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“Just as fire hungers and and wind breathes and water roars and earth waits. I've never been near quintessence, but I hear it pulses. And shadowflux dreams—hovering high above, waiting for something to capture its interest”
In the Elvin world, there are six known Elements, four of which are known to be controllable by the Elvin abilities. Some Shades can control shadowflux, Pyrokinetics can try to control fire, Hydrokinetics can control water, and gusters control air/wind.