Awakening in Boston
Mages join orders for mutual protection and a shared understanding of the mysteries. Each order has a style of magic that they teach to new initiates that has been handed down from master to pupil, throughout the order’s existence (often centuries). This often gives mages of the same order a similar character or affectation to their magic. Orders also have agendas and beliefs which they hold to, which often brings them into conflict with each other.
As the PCs encounter them, magical orders will be revealed.