White Temple Academy

Description by John Evans

White Temple Academy is the most prestigious school in the country. It is situated far from any major cities, and skirts the north shore of a picturesque mountain lake. The nearest populated area is a town to the northwest, which is separated and concealed from the school by a ridge of hills. Viewed from accross the lake, White Temple seems to be the only touch of man's hand in the world.

The school follows the north shore of the lake in a shallow crescent shape. It is laid out such that the levels of school and their associated buildings progress from primary school in the east, to university in the west. Each section is largely independant, with it's own class buildings, dorms, staff buildings, etc. The sections are separated by a series of wholly symbolic arched gates, which cannot be closed. Much ceremony is made at graduations of the advancing students passing these gates.

Each section is approximately the same size, though the later ones harbour fewer students. This is because the later sections become more sophisticated, including such things as research libraries, cafes, lounges, shopping areas, and post-graduate facilities.

At the gate from high-school to university, there is a cafe called "Swan". This cafe is so called due to it's remarkable 'patio'. In a graceful arch, a spire of stonework stretches over the university-side courtyard associated with the gate, culminating in a small open-air platform with three small tables and some chairs. This preposterous construction somehow exists, and has been declared by the student council to be theirs, exclusively. From this vantage, they observe the comings and goings through the gate, and in the courtyard (which is a much-used common area).

The other major landmark is the Temple Tower. At the very westernmost tip of the campus is the main administration building, and rising from this well above any other building on campus is a tower. Topping this tower is the surprisingly large mock-up of a Greek temple, which gives the school it's name. From this point you could see everything that happened in the school, and perhaps even into the town.

Other buildings include dorms of various designs and qualities (apartment style, barracks style (mostly in the public school section), suite style, and even some house-style. There are also various lecture halls, a mall, a student center (which houses club offices and the newspapers), faculty residences, a sports complex, and such.

Uniforms (standard Japanese-type) are mandatory up until the end of high school. University students have a dress-code (not a uniform) when in class or any school-oriented task (talking to the administration) but can dress as they like on their own time.

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