The Faculty of Vitamancy

The faculty of Vitamancy deals with the magic of life-force in its various forms, encompassing both healing and…that other thing. Within its walls you can find both the finest practitioners of magical medicine in the land, and black robed individuals with a sickly pallors and an unhealthy penchant for cackling. The two groups tend to studiously ignore each other, although the college infirmary, which is sensibly located within the faculty, tends to form a neutral ground, as both sides begrudgingly accept that a synthesis of the two disciplines provides the best medical care for the students, as well as the occasional private individual who is politically important, or simply wealthy enough, to obtain medical care within the college.

The Most Noble and Ancient Department of Healing and Restorative Magics

Within this department, students learn to apply magic to set bones, knit flesh and purge infections from the body, as well as mundane medical techniques upon which the spells involved in this are based, as the faculty head, Professor Ivorn Samson, believes it important for magicians to understand how the body works in order to shape spells to strengthen and heal it. His teaching strategy seems to be effective as, since he took over the faculty six years ago, the number of “tragic healing accidents” involving overenthusiastic first years, minor grazes and spells designed for the wholesale regrowth of limbs have greatly decreased.

The department is a popular one, and has close working relationships with the faculties of Battle Magic (where its students can apply their newly acquired first aid skills) and Natural Magic (as some of the animals and plants can manifest really interesting diseases).

Students who have spent a term in this department will have gained basic first aid and diagnosis skills, as well as an understanding of the workings of basic healing magic and, perhaps more importantly, how not to apply more powerful techniques.

The Department of Post Life Studies (Formerly the Department of Necromancy(But we don't do that any more))

The department of Post Life Studies deals with the study of the ties that hold life to a body, and the ghosts and spirits that can be left behind when life departs. And nothing else. At all. Certainly not in the first year course. The skulls everywhere? We haven't renovated for a while. The moans from the cellars? Winds blowing through the caverns under the college. All those expenses claims for shovels? We're trying to renovate the caverns. Obviously. And we have to teach our students how to fight the undead. Which is why the second years go on the field trips in the middle of the night, and come back covered in soil. And the occasional bite mark.

The Department is a relatively small one, but those students who do favour it tend to be very enthusiastic about it, and often take to wearing more black than is probably healthy.

A term in this department will have taught a student the basics of dealing with ghosts and other minor undead, as well as an understanding of how such things come into being.

The Infirmary

The college infirmary is a masterpiece of Vitamancy, combined with a few spells from the school of Hyperthaumic Arcanophysics. The room is a long hall filled with hospital beds, each filled with enchantments designed to both stabilise an occupant and keep them alive (provided by the department of Post Life studies), then rapidly heal any injuries or ailments they have (provided by the faculty's healers). Sitting in the centre of the room is a floating obsidian orb rather portentously known as “The Eye of the Veil”, which is enchanted to detect any individual within the college who is about to die, and then teleport them into the appropriate bed, where they will recover within minutes, unless they have been unlucky enough to contract one of the few things that faculty's master healers don't know how to deal with yet. However, this list tends to be extremely short, and the enchantments on the beds can keep an occupant alive essentially indefinitely while a cure is sought.

First years can spend a term working with the members of the faculty currently assigned to the the infirmary. This will give insight into which of the beds in the infirmary are best enchanted for dealing with different kinds of ailment or injury, as well as a more thorough understanding of healing artifacts and enchantments.

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