Sometime in the 10 century, four members of the most influential families in the magic society contributed to the erection of the Phoenix Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry in an undisclosed location in Rome. Originally designed as a safe haven for young practitioners of magic throughout Europe facing social discrimination to develop their abilities, under the careful eyes of some of the most talented witches and wizards of the century, the school evolved into much more. The public grew eager to send their children to Phoenix Academy, and its level of selectivity increased along with its reputation. Only a few short decades after its creation, the Phoenix Academy became regarded as one of the most prestigious magic schools in the world. This allowed the Academy to careful select only the most magically promising or aristocratically bred arcane talents to be accepted. The rapidly increasing prestige of the Academy drew the attention of more and more illustrious mystic scholars, who were drawn from all over the world to obtain a spot on the school’s staff. Between the influential families and renowned sorcerers invested within the school, Phoenix Academy cemented itself as not only the pinnacle of magic education, but an unconquerable power within magical politics.
One of the four family’s present for the Phoenix Academy’s birth as well as one of the highest regarded magical family’s in history, the Huntington’s have always kept a steady grip on the Academy’s affairs. Infamous for their practice of immoral mystic arts as well as their affinity for power and wealth has kept them in the forefront of business and politics in both the magic and mortal worlds. After the sudden murder of the most recent Phoenix Academy Headmaster, James Huntington (the current head of the Huntington clan) seized the position. With the entirety of the Academy in his hands, James’ transitioned the school into a newfound age of aristocracy, accepting students derived from only the very noblest of bloodline. However James’ reign over the Academy was short lived, for his own daughter; the enchanting Amora Huntington (Enchantress), replaced him within a year of taking the position. Having been the one to murder the previous Headmaster, obtaining his millennia of mystic knowledge in the process, she was indisputably qualified for the role of Headmistress.
Since obtaining the politically elite role of Phoenix Academy Headmistress, Amora Huntington has done little to change the structure of the school her father had formed. However Amora held a much broader vision for the Academy. Working with the aristocratic Charlemagne LeBeau and the illustrious Red September organization, Phoenix Academy opened its doors to adolescences of all supernatural abilities and/or noble family history. The two groups have held secret connections dating back to the Phoenix Academy aiding Red September in the fight against the Nazis in WWII. This provided Red September the uniquely powerful position of being able to control not only modern day politics and business, but the ability to groom the future of the world’s elite aristocrats.
Phoenix Academy is located in Phoenix Castle, a large castle somewhere in Rome. The castle has extensive grounds with sloping lawns, flowerbeds and vegetable patches, a loch (called The Black Lake), a large dense forest (called the Forbidden Forrest), several greenhouses and other outbuildings. There is also an owlery, which houses all the owls owned by the school and those owned by students.
The school has numerous charms and spells on and around it that make it impossible for a "human" (i.e., a non-magical person) to locate it. Such people cannot see the school; rather, they see only ruins and several warnings of danger. Witches and wizards cannot teleport in Phoenix grounds, except when the Headmaster lifts the enchantment, whether only in certain areas or for the entire campus, so as to make the school less vulnerable when it serves the headmaster to allow teleportation.
(CVnU location thread.)
- Make sure your character has a legitimate reason for visiting the Academy
- Any characters with magical, metahuman, or aristocratic origin can be a student, PM Enchantress if you're interested in being a professor
- Standard CVnU rules apply