Mages

Humanity’s history is filled with persons who seemed ahead of their time, able to grasp the zettigest of their generation and propel it to new found heights, to plunge into depths previously unknown, and excel at things in the way no ordinary man or women could. History called them magi, renaissance men and today they are futurists or geniuses. While some are born or bred of intellect, others had a different gift, some born with it, other’s abilities were practiced and honed.

The beliefs and techniques of these Mages vary enormously, but it is there ability to connect with the foundations of the universe that allows them to bend and shape it. For some this ability comes from the living earth, other view it as reprogramming reality and other’s believe they serve as conducts for the power of great deities and supernatural forces. Whatever a Mage’s understanding of reality, how the universe works, and what these things mean, their understanding of their powers allows them to conjure and create their surroundings and greatly influence the world around them. Still, this power does not come without consequence.

Mages can suffer from the same impulses as other humans, betrayal, lust and greed are just as common amongst Wizards, Sorcerers and Druids as they are amongst the common folk; some would even say more-so. In an effort to police themselves, shelter themselves from the superstitious and ignorant masses, and dangerous threats from within, Mages have organized and constructed fairly regimented school of Magic over time.

Dating back to the times of Zoroaster, the Achaemenid Empire and the Rule of the Ancient Egyptians mages gathered to share their knowledge with one another, as well as the rulers of their day, some hoping to better human life, while others only hoped to better their own standing. Like minded Wizards banned together, and the foundations of many of the surviving school’s of Magic were founded than and there in the cradle of the Earth. Still other schools of magic were born in the Middle Ages and the Age of Reason. As Humanities greatness was placed at the centre of all discussion and became the measuring stick by which all could be judged, so too did its quantification affect the esoteric. Previous Orders and Sects of Wizards and Sorcerers were deemed obsolete, as a new breed of modernists used their magic to further the ideals of the Renaissance. Theologies and shamanistic beliefs were viewed as dangerous, and this created further schisms amongst magic-users. It was only recent, within the last two hundred years that these secret societies of magic users have finally come to recognize the place each holds. Representatives from all the major beliefs met to consummate the Traditions (formally called the Nine Mystic Traditions) a rough alliance of secret societies existing to unify users of magic under a common banner to protect their reality (particularly those parts of reality that are magical) against the growing disbelief of the modern world, the spreading dominance of non-human forces, and the predations of unstable mages and those who would seek to control them. Each of the Traditions are largely independent organizations unified by a broadly accepted paradigm for practicing magic. The Traditions themselves vary substantially from one another, and still other Magicians eschew the Traditions altogether. Some have almost no structure or rules, while others have rigid rules of protocol, etiquette, and rank. Though unified in their desire to keep magic alive, the magic practiced by different Traditions are often wildly different and entirely incompatible with one another. Understanding Traditions as a whole requires understanding each Tradition separately, and then assembling them into a somewhat cohesive whole.

The nine traditions are: Alteration, Illusion, Enchantment, Divination, Conjuration, Invocation, Necromancy, Abjuration and Druidism. Each is comprised of even smaller unique orders and sects, factions within factions, some spanning millennia.

Mages

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