Kojja Lho’s family sent him with a gift for the city. A beautiful ship, in the design of a Cutter. He was the first of his people, the Summer Islanders, to be invited to The Academy. They are known for their proficiency as shipwrights and woodworkers due to the exceptional lumber in their homeland.
He was greeted at the docks by 2 parties. One a high ranking city official that he was not introduced too, but he wore a clear insignia of his rank and station. The diplomat had a large squad of soldiers at his rear that moved in a perfect lockstep formation. The other group was a scholar from The Academy with two underlings at his side. The Official greeted Kojja Lho warmly, and welcomed him to the city before moving on to meet the cutter’s captain.
The scholar took Kojja Lho to a high end boarding house where they stayed for a couple of days. He was not allowed to leave the property, except for a daily trip to the market and other short trips to nearby sites.
Ebin’s father had earned him an invitation to The Academy, but he had no means to get him there. Their home was on the other side of Slaver’s Bay in the city of Tolos. It would have been an easy trip across the Bay, but his family had very little money. So Ebin’s father offered his service as a guard to caravans that were travelling by land toward their final destination of Ghis.
Along the road on the final stretch to Ghis, they came across a carriage that was trashed and abandoned on the side of the road. Ebin’s father sent him ahead and checked inside of the caravan. He returned and gave Ebin 2 Silver Stags, but looked pale without any mention of what he had seen.
Just up the road Ebin saw a set of eyes peering around a rock outcropping. He and his father called out, and a young noble in oversized clothing came out from hiding. Rufae admitted his carriage was attacked by bandits and that he escaped into the hills. He was also on his way to the city, and he tagged along with Ebin.
Blood Holt’s arrival to the Academy was rather uncelebrated. After registration, Blood was pulled aside by an apparent Maester of the school, but the man never introduced himself. Blood continued to preach of dark knowledge and express interest in areas that are frowned upon by many of the Academy. The Maester instructed him to watch his words, and keep his special interests to himself for the time being, if he wished to have any chance at a successful future.
Blood was quick to befriend a small sickly looking child from the first year crop of students named Francis Corbray, the two headed off to the Library to get assimilated with their natural surroundings. Blood passed his bag to Corwyn Corbray, Francis’s brother, and said he’d keep an eye on Francis if Corwyn was willing to deliver his bag to the bunks (Blood later found his bag in a bush out in front of the dorms). While in the Library, Blood and Francis met a 3rd year student who was an obvious mainstay in the book filled halls. Peter was kind to them, and offered to help show them around the Library, which first years typically experience limited access too. At the end of the day, they left for dinner and not much was learned about the two new NPCs.
Sardum “Numsie” was the only member that had been to The Academy before, his older brother will be a fourth year student. He is from Ghis, so while others had a big ordeal in their process of getting to the facility, his mother simply walked him to the gates upon the day of registration, kissed him goodbye and let him be on his way. Numsie looked up to his brother Barrin, and thought little of the tiny jokes and pranks he would play. Outsiders may have seen it differently. Barrin tried to get Numsie to slick back his hair with chicken grease, and wear his uniform inside out, quoting that it was what all of the cool kids did. Numsie caught on as Barrin took the trick just a bit to far. Numsie was friendly and outgoing with the other students, and used his size and strength to quickly find a place amongst the other athletes.