Leif: We don’t even have mages in my country.
Thorn: Then let me tell you how we handle them in Ceannis!
We screen our kids for magical aptitude. Meet the minimums, and you can opt into a whole separate schooling system.
At first, students are taught in small groups, split up by domain. Eventually — once you’re at least thirteen — you move on to an independent work-study program. That’s the stage Holly and her friend Ivy are in.
Holly: She’s still not my friend!
Some (not all) possible domains: Water, Fire, Nature, Stars
Thorn: You can get a sense for how advanced a mage is by how fancy their outfits are. As they level up, they get more frills, more jewels . . . If you see a staff, that’s serious business. Self-taught mages usually don’t get nearly that strong.
Leif: What do you do if a mage turns evil?
Thorn: Ideally, we track them down and fit them with magitech that blocks them from transforming.
Leif: And not-ideally?
Thorn: We, uh . . . kill them. Hopefully without too many other people dying first.