Magic in the Empire
The Empire, for as long as anyone can remember, has had a strict policy regarding magic. All mages must be registered with the Empire, and only accredited Schools of Magery may teach magic. Even then, there are strict limits on enrollment and class size. Still, this policy is less strictly enforced the farther from Solaria one travels. The University of Valorim, in Lorelei, has been known to bend the rules slightly, but not go so far as to openly challenge the policy. Some notable exceptions to the policy include Redmark College and all of the Kingdom of Avernum. But for that same reason, tuition is much higher, and graduates are restricted in where they can practice or begin a business.