Mages Academy - Hub
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Logo of the Mages Academy

Based in Germany, the Mages Academy is an organization with colleges and universities in multiple countries of Europe, that has made it their business to research and teach the use of anomalous abilities in form of “magic”. Whereas the Foundation categorically considers all anomalies as a threat and tries to control them with all measures, the Academy sees anomalies as a natural part of the world, and through a broadly peaceful approach tries to achieve a harmonic coexistence and a scientifically based dealing with anomalies. They see themselves as pioneers of a new domain of natural science.

While the Academy sees the anomalous as natural, it advocates the position, that mankind must be protected from the dangers of the anomalous, as well as from itself. There is no need for destructive magical artifacts; should magic become credibly known to the public a catastrophic mass-hysteria would follow. Thus the Academy secretly supports the Foundation since the 1950s, for example by taking magical anomalies into custody or by neutralizing them, or by bringing them to the Foundation's attention and, as the circumstances require, weaken the effects beforehand. Also, they occasionally remove hindrances, hold personnel that is hostile to the Foundation at bay, or create distractions. Thereto, the Academy has embedded agents in many larger facilities in the germanophone Foundation and a few in other European branches, that keep track of the Foundation's work, that influence here and there, and coordinate covered support or countermeasures by the Academy. Until 2018, they were able to remain undetected by the Foundation, however, since they had been set up for a trap by 4R1, an incident during which an embedded agent had to break disguise, the Academy was uncovered and classified as Group of Interest, that is considered hostile to the Foundation for its embedded agents. Until further notice, the Foundation rejects offers for cooperation by the Academy, and holds discovered agents captive as E-Personnel. However, these events did not result in the departure of the agents, but rather to an intensification of disguise; a step which impedes their work and has lead to a latent increase of findings of magical and thaumaturgic anomalies, and more accidents and casualties during contact therewith as well as with 4R.

The Academy has banned “black magic”, and considers the demonologist Rass as an enemy not only for morale, but also for magio-ethical reasons, and they probably are the only group of interest that actively and aggressively takes action against 4R, especially as several members of 4R are former students of the Academy. The Magisters of the Academy are seeing the unyielding attitude towards the Academy with an increasing lack of understanding, as this position evidently costs lives.

Despite the feud with 4R and the activities inside the Foundation, the Mages Academy is mainly an organization for teaching and researching the anomalous. All agents that are embedded in the Foundation, fight 4R or research anomalies and take them into custody, are volunteers and only represent a small portion of the activities of the Academy.

One might think, the students of the academy were walking about in gandalfesque flowing robes and pointy hats, or were dwelling in anomalous castles where gifted children are taught in Harry-Potter-mannered parallel societies. None of this were the case. The schools are private universities at which the students - all of them adults - alongside their magic abilities acquire a civil academic title. Most schools of the Academy are having technological or scientific faculties.

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