Sallow Academy

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Sallow Academy is a PBP game of Monsterhearts run by Anders Gabrielsson. The OOC thread is here and the IC thread is here.



The Sallow Academy was founded by Sir Ivor Sallow in 1882 as a progressive school where disadvantaged youths could receive a first class education. However, due to some very detailed and specifically worded clauses in the school's charter, in the current day it's a highly conservative institution with very strict and old-fashioned rules. The only real modernization since the founding is that it now admits both male and female students. Also, due to some unfortunate investments (goes the official story; inofficially there was rampant embezzlement and mismanagement) only just over half the students receive scholarships from the foundation, with the rest belonging to privileged families who pay handsomely to have their children attend the prestigious school. Yes, the teachers are known to be somewhat eccentric, and the number of fatal accidents is alarmingly high, but the poor students can't afford to complain and the parents of the wealthier ones aren't always the kind and loving sort, or the child may suffer from an affliction that disposes their caretakers to keep them at a distance (and if they never come home again, well, that's perhaps all for the best).

The school itself is a sprawling jumble of buildings that have been expanded, torn down, and rebuilt over the decades, the whole complex seemling dropped down at random between a deep forest and the rocky English west coast just south of Scotland.

Each year around 40 students are accepted, somewhat dependent on the number of accidents in the previous year or if anyone's been expelled. The academy offers a four year curriculum but some students stay on as tutors or teacher's assistants - most of the staff are former students - with the attrition keeping the number of students around 150 at any given time.

Character Summary

Character Hot Cold Volatile Dark
Alex -1 +2 -1 +1
Ash 0 0 0 0
Bruce 0 0 0 0
Laeli 0 0 0 0
Seraphina 0 0 0 0
Winslow +2 +1 -1 -1
Character Harm Experience Conditions
Alex 0 0 None
Ash 0 0 None
Bruce 0 0 None
Laeli 0 0 None
Seraphina 0 0 None
Winslow 0 0 None


Read across from a character's name to see who they have strings on, and read down from a character's name to see who has strings on them.

Strings held on...
Alex Ash Bruce Laeli Seraphina Winslow
Alex has strings on... X 2 0 0 1 0
Ash has strings on... 2 X 1 0 0 0
Bruce has strings on... 1 1 X 0 0 1
Laeli has strings on... 0 1 0 X 1 3
Seraphina has strings on... 0 1 1 1 X 0
Winslow has strings on... 1 2 1 3 1 X

NPC Strings

Seraphina has strings on the other members of her hivemind (Celeste 2, Octavia 1, Samuel 1)

Dis has a string on Bruce

Winslow has a string on Mal

Other NPCs of Note

Teachers and Staff

Regina Burns, headteacher - tall, formal, in her early fifties, an ardent believer in tradition and strict discipline, attended Sallow in her youth

Mister Harrian, the groundskeeper - a gruff man who doesn't take kindly to students wandering off into the woods or trampling his petunias

Mrs. Elsie Huberts, the head cook - a very round, very friendly woman who always has a treat for anyone who visits the kitchen

Mister William Rotford, the Visual Arts teacher - in his late forties, overweight, large glasses, waxed mustache, wears garish sweater vests

Miss Agatha Sherman, the Further Maths teacher - short, somewhere between 50 and 60, dry, strict


- The Nerd Kids

Chris - red hair, bad case of acne

Andi - nerd kid, quiet, dark hair, claims to be a witch's apprentice

Mike - heavyset, cropped hair, underbite, chemistry wiz, in the choir

Maliha, aka Mal - tall, Pakistani heritage, runs the nerd kids' D&D campaign

Bernie - blond, good at maths