Innsmouth Centre for Advanced Technomancy (I-CAT)
Mens et caduceus
ICAT is a private land-grant research university in New England, USA. Established in 1865, it has since played a key role in the development of modern technomancy and arithmancy. For these subjects, it ranks among the most prestigious academic institutions in the Witchard world.
In the 1980s I-CAT sought new investment to fund its research into distributed technomancy, artificial intelligence, and fractal sorcery, raising hundreds of millions of dollars to cover ongoing capital expenditure. The subsequent research led to a number of patents in the mundane world, and some of which the centre has sought to enforce upon the Witchard Society.
The financial ownership and control of I-CAT is a well-kept secret, but it seems to operate as a profit-making enterprise first and foremost. In terms of faculty and research community, it seeks the best and the brightest magical minds, pays well and draws on seemingly unlimited sources of income for research.
The faculty and researchers at I-CAT seem to be split between corporate types and hyper-focused hackers on the verge of burnout; from corporate power dressing to socks with sandals, the sartorial difference between the two extremes of I-CAT is clear for all to see. The former is very concerned with the reputation of the centre, and the ownership of magical knowledge. The latter is concerned with the gaps in the spaces between reality and staying awake long enough to hit their milestones.
Whilst both groups have a reputation for abuse of alchemical reagents to improve performance, something is certainly driving them harder and faster towards success. Is it a desire for knowledge, for-profit, or for power?
Of course, the mascot for the I-CAT is the Spider – the greatest engineering animal.