Of Steam and Magic
Arcane Magic and the Church
Arcane magic wasn’t always considered a blight in Thrane. When the church first took over the country, divine and arcane existed harmoniously. It is only within the last 15 or 20 years that doctrine has taken a stand against magic that does not originate from the Silver Flame.
The bishops began with sermons on the corruptible nature of the arcane and cautioned their flocks to refrain from abusing any magical talents or, in rare cases, machines they might possess. They warned that the arcane is what began the Hundred Year War and Thrane did not want to return to that era.
Overtime, any public display of arcane magic was frowned upon. Fear crept into the minds of ordinary folk and they began to avoid those with sorcerer or wizard powers. The outright banning of certain spells followed soon after.
The Council of Cardinals set out a list of acceptable arcane activities and anyone veering from that mandate was arrested. Over the years many of those accused of being corrupt mages have been taken away, never to be seen again.