The study of magic requires decades to master, and is organized primarily into the Tutelage tradition. Most wizards are loath to share this hard won knowledge and choose to become independent after training, even if initially trained by a guild, master or order. Many wizards see the quest for occult power as the ultimate pursuit of knowledge. Wizards are seen as power seeking and secretive by those outside its study. Within its study is competition, sometimes open, other times hidden, but in all cases having lethal possibilities.
Because joining an order takes Essence to attune the magus, it is not done haphazardly or lightly. It also means the character, like those associated with divine orders, have another voice of authority they must answer to – and loyalty within a group of adventurers may be tested.
Essence is not regained, but the bond with the Order Focus is broken as soon as the magus renounces or violates the tenets of the order.