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The First Grand Assembly of the Royal Collegium, 16YRA

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  • The First Grand Assembly of the Royal Collegium, 16YRA

    Twenty-first day of the Sixth Moon
    Sixteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance to the will of Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the Grand Assembly of the Royal Collegium.

    The Royal Collegium of Castle Marrach was brought together this afternoon for a Grand Assembly within the lecture hall of their tower in the Inner Bailey. Students, Fellows and Masters alike assembled with the institution's new overseer, Dean Euphelia, and in the presence of His Highness, Prince Bertram, to celebrate the recent successful restructuring and to recognise the work of both present collegiates and those that had gone before.

    The Grand Assembly of the Royal Collegium typically occurs twice in a year, in the sixth and twelfth Moon, serving as an opportunity for notable works and achievements to be displayed and declared, for scholars to be recognised or even promoted for their efforts, and for announcements of particular relevance and import to be made. Though on this occasion the Royal Collegium had only recently been reformed under its new Dean at the behest of Prince Bertram, this Assembly nonetheless served as an opportunity for Dean Euphelia and His Highness to address the assembled scholars, students and faculty. Speaking frankly but sentimentally of their feelings on the current state of the Collegium, their hopes for the future and their gratitude to one another and everyone else who had contributed, their speeches are detailed below.

    The event itself began at half past the third late bell in the lecture hall, which was decorated in alabaster and navy, with a selection of appetizers and wines, and featuring a noteworthy gold centerpiece in the shape of an ouroborous. This was in addition to the displayed works of the Collegium's scholars, which were presented later on. In attendance at the ceremony were the aforementioned Dean Euphelia and His Highness, Prince Bertram, as well as Headmaster of Arts Ophidias, Headmaster of Science Roisine, Master of Science Orson, Fellow of Science Mitsuko, Favoured Student of Science Rikka, Fellow of Arcane Blodwen, Fellow of Arts Tiernon, Favoured Student of Arts Aratan, Favoured Student of Arts Chrestian, Favoured Student of Arts Ravenna, and Students Anton, Jeffery and Varick of the Collegium. The event was formally initiated by Dean Euphelia's speech.

    “Welcome, everyone, to the first of the two Grand Assemblies planned for this year.

    The Royal Collegium has suffered setbacks in the past several years, but I am pleased to see all of you -- and those who could not be here today -- rise up to help restore it to its former stature.

    I think of the Royal Collegium as a house; it has a sturdy foundation of knowledge, and the work of its scholars have built a lovely home atop it.

    And perhaps in the past few years the house has become a bit worn down, but each and every one of you -- with every work you complete, every lecture you attend, and every bit of knowledge you chase -- help paint walls, fix leaky roofs, and oil the squealing hinges.

    Your work and dedication humbles me, and I am so very glad for each and every one of you.

    The Royal Collegium, as we know it now, would not be nearly as active or bursting with activity and excitement had it not been for the guidance of one person, who wished to see it restored. And now, I invite His Highness to say a few words.”

    Without much ago, Prince Bertram then took His place at the lectern to address the assembled students and faculty.

    “Thank you all for your patience this afternoon.

    It's been quite some time since I've felt that we've had a chance at a truly glorious Collegium.

    It's easy to get caught up in the day to day activities, the more readily available things, like sword fighting and just crafting the same old same old. What the Keep has been doing for years now and I feel that the Keep has in turn suffered for that. This isn't to discard these activities as worthless, but a society is defined by its culture and the culture by its society. I feel that the focus on these aforementioned things at the expense of others has cost us on some levels.

    The Collegium's role is to dive into the depths of what we're capable of as people. To expand on these basic things we take for granted and do daily. To light flames in the hearts and minds that otherwise grow dull with routine and rote application of ourselves.

    It is my deepest hope that with you all, in this group, in this time, that we can reignite the Society of Marrach, redefine its culture and raise it up from simple-minded, glassy-eyed activities that have so far been the hallmark of the past several years.

    I want you to dare to dream and see those realized in the Collegium and encourage others to do so as well. I want you to not be afraid to experiment or question. I want you to tear down a wall, in hopes to build it better. That is what this place is for and that is what I hope to see from this organization. A group of brilliant, passionate people who strive to better our Keep.

    And work on their grooming techniques, because, Tiernon, that beard. Wow. Now, without further prattling, I will yield the lectern back to Euphelia.”

    The speeches concluded, the Assembly then moved on to the task of recognising those present for their membership and scholarly contributions to the Royal Collegium, and awarding all with their scholastic robes. The robes, of navy kerseymere, were distinguished from one another based on college and level of qualification by their linings and the presence of hoods. The general students of the Collegium bore robes with linings of white satinet; favoured students of a particular college had the same, but in colours of silvery-green for those of the sciences, silvery-plum for those of the arts or silvery-blue for those of the arcane. Fellows of each college were given cloaks of lining in the same colours, but of satin rather than satinet, and with accompanying hoods. Masters and Headmasters of each college were granted similar garb, albeit with linings of silk rather than satin. Finally, the Dean's own robes were lined with platinum-coloured silk, indicating her role as being one of all colleges rather than one in particular.

    Once all were arrayed in their scholarly vestments (His Highness excepted) the presentations began of the work accomplished thus far by the Collegium's scholars both past and present. The displays themselves were facilitated by the work of Favoured Student of Science Colby, whose mobile ivory partitions were in themselves an example of his own prowess with regards to the student of engineering. Featured upon them were a painting by Favoured Student of Art Chrestian, whose studies in particular focus upon Visual Art, as well as a microscope and scale developed by former scholars of the Collegium, which served as reminders of the “foundation of knowledge” from which the Dean saw the current Collegium ascending. In addition to these, the aforementioned gold ouroborous statuette, which had served as a prize from the Collegium's Invention and Essays contest, stood at the center of the room as a symbol of the institution's eternal work. The presentations were also brightened by a session of playing on the bag-pipes by Fellow of Arts Tiernon.

    Before the ceremony turned to drinking, socialising and the enjoyment of one another's company and mutual achievement, Dean Euphelia once more addressed the Assembly, this time asking those present to look upon one another as she now saw them, a sea of navy, sitting together as fellow collegiates. Headmaster of Science Roisine responded in kind: “And perhaps a cheer for our Dean, without whom none of this would be happening,” eliciting a pleased but respectful cheer from the various scholars. The respect paid to the Dean during the course of the event was most notably demonstrated when Prince Bertram Himself bowed to her, a show of great favour from His Highness, and even served her wine before taking His leave of the festivities. The scholars of the Collegium, who could likely not expect a more auspicious initiation of their newly-assembled institution, lingered for some time after to celebrate with champagne.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm,
    Melle Scheralz
    Senior Chronicler