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Jul 04, 2020 10:00 AM
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Buying a room is uncomplicated and nobody gripes about needing the bed, as long as she pays for it. Breakfast is included.

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Oh good!

Okay, Eefina will head back out to the dungeon, but stay above the third floor where the challenge is trivial. If she gets in unexpected trouble she can kill everything around her with Eternes and run away, but will otherwise stick to beating up monsters with Cupil until the time for her appointment approaches.

Eefina arrives back at the Academy's Enrollment Office punctually for her appointment, and that much heavier with the coin in her pockets.

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She's shuffled off into a side office with a thin bespectacled woman who has long, pointy ears. "Welcome to the Academy, Eefina! I'm Salina Goodberry, one of our class advisors. I can help you set up your schedule and plan out the prerequisites, suggest classes, that kind of thing. So, tell me about your goals here."

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"I'd like as broad a basis in spell-casting Skills as possible, with an initial focus toward sensory abilities. I'd also like a firm grounding in local economics, politics, and law."

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The elf goes over specific classes with her in a chain that covers the basics of enchanting, sorcery, wizardry, magical theory, and utility magic for daily life and a few common professions - plus basic economics and law courses. There's nothing specifically for politics except for a general civics course with a hefty dose of Why Rotula Is Great.

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Eefina will include the propaganda course out of curiosity, if her schedule isn't too tight. She mostly would like all of that, and is just unsure what order to learn it all in if she can't attend that many classes at once.

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That's what the advisor is here for! To crunch some numbers and arrange some classes! She can handle all that if Eefina will tell her how many hours a day she wants to devote to classes and out-of-class study, if she wants specific off-days, that kind of thing.

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Eefina is not sure. She's worried about having enough time to go to the dungeon, given how scary this society likes to be at people who run out of money. She's willing to dedicate the majority of her time to the academy, but perhaps only a slim majority.

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"The good thing about the buffet pass is that you can reschedule all you like - you won't get your money back for Gold Pass classes you stop going to, but if you can't keep up you can just scale back your class time or scale up later. The last thing we need to do before we can nail down* a specific schedule for you is get an accurate, up to date Skill report - it's used to measure your progress, qualify you for classes, build an academic history you can show to employers, and also as a metric to judge teacher and staff effectiveness."

 

*"Pinch out of soup"

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"Okay. I guess the Adventurer's Guild doesn't share that information with you? Go ahead."

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She does that.

Eefina now has a class schedule and a student ID! The first class is tomorrow at three bells (late morning) and recommends having the following school supplies, conveniently available at the campus bookstore.

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Eefina would like to see her dorm room (and if applicable meet her roommate), before buying school supplies.

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The dorm room is modest but pretty comfortable, with a bed, a desk, a closet, and a dresser. The halls leading to it occasionally contain students, most of them wearing either some sort of robes in a couple different styles or what is clearly "Adventurer Fashion" - not practical adventurer garb, but fashionable clothes aping the look. She's introduced to the RA, a harried-looking man with a wide smile, and he welcomes her to Badger Hall.

It turns out she doesn't have a roommate yet, but they might give her one in the two weeks between now and the end of the current organizational period. They'll send her mail with forewarning of this, if it happens.

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Eefina greets the RA with a moderate amount of enthusiasm, and will keep an eye out for notice-of-roommate.

Is the room nice? She doesn't mind small, she's used to small, but she's also used to privacy, so she's a little nervous. She hopes if a roommate does show up they get along well enough that the lack of privacy is not a concern, and that the other shared facilities don't lead to any awkwardness.

After checking out her room, Eefina will go to the campus bookstore and get her school supplies.

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The room has wood-panel walls, a big window, magical climate control, soft lofted beds with a desk underneath each, and is in general fairly nice but not lavish. The common areas are built to be low-maintenance rather than pretty, but make nods to comfort and aesthetics. The bathrooms and showers are gender-segregated, all magic, and very nice.

The campus bookstore is happy to take her money and give her note-taking supplies and textbooks!

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Gender-segregation is new and weird. Eefina doesn't get it.

Eefina brings all her supplies and textbooks back to her room, sets them up on her desk, and then hops up into the bed to stretch out and relax for the first time in two days.

She thinks about the people she's met on this strange world so far. She definitely likes Tret. He kinda stands out in her mind, bringing a smile to her face.

After a little while, Eefina hops down to her desk and starts reading one of her textbooks at random.

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Fundamentals of Enchantment is an introduction to a set of Skills used to imbue objects with useful properties. From ever-clean clothing to the lights in your home to powerful combat equipment, enchantment can achieve many things. In this text you will learn...

...All exercises covered in Fundamentals use material components. Enchanting with other Skill-based abilities uses many of the same concepts but is not covered in this introduction...

...The basic process of enchantment is the calculation and creation of a diagram, rendering materials into correct forms, and activation of the completed diagram to produce a product.

...A teacher is recommended to guide you through this exercise unless you have at least level 3 in Enchantment: Diagramming and Enchantment. First, construct a pentachromatic chain diagram according to...

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Even if she can't practice it yet, just reading about it is super neat. Eefina will probably spend the whole rest of the day reading if nothing stops her.

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Nothing interrupts her, except maybe getting hungry.

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Oh right. Hunger.

And other related needs.

Those eventually manage to pull her attention away.

 

Where was the cafeteria again?

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There's a cafeteria just across this nice garden. There's also a few more in various spots around campus. They scan her student ID then let her in. It's a big buffet style affair with a lot of variety, and is fairly empty right now, but there are still robed and faux-adventurer dressed people of various races getting food and eating. Apparently they operate on set hours and she almost missed dinner!

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Oh. Well. That would've been bad. Now she knows!

Eefina loads up a tray with a sampling of stuff that she checks to make sure isn't spicy, and then looks for somewhere to sit.

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There are some spicy things and a lot of non-spicy things! There's meats, and vegetables, and soups, and desserts, and a wide variety of (non-alcoholic) drinks like juices and milk and tea.

The tables are big and seat eight or twelve each. There are completely empty tables and tables with two or three people at them, mostly keeping to themselves or reading but a few chatting with each other.

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Eefina will be so bold as to sit with one of the reading people and eat quietly.

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He nods politely at her, double takes slightly at her clothes, says hello, then goes back to A Treatise on Origins and Endings.

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