The Matter of the North
Queen’s University is located in the Duchy of Rhuddail in Leyland. The university is most famous for its extensive library, which was donated by Queen Melantha. The library is open to the public, but adventurers hoping for access to the Archives (a collection of rarer books and spells, including a signed, first edition Fifty Shades of Pewter) are asked to pay a fee of one book.
The library’s current holdings total thousands of volumes and include monographs on a variety of subjects, including, but not limited to: the arcane, history, and natural philosophy, legends and lore, the East, Tal Bazaar, Anchang, elven politics, and tourism. The library also has a inter-library loan policy with Lady Catherine, courtesy of her man, Mr. Collins, and with Prof. Sir Edwin Sharptooth in Teradonia. The library has a strict no-fizzy policy, and sphinx-librarian Phiedan takes great pleasure in enforcing it. Damage to any library books is dealt with in the strictest possible manner by the Queen herself.
Following the success of Fifty Shades of Bachelorhood, Queen Mel and Pewter organized a new branch of the university to help support Pewter’s orphanage: a primary and secondary school for Pewter’s orphans, supported by a generous grant from the Leylish Crown, and the royalties of Fifty Shades of Bachelorhood. All children in the orphanage will receive a full education, free of charge (the proceeds from Fifty Shades also pay for numerous full scholarships to deserving, non-orphaned children). Pewter is now a tenured professor and teaches martial arts, anti-divine and anti-magic, and smithing. Carys Oegar (Class of ’43, summa cum laude), who is now apprenticed to the Hag of the Waste, and is rapidly becoming an expert in inter- and intra-planer travel, is also a visiting professor.
Due to overwhelming demand, the University has recently opened a separate annex to the library to house all the smutty literature and fan-fiction now churning out of the Leylish press, as well as two new university publishing houses (University of Leyland Press, and the Royal Press—otherwise known as the Fizzy Press).
Thanks to the revenue generated by the two presses, the University has expanded tremendously in the last few months. The University now boasts a world-renowned theatre program, a School for Diplomatic Theatre Arts, a School of Medicine, and a School of Ornithology. The School of Ornithology in particular is becoming a household name thanks to its work with the Palace Owlery and Leyland Twitter.
It is worth noting that the University is guarded by the VSF, and a pack of werewolves, as a precaution against fan-girl armies, disgruntled writers/readers/researchers, and pigs.