A Pact of Gold
Everyday magic in Khorvaire
Throughout Khorvaire, magic has become a primary underpinning of daily life. For millennia, magic has been used in craft, construction, agriculture, war, and even fashion and entertainment. Among particularly wealthy populations, the possession of magic “trinkets” has become a status symbol.
This is not to say that magic goods can be found everywhere in Khorvaire, or that magic is so commonplace as to be considered mundane. Money and status bring access to greater luxuries, and magic is no exception. Even the poorest citizen can benefit from a city’s magic street lights (everbright lanterns), but he can’t afford to magically preserve his food or travel regularly aboard the lightning rail. A young crafter might occasionally enjoy such a journey or purchase a ritual to chant over his goods. The truly rich, however, might own a sky-carriage to carry them about Sharn’s towers and ritual protections to keep thieves out of their palatial estates.
Similarly, widespread magic doesn’t equate to high magic. Magewrights, mystically augmented crafters, and lesser priests who have learned a ritual or two by rote are common across Khorvaire. True wizards, clerics, and other powerful wielders of magic remain rare, however. Adventurers remain exceptional, set above the mass of society by their potential as well as their ability.