The Underground Arcane Society
Immediately following Severence, each and every corner had their methods for moving on with life and society without the constant overwatch and guidance of the gods to help them. Marus was banished completely, Ignea was slowly forgotten, Terras was remembered through study, and Aerion and his magics were feared and restricted. The people of the west have always been taught that Aerion was a god of pure and magic, and the spells he and his touched and faithful were capable could move mountains, breathe life into death, and bend the skies to their will. That power in the hand of those with good intentions were all well and good. But, in the hands of someone evil could mean the next Cataclysm if someone were to try hard enough. So, the First Law enacted in the Western Corner changed from "Respect Magic and Learn the Power of its Potential" to "Reject Magic and Fear its Power and Potential". Learning magic was banned, creating and selling magical items was abolished entirely, and outsiders who chose to travel into the Western Corner had to have their own magical items confiscated at any city entrance. Any magic had to have a permit in order to allowed. This included healing, plant growth, and weather control to help with farming only, and only one person was permitted to learn and perform the magics per demesne. The Druid became one of the most valued and feared people in the Western corner as a result. Over time, as the knowledge of Aerion's magic faded from knowledge, a trend among the younger and over-controlled generations started to emerge. The questions of "why" and "where did it go" started coming from children and grandchildren to the horror of older generations. More laws were enacted to quell the desire for magical knowledge, but the desire to reclaim what was long lost only grew stronger. Soon, rumors of secret study groups started wafting through the street. Shipments of banned spellbooks were being bootlegged into cities in order for those who craved the knowledge and study of magic without having to travel to another corner to do so, and the reclamation of lost knowledge has begun. Soon, rumors of the Underground Arcane Society began to emerge throughout the corner. Secrecy and discretion are key among those who are members, as the Western Corner governments have, until recently, approved of contracts of well-known monster hunters to flush out these groups and have them arrested and disbanded by the government, with little to no care as to how it's done or whether members are dead or alive when taken care of after the fact. A terrifying and dark mar on Western History, it is up until months ago, a very dangerous occupation to be an Underground member. Yet, despite the danger, the desire for magic still continues to grow more and more every day. Narne's armies may march East, but that does not mean that she'll never turn to the Western Corner. The best defense is understanding of the lost arts, and to be prepared to defend oneself when the time calls for it. Aerion blessed the people of the Western Corner with great magics, and it is the goal of the Underground Arcanes to recapture what has been feared and lost.