The Shadow on Fallcrest
Most people believe that magic is a real force in the world. Even the smallest settlements generally have one or two people who have some minor magical skill. Practitioners of magic have tried very hard over the last 100 years to rebuild the respect and regain the trust of non-magic users, but many people still view wizards and others who dabble with the arcane arts as evil and potentially dangerous. To make matters worse, most practitioners of magic have a strong distrust of religious groups and the priests that lead them. Wizards in particular tend to be aethist as well, not believing that there are omniscient beings responsible for the creation of the world, rather they believe that magic is the driving creative force in the Universe and what makes things work the way they do. Wizards acknowledge that there are powerful beings in the universe that may seem god-like, but believe that these are simply beings that have a superior mastery of the magical forces of the universe. Put a priest and a wizard in the same room together and there’s going to be more than a little tension.