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The Schools of Arcane Magic

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Dalaran map
Dalaran Visitor Center @ 52.2,54.8
Legerdemain Lounge #1 @ 46.8,40.0
Legerdemain Lounge #2 @ 46.8,39.1
Threads of Fate @ 43.6,46.7
Violet Citadel #1 @ 30.8,46.5
Violet Citadel #2 @ 26.5,52.2
Violet Gate @ 56.7,45.5
Violet Hold @ 64.4,52.4

The Schools of Arcane Magic are a series of in-game books relating to the  Higher Learning achievement. They were written by the notable Alliance Ansirem Runeweaver. They can be found only in Dalaran and, unlike most books, despawn after being read.

In total, there are eight locations where books can spawn. After reading any book, it starts a three-minute timer. The book despawns when that timer expires, but until then can be read by any number of other players, making "group hunts" for these books reasonable. Respawn appears to occur three hours, three and a half hours, or four hours after the book despawns, but it isn't always the same book which appears. Instead, a book appears to be chosen at random from the set of books assigned to that location. In addition, not all of the books which can spawn are needed for the achievement. A large number of ordinary (if usually humorous) flavor books share the same spawn locations, for example issues of the Kirin Tor Monthly.

Below is a list of each spawn location, with coordinates, screenshots, descriptions, and lists of the books known to appear in each location.

Whenever the servers reset, such as when the servers comes back online following Tuesday/Wednesday Maintenance, a book will spawn at each of the locations. If you can catch them, you might be able to scrounge up a couple of the required books.

Dalaran Visitor Center

Dalaran map
Dalaran Visitor Center @ 52.2,54.8

TSoAM DVC.jpeg

This civic office overlooks the Eventide in southern Dalaran. The book can be found on the floor next to a stool by the bookcases, at [52.2, 54.8].

The books known to spawn here are:

Legerdemain Lounge #1

Dalaran map
Legerdemain Lounge #1 @ 46.8,40.0

TSoAM LL1.jpeg

As Dalaran's largest and most successful inn, the Legerdemain Lounge enjoys a prominent location near the Magus Commerce Exchange. The first book occupies a shelf on the otherwise-empty bookcase (part of a set of two) near the western entrance [46.8, 40.0].

The books known to spawn here are:

Legerdemain Lounge #2

Dalaran map
Legerdemain Lounge #2 @ 46.8,39.1

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As Dalaran's largest and most successful inn, the Legerdemain Lounge enjoys a prominent location near the Magus Commerce Exchange. A second book occupies another otherwise-empty bookshelf, this time in the upstairs common room [46.8, 39.1].

The books known to spawn here are:

Threads of Fate

Dalaran map
Threads of Fate @ 43.6,46.7

TSoAM ToF.jpeg

This clothing shop is directly across the street from the Violet Citadel and is adjacent to the Wonderworks (the toy shop). You'll find the book on a crate on the upstairs balcony, at [43.6, 46.7].

The books known to spawn here are:

Violet Citadel #1

Dalaran map
Violet Citadel #1 @ 31.0,46.7

TSoAM VC2.jpeg

The Violet Citadel is the imposing home of Dalaran's ruling mages, occupying the entire western end of the city and is its tallest building. The first book lies on a bookshelf behind Archmage Aethas Sunreaver [31.0, 46.7].

The books known to spawn here are:

Violet Citadel #2

Dalaran map
Violet Citadel #2 @ 26.5,52.2

TSoAM VC3.jpeg

The Violet Citadel is the imposing home of Dalaran's ruling mages, occupying the entire western end of the city and is its tallest building. A second book can be found on the floor upstairs between the bookcases next to the portal to the Caverns of Time [26.5, 52.2].

The books known to spawn here are:

Violet Gate

Dalaran map
Violet Gate @ 56.7,45.5

TSoAM VG.jpeg

The city side of Dalaran's famous Violet Gate provides access to the city for land-bound travelers, across from Krasus' Landing. A book can be found on the ground here, in front of the bookcase to your left when standing in the building and facing the street exit [56.7, 45.5].

The books known to spawn here are:

Violet Hold

Dalaran map
Violet Hold @ 64.4,52.4

TSoAM VH.jpeg

Long home to Dalaran's most dangerous criminals, the Violet Hold can be found along the southeast edge of the city. A book lies on a crate at the northern end of the non-instanced area of the Hold, next to Archmage Timear [64.4, 52.4].

The books known to spawn here are:

See also