Armstrong Academy: Freshman Year
The Story So Far...
The date is September 2nd, 2913 and excitement fills the air surrounding Armstrong Academy, for today is freshman orientation. Those returning to the school reunite with old friends and mentors, chatting about their summer experiences and what they're looking forward to with the start of the new academic year.
The headmaster, Richard Armstrong, stands proudly in front of the school; greeting students with a welcoming smile and an inspiring presence, a tradition on orientation day. For you see, this is Armstrong's favorite part of any year, it is a moment filled with new beginnings, new friendships, and unlimited possibilities.
This year the academy accepted nearly 100 new students, a record high in this new age of heroics, each student hand-picked by Armstrong himself, each for their own reason, each who will experience their own journey, their own successes, their own failures. It is impossible to tell what this year will hold for his new students but he knows how important it will be for all of them, and how important it is for the academy to serve them as well as it is able.
Before long the new faces arrive from various transports throughout the Multiverse; a carrier-bus, a tradition for collecting the first year students, emerges from it's hyper-space travel and slowly comes to a stop at the academy gates. The transport doors open and students being pouring out, some of them already deep in conversation with new friends they've made on the trip, others, keeping to themselves, a bit overwhelmed with the rush of new experiences. As they arrive Armstrong's smile grows wider and he watches them as they gather around the front courtyard, watching their curiosity spread throughout the crowd as they observe their peers, their faculty, their new home.
The transports begin to pull away -- a signal to Armstrong that his time has come, and so, with a booming voice that commands attention, respect, admiration, he silences the crowd.
Armstrong: Greetings young heroes, and welcome to the Armstrong Academy! My name is Richard Alexander Armstrong; founder of the Armstrong Academy and your standing headmaster for the years to come. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you here, to my home, and now, yours, as we explore together what it means to truly be a hero. Here you will learn from the best the Multiverse has to offer, instructors who've been hand-picked for their expertise in various fields of super-heroics. You will grow from experiences; both personal and shared, and become the hero you're meant to be. Now, on my left here is the assistant headmaster, and my good friend, Harrsion J. Hale.
Hale: Hello everyone, I'm so pleased to see all of your bright, shining faces here in front me of today.
Armstrong: Harrison and I will be leading you on a quick tour of the school. Don't worry about asking any questions during the tour, we'll provide you with a pamphlet that has everything you need to know, and student representatives will be scattered throughout the campus to help you navigate your first week here. Now, is everyone ready?
There is a mutual agreement from the crowd, ranging from enthusiastic cries to more subtle nods.
Armstrong: Great! Let's begin!
The tour begins and the new wave of students fall in line behind Richard Armstrong as he navigates the campus, explaining each of the facilities and services that the academy can offer it's students. It moves through the rotunda in the main hall where banners hang from the rafters displaying emblems and ensigns from throughout the known Multiverse, representing each of the many worlds. Current students watch as the new students pass by, they point and whisper about what powers they might have, how strong they might, what they could possibly bring to the school.
They move through the Science Center where various laboratories are in use as students study various fields -- anatomy and physiology of extraterrestrial life, metahuman biology, quantum physics, and so, so much more. Then through the History Wing where a museum is featured, displaying trophies and artifacts dating back to the golden age of heroes. After that, the Sanctum, where the mystical world is explored; here reality seems to bend and twist, an absurd seemingly incomprehensible field of study magic is, but one that these students will soon become familiar with.
The tour moves outside and they pass through the various fields and arenas. The Forge; a massive dome that can replicate combat simulations proves to be one of the more interesting topics of discussion, as the students try and predict what imaginary foes they may face here, while others boast about how impressive they'll be in The Pit, a sparring arena that limits usage of powers, instead showcasing feats of raw, physical power intermixed with combat skills.
Armstrong swells with pride as he hears the students discuss their excitement and anticipation with one another, for he knows that his vision has been actualized.
As the tour comes to a close the class enters a rather sizable lecture hall, massive tables fill the hall with plenty of seating for it's new occupants. Once everyone is inside Armstrong makes his final announcement.
