Friday, October 21, 2011

Trinity University

Trinity University is located in the Christchurch O-HAB beneath Eclectia's South Polar Sea and is a multi-discipline Catholic institute of higher learning. Its admissions are open to all and welcomes exchanges of instructors with other institutions. Its two schools are the School of Sciences and the School of Arts.

The School of Sciences is composed of the Departments of Applied Sciences (Spacecraft Power Engineering being a standout), Physics (which with the Jesuits, operates the observatories on Assisi), Materials (in which Alchemy is of note), Biology (known widely for its work in Gnomenclature), Magic (reputed to have one of the foremost Conjurment courses of any school of sciences), and Medicine (operator of Holy Family Medical Center).

The School of Arts is composed of the Departments of Cosmo-Geohistory (noted for its Xenoarchaeology and the Jones Museum), Literature (home of the Fabian/Bridges/Reinhard Competitions), Applied Arts (which hosts the Norman Rockwell Institute of Fine Arts), Languages (with its esteemed Rivera School), Criminology and Investigation (led by its excellent Lewis Course), Music (sponsor of the Annual Composers' Tag-Team Matches), and Psychosociology (with its Bedlam Clinic and Outreach).

Of course, one is quite unable to write or speak of Trinity University without mention of its championship mootsball team, the Blesseds. Aficionados of the “tender game” gather from all over the 94 Ceti System each year to thrill to that annual classic when Trinity University meets Zirconia Christian University. Regardless of their win/loss record each year, the winner is satisfied that theirs is a winning season with victory in that one game.


  1. So Walt, when a Catholic university teaches magic, what exactly are they teaching? Is supernatural power available in AE through "Conjurment"? If so, then other places in AE should have wizards in the Harry Potter sense of the word, with magic powers being displayed. Right? Or not?

  2. Other places may indeed have such, you will have to ask the other writers. Whether the phenomena reported is supernatural, preternatural, or advanced science is rather up in the air at the moment. If one doesn't know the nuts and bolts involved, it all looks pretty much the same. That's one of the joys of life, it often seems to be composed of large chunks of ambivalence and uncertainty.

  3. Hmmm. Well if I write a story in which a wizard says he studies angel brains to learn how to control minds, that may be qualified as a magic of sorts, but I've lifted the veil behind the mechanism of what I meant enough for the reader to know that I'm basically talking about science.

    Likewise, if you show a professor of magic with an inability to stop levitating with no technology or mechanism relating to science mentioned in the story, you strongly imply a non-scientific sort of magic, a "Harry Potter" sort of approach.

    Are the two versions incompatible? Basically they are, though not absolutely so. Please note it is not ambiguity, the issues being inexactly defined that concerns me. It's the contrasting and clashing views of the same topics that makes me feel that AE increasingly doesn't work right. I'm seeking to remove ambiguity so that I can know how to continue to write stories that are compatible with the assumed facts of this story universe.

    Please understand that I'm not trying to force anyone into seeing things the way I do. If the collective group of AE writers don't agree that ambiguities need clearing up to prevent Avenir stories from transmuting into a disjointed mess, I'll have no hard feelings. May God bless you in your efforts and I hope it all works out far better than I'm imagining...