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It is every Lornesian witch's dream to attend a Schecole (collectively "schecolei"), but few are honored enough to actually do so. For the families wealthy enough to afford such an education for their child, they choose a child to attend, have them tested to see if they are magic-capable, and admit them if so. Undeniably, the witches and mageirs of the Schecolei are honored in Lornesian society and even sometimes beyond. They are well-educated scholars, practiced witches, and exemplary members of the Reiux. This fact leads to most affluent families having all of their children tested in hopes that one may attend a Schecole.
Founded by Roi Merek V, the Schecolei were an effort to bring standard education to the witches of Lornesse, to provide them with a system that catalogs and encourages magical discovery, and to bring structure to how the Reiux utilizes what they consider to be one of their most valued resources. In the centuries that followed the founding of the original Errevetian Schecole, the system flourished, branching out to include a presence at the Graugarde in Rhyon and the Strasenau Schecole.
Admittance to the Schecolei
To attend the Schecolei, one must meet two qualifications: 1) they must be magic-capable, and 2) they must be able to pay tuition and room and board. The first qualification is handled via a requested test, the urteil, that is carried out by a faculty member of the Schecolei on the potential student that determines their magical potential. The second is entirely up to the family of the potential student. Because the Schecole will act as home to their students for the entirety of their education there, are provided a formal education on par with that of high Lornesian nobility, and the accommodations are lavish, the price for attendance is substantial. So much so that only the elite may afford to send children to the Schecolei for education. There are those who are gifted in magic and find patrons to pay their way through the Schecolei, though those cases are few and far between.
It is a point of pride to have a child attend the Schecolei, much as it would be a point of pride to have a child become part of the clergy in another nation of Tnarem. This means that most well-to-do families will choose a child specifically to attend. It is rare for a family to send more than one child because the act of giving a child to the Schecole is to remove them for nearly 20 years from any sort of social circle and as a result, remove them from any truly beneficial political marriage prospects and an early start to a robust reputation at court--both serious consequences to a Lornesian.
Usually completed around the ages of 4 to 6, the urteil is a relatively noninvasive event. It begins with Source if needed. The subject of the test absorbing only enough to awaken them for a few hours, just long enough to complete the urteil. If they do not awaken, they are determined to be unmagical and the test is finished. If they awaken, a form of aurpathy is performed on them. The child's palm is cut, their blood taken in order to perform the spell. Usually, the caster will ingest the blood as taking it into their body is the easiest way for the spell to be performed.
Some of those who perform the urteil claim that different families of magic have different tastes, others claim that the information comes to them in colors or emotions. It is an imprecise art, however, the witches who perform these tests are more often than not correct in their assessments of the child.
Life in the Schecolei
A child will be around the age of 6 to 8 when they are first sent to the Schecolei. There is no half education when it comes to the Schecolei. Once a child has been admitted, they will consider the Schecole home until they are finished with their studies. They are granted breaks throughout the year to return home for a fortnight at a time, are given the occasional day off from classes, and are permitted to leave the grounds on brief excursions, but otherwise, they will remain at their Schecole for the entire time they are a student of it.
The education a student of the Schecholei receives is unparalleled; noble families often hire former professors to act as private tutors for their children once the professor has retired. Much like at the Augury, a child will remain in basic studies until they reach the age of 11 or 13, at which point their studies are doubled, becoming far more rigorous. In addition to normal education, they begin to focus more heavily on magic theory and practice. By the time they have reached the age 16 they have chosen their schools of focus and primary studies have fallen by the wayside in favor of a magic-centric education. By the time the student is released back into Lornesse, they have mastered their schools of choice and are between 22 and 25 years of age.
At the age of 11 to 13, depending on whether the faculty feels the student is ready, a witch of the Schecolei is given Source for the first time, known as their ereil
or their "awakening". This happens regardless of whether a student was born awake or asleep. It is at this age that they begin to learn the practice of casting. Unlike in the Augury, this ceremony does not vary as wildly as most students come to the Schecolei at the same age and progress at a standard rate.
At 15 to 17 a child will begin to truly focus their abilities. They have learned much in the few years since their ereil, and will be pushed further in the years to come, but this is their watershed moment: they are given purpose. In order to truly master a family of magic, a student must focus their studies. The choice of what they will study is made by the faculty of the Schecolei and is dependent on where their abilities have flourished in the time since their ereil. The process is completed via a series of oral and practical exams known as their lebensort
. If a student is found to be particularly adept at combat-related magic, or if their purpose at the Schecolei is to become a Rittaleir, they will be sent to the Graugarde for the remainder of their stay in the institution. There, their focus will become far more militant than academic, and they will forego the traditional university setting for that of a military academy.
Graduation from the Schecolei around the age of 22 to 25, is known in Lornesse as a witch's abschluss
. It is a great feat and is celebrated by the witch's family and the organization itself. It is at this time that their education at the Schecolei is formally complete. They may choose to remain and continue their education if they desire, but they are considered alumni from this point forward.
Serving the Schecolei
Many witches remain with the Schecolei well after their abschluss as faculty, advocate, scribe, or researcher. If they are lucky, they are granted the position of mageir
within one of the courts of Lornesse, though not many are afforded such an opportunity. There is nothing that forces these alumni to remain a part of the organization, though social pressure certainly favors that they do so. Many who attend devote their lives to the Schecolei, foregoing marriage and the normalcy a life outside the Schecolei might offer.