first glance. I’m sure that you’ll do quite well here as your schooling progresses.”

Once he finished giving her his evaluation and Brandon had rejoined the other students, Den called out for the next student to come forward and demonstrate their abilities.

Character Name: Den, Mentor of House Meadowmist
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with:S’Hraa@Lurking Shadow

The next student to approach the square in order to demonstrate their proficiency with magic was a large snake-like Tosuri that introduced himself as S’Hraa. Following the trend that the previous couple of students had set, he also mentioned that he was from the Hri’Saa tribe. ”Huh. Our first Illusionist,” Den thought idly as he noted which Schools S’Hraa had affinities for. ”I wonder what elaborate display he’s planning on showing us for his demonstration.” Perhaps unsurprisingly given the nature of their magic, Illusion mages often seemed to come up with some of the most interesting and elaborate displays for their demonstrations in Den’s opinion.

S’Hraa began his demonstration by creating an illusion of a human who was covered in bruises and cuts. As he spoke about the body’s natural healing process and his ability to use Animancy to speed the process along, he made it so that the illusion’s cuts and bruises faded away as if he was healing them. A few moments later, he shifted the illusion to display different parts of the human body as he mentioned his ability to locate specific injuries in those parts of the body with his magic. He continued to discuss his ability to determine the best spot to inject the different alchemical concoctions that he could make to paralyze or kill his target quickly, demonstrating what he meant by springing forward and “injecting” a yellow liquid into the illusion.

Evidently opting to demonstrate his abilities with Illusion magic more clearly, S’Hraa proceeded to create several copies of himself that scattered in different directions. Each of the copies appeared to move independently of the others, which made it tricky to tell which of the images, if any, was the original. A brief moment later, all of the images vanished, which prompted the proctors to look around for where S’Hraa might have gone. Though it was fairly clear to them that S’Hraa had used his Illusion magic to make himself invisible, that didn’t mean that they knew where he had moved to while hidden. As such, they were rather all rather surprised when he landed behind them with a predatory look.

Though he hadn’t been frightened perse, Den had still jumped when S’Hraa suddenly appeared behind him. As such, he took a moment to tidy his clothes and finish his notes before opting to give his evaluation of the Tosuri’s performance. ”Perhaps what stood out to me the most in your demonstration was your extensive knowledge of anatomy. Even if you weren’t able to actually demonstrate your ability to heal using Animancy, it’s clear that you have received an exemplary education in the subject as a whole. Of course, this isn’t the first time that a new student has been unable to display their proficiency with healing magic, so don’t feel like that’s a mark against you or anything.

“Your demonstration of your proficiency with Illusion magic was somewhat simple, but effective. The ability to weave multiple illusions together to enhance their overall effects is something that many new Illusionists struggle with, even if the individual illusions are relatively simple affairs,”
Den said. While somewhat longer than the evaluations he had made of the other students’ demonstrations, he really didn’t want S’Hraa to feel that his inability to properly demonstrate his proficiency with Animancy was going to be held against him. As it was, it would be hard to justify being hard on any of the students that had already demonstrated their abilities. It seemed that they were a particularly talented bunch this time around.

”Okay, I think that there’s only one student left, right?” Den asked after S’Hraa had rejoined the other students. His gaze swept across the group of students several times before he noticed a small figure that he hadn’t seen come forward to demonstrate their abilities yet. ”I knew we still had one more to go! Come on over and show us what you can do,” he called out to Anyu, while gesturing her for her come forward.
Character Name: Den, Mentor of House Meadowmist
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with: Artemis@FurFox

The next student to step forth and take the diagnostic test was a Moon Elf girl who approached the square with a determine stride before calmly introducing herself as Artemis Eldon. As Den noted which Schools she had affinities for, he had to admit that he was simultaneously relieved and disappointed that Artemis seemed remarkably normal compared to Marius and Sylvanna. On the one hand, it meant that her demonstration would probably proceed rather smoothly, which was further supported by her calm and collected demeanor. On the other hand, it probably wouldn’t be as… interesting, for lack of a better word.

”Okay, Ms. Eldon, you may proceed with your demonstration,” Den said once he and the other proctors had finished scribbling down their notes so far. Upon receiving permission to begin, Artemis knelt down and placed her hands on the ground, which was a fairly clear indication that she was planning on demonstrating her ability with Evocation magic. Such hypotheses were confirmed a few moments later when a section of the ground in front of her burst apart and flew into the sky before Artemis maneuvered it to fall directly on top of her.

