Elements guide
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Published: January 8, 2014
Q: What elements are there?
A: You may find the list of elements here.

Q: What are elements?
A: They are the types of magic in our world. They can combine with each other and form new elements, and most living things have an elemental affinity. Most everything, actually.

Q: What are the non-bold elemental affinities listed in the chart?
A: They are the product of two elements combining in such a way as to create a new, secondary elemental affinity. Think of the bold elements (Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Spirit) as primary colors, and the non-bold elements as secondary colors.

Q: Can you combine Primary Elements with Secondary Elements, and can you combine two Secondary Elements?
A: It depends on the situation, but the short answer would be yes. Think of these as tertiary colors, or rather, tertiary elements.

Q: Can you give an example of a Tertiary Element?
A: Sure. I'll give you two examples.

Ice + Cloud could combine to create Hail, and Acid + Cloud could combine to create Acid Rain.

Q: Why don't you have those Tertiary elements listed?
A: There would be way too many to list. Use your imagination!

Q: Are the elements always capitalized?
A: We'd like them to be! That way, it makes it easier to tell if someone is referring to the affinity or the physical element, such as water (lakes, rivers, etc) and Water (affinity).

Q:  Do all things have an elemental affinity?
A: Most everything does, yes. You may think of them as Pokemon types. Every Pokemon has at least one typing. In our world, everything, not just animals, can have an affinity.

Q: Is there anything that has no elemental affinity?
A: The short answer is yes, there can be things with no elemental affinities. However, this is rather rare. Our world is fantastical, and filled with magic for the most part.

Q: Do you have any examples of plants or animals with an affinity?
A: Many kinds of sea life would have the Water affinity, many kinds of birds would have the Air affinity, and many kinds of trees and land animals would have the Earth affinity.

Q: What does affinity actually mean?
A: If your Water-affinity Fish were to have a chance at learning magic, it would most likely be able to learn Water-affinity magic more easily than any other type of elemental magic.

Q: Are all things with affinities magical?
A: Absolutely not! Affinity merely means that one is apt to get along with or be familiar with a certain element.

For example: Your Water-affinity Fish is not necessarily magical. It just means that if it were to be magical, it would most likely be comfortable with Water-affinity magic.

Q: How is affinity chosen or determined?
A: Imagine our world exists within a field of magical essence. This magical essence is constantly passing through everything that exists.

Now imagine that everything that exists within this world has an aptitude, or knack, for absorbing certain wavelengths of that magical essence. A filter or net of sorts. Different things gather and absorb different wavelengths of that always-present magical field and let other wavelengths pass through.

Q: Do you have a specific example of something non-living that absorbs a wavelength of this magical field?
A: Sure.

Water is excellent at absorbing the wavelength of magic that would be considered Water-element, and doesn't really absorb any other kind of wavelength.

The smaller the quantity of water, the less magic there is, due to less water present to absorb the water wavelength.

Q: Do you have a specific example of something living that absorbs a wavelength of this magical field?
A: Sure.

An example of a something living would be a bird. A bird would most likely absorb the Air-essence wavelength, and have an Air-affinity. This poses a couple of questions:

Can the bird fly simply because it absorbs the Air-affinity?
or
Did the bird gain the ability to absorb the Air-affinity because it flies so much?

The answer is: Either one can be correct. It depends on the bird, the situation, the environment, and many other things. There are no hard and fast rules governing this.

Q: Is this magical essence required for life?
A: No. Magical essence is just abundant, spread everywhere throughout our world, and is constantly influencing our world.

Q: Can you have water that doesn't have a Water-affinity?
A: The short answer would be yes, but it would be rare. Your magically-challenged lake would be perfectly fine. It would not be functionally different from any other filled-with-magic lake. You may have less magical creatures in it, such as water sprites or whatever, but it would be a lake like any other. Magical creatures could take up residence in that lake, but they probably wouldn't. Personal preference.

