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Introduction to Challenges of Magical University Life

Welcome to Challenges of Magical University Life! Noéline has average power levels, but she's clever and skilled and managed to trick her way into the premier university of the country. It's a struggle to keep up with the spoilt nobles, but she's determined to graduate top of her year no matter who she has to crush to do so! Come read about her studies and misadventures!
Introduction to the story | Noéline Rihour | Biology of magic | Novel upcoming

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Short book synopsis
Noéline is determined not to let her intelligence and magical skills go to waste just because she was born a commoner and with an average power level. Yet, tricking her way into being admitted at the premier magical university of the country was easy compared to what comes after. Keeping pace with the powerful offspring of wealthy noble families is a constant struggle, not helped by the fact that they all feel the need to transform any group project and school competition into a state matter... But Noéline will graduate top of her year-mates, whoever she had to crush to do so!  

Meta

 

Genre

High fantasy, slice-of-life, magical school subgenre, with a romance over the series.    

Location

Set in a secondary world where everyone has different levels of magical powers.    

Unique selling point

Explore daily life in a magical university and students' daily struggles with team projects and dealing with rich spoiled brats and school drama.    

Tone

Knightdim   The world is filled with inequality between the powerful and the weak, nobles and commoners, rich and poor. However, Noéline has lived a comfortable life so far, and she is not one to let technicalities like her lack of title get in her way. She always realistically accepts the limitations imposed on her by society and goes about finding a way to go beyond them.   Because of the big difference in magical power between individuals, a few people are enough to radically transform the country—provided they can all agree together.

The Prince by AmélieIS

 

Setting the scene

 

The world

The kingdom is ruled by a hereditary royal family, in theory with the assistance of nobles sitting in a Chamber. In practice, how much power the monarchs have compared to the Chamber changes with every generation depending on individual political skills.   The rest of society is also very hierarchical. Yet, beyond the divide between nobles and commoners, there are many opportunities to improve one's social standing through gaining skills and a respected job. This is mostly done through following an apprenticeship with the correct person or getting educated at the right university.   The University of Claret is the premier university in the kingdom, and all of its alumni are guaranteed respect and the best employment offers. Contrary to others, this university is not interested in teaching students the basics, and it only accepts them after they have already obtained a university diploma from a lesser university.   Prospective students also have to pass entrance exams to demonstrate their power, skills, and knowledge. In practice, politics and the fact that high power levels tends to run in specific families have ensured that all these most powerful families have either been ennobled or wiped out. As such, most of the students admitted to the university of Claret are nobles or from related families, with only a few others getting admitted based on their skills.

The Hero by AmélieIS

 

Studies

The university is located next to a small town whose economy is based on supporting it. All students and staff are housed on the ground of the campus in individual apartments or houses whose size depends only on the means of their residents.   The university courses are divided into several branches. Students get to choose one or two majors and one to three minors depending on how studious they are. Students of each branch have their own reputations, and knowing someone's choices is an important part of deciphering their character.      
  • Physical (all sorts of combat techniques and physical exercises): for future military officers, jocks or violent blood-thirsty and sometimes sadistic people.
  • Technologies (enchanting, spell crafting, rituals, architecture...): hands-on people. A safe choice, as this is one of the most useful branches of magic, but one for poor nobles who will need to make a living.
  • Materials (chemistry, alchemy (chemistry with magical procedures), geology, matter (theoretical physics)): similar to the technologies branch, but more practical and down-to-earth.
  • Calculations (divinatory statistics, arithmetic for spell crafting or rituals, geometry for spells or rituals, runes, astrophysics (divination and rituals), magnetism, photonics (light, illusion, colours)): for clever people who always have their head in numbers and don't like other people.
  • Nature (plant, fungi, and animal biologies, healing): for nice people, future healers or vets, pushovers.
  • Arts (literature (include philosophy), history, politics (include economics), psychology (include sociology), geography (include international relationships)): for politically connected nobles with high ambitious or rich people who want to learn how to manage their lands, all arrogant snobs.
  • Crafts (painting, sculpting, music..): for artists and superficial people without ambition and with too much money and free time.

