A Light in the Darkness
The secrets to shaping the natural world and creating awesome effects were kept away from the hands of Humans for fear of misuse. Then during the Dark times, when Humans were embroiled in a dark war against monsters and beast-men, this secret was delivered to turn the tide. With Magic on their side, the Humans began to regain their footing and drove back hordes of The Grall and The Handless long enough to reinforce their lands.
Once the crisis was over and Humans were re-building their culture and civilization, it was decided that keep the balance of Order, Magic would be restricted and kept from public use. The University Arcanum devised impressive defenses to guard its knowledge, while still allowing access to members. The power of Magic is rare and monitored by the University closely. They do not train new Wizards with regularity, though there have been many who have pleaded to be accepted. Only the most gifted may apply and even then are not always granted access. Wizards are a, well-educated, close knit group because of their social differences and the power they share.
To the common citizen, few things are as unnerving as a practitioner Arcanum Wizards are treated with respect and are granted access to most anything they desire, out of both fear and recognition of their power. The use of Magic openly is frowned upon by the University, as it can unsettle the citizens. All Wizards are advised to use extreme caution when executing any spell even if they may not be significant to some. The use of magic to battle the enemy however is encouraged as few things will calm the fear of the many as a bolt of energy that drops a charging beast.