Seeds of Power
Magic is somewhat divided between the creatures that use them. Humanoid races use varying types of magic. Many humanoids have a bond with nature, which many refer to as “the spirits” or there are specific spirits that gain their own devout monotheistic followers. Some of them would refer to their spirit as their “god”. (If you’re familiar with D&D power sources, then this distinction between “the spirits” and a specific “spirit” or “god” is the equivilent of primal vs. divine power.)
Over time, many humanoid communities have discovered magic through the spirits of their locale, or they learned it from their humanoid or non-humanoid neighbors. This is the case of Bei, where the town has developed a strong bond with the cave-dwelling worm-like creatures known as Poli.
One new form of magic, known as arcane magic, seems to be unique only to humans and half-humans. Over the past hundred years, stories have spread of wizards able to shape reality and summon unnatural beings to perform amazing acts of service. Mundane objects can become enchanted and these new items have become much-sought after. Some empires have adopted this magic as a strategic power to gain an edge over their adversaries. Many practicioners of arcane magic, such as wizards, maintain their own independent study, but this has not prevented them from serving the militaries of the empires at war.