The school's motto is excellentia per obsequium, Latin for "excellence through obedience", obviously a message meant for rebellious students.
The Program is the name for Tower Prep's rules and code of behavior. Students who follow the rules are said to be "with The Program", a direct reference to the rules themselves.
The following are some rules of the Program:
- Students must obey & respect the directions of the Headmaster, Faculty, and Monitors.
- Students and Faculty are not allowed in the Forbidden Zone unless authorized.
- Students must obey curfews and stay in their dorm rooms at times of emergency.
- Students must wear their school uniforms at all times during class hours.
- Students must attend all assigned classes. If a student fails a class, he/she will repeat the class until he/she passes. A student graduates when he/she passes all assigned classes. There is no set period of time to complete all assigned classes.
- Students must respect each other and their personal property.
Student Attire, Supplies, Dorm RoomsEdit
Students at Tower Prep wear uniforms with the school's logo and a color scheme of maroon, light blue, and grey.
For male students, there are 5 uniform outfits:
- Light-blue, long-sleeved, collar shirt; Maroon sweater vest/long-sleeved sweater/long-sleeved cardigan sweater; grey pants; Optional: Maroon tie, Maroon sports jacket with dark blue sweater vest
- Light-blue, short-sleeved, collar polo shirt; Maroon sweater vest/long-sleeved sweater/long-sleeved cardigan sweater; grey pants
- For Outdoor Classes only: Maroon/Grey hoodie; Grey/White T-Shirt; Grey sweat pants
- For Outdoor/Skills Lab Classes only: Maroon/white sleeveless shirt; Grey/White sweat pants
- For Outdoor/Skills Lab Classes only: Maroon T-Shirt, grey shorts/track pants
For female students, there are 4 uniform outfits:
- Light-blue, long/short-sleeved, collar shirt; Maroon vest/sweater vest/long-sleeved sweater/long-sleeved cardigan sweater; Grey pleated skirt, knee to mid-thigh high; Optional: Maroon tie, maroon sports jacket, grey pants
- Light-blue, short-sleeved, collar polo shirt; Maroon vest/sweater vest/long-sleeved sweater/long-sleeved cardigan sweater; Grey pleated skirt, knee to mid-thigh high; Optional: Grey pants
- For Outdoor Classes only: Maroon/Grey hoodie; Grey/White top; Grey sweat pants
- Maroon short-sleeved shirt dress
When not attending class, students can wear what they want (to an extent). Students typically use parts of their uniforms to express their own personal style.
Students are issued PDAs and netbook laptops manufactured by SatoSystems and are linked to Whisper. Tower Prep PDAs main function is to be a form of student identification in order to unlock a student's personal dorm room and order personal diet meals in the cafeteria. Students send and receive their homework assignments from their netbook laptops. This creates a "paperless" information system that keeps track of students' work and can be accessed by Faculty and Headmaster. Whisper communicates to students both through PDAs and netbook laptops, typically to remind students of the time till their next class or updates a student on their progress in their classes.
Student dorm rooms include 1 bed, 1 closet, 1 nightstand, 1 table desk, and 1 chair for each student. Student dorm rooms have a minimum of 2 students to a maximum of 4 students per room. Additional furniture is most likely issued depending on the size of the dorm room and the number of roommates occupying the dorm room.
The school's faculty members are known only by their titles, not names. For example, the science teacher is simply called "Science". According to the Headmaster, this is done to keep things "simple" and respectful.
Known faculty include:
· Dr. Literature
· Wood Shop
While Headmaster runs Tower Prep's operations, he is not the ultimate authority. He must answer to the board of directors, a mysterious group of corporate leaders that apparently own the school. The school's computer systems are operated by Whisper 119 , an advanced artificial intelligence created by SatoSystems.
Groups and activitiesEdit
- · Buffer is a sport unique to Tower Prep, and several teams within the school -- each coached by a different teacher -- compete against each other.
- · The work study program allows students to work various jobs around the school to earn Tower Credits.
- · Monitors are students who have volunteered to enforce the rules and take orders directly from Headmaster through earpieces they wear.
- · The Rooks are an unsanctioned secret fraternity.
- · The Tower Prep Network Blog is the school's news blog, similar to a school newspaper.
The school grounds include several buildings; the largest building houses the student dormitories as well as some faculty quarters. A more modern-looking oval building is the location of the Whisper Room and the buffer arena. There are several smaller buildings, including one with a distinctive tower, Most of these buildings are lecture halls or devoted to specific subjects such as Art or Science. One on the East side is the Administration building.
The Skills Lab is a room set up for students to train their specific abilities.
The forest around the school is called the Forbidden Zone, and no students are allowed there from sunset to sunrise
Below the main campus buildings is a network of abandoned tunnels. These appear to be part of an older structure that the current school was built on top of. It's not clear what this facility had been, although one room looks like a laboratory. The tunnels look like they were built in the 1940s or 50s. Gnomes also travel through these tunnels, which is how they move between the school and the forest.
The West Campus is a separate facility located in the forest some distance away from the main campus. It is a detention facility for students who are caught breaking the rules. According to Headmaster, detained students "study in seclusion" there, the West Campus is often used as something of a Boogieman to the students, as the main threat the teachers will use to get students with The Program, is to threaten they will be sent to West Campus.
When Cornelius Tower 's wealthy father died, he left him his fortune and a mysterious, unexplored peninsula, somewhere in the world. He turned the land into a "paradise for technological advances and the preservation of all creatures." He gathered rare plants and animal species from around the world there, but the real purpose was to gather human beings with special abilities, apparently to improve and advance some aspect of humanity. Based on the appearance of the old labs, the school was probably built in the late 1940's or 1950's. Later, Cornelius was betrayed by unidentified "corporate lackeys" and some of his own staff, who staged a hostile takeover of the school. He claimed that those now in charge of the school are corrupting his vision, and turning the students into something. The same group remains in control of the school in the present.
The school is built on a remote peninsula, but its exact location remains a mystery. It is surrounded by a deep forest, and it is unknown how people travel to and from the outside world. The forest itself is patrolled by gnomes, which seem to act as guards. There is a large metal wall that separates the school grounds from the rest of the world. When gazing at the stars you will find that the constellations are in the wrong places. This means Tower Prep is probably not within the United States and it cannot be determined where it's located. With further examination of the constellations you will find out that Tower Prep is in the Northern Hemisphere, between the 48th and 52nd Northern parallel. This suggests that Tower Prep could be located somewhere in Northern Asia (parts of Russia including Sakhalin and the Kamchatka Peninsula), the UK, Ireland, Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands, or Canada. If the peninsula the school is on could be a small peninsula on an island, then many islands in those latitudes are also possible locations, including the Kuril Islands and the southernmost Aleutian Islands.