Whispers of Forgotten Ages
The Passage Institute for the Arcane Arts
Unlike stuffy academies of arcane study like the vaunted Arcane Congress or the sinister and selective Atur Academy the Passage Institute for the Arcane Arts is focused on the practical and lucrative application of magic. For the students and professors of the Passage Institute the world serves as classroom, laboratory, and training ground. The Institute generally serves a “continuing education” crowd, people seeking to augment their skills with a tad of magic here and there or the poorer sometimes untalented magic users looking for less expensive training in spellcraft and arcane lore. Despite modern appearances the Passage Institute was begun as a radical experiment in arcane education and even to today a few select instructors and students keep to those traditions. These “honors” students train with the world’s most powerful and ingenious spell casters in their natural habitat: highly dangerous, unpredictable, unique situations.
Unlike many other Institutions of higher learning students of the Passage Institute are not barred from joining guilds or adventuring organizations. In fact students are often contracted out to these organizations for a moderate fee (of which the Institute keeps a hefty piece).