Q: Can something with, say, a Water-affinity learn Fire-affinity magic?
A: It depends on the thing, but the short answer would be yes. Having an elemental affinity does not exclude you from being able to work with or understand different elements. You are merely naturally inclined to lean towards your elemental affinity.

Q: Can things like plants and animals have more than one affinity?
A: It depends on the thing and the circumstances, but the short answer would be yes.

Pretend for a moment that your Water-affinity Fish was born in and grew up in a volcanic hot spring. Usually this would not be the case in real life, but this is our fantasy world, and things like that can happen. In such a case, your Water-affinity Fish may be a Water/Fire-affinity Fish, or even an Acid-Fish. (Water + Fire on our chart creates acid).

Q: You said Water + Fire on your chart makes acid. Is that always the case?
A: Absolutely not! Think of the elements on the chart as fantasy elemental magic, not their actual real-world counterparts. Fire element is not an actual fire, although it would certainly have the Fire-element affinity.

Q: How does Water + Fire make acid in your world, then?
A: You can think of acid as "water that burns". It's an overly simplified explanation, but that's what we're going with.

Q: Is each kind of animal destined to always have a certain affinity?
A: Not at all.

For example, we have a species called Aurorian Foxes and a species called Commons Foxes. They're both foxes, yes, and they can mingle and start families between each other, but one has the Ice-element affinity and one has the Water-element affinity. Maybe there's a species of desert fox that has the Earth or Sand-element affinity?

Q: Could the Aurorian Foxes lose their Ice-element affinity if they lived in the desert?
A: Over numerous generations, yes. They would most likely lose their Ice-element affinity and slowly gain the Earth or Sand-element affinity. It is not a change that would happen within one lifespan.

Q: Does affinity type influence physical traits or personalities?
A: The short answer is yes, but only sometimes. Like I said earlier, there are no hard and fast rules governing this.

It is possible for the elemental affinity to not affect the creature at all, physically or mentally!

It is very possible that a creature's mindset and physical nature makes it more likely to become a certain affinity, rather than the affinity changing the creature.

Q: Do you have any obvious examples of an affinity physically or mentally influencing a creature?
A: Sure. Say you have two kinds of foxes, one without an elemental affinity (rare, I know, but bear with me), and one with an Earth-affinity.

For physical traits, the Earth-affinity fox could have a chance to be larger and stronger than the non-elemental fox.

For personalities, the Earth-affinity fox could have a chance to be more stubborn and more resolute than the non-elemental fox.

Try not to think about just the physical properties of earth. Think of the idea of earth as well. What it means to you, what it does, and what it's used for. Use your imagination.

Q: Do you have any not-so-obvious examples of an affinity influencing a creature?
A: Sure. I have a cat named Bruno in this world, and he has a Clay-affinity.

He's able to learn any highly specialized skill with ease, but tends to forget any previously-learned specialized skill.

What does this have to do with clay? Well...

Clay is easy to fashion into various forms and can hold very intricate details, but can ultimately only hold one shape at a time. Bruno's mind is like this.

Does this mean he was influenced by his Clay affinity and is able to do that, or does it mean he's naturally able to do that, and the Clay affinity came about afterwards because of it?

Either option could be correct, but in Bruno's case, it's his Clay affinity which grants him that ability.

Q: The Spirit element looks pretty weird. It combines with other elements to make some odd things, what's with that?
A: The Spirit element is weird. You may think of it as an element that introduces abnormalities and pushes boundaries. What boundaries, exactly? It could be any! Physical, mental, spiritual, it doesn't matter.

