Elementals are beings of pure energy that originate from one of the several . When an Elemental is encountered outside of their normal plane they are often encountered in one of two different states. The first state, that of Order, means that the Elemental is coexisting with the other Elementals in the region and are helping maintain the balance of the natural world. The second state, that of Chaos, means that the Elemental is at war with one or more other types of Elementals and can be the cause of natural disasters such as massive blizzards or town-ruining earthquakes.
Locations with greater Elemental diversity often appear to be almost magical in nature such as floating islands or singing forests. On the opposite end, the less diverse the Elemental population the more mundane a location will be such as flat, open plains or large, nearly lifeless seas. Though knowledge of Elementals varies from region to region, it is common knowledge that these creatures exist more as living fundamentals of Ravare rather than material beings as we understand them.
Where Elementals could be considered Natural Laws, their counterbalance is Divine who are able to change these Laws for as long as they have the Faith to do so. This often makes Elementals and Divine at odds with each other in a fashion very similar to the constant battle of civilization and the wilderness that it replaces.
Despite their power of the fundamental laws of Ravare they are actually native to Elemental Planes outside of Ravare's influence. These Elemental Planes may function similar to other Planes having fully functioning ecosystems, sophontic species, and their own form of Divinity they are normally ruled over by a single type of Elemental causing the entire Plane to be rather homogenous. Take the Plane of Ash for an example, there is little diversity in this Plane other than endless deserts, plains of ash, and mountains of magma and fire.
On Ravare, and other Planes of existence, there are Magi that have specialized in the understanding, communicating, and even controlling of Elementals. Known as Shamans, these Magi take upon the responsibility of maintaining peace between various Elemental Cabals and often take great lengths to help diversify the Elemental population in a Region. The Tuathans of Ravare have been doing these Shamanistic rites for so long it is almost a natural instinct.
Elementals are broken up into their Types, such as Fire or Water, and their Cabals. Each Cabal has its own agenda and way of doing things such as one Cabal of Earth may wish to create massive cavern systems while another wishes to build up mountains. If a Cabal shares a Type with another, they are always at peace. If a Cabal does not share a type with another, they can either maintain Order if both Cabals are of equal power or they can delve into Choas if one is stronger than another.
Types are lead by Core Elementals while Cabals are lead by Shard Elementals. The following list names some of the common Elemental Cabals.
This Life Cabal maintain the forests and jungles of Ravare.
This Earth Cabal maintain the mountain ranges of Ravare.
This Water Cabal controls the currents and the tides of Ravare.
- Mote - The smallest of Elementals that are barely able to alter the world around them.
- Fragment - The most common of Elementals that survive through numbers.
- Shard - Leaders of Elemental Cabals, often the strongest Elemental one can find.
- Core - Elementals of extensive power that oversee entire regions.
- Titan - Lone, massive Elementals with power to match the Divine.
Primary ElementsAir, Earth, Decay, Fire, Frost, Life, Light, Shadow, Storm, and Water.
Elementals of Solith
Originally, Solith was rampant with various Elementals but after the arrival of the First Men, or far more specifically when they summoned their many Divine to Solith, the Elemental population was culled to make way for civilization. Many species that relied upon these Elementals, such as the Tuathans and Centaurs, were forced to adapt to these new conditions. Because of this culling, Haven specifically is nearly controlled purely by the Divine that exist within the region.