University of Stormhelm
While it pales next to the
grandeur of the Acadamae and does not carry with it the
additional prestige inherent in magic, the University
of Stormhelm nonetheless possesses its own reputation for
greatness. Founded by Lady Jessa Leroung, the
University of Stormhelm consists of five major buildings in
close proximity, forming the main campus, as well as three
satellite buildings nearby and two in other wards.
Leroung Hall: Both the oldest and largest building on campus, Leroung Hall houses the university’s academic offices, the 210-seat Jessa Auditorium (second-largest indoor seating hall in Stormhelm, behind the 333-seat Ornelos Auditorium in the Acadamae’s Hall of Summoning), and a handful of classrooms.
The ivy-covered brick-and-marble building anchors the university, standing as it does at the southwestern end of Leroung Plaza. Two tall statues, one of Jessa Leroung and one of Terathan Jeggare (the university’s earliest benefactor) flank the main entrance to the hall.
Black Hall: Named for the black marble used in its construction, this newest building has an austere and imposing look increasingly popular in the city. The building’s few windows make its interior spaces feel gloomy and oppressive. Students and faculty both dislike the building, but, because it houses the most classrooms, nearly all of them find themselves in it at some time. Those who remain in the building after sunset sometimes report strange noises on the top floor, as if people were walking around on the rooftop. Since the university does not connect to the Shingles and all attempts to investigate these reports come up with no leads, most staff and Stormhelm Guards consider these ominous rumors as attempts to have the building closed. Still, the rumors persist, and they have even become more frequent lately.
Jeggare Library: The window-filled walls of this building house the university’s private library, where students and faculty alike spend long hours copying books and searching for just the right source. Jeggare Library houses the largest collection of private journals in the city, including the original journals of Saint Alika Epakena, Montlarion Jeggare, and Queen Domina. These journals are stored beneath the library, in a Vault that serves as an actual vault. The Stormhelm Guard constantly patrols the library, as does an abjuration student of the Acadamae (the protection of irreplaceable city relics outweighs the semi-friendly rivalry of the two institutes of learning).
Instructor Offices North: This square, brick and black marble building holds the offices of three-quarters of the staff.
Instructor Offices South: Identical in appearance to Instructor Offices North, this building houses the remaining staff offices. The remainder of its space contains several conference rooms and classrooms.