Obviously, I'm working on a fantasy story, as you can tell by the thread title. In this particular project (not to be confused with my urban fantasy mystery novel I've been pestering people about), those with magical ability, as a group, are called Mages. However, Mages are divided into one of several groups depending on what type of magic they use. Some differ based on what they can do (Diviners vs. Alchemists, for instance) while others differ in the way they do it (Shamans vs. Summoners). While reading up on some of the various types of magic-user in other stories, games, etc, (mostly through an assortment of forum posts) I noticed that the term "sorcery" seems to be attached most often to those who channel magical energy instinctively, rather than through more academic processes. Up till now though, I had been using the term "Sorcerer" to describe those whose magic worked through mystical runes, signs and symbols. (I think I can trace this back to some book I read as a kid in which sorcerers did a lot of ritual magic, instead of on-the-spot, instinctive magic. Don't ask me about the title, though, I can't remember.) In my story, I've been calling those who conjure fire and command the winds and so on with their wills "Evocators." Well, some of those forum posts got me wondering, so I did a little research and found that the word "evocation" has to do with names; in a magical sense, calling on the names of deities and spirits. This seemed a bit at odds with how I had my Evocators pictured, and I wondered if it might be better to call them Sorcerers after all. The question that begs, then, is what to call my rune-inscribing spell-casters? Would "Wizard" be a more apt term, as it implies academic study? (After all, they *do* need to know which squiggly lines do what.) Am I missing something else, some other spell-casting variant? (Possible, but unlikely: I've got a list of 22 different types.) OR, am I just overthinking things and should just leave things as they are? And before anyone says not to label anything, a big part of this story involves magical bureaucracy and registration of abilities. Bureaucrats LOVE labels.