Colonization of Verath
Magic power comes from the Spark that certain people are born with. No one knows why certain people are born with the power or not, but those who are born with it are relatively rare. Among most races, the people with the capacity to do magic are maybe 1 in 100. However, these people are looked upon highly by kings and leaders, as they wield great power.
It is impossible to tell by looking whether a person has the Spark, but there are certain arcane tests that can be done and then that person’s magical power can be called forth through training and discipline. These people go on to become Wizards or Swordmages and are well-respected for their great power. Wizards find training easily within the walls on the Nox Arcanum and learn to channel their power through subtle and powerful spells. Swordmages, on the other hand, must find training in a mercenary band or other organization. However, they are seen as unstoppable engines of destruction and are usually found commanding top dollar in elite mercenary groups.
In some people, however, the Spark will Flare all on its own, manifesting itself when its host is upset or angry. This usually takes the form of changing the person’s eye color or making an aura of sorts show up around them, but will sometimes erupt in a burst of arcane power. Sorcerers, as they are known, must find their own path in the magic, controlling it before their wild spells destroy them and everything nearby. Sorcerers are feared by the common people, who all too often remember stories of them going crazy and destroying their surroundings in a rage. Though this event isn’t common, it isn’t necessarily rare, either, and most sorcerers are unstable at best. As a result, most sorcerers take care to hide what they are, even if they are entirely sane.