Wizard circle

A wizard circle is an organization at exists to promote wizardy, further its study, the interests of practitioners and those who wizardry affects. Wizard circles are of key importance in the sociology of magic. The formation of a circle is an important step in the emergence of a new discipline or sub-discipline which usually encompasses a set of narratives, symbols, and practices which may yield a set of social laws, ethics, and a particular lifestyle. Wizard circles also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology.

Most wizard circle activities typically include holding regular conferences for the presentation and discussion of new research results and publishing or sponsoring academic journals in their discipline.

The roles of different wizard circles have been variously defined: "A group of wizards who are entrusted with maintaining control or oversight of magic and arcanists;" also a body acting "to represent the interest of the professional practitioners of magic," and so "act to maintain their own privileged and powerful position as a controlling body."

Such circles generally strive to achieve a balance between these two often conflicting mandates. Though wizard circles often act to protect the public by maintaining and enforcing standards of training and ethics in wizardry, they often also act like a cartel or a labor union for the wizards, though this description is commonly rejected. Therefore, in certain dispute situations the balance between these two aims may get tipped more in favor of protecting and defending the wizards than in protecting the public.

Many wizard circles are involved in the development and monitoring of wizarding and academic universities, and the updating of skills, and thus perform certification to indicate that a person possesses qualifications in the subject area, such as wizard academies. Sometimes membership of a wizard circle is synonymous with certification, though not always. Membership of a wizard circle, as a legal requirement, can in some professions form the primary formal basis for gaining entry to and setting up practice within the profession.

Legal Wizard Circles

Fainish Circles

  • Drak Osayli: The Black Mages. The largest and most powerful circle in Ilefain, its influence is felt all over Nora. They are known for their sheer destructive power as well as their mechantile cunning.
  • Order of Agapetheon: The White Mages. Part wizard circle, part religious order. Arcanists belonging to the church are members of this circle.
  • Order of the Wandering Torch: The wizard circle of the Compass Society.

Canstian Circles

Einish Circles

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