The magic wrought by the ancient empires was arcane in nature although even the most powerful arcane magic (called “base” magic as opposed to “ancient” magic) does not compare to the altering power of magic cast in the past. After the cataclysm the Elder Races gave up the use of magic after disastrous dabbling brought only destruction. Many of the New Races also fear magic for their own reasons. The end result is while base magic (spells cast normally by wizards and sorcerers) can be cast and caches of magical wands, scrolls, and other items do exist the world the population remains wary of arcane magic. Magic users must be cautious or incredibly powerful to avoid persecution from Tarmolith’s inhabitants. Even bards, whose prestige is unrivaled, avoid using their magic except as a last resort.