THE MAGIC IS LEAVING THE LAND
Mortal men have gained sway in this world, their attention on mortal matters and material things have weakened the link between the world and magic. The Elves have retreated to their forests and some are advocating that they leave for lands in the West, over the sea, where magic still runs free. The Dwarves have many of them shut the doors to their mountain cities deep in the stone, caring not to affair themselves with men. What few wizards remain in the world stay hidden in their towers. And the orcs are again stirring.
The magic has not really left the land, it could not, for magic is the underpinning of life. But as mortal men have spread, that link between life and magic has also spread. It takes more effort than before to summon the power of magic, it takes more time. Where once Wizards were able to command the elements to wage war with fire and lightning, now, a Wizard might well draw a sword if it came to a fight with men.
MAGIC ITEMS ARE RARE
As magic has become more difficult, so too has the creation of magical items. What few are to be found are both relatively weak in power and extremely valuable due to their rarity. The rare exception are those occasional artifacts that may remain as yet undiscovered, deep, hidden and with unknown guardians. The highest powered magic items are so rare that they are likely to only be found in the possession of princes destined to become kings, or heroes single handedly trying to save the world with the full support of the greatest mages in the land.
-divine (paladin, cleric, holy warrior, druid)