Difference between revisions of "Miskatonic University (Location)"

From [YSDC] The Veiled Society
Jump to: navigation, search
m
m (Wiki Links.)
 
(50 intermediate revisions by 7 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
'''Miskatonic University''' is a [[List of fictional schools|fictional university]] located in the equally fictional [[Arkham]], [[Massachusetts]]. It was introduced in the stories of [[H.P. Lovecraft]] and continues to figure prominently in [[Cthulhu Mythos]] stories written since his death, as well as in [[role-playing games]] based on the mythos.
+
This article is about the fictional location. For other uses of ''Miskatonic University'', please see [[Miskatonic University|Miskatonic University (Disambiguation)]].
  
Miskatonic University is famous for its collection of occult books. The stories describe the library at the [[university]] as holding one of the few genuine copies of the ''[[Necronomicon]]''. Other tomes known to be in its library include the ''[[Unaussprechlichen Kulten]]'' written by [[Friedrich von Junzt]] and the fragmentary ''[[Book of Eibon]]''. According to the stories, Miskatonic has a [[medical school]], which figures prominently in Lovecraft's [[short story]] "Herbert West—Reanimator" ([[1922 in literature|1922]]). Some real-life retailers sell merchandise such as [[bumper stickers]] displaying the school's supposed [[mascot]], the Fighting [[Cephalopods]].
+
'''Miskatonic University''' is a fictional university located in the equally fictional [[Arkham]], Massachusetts. It was introduced in the stories of [[H.P. Lovecraft]].
  
The [[horror movie]] ''[[Re-Animator]]'', directed by [[Stuart Gordon]] and based on a Lovecraft story, took place at Miskatonic University. As a [[tribute]] to Lovecraft, [[Bill Pullman]]'s character in 'Brain Dead' attended the university, as did some characters in the film ''[[Dagon (movie)|Dagon]]''.  
+
 
 +
==Building==
 +
TODO
 +
 
 +
=== Features ===
 +
 
 +
* [[Orne Library]]
 +
* [[Exhibit Museum]] ([https://callofcthulhu.obsidianportal.com/wikis/miskatonic-university-exhibit-museum External Description])
 +
** Includes an exhibit on the [[Misquat]] tribe of Native Americans, including a glass case of wampum beads and jewelry, [[Misquat Figurine]]s, totems (hawk and deer), etc. (scenario:  "[[With Malice Aforethought]]")
 +
* [[Miskatonic University English Department]]
 +
 
 +
==History==
 +
 
 +
===Incidents===
 +
 
 +
===Expeditions===
 +
The Miskatonic University has funded several expeditions around the world.
 +
 
 +
====[[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)|Pabodie Expedition]]====
 +
An expedition in 1930 to the Antarctic funded by the Nathaniel Derby Pickman Foundation.
 +
It consisted of four men from the University—Pabodie, Lake of the biology department, Atwood of the physics department (also a meteorologist), and an unnamed geologist —besides sixteen assistants; seven of which were graduate students from Miskatonic. The expedition ended in tragedy when a party led by [[Perey Lake]] all were killed in a massive snow storm after discovering the [[Miskatonic Mountain Range]]. The expedition was followed up by the independent [[Beyond the Mountains of Madness|Starkweather-Moore Expedition]] in 1933.
 +
 
 +
==Faculty==
 +
====General====
 +
* Dr. [[Harvey Wainscott]] – Dean of [[Miskatonic University]] c. 1929 (Scenario: [[Halloween_Nuit]]
 +
* Ward Phillips (I), first president of the university (late 1700s)(Derleth)
 +
 
 +
====Medical School====
 +
* Dr. Allan Halsey ([[Herbert West - Reanimator (fiction)]])
 +
** Dean of the Medical School
 +
** (died August 14th 1903 of typhoid)
 +
* (Prof?) Francis Morgan ([[The Dunwich Horror (fiction)]])
 +
 
 +
====Library====
 +
* [[Henry Armitage]] ([[The Dunwich Horror (fiction)]])
 +
** Head Librarian
 +
** (A.M. Miskatonic, Ph. D. Princeton, Litt. D. Johns Hopkins)
 +
* Dr. Cyrus Llanfer, Chief Librarian after Armitage (Derleth)
 +
* Ward Phillips (II), Chief Librarian before Armitage (early 1800s) (Derleth)
 +
 
 +
====Exhibit Museum====
 +
* George Grewe, Curator ([[Miskatonic University (Supplement)]])
 +
* Lucas Tetlow, Caretaker (Scenario "[[Fear in a Bottle]]")
 +
** "Rhodey" the German Shepherd (Scenario "[[Fear in a Bottle]]")
 +
 
