Eorzea Garden Celebrates Grand Opening
By Talman Chryses
This ((January 1st, 2016)) marked the opening of a new center of education in Eorzea, the Eorzea Garden. Faculty, enrolled and prospective students and members of the wider community gathered at the Garden's campus at 5th Ward of the Mist, La Noscea to celebrate the occasion. Speeches and fireworks preceded a meet-and-greet for questions and networking. Headmistress Evelynn Koizumi presided over the festivities.
The Eorzea Garden provides a comprehensive education for youth, who are to live on campus, training in a wide variety of disciplines, including hand to hand combat, exploration and survival, scouting, animal husbandry, sailing, magical disciplines, etiquette, and even extending to subjects as Doman language and culture. The institution boasts a diverse and experienced staff that enables them to make these offerings, many of whom were on hand to greet students and answer questions at the opening.
The Garden has a further purpose, beyond the education of its students, and this is the establishment of an elite task force, known as SeeD, which graduates are typically expected to join. As members of SeeD, graduates of the Garden will "go forth, See And Discover", providing aid where it is needed across Eorzea, with an eye towards combating the encroachment of the Garlean empire. Students are not required to join SeeD, however, and graduate as accomplished adventurers who are free to take their skills and pursue careers in the Adventurer's Guild, the Grand Companies, or elsewhere.
Though the Eorzea Garden is located in La Noscea, it has been established and funded directly by the council of leaders of the Eorzean Alliance. It replaces the old Garden system, made up of three older schools located in Thanalan, La Noscea and the Black Shroud, which suffered from a lack of a unified administration. While these older Gardens were built only to serve and educate the orphans of the Calamity, enrollment in Eorzea Garden is not restricted in this way. On this topic, Headmistress Evelyn Koizumi said, "While the Gardens were formed to house the orphaned or those who needed more stability, Eorzea Garden is open to all who are interested in studying and preparing for field work and better themselves."
Koizumi is a youthful but accomplished disciple of magic, who has already held prestigious academic appointments at St Reinette's University and the Vylbrand Academy. The faculty are also on average relatively young, but experienced, and several are at the forefront of their disciplines. For instance, the Chronicle spoke with one instructor who teaches quite advanced aether channeling through the use of unaspected crystals.
The Chronicle will be keeping a close eye on the growth of this new institution.
(Further information about the curriculum is available here)
The Untrained Culinarian: Apple Rabbits? Apple Fish!
By Talia Wargraven
Most Eorzean smallfolk know of the Pastry Fish - a sweet, flaky pastry filled with almonds, raisins, and apples, all in the shape of a child’s drawing of a sunfish. Some say that the pastry hails from Limsa, and the ingredients reflect that. Almonds and lowland grapes both grow well in La Noscea, and the shipping industry brings both mirror apples and desert saffron to my home shores.
The recipe is deceptively simple in appearance, leading a novice (such as myself) to believe they can easily bake this tasty treat. It isn’t as simple as it looks.
My first mistake was foolishly assuming that you could neglect the raisins and add more butter.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
My Grammy Wargraven always said that you can never have enough butter, often dumping a whole stick into her concoctions.
After following her lead in this recipe, I now know she was wrong. You can have enough butter.
It looked good. I followed most of the directions. But still, it didn’t pay off.
It turned out a buttery mess, something I never thought I’d say. It ended up dry and cloying with the excess butter - the apples were absolutely drenched in the stuff. The lack of raisins made the pastry filling less sweet and significantly drier than it should be.
For now, I think that I’ll leave the pastry making to the professional Culinarians. I’ll stick to simpler fare… perhaps the finger sandwiches. I can’t mess that up, right?