Presided over by 9 Masters
The University is a place of higher learning dealing in many different fields of study.
Situated across the Omethi river from the town of Imre, The University is comprised of fifteen different buildings which house and separate the disciplines taught within. It is surrounded by a small town that remains nameless throughout the text, but that caters to the needs of the students. The University is a well respected institution throughout the Four Corners and the only place where one may earn a guilder and be recognized as a true arcanist. While the technological and cultural level of society in the chronicle seems to be roughly equivalent to the late Middle Ages or early Renaissance, the University stands out due to its instruction in disciplines that closely resemble magic, replacing technological development with Sympathy, Artificery, Alchemy and Naming. During the time Kvothe attends the University, it has somewhere under 1500 students. The University is generally made up of students from wealthy families, and Kvothe is the first known student to ever receive a scholarship to attend, though it is only for one term.
Students attend the University for discrete terms. From information related by Devi during her first loan to Kvothe, it is known that each term lasts approximately two months. From the length of time it takes to move through the Medica, six terms as an E'lir, eight as a Re'lar, ten as an El'the, six years total, it can be deduced that there are four terms per year. The last span of each term is reserved for admissions for the following term. The Masters set each student's tuition at the start of each term through individual interviews.
In The ChronicleEdit
Kvothe and many other pivotal characters attend the University which is a major setting in the chronicle. Kvothe becomes notorious throughout the school, in part due to his remarkable aptitude and in part because of stories told about him, some of which are based in truth, while others are not. Early in his tenure, Kvothe is banned from the Archives, which he views as a tremendous setback to his efforts to learn as much as possible about the Chandrian and Amyr, his primary reason for attending the institution. In the absence of the Archives accessibility, he takes up study in The Artificery and well as the Medica, hoping to advance through the ranks of the Arcanum as quickly as possible.
The University quickly becomes a new home for Kvothe, especially after he settles into his role as house musician at Anker's, a tavern in the hamlet surround The University. As he becomes accustomed to the school he begins to discover it is surrounded by an element of mystery, housing such strange artifacts as the Four-Plate Door and The Underthing, a subterranean compound apparently comprised of the ruins of an ancient civilization. It is during his time at the University that Kvothe meets the elusive Auri, whom he eventually befriends, as well as being introduced to Elodin, who possesses great prowess in naming, an art Kvothe has expressed interest in since his childhood with the Edema Ruh.
Each field of study in the University has a Master who is responsible for all education under that discipline. However, it would appear that different Masters teach courses in disciplines other than their own. For Instance, Master Hemme is noted as teaching an introductory Sympathy course at least once. Although, Advanced courses in each subject seem to be the exclusive province of the associated Master.
- Master Lorren: Master Archivist
- Master Kilvin: Master Artificer
- Master Elxa Dal: Master Sympathist
- Master Jasom Hemme: Master Rhetorician
- Master Elodin: Master Namer
- Master Mandrag: Master Alchemist
- Master Arwyl: Master Physicker
- Master Brandeur: Master Arithmetician
- Chancellor Arthur Herma : Master Linguist
Fields of StudyEdit
- Advanced Mathematics
- Rhetoric and Logic