[RPG] How is the magic within a sorcerer different from the magic permeating everything else such that they naturally cast spells and most do not

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The Raw Magic section (PHB 99) for the sorcerer states:

Magic is a part of every sorcerer, suffusing body, mind, and spirit with a latent power that waits to be tapped.

while the Weave of Magic lore (PHB 205) states:

All existence is infused with magical power, and potential energy lies untapped in every rock, stream, and in the air itself. Raw magic is the stuff of creation, the mute and mindless will of existence permeating every bit of matter and present in every manifestation of energy throughout the multiverse.

It seems a given that magic would be part of every sorcerer. Is there something in the lore I'm missing? How is the magic within a sorcerer different from the magic permeating everything else such that they naturally cast spells and most do not?

Best Answer

The sorcerer's magic isn't any different from the magic that permeates everything

In both cases, the magic is raw magic. As The Weave of Magic section [PHB 205] tells us,

Mortals can't directly shape this raw magic. Instead, they make use of a fabric of magic, a kind of interface between the will of a spellcaster and the stuff of raw magic. ... By any name, without the Weave, raw magic is locked away and inaccessible; the most powerful archmage can't light a candle with magic in an area where the Weave has been torn.

Even though everyone may be infused with a small amount of raw magic, they can't use raw magic for anything. So, what then makes sorcerers different?

Sorcerers are born as raw magic magnets. They either attract or generate raw magic in a way that normal creatures don't. While the exact reason for their affinity to raw magic is left to the player, every sorcerer has a higher concentration of raw magic within them. It is alluded that having this higher concentration of raw magic about them leads to their innate ability to manipulate the Weave. The Unexplained Powers section of the Sorcerer's class description [PHB 99] states,

Socerers are rare in the world, and it's unusual to find a sorcerer who is not involved in the adventuring life in some way. People with magical power seething in their veins soon discover that the power doesn't like to stay quiet. A sorcerer's magic wants to be wielded, and it has a tendency to spill out in unpredictable ways if it isn't called on.