Through study and practice, a witch can overcome anything. Through military training and understanding of the arcane arts, a team of witches is unstoppable.Arcanis Academy is a military-style academy that trains high-level witches and wizards how to perform both offensive and defensive magic. Positions at Arcanis are coveted and competition for enrollment is fierce. Witches from the most powerful and affluential families in Salaris attend Arcanis.
Founding Arcanis AcademyDespite being born to a well-established and powerful line of witches, Reginald Emerson's family, like so many other prominant witches of that time, suffered financial collapse under an explosion of the mage population, favored by the mage Emperor Imbrianus who granted them land and titles over even the most powerful and affluential witches.
The Great Uprising
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.Saving his estate through tuition was not Reginald's only goal in starting Arcanis Academy. Soon, the academy would also serve as the base of operations for the Witches' Might Group, a secret society led by Reginald, attended by the most powerful and prominent witches, and dedicated to the liberation of witches. The Witches' Might Group operated in secret to strike the first blows against the mages while Arcanis cadets gathered and trained more of the community under the Arcanis banner. In the spring of 380 DE, Reginald Emerson, leading the Witches' Might Group and Arcanis Academy, declared war against the mage class and the emporer, starting with a series of strategic strikes and assassinations. The Great Uprising lasted 20 long years with many battles. The anti-mage sentiment spread throughout magic and non-magic communities alike, and many joined the bloody civil war. Through dangerous and now forgotten magic, the Witches' Might Group eventually managed to suppress the more powerful mage bloodlines, after which the mages were soon defeated and the Imbrianus empire was broken up into five separate nations:
Expanding the AcademyAfter the war, Reginald was celebrated as a national hero in Salaris and awarded the lands that once belonged to the Emerson duchy. He immediately started massive renovations and expansions, intent on expanding enrollment capacity and the influence of the academy. This project included additional barracks, training facilities, outdoor sunken arena for magical training and demonstrations, and more. Despite the approval of the magical community, these massive expansions created tension with the Salarian government, which undoubtedly feared Reginald's ambition. This unease was further compounded by the fact that Reginald continued to train numerous cadets in military formation during the renovations in what could be described as a standing army.
Death of a FounderReginald Emerson died before he saw his renovation and expansion projects completed. However, his death would mark a turning point for the Academy. Reginald's son, Augustus Emerson, assumed control of Arcanis upon his father's death. He oversaw the completion of the renovation and expansion efforts. However, Augustus held a different vision for the academy.
- For the academy to become indispensable to Salaris
- To polish the academy's image as a force of good
- For the academy to become self-sustaining such that it no longer relied on tuition, but could rather pay its cadets for their service
Nomas Riots of 712
Academy Integration ActFour years later, the Salarian government passed the Academy Integration Act. This act allowed Arcanis Academy to be treated, in many ways, as a government agency. Academy Elites were granted security clearances and the academy has since been granted an untold number of classified missions. A training program was developed with the Salaris Army General that would allow graduating cadets to join the military at a Wizard Officer level. However, the Academy still operates under the contract model, wherein the Salarian government submits requests to be fulfilled at the discretion of the academy's superintendent. Though in practice, government and military contracts are almost never rejected. This means the academy is utilized by many different agencies. Civilians are also still allowed to submit contract requests, though those have become much rarer in present day.
Magic is Might
Reginald Augustus Emerson
Emerson County, Salaris
History of Arcanis Academy
Arcanis Training Paths
Life at ArcanisSee Arcanis Cadets for more on the academy dress code and daily life of cadets
The life and habits of Salaris's most prestigious magic learners
Most powerful nation in Imbria, at the center of trade and maintaining the largest military force
Magic throughout the lands
The definition and use of magic varies throughout the land and is greatly influenced by culture
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This is well done! I like looking at magic systems as practical integrations in a realistic world, because of course they would be. If magic exists, people would put them to work somehow, and a pseudo-military branch makes sense. Good work.
Thank you :)