Magic is everywhere in Tal-Umbra but not everyone chooses to see it. In some kingdoms it is commonplace and is a part of everyday life. In other kingdoms it is anathema to even mention magic. Laws and restrictions vary across the lands although most civilised places have punishments for crimes committed with magic.

Some cities have a mages guild where sorcerers or wizards gather, usually for an annual fee. Most of these guilds are voluntary but some are compulsory – avoiding registration can be a serious offence. The severity of magic law in a kingdom can be linked to the negative perception of magic in that kingdom. The most extreme example would be the theocracy of Kilevan where all arcane magic-users are outlawed and executed as unholy abominations. The people of Kilevan are deeply religious and are taught that the only true magic is the divine power of their state church.

However, in general, attitudes towards magic & magic-users tend to vary within kingdoms just as much as between one kingdom and another. Most common folk are unaware of the distinction between sorcerers and wizards, but those that are aware will often view wizards favourably and sorcerers with suspicion. The folklore surrounding sorcerers and their dangerous wild magic is widespread and many folk take it as fact that sorcerers are dangerous, if not outright evil.







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