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To understand the nature of elementals, one must understand the method in which they enter our world. Planar studies tend to be very complicated, and to keep a sense of brevity, we will not go into miniscule details. Our world is surrounded by a dimensional veil, separating other worlds that overlap our own, and each "veil" is continually pushed and pulled back and forth as these Planes shift throughout the ages. There are many planes and realms beyond our own, most too hazardous to explore, but the ones we are well aware of, and well-accustomed to, are the Prime Elemental Planes, each a whole world unto their own. Four of them represent each Prime Element - Earth, Air, Fire and Water. They are the purest embodiment of each element, and a mage must be either extremely foolhardy or completely in grasp of an element to walk the planes of the Prime Elements and survive. While they might resemble our world in some ways, they are decidedly alien and far more dangerous than one would first imagine.

As these planes continually shift and grate against our own, at times they can intersect one another, allowing the raw power of one world to leak into another, and vice versa. This is how elementals are formed; they are a manifestation of this power, and must sustain themselves on the decidedly weaker source of our own world. Interestingly enough, unlike most outerplanar beings, namely demons, elementals have no intense hatred of life, nor do they regret the fact that they have been shut off from their true world - they simply are what they are, and accept it. It is theorized that places of intense elemental forces (e.g., a particularly large, active volcano) attract these intersections and sustain them, allowing a steady trickle of the energy of a Prime Elemental Plane to leak through. Portals to the Prime Elemental Planes can also be opened to allow a controlled flow of energy to seep through for experimental purposes, however, extreme measures must be taken to ensure that the portal is stabilized, as disastrous results can occur when such a gateway "floods" the area with elemental energy. It is thought that these places, which we call an elemental nexus, attract, or possibly change creatures of our own world. Wind witches, thunder trolls, frost giants, fire sprites and krag dwellers are just a few examples of creatures that are certainly attracted to such a focus of power, and it is theorized that some of their development could have been aided by such a nexus, though it has never been proven. Creatures like those listed above, therefore, are not considered to be true elementals, rather they are considered to have been born of the natural world and then have been attuned to a certain element through a variety of ways.

Most elementals have the spark of sentience within them to a varying degree partially dependant on their plane of origin. It is here we note that not all elemental beings are formed on the Prime Elemental Planes - Golems, in their many possible bases for construction, are able to be crafted from the existing elemental power in our own realm, but they do not occur naturally through the power of an elemental nexus. Pure elementals must be summoned from the Prime Elemental Planes themselves, and this is a very dangerous undertaking unless one has a vast amount of skill in the processes involved. Thus, all elementals described herein are those formed by the Prime Elemental Planes in the wilderness of the world, they are considered the standard by which to measure. Golems are touched upon briefly in our writings only for the fact that they are commonly associated with elementals - and one should remember not to confuse the two, for they are vastly different in many aspects.

A side-effect of an elemental nexus, and admittedly a rare one, is that when two are within close proximity to each other, their powers can merge and create what is classified as a Composite Elemental, that is, a mix of two elements. While powerful, they are lesser in number than their purer counterparts - the Prime Elementals, mainly due to the sheer rarity of two elemental nexuses located so closely together.

The breakdown of elemental beings are through raw power, as this is a standard in measuring a creature's threat.

~ Lord Ulithian Feras
~ Lord Isymir Ril-Galad



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