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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
@Moyai That's a fair point. We could simply use primary schools of magic if people want to go that route, but it would probably just be easier to use house colors.
Character Name: Anyu
Time of Day: Early morning
Location: The common room of the dormitory
Interacting with: Marius Sirvaki @ShwiggityShwah, Brandon Argyle @Avant


Marius’s response to Brandon’s tirade was a lot milder than Anyu had expected it to be. Though Anyu hadn’t been able to understand any of the guttural sounds he made at first, his tone came across as neutral and composed as he addressed the irate dwarf. Even when he switched back to speaking words that Anyu could actually understand, he only seemed slightly annoyed with the whole situation. Despite the fact that Anyu would more than likely never actually take a side in their discussion, she had to admit that Marius had a point about Brandon being rude by arriving suddenly and berating him. To be fair to Brandon, however, the only reason Anyu didn’t think that it had been rude of Marius to not ask or remember her name was because Anyu really didn’t expect anyone to. She wasn’t that important after all.

Seeming to have calmed down somewhat, Brandon responded in a more neutral tone that Dwarves wouldn’t waste good manners on Marius before pointing out several people that he thought would make good companions for the fiery-haired man. His list was pretty short, containing only the Sun Elf woman, Sylvanna, that was currently dancing around while repeating the insulting nickname that Brandon had used to address Marius and Orky, who had just made himself known by walking into a bookshelf. Given her lack of experience in social situations and Brandon’s composed tone of voice, Anyu couldn’t quite tell if his suggestions were meant to be an insult or not. Though the words themselves seemed innocent enough, the fact that Brandon didn’t seem to like Marius and the fact that he had named two of the stranger people in the room made it seem like he wasn’t being very kind at all.

His list given, Brandon said goodbye and apologized for bothering Anyu before heading out of the common room. ”Why would he say sorry to me?” Anyu thought with a slight frown as she watched him leave, vaguely aware that Marius had started talking to himself about something or another. Being on the receiving end of an apology was always a little weird for her, as Anyu could count on one hand the number of times in her life that someone had apologized to her about anything. On top of that, she honestly didn’t think that Brandon had done anything to warrant an apology. “Disturbing” her certainly didn’t qualify in her books, but that’s what he had mentioned.

A few moments later, Marius seemed to have finished the conversation he had been having with himself and directed his attention back towards Anyu. She nodded to let him know that he had gotten his name right, though she flinched slightly whenever he extended his bandaged hand towards her as if he was requesting a handshake. ”S-sorry, but I really don’t like being touched,” she said quietly while trying to avoid making eye contact. Hopefully Marius would understand. If he insisted, she might be able to stomach the contact for a few seconds, but it definitely wouldn’t be pretty.

When he asked her if she was new to the guild as well, Anyu simply nodded. From the way that he was dressed, it seemed that Marius had already found where they were supposed to obtain their uniforms. Hopefully, that meant that she would be able to get that taken care of without too much trouble.

Anyu nodded along as Marius transitioned to talking about allies and friends to demonstrate that she was listening, even if she didn’t really understand why the topic had shifted. Upon hearing that he would like to form a partnership with her, Anyu stopped nodding along and stared at Marius with wide, light blue eyes. Though it took her a few moments to process Marius’s offer, she knew that it ultimately would not be a good idea for her to accept it. Even if Marius was being sincere, Anyu knew that it wouldn’t take all that long for him to realize that she was a bad person and/or that she had nothing to contribute to said partnership.

Seemingly unaware of Anyu’s initial reaction, Marius continued talking about what the school expected of them before reiterating that they should be friends. When he asked her what she thought, Anyu just responded with a slight shrug. She really didn’t want to risk letting Marius or any of the others he planned on inviting get to know her well enough to realize that they were better off without her (and they certainly would eventually), but she did need to tag along with him and the others if she wanted to accomplish all of the tasks that Tiana had given them. And so, she found herself giving a very slight nod as Marius pointed out the other people he wanted to join him and discussed his plan for the rest of morning.
It seems that everyone is okay with using this uniform:


So, I'm just going to go with that. :D Do we want to add colors for each school of magic, or would we prefer that each house have its own little color scheme going on?
Okay, so here are some more pictures of possible uniforms. I tried to pick ones that looked distinct from one another, but I may not have been too successful.



