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Istredd, a human mage in The Hexer TV series(played by Bronisław Wrocławski)

Μάγους are people skilled and educated in the use of μαγεία. Female μάγους are often called μάγισσες, while male μάγους are called sorcerers. Only rare individuals have the potential to become μάγους and many of those with this potential are doomed to madness. Unless the individual in question — also known as a Source — learns to control their power quickly, he or she may end up a half-insane, slobbering oracle. That is why schools of sorcery were created, where talented children study for many years, acquiring knowledge and mastering magical skills. Because of their powers, μάγους age more slowly than ordinary people. They can extract magical energy from the four elements, transport themselves long distances and heal, as well as kill, in the blink of an eye. They have extensive scientific and political knowledge; in the latter respect, many μάγους are the equals of rulers.

The words "mage", "sorcerer" and "sorceress" are used mostly to refer to people trained in magical academies like Aretuza or Ban Ard and is rarely used to refer to magic-wielding druids or priests (especially the latter, since they claim to be given their powers by the gods).

In the Έπος του Witcher, μάγους are also heavily involved in politics and are well organized. In the beginning there was the Πρώτου Κεφαλαίου, which was later replaced by the Στοά των Μαγισσών.

Notable μάγους

Sorcerers

Μάγισσες

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Journal Glossary Μάγους

Only rare individuals have the potential to become μάγους and many of those with this potential are doomed to madness. Unless the individual in question — known as a Source — learns to control their power quickly, he or she may end up a half-insane, slobbering oracle. That is why schools of sorcery were created, where talented children study for many years, acquiring knowledge and mastering magical skills. Because of their powers, μάγους age more slowly than ordinary people. They can extract magical energy from the four elements, transport themselves long distances and heal, as well as kill, in the blink of an eye. They have extensive scientific and political knowledge; in the latter respect, many μάγους are the equals of rulers.

The early days of the war with Nilfgaard saw the end of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers, an organization which grouped μάγους and closely controlled the practice of magic. During the Brotherhood's last assembly, a rebellion broke out on Thanedd Island; some of the μάγους were accused of high treason, that is, working for Nilfgaard, and were either arrested or killed. The remaining sorcerers won independence and set up smaller associations.

In the wake of the rebellion, the μάγους retained their influence. Many of them remained royal advisors, sometimes even ruling countries from behind the scenes. Philippa Eilhart strengthened her position as eminence grise of Redania, whereas the elf Francesca Findabair, the queen of Dol Blathanna, took greater interest in the affairs of humans and became ruler of elven lands in general. Triss Merigold, one of the youngest sorceresses and a representative of King Foltest, also joined in creating the new order.

Simple folk fail to differentiate between witches, sorcerers and witchers. Anyone who wields magic is regarded as suspicious and godless. But the better educated, and those who dwell in large cities, know to treat μάγους with due respect.

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