Thanks for the votes . . . just thought I'd put up the intros I've slapped together for both options:
Medieval Mage Academy
Somewhere along the northern edge of the civilized lands is the University of the Magical Arts, known to most as the Mage Academy. Only those who need to find the academy are capable of doing so, unless invited, thanks to numerous wards set in place centuries ago to keep pitchfork wielding mobs away. Physically, the academy is a solid stone motte-and-bailey style castle with a seventy foot (~21.5m) tower sitting on a high tor. Within the wall are several outbuildings of various sorts. The protective dome extends about 100 yards (~92.3m) in any direction. The weather changes at the whim of the school’s hidden high adept (whom no one ever sees). A half day’s ride to the south is a small town which caters to the school. Instruction is handled by magi and adepts, in return for gifts from their students (the school only gives them room and board). There are no formal class schedules or periods, however, students are encouraged to learn from two or more teachers. All non-teaching staff are of the master rank.
(We’ll shoot for an IC day change every month - two weeks RT daytime, two weeks nighttime, if that works for the majority.)
(I'm setting up a slight point system to indicate relative strength in various magical areas, and a voting system for increasing those points/gaining other prizes. Just to keep the munchies out. :))
It has been ten years since the last time Voldemort manifested himself. Ten years since he was fought off. This time, eyewitnesses confirm that he is dead and gone forever.
This doesn’t mean that all Dark wizards and witches are gone, though. Nor does it mean that Voldemort’s followers are entirely gone. Some of the Death Eaters still hold out the hope that their master will return once again. And there’s always the chance that another will rise and take his place.
In the meantime, the wizards and witches of London get on with their lives. They laugh, cry, play, shop, sell, and barter, moving on and conducting normal existences. At least as normal as any wizarding existence can be, compared to Muggle lives.
One of the major centers of those lives is the vibrant street known as Diagon Alley.
So, walk through the Leaky Cauldron, tap the proper brick, and come join them . . .
(Remember that high concentrations of magical energy interfere with Muggle technology, so anything requiring electricity, gunpowder, etc. won’t work in the Alley.)