The Magisters of the Akademika are studying "their" Shard. In the long term they want to bring back Magika (back) to the world. Undead and similar monsters exist, so the magic energy has to be somewhere. But no men knows how to harness it, yet.
Their first target is to get a fundamental understanding of magic and the ability to utilyze it. Some experiments focus on the transmission of magic energy into lifeless objects. Maybe in the far future, men will be able to cast spell without the use of enchanted items, but that is only "science fiction".
As soon as the Magisters finish their first sets of studies, potions and enchantements will be ready for sale at the Akademika.
That will be my explanation for the developements 1.9 will bring.
If you want to introduce more Shards to the world, what use will they have? To the Magisters the Shard is a important source of knowledge, but too dangerous for actual use, like a nuclear bomb that you take apart to learn about radio activity but that could explode if you make the slightest mistake. What would the dwarves or pirates use a Shard for?
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