Rosecross Academy Of Invocation

The Rosecross Academy of Invocation is a wizarding school located in the Catskills region of New York state.

Overview

Rosecross Academy is the oldest wizarding school in the United States. Established in 1721, it is an English style boarding school modeled after Hogwarts, by a wizard with an obsession with Merlin and King Arthur and his knights. The school has four Houses, and competition between these Houses is actively fostered by the faculty to encourage students to try their hardest. Houses compete in a Quadpot Cup and Quidditch Cup, though more attention and more intense rivalry is fostered by the former.

Students of age also participate in the Rose Tournament, a competition involving a quest for a school chalice and various obstacles, battles, and puzzles. The majority of students are weeded out after the first obstacle, which is a free-for-all duel (no killing spells), to the last student of each house standing. The remainder of events change every year, and in more recent years have come under scrutiny for being too dangerous.

In addition to inter-house competitions, Rosecross also has a rivalry with Candlecross Witching Institute. There is an annual Quadpot and Quidditch match. The best players from respective house teams are chosen to represent the school for each match. There is also an annual competition pitting the winner of the Rose Tournament against a selected student from Candlecross.

Students are required to wear their uniforms to classes, meals, and school events. Uniforms consist of plain work robes in black with the school crest on the right breast, or with their house crest on the right breast.

The grounds around the school are open to students for recreational purposes. This includes the central courtyard between buildings, the part of the lake closest to the school, and the grounds leading out to the wrought iron fence that encircles the grounds. Students consider it a right of passage to sneak over the fence without getting caught during their third year.

The school is tucked into one of the shallow valleys in the Catskills, secluded from muggle eyes by the forests around it and anti-muggle spells. The grounds are large enough for four House dormitories and a larger central building as well as five greenhouses, a Quidditch/Quadpot pitch, and a classroom sized building by the lake.

School Layout

A long and winding drive through forested area leads up to a large Georgian style building consisting of four stories. Four smaller buildings are hidden behind it, arranged around a social courtyard. All of the buildings are made of red brick with black tile rooftops, white columns on either side of the front doors, and white trim around the windows.

The largest building contains the meal hall on the first floor along with administrative offices and classrooms. The upper three floors are dedicated to classrooms, professor offices and quarters, and the Owlery on the fourth floor, at the south end of the building. The four dormitories correlate with the house, and are capable of holding up to 400 students per building, with double occupancy in each of the bedrooms. The first and third floor are the boys dormitories, and the second and fourth are the girls, with a communal bathroom on each floor. Each floor also has common areas where all students may study and socialize before curfew. The first floor common room of each dormitory is open to members of other houses. Doors leading into the private halls are secured with talking paintings who require a password to enter. Girls cannot enter boys corridors and vice versa. A charm will transport a person of the opposite gender back into a common room.

There is a sixth, final building near the shore of the lake, roughly the size of the average classroom. It is used for aquatics related lessons, though students have been known to break into it outside of classroom hours. The Quadpot/Quidditch pitch rests up the mountainside by 100 yards.

Houses

Rosecross has four houses: Loherangrin, Pellehan, Galeas, and Agravaine. Each house values particular characteristics and attributes more than others. A student's house is determined via four golden cups filled with a thick red liquid, each on a pedestal draped with the house colors and crest. A student's name goes into each cup. If a student is incompatible with a house, their name will remain on the surface of the liquid. If they are compatible, their name will sink. If their name sinks in more than one cup, the student in question is given a twenty-four hour period to determine which house they choose to be in, though it is not uncommon for students to be influenced by the heads of house.

House Loherangrin

House Loherangrin favors the intellectuals, the knowledge seekers. The symbol for House Loherangrin is a swan, and the house colors are white and gold.

House Pellehan

House Pellehan seeks out the loyal and the hardworking, the stubborn and the unyielding. The symbol for Pellehan is a boar, and their colors are purple and brass.

House Galeas

House Galeas prefers students who are brave and fearless. The symbol for House Galeas is a unicorn. House colors are green and ivory.

House Agravaine

House Agravaine values those who are cunning and ambitious. House colors are dark red and silver. The symbol for house Agravaine is the Arthurian questing beast.

Camelon

The wizarding village of Camelon, founded by the same man who founded Rosecross, came into existence two years after Rosecross. The village sits on the opposite end of the lake from Rosecross, and may be accessed by the same road that winds past Rosecross's drive, or by taking one of the school-provided boats across the lake.

Students age 13 and older may visit Camelon one weekend out of every month, so long as they have permission from their parent or guardian. The village itself has not expanded much since its conception, though it has grown enough to boast three pubs, two inns, and a booming shopping district. While the village sees the most traffic during the school year, they are one of the most frequented stops outside of the magical district in New York City.

Professors with spouses and families also tend to opt to live in Camelon, making sneaking to the village much more perilous for students than it may otherwise be.

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