Moments before the clod of dirt collided with her, Artemis vanished from sight for just an instant before reappearing just out of the way of the pile of dirt she had been controlling. ”I really got a bunch of talented students this time around,” Den remarked to himself as he made a note of Artemis’s ability to use Conjuration magic to teleport. Though she had only crossed a very short distance using her magic, it was still a rather impressive feat considering the fact that she was just a novice. It usually took Conjurers several years of study and practice before they were able to teleport at all, though it did apparently become easier once it had been done the first time.

Evidently not content to finish her demonstration by showing of her ability to use teleportation magic, Artemis promptly turned to face the pile of dirt that she had been manipulating before and used her magic to mold it into the a geometric model of a regular cat. Once satisfied with the appearance of her sculpture, she solidified the dirt so that it would keep its shape before conjuring a large hat and placing it on the sculpture’s head. A few moments later, she declared that she was finished and went about retrieving the hat and moving the dirt she had been using back into the hole that she had pulled it from.

”Very well done, Ms. Eldon,” Den said in a congratulatory tone as he finished making his notes. ”Though I’m sure that you are aware, I must say that being able to use Conjuration magic to teleport is an incredible accomplishment for a new student. Of course, the precision you displayed when working earth aligned Evocation magic is also noteworthy. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t excited to see more of what you’re capable of as the semester goes on.”

Once he finished giving her his evaluation and she had rejoined the other students, Den called out for the next student to come forward and demonstrate their abilities.

Character Name: Den, Mentor of House Meadowmist
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with: Rhiale@Moyai

The next student to approach the square in order to take the test was a silver-haired human woman who calmly introduced herself as Rahele of Modiri and stated that she had affinities for the Schools of Animancy and Alteration. Her use of a location as a substitute for her last name was a little puzzling, but Den wasn’t all that concerned about it. It wasn’t all that uncommon for the Guild to accept students that had troubled pasts that they would rather forget. Odds were that Rahele was just one such student. Regardless, Den didn’t have that much time to consider the possibilities before Rahele signalled the beginning of her demonstration by placing her hand over her eyes.

While she had clearly worked some sort of magic by briefly covering her eyes, it was a little hard to see what that might have been. Den and the other proctors were just too far away to really make out the change in her eye color or the slight shine that they had obtained due to her magic. Fortunately, the Guild had a policy of making sure that a proctor with an affinity for Divination was present for these tests for just such occasion. Said proctor, a stocky Gnome with an impressive gray beard, was nodding occasionally and making notes as Rahele looked around the field for something.

A few moments later, however, Rahele used magic with an effect that Den could see, namely the arrival of a fairly hefty crow from another section of the practice field. Rahele then proceeded to spend the next several moments speaking quietly with the bird as if negotiating something with it. While she spoke too quietly for Den to hear what she was saying, it was clear that the negotiations weren’t going exactly as planned from her annoyed expression at points. Eventually, however, she seemed to come to an agreement with the crow, as it flew off to retrieve a branch for her.

Rahele then used the stick to prod a stone from nearby on the practice field a couple of times. As expected, the flimsy branch nearly snapped each time she used it to press the stone. At least that was the case until she used her magic to make the stick glow brightly and shoved it at the rock. Upon making contact with the enchanted branch, the rock cracked open with seemingly no more effort than it would have taken to snap the branch originally. Then, without dismissing the magic that she had laid upon the stick, Rahele snapped it in half in order to show that she had actually used the stick as a conduit for her magic to weaken the rock instead of strengthening the branch.

After taking a few moments to confer with the Gnome proctor about what magic Rahele had used in the beginning of her demonstration and finalize his notes, Den responded to Rahele’s finishing comment. ”I wouldn’t worry. Your performance was quite good. Your ability to use Animancy to communicate with animals was certainly interesting, even if your negotiations did take you a little while. I understand that it isn’t a particularly hard ability to learn, but it’s still rather uncommon in these parts. It was also refreshing to see you use Alteration magic in a way that didn’t humiliate one of your teachers. In all seriousness, having the ability to morph aspects of yourself that aren’t necessarily physical shows that you have a lot of skill with Alteration. I’m curious to see how you advance that during your time here.”

Once he finished giving her his evaluation and she had rejoined the other students, Den called out for the next student to come forward and demonstrate their abilities.
Character Name: Den, Mentor of House Meadowmist
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with: Sylvanna Teledar @Etranger

The next student to come forward in order to take the test was a tall Sun Elf woman who announced herself as Sylvanna Teledar in a grandiose fashion after pirouetting to the square. ”Is she trying to outperform Marius’s demonstration?” Den pondered idly as he noted which Schools she had affinities for. If this was going to be the start of a strange rivalry between the two of them to see which of them could show off their skills in the most extraordinary and over the top fashion, the following year was going to be a pretty interesting one. Den just hoped that none of the resulting antics pushed their teachers too far. They were pretty hard to replace after all.

”Okay, Ms. Teledar, you may proceed with your demonstration,” Den said with a permissive gesture of his hand once he and the other two proctors had finished scribbling down the notes on their initial impressions. Upon receiving permission to begin with her demonstration, Sylvanna launched herself into the air and pulled off a spin somewhere near the apex of her jump. ”It seems like we have a couple of athletes in our group this year,” Den remarked to himself with a small smile as Sylvanna landed dramatically.

When she pointed behind to the other side of the field behind them and declared that her talents were on display, Den and the other proctors turned somewhat excitedly to see what she had done. Of course, their excitement quickly gave way to confusion as they failed to find even the barest hint of magic at the specified location. Had she done something more subtle? Was the change small enough that they would need to get closer to actually see it? Truth be told, that level of precision would be quite commendable in a new student.

Unfortunately, before anyone could ask any such clarifying questions of Sylvanna, the clothes belonging to the female proctor standing next to Den fell apart. With a small shriek, the blushing woman quickly tried to cover herself as much as possible, though her efforts were ultimately in vain. ”Y-You horrible little…” the moon elf woman stammered indignantly before she began stomping away from the group. ”I’ll see that you’re expelled for this! Do you hear me?” Judging from the laughing fit Sylvanna seemed to be having over the whole thing, however, it seemed obvious that she had in fact not heard the moon elf woman’s threat.

”That was a little uncalled for, don’t you think?” Den asked with a sigh as he walked over to the laughing Sun Elf after his colleague had stormed off, using her magic to turn herself invisible once the shock of the whole situation had worn off a bit. While it was true that Sylvanna was a new student and had been acting within the context of the diagnostic test, it was also true that she could have chosen to demonstrate her prowess with Alteration magic without embarrassing one of her proctors.

”We’ll have to discuss your punishment later,” Den continued after a moment. Expulsion was almost certainly too severe a punishment for what was essentially a juvenile prank, but scrubbing pots in the kitchens or mopping floors weren’t. Hopefully a week or two of extra chores would help Sylvanna realize that she shouldn’t be pulling pranks on her teachers or other more advanced students of the Guild. Of course, she shouldn’t pull pranks on anyone, but her laughing fit made Den think that it would take a little more than some manual labor to convince her to give up pranking people.

While Sylvanna recovered from her laughing fit, Den recorded his impressions of her abilities as displayed during her demonstration. From the fact that she hadn’t bothered to utilize Enchantment magic, it was clear that she hadn’t really taken the opportunity to show off her abilities as seriously as she should have, so it was a little harder than normal to accurately judge her abilities. She had shown a level of precision when it came to using her Alteration magic to weaken the proctor’s clothes at the seams from a distance, however, which was a point worth noting regarding her ability with that School.

As Den and the other remaining proctor finished their notes on Sylvanna’s performance, they were joined by another teacher who would fill in for the moon elf proctor that Sylvanna had humiliated. Once he had arrived and Sylvanna had returned to the others, Den called out and gestured for the next student to come forward.
Character Name: Den, Mentor of House Meadowmist
Time of Day: Early afternoon
Location: The practice fields
Interacting with: Marius Sirvaki @ShwiggityShwah

After telling his students to line up and calling for the first student to step up to the square marked on the field, Den went to join the other two proctors for the diagnostic exam. As the mentor to House Meadowmist, he was expected to lead the test in a sense, which mostly just meant making sure that the students’ demonstrations proceeded smoothly and were judged fairly. It was no big deal really. And, truth be told, Den generally enjoyed getting the opportunity to see what the abilities of his students were, so he didn’t particularly mind the extra responsibility.

