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The Institute is a school that the elite amongst the elites of Society will attend, a school for Gold children. Through a rigorous testing process, the Board of Quality Control sends out 'invitations' to prospective students that are illegal to turn down. There are Institutes on all colonised planets. Each expect to receive 1200 students a year (100 per school house), with half of them instantly culled in the Passage.

Proctor Edit

The head of each house is known as the Proctor, and is responsible for choosing the students under his or her house, taking care of them, and briefing them about the Institute and their missions. They only serve as guides and mentors, and are not allowed to interfere directly during the trial, when the students go to war with each other. It is unknown how the Proctors themselves are nominated or appointed.

Due to the political affiliations involved with some students from powerful families, corruption between the Proctors is widespread, as seen in Red Rising.

Draft Edit

Process of determining who is fit to attend the Institute. The Proctor of each school house first interviews the student, and then they are selected one by one by the Proctor and the house's influential alumni.

firstDraft Edit

The student selected on the first pass of drafting by each house. Darrow was the house Mars firstDraft after being passed over by house Mercury.

lowDraftEdit

Students that were selected late in the drafting process and were generally in the bottom one percent of applicants to the Institute. lowDraft's were expected to be killed in the Passage, however, "Natural selection sometimes has its surprises" such as when Sevro , the last drafted, kills his opponent.

highDraft Edit

Students that were selected early in the drafting process, these students were generally in the top one percent of applicants to the Institute.

Premier Edit

Students that do not undergo drafting and their house is selected by their parents. Priam, Mustang and The Jackal were Premier's in their respective houses.

Passage Edit

The method of which roughly half of the students die. They are roused in the middle of the night by Obsidians and brought to a room where they must fight and kill another Gold. The stronger ones are pitted against weaker ones to cull the weak, as a method of "reinforcing natural selection". However, this sometimes backfires, since the strength of the student is judged by the entrance tests alone. Sometimes more powerful Golds, like the ArchGovernor, use the Passage as a method of killing off political enemies.

Houses Edit

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Students are chosen by the highest ranking members of Society to receive training and by getting sorted into thirteen different Houses. Some of the House crests are depicted in the picture to the right. The list of houses and affiliated people in the 542nd class are as follows:

No. House Proctor Primus Other students Conquered by
1 Apollo Unnamed male; slain by Darrow for biasedly helping The Jackal Novas Mars
2 Bacchus Unnamed Unknown
3 Ceres Unnamed male Unknown Nyla Mars
4 Diana Unnamed female Tamara Tactus Mars
5 Juno Unnamed female Unknown Milia; Dax Jupiter
6 Jupiter Unnamed male, aided Darrow before his Iron Rain Unknown Pluto
7 Mars Fitchner au Barca Darrow Won
8 Mercury Unnamed male. Killed by Obsidian Valkyries under Sefi the Quiet in Morning Star. Unknown
9 Minerva Unnamed Virginia au Augustus Pax, June Mars
10 Neptune Unnamed female Unknown
11 Pluto Unnamed Adrius au Augustus Lilath Mars
12 Venus Unnamed female Unknown
13 Vulcan Unnamed Unknown Jupiter

PrimusEdit

The Primus is the leader of their house, and is determined by the merit system. For each act of merit, which includes getting high marks on the entrance tests, capturing or recapturing a standard, the student gains a merit bar. The first student to gain five merit bars becomes the Primus.

The Primus is indicated by a badge and a "hand", worn around the neck.

ArchPrimus Edit

The Primus that manages to lead their House to victory against all the other Houses, enslaving them and ending the "game."

The Institute on Mars Edit

Darrow is part of the 542nd class.

The dining hall is constructed from white marble with classical architectural style and laden with scenery. It has pillars. There are 12 tables that correspond to each House, with names decorated with bars and numbers representing merit projected above the 100 seats. The seating is arranged in order of draft.

Little is known about the various institutes on the other planets and/or planetary moons.

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