Daern was farsighted, and perceived that in the decades to come a new Time of Heroes approached. He believed that Arion would be targeted by the evils on the horizon and was determined that Arion should be ready to meet these challenges. The academy was instituted to teach those that showed promise. This education would include many disciplines, not just combat prowess. History, languages (both modern and ancient (such as Kabeshian), wilderness lore, woodcraft and many other skills necessary to survive in Khul's harsh environment were taught. King Jonthane and Queen Elegana both attended the academy, as did the hero who would later be known as the Lonely Mariner.