 +
====Engineering====
 +
* Prof. Frank H. Pabodie ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]])
 +
** Inventor:  a special drill, "unique and radical in its lightness, portability, and capacity...to cope quickly with strata of varying hardness"
 +
** Inventor:  "fuel-warming and quick-starting devices" for aircraft
 +
** Inventor:  "a plan for sinking copper electrodes in thick clusters of borings and melting off limited areas of ice with current from a gasoline-driven dynamo"
 +
 
 +
====Biology====
 +
* (Prof?) Perey Lake ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]])
 +
** Discovered mysterious mountains in Antarctica by following fossils "westward or northwestward"
 +
** Disappeared in the ill-fated first Antarctic expedition
 +
* Professor (?) Dexter ([[The Whisperer in Darkness (fiction)]])
 +
** Professor of Zoology
 +
 
 +
====Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Social Sciences====
 +
* Professor Tyler M. Freeborn ([[The Shadow out of Time (fiction)]])
 +
** Anthropology
 +
* Professor Seneca Lapham (Derleth)
 +
** Anthropology
 +
* Professor Laban Shrewsbury (Derleth)
 +
** Anthropology and Philosophy
 +
* Dr. [[Harvey Wilcox]] (Scenario: [[Halloween_Nuit]])
 +
** Dean of History and Social Sciences c. 1929
 +
* Dr. Elliot Mills ([[Miskatonic University (Supplement)]])
 +
** Professor in the Department of History, specializing in American Indian history and tribal lore
 +
* Professor [[Ernest McTavish]] ([[Blackwater Creek (scenario)]])
 +
** Department of Archaeology at Miskatonic c. 1928
 +
* Dr. [[Henry Roades]] ([[Blackwater Creek (scenario)]])
 +
** Department of Archaeology at Miskatonic until 1928
 +
** Disappeared in July 1928 with his wife while exploring a cave shortly after finding evidence of an archaeological basis for local folklore concerning the disappearance of an important historical colonial figure in [[Blackwater Creek]].
 +
** Wife [[Abigail Roades]] appears to have served as Dr. Roades' assistant or equal on the expedition, perhaps also as a member of University Staff until 1928 ; she seems to have normally handled the Dr. Roades' correspondence, notes, etc.
 +
** Agnes Soames, Clarence Welliver, and Walt Rerig were graduate students assisting the Roades on the 1928 expedition, returning safely home before the tragedy.
 +
* Professor L.N. Isinwyll ([[Mythos CCG]])
 +
** Miskatonic U. Staff in the [[Modern]] era.
 +
** Author of books and papers on the Occult and the Mythos.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
====Math/Physics====
 +
* (Prof?) Atwood ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]])
 +
** Disappeared in the ill-fated first Antarctic expedition
 +
* Professor (?) Upham ([[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]])
 +
* Doctor Aston Hawkes, ca. 1924  ([[Bleak Prospects]])
 +
** Worked with an assistant, [[Midas Circle|Theodore Sedgwick]]
 +
** Obtained a copy of [[Crawford Tillinghast]]'s [[Tillinghast Report|papers]], and left MU to experiment with a [[Tillinghast Resonator]] in "Prospect", his home in [[Crawley]], MA, with disastrous results in 1926.
 +
 
 +
====Geology====
 +
* (Prof?) William Dyer ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]] and [[The Shadow out of Time (fiction)]])
 +
** 1875-?
 +
* Professor Ellery ([[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]])
 +
 
 +
====English====
 +
* Albert Wilmarth
 +
** Assistant Professor of English ([[The Whisperer in Darkness (fiction)]])
 +
** "unpleasantly erudite Folklorist" ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]])
 +
** Chair of Literature Department (Fritz Lieber's "To Arkham and the Stars")
 +
* Dean Gerald Billings, English Department (scenario:  [[The Faculty Party]])
 +
** Dean Billings, many years ago, did his graduate work in Africa, teaching natives how to speak English. After an incident in which Gerald saved the life of the chief’s son, he was gifted with the tribe’s most prized possession, an enchanted spear.
 +
** Connie Landers, Secretary to Dean Gerald Billings
 +
* Dr Stanley Whitman ([[Arkham_Unveiled]], Scenario "[[The Ilsley Variant]]")
 +
** Department of English
 +
 
 +
 
 +
====Classical Languages====
 +
* Professor Warren Rice ([[The Dunwich Horror (fiction)]])
 +
** Professor of Classical Languages
 +
* Dr Aaron Chase ([[Arkham Unveiled]], Scenario "[[The Ilsley Variant]]")
 +
** Chair of the Department of Classical Languages
 +
** Director of the School of Rhetoric
 +
* Prof. Janice Moor, teaches French Romantic Lit (Scenario: [[The Faculty Party]])
 +
 
