Ironforge University is the most renowned academic location in Totania. Located at the Northern Edge of the Dwarven Capital city of Ironforge, Ironforge University is said to take up a quarter of the entire city. This is not, however, counting the cavernous locations that are settled in in the surrounding mountains, where some Dwarves live inside the caves.
FoundingIronforge University was founded by Archibald Forvian V in the year 12. Archibald was an unknown Dwarf at the time who came upon a massive fortune and decided to put it into mass education. Archibald's origins were unknown, but his family quickly gained traction. Some political rivals fabricated claims Archibald was Human and meant to sabotage Dwarven society, but his contributions in the form of Ironforge University quickly disproved this.
ExpansionInitially, Ironforge University was a humble place of study. However, it was a Dwarf named Balrus, co-creator of Dwarven Sport Flingo Ball, who expanded the college's prospects. Balrus's sport had been getting very popular, so in 151, two years after its creation, he suggested the school get involved. They were hesitant to participate in such a violent sport until students petitioned. Soon enough, Flingo Ball would be engrained in Dwarven culture as much as Beards and the Hjiffnz E Ceremony. This was very lucky for Ironforge University. With Balrus helping them study his sport, and a team taking his advice, they won tournament after tournament and gained massive funding and renown for more than just education. This coincided with the Grand Wizard Struggle, where the Magic College was losing traction as an institution. So the Headmaster of Ironforge University at the time expanded the majors they offered. He created new majors, hired new teachers, and hired as many people he could to build new parts onto the school, taking over more and more of Ironforge with the school.
CampusThere are many famous and well known parts of the campus of Ironforge University.
Orange Phoenix HQThe Orange Phoenix squad of mages has one of its two bases at Ironforge University, where many of its more experienced soldiers teach courses. Magic Studies, for instance, is often taught by the Dwarven General of the Orange Phoenixes. Their HQ in the University is one of the few areas in the University that is off limits to anyone but students and soldiers. Outside visitors, no matter what, are not allowed in. Few reports of the interior are known, though it is believed to be a wondrous place akin to the office of the Grand Wizard itself.
Archibald's BooksArchibald's Books is the library and bookstore of Ironforge University. It is open to all students and any visitor who can prove they mean no harm. What this means is not that they have to go through any test or that they must not bring weapons. It only means that they are sized up and it is determined whether the strongest person on campus, often a Dwarven General, would be able to take them in a fight were they to do anything. Aside from the Temples of the two Gods of Knowledge, Sia and Mimir, and the Clolith Library of the Magic College, Archibald's Books is likely one of the most centralized locations of knowledge in Totania. Some personal bookstashes may be more impressive, like a supposed Korvian mansion filled with books or the Court WIzard Tower in Nerodil. The librarian is often a student or recent graduate looking for money before they can get a stable job with their degree and education. They know that they'll get something out of it, but the job of librarian is a nice fallback in case. However, librarians at Archibald's Books will often say they do not get paid enough to deal with some of the people that pass through that bookstore.
LocationIronforge University is in a scenic localle that overlooks Human Territory, as well as the city of Ironforge itself. There is a guarded path to reach the Temple of the Dwarven God Hadur, as well as convenient Caravans and Hot Airships to other places on weekends.
MajorsThere are many majors one can study at Ironforge University. Here are a list of them:
- Weapons Forging
- Armor Forging
- Everyday Forging
- Forge Maintenance
- Dwarf Studies
- Draconian Studies
- Korvian Studies
- Humanoid Studies
- Family Studies
- Religious Studies
- Magic Studies
- Gender Studies
- Combat Training
- Medicinal Herbs
- World Literature
- International Relations
- World Court Studies
- Necromancy (No Longer Offered)
- Real Estate
- Sports Management
- Art of Beards
- Creative Writing
- Vocal Performance
Facts and FiguresAverage Tuition: 400 Gold
#1 Educational Institution in the World
Student Diversity: 55% Dwarves, 20% Halflings, 15% Gnomes, 10% Other
Faculty Diversity 77% Dwarves, 13% Gnomes, 10% Halflings
#1 Flingo Ball Team in the World
Typical GPA of First Year Student: 3.9