The Unfinished Spire
Magic is rare.
Magic, no matter by whom it is wielded, is very much a mystery to the people of Alathor, although there is a general belief that, in all its guises, magic is a force that links all things.
Despite histories and myths stretching back hundreds or, in some cases, thousands of years, there is little understanding about what makes magic work. In combination with the relative rarity of true magical talent, this lack of understanding has made magic a frightening thing for the common people of the land.
Wizards and warlocks, whose powers are thought to be derived from something outside themselves (study of magic and a deal with a greater power, respectively), are relatively common, but still regarded with suspicion.
Sorcerers, and to a lesser extent bards, whose power seems to come naturally to them, are decidedly less so. Those that do exist in the land are often mistrusted, particularly in strongly elven communities where wizardry tends to have strong roots.
Clerics and druids are generally believed to have been granted their powers by the gods.
Lesser spellcasters such as eldritch knights, paladins, rangers, arcane tricksters, etc. tend to be more common and more accepted by the people.
Magical items and artifacts are surprisingly common, both in the form of the ancient hoarded items of power held by the great houses of Alathor, and in the minor magical items that have been created in the modern era.
Such goods are far beyond the means of most, but a cunning person with enough gold or just the right thing in trade might acquire a magic item on the open market.