The rival by AmélieIS

 

Main character

Noéline has lived a comfortable life so far, with her parents having good jobs, money and status in their local community. She could have an easy life handed out to her. But Noéline is ambitious. She wants knowledge and the respect that comes with the status of being one of the premier scholars in the country. And she has decided that she is not going to let something like her lack of raw power limit her.   Noéline is a very curious person who is passionate about learning absolutely everything. She has an amiable if slightly shy disposition, which hides a big arrogance and a devouring ambition. She is scornful about people who do not take advantage of the education opportunities given to them and of people who think themselves cleverer than they are and who dare to look down on others—or at least those who do so without good justifications.   After the success of her little plot to gain admittance to the best university in the country, Noéline is determined to enjoy her time there, learn as much as possible, and to not stand out—beyond her awesome academic talents, of course. She is not going to be happy to see anyone threaten her plans because of what she sees as immaturity and petty rivalry...  
Majors calculations and technologies, minors materials and arts

Noéline by AmélieIS

 

Other characters

The Hero: Lidéric. From a very important noble family. He is very friendly and outgoing, a bit impish and daring too. He is very loyal to his friends and family and often acts without thinking. He likes to be hands-on and to study things that he judges directly "useful".
Major physical, minors arts and nature (he is torn between becoming an officer or a healer)   The Poor Relation: Obéline. She is from an old noble family that has become impoverished. This causes her a lot of stress and worry about how she is going to earn money. She resents having to think about that and is often in denial and refuses to study with too much care.
Major physical, minors crafts (as a form of rebellion against only doing useful subjects) and technologies (to actually learn something that can be turned into a job)   The Noble Traitor: Vendelin. Members of his family betrayed the royal family. He is only accepted in society on sufferance, and he is regarded with high suspicion, even more because of the fact he refuses to act with caution. He is brash and provocative, and he hides his confusion about politics and where his loyalty lays.
Major physical, minors nature and arts (but people wary of him studying politics)
The Rival: Joséus. From a very important family. He is ambitious and sees himself as very clever and talented, not liking other people beating him at anything, which has created a long rivalry with the hero around their duelling skills. His ambitions are mainly in joining his family in politics, but he is also torn with wanting to study sciences. For now, he is dividing his attention between both.
Majors arts and physical, minors materials and calculations   The Prince: Edélius From a minor branch of the royal family and not in the same uni year level as the others. He is the best student the university has seen in generations and has been studying all of the different branches of studies available. He seems to be studious but also charming and gifted with people. He is highly respected and admired by the whole student body who all vie for his attention. This is causing tensions with the rest of the royal family who are jealous of this.
Majors arts and technologies, minors calculations and physical (he is turning those minors into majors with extra work thanks to his teachers' indulgence, and also effectively making materials and nature into minors)
 

Conflicts

 

Noéline's secret

Noéline needs to keep hidden the fact that she does not technically have a high enough magical power to have passed the entrance exam to the university, or she would be dismissed immediately. With so many of the mandatory modules she has to study taking power for granted, it is proving to be far harder than it should be.


Rivalries

The student body is filled with rivalries more or less immature and violent. Since almost all students come from high society, they all have grown up knowing each other and being forced into close contact with each other. Most of them have a long memory and are still feeling quite vindictive about events that happened in kindergarten... Adding to that the fierce rivalries for grades, school competitions, and friendships and amorous relationships, and the atmosphere is always quite explosive.


Politics

Despite the university sometimes feeling like an enclave from the external world, the reality can never be fully escaped. The alliances and quarrels between the noble families of the kingdom play an important role in their children's social life, and political drama can upend the university at any instant.   In addition, despite what the university might officially say, it is very clear that the students' family names have a great impact on the way they are treated by their teachers and the staff, their grade, and what they can get away with...  

The Traitor by AmélieIS

 

What to read next

 


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Apr 21, 2022 21:17 by Mochi

This looks super interesting! Can't wait to read more about this!

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Apr 21, 2022 21:36 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Glad you're interested :D

To see what I am up to: World Ember 2023 list of articles.
Apr 23, 2022 03:57
Apr 23, 2022 11:50 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks :D

To see what I am up to: World Ember 2023 list of articles.
May 3, 2022 22:30 by Lilliana Casper

I'm excited to read more about this! I find it interesting that Noeline is not actually an honest person and is probably not very nice. Hearing about the different characters and the setting makes me more interested in this than I would have thought.

Lilliana Casper   I don't comment much, but I love reading your articles! Please check out my worlds, Jerde and Tread of Darkness.
May 12, 2022 21:19 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Glad you're interested :D Well, I hope Noéline is not that bad a person XD In an unfair word, she's just decided to even the playing field with a little "cheating" :p

To see what I am up to: World Ember 2023 list of articles.
Oct 6, 2023 19:11 by Molly Marjorie

This pushes a lot of my favorite fiction buttons. I'm very excited about it!

Check out Natural Magic : a coming of age fantasy novel, because life is hard enough when you're fourteen, even without saving the world. Or listen to it in podcast form .
Dec 22, 2023 16:35 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks! <3 I'll try to come back to this world next year. I wanted to work on it during this World Ember but I didn't have enough time to prepare everything I wanted to start writing the short stories.

To see what I am up to: World Ember 2023 list of articles.
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