The Imperial Mage Academy is the most prominent school for black magic users on the continent. It is located in the heart of Aldrasal, and has a student count of over 3000. Along with the Council of Archmages, it grants the titles and licenses for the magic users within the empire.
New students begin at the academy at a very young age, typically only 5 years old. This is mostly because it takes a long time to graduate as a proficient magic user; most people are considered novices and apprentices until their 25th birthday, though some graduate as early as when they turn 20. Along with magic theory and training, the academy handles regular education, as well. People who study at the academy also live there; the education is said to be 24/7; the students learn even as they sleep.
Titles of magesEdit
- Novice Mage
- Apprentice Mage
- Journeyman Mage
- Master Mage
- Grand Mage
People who study white magic in addition to black magic are usually called Sages instead.
In gameplay and story integration terms, novice level equals to early D rank, apprentice to D, journeyman to C, master to B, Archmage to A and Grand Mage to S. However, because we can't wait for years for someone to get better with magic, this is of course not entirely consistent.
See also: Shaman