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Magic is Obsolete
While magic is still practiced in small part by everyday creatures, its use has largely deteriorated due to the introduction of machines that can perform tasks more quickly. The growing scientific community has begun to question whether magic should even be allowed given its unpredictable nature when compared to machines that can be programmed for specific tasks. Religious leaders have also begun, in the past few centuries, to demonize magic as unholy acts. Even the Trinidad Church of Maze, renown for its Paladin Order has dismissed magic. The magnificent spells that were once performed by the greatest Trinidian saints and the Church's most revered prophet, the alleged son of Mixcoatl, Quetzalcoatl, have been rewritten in scripture as miracles rather than magic.
Peasants, especially those who follow the older, Nature-based religions, are still known to use magic to help with small tasks around the house, but use of magic in public is highly frowned upon. Even performers who once used magic as entertainment now receive derisive snorts from adults passing by who see such behavior as nothing more than cheap tricks. The only magic users who seem to have escaped scorn are those who don't use real magic at all and simply play at parlor tricks with smoke and mirrors.
The Piriqui is the only exception to the obsolescence of magic. Frequent warfare between rival tribes has kept the region largely un-industrialized and as a result, the only option aside from machines is magic which most avians still use to deadly effect. However, even the tribes have been touched by technology that has terminally destabilized the region's political balance. The introduction of superior weapons and armor has begun to erode the belief in need for magic by those tribes who have been influenced by outsiders.
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