It might also be worth considering if we wanted each school of magic to have unique robes for the higher ranks or not. This could be quite simple to implement by just color-coding the schools in a sense, but we could have completely different uniforms for each school if we wanted. Go ahead and let me know what you guys think. :D
Character Name: Anyu
Time of Day: Early morning
Location: The common room of the dormitory
Interacting with: Marius Sirvaki @ShwiggityShwah, Brandon Argyle @Avant


Anyu jumped and took a few steps back upon hearing a faint sound of distress from nearby, turning to see that the silver-haired woman from earlier had apparently sat down on the couch without Anyu noticing during all the commotion that had been going on. When she saw that the woman was just trying to keep the snowflakes from falling on her books and ruining them, Anyu felt a pang of guilt that caused her to squirm where she stood. ”Hopefully they’re okay,” Anyu thought, wringing her hands as the woman looked around. Though the silver-haired woman didn’t seem to be too upset at the moment, Anyu knew that she could have easily been hiding it like that large man from earlier had been.

The stern voice of the short woman who had just finished scolding Marius being directed at the group as a whole kept Anyu from worrying about it too much, however. Anyu figured that it was probably more important at the moment to listen to the matronly woman, who introduced herself as Tiana. She certainly didn’t seem like the sort of woman that would be happy with having to repeat herself, and Anyu definitely wanted to avoid giving the stern woman another possible reason to be upset with her.

While Tiana had been speaking, Anyu had noticed Marius walking towards her and glancing over his shoulder at Tiana. Afraid that moving away from the spot would attract more attention or anger the fiery-headed man, Anyu remained where she was standing and tried to listen to Tiana’s speech as best she could. Fortunately, despite being distracted by Marius and confused by a number of the words and phrases that Tiana used, Anyu was able to get the gist of her speech. ”At least I won’t get in trouble for that,” Anyu thought with a mental sigh of relief at her small success.

As Tiana began the roll call, Marius let out a little yelp that caused Anyu to flinch again while turning to see that he had almost slipped on the icy carpet. Once he had recovered, he turned to face Tiana, standing too close for Anyu’s comfort as he listened for his own name in the roll call and cast a smug look at the silver-haired woman for some reason. Seeing that Marius wasn’t particularly paying attention to her at the moment despite how close he was, Anyu took the opportunity to take a couple of steps away from him in order to put a more comfortable distance between them.

Moments later, Tiana called Marius’s name from the book she in front of her. Anyu jerked away sharply at the fiery boy’s booming shout of a response, the air around her chilling sharply as she eyed him cautiously. Before she could really think about why Marius had decided to yell, she heard Tiana read her name from the list. Uncertain of what the proper procedure was for responding, Anyu figured that it would probably be okay to emulate Marius’s response. He hadn’t gotten in trouble after all. ”H-Here,” Anyu responded as she placed her arm across her chest loosely, her voice so quiet that it was barely more than a whisper as she squirmed in place.

Fortunately, Anyu appeared to have responded more or less correctly, as Tiana wasted no time in moving onto the next name on her list. A few moments later, Tiana wrapped up her speech to the collection of novices by instructing them to make sure that they got something to eat from the dining halls when they got a chance. At the mention of food, Anyu’s stomach growled softly and reminded her that Malvin had insisted they skip breakfast that day so that they could arrive at the Guild sooner. ”Hopefully it won’t be too much trouble for me to get something to eat,” Anyu thought, grimacing slightly as her stomach rumbled again.

Nearby, Marius was quickly summarizing the instructions that Tiana had given everyone, which helped Anyu feel a little more confident that she had managed to correctly decipher the strange words Tiana had used. Then the fiery man suddenly directed his attention to Anyu and asked her if she wanted to help people. Before Anyu could respond to the strange question with more than a slight nod, the dwarf, Brandon, appeared next to the two of them and began berating Marius for being rude. Anyu trembled upon hearing the anger in Brandon’s voice and took a step away from the scene, the air chilling sharply once more. As Brandon turned his attention to her, Anyu flinched, certain that he was about to unleash his wrath upon her as well.

When it turned out that all Brandon wanted to do was ask her what her name was, Anyu was noticeably relieved, though she still shook a little from the ordeal. ”I-I’m Anyuki,” she said quietly, eyeing him with some confusion as he gave her a slight bow. She certainly wasn’t used to anyone treating her with that level of respect, though she knew that was mostly because she didn’t deserve it. Really, she just hoped that Marius’s response didn’t make Brandon any angrier. As long as things went well, she might even be able to follow one or the other of them as they went to do the things that Tiana had instructed them to. Anyu certainly didn’t know where anything was, having just arrived and all.
@Stitches Thanks for the heads up! Have a safe trip!
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