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The Sumeru Academia is Sumeru's leading institute in arcane arts and historical records, as well as the most prestigious institute in all of Teyvat.

Overview

The Academia accepts students from all over Teyvat and often sends traveling scholars, known as Driyosh, to other nations to gather material for research. It is unknown how long the Academia has existed, but it was already a prestigious institute by the time of the cataclysm 500 years ago.[1]

Academics

Nowadays, obtaining a degree from the Academia is a notoriously long and stressful process; an unnamed prospective who had been admitted states that he will be old by the time he graduates and sees his parents again.[2] Hosseini states that it is not uncommon for people to graduate after the age of 30, and that he himself, being less than said age, has his hair turned near-gray from his research.[3]

Thesis defenses are by far the most difficult part of graduating; several of the Driyosh met in other nations express their anxiety over finding material for their theses and have changed their subjects due to extenuating circumstances or rejection from the review panel. Alrani downright fears the Academia, and mentions that Soraya — who is apparently among the top of her class — has "piles of rejected manuscripts."[4] It is implied there is a limit to how long a student can stay at the Academia without being able to graduate.[5] Hosseini mentions that if he were to become a Dastur, he could stay at the Academia longer instead of having to travel around Teyvat to conduct research.[6]

Lisa, who attended the Academia in her youth, managed to graduate in two years under "advanced study" and is considered to be their best student in 200 years. However, she is not fond of her alma mater after realizing the cost of "uninhibited erudition," having witnessed raving-mad scholars in Sumeru's forests and sages sitting in underutilized councils. She ultimately returned to Mondstadt and became a humble librarian,[7] a decision that greatly baffles those who know how talented she is.[8][9]

Research

On top of academics, Sumeru Academia conducts research into various subjects. It is typical for traveling scholars to gather material and conduct preliminary research for their supervisors' projects and areas of interest,[3] while researchers are allowed to stay at the Academia to conduct their research.[6][10]

After determining that no Electro Visions have been given out in the past year, scholars at the Academia theorized this phenomenon was related to the Electro Archon's will and in particular, the proclamation of the Vision Hunt Decree.[4] This theory turns out to be incorrect when Raiden Ei reveals to the Traveler that she was unaware this phenomenon was occurring, and that Archons are not directly involved in the granting or denial of Visions. Due to "certain constraints," she could not say what actually caused the halt in Electro Visions.[11]

While research at the Academia tends to lean towards study of ancient history, the arcane, elemental energy, and the fundamental basis of the world, it also bears research of the more scientific and practical variety. For example, Tsuyuko's education at Sumeru Academia has led her to believe that Watatsumi Island's Holy Soil phenomenon is not because Enkanomiya is trying to absorb the spirit of the island, which is the legendary explanation, but because seawater that touches the soil leaches its nutrients and washes them away; rather than suppress Enkanomiya, the Watatsumi Goryou Matsuri replenishes the soil's nutrients.[12] It is later revealed that Holy Soil is the result of the expansion of the Light Realm, whose elemental currents are strong in Enkanomiya, while the Watatsumi Goryou Matsuri reverses the phenomenon by awakening the Sangacorallia, creatures that can break down the Light Realm's powerful elemental energy into something more usable by the Human Realm which Teyvat is part of.[13]

Every year, the Academia chooses a recipient for the Kavikavus Prize, an award given out to a young scholar under 40 years old, whose research submission is considered "groundbreaking" and "creative," and the submitter has "great potential." Recipients of this prize have all gone on to win great renown in the Academia.[14]

Structure

The Six Darshans

Sumeru Academia is divided into the Six Darshans,[15] each of which has its own major foci. So far, four schools have been named:

  • Spantamad (or Aramati),[Note 1] which specializes in studying the elements and the ley lines[6][15]
  • Haravatat, which specializes in studying ancient runes[15]
  • Amurta, unspecified specialty but likely related to ecology and plant life[16]
  • Kshahrewar, unspecified specialty but possibly related to geology[Note 2]

Anisa mentions that she comes from the Oceanographic Society; given that its name does not follow the format of the known Darshans, it is likely either a division within one of them or a group separate from the Darshans.

Progression

A few different honorifics and titles have been mentioned in relation to a person's progress in their research and studies at Sumeru Academia.

