|Stormwind Circle of Magi|
High Mage Maginor Dumas
Furthering the Kingdom of Stormwind's understanding and mastery of the Arcane arts.
The Stormwind Circle of Magi is the Kingdom of Stormwind's order of mages. The circle is tasked with cataloging and researching every spell, artifact, and magic item known to mankind. It serves as the kingdom's first defense - and if need be, offense - against rogue or enemy mages, demons of the burning legion, or any other magically inclined threats. An aspiring Mage of the Circle must either have gone through the Academy of Dalaran, or through Stormwind's very own Academy of Arcane Arts and Sciences, located within the Mage Quarter.
Following the founding of the Kingdom of Azeroth, the most prominent archmagi of the young nation established the beginnings of what we now know as the Stormwind Circle of Magi – housing themselves in Stormwind Keep as court wizards.
At the emergence of the Wolfcult in Brightwood in 79 K.C., the kingdom's armsmen were helpless to stop the rogue wizards that ravaged the countryside. Adam Wrynn, in 84 K.C., officially founded the Circle of Magi to train mages to combat them. The circle, then empowered, hunted down the cultists and were praised for their loyalty to the kingdom. Through their sacrifice, the Stormwind Circle of Magi earned their niche in the realm - advising the House of Wrynn on matters of the arcane.
When the Kingdom of Azeroth was forced to retreat to Lordaeron at the climax of the orcish wars, the Circle of Magi was in shambles. Many of its order had fallen in their futile attempt to defend their homeland, and the refugees cast the blame of Medivh's fall on the mages that trained him. Nonetheless, the circle lent its remaining mages to the war against the orcs – helping in the effort to recapture the Kingdom of Stormwind.
As Azeroth was being rebuilt as the Kingdom of Stormwind, the archmagi of the land instituted the Wizard's Sanctum within Stormwind’s Wizard’s Sanctum tower. For a long time, the Academy was considered to be the second-best school of magic compared to Dalaran, but since Lordaeron’s destruction by the demons and undead, the northern mages fled to Stormwind and took up residence in the tower. The Sanctum houses Stormwind’s Circle of Magi, the Academy of the Arcane Sciences, and became one of the foremost centers of human arcane research and study in the aftermath of the Third War.
The Alliance-Horde War in Pandaria and the War against the Iron Horde proved costly for the Kingdom of Stormwind and many of its militant factions felt the brunt of wartime casualties and financial stress. Many of Stormwind's magi felt the kingdom's circle to be too weakened to uphold proper regulation of the Kingdom's arcane affairs, and thus, unable to fulfill their needs. The return of Archmage Khadgar to Dalaran prompted many mages of the Stormwind Circle of Magi defected to the Kirin Tor. The transition of mages crippled the Stormwind Circle, prompting an initiative to fulfill the abundantly absent roles of educator Magisters within the Wizard's Sanctum.
To protect the subjects of the king's realm from the disastrous effects of unchecked magic, and unknowing mages themselves from demons lured by their arcane affinity, any and all within the kingdom who show an affinity for casting spells arcane in nature (who have not already been indoctrinated by the Kirin Tor) are involuntarily brought to the Wizard's Sanctum to be properly and safely trained in the art of spellcasting by the Spellbreakers of the circle.
While a number of mages consider the forced indoctrination to be cruel and stifling, most mages and subjects of the kingdom agree that the dangers posed by rogue wizards are dire enough to act preemptively to prevent disasters.
Those who go without the circle's teachings are known as apostates. Considered dangerous and criminalized in the Kingdom of Stormwind, most hedge wizards roam the countryside; avoiding capture by the spellbreakers of the circle.
Hierarchy of the CircleEdit
It is no simple matter, safeguarding ordinary men from mages, and mages from themselves. The Circle has some measures of self-governance within the walls of the Wizard's Sanctum.
The High Sorcerer is the heart of the Circle. His job is to lead the Circle and keep order and equality among it's members.
Directly below the High Sorcerer is the Master Mage, and beneath him an assigned council of Elder Magi, among the most trusted and skilled magicians in the Kingdom, whom assist the High Sorcerer in overseeing the Academy as well as other magical dealings. From this group, a democratic course of action is in place, as well as the High Sorcerer as well as Master Mage's own wisdom able to be overruled by a majority.
Also within this Inner-Circle is an appointed Court-Conjurer, much like a Chamberlain of a Noble House. This Elder Mage is chosen by only the High Sorcerer and Master Mage to handle the political responsibilities regarding the Circle's involvement to the Kingdom, as well as diplomacy to the underlying regional-Circles of the Kingdom and to the Kirin Tor.
Underneath this rigid hierarchy remains those Arcanists and Apprentices whom are being overseen and educated within the Academy's great halls.
Checks and BalancesEdit
Should the High Sorcerer of the circle be deemed unfit for service by either the King or the Council of Elder Magi by vote, he shall be stripped of his title and a new High Sorcerer shall be elected by the council of Elder Magi.
In the circumstance that the High Sorcerer and Elder Mage council be deemed unfit by the King, they shall be ejected from office and new Elder Magi shall be appointed.