Men of Science created Mana, but could not control it. On the day of the Black Bloom, Mana broke containment, and started to spread across the realm. Nations rose and fell as the power of Mana was fought over for centuries.
The Way of Magic and the Way of Logic two schools built around the study of Mana.
Mana's mutagenic properties are regarded with fear and awe, as the transformations hold the true key to wielding arcane power.