  • Driyosh, commonly called traveling scholars, are students who have been granted leave from Sumeru Academia to wander and learn as part of their research process.[5] Passing one thesis through the review process is enough to graduate from the Academia, after which they may be considered formal researchers.[6]
    • There is another subset of students who are confined within the Academia and do not leave until they graduate or otherwise cut their education short.[2][17] So far, no honorific has been ascribed to students of this type.
  • Dastur are formal researchers who have passed two theses through the review process.[6][18]
  • Herbad are researchers of high prestige who have immense knowledge and hold leadership positions.[6]
  • Sages are also scholars of high prestige. Little is currently known about this title at the moment beyond the fact that they are rather powerful and sit on advisory councils at the Academia.[7]

Students, Alumni, and Researchers

Trivia

  • According to Henry Morton, there are few opportunities to use Wind Gliders on Academia grounds.[17]

Etymology

  • The English name uses the Ancient Greek term Academia (Ancient Greek: Ἀκαδημία Akademía), a prominent school founded by the philosopher Plato, from which a common noun "academy" was derived. This emphasizes the scientific and philosophical natures of the Academy.
  • The Chinese name uses a term literally meaning an "institute of religious decree" (Chinese: 教令院), where "religious decree" (Chinese: 教令) is also used to refer to the decree in Catholic canon law or the fatwa in Islamic law. This emphasizes the theological and juridical natures of the Academy.
    • The Japanese name follows the Chinese interpretation, while the Korean name follows the English interpretation.
  • Several terms related to Sumeru Academia are derived from Zoroastrianism and the Avestan language:
    • The English term "Six Darshans" is derived from the Darśana (Sanskrit: दर्शन lit. "view, sight"), the six traditional schools of Hindu philosophy. Its Chinese equivalent, "Six Great Schools" (Chinese: 六大学派), is instead derived from the Chinese common name for the Zoroastrian Amesha Spenta, 六大天使 lit. "Six Great Celestial Messengers (Angels)".[23]
    • In both English and Chinese, the names of the Darshans are based on the deities in the Amesha Spenta, who are six divine emanations of Ahura Mazda, the creator deity in Zoroastrianism whose name translates to "Lord [of] Wisdom." They are named in the Gathas, a collection of 17 songs recorded in the Avesta.
      • Spantamad/Aramati (Chinese: 悉般多摩), which focuses on elements and the ley lines, is named after Spenta Armaiti, also known as Spandarmad in Middle Persian. She is a goddess associated with the earth and death. In the Avestan language, "Armaiti" refers to regulative thoughts regarding the physical laws of nature. In the Gathas, the Spantamadgah is also the name of the third chapter, which focuses on creation.[24]
        • During Shadow of the Ancients and Energy Amplifier Fruition, the original Chinese text used 素论派 "School of Essence (Nature)," which was localized into English as "Aramati" and "Spantamad," respectively. In Khedive's dialogue, the Chinese text uses a direct phonetic transcription of Spantamad.
      • Haravatat (Chinese: 知论派 "School of Knowledge"), which focuses on studying ancient runes, is named after Haurvatat, a goddess of water, prosperity, and health. Her name is the Avestan word for the Zoroastrian concept of "wholeness" or "perfection."
      • Amurta (Chinese: 阿弥利多) is likely named after Ameretat (Amurdad in Middle Persian), a goddess of immortality and plant life.
      • Kshahrewar (Chinese: 妙论派 "School of Intriguing Opinions") is named after Kshatra Vairya (Šahrewar in Middle Persian), a god of metals and minerals.
    • The Avestan/Farsi-based honorifics within Sumeru Academia are notably transcribed phonetically in the original Chinese version, where foreign terms and concepts are usually translated into Chinese instead (such as with the Six Darshans and the Seven Archons).
      • Driyosh (Chinese: 帝利耶悉 Dìlìyēxī), the term for traveling scholars who have not achieved Dastur status, is taken from the Middle Persian (Pahlavi) driyosh, meaning "wayfarer" or "one who goes from town to town" in search of knowledge, which itself is derived from the Avestan drigu-, "needy, mendicant." It is the root of the word dervish (Persian: درویش Darvīsh), learned ascetics who sought spiritual merit and salvation through self-imposed poverty (mendicancy).[25]
      • Dastur (Chinese: 陀裟多 Tuóshāduō), one of Sumeru Academia's honorifics for researchers, is likely derived from the Zoroastrian high priest title "dastur" (Persian: دستور dastur, lit. "hand-fist").
      • Herbad (Chinese: 诃般荼 Hēbōtú), which ranks above Dastur in Sumeru Academia's hierarchy, was originally a term for Zoroastrian high priests who taught sacred texts to others, as well as translated and interpreted the Avesta. Later on, however, Herbad lost its prestigious rank and became the lowest rank of priests, with the Mobad above them and Dastur as the highest rank.
    • The Kavikavus Prize may be derived from the mythological shah Kay Kāvus, a king of the Kayanian dynasty. Among Kay Kāvus' legends is his invention of a flying throne propelled by ravenous eagles, which managed to transport the king to China before the eagles grew tired and dropped the throne.
  • The title of "sage" is the only title that is not transcribed from Avestan, and was also the first to be mentioned in the game. In the original Chinese text, two different terms are used for this title: 贤者 Xiánzhě, "Person of Talent" is the more common form,[2][18][26] while 智者 Zhìzhě, "Sage, Wise Man" has also been used.[7]

