A sellspell is any wizard or sorcerer who sells their services independently from the traditional colleges and schools. They are looked down upon by the older schools as mercenaries without love for scholarship or discipline, and regarded with contempt by many hedge wizards who are displaced by the professional sellspells’ monopolization of the craft. Hedge Wizards of Ackenzal were nearly exterminated by the Inquisition, while wizards who practiced war magic managed to thrive.In regions affected by The Inquisition certain sellspells were given special legal status, being allowed to practice their craft as long as they sold their services to the Ducal armed forces. This led to the establishment of several private schools of wizardry that specialized in teaching the war magics, such as the college Aetun.
In Thassal, sellspells are completely outlawed. The only Tuning permitted within the borders of Thassal is that practiced by their own mendicant orders.