The enlightened are difficult to explain even to themselves. It is known that each Magi has an awakened Avatar, an over-soul that makes them capable of altering the very fabric of reality to their will. what this means, where the power comes from and what should be done with it has never been entirely agreed upon. every human on the planet has an avatar, but most sleep. the collective power of these sleeping avatars is enough to shape the world, give it a form and a direction that conforms to the consensual reality of billions of human beings. the magi stand apart. able to subvert this consensus and preform wonders and miracles that most would think impossible. some use occult lore and wisdom to do this. some high technology.
For five hundred years the Nine traditions have waged a secret war against the Order of reason, now called the Technocratic Union. they are loosing. yet even as the Reckoning trapped their masters outside reality, so did it trap the technocratic high masters. the playing field has been leveled, and the two factions have begun to recruit new members into their philosophies, and into their Ascension War. The disparate crafts watch with concern, fearful of being drawn into the war once more, or being consumed in its flames.