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Higher education information package

    You're about to pass your baccalaureate exam and graduate high school. Congratulations! Unfortunately, this means that soon you'll have to wander in the adult world, all alone and afraid, with nobody to hold your hand anymore to guide you. Thankfully, there is still time to make the right decision about your future and add the perfect weapons to your arsenal! Let's examine your education options!  
 

University vs Merchant school vs Craft school

  To start with, you need to become an apprentice at a university or a school. But which one to choose?  

Universities
Where to have the best education and the most choices! For people who want to be respected. No stupid—or worse poor—people welcome!

Merchant schools
For people interested in earning money! Good for learning about foreign countries, languages, and trading.

Craft schools
For practical people! Learn directly your trade here without any boring—and most often useless—theoretical stuff! Not for any stuck up nobles!

Doubling
For the ambitious. Split your time between a university and a merchant school—and be despised by double the amount of students!
  As you've probably picked up already, all of those establishments have big rivalries going on, each seeing themselves as the natural best choice—and the others as a waste of subventions! But for each type of establishment, there are internal rivalries too! Being a student is all about building up your pride and confidence by despising anyone different from you.   Let's now have a look at your dream choices: the three best universities in the country! The most terrific of rivals! Lots of fun official competitions, inter-uni friendships forbidden, sabotage expected. Don't bother applying if you're not a noble or member of the social elites, or if you are incredibly talented and ready to fight to the death for a scholarship! Foreigners outlawed to prevent them from learning our country's secrets of magic, crafts, and military skills.  

Brauchat
Student types: outgoing, strong-willed, proactive, learn by doing.
Learning method: not focused on theory, lots of hands on experience.
Focus: military arts, engineering, chemistry, alchemy, enchantments.
Alumni: our king! Lady Jeanne Sandeux, your faithful guild administrator Madame Solène de Nivers

Lonrausse
Student types: creative, intuitive, curious, think out of the box.
Learning method: creative, not focused on theory, like unconventional solutions.
Focus: military arts, magical arts, politics, ethic, philosophy, rhetoric.
Alumni: Lord Justinien de Labruyère, Master Sérénius de Coroy.

Ravance
Student types: curious, like to understand things in depth, clever enough to actually do so.
Learning method: theory, precedents, and fully understanding a phenomenon.
Focus: runes! military arts, history, dead languages, maths, physics.
Alumni: Lord Enélien Cenlys—the Dark Lord, Mistress Alina Lange.
 
 

Guild vs Company

  Congratulations, you've just graduate and are now a very fancy journeyman of your chosen field! But don't rest on your laurels, to truly progress in your career and earn respect and wealth, you now need to become a master. To do so, choose a company or a guild—such as the extraordinary rune guild!—and a proper master to study under.   But how to choose? Get someone that is: respected in your field (for the respect will blend over on you), skilled (you actually need to learn something!), patient (to tolerate your mistakes and endless questions), chatty (to actually get them to answer you!), and generally generous with their time and attention.  


Respected


Skilled


Patient


Chatty


Generous
 
 

Profit

  Congratulations, you're now a master and part of the elite of this country. You can now lord your status over everyone else and start acquiring your own minions!

   
 

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Dec 4, 2022 15:38 by Annie Stein

I love the snarky tone of this pamphlet. If only real life school pamphlets were this upfront!

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Dec 5, 2022 09:30 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks! I'm not sure I would qualify the writer as entirely honest, but at least it would make reading those a lot more fun XD

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Dec 4, 2022 16:14

Very fun pamphlet :p 'Split your time between a university and a merchant school—and be despised by double the amount of students!' Allright challenge accepted!

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Dec 5, 2022 08:47 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Ooooh, an ambitious guy! The administration people will have fun having to sort your schedule... :p

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Dec 13, 2022 15:19 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Flashbacks of academia, aaaah!   I love the tone of this pamphlet. I don't want to go to any of these places, though. XD

Dec 14, 2022 13:49 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks :D Awww, are you sure? Deadly rivalry between students and military training don't tempt you? :p

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Jan 3, 2023 03:31

I loved this!—although I graduated uni and I'm still waiting to feel like a very fancy journeyman XD

Jan 29, 2023 11:30 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks! Journeyman feels like a weird transition state, you're not officially a student anymore, but you're still not truly independent :( (postdocs are a good equivalent to that) The "fancy" would be very sarcastic though in that case XD

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Jan 4, 2023 13:59 by Racussa

I like the satirical style of this article. The visuals are - like all in your world - concise to the point. The characteristics of the expected master is grand theatre, the focus of all three universities on different kinds of military arts says more than thousand words. At last, I love the french styled names and organisational structures.

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Jan 29, 2023 11:40 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks a lot :D I really like what I've done with the boxes, concise texts, and icons in this world; it's very fun to design each article.   And yes, I wrote an article talking more about the militarisation of society, but it's one of the background trouble of this world that I've been hinting at where I could. I'm glad this came across!   As for French or French-style names, I'm always use those as I need to use name I can actually pronounce XD But it's good that the rest of you are not put off by all those foreign names!

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Jan 27, 2023 00:39 by Chris L

I love the sarcastic voice that you're using in this world! Also, lots of info, packed into a concise layout! It feels like an actual artifact from this world.


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Jan 29, 2023 11:32 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Thanks! And yes, I can actually do concise when I want to!!! XD Writing most of those articles as leaflets has been great with forcing me to only keep the essential information and making the article short. This makes conveying the sarcasm more difficult, but my characters' voices always find a way to come through XD

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