Magic in Lyria
Some say that magic is the invention of tinkers from a bygone age. Others say that it is the will of the gods. Some deny its existence, and some make it their sole purpose to track down magic and slay it, wherever it may be found.
Regardless magic is found throughout the world in as a source of mystical (some call it arkane) energy that transforms its surroundings with great impact. Inanimate objects come to life, beasts infused with magic develop beyond reason and persons who in some way have managed to control this force, wield a terrible power, being able summon magical beasts and call down bolts of lightning.
These are only a few ways that magic can alter its surroundings.
Views on magic
There are different opinions on the use of magic. Some see the potential of magic and try to harness its power. These individuals can be referred to as witches, mages, wizards, sorcerers, scientists, warlocks, shamans etc. Others acknowledge the power that magic holds but takes great distance from it deeming it too powerful and wild to control and encourage others to refrain from the use of magic via propaganda, politics and the occasional witch hunt.
Many people, often the poor and non-educated fear magic, leading to all sorts of situations when magic is involved; From man hunts to mass hysteria, magic is not always well received by the masses.