A hexborn comes from a magical family, born to two witchards. This is opposed to a mundaneborn, who comes from two normal, mundane humans but displays magical talent. There are also mixborn witchards, with one mundane and one witchard parent. Many confuse the terms hexborn and hexblood, but they are different–everyone who can use magic is said to have hexblood.
Why does this matter? Well, many of the more powerful and influential families in the European Confluxes are hexborn. They’ve had a long time to accumulate power and influence, and many confluxes are more or less controlled by extended hexborn dynasties. There has been an implicit bias against mundaneborn students for a very long time. Some are known to hold the opinion that mundaneborn students are less proficient in magic or less of “a real witchard” than others. While sentiments such as racism or homophobia don’t exist in Witchard Society, there is plenty of bigotry and elitism regarding magical heritage.
There is traditionally a major divide between the old-blood and new-blood hexborn families. A family is considered old-blood if it has been a functioning hexborn lineage since before the year of 1801, the year that a change was made to the Codified Traditions which severely hampered the power of the hexborn dynasties. New-bloods, on the other hand, are considered barely better than mundaneborns and mixborns by the older clans. There are many new-blood hexborn families, since one is technically a hexborn if both of their parents are witchards, even if that is the first generation in that lineage.
During the time of the mundane French Revolution, similar sentiments spread in Witchard Society. In the French confluxes–and consequently much of the rest of the world–these revolutionaries styled themselves the “Sans-Noms” (meaning “those without name”, as a sort of analogue to the Sans-Culotte radical lower-class empowerment movement of the time). They fought against the domination of the old-blood hexborn, culminating finally in the establishment of the Peace of Phalsbourg in 1801, which resulted in a change to the Codified Traditions. This prompted, among other things, the Guardian Order to start accepting mundaneborn members.