Wizards encounter periods of crisis from time to time. It comes with the
job, right along with the robes and the pointy hat. Now, some wizards thrive on
crisis, and there is quite a bit of gold to be made, should the wizard survive,
by thrusting oneself into the thick of things. The more experienced mage,
however, makes ample use of soothsaying spells, so that he may collect the
monies, reassure the populace, and still have time to leave the area before the
thick of things arrives.
-- The Teachings of Ebenezum, Vol. IV
Wizards are constantly subject to negative publicity. A case in point. One
elderly wizard of my acquaintance, whenever he was bothered by unexpected
guests, would immediately cast one of three spells upon them, either turning
them to stone, transforming them into segmented worms, or blasting them
entirely out of the kingdom....