Wizard101 Academy Headcanons:
•Ravenwood Academy is the oldest magic school in the Spiral, and by extension the most traditional.
Ravenwood students learn the tried-and-true methods of magic that have been passed down for generations. The wizards Ravenwood produces are more practical than the rival schools; most go on to live successful lives (especially the skilled duelists the school is known for). However, the stagnant nature of coursework has lead some to become bored with the lack of innovation. Students who push boundaries are often disciplined; it is only in rare cases that wizards of Ravenwood are allowed to preform non-traditional magics. In general, Ravenwood produces the highest number of decent wizards, though truly exceptional students are a rare commodity.
While never putting its head where it doesn’t belong, Ravenwood is notoriously considerate when it comes to cleaning up its own messes. People around the spiral react better to Ravenwood wizards than any of their competitors, simply because of the old adage, “A Ravenwood wizard finishes what they started.”
When Malistare caused havoc across several worlds, many wizard agents were sent into his wake to apprehend him and correct damage he had done. Morganthe posed a more considerable threat to the spiral, so the school slipped into a more militaristic style- dispatching squadrons of wizards into high-risk areas to fend off the umbra legion. As stakes grew higher and the death count skyrocketed, public opinion of the school dropped. After Morgathe’s defeat in Khrysalis, nearly a third of the graduating class had been killed in the conflict. Travel restrictions are being pushed by many governments for Ravenwood wizards; chaos sure seems to follow wherever we go, doesn’t it?
•Pigswick Academy is the more expensive alternative to Ravenwood, which explains why its average class size is two to three times smaller. Pigswick students are known to be rather poor fighters; very few are ever skilled enough to travel to other Spiral worlds unaccompanied. In fact, Pigswick students are known to be rather lax in almost everything; all classes have optional attendance and outside hobbies are encouraged. Many students are prospective wizards who failed the aptitude test for Ravenwood- the entrance requirements for Pigswick are very accepting. However, the myth that the wizards of Pigswick are rich wannabes is not entirely true. Surprisingly, the bulk of new developments in wizardry come from this institution. While few are proficient at spellcasting, magical theory is a widely discussed topic at Pigswick and vast amounts of academia is written by its students. The extensive library, larger than any other in the Spiral, is known for covering all topics- not just the ones that are approved of by the Headmaster. It’s the Pigswick philosophy that the most important part of magicraft is understanding and experimentation.
No magics are off limits at Pigswick. While the poorly trained student body does have a propensity for getting into bloody accidents, several new spells are designed at Pigswick every year and without their contribution, wizards everywhere would be less knowledgeable.
•Dragonspyre Academy, the ruined and desolate world, is mostly full of ghosts. But in its glory days, it was not only the most exclusive magic school but also a major military power. It’s students trained mostly in battlemagic; subjects like magical gardening and animal breeding would be laughed at. While all of its wizards were known for being fierce battlefield contenders, in particular the pyromancers and necromancers showed extreme promise.
The school’s dragon-breeding program was one of a kind and, to this day, has not been replicated by any other school.
The specific type of magic taught at Dragonsypre was similarly unique; crystalline magic is simply a footnote at Ravenwood, while it was the main focus of study here. Students learned to channel mana into pre-prepared crystals and summon monsters that way. With this system, powerful spells could be deployed in quick succession and distributed among wizards on the battlefield for maximum effect.
Dragonspyre maintained an active military force up until its destruction by the Dragon Titan. Dragonspyrean wizards were deployed to areas around the spiral to try and maintain the world’s political influence. The school functioned much like an army operation, a system that Ravenwood borrows elements of today.