College of Engineers
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The College of Engineers, based in the city of Altdorf, was founded over 500 years ago as the brainchild of the famed inventor Leonardo of Miragliano. Over the years it has grown, even attracting renegade Dwarf engineers who were cast from their halls for violating the strict orthodoxies of the highly traditionalist Dwarf Engineers Guilds.
The College concerns itself with alchemical and mechanical research, and designs and builds war machines and weapons for the Empire. Although the College's endeavors are not limited purely to the area of weapons, it is inevitable in a dangerous world that much of its focus is on advancing the Empire's technology of war. Its greatest patron is the Emperor himself, who supports the research of the College with massive amounts of gold.
The College has created many of the more advanced weapons now in use by Imperial armies, such has the Hochland long rifle, the repeater handgun and the repeater pistol. One of their more eccentric creations was a mechanical horse that could be ridden by a member of the College in battle.