Prelude: Seacrown This section contains the parts of Sword that remain canon in the Odyssey. It is recommended, but not necessary, to peruse these chapters. For original content, skip (Ctrl + F) to "Chapter 1." Her Imperial Majesty's Naval Academy is a towering bastion of salt-pitted grey stone, atop an outcropping of the same. Based in the western harbor city of Seacrown, it is home to some eight hundred Exalted students attended by hundreds more of staff and thousands of menial laborers. Behind the spartan facade of its fortress-walls, the Academy is a cornucopia of sights, sounds, and smells. The aroma of sizzling onions and sea salt wafts from the lower Kitchens. Growls and battle cries erupt from the innumerable training rotundas spaced around the building, accompanied by all the sound and fury of Dragon-Blood animas in full flare. The pennants and shields of every House, major and minor, fly twisting in the wind around the Tournament Grounds. Beneath, the groans of laborers - deck hands and scully slaves, streetwalkers and hired swords - are all but drowned out by the pounding surf. The might of the Her Majesty's Navy is on full display here: battleship after battleship regularly cycles through of Seacrown's mighty harbor, accompanied by their crew: legendary Water Caste captains, stoic Earth Caste morale officers, sharp Air Caste scouts, seasoned Wood Caste shipwrights, and deadly Fire Caste marines. Present also is the relatively recent Aerial Division, whose colossal lighter-than-air warships are often seen patrolling the skies. But most striking of all are the students. Young, ambitious, and beautiful, the Dragon-Blooded of the Naval Academy are the jewels of the Empire. Exceptional even among the Exalted of their generation, these Princes of the Earth have come to study from the legendary Headmaster, Lung Feng Zao. The venerable Zao, an Air Caste of enormous renown, is rumored to have taught Her Majesty himself. Of the students he personally supervised, none has ever received a final posting less than satrapal governor. Ten professors supervise each class of two hundred. While each is a master of his or her field of study, some stand out: [ ] You have been selected for Headmaster Zao's personal class. Little is known of his teaching methods or his strengths, save that he has never failed to produce results. Zao is a visibly ancient Air Caste, tall and thin. [ ] You have been selected for the class of Reminiscent Ivory. The youngest of all the professors, she is a Water Caste tactical genius who defeated the Anathema, Bright Scar, on the open sea. She teaches Predictionism and is adept at crafting plans that play to the strengths of her students. With skin as pale as her namesake, dark hair, and exotic violet eyes, she is popular among male students. [ ] You have been selected for the class of Tepet Numida. A matriarch of the Tepet clan and master surgeon, she is one of the foremost experts on the interaction between Essence and physical matter, especially the matter of the body. Numida is ferociously competitive and has been known to go to extreme lengths to guarantee the victory of her students in Ranking Tournaments, especially against Verona's ilk. Rumored to be nigh-invincible on the dueling ground and highly protective of her favorite students, though she'd never admit it out loud. [ ] You have been selected for the class of Mnemon Verona. This easy-going Immaculate Master is familiar with countless external and internal styles. Famously lassiez-faire, he is a tremendously accomplished Dynast willing to dispense advice on almost any subject to anyone willing to listen. He is reputed to also be a master of Sorcery, though no student has ever reported seeing him cast a spell. The only person at the Academy known to have defeated Numida in single combat. [ ] You have a supervising teacher that is not particularly worth listening to. While they are more than competent in their field, they clearly do not possess the same level of excellence that has propelled you to the Academy. A good option if you don't want to spend a lot of time in class, or want to cultivate your power without outside interference.