The Aerie Association is the governing body of magical regulation and practice within the Citrine Eagle. Charged with the procurement and protection of any magical items that might come up during the organization’s ventures, its membership is comprised of a gamut of magical backgrounds and devotes itself to the understanding of all aspects of Azeroth’s magics. While there are many other organizations with similar purposes, the Aerie Association seeks to apply this knowledge towards building a brighter future for Alterac.
Built upon a firm foundation of all things magical in nature, the bright minds of the Aerie Association are guided by curiosity as they fulfill the role of the Citrine Eagle’s primary expeditionary force in ventures outside of the Eastern Kingdoms.
Once dubbed the “Citrine Flame”, the idea for a new mages guild came about when the extremely brief function of another mages guild within Alterac quickly fell flat due to a lack of participation. On several occasions, singular mages had sought to take up the charge of pushing for a mages section – which never culminated into much more than giving the magically adept a placeholder in the Order.
Following that, a board of mages pledged their allegiance to the Citrine Eagle for the betterment of the group as a whole. Having taken footnotes from the failures and shortcomings of the old “Citrine Flame”, M.A.N.A formed to function as a magical board to protect the Citrine Eagle.
In their continued pursuit of magical collaboration within the Alterac region the M.A.N.A council advanced the standing of the magical arts within Alterac tenfold. Including a refurbished Sanctum and magical vault to Talongrab.
With its role firmly established amongst members of the Citrine Eagle, The Aerie Association is an evolution of the former Magical Association of New Alterac. Still maintaining the registry of magics, and overseeing non-light magics within Alterac, The Aerie Association continues to educate and help those who seek to learn more about the magic around them, whether in theoretical or practical use.
The resurgence of war between the Alliance and Horde necessitates practical use of The Association’s knowledge. In heading out to the world it’s members will seek out any advantage that could help turn the tides of war in favor of Alterac and the Grand Alliance.
The Sanctum has stood as a testament and beacon of magic since Talongrab’s founding. Unlike other buildings that stand within Talongrab, the Sanctum has shown what some may call sentience. It will answer and obey commands verbally spoken in Common and Thalassian to open its doors or to activate its defense systems to protect itself and those within from attack. Members of the Association will find themselves at home within its halls as it creates spaces for the men and women of the Aerie to study, research, and relax.
The Vault lies within the deepest depths of the Sanctum itself. The Keepers of the Vault–in conjunction with the Archons of the Aerie–are responsible for keeping the artifacts within safe from dangers that may lie both outside and within the vaults themselves. Port stones can grant access to the various security levels from within its first level. For the deeper levels, multiple Keepers may be required due to the volatile nature of the magics at play. The Vault is at once the most secure and dangerous place in all of Talongrab.
Members of The Aerie are expected to show progress in their understanding of not just magic, but how magic has affected the world around them. Many–if not all–of Azeroth’s societies have been influenced by or fallen to magics both in and out of their control. The Aerie Association seeks to use this knowledge to further the interests of Alterac and the Grand Alliance during this time of war. As members show their growth, they will be bestowed with new privileges in the form of ranks within the Stormtalon Confederation.
As members progress down the path of magical exploration, they will first be expected to serve The Association and Citrine Eagle by lending a hand, getting their feet wet as they venture with others. During this time, they should seek out a broad topic to pursue with the backing of the Association. This Interest Report will be the first step into showing the Archons and the rest of the membership what broad topics a member seeks to pursue in the future. Once members have taken part in a series of expeditions and completed their report, they will be ready to advance to the next Stormtalon Confederation rank.
Upon reaching the Scholar rank, members will continue their duties to The Association. However, now that they’ve decided upon what does–or may–interest them, they will continue further down their chosen research path. In their Study of Magic–the first of two reports made by members of the Association–the member will research a field of magic that is likely related to the subject of their Interest Report. This will begin to narrow down their eventual end goal as a member of the Association. A Study of Society–the second report to be submitted–will then have the member researching a society which has been impacted by the magics of the first Study of Magic.
These two studies will be observed and guided by the Archons and their deputies. The Association as a whole is also available as a resource. Together the Aerie’s knowledge is vast, and it should be shared among its members and allies. Upon completing these studies, the member will once again rise in rank.
Reaching the rank of Professor marks one as a trusted and resourceful member of the Association. A Professor’s knowledge will help guide the other Scholars and Neophytes as they too walk the path of their journeys
Professors will now be able to use all the knowledge they’ve amassed to lead their own expeditions should they wish. Using the knowledge they’ve gathered from their very first days in the Aerie, they will seek out an artifact of their own–the ultimate symbol of their studies. However, acquiring said artifact does not make it solely theirs. The Archons must ensure that those Professors who reach this point can be entrusted with their artifact, and that Talongrab, The Eagles, The Keepers, and the Vault will come to no harm.
A Professor must pass a final exam held by either one or both Archons. Once they’ve succeeded in passing the exam of the Archons they may ascend to the rank of Researcher with their Artifact as proof of their dedication and work. Researchers are the first members the Archons may reach out to when looking for members to represent the Aerie in both internal and external matters. Those who go above and beyond may find themselves being asked to partake in a trial to reach to become a Magistrate of the Aerie.
The interest report is the first step that a Neophyte will take towards reaching the rank of Scholar. Using knowledge gleaned from studies, field work, and their fellow Aerie members, a Neophyte will produce a report which broadly describes their interests and what they may attempt to seek out in the future.
The Neophyte should seek out the Archons or Magistrates when beginning this undertaking. While it may sound simple at first, the final version of their report will show a clear understanding of the potential risks involved with the magics that interest the Neophyte.
To undertake the Study of Magic is to take the plunge into becoming a proficient source of knowledge into a topic of one of the many forms of magic in the world.
Whether by interest or necessity, the scholar of the Aerie will begin a journey into chronicling their own understanding of their chosen magic. The scholar–with guidance by the Magistrates and Archons–will visit a location of significant importance to the magic they’ve chosen to study.
After visiting the location and researching what the chosen magic is capable of, they will deliver a report to the Archons which includes what they’ve learned. It is advisable that those proficient in certain types of magic perhaps push their boundaries to learn something new.
The second study expected from a scholar of the Aerie is the Study of Society. Armed with the knowledge of the magic which they seek to pursue a deeper and more intimate knowledge of, the scholar will research a society which has been affected by said magics.
Said impact may not always be positive, so the scholar must be prepared to face adversity and danger as they embark on an expedition to visit a hub of the chosen society. This hub could be a ruin, city, or other significant location which will inform the link between the effects of magic and a society of Azeroth.
The scholar will once again submit a report to the Archons detailing their findings. This report will be the culmination of knowledge gained from the intial interest report and results from further delving during the Study of Magic.
Upon completing the tasks asked of them during their time as a Neophyte and Scholar, members of the Aerie will be granted the rank of Professor. These members can apply the knowledge they’ve gained out in the field, and impart it onto others within the Aerie. This Expedition will have a professor of the Aerie leading members on a journey to acquire an artifact which they wish to obtain.
This artifact will be the end goal of months of research done by the member. The studies they completed during their time as scholars will form the foundation of how or where the artifact will be found. Working in conjunction with the rest of the Aerie, they will plan the expedition to the best of their ability–a large part of the expedition will be learning how to balance the weaknesses of ones self with the strengths of your fellow Aerie members.
Following the execution of the expedition, the artifact will be placed into the vaults. The Professor will then take their final exam before being promoted to the rank of Researcher. The exam can take many forms and will be created with the specifics of the member in mind. It will not be an easy task, but in the end a successful member will be allowed to claim the artifact for their personal use.