Magic is highly structured. As such, all mages belong to one of three orders: White Robes, Red Robes, or Black Robes. Each order comes with a suite of advantages and restrictions. That said, a practitioner must follow the ethos of their particular order: White robes being generally good, red being neutral, and black being generally evil.
Regardless of order, the first loyalty of all mages is to magic, with the second priority being to their order. To that end, mages of all orders can be found working together in the seven towers of sorcery. Each tower is run by a council of ten: three archmages of each order, and the ruler of the tower. Here, mages of all races, backgrounds and order can be found working to further their study. Inside the towers, conflicts between members is strictly forbidden, and met with swiftly and permanently.