Armstrong: It's time to begin your journey! Please, take a folder from either myself or Hale and then find yourself a seat. Inside the folder you'll find a detailed map of the campus with all of our facilities listed for your convenience. Also included in your folder is a short questionnaire. Please answer it to the best of your abilities, as your answers will determine your roommate for the academic year. We do our best to pair you together by preference, experiences, and what we feel will help your personal growth the best. Now, enough explaining, lets get to it!
As he finishes his speech he begins handing out folders to the Freshman class, his associate, Hale, does the same. Students begin to take their seats, you should join them.
The First Task - Orientation Form
You've been given your first task, filling out your student orientation form. This form will determine what classes you take and what opportunities may be available to you. The questionnaire will also help determine who you will be matched with for a roommate, so students are encouraged to answer as accurately as possible.
Question 1 - Class Selection
As a student of Armstrong Academy you may attend 2 classes per semester. These classes will help you improve your abilities as a hero. The classes are detailed below, please read them thoroughly and choose two.
- Anatomy and Physiology 110: Physical Adaptations - This class focuses on learning about the anatomy of extra-terrestrial life forms and those enhanced by metahuman abilities.
- Biology 152: Intro to Metahuman Powers - This class focuses on learning about the various powers and abilities that metahuman's possess.
- Chemistry 141: Performance Enhancers - This class focuses on learning how to create various compounds that grant a temporary increase of physical abilities or even metahuman powers.
- Combat 104: Using Your Hands - This class focuses on learning and applying martial arts skills to combat.
- Engineering 148: Introduction to Gadgets - This class focuses on how to create and engineer your own gadgets for offensive, defensive, or supportive use.
- Firearms 151: Introductions to Guns - This class focuses on learning and applying firearm skills to combat.
- History 102: The History of Earth 1 - This class focuses on giving a detailed history of Earth 1, the Prime Earth in the Multiverse and the location of Armstrong Academy, granting knowledge of the heroes and villains that have populated this world.
- Magic 160: Beginners Spell Casting - This class focuses on the introduction of magic and the occult, teaching students how to cast beginner level spells.
- Melee Weapons 130: The Blunt and the Blade - This class focuses on learning and applying melee weapon skills to combat; covers a wide variety of weapons from the savage axe; crushing war-hammer, and piercing blade.
- Physical Education 101: Improving Your Body - This class focuses on exercising the body to increase it's strength, durability and speed.
These are the classes available to first years, more advanced classes will be available once you take the prerequisites.
Question 2 - What Type Of Hero Are You?
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Choose the category that you most connect with.
- (A) - I am a beacon of hope and a shining example of super heroics. I help people because it makes me feel good and because it is the right thing to do.
- (B) - I do what needs to be done, no matter the cost. I will make the required sacrifices to save the day, even if that makes me unpopular or feared by both friend and foe.
- (C) - I'm actually more of a side-kick. I'd like to work with others to support them in their endeavors. I think team work makes the dream work.
- (D) - Other; please explain.
We accept all sorts of heroes here. So please, answer honestly.
Question 3 - Tactics
This question is about how to prefer to operate; are you an upfront brawler or do you prefer sticking to the shadows?
- (A) - I charge in and deal with my problems head on, using my fists and melee weapons to get the job done!
- (B) - I like to keep my distance and analyze the situation, also firearms are fun.
- (C) - I rely on my powers to help me save the day, I like using them in creative and experimental ways.
- (D) - Other; please explain.
We all deal with situations differently, how do you handle situations?
Question 4 - Why Armstrong Academy
We'd like to know why you chose to come to our school.
- (A) - I wanted to learn how to be a better hero and this is the best school for that.
- (B) - I want to learn more about my past and think this will help me.
- (C) - I don't know, it seemed fun?
- (D) - Other; please explain.
Honest answers help us improve on the functions of the school and let us know why our students are here and what they want.
Question 5 - What Do You Hope To Accomplish
This is a short answer question; what do you, as a student here at Armstrong Academy, hope to have accomplished by the end of your first year. What are your goals? Ambitions?
It doesn't have to be long, a simple paragraph is enough.