Like technology, Magic reached its height during the Forgotten War. Eight ‘schools’ of magic exist.
Only one in a hundred has the potential for magics (to include psionics and true faith). Most of these ‘potentials’ go untrained; among the trained, few advance beyond the first two ‘circles’ of magic. About half of them fall prey to various pitfalls of power.
Magic is poorly understood by the average peasant; the slightest evil is often blamed on the nearest mage. Lynchings of mages further deplete the ranks of the learned.
Schools of Magic
Most magic is made by mages, for mages. Rare indeed is the wizard willing to barter their services for mere coin.
Alternative Magic Systems