The School of Light and Darkness was the grandest, and most prestigious of the seven major institutions of Sanctaphrax, devoted to the study of luminosity. The Professors of Light and Darkness were in charge of this school. The School of Light and Darkness, specifically the Inner Sanctum, also served as the office of the Most High Academe for a short period.


A magnificent, palatial institution, the School of Light and Darkness was specially designed so that parts of it were bathed in light and parts of it were shrouded in darkness. Its academics wore robes in varying shades of grey[1], except the Professors of Light and Darkness, who wore white and black respectively[2]. The colour was meant to denote the specific grade of luminosity they studied.The most secretive of all of the seven major schools of Sanctaphrax, the School of Light and Darkness did not engage in the same intrigue, gossip, and faction-fighting that was omnipresent throughout the rest of the great floating city, instead turning such practices upon each other and resulting in internal power-struggles within the school. Aside from the academics of the School of Light and Darkness, only the invited were allowed to so much as enter the building.


  1. The Winter Knights, Chapter 2: The Chorus of the Dead
  2. The Curse of the Gloamglozer, Chapter 13: The Treasury Chamber
Academies of Sanctaphrax
Major Schools
School of Light and DarknessKnights AcademyAcademy of WindCollege of RainInstitute of Ice and SnowCollege of CloudSchool of Mist
Minor Schools
Academy of GloomAcademy of DuskAcademy of DrizzleAcademy of HailstonesAcademy of BreezeAcademy of BalmAcademy of DawnAcademy of SquallAcademy of FogAcademy of GustAcademy of WhirlwindAcademy of SleetAcademy of ThunderAcademy of Lightning
Viaduct Schools
School of Colour and Light StudiesSchool of Potions and PoisonsDepartment of Psycho-Climatic StudiesFaculty of MoistureSchool of Refraction and ReflectionSchool of Sight and Smell-FilteringFaculty of Air Studies
Fountain House