In the early-mid 19th century, Wizards with an eye for westward expansion attempted to control the lands surrounding the Yellowstone Caldera by forcing all native peoples and magical creatures off the land. The North American giants joined forces with shamans and mages from the First Nations, as well as chupacabras and mannegishi, to lead a rebellion against the Edict to Evacuate.The edict was ushered in by the Justices of Destiny and Solaris Provinces after extensive lobbying (and likely bribery) by certain magical families who stood to gain financially by the acquisition of these lands. The North American giants (also known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch) attempted to negotiate with the Marshals sent to enforce the edict, and failing that, went to battle against them.
At New World Magischola faculty and students were bitterly divided over support for the Giant Rebellion or compliance with the edict and the rule of law. While Chancellor Bleddyn Cadwalader and some faculty and students, primarily of Unsoiled Heritage, stood by the edict, a large number of students and faculty fought alongside the Rebellion, believing that they were being true to NWM founding principles.
Under pressure from the Justices, Chancellor Cadwalader overruled the personal conscience decisions of NWM faculty and students, threatening to fire or expel anyone who continued to side with the Rebellion and even to turn them over to be tried for treason.This conflict became known as the Magma Wars, which lasted from 1825 to 1830 and ended with either the assassination of the final giant along the Trail of Tears or the retreat of a small band of Giants to the Yukon Territory. The chupacabra were rounded up and placed in internment camps, where they are now exclusively bred for use as the notorious guards for the main Wizard prison, Avernus, located within the Yellowstone Caldera.
The Magma Wars led to a shift in focus of Maison Du Bois and the mission of the Marshals. The House’s original motto, “Persevere and Excel,” was replaced with Semper Aequus, or “Always Just,” and the Marshals aligned themselves with enforcing the Magimundi laws as servants to the system that preserved order. Chancellor Cadwalader found himself unable to continue to lead New World Magischola, after a vote of no confidence from the NWM Faculty Senate, large-scale student defiance, and threats to his safety. He resigned his post and left NWM immediately. His portrait still hangs in the Gallery, but there are those who see him as a black mark in the school’s history and would prefer erasing his legacy of what they see as rank capitulation to special interests.