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This page is written in the in-universe perspective of the "Garion" series' of novels.

The University of Melcena was a place of higher education in the ancient city of Melcene and likely the largest center of learning in the world.

Description[]

When visited by Garion, Belgarath and Beldin it is described as

"...a sprawling complex of buildings situated in a vast park. The buildings were old and stately, and the trees dotting the close-clipped lawns were gnarled with age. There was a kind of secure serenity about the place that bespoke a dedication to the life of the mind." (Sorceress of Darshiva)

The three sorcerers are looking for the clubfooted alchemist Senji who is on the faculty of the College of Applied Alchemy, which is situated in a large, grey, buttressed and reinforced building. It is situated near the College of Comparative Theology, which is located in a soaring pure white marble tower.

There are also administrative buildings - some three hundred years after Senji accidentally discovered the skill of sorcery, his critics attempted to test his skills by luring him to the building and having an assassin throw him from a high window.

History[]

The University has a printing department which produced the historical text Emperors of Mallorea and Melcena, an excerpt of which is the prologue to Sorceress of Darshiva.

In the 15th century, the alchemist Senji was attempting to transmute lead into gold, and in a towering rage accidentally discovered the power of the Will and the Word. He attempted to run an Academy of Sorcery at the University, but only 'one in ten' of his students could ever grasp the skill, and whilst they were probably more powerful than practitioners of more conventional magic they never reached the abilities of Belgarath or Polgara. He closed the academy in disgust. He also stole a copy of the Ashabine Oracles that remained one of only three unedited copies in the world and critical to the Child of Light's quest against Zandramas.

Some three thousand years before the present, an Emperor of the Melcene Empire mounted a punitive campaign against the Karands in Zamad, confiscating a holy relic called Cthrag Sardius. On his return, he gave it to the University who passed it between departments before it was left, forgotten, in the museum of the College of Comparative Theology.

Five hundred years before the present, a scholar in that College became possessed by the power of the Sardion and stole the stone, fleeing the Melcene Islands never to be seen again.

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