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The player can choose to become a mage in Susurrus. One becomes a mage through exposure to the Alphabet. Traditionally, this exposure is on purpose, but recently there has been and spike in "accidental" exposure. This spike has resulted in a sudden increase to the number of mages.
Mages can suffer from Sophomania (a form of hunger) if they are not careful. To lower their Sophomania it is recommended that the mage in question visit the Library or take a look around the Cosmic Cafe.