As of 2020, scientists have discovered 118 elements that make up all matter on earth, but elemental magic systems tend to deal with far fewer than that. Elemental magic involves the manipulation of natural forces, most often the classic elements of fire, water, earth, and air. Sometimes, magic users can create these substances out of thin air, while in other systems they can merely control those that already exist in the world around them. Still other systems involve more, or different, elements than the traditional four. While these magic systems can appear common or basic, they offer a lot of room for creative storytelling.
- Emma’s example: The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce
- Kyle’s example: The Dragon Prince (Netflix series)
- Allison’s example: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
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