Hi @TheEdVerse and happy new year!
Forgotten Realms question: is there a mundane university in Waterdeep? A place to study non-magical Sciences, History, Philosophy, etc. If not Waterdeep, other major cities? (Anything other than Candlekeep)
— Andrew B. 🔜 Origins 2022 – let's play together! (@JaysNDragons) January 4, 2022
Sure. I’ve listed Academies (as such institutions are usually known in the Realms, aside from the bardic colleges) several times in the past, but MOST teaching is done by sages (pay for and attend a class) or by tutors/governesses (nobility and wealthy hire these). 2)
Most temples and larger city guilds also arrange instruction for interested lay faithful or guild members and apprentices. Most large temples of Oghma and Deneir have some functions akin to our modern real-world colleges.
And then there are apprenticeships…#Realmslore
— Ed Greenwood (@TheEdVerse) January 4, 2022