The supernatural is a powerful force in Madisyan society. While magic may be rare and the gods distant, the supernatural pierces through cultures, societies, histories, and stories and has as a whole defined modern society. Nearly everyone has a god that they pledge allegiance to, or a path of
magic that they follow, or primal teachings and reverence that their parents gave to them as children. Temples often hold considerable political sway, and practicers of magic are often revered—and soon become leaders of various ranks. More than one holy war has shaped the politcal-social forces, and everyone from farmers to seamen ask that the spirits of nature lend their blessings.