A hedge wizard (or hedge mage) is usually a negative term to call wizards and mages who are not liked by the Kirin Tor. Magistrate Marduke says that a "hedge mage" is a rogue wizard that never received their formal training from Dalaran.
As a child, Khadgar learned from most of his lessons that non-Dalaran mages, wild, untrained, and self-taught wizards without restraint, control, and thought, always ended in the same fashion with a bad end, and sometimes, though not often, destroying a large amount of the surrounding countryside with them.
Hedge mages often use the smoke of an herb known as to draw evil from its hiding places.
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Though most contemporary human and high elven mages bow to the sovereignty of Dalaran and the Kirin Tor, there are a great many who choose to delve into the secrets of magic by themselves. Considered to be non-sanctioned renegades by the Kirin Tor, these rogue mages strive to expand their knowledge of magic and spellcraft beyond the constraints of what most other wizards believe to be safe or morally acceptable.