Wittenburg arms

Arms of Wittenburg

Wittenburg is the home of the College of Alchemical Inquiry, at which Dr. Silas Merlot studied [1]. It is a small town either in Pomerania, of which the bulk lies largely east of Holfung-Borzoi; in Holfung-Borzoi itself, since the town is very close to the frontier; or in the Duchy of Mecklensburg. The border varies depending on which noble house has argued most effectively with Boris Dolokhov any given week. Wittenburg lies on the little river Motel and has a lovely town hall, the Rathaus, built in 1852 (at least, in our timeline)[2] but other than that, it doesn't get much talked about. The College may make it a greater geographical luminary on Europan maps.

There is a possibility that, due to the age of the maps and transcripts, and the tragic demise due to a bizarre blue-pencil-sharpening accident of the minion proofreading the Professors' work, that the College is actually in Wittenberg, which is much further south. Wittenberg was founded roughly around the same time as when the Heterodynes moved into Mechanicsburg; it developed into an important trade center, the seat of the Elector, and in the 1500s became home to the University of Wittenberg, where Mad preachers run around and nail things onto doors in the middle of the night.

Another possibility is that the College is part of the University, and is seated at a far remove (roughly 250km)[3] due to the potentially explosive nature of doctoral students' researches. Of course, this makes deans' meetings a little more difficult, but in this age of advanced airships, that is a mere inconvenience of five hours or so.


  1. Secret Blueprints: Dr. Silas Merlot & Dr. Hugo Glassvitch
  2. Structurae: Wittenburg Town Hall
  3. As the student walks, or the dirigible floats - barring storms, excessive amounts of beer and/or ground-to-air ordnance

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