Arcane magic was passed on to humanity from the dragons and the elves who developed it to its peak in times past. Ruins and artifacts of ancient magical kingdoms still lie hidden below the ground. The most recent of these remain from the empire of Lux to the south. Ruled by powerful sorcerer-kings, Lux used an ancient technology to draw magic from the land itself. When that empire fell, it was swallowed by a great desert. The towers are still visible from time to time, when the sandstorms shift the desert sands. The small kingdom of Sembria were able to overthrow their Luxian sorcerer-king. Over time, they managed ton establish a powerful empire of their own. Over time, they became fanatical in their worship of Sol, the now banished God of light. Under their kingpriests, magic was declared heretical and the great arcane academies were all but destroyed. Much knowledge was lost in those times. Since the fall of Sembria, magic has slowly reappeared in the world. New schools have emerged in some of the large cities across the world. Most cities employ at least a few magic users to augment their watch. Wizards are found less often in the more rural areas, though it isn’t uncommon for a wizard to prefer the seclusion of the countryside for his studies. In some more isolated rural areas, wizards are viewed with fear or superstition.
There is less to say about sorcerers. Those born with the natural ability to wield magical power are far more rare than those born with the aptitude to learn it from years of study. Sorcerers do not form organizations like wizards do. They often keep their powers secret unless they are needed. It is widely believed that sorcerers are able to cast spells naturally because they have a touch of dragon blood running through their veins.
While both wizards and sorcerers draw their power from the primal force known as Vaela, other magic users exist that draw their power from the world itself. Millennia ago, during the Age of Dreams, this magical firmament was thick in the world. This power has since faded, but it is still drawn upon by tribal shamans and witch doctors. There are certain areas where this is said to be stronger than others, often marked by monuments erected beyond the reach of recorded history. It is thought that the black wizards of Lux sealed their own doom by draining this power. Their great cities now lie buried beneath the desert.
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