When Weaver and I started developing the setting of Last Fables, we had an important question that needed an answer: what role does magic play? The answer to that question is pretty tightly woven into the actual story because it has such an impact on everything. From the history of the world to what life is like for the average inhabitant, the influence of magic is utterly vital. Although the scope of the story puts it in the category of High Fantasy, magic is far from commonplace in Last Fables. It is, in fact, rare and poorly understood. Those who claim to have mastered magic are largely charlatans, incapable of exerting any sort of supernatural influence whatsoever.
But that doesn't mean that there aren't those with power.
What follows is an excerpt from an in-universe book, The Malleus Maleficarum, that shares its name and its meaning with an actual volume from the real world: Hammer of Witches. Recognizing a witch is, after all, the first step in dealing with one, and this gives a taste of what is to come: