The School of Mines is a large trade academy that is housed in the capital of the Dwarven Kingdom
, Sapphire City
. Once a school dedicated strictly to mining, the school offers programs in a variety of trades that allow the individual to become certified as a Master Dwarf
in one or more trades. A Dwarf
must pass a series of certification exams, including oral, written, and practical exams, but they can be award the title of Master Dwarf
by the school's Council.
No student that is considered a Dwarf
will be turned away, including those of other races that have gained the title of Dwarf
. The leaders of the Dwarven Kingdom
have always seen this type of education as a blessing from Crommel
, something that no Dwarf
should ever have to live without. Only by the decree of the King can someone be removed from the school, but the Council must first present well thought reasonings behind someone's removal.
The Council of the School of Mines can only be appointed by the Dwarven
King, currently Maximus Thunderbeard III
. This Council serves as the governing board for the school, making decisions about program offerings, certification exams, and anything else about the school and its students. The Council can only propose to remove a student, but their decision can be easily overturned.
To become an instructor at the School of Mines, it is required that one is considered a Master Dwarf
in the trade that they wish to teach as well as have nearly one century of experience in that trade. Age is not a factor in selecting instructors, but oftentimes, instructors are elders in the kingdom that may not be able to handle the back-breaking labor of many of the trades.
The total number of programs offered by the School of Mines is unknown as the school's offerings tend to expand rather quickly. Originally, the school was strictly dedicated to mining, a specialty of the Dwarves
, but soon became something that taught any trade that would benefit the Dwarven Kingdom
. It is said that some classes are made specifically so that a Master Dwarf
can travel to other kingdoms and empires and teach the trade if the ruler of that area allows it.
Master Dwarf Certification
One of the main goals of the school is to certify people as Master Dwarves
. This is a time-consuming process and not one to be taken lightly. In the earliest days of the school, the certification only required a simple practical exam, but in the years since the Eldritch War
, this has changed drastically.
Those that wish to become a Master Dwarf
must work harder than ever, often completing a variety of oral, written, and practical exams over the course of many years. Under the reign of King Maximus Thunderbeard III
, the Master Dwarf
certification has become far more important, and something that is limited to only Dwarves
, unlike some of the classes that the school offers.
What classes one might take on their journey to become a Master Dwarf
is dependant upon what trade one wants to be certified in. Even the simplest of trades may require dozens of classes as well as nearly a decade to gain the certification.
Classes are offered for all levels of experience, including classes for children that are offered alongside tutoring for reading and writing or regular schooling. Because of the necessity to offer classes for all Dwarves
, it is also not uncommon to see a variety of small outreach schools appear throughout the Great Furnaces
if enough interest is expressed about a specific trade.
Mining is by far the most offered program, covering the history of mining from the beginning of Dwarven
history through the current day as well as the mining techniques that have been perfected by generations of master miners.
Smithing encompasses a wide range of topics, including weapon-making, armor making, and the creation of anything out of metal. This program includes an in-depth education of the various metals in the world as well as how to properly work them.
Only the Dwarves
are proficient in making alloys from the special metals of the world. This program focuses on the creation of alloys and the science, and sometimes alchemy, that goes into creating strong and useful alloys.
The School of Mines believes heavily in the thought of practical experience is far more helpful than just learning from a book, but all learning is important. Much of the practical experience one can gain through the school involves various trips to sites that are run by the Dwarven Preservation Corps
. The historical society of the Dwarven Kingdom
specializes in preserving historical mines, but they have a variety of sites, historical and modern, that can be used for teaching. This allows students to experience their trade first-hand, often in the environments that their ancestors worked in.