Hedge Witches are low level magic users who use low-magic potions or spells to assist local and rural populations.
Hedge Witches are seen as a lower tier magician, rather than one who has mastered a full grasp of magic, like those who have completed their courses at Whitehall or one of the other major schools. Most magicians in the Allied Lands shrug them off as untrained amateurs.
Hedge witches see themselves as living closer to untamed wild magic, and look upon graduates of the magic academies (like Whitehall) as haughty. They study under a Master-Apprentice system similar to the old forms of magical education. They frown upon luxury and live a humble life. They tend to live alone, unless taking on an apprentice.
Despite the use of the term "witch," Hedge Witches can be male or female. At times, however, the term "hedge wizard" does get used.