Praeses of Magic

The Praeses of Magic is the head of the Collegium of the Arcane and the most senior magic user in the Kingdom of Juventius after the Manirex's personal mage.   Since the foundation of the Collegium in 217 YSB, the Praeses has been the most senior member of the staff, responsible for directing every aspect of the organisation's greater plans. Bellius Lucretius appointed the first Praeses, Cavone Tro.

Appointment

The Praeses of Magic is appointed by the Manirex of Juventius, generally from among the five lesser Praeses of the Collegium - though at times individuals have been selected from outside of the five. Appointment is conferred after a significant investigation of the personal history of the candidate, and granted during a ceremony at the Royal Palace of Juventius. The role is usually granted to politically influential mages of high standing, as a method to assure their support of the crown.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Praeses of Magic are broad. They design the long term plans of the Collegium, approve department funding, provide representation to the Manirex for both the Collegium and magic as a whole in the kingdom, give the final word on curriculum and admittance, and approve the use of Collegium battlemage's by the Juventian government. The word of the Praeses is only overriden by the Manirex themself, and within the walls of the Collegium they are the final word on matters. They are advised by a council of the five most senior teachers of the Collegium (the Praeses of Grounds, the Praeses of Pupils, the Praeses of the Library, the Praeses of Research and the Praeses of War).  

praeses of magic structure

Benefits

The Praeses receives a large stipend, though many holders are independently wealthy, and a villa on the grounds of the Collegium. They are further granted a seat among the advisors of the Manirex. Their wield significant political power, given the importance of the Collegium to Juventian politics. The support of a Praeses can make or break a Manirex' reign.

Accoutrements & Equipment

The regalia of the Praeses of Magic is the Staff of Juventius. Crafted for the third Praeses, the staff features one of the largest natural Vis crystals discovered to date, embedded in the head of a staff made of smooth, grey volcanic stone. The Praeses generally carries this staff at all times, as it is both a symbol of stature and the crystal inside it is a useful store for magic.

Grounds for Removal/Dismissal

Dismissal of the Praeses of Magic is rare, but essentially at the whim of the monarch. Due to the great political power most Praeses hold on their own merits, even before appointment, to dismiss one is not a decision taken lightly. Just two holders have been dismissed. Both were dismissed for corruption and embezzlement of Collegium funds.

Type
Academic, Professional
Status
Current
Creation
Charter of the Collegium, 217 YSB
Length of Term
For life
Reports directly to
Manirex
Related Locations
Related Organizations

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27 Jul, 2018 09:59

This article is extremely complete, and even through the fact I don't know at all the universe of Macalgra, the article is easy to read and understand. Still, I have a really short bad thing to say, and it's about the absence of a schema about an entire organization of the Collegium, which would have been exceptional to additionally understand the entire hierarchy simultaneously.

27 Jul, 2018 17:54

Thank you. I'm not sure if the whole hierarchy is appropriate for the article, but more information is on the organisation page itself. Maybe a graph would be useful.

27 Jul, 2018 18:52

Probably not included in the article itself, but have it in the Gallery or simply at the end of the article with sort of an indication "Here are the Praeses, now you can more easily remember where they are in the hierarchy even without reading" ^^

27 Jul, 2018 10:53

Nice! I like the way that they exist as both an academic and political position.

27 Jul, 2018 17:53

Thank you!

27 Jul, 2018 12:06

I accept the position - where do I sign?

27 Jul, 2018 17:55

We'll have the papers delivered by Griffin Post.

22 Aug, 2018 05:41

Isaac, I am deeply disappointed. The Griffin arrived with no papers.

27 Jul, 2018 13:36

The weaving of academic and political elements into this position is an awesome touch. One small thing - you mentioned the 5 lesser Praeses, but then say that the Praesus might be chosen from 'outside the six'. I'm wondering if that's a typo or I misunderstood something. Awesome work ^v^

27 Jul, 2018 17:54

Oh that is a typo. I thought I'd caught that. I messed up in the 1st draft and thought there were six, but I'd written in other articles there are only 5. Thank you for pointing it out.