The Black Plague, of 1348 A.D. was not what it appeared to be. Mankind unleashed a darkness upon the land and therefore themselves. Those in power far from the front-line, refuse to acknowledge the darkness of this plague as nothing more than a disease that could be contained and resolved, to maintain order and control of their kingdom, and the people within it.
During this time of despair, unrest, and fear,… the common peasants would find solace in a pursuit of the dark arts, for being feared by your subjugator releases one from being their subject.
A cabal formed spreading rumors of how powerful they were, when in fact they knew nothing but parlor trickery. However, this inspired many and from that arose the pursuit of real magic. Many believed the pinnacle of which to be the art of evocation. Summoning entities for one’s self, to guide, protect, and otherwise control.