The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans
Set in one hundred, fifty acres of idyllic Californian countryside, the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans offers a chance in life to those children who are so often failed by the modern world.
Life's tragedies are harsh on all children, but how much harder is it for their intelligence to be quenched by the unfeeling and underfunded behemoth that is the state welfare system? These children, who may be tomorrow's great men and women - scientists or politicians, doctors or artists - are welcomed by the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans. Whoever they are, whatever their background, we are here to see that they achieve their full potential.
The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans is a private foundation, funded by
private donation. None of our children pay fees of any kind, and all truly
gifted children are welcome.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans was founded in 1873, since which time it has battled untiringly to ensure that the truly gifted have a chance to fulfil their potential. Our facilities are second to none, be it in acedemia, arts or sports. Among our past pupils we count seven four-star generals, four Olympic medal winners, three state governors and a Nobel Prize winner.
Whereever our pupils' talents lie, the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans caters for their needs. We have seven fully equiped and state-of-the-art laboratories, two language laboratories, two acres of gardens, three gymnasiums, a running track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Over the last five years our senior pupils have been building a computer, which this year will take over the school record keeping in addition to aiding the pupils' education in many subjects, not least computing itself.
But it is not just in school-time that the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans excels. All of our pupils take part in a wide-ranging programme of activities. Our founder, Carlos Cory, worked his way up from lowly ranch-hand to millionaire horse-breeder. He felt strongly that caring for horses taught many great life-lessons and determined that every pupil of his school be taught to ride. It is a tradition that we are proud to continue to this day. We own thirty horses, which are cared for by the pupils and used by them on frequent outings and vacations. Not to mention their use during lessons as varied as art, genetics and mathematics.
We accept all children who come to us. We have a good relationship with the California State Welfare Department, but many of our children come from other states and even other countries. Some are brought to us privately. Whoever the child is, whatever their background, whatever their needs, however they are gifted, bring them to us. We wont let them down.
This is an Amber game, set somewhere within the books' sequence, although the characters know nothing of Amber, Chaos or anything else.
The date is the 12th of July, 1980.
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