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The Elements

Perhaps the most important thing to remember about elementalism is this:

Elements obey physics, even if magic does not.

Water can disobey gravity, but only if magic keeps it in very tight pressure. Air does not move in a vacuum, even if magic moves it. Fire does not have mass and cannot burn where there is no oxygen, even if that fire was made by magic. Rocks cannot levitate, even if magic caused them to erupt out of the ground.

There are four Basic Elements which comprise most of elementalism. Exceptionally skilled elementalists, however, may combine their knowledge of certain elements to manifest Combined Elements. (See below.)

Basic Elements

Element Vessel Conduit Controls...
Water Carapite : Blue aragonite, a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, most easily found as a layer in the otherwise chitinous carapaces of rare crabs called rüstung. Rüstung molt infrequently and can grow dangerously large, making production difficult. Curved Blade : The exact angle of the ideal Water curve is a matter of some debate, but any blade which the naked eye can see as curved will suffice. It does not matter whether the outside or inside edge is curved. The motion and pressure of water (or water-bearing fluid).
Air Aluminum : A silvery white metal, chemical element #13. Chemistry made aluminum the most common vessel, but one nation's belligerent military-industrial protectionism keeps it artificially rare. Straight Pole : Any cylinder more than four times longer than its width suffices for an Air conduit. Practically any length of pole will do, from a flagpole to a pen. The motion and pressure of air, and the volume of sound.
Fire Orichalcum : A shiny, red-orange brass made of copper, trace iron, and zinc oxide. Only naturally-occurring zinc oxide crystals make orichalcum, for reasons unknown. The color is actually a patina that forms immediately upon proper refinement. Short Spike : "Short" here means no more than twice as long as the width of its base. The spike may be curved or bent, but only the tip may be sharp. Most such spikes are studded onto clubs or knuckle weapons. Ignition of combustible gas, and the addition of heat.
Earth Depthrite : Tremorite nephrite jade polished to a bright shine with abrasive made entirely of demantoid andradite garnet. Demantoid is also an Earth vessel, but it is of such great rarity that it’s mostly used to make depthrite. Flat Surface : A flat surface, such as on a hammer. Unlike other elements, Earth cannot be used through the air; its conduits must be in direct physical contact with an object to summon Earth through it. The density, resonance, and subduction of metals and minerals.

Combined Elements

Elementalism is the act of using a vessel to control a single element of aether in a desired fashion. Colloqually, this is also called "using magic."

Most elementalism concerns the four Basic Elements. However, it is possible for a highly skilled elementalist to use a different vessel and conduit to manipulate two elements at once. The aetheric resonance (or "synergy") between those two elements melds them into one: a Combined Element.

Combined Elements are highly powerful, but using them comes at a cost. If elementalists do not have complete and total control over both of the elements they attempt to combine, they may suffer immediate and serious health consequences. Two elementalists may synergize two Basic Elements into one Combined, each mitigating the other's lesser control, but the skill required for such a maneuver is very rare indeed.

Element Vessel Conduit Controls...

Ice

(Water)

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(Air)

Adamant : An ultra-hard gem of pure geodesic carbon. "Shell adamant," in the shells of certain tortoises, is more common yet inferior to "rock adamant," formed by millions of years of geologic pressure. Adamant formed artificially is, for some reason, useless as a vessel. Flexible Curve : A "flexible curve" is practically any limp and/or segmented weapon, such as a whip, rope, wire, or chain. The ideal length and thickness is a matter of some debate. The formation and density of ice, and the subtraction of heat.

Lightning

(Air)

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(Fire)

Kahroba : Rare, golden, fossilized tree resin. Kahroba has properties identical to amber, except that kahroba cannot burn. No one knows why. Presumably all kahroba originated as the resin of a single species of tree, but such a tree has not yet been positively identified. Long Spike : "Long" here means over twice as long as the width of its base. Anything less makes a Fire conduit. The spike may be curved or bent, but only the tip may be sharp. The voltage and amperage of electricity, and the flow of electromagnetism.

Phase

(Fire)

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(Earth)

Obsidian : Purple-black glass formed at the margins of rhyolitic lava flows which cooled in the open air. The older the sample, the less aetherically active it is. Also comes in the form of tektites, fragments of meteorites that melted into glass before striking the ground. Sphere : Like Earth conduits, the sphere or hemisphere of a Phase conduit require direct physical contact. Phase conduits tend to use balls or rounded metal studs for striking, leaving the fragile obsidian for handle decoration. The speed of enthalpic shifts in states of matter. (Shifts of solids into liquids, gases, or plasmas.)

Flora

(Earth)

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(Water)

Lithodendros (or "Stonewood") : Petrified wood. It is heavy and comes in many colors. Despite being mostly silicate minerals such as quartz, those minerals alone are not vessels. Only the petrified remains of former deciduous trees have been proven to be vessels. Straight Blade : From a razor to an axe, any blade that is not at all curved suffices. Like Earth conduits, the blade requires direct physical contact. The growth and decay of organic matter.

Antipode Elements

Two theoretical Combined Elements have not been accounted for: the "Antipodes," Water + Fire, and Air + Earth.

What were to happen if an elementalist melded them? What are their vessels? What are their conduits? What are their effects?

Such mysteries are the realm of speculation, pseudo-science, and pseudo-magic. No one knows for sure, but many have tried in vain to learn the truth. Few taboos exist about trying to find out, so nothing particularly prevents the search. It has just proven to be very, very difficult.

And so the Antipode Elements are forces of legend, and nothing more. Notions of combining Combined Elements into something greater are similarly relegated to unprovable theories and unbelievable myths.

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