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College of St. Cassiann of Imola

Or, a fist palewise appaumy
grasping a stylus bendwise
sinister within a laurel
wreath gules, a chief
embattled vert.

Arms by Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov

History: See below.

Location: Sacramento State University, California

Received in an email from Kaitlin MacPherson:

"As one of the founding members, the seneschale for several years, and the keeper of all St. Cassian files & relics, I can tell you anything you would like to know about the branch. This is what I can remember off the top of my head.

According to traditional accounts, St. Cassian of Imola was a schoolmaster who refused to make a sacrifice to the Roman gods. For his defiance, he was sentenced to death at the hands of his students. When the students hesitated, he "bade the little fiends to do their worst".

The students beat him with their tablets, stabbed him with their styli, and carved their initials into his flesh. Thus, the martyr is the patron saint of students and an appropriate title and device for the college was formed.

The College developed in the mid 80's when Golden Rivers had a large number of members who were attending CSUS (Sac State). They formed a campus organization, which allowed for use of CSUS facilities and resources. Where most colleges had a transitory, unreliable population, St. Cassian's was unusual in having a firmly established active core group. Unfortunately, once the core membership graduated in the early 90's the College went into abeyance.

St. Cassian became known for certain events, many of which had the distinct "St. Cassian" flavor. Collegium Occidentalis was hosted several times. There was a semi-regular prize tourney that had unusual contests like "ink-blot illumination", on-site favor making, and potato carved seals. There was also the annual Champion Tournament to determine the defender of the College. The defender had to prove their worth through the registration obstacle course, combat-in-arms, a series of grueling exams (including an azure book essay) and Historical Jeopardy. There was even an intercollegiate war with the other St Cassians and St Katherines.

Some of the founding members include but are not limited to:
Valgard Stonecleaver
Malcom MacPherson
Konrad Tregetor der Taschenspieler
Marielle de Rivage du Corbeau
Carl of Sutherland
Heather of Sutherland
Rosalynde y Corgwyn
Stefan of Pembroke
Angelica of Bohemia

I can't remember who all the Champions were. I will need to pull out my files and check.

Multiple times:
Elrik Skap-Vargr
Arthur Lacey

I think were champions ... they competed multiple times, and I think they may have won ...
Wilowen of Stuarts
Edward of South-Haven
Wolf Peacemaker"

Description of the history of this branch is a summary from the small amount of information available, by Hirsch von Henford. Location information is from the back of The Page.

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