Other Languages

LanguageOfficial NameLiteral Meaning
EnglishSumeru Academia
Chinese
(Simplified)
须弥教令院
Xūmí Jiāolìng-yuàn
Sumeru Institute of Religious Decree
Chinese
(Traditional)
須彌教令院
Xūmí Jiāolìng-yuàn
Japaneseスメール きょうれいいん
Sumeeru Kyourei'in
Sumeru Institute of Religious Decree
Korean수메르 아카데미아
Sumereu Akademia
Sumeru Academia
SpanishAcademia de SumeruAcademia of Sumeru
FrenchAcadémie de SumeruAcademy of Sumeru
RussianАкадемия Сумеру
Akademiya Sumeru
Sumeru Academia
Thaiสถาบัน Sumeru
Sathaban Sumeru
Sumeru Institute
VietnameseGiáo Viện SumeruSumeru Academy
GermanSumeru-AkademieSumeru Academy
IndonesianSumeru Academia
PortugueseAcademia de SumeruAcademia of Sumeru

Notes

  1. The same Chinese term was translated as Aramati in Shadow of the Ancients and as Spantamad in Energy Amplifier Fruition. See the Etymology section for details.
  2. During A Muddy Bizarre Adventure, Hosseini comments that should Pursina's Spikes be damaged during his investigations in The Chasm, he would not be able to face his fellow scholars in the Kshahrewar. Furthermore, the school is named after the Zoroastrian god of metals and minerals in certain localizations. (See the Etymology section for details.)

Change History

Released in Version 1.0
Version 1.2
  • All instances of the name were readjusted to be "Sumeru Academia."

Version 1.1

  • It was adjusted to be consistently named "Sumeru Arcademia."

Version 1.0

  • Sumeru Academia was inconsistently called "Sumeru Academia" and "Sumeru Arcademia."

References

  1. Artifact, Crimson Witch of Flames: Witch's End Time
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bulletin Board, Cat's Tail Message Board: Chosen by the Sage
  3. 3.0 3.1 NPC Dialogue: Hosseini, Dialogue Set #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 World Quest: Endless Research
  5. 5.0 5.1 World Quest: Fertilizer... Salesperson?
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 NPC Dialogue: Hosseini, Dialogue Set #2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Lisa's Character Story: Character Story 5
  8. NPC Dialogue: Sayid, Daytime
  9. Albedo's Voice-Over: About Lisa
  10. Event Thunder Sojourn World Quest: Facing Distant Echoes
  11. Raiden Shogun's Voice-Over: About the Vision
  12. World Quest: The Moon-Bathed Deep
  13. Event Three Realms Gateway Offering Quest, Aphotic Diffusal: Three Realms Gateway Offering: The Eve
  14. Event A Muddy Bizarre Adventure World Quest: Spike Self-Circulation Report: Abstract
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 NPC Dialogue: Hosseini, Dialogue Set #3
  16. NPC Idle Quote: Khedive
  17. 17.0 17.1 NPC Dialogue: Henry Morton
  18. 18.0 18.1 World Quest: Solitary Sea-Beast
  19. Archive, Living Beings, Enemies and Monsters, The Abyss: Electro Abyss Mage
  20. Lisa's Character Story: Character Story 2
  21. Artifact, Pale Flame: Wise Doctor's Pinion
  22. World Quest, The Moon-Bathed Deep: The Moon-Bathed Deep
  23. Wikipedia (Chinese), 阿梅沙·斯彭塔
  24. PDF: Beyond the Water: How Pronunciation Affects Melody in the Zorastrian Hymn "The Water's Birthday" in Ahmad-Abad, Iran.
  25. Encyclopedia Iranica: Darvīš
  26. Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act III: Wishes

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