 +
 
 +
====School Infirmary====
 +
* "Old" Waldron
 +
** Head Doctor
 +
 
 +
====Security====
 +
* [[Terrence O'Kelly]] – Miskatonic University Night Watchman c. 1929 (Scenario: [[Halloween_Nuit]])
 +
** 1929:  new to this job and nervous about his checkered past. In his youth he ran with "[[The Fins]]", an Irish gang. He never became a member of the [[Arkham Mob|Danny O'Bannion mob]] because he turned his life around; he is afraid someone will find out about his past.
 +
 
 +
====Other====
 +
* Doctor Francis Morgan ([[The Dunwich Horror (fiction)]] and [[Fritz Lieber]]'s "[[To Arkham and the Stars (fiction)]]")
 +
** Professor of either Medicine and Comparative Anatomy or Archaeology (original source unknown, [[Fritz Leiber]] refers to Medicine and Comparative anatomy in "[[The Terror from the Depths (fiction)]]")
 +
** Researcher of psychedelic drugs including LSD and mescaline ([[Fritz Lieber]]'s "[[To Arkham and the Stars (fiction)]]")
 +
* (Prof?) Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee ([[The Shadow out of Time (fiction)]])
 +
** 1870-?
 +
** professor of political economy
 +
** from 1908 until 1913 experienced a strange change of personality
 +
* Wingate Peaslee ([[The Shadow out of Time (fiction)]])
 +
** Son of Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee, and also a professor at the university
 +
* [[Re-Animator (1985 film)]] film series:
 +
** Dr. Dan Cain, Hospital
 +
** Dr. Graves, Hospital
 +
** Dr. Carl Hill, Medical School
 +
 
 +
==Courses==
 +
The University offers a wide range of courses in almost any subject. Some of them included in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft are:
 +
* Advanced General Psychology
 +
* Calculus D
 +
 
 +
==Alumni==
 +
* Frank Elwood ([[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]])
 +
* [[Walter Gilman]] ([[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]])
 +
* [[Herbert West]] ([[Herbert West - Reanimator (fiction)]])
 +
* (?) Danforth ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]])
 +
** Grad student
 +
** Became a professor of psychology at the university ([[Fritz Leiber]]'s "[[To Arkham and the Stars (fiction)]]")
 +
 
 +
===Other Students (R.I.P.)===
 +
* Grad Students, disappeared in Antarctica ([[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]]):
 +
** (?) Gedney
 +
** (?) Carroll
 +
** (?) Ropes
 +
* Graduate student Bradford "Brad" Kenmore – withdrew from the university in November, 1929 due to a severe case of leprosy (Scenario: [[Halloween_Nuit]])
 +
 
 +
==Guest Lecturers and Consulting Experts==
 +
* Dr. [[Fadil Himsi]] – Noted Egyptian Archaeologist, Cairo Museum (Scenario "[[Halloween Nuit]]"
 +
* (Dr.?) [[Hector Ilsley]] - Linguist, lectures on [[Hyborian]] runes (Scenario "[[The Ilsley Variant]]")
 +
 
 +
==Appearances==
 +
* ''[[At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)]]'', [[H.P.Lovecraft]]
 +
* ''[[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]]'', Lovecraft
 +
* ''[[The Dunwich Horror] (fiction)]'', Lovecraft
 +
* ''[[Herbert West – Reanimator (fiction)]]'', Lovecraft
 +
* ''[[The Whisperer in Darkness (fiction)]]'', Lovecraft
 +
 
 +
==See Also==
 +
The horror movie ''[[Re-Animator]]'', directed by [[Stuart Gordon]] and based on a Lovecraft story, took place at Miskatonic University. As a tribute to Lovecraft, Bill Pullman's character in 'Brain Dead' attended the university, as did some characters in the film ''[[Dagon (2001 film)|Dagon]]''.  
  
 
The Millennium comics series ''[[H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu]]'' introduces [[The Miskatonic Project]] (created by [[Mark Ellis]] with art by [[Darryl Banks]], [[Daryl Hutchinson]] and [[Don Heck]]), a group of investigators who follow up on the loose ends of Lovecraft's original stories, such as "The Whisperer In Darkness".
 
The Millennium comics series ''[[H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu]]'' introduces [[The Miskatonic Project]] (created by [[Mark Ellis]] with art by [[Darryl Banks]], [[Daryl Hutchinson]] and [[Don Heck]]), a group of investigators who follow up on the loose ends of Lovecraft's original stories, such as "The Whisperer In Darkness".
  