The first student to take the test was a red-headed man that approached the square on the field with an eager, yet confident stride. After the man had stepped into the square, he introduced himself as Marius Sirvaki, the Phoenix Dawn after a rather snide remark concerning the ignorance of the Guild when it came to legends such as himself. ”So this is the student that challenged Marwyn to a duel the other day,” Den thought wryly as he noted the Schools of Magic that Marius had an affinity for, as well as his disdain for the others. That was a mindset that would almost inevitably cause issues when he needed to work with his fellow students. But that would be a problem for a later day. For now, Den just needed to focus on evaluating his skills. ”Okay, Mr. Sirvaki, you may proceed with your demonstration.”

Evidently eager to begin, Marius wasted no time in dropping into a stance and pulling on the mana around him to cast his flame wall spell, his figure surrounded by faintly smoldering arcane symbols. While such displays were decidedly impressive to watch, they also happened to be largely unnecessary for the manipulation of mana from a purely academic standpoint. Many students that had received some level of training before coming to the Guild had similar habits when it came to casting magic, however, as they had somehow learned that they were necessary. Either that, or they had a habit for showing off whenever possible. Considering what he had seen of Marius’s personality so far, Den wasn’t quite sure which was more likely.

As the flames from Marius’s spell surged from the ground to form a wall that partially obscured him from sight, Den had to admit that Marius’s overconfidence was perhaps not entirely undeserved. Simultaneously using magic from two separate Schools at the same time was definitely something that was beyond the ability of the Guild’s typical new student. Using the barrier to maintain the wall of fire so that he didn’t have to continuously feed it mana had also been pretty clever. Of course, that didn’t really mean that Marius had mastered either of the Schools that he used, but that was a lesson that he would probably have to learn on his own.

Marius promptly followed his wall of fire with another demonstration, drawing mana before leaping into the air and utilizing a barrier to provide himself with the ability to jump again. As he cleared the wall of fire that he had created, he launched a bolt of lightning at the ground a short distance in front of Den and the other two proctors. Reflexively, Den put up a small barrier to protect himself and his colleagues from any errant effects when he saw that the bolt was going to land nearby. When Marius signalled that he was finished with his demonstrations by dismissing his wall of fire, Den allowed his own barrier to vanish as well.

Marius’s demonstration with the lightning bolt further cemented Den’s belief that he had had a significant amount of training before arriving at the Guild. Even though air and fire weren’t opposite elements, it would still take a complete novice some time before they were able to achieve the level of mastery in each that was necessary for combining them. The aftereffects of the demonstration, namely the damage to the environment, also confirmed Den’s suspicion that Marius was somewhat lacking in finesse. While Den supposed that it might just be the case that Marius was showing off, there were ways to demonstrate power and dexterity at the same time that would have been more impressive than just brute force.

”While I appreciate your enthusiasm,” Den said as he finished scribbling down his notes on Marius’s performance, ”advancing to the rank of adept requires more than just demonstrating a proficiency with magic. In particular, you’ll also have to show that you have learned the material from your classes to a satisfactory degree by passing an exam. Not to mention the fact that the actual test of your magical ability will be a lot less free-form than this diagnostic test.”

As Den responded to Marius’s somewhat absurd request, the other two proctors went about making certain that none of the embers remaining from Marius’s demonstration would catch anything on fire. ”That’s not to say that your demonstration was lackluster,” Den continued after he had placed his notes on Marius’s performance in a wooden chest nearby. ”You’re clearly a talented mage who has had a substantial amount of training before arriving. It probably won’t be too long before you pass the actual advancement test.”

Once the other proctors had returned and placed their own notes in the chest and Marius had rejoined the others, Den called out for the next student to step forward.
Character Name: Anyu
Time of Day: Late morning to early afternoon
Location: Auditorium of the main hall to the classroom to the practice fields
Interacting with: Everyone, in a sense

The rest of the morning leading up to the beginning of their class passed by like a whirlwind to Anyu as she tagged along with Marius’s group. Their first stop had been the quartermaster’s office so that anyone in their group that hadn’t already picked up their uniforms could do so as Tiana had suggested. The uniform itself was a relatively simple affair and consisted of a forest green robe that was trimmed with a lighter green cloth, sturdy brown trousers, a scarf of golden cloth and a pair of leather gloves for colder weather, a light gold shirt, a belt with a symbol of a tree spreading its branches in the dawn on the buckle, and a pair of sturdy black boots. In order to help students keep cool in the humid heat of Alsijan, most of the uniform was made using cotton.

