Magic in the Aftershock universe is divided into two broad categories.

Primal Magic

Primal magic (also known as Wild Magic) is an omnipresent force in the universe. It embodies pure change and chaos, and is very difficult to control. Wielding wild magic typically requires great force of will and has corrupting effects on the wielder in proportion to amount wielded and duration of exposure.

The Cipher was created using primal magic, and monopolizes all of the primal magic in the vicinity of Earth making it impossible to access.

Cipher Magic

Cipher magic has supplanted primal magic on Earth, rendering it into a more structured (and arguably safer) form.

See Cipher, Cipher Mark, Cipher Mage and Cipher magic for a more details.