Elemental mages are found in all races and societies, although some races have tendencies towards particular elements and others are more diversified in their use of magic.
Elemental mages are, quite obviously, mages that manipulate the power of the four basic elements (wind, water, fire, earth) of creation to perform what they command. An elemental mage uses his or her understanding of the elements to bind them to his/her will. The better a mage understands an element, the more readily they will respond. To that effect, they are often interested to the point of obsession with understanding everything there is to know about the elements. They are perhaps the closest of all mages to “scientists” as they are constantly searching for new forms of rocks, currents, wind patterns, or burnable material.
Where do they get their power?
The elemental spectrum requires you to be adept at the abilities to summon, refine, and control planar energy. You must practice frequently to maintain control over the energy you conjure otherwise it may harm or destroy you. This spectrum can be extremely dangerous in the hands of novice casters.
Elemental energy is primarily based in fire, air, earth, and water. These elements can be pulled from their respective planes, or from the central plane if the elements are available around you. The refining process for each element principally involves compression, alteration of frequency, and finally a combination of trace energies from other planes depending on the intention of the spell. Please remember, this is not a comprehensive guide to magic and that extreme caution should be taken when working with these elements, even in their refined forms.
The elemental spectrum contains fifteen known spells. Each spell has been designed to damage a target, control a target, or enhance a target’s ability in combat. I know I’m beating a dead horse at this point, but I feel it is absolutely necessary to mention the extreme level of danger that exists within this spectrum. You can die if you are not properly controlling this energy. Please seek the assistance of an experienced elementalist if you wish to learn or practice any elemental spells.
- Dwarves are more likely to use the elements of fire and earth, and less likely to use water and wind as they are less familiar with working them.
- Elves are more likely to practice earth and wind magic than fire or earth. That being said, they are fairly equal opportunity.
- The Kithrix are less often seen casting water magic, this has spawned speculation that, like household cats, they Kithrix dislike water.
- Ogre-kin and Goblin-kin prefer fire and wind to water and earth.
- Humans tend to prefer whatever they grew up around. A human from the desert will be more familiar with earth and wind than water and fire. Whereas a human from a forest island would be equally familiar with all four.
These preferences are not hard fast rules, and if a dwarf learned water magic s/he would be just as skilled as any other mage.
Whom do they worship?
Elemental mages typically worship, or adhere, to one or several of the four Lords of the Elements.
- Sisithigath–God of Fire
- Gorlondo–God of Earth
- Isaahan–Goddess of Wind
- Lilanithar–Goddess of Water
That being said, worship of other gods has little to no effect on their power, especially if a mage can find favor with a god that would agree with the type of element they want to cast. (For example, Dania would be an appealing choice to an elemental mage who was most interested in earth magic).