101 reasons why mages are persecuted

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Ok, you know how mages are feared, persecuted, ostracized, and shunned, even when they got that sweet, sweet, magic?

Yeah, this is why. Just one caveat: You can not have the magic itself being inherently corrupting. So no warhammer fantasy chaos winds, guys.
 

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2) Magic is kinda... unpredictable.

Its a roll of the dice. Nothing too harmful, but tell that to your wife after her expensive silk dress was ruined. Mages are banned from any function or meeting where there are flammable or perishable valuable goods.
 

Kadejapan

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Owlbears.
I imagine a well dressed local official calmly explaining to the wizard that while she understands the importance of his “research”, the large group of pitchfork wielding commoners have petitioned the crown to request that he immediately stop the creation all chimeras of any kind.
 

Chilitoke

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5) Jealousy, people resent the powers that the mages wield and the fact that they themselves do not have it.


6) Previous trauma, mages of this world have a very long, very ugly track record of atrocities.


7) Self-imposed, it is not the mages that is shunned, but the rest of the world the mages have a placed them selves in exile due to paranoia and an ivory tower mentality
 

kami2awa

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8) They don't use their powers for anything useful or altruistic - instead they go into dungeons seeking personal gain.

9) I'm not mage-ist, but...

10) Nearly every dark lord is a mage. When did you last see a dark lord fighter?
 

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11 - The last full-scale mage war saw continents shattered and entire kingdoms rendered uninhabitable. Nobody wants to see that again, and freelance wizards are considered to be operating in violation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Magical Weapons.

12 - The most powerful spells require the sacrifice of magical beings; the wizards who secretly run society encourage rounding up lesser mages and executing them to power their own enchantments.

13 - The local religion values modesty, humility, and austerity. Flying around on a magic carpet wearing brightly colored robes and throwing fireballs at everyone is sort of the opposite of all those things.

14 - Magic smells bad. It just does, nobody knows why. Every spell cast leaves behind a smell that varies from 'a hint of sulfur' to 'rotten durian fruit' that can linger for weeks. Even cultures that tolerate mages still prefer to keep them at a distance.
 
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