The Allegiance Academy of Magic is proud to announce the elective lectures for the school year beginning in the Summer of 2014. Rising 3rd years are reminded that while no singular elective-lecture is mandatory, every Allegiance student is required to enroll in and pass at least three such course before they will be allowed to graduate, so early enrollment in courses of interest is highly encouraged. Seventh years who have not met this requisite will be required to attend as many electives this year as necessary to meet the requirement.
With this in mind, the elective lectures for this year shall consist of:
Sea Sorcery: Given the immense popularity of the course in prior years, Captain Geoff Borgeson has agreed to return to the Allegiance Academy this year and once more teach students the rudimentary practices of magic as practiced on the high-seas and below it. As the use of magic while at sea is intensely delicate and follows different circumstances than that practised on land, this course will cover a variety of useful skills and schools of sorcerous practice, including knot-magic, weathery-witchery, longship runes, and divinations based on seabirds, wave crests, stars, and the moon. More practically, students will be taught how to sail a ship, conversational mermish, how to barter deals with sea-serpents, and the sciences behind tidal movements and currents. This is hands-on course, and half of all instruction will take place on board Captain Borgeson’s ship. Mr. Borgenson has also been generous enough to volunteer to tutor students in swimming, should such a skill-set have unavailable to them by this point in their education. Announcements for this will be posted on the student bulletin by the end of the first week of classes.
Pyromancy and Zoroastrian Fire Magic: The power to shape and control the destructive forces of fire is one of them most ancient and honorable goals of magical study. The Allegiance Academy is therefore blessed this year to host Ms. Sabeen Yazdi, one of the foremost practitioners of this ancient and noble art. Ms. Yazdi’s course will focus on the Zoroastrian tradition of meditation and inner-focus to balance the powers of chaos and order, and thereby gain and intuitive power over fire that does not require wandwork. Indeed, Professor Yazdi has advised that she will not allow wands to be used in her classroom except for emergencies. While a year is certainly not enough time to master the arts, Professor Yazdi’s lecture can give students the rudimentary skills they need to begin a lifelong practice of their own.
Goblin History and Appraisal: A truly unique opportunity, this course is the first of sort in the AWC that will be taught by an actual Goblin. Headmaster Hill has long been in negotiations with the Californian Goblin Clans, so students are advised to take advantage of this course while it is available. The lecture will focus on the finer aspects of goblin made artifacts (not their making, just their appraisal), goblin culture, language, and other subjects found to be important during the course of Goblin education. The class will also involve a historical component, giving the Goblin side of numerous historical events, often missing even in the most progressive of history programs. Forgemaster Hexital Ironhook has long been a representative of her kind to the Congress, and it is a great honor to have her expertise at the Allegiance Academy.
As per usual, the traditional electives of African Sorcery (Professor Dignity Johnson), Care of Magical Creatures (Professor Ekinda Prieto), and Language Electives in Spanish, French, and Portuguese (Coach Perez), will be available to students from their third year onward. Third years hoping to continue their education in Mathematics and Composition should be in touch with Professor Juno Spezchevik immediately to be included in the class roster. This year will focus on Logic and Persuasive Writing.
I hope you are all having a productive semester, and are preparing for your finals, which will occur, as usual, in May.
Yours in Allegiance,
Deputy Headmaster Stephen Redfern, Professor of History