Korla 1: The Conflicts Beneath
Most people in Korla refer to all arcane magic as witchcraft and fear it for its role in causing The Cataclysm. Arcanists who are not cautious about hiding their pursuit of arcane power put themselves at great risk. There are only a few ways to practice arcane magic safely in Korla.
- Disguise your magic: Primal magic is prevalent in Korla and especially in Durshkal. A sufficient knowledge of nature or a talent for lying can help an arcanist convince a lay person that an arcanist’s magic is fueled by primal spirits rather than affinity for witchraft. However, the Cowled are more difficult to deceive. They are said to smell witchcraft, and arcanist must be careful to suppress his or her magical aura when Cowled are around.
- Be licensed: Some arcanists are allowed to use arcane magic within the empire and it’s protectorates as a result of diplomatic agreements. Eladrin, Tieflings, and Genasi are given a pass as long as they do not use their power recklessly. Lenience is also granted to arcanists who carry letters certifying them as members of a mages’ guild from one of the coastal city states.