Q: I'm not sure, I still don't think I "get" Spirit.
A: That's completely understandable, as it is our most complicated element! Hopefully, as you follow our group and participate in it, you start to form a more coherent grasp on its properties.
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beeZah's avatar
beeZahHobbyist General Artist
Could elements stack? For example:
Fire + Air = Light
Light + Fire = Heat?
Neko-Noskire's avatar
here's a random idea

radiation: a teritery element derived from poison and plasma. radiation related abilities generally involve interfering with magic, and as such are highly niche. most people with radiation affinity usually manifest bizarre but benign allergy like effects to certain elements, poisons, or diseases all while displaying extreme resistance to their normal effects

one such radiation ability is "erratic mutations" which disrupts transformation spells, severely diminishing the intended result and/or instead causing bizarre results that would otherwise be completely unrelated to the spell in question. "Gene Splicer" would be a controllable variation where someone with this ability can actively distort the effects of any transformation spell casted near them to their benefit.
Neko-Noskire's avatar
more radiation related effects would be keeping food fresh for unusually longer periods of time but with the risk of contamination and  disrupting nearby technology
     
FancystacheArts's avatar
The  page featuring elements is non existent.
BlackNightingGale's avatar
BlackNightingGaleHobbyist Digital Artist
The link to the list of elements isn't working for some reason? The spreadsheet seems to be gone?
MissFluffyKitty's avatar
MissFluffyKittyHobbyist Traditional Artist
All main elements can be found here in the meantime: floraverse.com/wiki/elements/
BlackNightingGale's avatar
BlackNightingGaleHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
ChimeraChangeling's avatar
ChimeraChangelingStudent Traditional Artist
I seem to have a problem with the elemental sheet, in this case the link itself isn't working. If someone could hit me up with a Word format of the document much would be appreciated! 
MissFluffyKitty's avatar
MissFluffyKittyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply. All main elements can be found here in the meantime: floraverse.com/wiki/elements/
Lupinator's avatar
I have to say that your world really fascinates me.  I still have MUCH to read up on and research (including finishing the comic :c) but one thing that I'm a bit curious about is if there are perhaps other elements that are unknown or aren't formally recognized (or secret).  I don't want to start pitching ideas, but I'm wondering if this list could possibly grow.  Or, would that be compromising to your vision?

Thank you and I'm so happy you are producing Floraverse.
mogorii's avatar
mogoriiHobbyist Digital Artist
Can someone give some examples for the aura affinity?  I want to make a character with that, but I'm not sure where to go with it.
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MissFluffyKittyHobbyist Traditional Artist
You can go about it however you like.
Subaku-no-Daikon's avatar

I have a question; is it possible to have a weakness to your own elemental affinity?

MissFluffyKitty's avatar
MissFluffyKittyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure.
Diznits's avatar
DiznitsHobbyist General Artist
Plasma+Magnet.
could it be solar radiation

*AIR HORN*
Reality-Glitch's avatar
Reality-GlitchStudent General Artist
By definition, light itself is solar radiation.  Then again Light (a.k.a Electromagnetic radiation) + Magnet + Plasma would probably give you lightsabers.
Diznits's avatar
DiznitsHobbyist General Artist
Shit
I just got my ass handed to me
curse my limited knowledge of physics and particles

also you just uncovered the secret of lightsabres bless you friend
Reality-Glitch's avatar
Reality-GlitchStudent General Artist
LIGHTSABRES! :D *wooshe wooshe*
harpsicordial's avatar
harpsicordialStudent General Artist
I'm trying to make a character with an affinity to aura, I was wondering if i can get some ideas to what I could do with that. I've already got an idea that my character could see the natures of others and would end up being overly friendly or rude to someone depending on what she sees.  Though I'd like some help brainstorming.
FancystacheArts's avatar
I'd say a lynx, as they were believed to have X-Ray vision, as well as to judge someone's personality 
elindor's avatar
elindorHobbyist Digital Artist
wow! very well thought-out, very clever and intelligent. i will have to think hard on my designs for sure! this is really thought provoking! well done pk (and co :3 <3 )
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Quick question, would hallucinogenics be a valid affinity or would it be grouped in with the posion affinity?
Reimenta's avatar
That's up to you; tertiary elements aren't really defined, and you're free to interpret them in different ways. It could be considered a subset of poison, or perhaps of poison and another element. You may even be able to make a case for acid (corrosion/corruption?) or even light (guiding lights, being led astray by illusions?). Those are just ideas though! There are plenty of ways to think about it.
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SnavokisNemisisHobbyist General Artist
Huh, thanks. :)
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