[Academy] Solace in Science

Very first class at the Academy.

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[Academy] Solace in Science

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Stuck in a freezing cold room, Virikai cursed whatever menial worker was slacking off on his duties towards the upper classes. Did they not realise that they had certain obligations and responsibilities towards their betters? It was unbelievable that the Talius scion should be so uncomfortable as he attempted to learn from the esteemed instructor before him. Looking around, he saw that the other seven students were in much the same mood as he... though the few eídisi among the number seemed better off than the foreign visitors come to the city to learn. The entrance of the lecturer caused Virikai to pull his thick cloak tightly about his shoulders, trying to retain any heat that he could - or at least lose no more - as he turned his full attention to the instructor.

Good morning, I am Sayr Tytle, your instructor for this part of the course. And welcome to most of you, for I believe that this is your first class of your course?” Some nodded, though Virikai did not, lest he disturb the fall of his cloak. “You will soon learn that tertiary education is vastly different to secondary, and even more so if you received your rudimentary elsewhere. Now, much of your study will be private, and the Prime Atheneum is at your disposal, for I can teach you only a fraction of what those times can share.” That suited the eídisi down to the ground; it was what he had been doing before his father had insisted that he stop 'wasting his time'. Now, the difference was that he had to waste more money on listening to some washed up academic rattle on for a few hours each day.

We will be starting the course with anatomy, specifically human anatomy,” the lecturer, who too was eídisi, scowled at that, and Virikai imagined that he was resentful and scornful of the original race. “This is because the humans are by far the most populous of species and more importantly, all others, including hybrid races, were once descendant from humans, and most share very similar features in terms of physiology and anatomy.” Tytle turned, grasping a piece of white chalk in his hand, and drew a blob which could be a rough outline of a human body. It had a circular head and an oval body, with four oblongs to represent each limb. The boy wondered if he was supposed to copy this down, but no other students had moved and Virikai was more than happy to keep his fingers from falling off due to frostbite, so kept them safely inside his cloak.

Next, the man exchanged the White chalk for a different coloured one, and began to draw a series of circles and oblongs across the body. Did it have some form of measles? “These,” the lecturer spoke, booming voice echoing through the large, empty, and freezing room, “These blue circles, represent the placing of organs throughout the body. Though one might argue that some are more important than others, there had been no evidence thus far that it is possible to live without any of them. Today,we will done going over the main ones. We will start from the top and work our way down, shall we? The brain.

Tytle poked the uppermost circle, resting in the blob which was supposed to represent the head, with the chalk, “To get this far, I'm sure you all have one,” Virikai resisted the urge to roll his eyes at the attempted humour, to which only half the class responded at all. He forced himself to remember the benefits of gaining a proper qualification from the academy, rather than just knowing the stuff. “The brain is the controller, it has multiple functions, from processing abstract thought to controlling your body. Not, this can be conscious, such as turning your head or walking, or it can be autonomic, such as the beating of the heart or the break down of nutrients as done by other organs. In short, the brain is the central organ of the nervous system, which exerts control over every single function that your body has. Right now, that might not seem all that impressive, but by the end of this course, you might have much more respect for the activity of your brain.

Common sense, really, if he gave enough thought to it. The heir to the Talius line hoped that his money wasn't about to be wasted on season's worth of drivel like this. Was Tytle actually trying to romanticise the brain? “In all sentient species, from humanoid creatures all the way through to a languageless rodent, the brain is located in the head. It is theorised that this is because it is close to sensory organs, where taste, smell, hearing and sight occur.
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The whole class was shivering, and it was evident that not even the lecturer wanted to be there, but each battled on, and would remain until the end of the class. On his part, Virikai was determined to absorb and understand as much as he could; he would be damned before failing this class as, even ten minutes in to it, he knew that he could not bare to retake it. If he was honest with himself, he knew that he would not like to retake any, such was his reputation of academic prowess. However much he disliked his father at times, he would not embarrass him, or his mother and their name.

Ambition was the driving force, of course, for Virikai, and he was determined to be the best.“Right, onto the circulatory system, then, which is controlled by the heart. Made up of three parts (the heart, the vessels and blood itself), there is not a single muscle or organ that the circulatory system does not reach. From what we understand of it, there is a selection of blood vessels pumping blood to and from the lungs where the rest pump blood around the entire body.

Okay, he admitted slight interest. For all of his Research, the Talius scion had never really bothered to look into the anatomy of any race, believing it to be simple and not really worth the effort... particularly when there were far more fascinating books on offer in the Atheneum. In hindsight, however, much of his research had been inaccessible at his low level, and much had gone over his head as he struggled to understand the complex concepts he was forcing upon himself. It was early, of course, but he wondered that perhaps much of what he had previously learnt would be easier to understand now that he was receiving a more basic education.

Why the divide between vessels pumping blood to the lungs and the rest of the body, sir?” That was another thing: studying though books alone, Virikai had limited chance of speaking to people, of asking questions and cementing his knowledge. His father was knowledgeable in much, but not in the applied sciences of medicine. And his mother and her family... well he very much doubted if any of them had ever worked a day in their lives. Here, he had the chance to question, to think, rather than just take what was said at face value. “Ah! A very good question mister-?

The Talius scion frowned, hesitating briefly. At times, it was blessing to be the heir to one of the most affluent families in Viden. At others... There was nothing pleasant about it. But the lecturer was waiting. Repressing a sigh, he inclined his head, “Virikai Talius, sir.” A silence dragged on, and the student was actually surprised that his instructor seemed blindsided by this information. Surely his return to education was not that much of a shock, as he had spend the intervening years in the Academy anyway.

