The mages college is one of the oldest organizations in Astris. It is housed on the island of Illdros, and is not a part of any country. They were originally made up of the most skilled elves, however as Volera became more open to other countries and races the college opened to other races as well. The college has a department for each school of magic, excluding necromancy. The college is one of the few places on Astrea where necromancy is legal, but it is still frowned upon by many people so people who study this school do so quietly and away from the main college. The college caters to both sorcerers and wizards, though wizards are more prevalent. Each group has different teachers and regimen to cater to their different talents.
The teachers at the college are often powerful mages that have decided to reside at the college to make research and collaboration easier, rather than setting up far away. There is also a sizable number of artificers or mages that are not as powerful, but are skilled in instruction.
The college has a small contingent from each of the major religions on the island. Many of the religions will send some of their better students to learn some magic, and some mages are very interested in religious magic.