The Academy is the center of higher learning in all of Imperium. It’s the first and largest university in existed and was found by Emperor Karr himself nearly one thousand years ago in order to better train mages for the rigorous study of astral travel. Since that time, the Academy has expanded beyond purely magical studies and is now claims some of the empire’s greatest minds in arts, medicine, law and sciences.
The Academy is also well-known for being one of the most democratic places in the Imperium. Anyone is allowed membership in the university provided they meet qualifications. Nobles do have a slight advantage getting into and paying for classes at the Academy, but once in the professors pride themselves on equal treatment of all students. Furthermore, no student is turned away because of lack of funding though it might mean long nights working as a janitor after classes.