Free worldbuilding idea:
Wizards have the same trust in magic that software designers have
in software, which is to say, almost none at all.
“Are you fucking kidding me I worked in a reagrent shop for a few
years I don’t trust any of that stuff. Who the hell knows what other
components are in the ashes.”
“Yeah I was in the circle that made Alston’s Divine Circle of
Teleportation. There’s some pretty nasty corner cases you can get
into but the headmaster published it without us. I just take ships. It’s
“I call bullshit on that Necromancer channeling spirits of loved ones.
What did he say he was using? ‘Medium Conduit Ruinic Circles’?
That's just a bunch of buzzwords slapped together, and they don’t
even interact with each other.”
“I've been looking at this scroll all morning and I'm 90% sure that the
scribe didn’t even look at the standard for pyromancies.”