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The Carthaki University is located in Thak City, the capital of Carthak.


It is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers of learning in the world, and is where the emperors of Carthak have received their education for generations.


The Carthaki University has a ranking system for its magical students who have the Gift. The black robe is the highest rank a graduate can receive. An orange robe is the second highest[1].

Graduates must adhere to the magical laws set about by the university. Inar Hadensra, a powerful Scanran mage in the 5th century HE, didn't want a black robe as he knew the university would try to limit his magic and prowess[2].

School for Mages


The School for Mages has a Lower Academy and an Upper Academy. The Lower Academy teaches magic to younger students, starting around ten years of age until about fifteen.[3] The Upper Academy takes students at sixteen until they receive accreditation.


All magic instructors hold the honorific "Master", whether male or female.


Students learn a variety of subjects, all centered on the Gift. Although wild magic is a noted form of magic, the university knows it cannot teach it, because one is either born with it or not. They know of it due to their proximity to the Banjiku, a tribe where wild magic manifests more often than not.
List of Lessons:[4]
Lower Academy

  • History of the Carthaki Empire
  • Essentials of Water Magic
  • Language studies: Old Thak
  • Mathematics
  • Reading and writing
  • Essential Earth Magic
  • The Tools of Magic: bowls, mortar and pestle, salt, water, vials

Known graduates

3rd century

5th century

Rival schools

The university has been a rival with the City of the Gods for hundreds of years, since before the 3rd century. In the 5th century, Tortall founded the royal university of Corus, which became a major rival university although it had only been in existence for a short while.

Notes and references

  1. Mastiff, Chapter 12 Cont. of events of June 19 (Random House ebook)
  2. The Realms of the Gods
  3. Tempests and Slaughter, Glossary
  4. All found within Tempests and Slaughter in Numair's schedules.