The Forbidden Arts

His wife told him not to buy that book from that kindly old lady at the bazaar... By edict of The Church, the practice of all occult and magical arts and practices not of a Divine nature is outlawed without prior dispensation. The reason is that The Church blames the practice of the Arts for The Sundering. The Church trains and employs witch hunters to find and kill those who defy the edict.

Despite the edict, some still quietly study the Arts. Some, once they are skilled enough, practice their skills openly.


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In practice, this may make being a magic-using character class more dangerous. Be advised!