Ah, Virikai, yes, well, in answer to your question, we know of these vessels exist because of dissection and examination. In explanation, I would ask you all to look at your wrists. You will notice that, no matter whether you have peach or blue skin, you will notice a very blue shade of vessel, yet when you bleed, you will all see red blood, correct?” Casting his gaze around the room, Virikai noticed that all of his fellow students were either eídisi or human (or very close to human). Was the same true of other, less human-like, races which were not represented here? “It is believed that something in the air that we breathe is added to the blood from the lungs, much like it is added to blood from wounds, which makes it red. Whatever it is, of course, is required for survival. Thus this set of vessels… their purpose must have something to do with the air we breathe, for the lung is filled with blood vessels.
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Which brings us neatly onto another major system in mammal anatomy: the respiratory system. The circulatory system, for some reason, requires something from the air, thus passes through the lungs. Therefore we can assume that the respiratory system is as vital to our continued survival as the circulatory system is. Further proof of this is that I would be willing to bet my entire arc’s earnings on the fact that none of you would be able to hold your breath and remain conscious for more than three minutes.” None of the students in the class attempted to prove the lecturer wrong, merely nodding their heads in agreement to the pseudo-challenge.

Satisfied that none of his students wanted to dispute his teachings, Tytle picked up his chalks once again an began to draw a rough outline of a pair of soft-edged triangles, both with tubes coming from them to join in the middle. “Dissection of a human body shows these tubes, through which air passes into the lungs. The lungs are filled with tiny little capsules, from which valuable elements from the air enter the body and the blood stream.

Half-heartedly, Virikai picked up his charcoal pencil and began to take down notes on what Tytle was talking about, as well as drawing out the diagram that even he - with his basic experience in the Facility for Retrospective Analysis - knew to be a poor approximation of what his lungs really looked like. His drawing was not much better than the one on the blackboard, however, and the Talius scion realised that maybe him just staring at books and learning purely from them was not worth the effort… for there was a limit to what he could realistically take in.

For the life of him, the Ice Prince could not remember what the lungs were supposed to look like. Actually, he wondered if he had even ever seen a diagram of the respiratory system before. He must have, seen at least a drawing in one of the many tomes he had poured over in the Prime Atheneum. “Now, we must bear in mind that there is a finite space within the body, particularly when it comes to the cavity that the rib-cage encases. There are special muscles which are designed to relax or contract in order to expand the capacity of the rib cage and, therefore, allow for the lungs to expand and take in the air.

What about the Mer Folk?” Virikai asked quietly, vaguely aware of the ripple of anger that passed through the room at the mention of one of the most despised races in Viden. But it was a valid question, and, in Virikai’s opinion, any academic worth his salt would not allow mere prejudice to interfere with the furthering of knowledge in any field. It seemed that Title felt much the same way, as he promptly responded without so much as a bat of his eyelids. “Knowledge on the races occupying the seas are limited, as it is rare that such species survive our guard long enough for one to be brought to the city. However we have been lucky enough to procure a few expired members of various mer races and dissection indicates bodily functions that mimic much of a human - or near-human - body.

They do not breathe air, that much should be obvious to anyone. But what they gain from the water functions much like what we gain from breathing air. Whether or not it is the same element in both air and water which is necessary for survival is unknown at this stage.” Many of the class, much like Virikai, began to scribble down notes furiously, all probably intent on discovering what this mystery , required element was. Naïve, perhaps, but Virikai was no different, for he thought much of himself; he knew that he was better than those who sat around him. If anyone were to succeed in academia, it would be him.
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I really enjoyed this. It's fun to see how people at this tech level would view and explain anatomy, and you managed to capture the atmosphere of a college/university classroom perfectly. Not much in the way of Skills, but you knew that going in. :P Plus most of the relevant skills, especially medicine, were high enough that basic classroom work at this level isn't going to gain much EXP. Research, being a book skill by nature, is naturally an exception.
Skills
Research: +3
Drawing: +1
Writing: +2
Medicine: +1
Investigation: +1
Wilderness Survival: Cold Weather: +2
General Knowledges
Lower Classes: Lazy When Supporting Their Betters
Humans: The Original Race
Organs: Necessary For Survival
Anatomy: Nervous System
Anatomy: Circulatory System
Anatomy: Respiratory System
Medicine: Anatomy
Academy Classes: A Potential Aid To Research
Solo Research: Might Not Be Worth It
Specialized Knowledges
Sayr Tytle: Anatomy Teacher
Sayr Tytle: Doesn't Let Prejudice Interfere With Academics
The Brain: Houses Thought
The Brain: In The Head
The Nervous System: Controlled By The Brain
The Nervous System: Commands can be either Conscious or Unconscious
The Nervous System: Controls The Body
Circulatory System: Controlled By The Heart
Circulatory System: Layout
Blood: Gets Something Necessary From Air
Blood: Turns Red When Exposed To Air
Respiratory System: Necessity For All Races
Respiratory System: Layout
Respiratory System: Muscles Expand Ribcage
Eidisi Anatomy: Mimics Human Anatomy
Mer Anatomy: Mimics Human Anatomy
Mer Anatomy: Breathes Water
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Poor Drawing Of The Lungs
Notes On Shared Elements Between Air and Water
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