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RPG Elements Chart by RCDeschene RPG Elements Chart by RCDeschene
This is a triangular graph connecting ten colored spots in pattern that represent the Ten Elementals in RPG Nature.

In many Fantasy Role-Playing Games there are concepts of Classical Elements corresponding from the Philosophies of Nature that are often used as magical powers gameplay attributes. Quite frequently, there is a certain number of these particular Elementals that appear in common RPG systems. These entities are the Ten Elements of Fire, Air/Wind, Earth, Water, Lightning, Nature, Ice, Light, Dark, and Spirit. In common Elemental Philosophies such as Western are the Four Primary Elements of Fire, Air/Wind, Earth and Water that are said to be the most basic fabrics of all physical matter in existence, and any other substance is derived thereof. Many RPGs share this view as well, however, some of these Secondary natures are included into the concepts as their own individual Elementals. These Secondary Elementals commonly consist of Lightning, Plants and Ice and are often corresponded as Para-Elementals to their respective Primaries due to relating material or environmental property (Lightning = Air/Wind, Plant = Earth, & Ice = Water). The origin of this ideology is believed to be inspired by Eastern Asian Philosophies. Most importantly, in just about every Elemental RPG is the universally famous Duality of Darkness and Light. This opposition of Yin & Yang forces is the ultimate power of reality. Finally, there is the divine Element of Spirit, the magical power of Quintessence that so many Role-Playing Games recognize as etheric in Energy and mentally Psychic in behavior.

This graph shows how the Ten commonly reoccurring RPG Elements triangularly Ascend and Descend in patterned relation:

Fire + Wind = Lightning
Wind + Earth = Nature
Earth + Water = Ice

Lightning + Nature = Light
Nature + Ice = Dark

Light + Dark = Spirit

The Secondary Elementals correspond to their Primary's Parallel property where the two Positive Elements of Fire & Wind are Hot and Energetic as Lightning, while the two Negative Elements of Earth & Water are Cold and Materialistic as Ice, as the Positive and Negative Elements of Wind & Earth are Dry, Moist and Balanced as the Heart of Nature. Lightning is Active and Nature is full of Life as the Positive Light where Ice is Passive and Nature is also savage and full of Deathly hazards as the Negative Darkness. The Forces of Positive, Active, Masculine Light and Negative, Passive, Feminine Darkness are the two Polarities that the Great Spirit unifies in mediation.

In reverse, the Spirit is governor of all that is Yin & Yang, Light is the Energy that composes electric Plasma and charges the spark of Biomaterial Life, while Shadow is the home of many dangerous Creatures and permits Coldness, and Thunder is the spark of Flames and is present in Storms, as Plants are what keeps the Land replenished and produce Oxygen, as the Wilderness is also the location of Lakes and Minerals.

Spirit > Light & Dark

Light > Lightning & Nature
Dark > Nature & Ice

Lightning > Fire & Wind
Nature > Wind & Earth
Ice > Earth & Water

LEGEND:
Level 1:
Fire = Red
Wind = Gray
Earth = Green
Water = Blue

Level 2:
Lightning = Yellow
Nature = Lime
Ice = Cyan

Level 3:
Light = White
Dark = Black

Master:
Spirit = Purple
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ChaosMiles07 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice chart! I made one a bit similar to yours...
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Nice! ^^
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superfly74 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
can i download this for my wallpaper?
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Sure, don't know why you'd want THIS though. XD
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superfly74 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
its a simple cool looking design, shape...colors, etc...the beauty is in its simplicity
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Really? Thanks! 8D

Finally, someone who gets it! ^^
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Abody600 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Actually, Wind+Water=Ice
and Earth+Water=Nature! 8D
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Absolutely! Go check my Elemental Alchemy Chart! 8D

I just wanted to esperiment on a little concept that contained only the common reoccuring Elements seen in RPGs which are commonly just a list of Fire, Wind, Earth, Water, Lightning, Nature, Ice, Dark, Light and some other element like maybe Spirit or Space component.

But yeah, either way, something that really disappoints me time and time again is the extreme lack of aknowledgement that always gets that one Element in the family completely overlooked and non-concidered: Lava.
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LittleGreenGamer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i know this is kind of off-the-subject, but this image is especially interesting when you think about it in comparison and contrast to the "saints row" video game series.

in each of the games, there are four gangs with their own flag colors.

for example, "SR1" had:
3rd st saints = purple
vice kings = yellow
los carnales = red
and westside rollerz = blue

and "SR2" has:
3rd st saints = purple
the brotherhood = red
sons of samedi = green
and the ronin = yellow

sorry for such a long comment. i just thought you'd find it interesting - heh heh. '^_^
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Are you serious? Gang colors? XD
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LittleGreenGamer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. i guess you could say the brotherhood have a little bit in common with the fire element. they are powerful, tyrannical and aren't afraid to be seen in public because they oftentimes scare civilians off.

and the sons of samedi grow marijuana and sell it. so i guess you could also say they have a little bit of the earth or nature elements in them XD
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Oh Jesus... XD
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oh-my-goat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
YOU ARE LEARNED (make sure to pronounce the -ed).

