The day was a beautiful afternoon, warm from the sun yet cooled by the nearby ocean breeze blowing into the sails. The massive ship carried many students, mostly first years but those that chose not to stay at the university and were returning were also on the ship. Docking at the port to release all students into the nearby town which held the grounds of the famous Nova Academy. Each student had been informed of the optional initiation speech given by the eldest professor of the school, the head of Sentinel House, Arukab Tragide. A map of the island was provided for all those that chose to grab one revealing the location of the one town and the terrain of the island. The captain of the ship stepped out, shaking the ground with every swaggered step. His balance seemed off, though in truth what set him off was the firm and still surface of the land. He was a giant of a man riddled with scars but hiding them underneath a green suit. Everything about the trip had been taken care of so he had no reason to do anymore and let his crew handle the rest. Many civilians of Fardhuk recognized him and smiled to see his return. Smiling and waving back at them, he continued to make his way through the main road that lead to a towering structure clearly visible to anyone arriving. Approaching the door the green-suited captain opened the entrance. The first room was the main hall, massive with 6 tables stretching from the wall to the base of the stage which stood empty enough for an echo to be heard with ones footsteps. Sitting alone in a corner rested a dark but inviting figure, dressed as he always was and still carrying the spiked pauldrons on his shoulders. "Arukab. The students are here!" Roared the captains deep voice. Standing up, the professor returned with a simple response, "Thank you, Saethos." Merely seconds after the words echoed through the main hall the man who'd just entered turned around to make his exit. Now speaking to himself, Arukab spoke once more, "Another year starting. I'd better notify the rest of the staff." The old bones that held his body together creaked as he walked slowly towards the exit as well. A water fountain that constantly generated its own water remained the first thing seen outside the doors, a device older than the university itself yet flowing as a statement of knowledge. First walking to the two stone statues representing the founders of Nova University depicted as guards to the main roadway leading within the school grounds, Arukab pulled a rope which released a flag at the base of each. The blue flag which bore the crest of each house, the shield to represent the Sentinel House, A lance for the Dragoon House, and an opened book for the Scholars house. Immediately turning around to approach a flag pole merely 7 feet away Arukab raised the same flag, but for this one to soar in the sky riding the wind to mark the beginning of this semester. The flag also acted as a signal, the head of each house should know to watch for the flag today. In one hour it would be time to welcome all the new students. Returning students could attend the event by meeting in the Main Hall as well, which was the usual sight as it came with a free feast, however those that chose not to were free to do as they wished. Returning to the Main Hall, Arukab made his way straight for the stage, using the removable steps to get on top rather than going around. Atop the stage sat a podium and three seats. Dotted around all four walls were more seats labeled with the names of various professors. While the schools inhabitants may have been divided by house, the seating arrangements were not, students were free to sit where they pleased.