The Elements of the ancients and how I came to write elemental worlds.

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The idea of the elements was widespread over the Ancient world. The Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and Japanese all had the idea of four or five elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. Ether, or Spirit was added later. Aristotle could not conceive that the stars were made of the same substances as Earth and decided there must be a fifth, which he called Aether

The idea of minute indivisible ‘pieces’ of the elements going to make up the whole was conceived. The thoughts behind this ‘science’ was more philosophical than truly scientific as experimental science, so well-known to us nowadays, did not exist.

Image by Mária Endrész from Pixabay

In ancient Greece, Empedocles suggested that the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water joined together to form everything we see around us. Which elements combined, and in what proportions, deemed the nature of the substance formed. This idea was around for 2,000 years.

Even humans were not exempt, and the differing types of character were attributed to these elements, and sickness was considered due to an imbalance in the elements in the body.

Each element was composed of a combination of 4 things, hot, dry, cold and moist. Hot and dry produced Fire, Hot and moist, Air, Cold and dry, Earth, while cold and wet produced Water.

Oddly, the four elements can be thought to align with the four states of matter know to science today Earth (solid) Water (liquid) Air (gas) and Fire (plasma).

When I started writing the story of Pettic, and how he had to rescue his friend, Torren, the Crown Prince of Ponderia, I had to think of where Torren was being kept, and then how Pettic would be able to find him.

This could not be an easy task. I wondered about Torren being imprisoned on another world. That would be hard for Pettic to get to, unless magic were involved. Of course, these two books being Fantasy, Magic could easily be used.

Then again, if Pettic could just ‘snap his fingers’ and magic himself to Torren’s prison, that would be no story. So I figured I had to make it hard for him. Then the idea of a magic portal to the other world came, but that was still too easy. Find the portal, go through and free his friend.

What if Pettic had to find keys in order to get into where Torren was imprisoned? Where would someone hide keys? The kidnapper was a magician, so it would be somewhere magical. Aha! Another plane of existence!

Gradually, the idea of four worlds associated with the four ancient elements came to me. Torren was not imprisoned on one of them, but the keys to his prison were. They could not be regular keys, though.

Image by Please Don’t sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay

On this world, magic is used through gemstones, so Pettic had to find the gem associated with world he visited. He got to the worlds through an arch in a stone circle outside the city when the full moon shone through it.

Pettic visited the worlds of Terra (Earth) and Aeris (Air) in the first book. On each world he had to perform a dangerous task in order to find the gem.

Emerald for Earth

Image by Thomas Wolter from Pixabay

and Diamond for Air.

Image by Colin Behrens from Pixabay

This was how my mind worked in order to get the outline of the story. Then I had to think about what those worlds were like, and what Pettic could do to help them out of a predicament.

If you would like to read about Pettic’s adventures on Terra and Aeris, The ebook version of The Stones of Earth and Air is FREE from tomorrow, October 4th, until Thursday, October 8th.

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