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The Serenia University (NΓH U (Nu Gamma Eta University)) is one of the various academies of magic in the world in or near Serenia. The leaders of the Forty Thieves, the Serenian bandits were once students.

BackgorundEdit

The leaders of these brigands had once been students of natural order, magic, and philosophy there. They soon differed with their teachers, however, over just what constitutes good and evil. Their studies led them down the dark path that equates might with right and gold with good. Eventually, surrounded by others of the same unsavory leanings, they left their university to pray on caravans in the Endless Desert near Serenia. They took the contents of the university's treasury with them.

Former StudentsEdit

Note: Although there is no specific confirmation that he was a student of the Serenia University or a Serenian bandit, he shares several cultural similarties with the Serenia thieves including their accent, clothing style, and Abdul admits to having been a thief (a master thief at that) similar to the bandits. Both the bandits and Abdul share magic of enchanted doors with treasure rooms behind them (and general Ancient Arabic Mythology influences, and even genies!). Both even have 'black cloaks'. These may make up some of the men known to visit Mordack in his castle which Casimma greatly feared, and assumed Graham was a member.

Behind the scenesEdit

Technically, the location of the academy is not given in the Companion (but must at least lie near the Endless Desert and/or Serenia). They are however linked to Serenia in most the information (referred to as the 'Serenian bandits'). Secondly its implied that virtually most towns sell items to students of the various academies of magic throughout the world. This suggests that Serenia would have a nearby academy of magic of its own (perhaps one in which Crispin teaches or has taught at). While no name for the university is given in the Companion, there is Greek letters that appears on a building at the edge of Serenia town in KQ5 for the NES that fits the bill for the initials of a university.

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