Yeah, I can see how others might think that way. For me, the new ruling restricts, as Cravious had tentative plans of betraying Whira, but now he'll be compelled to help her do all of her Grand Wish steps, and once he's free of the compulsion, she'll be too powerful to overthrow. Not that I care too much, OOC I wanted Whira to accomplish her Grand Wish.
Thank you for the clarification.
Kughii asked me to post this here:
Compiled here are my thoughts on how to classify and further expand on canon elemental powers. In doing so we might create deeper and more complex characters just through elemental control alone.
Elemental Energy and Conversion Rate
Within certain beings lies Elemental Energy. This is a power source that can be expended and regained. Each being has the same amount, and it will recharge on its own over time if expended. If expended, it manifests in the world as the type of element that the being using it is affiliated to. These manifestations come in four major forms.
A being does not use Elemental Energy so much as they release and then control it. In this release lies the Conversion Rate. Each manifestation requires a certain amount of Elemental Energy to be released. This is the bare minimum. However, this is a trained skill, and one can spend as much Elemental Energy on an action as they desire, causing the result to grow stronger if one is trained, or to deform or lose excess Elemental Energy if they are not trained.
For example, one can spend 5% of their Elemental Energy to create a burst of flames, but if they have trained their Conversion rate, they might be able to use 2% of their Elemental Energy to perform the exact same action with the exact same result, thereby someone trained seemingly able to have more Elemental Energy than others, despite that only being a misunderstanding.
Four Forms of Manifestation
Elements manifesting can come in four forms. Generally, a being is not as skilled in one form as they are in another. One might be learned easily, while another might be far harder to understand and use. Once skilled enough, one might be able to combine forms, or use multiple forms at once.
The farther away one does these forms, the more Element Energy that is required to accomplish them. The more precise the manifestation, the more Elemental Energy that is required to perform it.
To Create is to summon your element from nothing but your released Elemental Energy, manifesting your element according to your will where there once was nothing. This might be done by manifesting things that already exist, but creative beings with enough practice can create whatever they wish within the bounds of their element.
For example, one can create a stone chair or a gemstone, like ones they’ve found underground. But one skilled in creativity and well practiced in Creating can manifest a gemstone chair with intricate patterns.
To Create uses the most Elemental Energy to accomplish out of the four forms.
To Control is to take your element already existing in the world and have it obey your commands, jumping to life to accomplish what you commanded it to do. This is the simplest form to use. If used to cause your element to float and then move, it becomes harder to focus on and uses more Elemental Energy.
If trained well enough, one can hold their element in static floating positions or positions that negate Gravity with little active thought to the holding action and lesser Elemental Energy expenditure than moving around one’s element.
To Control uses a moderate amount of Elemental Energy to accomplish out of the four forms.
To Observe is to use your element as a type of “sixth” sense. To “see” the world directly through how your element exists in it. This is always on at a low level in a small area around the being and is almost instinctual. If focused on, the odd way of “seeing” things might be overwhelming or nonsensical to the user. This can also be done inversely as well, “seeing” where your element isn’t, though that technique is even harder to understand when used.
Generally most beings don’t train this form.
An example of inverse Observing is a being of Air sensing all the air around them, seeing where the air isn’t to try to see where an invisible opponent might be.
To Observe uses the least amount of Elemental Energy to accomplish out of the four forms.
To Absorb is to remove your element from the world. Your element, once there, disappears. In turn, this refills your Elemental Energy, though at a reduced Conversion Rate compared to expending it.
To Absorb returns Elemental Energy, being the only one to do so out of the four forms.