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the grey school of wizardry?
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the grey school of wizardry?
in another forum, i heard about a wizard named oberon zell ravenhart of the grey council. he claims to have bred and raised unicorns and swum with mermaids.

googling for "grey council", i first found a wikipedia article about the babylon 5 series. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
eventually, i found the grey school of wizardry.

it sounded interesting at first, i had heard some of the council members' names before and continued looking around. what i saw then reminded me of harry potter very strongly.

- their classes are aimed at children ages 11 to 18.
- they have four "houses" for their students.
- each house has a crest that looks like this
- they have a "defense against the dark arts" class

i'm terribly sorry if i got the wrong impression, but to me it only looks as if they were just trying to make money. does anyone here have some experience with them they'd like to share?

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2009-02-27 12:57
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Re: the grey school of wizardry?
Why does it seem so very 'classic' laymen school of magic thought like?
2009-02-27 14:48
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Re: the grey school of wizardry?
kahoku Wrote:googling for "grey council", i first found a wikipedia article about the babylon 5 series. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Please tell me these wizards stand between the candle and the star, between the darkness and the light!

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2009-02-27 18:27
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Archer Wrote:
kahoku Wrote:googling for "grey council", i first found a wikipedia article about the babylon 5 series. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Please tell me these wizards stand between the candle and the star, between the darkness and the light!

in fact, that babylon 5 line is quoted there. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->

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2009-02-27 19:00
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Re: the grey school of wizardry?
*sigh* I hate it when I say something with comedy and it comes true.

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2009-02-28 1:08
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Archer Wrote:*sigh* I hate it when I say something with comedy and it comes true.
I love it when that happens. I love when people are more absurd when being serious than when being funny.

As to the topic, it definitely sounds like it's a crock of manure. To draw on two different fictional sources like that is a sign of either fluffy thinking or a scam to take in the fluffy thinkers.
2009-02-28 1:46
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Re: the grey school of wizardry?
Do we have any experience with that school? Nor are we likely to take their classes, but that is solely because we aren't interested in doing such. We are, on the other hand, aware of the group. We first ran across the name in the program for Pantheacon, as they were giving a workshop there. From what we have seen commented elsewhere, they have been there other times as well. I can't tell you off hand if they were there again this year. Does their being at Pantheacon mean they are perfect and have all their ducks lined up in a row? No, probably not, but we will give them some credit towards those ends.
Are there parrallels between the school's structure and Harry Potter world? Yes, from what we remember reading on their site the last time we wandered that way they are very aware of those parrallels. I doubt they are ripping them off however. They are pulling from a wide range of sources for course material so far as we can tell, myth and history for parts of it, and according to the website the teachers come from different paths.
We aren't saying the school doesn't have its flaws. We just have not seen anything that would automatically earn them the title of fluff, and until we have proof to the contrary we will give them credit for seeking to educate. If we ever get that proof we are going to have to go poke someone elsewhere.

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2009-02-28 6:14
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I'm not sure how much I like the sound of this school. -.-'
The only 'grey council' I know of is of spirit beings and those not turned white or dark. Its a very vast council, mostly nature spirits (animals, plant, elemental, etc). Then there are various other councils within that one, and so on.
...Can unicorns be bred? 0.0' I'm not sure...
2009-03-15 6:11
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So I check this place out.

You're supposed to be paying anywhere from $2.50 up to $25.00 a year. For this.
Oh, and if you're older it's anywhere from $5.00 up to $50.00 a year.
It has a required reading list.

So I google that. Two or three of this list of 5 books are by this "Oberon Zell-Ravenheart" guy. These books are the most expensive on the list. Like, $20 a piece compared to the $5 the other books are.

So I google the author. Guess who's the "headmaster" of the Grey School of Wizardry? Tada!!

Talk about "L. Ron Jr." here. Getting teenagers to spend their allowances on a "major" in "wizardry" which will do nothing.... at least, nothing that you couldn't do for free. T_T

Though I suppose this is like one of those "cool" things you could list on a potential resume.. once you're actually old enough to get a job, that is. After all, they're targeting 11-18 year olds?

Oh, and they have a "conclave" gathering. Says the place is in California. If I had a kid and:

-the kid was 11-17
-the kid wants to go somewhere where they've never met anyone IRL
-the kid wants to talk to "wizards" at this conclave. Not Pagans or Wiccans, but wizards.
-the kid's shoving their allowance into a school on wizardry.

...That kid would never see a "conclave" until they left the house. Ever. And I'd suspend their allowance, indefinitely.

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2009-03-15 9:00
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Re: the grey school of wizardry?
This is one site of many that actively prays on young, naieve, and impressionable folk. Not stupid, just impressionable.

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