In a similar manner as dexters, banes may start out as either a wit or skold before deciding to take on or learn the abilities of the other. Wits have a more demanding schedule of alembants that they must adhere to than fulgars and may choose to make these themselves rather than entrusting others. They may thus discover that they have the talent for making other scripts, resulting in them also going into skolding. Skolds may decide to gain a wit's power by transmogrification. Dolours is an an example of this latter case, having started out as a skold and becoming a wit after joining the Right of the Pacific Dove.
Bane formerly referred to poison, especially several poisonous plants. In its contemporary definition it refers to a cause of misery, death, or a curse.