|College of Archaeomancy|
|Alibou, Augusta, Hofri Ghostforge, Kollema, Laelia, Losheel, Osgir, Plargg, Quintorius Kand, Velomachus Lorehold|
Lorehold is the College of Archaeomancy at Strixhaven University on the plane of Arcavios. It is aligned and uses Spirits as mascots. The founder of the college is the elder dragon Velomachus Lorehold.
Description[edit | edit source]
Loreholds are diligent researchers and daring adventurers. Passionate scholars obsessed with history, exploring the past by poring over archaeological artifacts and summoning long-dead spirits. For some students, the past is a rich tapestry worthy of disciplined study. While others wear that tapestry like a cape as they jump down into a forgotten tomb. Lorehold's academic field is about the interconnection of human nature (psychology, anthropology, archeology) - whether society is more about the structures we build (white magic) or the relationships we build (red magic).
Lorehold College is where the student mages are driven scholars engrossed by history. They explore and research the past through artifacts and call on magical energies from ancient tomes. Those who are a part of Lorehold will happily travel long and far to find ancient relics. Their goal is to learn the secrets of history and it is not uncommon for a student of Lorehold to summon the spirits of their dead historical figures. Their college motto is "Leave No Stone Unturned".
The Lorehold use their magic to bring history literally to life as they summon ancient figures from the past and bring them into the present. Their magic is written, more specifically, historically written lore and codices, as opposed to Silverquill's self-written and spoken magic.
Colors Dichotomy[edit | edit source]
The red mages of Lorehold gravitate toward reckless discovery and the spirit of adventure in their research of the past: the essence and emotion of history over precision or procedure. Cliffbusters and ruin shamans wield magic that helps them delve into the remains of ancient sites. Chaos scholars, trivialists, and absurdophiles chase down anecdotes of history as a ridiculous litany of chance happenstance. Warlores get excited about the magic that was used in the wars of the Blood Age. Dustspeakers and heroscorns love to converse with the spirits of the past to find the whole ugly truth about them, foibles, frailties, and all. Scrollbashers and tomewielders use history in a pretty literal way: by summoning magic directly from the characters scrawled in their pages, or by bashing fools with heavy books.
The white side is represented by antiquarians, truthfinders, and archaeoscribes love to uncover and record the past; they're often surrounded by lengthy scrolls and tomes in which they chronicle historical truths for posterity. Relic readers, aeonmancers, and monument priests uncover ruined statues of ancient historical figures, divining wisdom from the past from the context of ruin sites. Iconologists, pastraisers, and ghost advocates bind spirits into the monuments that bear their likeness, conversing with them to learn about their great and inspiring deeds. Battle mediums and spiritualists can actually strengthen and empower summoned spirits for use in battle. Conservators, pastquoters, docents, and curators preserve and care for ancient spell knowledge, artifacts, and other relics of the past on the Lorehold campus. Honorbringers and allusionists can draw on the truths of history to enhance, inspire, or empower allies, whereas ruleciters and canonists use historical precedent to enforce magical laws.
Mascots[edit | edit source]
Lorehold mages supplement their study of history by calling on the spirits of the ancient dead. While dustspeakers and pastraisers conjure spirits and interview them for knowledge of the past, battle mediums and other Lorehold mages sometimes draw on the magical power of those spirits or turn them into hardy soldiers by housing the spirits in statues depicting their living selves.
College Locations[edit | edit source]
- The Pillardrop is a series of historical buildings excavated directly out of sheer, perpendicular cliffs, now used for research, classwork, and housing. Travelers walk along treacherous bridges from one "neighborhood" of Pillardrop to another, often passing directly by the enormous stone faces of ancient, excavated statues.
- The Effigy Row is a main campus area of Lorehold. Its pathways are lined with monuments of famous historical figures, including past professors and prominent mage-students as well as war heroes and heads of state from ages past.
- The Kollema Hall is a grand, multi-tiered gallery where Lorehold mages gather for large lectures and demonstrations. Thousand-foot-long scrolls spill over the balconies as mages study ancient texts. The center of Kollema Hall is the magnificently restored statue of Kollema, the wise monk who was one of the first Lorehold professors at the founding of Strixhaven.
Lorehold Majors[edit | edit source]
- Political Science
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Spirit Statues, Lorehold mascots.
In-game references[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
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- Alan Dexter (March 24, 2021). "Magic: The Gathering Strixhaven reveal: Quintorius of Lorehold College". PCgamer.com.
- Mark Rosewater (April 5, 2021). "In the Strixhaven, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer and Ari Zirulnik (April 01, 2021). "Planeswalker's Guide to Strixhaven". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (March 29, 2021). "I really enjoyed your list of Witherbloom majors". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (March 27, 2021). "Are all these college sortings you've been doing coming off the top or your head". Blogatog. Tumblr.