The shadowmancy teacher, Drake, is holding an armful of newspapers. As the students walk by, he hands them to each of them, snorting a little as he does. "I don't know why I was given the responsibility to hand these out. I can't even read. How am I supposed to know what's in them? I mean, seriously."
Eventually, the bacon-loving teacher just plops down on a bench somewhere and allows his shadow tendrils to hand out the newspapers. Someone's got to do this job. He just happened to be the lucky one picked to do it first.
OTHERWORLDE TIMES: The Official Academy Newspaper
Issue #1, 1/05/2013
The academy knows that new students have been admitted and it's becoming more dangerous with every tardy. If you attend all of your classes on time, you'll avoid the academy's wrath... however, if you start skipping classes, you better be ready to have your powers malfunction, your dorm room lock you out, and for the snow to pound down upon your poor, misfortunate body until you finally decide you're good enough for classes. The teachers don't want to teach to an empty room, after all. Have good habits, students!
The assistant professor of the Potions department, Helmy, is still heading Potion Shots Thursdays, which takes place in the cafe in the potions building. If you fancy taking shots of random potions to enjoy the different effects they will have, head on over to the building after ten at night. He always has quite a lot of mixtures ready and brewed for daring souls.
The seal that had once protected a massive hole in the Otherworlde Library courtyard has finally faded after three years (it had originally been put in place by the former shadowmancy professor, Drae). There is now a massive hole yawning open, and those who dare to venture inside should know that dangers await them... but perhaps treasures, too.
Want to know what's in store for you this week? Read on ahead! Prepare yourself, because the Academy horrorscopes tend to be eerily accurate.
Aquarius - Sometime during the week you will be involved in a disastrous incident involving falling. Perhaps you should stay away from that massive hole outside the library. Avoid stairs, too.
Pisces - Your enemies are planning misfortunes for you right now. If you have a couple of people who'd really like to have your head, try not to make more enemies because you'll only sign yourself up for more crying.
Aries - The phantasms might end up stealing you away to make you a dungeon toy for some lucky student. Be on alert and try not to draw attention to yourself.
Taurus - You are almost guaranteed some sort of animal attack this week. Be alert and try to avoid the creatures that lurk the area.
Gemini - A lot of your efforts are failing this week. No matter how hard you try, you just can't do anything right.
Cancer - The people that you love are going to be hurt by you this week. There's nothing you can do to stop it, so start preparing your apologies.
Leo - You work very hard on an assignment this week only to find out that you wrote down the instructions wrong. Prepare to go back and completely redo it.
Virgo - One of the archers of the school accidentally hits you with one of their arrows. You don't take the arrow to your knee, but it hurts all the fucking same.
Libra - Your room mate seems out to get you. Be sure to check your tooth paste for poisons.
Scorpio - You find yourself falling ill but no medicines are helping. You'll just have to stick it out for a week - it'll go away on its own.
Sagittarius - You drank too much at a party one night and now you find yourself waking up next to a student you don't even know.
Capricorn - One of your prized possessions goes missing. The last person you saw must have stolen it.
Every week, the teacher who composed the newspaper will be selecting a work from Beginner Class, Intermediate Class, and Advanced class to feature. The winners will get 50 dA Points as a little bonus, as well as 50 EXP.
Featured Submission of Advanced Class
Featured Submission of Intermediate Class
Featured Submission of Beginner Class
While the academy is always cold year round, it has entered the period of harshest weather. It's snowing on the grounds day and night in a blizzard-like state, especially during the night. Sometimes during the day the blizzard clears and students are comfortable outside, but for the most part, you should settle with trying to stay indoors as much as possible. There's also a heavy chance of hail, and the phantasms like to direct hail straight toward students' heads.
All of your character's colors are reversed. What do they look like now? (For example, black parts are white, yellow parts are purple, and so forth: look at this article on complementary colors for more).
According to the weather report, students are in for quite a lot of blizzards. Draw your character in winter clothing in the middle of one of said blizzards!
Would you like to contribute to next week's newspaper? Contact the teacher scheduled to make it: Saylem (Carneeval)