Despite being told quite often that she and the other students needed to pick up their uniforms, Anyu found it hard to believe that the Guild would just provide them all with enough sets of clothing to last them a week. Though some of the other students might have felt that the uniforms were lacking in quality, they were leagues better than the ratty, oversized tunic Anyu had been wearing since being found by Ilya what felt like forever ago. She was also pleasantly surprised to find that the uniform fit her tiny frame rather well, with the only issue being that it was a little too long in the arms and torso. They had even remembered to leave a hole in the trousers for her tail to go through!

Once everyone in their group had changed into one of their uniforms, with the rest to be delivered to their dorm rooms later in the day, they made their way to the nearest dining hall in order. Considering it was still somewhat early on in the day, the dining hall was occupied by a good number of students who were also planning on breakfasting. Fortunately, there were still enough open seats that Anyu and the rest of Marius’s group were able to sit together once they had obtained their food. Seeing as how none of them really knew each other all that well, there wasn’t a ton of conversation that took place while they ate their respective meals, a turn of events for which Anyu was grateful.

After everyone in their group had finished eating, they proceeded to the auditorium of the main hall for the orientation of the new students and were able to get seats in the middle of the rows. New students, most of them from other houses, continued to trickle in and fill in the rows around them while they waited for the orientation to begin. Sitting there, Anyu took the opportunity to observe her surroundings. She could see almost immediately that the auditorium itself was quite spacious and was easily able to hold many time more students than were probably going to be attending the orientation. The space as a whole was dominated by the large stage in front of the rows of seating, which was an impression that was only enhanced by the fact that it was well illuminated by magical lights. Before Anyu could look around at much else, however, a tall woman wearing a dark blue robe that was chased with silver embroidery walked onto the stage and up to the podium of dark wood in the center.

”Good morning, everyone!” the lithe human woman standing behind the podium said, her warm tone cutting through the chatter of the students assembled before the stage she was on. Smiling, the woman pushed a lock of her strawberry blonde hair over her ear while she waited for the students to quiet themselves sufficiently. Once she was certain that she would be able to be heard without shouting, she continued. ”I believe that some of you may have already met me, but for those who haven’t had that opportunity, I am your Headmistress for the year, Maryn Bashan. While I am here mostly to give you a brief overview of the rules that the Guild feels should be stressed the most, I wanted to say a few words of encouragement first.”

”Some of you here may be feeling that your acceptance as a student was a mistake and that you aren’t talented or smart enough to become a fully-fledged mage,” the Headmistress continued, her bright green eyes sweeping across the students gathered before her periodically as if making sure that they were listening attentively. ”I want you to push those feelings aside. If you don’t, they’ll only get in your way and cause you to stumble. Instead, focus on the opportunity that you have been given to study here. The Mage’s Guild of Alsijan is one of the most prestigious magical organizations in the world with a rich history that stretches back centuries. Each of our teachers and mentors possesses a vast wealth of knowledge that they are eager and willing to share with you. Take advantage of that and continue pushing forwards.”

The Headmistress paused and nodded to the group of attendants at the back of the room before continuing. As she spoke, the people from the back of the room dispersed and began traveling down the aisles and handing out stacks of books for the students to pass along the rows they were seated in. ”With that said, we’ll now move on and go over some of the more important rules that you’ll have to abide by while you’re a student here. To avoid taking up too much of your time, we aren’t going to go over every rule in detail. Those will be covered by the handbooks that are being passed out to everyone right now. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that ignorance of the rules is no excuse for not following them! Make sure that you read the handbook and understand the rules of the Guild if you want to avoid disciplinary action.”

Anyu listened attentively as the Headmistress proceeded to discuss some of the rules that she had been alluding to throughout the presentation, like the ban on using magic in the dormitories, so that she wouldn’t accidentally break any of them. As it was, she was probably going to have to ask one of the other students to tell her the less important rules because of the fact that she couldn’t read a word of the book that they had been provided with. Hopefully, Anyu wouldn’t end up breaking any of the more obscure rules in her ignorance and getting into trouble.

