Magic in Etharai is split into two major categories, known as Amyth
, best translated as "passive" and "active", respectively.
Amyth, or "passive magic", is the magic that comes from Etharai herself. It is thought to originate from the core, or "heart", of the world, and affects all life and natural phenomena on the planet. This magic is the foundation for Thyic, and is a core part of the belief systems of most cultures.
Thyic, or "active magic", is the magic that is harnessed by the creatures of Etharai. It acts and feels fundamentally different from Amyth, and in some cultures, it is outright forbidden and seen as an affront to the natural order. Other cultures embrace it, viewing it as a gift from the gods that should not go to waste.
Thyic - Cultural Tensions
The way that Thyic is regarded differs greatly between cultures - and often, these cultures have to interact with one another. Many of the cultures that are strongly against the use of Thyic can't help but speak up when they see someone using it, and those from cultures that revere Thyic take offense at the idea of not using the gods' gift. While these arguments are settled peacefully soon after they start, they have led to tense feelings between certain groups.