Wizards are those people who have been trained in and are gifted in the Old Speech, which is what gives them the power of magic. Wizards are trained at the Magic School on Roke Island, and when they leave they may carry a staff. Wizards (as well as sorcerers and witches) are able to give people their true names. A true name is different from a common use name, as it is a word in the Old Speech. Due to the true name of a person or thing having power, that name is kept a secret between the name-giver and the named. Sometimes a person will divulge their true name to some very trusted person, such as a lover or friend, but many people never reveal their name to anyone. A wizard who desires power over another may try to discover this person's true name and use it to command control over them.