Made up of individuals dedicated to the education of others. The group distinguishes between its noble and common students, offering different tracks of study depending on one’s station and prospective employment.
They are a recent group, having been founded under a special blessing by King Uthyr of Caerleon, and are working to extend their reach to the rest of Bretonia. At the moment, they have holdings which they purchase from local lords, and educate anyone who wishes to come and learn, child or adult, farmer or lord. Naturally, some of these have more available free time than others.
There is not a lot of over-arcing hierarchy across the nation, but at the moment there is a headmaster in each major city of Carleon overseeing an academy. Some are smaller than others, but many employ their teachers at a living wage. Who cares where the money comes form so long as it keeps coming?
The scholars that an academy might employ are:
- Headmaster: The official officer and overseer of the academy where-ever one happens to exist. They are responsible for seeing to the needs of the instructors, the gathering of resources, the procurement of blessings from the local nobility. They act as the settler of disputes, the authority on the knowledge shared within their academy, the guides for their house, and fill in for instructors as needed.
- Librarian: They are in charge of overseeing, distributing, and protecting the academy’s resources. Parchment for writing, books for reading, and they generally upkeep the house and the grounds of the academy or see to their upkeep if outside labor is available at a good price.
- Grammarian: An instructor in the basics of language and the basics of etiquette. They delve into the advanced topics as necessary, but tend to teach basic skills regarding the art of speaking, and reading, learning letters, then words, then sentences, and teaches them things to do with those sentences that defy basic understanding. It’s an acquired taste.
- Linguist: A linguist may know a small number of languages, or they may know many. They teach the languages that fall outside of the common tongue, both old and foreign. The language that an instructor knows are taught to their pupils in whatever method most befits that language. The reason a person has for studying new languages varies, but the linguist does their best to instruct people from all walks of life.
- Historian: A boring bard. A Historian is an instructor in the ancient stories, but they sift through those stories told from multiple perspectives and attempt to determines the fact. They then educate others in those facts so that those-who-are can know that-which-was, and by doing so help to build a better what-will-be.
- Arithmancer: Numbers are the foundation of the universe, and if you don’t believe that you can just ask an arithmancer. They are the instructors who dedicate themselves to the teaching of logic, reasoning, mathematics, basic and advanced. For the beginner, the basic logic of numbers and counting are easy enough to master, but a talented arithmancer can predict the tiniest movements of the stars aloft in the field of heaven.
- Alchemist: These are the instructors who teach the philosophy of the natural world, its patterns and its uses. While the title might invoke the flask and vial, they are not explicitly or exclusively potion-masters, though some of them are more than capable of drafting a good brew. They tend to instruct and advise others as necessary, though their lessons are often more practical and more ‘hands on’ than the lectures of those they work beside.
- Instructor: Other teachers are granted the title of Instructor, which is to say a General Instructor. They fill in for the other staff as necessary, and can teach a little bit of each topic. Mostly the younger patrons of the academy are placed under their tutelage, but anyone seeking a basic understanding of the scoluris arts sits under a general instructor before they sit under a more specific tutelage.
Motto: “We are the walkers on the path to understanding.”
- Learn all that you can.
- Teach all that you learn.
- Prepare each member of society for their role in it.
A tree in bloom.
To educate the people and increase their quality of life.
To ensure that those who dedicate themselves to this service can make a living wage.