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#389584 22/10/09 01:26 PM
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So what is difference betwen mage,wizard and sorcerer
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In which game ?

Basically they are all the same; the differences are rather subtle.

I think a native English speaker could tell more about it.

Plus there is also the warlock, who is rarely used.


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They are all synonyms of "magician". They all have the exact same meaning, but they are used by some writers to sharply distinguish between two different types of magicians. So, they mean whatever the writer of the story/fantasy world wants them to mean. They have no actual difference.

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Which means they are only there to confuse the innocent reader ? hahaha


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Swordscythe is right, basically.

(A Warlock is a male witch, BTW Alrik, so the 'sold his soul for power' thing comes into play with that one. It's not synonymous with the rest any more than Necromancer is).

With the three original terms mentioned by Raven, though, it really is just a matter of what the author chooses to define them as.


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Mage is a general term that includes 'wizard' & 'sorceror'. But in a lot fantasy works 'sorceror' has a more pejorative meaning as opposed to 'wizard'. Sorcerers are often summoners of demons & practicioners of black magic, for instance. 'SOrceress' and 'witch' are also almost synonymous in the English language.


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Depends on the lore realy, I've read books where wizards and sorcerers where so different, their magic had no effect on eachother.

However their "real" meanings I guess are something along these:

Witch: Practitioner of witchcraft male or female (witchen). Witchraft is mostly related to Pagan religion.

Warlock: is basicly a renegade witch.

Sorcerers: Someone with a talent and training to manipulate magic energies.

Wizard: is a lore-master, someone with great knowledge of the arcane studies, difference with a sorcerer is that it doesn't come naturally but through vast knowledge and study of what he tries to achieve. (hence the long white beards) Also, this is where the terms whiz-kid or computer wizard come from, they can do seemely impossible stuff with computers but only because they have spend years studying them.

Mage: is a ritualist, a shaman, rune-master etc...


However, in fantasy settings such as games or books, they're meanings vary. Warlocks for instance can be male witches, or mage/wizard-warriors, or necromancers etc etc... when their 'real' definition is just a witch gone bad (Pagan, Wiccans, witches as in the religion are all about balance, rule of three, what you so you shall reap etc...)


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