Conclave of Mages Edit
The most distinguished practitioners of magical art first founded the Conclave of Mages to institute codified rules on the use of magic, but the creation of a new hierarchy of order sparked a brief civil war, costing the life of Raffard the White, who opposed its formation.
The Conclave was eventually split into two groups of 5 mages: the Chapter of Mages and the Supreme Council of Sorcerers, with the Chapter having the highest hierarchy and the Council the lower, but the latter still wielded important authority in the Brotherhood. The Supreme Council of Sorcerers was established to aid the Conclave in administering and regulating practitioners of magic. In particular, the Council focused on magical experiments, research, and expanding magical knowledge.
The Brotherhood regulated and oversaw the use of magic, making sure that practices such as demonology, necromancy, and Artefact compression (labeled "black magic") were kept to a bare minimum, and the practitioners of such magics were given fair and just sentences; these sentences usually being shackled in dimeritium for several centuries. Individuals who ignored the ban used to be excluded from the Brotherhood and were considered as renegades, e.g. Alzur or Idarran of Ulivo. However, though all mages are equal before the law, some of them are actually "more equal than others"; an open secret was commonly breaking the bans in Rissberg until it came to light after the deaths of Grandmaster Ortolan and his favorite Sorel Degerlund.
After the coup that essentially dissolved the Brotherhood, former Council member Philippa Eilhart established the Lodge of Sorceresses. Unlike the Brotherhood, the Lodge was female-only and included sorceresses from both the Northern Kingdoms and the Nilfgaardian Empire.