The Summer Heroes
Magic in Hassuna
Magic in Hassuna is strictly governed and controlled by the Caste of Magic, the head of which is the Arch-Mage of Hassuna. Every caste is governed by a Lesser Council, and the Caste of Magic is no exception. The Lesser Council of Magic is composed of the Arch-Mage of Hassuna, the Arch-Mage of the College of Mages, the Arch-Mages of the five other principal cities of the realm, and the head of the Regulators.
The regulation of magic and its uses, as well as magical items, is a task given to the Regulators of the Use of Magic, usually referred to as “Regulators”, though also called “Purplecloaks” (because of their violet robes). This regulation of magic consists primarily of ensuring that non-elves do not practice magic, so the Regulators have the largest presence in the coastal cities (though non-resident magic users may practice magic if given permission, a privilege that is usually granted to visitors of rank).
The sheer prevalence of magic in Hassunai society (for example, torches and other kinds of fire are rarely used for light, as items permanently enchanted with light are cheap and easy to come by, even for members of the lower castes) makes the regulation of all magic items problematic, but all imported magic items must undergo routine inspection, and all magic items with a value of greater than 1,000 gp must be registered with the Regulators in the Grand Registry of Magical Items in Bel’Sammara.
The potentially-elective nature of the Caste of Magic has resulted in a wide cross-section of elven society being represented there, though elves from the lower castes who become mages rarely achieve high ranks (for example, there has never been an Arch-Mage of any kind from the Caste of Production). Attempts are made to identify candidates for mage-hood early, as magical aptitude can manifest itself as early as six years of age. Adoption by the Caste is rarely, if ever, contested, for it is considered a great honor, but elven children who are taken very young do not usually have strong familial ties.
When magical aptitude is manifested later, however, familial ties are often retained. This has led to the proliferation of magical items into all areas of society, as mages will sometimes return to their families and leave them with small magic items to assist them in their day-to-day lives. The Regulators turn a blind eye to this practice, though it is formally discouraged.
Natural Magic and the Living Wall
Elven ties to the natural world are weak in Hassuna, as an emphasis is placed on the arcane, rather than magic drawn from primal sources. The sole exception to this is the Living Wall.
Some have speculated that the relative lack of primal magic in Hassunai society has been a result of the advanced state of arcane magical studies since even before the Wars of Blood and Fire. The prevalence of advanced arcane magic has led to the Hassunai elves looking down on magic centered on the natural world, a condescension that is increased because the main practitioners of this magic, the rangers, are not members of the Caste of Magic. It has also been speculated that Hassunai ties to the natural world were further weakened during the War of the Dragons, as the dragons burned whole forests and otherwise left the Hassunai countryside desolate.