Balt Meddin

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The Balt Meddin Academy in Poland started as a refugee camp in the last decades of the 10th century. Christianity arrived and old beliefs had to go. Holy trees were cut down, groves burned, monuments destroyed. Churches were erected where temples of the Old Gods and Old Magic had been demolished. There were witches and shamans who didn’t want to let their world vanish, preserving the arts was their priority. It’s unknown who first sailed to the island of Hel, but the message spread by word of mouth and people with magic talents started to come to the isle.

The village of Gellen was built and the academy was founded, officially in 1077. Soon later a city sprouted up around the academy and became famous among mundanes as a big port of herring trade. As every port city Gellen was full of strangers, but that didn’t bother anyone and the witchard community grew rapidly. Witchards from Prussia, Poland, Livonia, Scandinavia and many other places created a cosmopolitan atmosphere of Balt Meddin.

Tragic events of unknown origin took place in the 15th century. Marks of powerful spells are still visible on the Hel peninsula, which is no longer an island, and misses a huge part of land. There are no accounts of what had happened in mundane documents, which suggests a mass memory purge. The only known fact is that since the early years of the 16th century Balt Meddin has been hidden underwater, underneath an invisible dome. A new city has been built above, and it’s populated entirely by mundanes.

It’s not easy to get in or out of Balt Meddin. Young witchards often receive their invitation via a trained porpoise or a seagull. There are magical ways to go through the water, but first graders and some other visitors are often swallowed and transported by trained whales and squids. These means of precaution proved to be extremely efficient during both World Wars. Dark witchards and regime supporters couldn’t access the school, due to its splendid isolation. Balt Meddin doesn’t need any dark arts to cause itself magical problems…

Students at Balt Meddin are sorted into three different Houses at the start of their schooling, much like at Czocha College. Unlike Czocha College, the students are not sorted based on their attitude or personality, but rather based on their skills and talents.

  • Lyngbakr, House of Whale, where students deal mainly with Intervallum, the space that is: travelling, bending space, flying, studying fragments of lost spells that could make ships and other means of transportation fly.
  • Hafgufa, House of Kraken, where students learn about Vis, the energy that makes the whole universe alive: concentrating the energy, speeding up entropy, fire, lightning bolts. Students in Hafgufa are sometimes called Pyromancers.
  • Uroborus, House of Sea Serpent, where students learn about time, Tempus. This is the most dangerous of arts and only the best students can enter the doors of an Uroborus workshop.

Created on January 21, 2023 by Laura