Also, the [[DC Comics]] character [[Zatanna]], a female magician, uses the alias "Miss Katonic". [[John M. Ford]]'s ''[[Star Trek]]'' novel ''How Much For Just The Planet?'' puts "Princess [[Diane Duane|DeeDee]] the First" into a Miskatonic U. sweatshirt at one point. "[[Dreams in the Witch House]]" (a short film for the [[SHOWTIME]] network's "[[Masters of Horror]]" series), also based on a [[H.P. Lovecraft]] story and directed by [[Stuart Gordon]], focuses on a Miskatonic University student and takes place in and around the university.
+
Also, the [[DC Comics]] character [[Zatanna]], a female magician, uses the alias "Miss Katonic". [[John M. Ford]]'s ''[[Star Trek]]'' novel ''How Much For Just The Planet?'' puts "Princess [[Diane Duane|DeeDee]] the First" into a Miskatonic U. sweatshirt at one point. "[[Dreams in the Witch House (2005 film)|Dreams in the Witch House]]" (a short film for the SHOWTIME network's "Masters of Horror" series), also based on a [[H.P. Lovecraft]] story and directed by [[Stuart Gordon]], focuses on a Miskatonic University student and takes place in and around the university.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
==Trivia==
 +
It is speculated that the word "Mis-katonic" is derived from Greek [[chthonic]], since many of Lovecraft's monsters and gods were chthonic, but Lovecraft declared that the word was "a jumble of Algonquin roots."
 +
 
 +
Depending on the writer, mottos for MU have ranged from "Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam; Ex Luce Ad Tenebras" (Out Of Ignorance Into Wisdom; Out Of Light Into Darkness) to "A Small Sacrifice for Knowledge", and their mascot has been stated as everything from the Badger to the Fighting Cephalopods (as in, "Go ′Pods!").
  
It is speculated that the word "Mis-katonic" is derived from Greek [[chthonic]], since many of Lovecraft's monsters and gods were chthonic.
 
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.miskatonic-university.org/ A Miskatonic University website]
 
*[http://www.miskatonic-university.org/ A Miskatonic University website]
 
*[http://www.miskatonic.net/ A mock Miskatonic University site]
 
*[http://www.miskatonic.net/ A mock Miskatonic University site]
 
*[http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/ Another mock Miskatonic University site]
 
*[http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/ Another mock Miskatonic University site]
*[http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%22Miskatonic+University%22 Other Miskatonic University websites] ([[Google]] search)
+
*[http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%22Miskatonic+University%22 Other Miskatonic University websites] (Google search)
 
+
Original Wiki source: [http://en.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia]
[[Category:Cthulhu mythos locations]]
 
[[Category:Fictional universities and colleges]]
 
  
Original Wiki source: [http://en.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia]
+
[[Category:Arkham]]

Latest revision as of 21:47, 25 June 2022

This article is about the fictional location. For other uses of Miskatonic University, please see Miskatonic University (Disambiguation).

Miskatonic University is a fictional university located in the equally fictional Arkham, Massachusetts. It was introduced in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.


Building

TODO

Features

History

Incidents

Expeditions

The Miskatonic University has funded several expeditions around the world.

Pabodie Expedition

An expedition in 1930 to the Antarctic funded by the Nathaniel Derby Pickman Foundation. It consisted of four men from the University—Pabodie, Lake of the biology department, Atwood of the physics department (also a meteorologist), and an unnamed geologist —besides sixteen assistants; seven of which were graduate students from Miskatonic. The expedition ended in tragedy when a party led by Perey Lake all were killed in a massive snow storm after discovering the Miskatonic Mountain Range. The expedition was followed up by the independent Starkweather-Moore Expedition in 1933.

Faculty

General

Medical School

Library

  • Henry Armitage (The Dunwich Horror (fiction))
    • Head Librarian
    • (A.M. Miskatonic, Ph. D. Princeton, Litt. D. Johns Hopkins)
  • Dr. Cyrus Llanfer, Chief Librarian after Armitage (Derleth)
  • Ward Phillips (II), Chief Librarian before Armitage (early 1800s) (Derleth)

Exhibit Museum

Engineering

  • Prof. Frank H. Pabodie (At the Mountains of Madness (fiction))
    • Inventor: a special drill, "unique and radical in its lightness, portability, and capacity...to cope quickly with strata of varying hardness"
    • Inventor: "fuel-warming and quick-starting devices" for aircraft
    • Inventor: "a plan for sinking copper electrodes in thick clusters of borings and melting off limited areas of ice with current from a gasoline-driven dynamo"

