The Seminary

The Seminary was the second educational institution founded in Hicho (and probably second in the world, as well). In The Artificer of Dupho, Higomu is a graduate of the Seminary.

Inspiration

Followers of Weaver sought to make Children of Knowledge aware that people had a responsibility to all the deities.

At the time, the dominant idea was that Children of Knowledge only needed to serve Knowledge. As long as they preserved knowledge that would be necessary to defeat the demons, they were doing their part.

In particular, they did not believe that any of their descendents would be called upon to physically fight invading demonic forces. The followers of Weaver maintained that knowledge of hand-to-hand combat was important for everyone. They said Children of Knowledge should not rely on Lith’s Children to do all the fighting. Every people would have to do their share.

People who served other deities (they were a minority, but they did exist) seized on this idea and suggested that it might be a general principle. Every people had something useful to contribute in the war against the demons, but Hicho and the Redwood River Valley had only Children of Knowledge. Surely they would need warriors if the demons attacked. And they would also need merchants to move supplies, judges to tell right from wrong, religious leaders to guide them, laborers to build the infrastructure, etc. They would still be Children of Knowledge, but they needed to learn that every deity has something to teach.

Founding

In 902, the Seminary was founded by a council of 9 priests, one from each deity. Their goal was to provide alternative paths to serving the deities and to advance knowledge about each of the deities individually.

Course of Study

Study at the Seminary is in many ways similar to study at the Academy.

The first 2 years at the Seminary are mortar years. Students fill in the cracks in their basic education and they also build a firm foundation in theology.

After the mortar years, the student is expected to choose a practical discipline, a secondary pure discipline, and a primary deity. The student’s primary pure discipline is assumed to be theology.

The seminary is divided into 9 schools, one for each deity. Even in later years, students are encouraged to study outside their school. Many students choose a secondary deity.

Graduation

Not all graduates go on to become priests. (Or priest-equivalents. “Priest” is a generic term that does not accurately capture the various roles of divine intermediaries in Edgewhen’s various cultures.)

A Child of Knowledge who serves another deity is most likely a graduate of the Seminary. But Knowledge’s ritesmasters are more often graduates of the Academy, although Seminary graduates form a large minority.
Seminary graduates are especially knowledgeable about demonology and cosmology.