True to her word, the Headmistress didn’t spend all that much time going over the rules that they were expected to follow as students. ”I want to thank you all for your time. I know that this kind of stuff isn’t very interesting, even if it is important,” she said as she wrapped up. ”From here, everyone will split up into their respective Houses and go to their first lesson with their House mentor. Attendants at the back are holding up placards with the House symbols on them. Go and find the one that matches your House so they can take you to the appropriate classroom. Thanks again and have a great time this year!”

Even before the Headmistress had finished speaking, some of the other students in the auditorium were beginning to stand up and start making their way to the back of the room where the attendants were standing. Though the chaos meant that things probably took longer than they really should have, everyone eventually made it to the attendant that was holding the symbol of the House before being lead to the classroom where they would have their first lecture as students of the Guild.

As it turned out, House Meadowmist’s class was on the second floor in a spacious classroom that had a wonderful view of the dormitories they had come from. The classroom itself was probably rather typical for organizations like the Mage’s Guild at the time, consisting of a number of desks arranged in rows for the students to sit and take notes at and a large board of black glass that had been imbued so that it glowed wherever the teacher wrote on it with a similarly enchanted stylus. Of course, there was also a wooden podium at the front of the room for the teacher to lay their notes and other belongings down while they taught.

Their teacher was already sitting in the room on one of the desks and consulting his notes when the attendant directed them through the door. The mentor of House Meadowmist was a Wood Elf man with short, curly dark brown hair and a clean-shaven face. Though he, like most everyone, towered over her, Anyu could tell that he was a little on the shorter side compared to some of the other elves that she had met so far. Upon seeing them enter, he rose to his feet gracefully and gave them a large smile. ”Ah, there you all are,” he said jovially, gesturing for them to all take a seat. ”Hopefully that whole orientation business wasn’t too boring for you. Marwyn is usually pretty good as keeping those things moving, but it can feel like they drag on for an eternity.”

Once everyone was seated, the man continued. ”Hello everyone. My name is Denolin Elmrock, but feel free to call me Den. I’m sure you’ve already introduced yourselves and gotten to know each other a bit, so we’ll just move onto the lecture,” Den said as he moved to the board and grabbed the slim stylus. He wrote “The Basics of Magic” at the top of the leftmost part of the board before he spoke again. ”I’m going to apologize in advance if this is a review for any of you here, but just bear with me. Not everyone has had the same prior education in how to use magic. Don’t worry though, after lunch you’ll be attending a more hands-on class where you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities so that we can see how far along you are.

“Though it may seem mysterious and strange, the act of using magic is really just the manipulation of the energy that makes up our world. This energy is called mana. There are a number of theories dealing with the nature of mana and magic in general, but we don’t really have the time to get into any details at the moment. Currently, we understand mana to be an external energy that can be manipulated by mages at the cost of some of their own energy. This is why mages feel fatigued after using a lot of magic, either all at once or over a longer period of time. Of course, all it takes to replenish this energy is getting some rest, so don’t worry too much if you overdo it here and there during your studies.

“Now, while all magic is performed by manipulating mana, the way that one manipulates mana is very, very important. As it turns out, certain magics can only be performed by manipulating mana in particular ways. This is why acts of magic are divided into the various categories that we call Schools of Magic. As an example, to use magic from the School of Evocation, a mage must use mana to manipulate the various elemental energies that help form the foundation of the world, but using magic from the School of Illusion requires shaping mana to create fake images and sensations that trick or mislead others. These are two very different effects, but can both be said to just be the product of manipulating mana.

“And of course, much like some people have a natural talent for swordsmanship or painting, so too does every mage have a natural talent, or affinity, for using one or two of the Schools of Magic. Of course, every mage can learn how to use magic from every School if they’re dedicated enough. It’s just that a mage with an affinity for a specific School will always be better at using it than a mage without an affinity for that School. As such, most mages choose to focus on developing their abilities with the Schools that they do have an affinity for. It’s also worth noting that mages with only one affinity usually find themselves exceptionally talented in that School of Magic.

“As a sort of supplement to the Schools of Magic, we also have what we call the Magecrafts. These are skills related to the creation of magical items that don’t really rely on a particular way of manipulating mana, which is why they aren’t classified as Schools. It also makes them more or less open for everyone to learn regardless of their particular affinities. Of course, you’ll still have people that are more talented than others in that craft, but that’s just the way life is. During your time here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to engage in the Magecrafts if you’re so inclined.”

