Magic (alternatively spelled as "magik," "magyc," or "magyk") was a fundamental force in the world of Gaen. It flowed through all things. Magic was present in the trees, air, seas, mountains, people, and all things. However, in its natural state magic was latent. In order to be used, it must be harnessed or manipulated by an outside force, such as a mage. Magic came in many forms, and several sages of a multitude of races have tried to categorize different types of magic. In truth, all magic was simply magic. However, for the sake of discussion classifications make distinctions easier. In that respect, magic was usually discussed in terms of these categories.