NEPA Known World
Great School of Magic
The Great School of Magic as known to most inhabitants of this part of the continent is the central school of wizardry and witchcraft based in Glantri City in the Principalities of Glantri. Those from Alphatia, the Isle of Dawn and perhaps even Thyatis may think of other schools as THE Great School of Magic. Alphatia is full of independent schools of magic and the central school in Sundsvall is unparalleled (indeed, Alphatians tend to laugh when told of the mere existence of a “great” school of magic in Glantri).
Regardless, the Great School is the most prestigious magical academy in the entire Principalities and most families desire their children to walk its halls. Even those from beyond Glantri’s broders strive to get in but external enrollment is limited (and expensive). Glantrian children of the nobility and very wealthy are automatically accepted to the Lower School but those who come from more modest means may be selected via a series of magical aptitude tests. Those sent as children normally learn the basics of magecraft but it is those who are accepted to the Higher School (essentially Wizard college) who really benefit. To gain entry to the Higher School, one must have demonstrated either rare and extreme talent (and thus able to get in straight from the Lower School [less than 1 in 100 Lower School students]) or more often, have experience enough to cast the second tier of spells (2nd level spells thus a 3rd level spell caster). The Higher School is said to teach not only general spell advancement and magic related skills but also specialized magical crafts.
The school has expanded its program to include not only wizardly and Elven magic but also bardic magic. However, clerical magic is strictly forbidden at the school (and frowned upon in most areas of Glantri).