Just as Den finished speaking, the ornate clock hanging above the doorway chimed softly as the longer hand ticked along so that it was pointing at the top of the clock with the shorter hand. Tsking slightly, Den continued once the clock had finished making noise. ”I suppose that’s my sign to stop here for the day. We’ll cover the different Schools and Magecrafts in more specific detail next time,” he said as he made a note of how far he had gotten in his notes. ”Go ahead and enjoy your lunch. But remember that you have to be on the practice field in an hour for the diagnostic class.”

From there, the group made their way to the dining hall for lunch, finding a table that they could all sit at easily enough after getting their meals. Having never attended a class in her life, Anyu was a little overwhelmed by how much information she had just received in what was a little under an hour of time. ”There’s no way that I’m going to remember all of that,” she lamented to herself. She also hadn’t been able to understand any of what he wrote on the board either due to her illiteracy. Hopefully he hadn’t written anything on the board that he hadn’t also said in his lecture.

Lunch for Anyu passed in relative solitude, even though she stayed with the group that Marius had gathered back at the common room. With the lunch rush going on, there was just a lot of background noise that made it hard to hear what the people around her were saying. Anyu still did her best to respond whenever she thought someone was addressing her, though she wasn’t sure if they could hear her over the din. She wasn’t a very loud person after all, and she didn’t really feel comfortable raising her voice even if it was just so that people could hear her.

Eventually, however, lunch was over and the group was on their way to the practice fields that Den had told them about. The fields were not terribly large, seeing as how they were in the middle of the city and all, but they were easily large enough for the students to spread out and show off their magic without interfering with one another. Though the Meadowmist students arrived a little earlier than the specified time, Den and several of the other teachers were already there and were talking amongst themselves in a lighthearted manner.

”Okay guys! Come over this way,” Den called out whenever he noticed the Meadowmist students arriving, signalling for them to follow him to an area of the field. ”We’re going to go ahead and do this one at a time, so go ahead and line up behind that white line on the grass. The order you line up in doesn’t matter to me in the least, so do it however you want. When it’s your turn, go to the square over there and state your name. Then the proctor will ask you a few questions about your affinity and what you’re comfortable trying with your magic before giving you the go ahead to show off. This is purely a diagnostic test, so don’t worry about making mistakes or anything like that. Just do your best. Ok? Then let’s get started! First in line, you’re up!”
Yeah, that's it. The orientation and lecture component of the class will take place during the late morning so that students have time to get their uniforms and what not. After those are finished, the students will have an hour or so for lunch before heading to the practical component of the class.
Sorry for being silent the past few days everyone. Classes have gotten a bit more involved, so I was a bit more preoccupied than I would have liked. I have still been working on moving things along, however! So, I thought that I'd share my thoughts so far.

First of all, I think that it would be a good idea for everyone to communicate what their character would have done leading up to the class itself so that we maintain some consistency between our posts. While this isn't a huge deal, I figured that it might make it somewhat easier for people to post what their character was doing leading up to the class.

The way that I'm currently planning on structuring the class post is as follows:
  • Orientation
  • Lecture on the Fundamentals of Magic
  • Demonstration of Abilities

The orientation component will just consist of the Headmaster introducing themselves to the new students and the handing out of the student manual, which will contain all of the rules and regulations of the Guild. Then the mentor of the House will take over and teach the first class. This lecture will be focused largely on providing everyone with a basic academic understanding of magic, like how one can use magic and how the Schools of Magic are set up. Finally, the students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their current level of ability with their magic to their peers and mentors. While a fun and lighthearted event, this is also a way for the teachers to determine which students might need extra assistance outside of class. Once the class is entirely finished, the students will be able to head to the dining halls for dinner before retiring to their dormitory.

Also, I was thinking that it might be neat to do a bit of a collaboration with the actual lecture component of the class so that some students can ask questions and what not. If you think you might be interested in that, let me know and we can set something up. It won't be a full on collaboration, but it would provide you with the opportunity to interact at least a little during the lecture. I'm planning on having this post up by Saturday evening at the latest, so make to talk to me before that if you're interested.

As for house colors, I'm going to go ahead and go with the following combination:

Because it seems like using House colors is the more popular option, I went ahead and put together some possible color combinations that seem to fit a House with a name like Meadowmist.

Also, I figured it would be a good time to come up with a House symbol, so those will be included as well. The colors would be switched to be the house colors we end up deciding on, so keep that in mind as well.

Let me know what you guys think. :D
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