College of Wizards
The College of Wizards is the official governing magical body in Scintar. The college itself is in Scintar City and is the largest organized school of wizardry in Khalathor. The college is made up of roughly sixty faculty and bureaucrats with roughly one to two hundred students at a time. While this may seem like a considerable number, training typically begins at a fairly young age – around 10 – and continues for a decade or more. Thus, in any given year the College only graduates ten or twenty wizards. Some of those students also pursue advanced study in some area of the arcane arts, attaining titles of “master wizard” or “arcane doctor,” depending on their level of achievement and the complexity of the research. Not every wizard in Scintar is trained in this college. A number of smaller locations are scattered throughout the kingdom. Often these may be a small tower with only one or a small handful of wizards, who may (at their discretion and with proper licensing) train apprentices locally.
The College has been publicly allied the King of Scintar for over two hundred years. However, the College remains an independent body which has resisted any attempt to come under the formal control of the crown. Given its official sponsorship members of the College at least pay lip-service to the public authorities, but behind closed doors not all members are particularly happy with the Scintarese political scene.
The association between the College and crown is one of mutual convenience. The College is provided official sanction, the cooperation of local authorities, and a relatively free hand in the regulation of all things magical. This regulation includes a monopoly on the trade of magical items within Scintar, as well as the ability to force all wizards to procure licenses and register with the College. Licenses must be renewed annually and all applications must include reports on the applicant’s abilities, interests, place of residence, list of magical possessions, place of employment, and so on. This process allows the College to stay well-informed about the practitioners of magic within Scintar and prepare for any emerging threats. The Crown gains the benefits from this self-policing, including a healthy revenue stream through taxation, and has a fairly stable ally in the form of the College.