Applied Beastology Research Centre
“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” ~ Bertrand Russell
The Ark has had many names since it was founded by Frances Stuart shortly after Bothwell opened its doors. The primary focus of the group has been in the understanding and husbandry of magical familiars; working with and alongside various animals, both magical and mundane.
Of course, most magical research happens beneath the surface and The Ark was no exception, secretly experimenting with hybrids of mundane and magical creatures; mixing elements from both to create new chimaera. This all came to a head recently when a series of experiments changed members of the student body as well, creating Witchard-animal hybrids. Whether this magic is a form of illusion, transformation, or something far more fundamental is a matter of conjecture.
After the incident with the Chimera, the Guardian order conducted an audit of the centre and its ethics. The Ark has now stated that it holds life to be sacrosanct and that the Chimera Project has been cancelled. As a result of the incident, the faculty can sometimes tie themselves into knots about where the line of right and wrong should be drawn. However, when it comes to the study of Beastology, The Ark will surely seek world-changing discoveries rather than sticking to rules imposed upon them from outside.