East Atkinos: A Glenwood Education
The Schulmania National Army has the need to train good officers. But, building a military from the ground up is very challenging. Luckily, capable leadership has led to the development of a new military academy to fill the officer ranks with capable and highly qualified personnel. At a site in East Atkinos, a sizeable contingent of engineers, builders and military personnel have converged to turn the rolling farmland into a sprawling military academy campus with supporting town and port. Named for the small farming village which once occupied this location, the new town of Glenwood centers around the state of the art Glenwood Military Academy.
A wide view of the campus and its surrounding town. The H. Irwin Rotunda is the centerpiece of the town. Its distinctive dome is featured on the gold 1 schulmoneta coin issued by Glenwood.
The military town has many of the comforts of civilian life. And the barracks for cadets and officer housing are on par with what you would find in the finest Schulminion town.
Most cadets are quartered in barracks such as these. They feature an interior courtyard for recreation, exercise and fresh air.
The barracks house several thousand cadets. Support staff lives in nearby homes. All have convenient access to the town's many amenities.
Officers sometimes live off base but visiting officers usually stay in military facilities. It's just simpler that way.
Officer quarters are similar to cadet quarters in many instances, but tend to have a bit more space.
Here, nestled amongst some officer quarters, sits one of the town's many parks. They double as exercise areas for the cadets and as open space for the town.
You might be wondering what the value of a Glenwood education actually is. After all, there are many places to become educated and to get training. But, here, Chancellor Mooky has assembled the top military strategists and many of the finest instructors in every field. Saying "I went to Glenwood" will be as impressive to mention as the same statement about places like Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge, or La Sorbonne.
The heart of the military's training is in The Chancellery, where Chancellor Mooky and several top military leaders are developing war strategy and using the opportunity to mentor junior officers serving as interns.
Across the street, campus buildings at the academy's main entrance house specialized classes for military strategy (Kidd Hall, at bottom of picture) and Tactical Response Team training (Crabtree Hall, at top right).
Many of the academy's ceremonies take place on the parade grounds in the heart of the campus. But, a good number also take place inside. Those that take place inside are often at the National Military Chapel.
Its dome and distinctive bell tower are landmarks well known in the area. It was modeled after a similar church in Atkinos.
Some smaller events are held in The Quadrangle, in the shadow of the statue of Winged Feline Victory.
Let's examine a few more aspects of this military college town. The ferry port is on the north side of the city, and serves as the sea link to the nation via the Atkinos Channel.
The Chancellery anchors the north side of town. The other businesses in Glenwood Square are primarily commercial. The entrance gate to the main campus is opposite to that of The Chancellery's. The rotunda at the heart of campus is certainly hard to miss.
How could a person occupy their time on a visit to Glenwood? Despite its focus on academics and the military, there are still plenty of things to see and do off campus.
There's a nice hotel on the square and several great stores along the seafront.
The busiest shopping destination is the Trading & Scratching Post, an enclave of popular stores including the Fancy Feast Outlet Store and The Yarn Boutique.
Many shops line the boundaries of the campus, including the academy bookstore (the one with the columns, Leech Apothecary (to its left), Aliki's Pastries 'n More (the green roof to its right .Continuing to the right are C. G.'s Regulation Furcuts (includes fur cuts, kitty combing and brushing, and application of Frontline and/or Advantage, Muck & Arch's Swords & Armor Depot, and at the far right is The Wright Choice Uniform Shop.
A popular souvenir is getting personalized cat tags made. As you can imagine, no store is selling dog tags!
And of course who could forget lunch? There's always Chicken King... but also of course many other favorites along Restaurant Row, including Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza, Sirron's Sidewalk Café, and Le Bistro des Frères Simbourgeois. With so many choices, you must be ready to eat!