Amazing. I am a big fan of astrology, but particularly ALCHEMY! Ive never grown up... Magic dominates my thoughts...
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Good! We need more people like that! XD

If you love strology and Alchemy so much, you'd love my Elemental Alchemy Zodiac! ^^
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oh-my-goat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I do, I had a look at some of it. Its really interesting. Im going to study it this afternoon. I like to be educated on things like that.
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Cool! I love it when people say that! 8'D It makes me feel like someone actually cares for the small glittery conceptual stuff that our modern games and shows take forgranted!
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oh-my-goat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooh glitter! Nah all that is amazing. Scorn to all those who think otherwise mua ha ha ha!
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
YES!!! SCORN!!! *His and claws while I shield myself in a black cloak*
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Creshosk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could have been thought out a little better...
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Oh? How so?
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Creshosk Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wind isn't usually associated with heat, moreover its usually associated with cold hence the phrase wind chill factor. Wind usually makes things colder. I'm not sure how Water and Earth make Ice. Water and Wind would make Ice, Water and Earth would make "plant/wood" or nature magic.
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Well, actually, in Traditional Alchemy, Air is said to be of Hot and Wet property. One of the main reasons why I made Water & Earth Ice is because in Wicca, Ice Magick is recognized as Water behaving like Earth as it's Solid is material state.

However, what you've said about Ice and Nature is absolutely correct. In Geomancy it is observed that Water is solified through exposure to Cold Air, and Plant Life is born when Liquid is absorbed into Soil. ^^ I explain this and much more in my Elemental Alchemy! Go look at it in my gallery 8)
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Uchiha-Yoru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Digital Artist
*twinkle eyes* :iconiloveyouplz: Ignore the name of the icon, just look at the smiley. :D
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
XDDD
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Uchiha-Yoru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Digital Artist
Ha, your smiley has three chins. XD
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
XD

Thats just to show big laughter! ^^
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Uchiha-Yoru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Digital Artist
No, it's just to show big chins. XD
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Would Thids be big chins? 8)))
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Uchiha-Yoru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008   Digital Artist
No, those are mouths! XD Also, Ihave to go. DX
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
NUUU!!! D8
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Flesrayne Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008   Photographer
Sweet, now those are exactly my kind of elements too! You rock! Ice is my favorite, I LOVE WINTER AHAHAHAHHAH!!!!! Yes, I am crazy cold is my power, do not emss with the cold or I'll freeze your bunyans, lol just kidding. ;) I pretty much like all the elements, they all have their look, power, feel, all so COOL!!!!! Elements rule!!!
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
YEAH!!! 8D

I love all the Elements too! But my personal favorite is Lightning! I've always just wated to shoot electricity out of my finger tips or blast thunder bolts at things! 83
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SilverScorpio17 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
RPGs!!!! I'm totally gonna read this, but it looks really confusing right now....
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
XD That's why I'm here... ^^

But yeah, I do agree that this rather more complex than my other more interesting stuff. But this chart here can probably remind one of my Elemental Alchemy and RPG Elements Kabbalah... XD
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superjonten Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
maybe its just me, but i dont think the elementals should correspond with each other, not that way at least, since if they do then at a certain point a question will pop up about the combination of elementals from different levels, earth and darkness per say, as well as other combinations between the basic four like wind and water, which will force you into making new elementals causing an endless chain of side-powers each more bizzare than the other. could be quite cool really but thats already another sort of power...
hope i make any sense ^^;
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
I know what you're talking about, and yeah it would make more elements, you should see some of the Elemental charts around here! But this is mainly just something I personally noticed.

But in terms of correspondence, in general Elemental Philosophies there are divisions of Yin-Yang Polarity force in each Element. In Western Philosophy, Fire & Air are Yang Elements because they are both Dominatly Positive, Active and Masculine as Light where Plasma and Gas are Energetic and function in Personal Quality, and Earth & Water are Yin Elements because they are both Recessively Negative, Passive and Feminine as Dark where Solid and Liquid are Material and fuction in Universal Quantity.

Any other Element aside from the Four Primary are just some kind of bi-product which is infact highly aknowlegded in many RPGs.
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loiallover Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Wow. I saw your chart and wondered what does that mean and wow. I love your explanation.
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Thanks! 8D

If you liked that, be sure to check out my other Deviants as well... ^^
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panselenios Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
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Wow you really thought it out very well. I like the philosophic explanation ^^
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Heh heh, thanks... ^^

You thought that was cool, you should check out some of my others! :)
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panselenios Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
I did, am doing and will do xP

I'm getting inspired to make some pictures, if I'd just have some time.. *rolleyes*
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Oh really?
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panselenios Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
yeah, I'm thinking of something with water as the source of life (we've got that nice blue trasnsparent cup here, which can be filled with water..) I still need to find some symbology fitting my idea though..

*goes looking for more art *
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RCDeschene Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Why not ue the Tarot Relic of the Cup. that's excatly what it refers to...
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