Biology

Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Social Sciences

  • Professor Tyler M. Freeborn (The Shadow out of Time (fiction))
    • Anthropology
  • Professor Seneca Lapham (Derleth)
    • Anthropology
  • Professor Laban Shrewsbury (Derleth)
    • Anthropology and Philosophy
  • Dr. Harvey Wilcox (Scenario: Halloween_Nuit)
    • Dean of History and Social Sciences c. 1929
  • Dr. Elliot Mills (Miskatonic University (Supplement))
    • Professor in the Department of History, specializing in American Indian history and tribal lore
  • Professor Ernest McTavish (Blackwater Creek (scenario))
    • Department of Archaeology at Miskatonic c. 1928
  • Dr. Henry Roades (Blackwater Creek (scenario))
    • Department of Archaeology at Miskatonic until 1928
    • Disappeared in July 1928 with his wife while exploring a cave shortly after finding evidence of an archaeological basis for local folklore concerning the disappearance of an important historical colonial figure in Blackwater Creek.
    • Wife Abigail Roades appears to have served as Dr. Roades' assistant or equal on the expedition, perhaps also as a member of University Staff until 1928 ; she seems to have normally handled the Dr. Roades' correspondence, notes, etc.
    • Agnes Soames, Clarence Welliver, and Walt Rerig were graduate students assisting the Roades on the 1928 expedition, returning safely home before the tragedy.
  • Professor L.N. Isinwyll (Mythos CCG)
    • Miskatonic U. Staff in the Modern era.
    • Author of books and papers on the Occult and the Mythos.


Math/Physics

Geology

English

  • Albert Wilmarth
  • Dean Gerald Billings, English Department (scenario: The Faculty Party)
    • Dean Billings, many years ago, did his graduate work in Africa, teaching natives how to speak English. After an incident in which Gerald saved the life of the chief’s son, he was gifted with the tribe’s most prized possession, an enchanted spear.
    • Connie Landers, Secretary to Dean Gerald Billings
  • Dr Stanley Whitman (Arkham_Unveiled, Scenario "The Ilsley Variant")
    • Department of English


Classical Languages


School Infirmary

  • "Old" Waldron
    • Head Doctor

Security

  • Terrence O'Kelly – Miskatonic University Night Watchman c. 1929 (Scenario: Halloween_Nuit)
    • 1929: new to this job and nervous about his checkered past. In his youth he ran with "The Fins", an Irish gang. He never became a member of the Danny O'Bannion mob because he turned his life around; he is afraid someone will find out about his past.

Other

Courses

The University offers a wide range of courses in almost any subject. Some of them included in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft are:

  • Advanced General Psychology
  • Calculus D

Alumni

Other Students (R.I.P.)

  • Grad Students, disappeared in Antarctica (At the Mountains of Madness (fiction)):
    • (?) Gedney
    • (?) Carroll
    • (?) Ropes
  • Graduate student Bradford "Brad" Kenmore – withdrew from the university in November, 1929 due to a severe case of leprosy (Scenario: Halloween_Nuit)

Guest Lecturers and Consulting Experts

Appearances

See Also

The horror movie Re-Animator, directed by Stuart Gordon and based on a Lovecraft story, took place at Miskatonic University. As a tribute to Lovecraft, Bill Pullman's character in 'Brain Dead' attended the university, as did some characters in the film Dagon.

The Millennium comics series H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu introduces The Miskatonic Project (created by Mark Ellis with art by Darryl Banks, Daryl Hutchinson and Don Heck), a group of investigators who follow up on the loose ends of Lovecraft's original stories, such as "The Whisperer In Darkness".

Also, the DC Comics character Zatanna, a female magician, uses the alias "Miss Katonic". John M. Ford's Star Trek novel How Much For Just The Planet? puts "Princess DeeDee the First" into a Miskatonic U. sweatshirt at one point. "Dreams in the Witch House" (a short film for the SHOWTIME network's "Masters of Horror" series), also based on a H.P. Lovecraft story and directed by Stuart Gordon, focuses on a Miskatonic University student and takes place in and around the university.


Trivia

It is speculated that the word "Mis-katonic" is derived from Greek chthonic, since many of Lovecraft's monsters and gods were chthonic, but Lovecraft declared that the word was "a jumble of Algonquin roots."

Depending on the writer, mottos for MU have ranged from "Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam; Ex Luce Ad Tenebras" (Out Of Ignorance Into Wisdom; Out Of Light Into Darkness) to "A Small Sacrifice for Knowledge", and their mascot has been stated as everything from the Badger to the Fighting Cephalopods (as in, "Go ′Pods!").

External links

Original Wiki source: Wikipedia