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Symbolism in Noble

It may not be obvious from a first reading of Noble: A Faerie Tale, but I am quiet the symbolic writer. Symbolism in writing is something that has interested me for a long time, and thus I have liberally injected various symbols in my own writing for years. Let’s take a look at some of […]

Pop Culture and Other References in Noble

Pop-Culture references. We love ‘em. Movies and TV shows reference each other all the time nowadays, and even music gets into the act from time-to-time. It may be the modern way people use to find their tribe. ‘Hey, did you get that reference?’ we may be subtly asking each other. ‘Do you know that show, […]

Mannism: A Fictional Faith for a Fictional World

Early on in the development of what would eventually become “Noble: A Faerie Tale,” I had decided I wished to place the events of my story in a real historical context. I had recently seen “Ever After: A Cinderella Story,” and was fascinated by the idea of putting a faerie tale in the backdrop of […]

Deleted Scenes in Noble

Whenever a movie is made, scenes are shot that don’t make it into the final cut of the film. For whatever reason, they end up on the proverbial cutting-room floor. I say “proverbial” because nowadays no film is physically cut. All editing takes place digitally, using a computer. So, too, with book writing, authors ending […]

Magical Education

September 18, 2020

Whether online or in person, this is the time of year when kids (and some adults) are heading back to school. In the popular Harry Potter novels, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry always started on September the 1st. And in The Worst Witch books, movie, and TV show, the Winter Term at Miss Cackle’s Academy starts in September. But what about the world of my book, Noble: A Faerie Tale? Are the magical boarding schools for Magi and Druids? The short answer is, no, there are not. But that doesn’t mean magical education doesn’t happen. To explore this further, let’s first talk about education in the medieval world.

medieval schooling

Schools weren’t a thing in medieval times. If you were a peasant who lived in manor town like Lucas does, your education is of the hands-on practical variety. You are taught to be a farmer. Aside from your religious education at church, nothing is offered or expected. If you wanted to go into a trade, like learning to be a blacksmith, for example, you would apprentice with a master. After many years of learning, you would then be able to practice that trade.

If you were a noble, on the other hand, your education would be completed at home by private tutors. Universities did not get started until the late medieval period (14th Century), and they were run by the Church. The education students received at those early universities was primarily religious in nature, though they did learn things like Latin and Ancient Greek.

magical education in noble

So, how do people learn magic in the world of Noble? The answer depends on what kind of magic-user you are.

MAGI

For those subscribers who’ve been with me since the start of this newsletter, you’ll recall that the Magi organize themselves rather formally. They have a Magi Council that sets up the rules for their members, makes decisions for the Magi community as a whole, and, of course, sets the guidelines for education of new Magi.

In their case, Magi students apprentice to a master. The elder Magi takes on the young acolyte as a student, and instructs them on everything they need to know to do magic and be a productive and ethical member of the Magi community. Students can start their apprenticeship at twelve, and typically finish at nineteen. At the conclusion of their schooling, the new Magi is then formally inducted into the community.

DRUIDS

Druids, if you’ll recall, do not have the formal organization of the Magi. There is no “Druid Council” that governs all Druids. Some conduct their nature magic as solitary practitioners. Many, however, belong to formal “orders” composed of a certain number of Druids who band together to learn and grow from each other. Near the end of Noble, Lucas meets the Sacred Order of the Acorn, a group of twelve Druid women. Orders typically have a Master who heads the organization and trains the younger members. Master Autumn plays this role for the Sacred Order of the Acorn. You’ll meet her and all the other members of the Order near the end of Act II in Noble: A Faerie Tale.

SORCERERS

Again, for those of you who’ve been subscribers for a while, you’ll recall that sorcerers are the most rare form of magic-user. As a result, they don’t have any organization at all. They are solitary practitioners by necessity. Most Sorcerers, like Thanatos, end up training as Magi before discovering they are sorcerers. This is good because it means that they get the training they need to learn to control their powers. The unlucky ones who receive no training, well…that never ends well.

So, now you understand the ins and outs of magical education in the world of Noble: A Faerie Tale. Come back next month for another fascinating look into the world-building of the Noble Saga. Thank you for reading.