I try to create element diagram based on Chinese element with a little twist. Then, borrowing the pairing concept of Magic the Gathering, each element combines with its similar and opposites to create new elemental aspect.
It mostly complete but I am still anxious. I want to change some of the vocabulary to be more fantasy flavored and cover the exact meaning.
As you can see. From Chinese five element scheme I replace metal to Order. Which still the concept of gold, purity and perfection. And I replace Wood with Life to cover the aspect of growth and more kinds of lifeforms; Tree, Vine, Slime, Fungi etc
The outer ring is pairs of nearby elements:
Life + Fire = Chaos : It's about power of a natural beast. Powerful, risky and feral. It is opposite to order so I named it chaos.
Fire + Earth = Magma : Actually about mountain,lava, seismic and earthquake. I want a better name that could cover all kind of geopowers but could come up with only "Magma Element". Any suggestion?
Earth + Order = Metal : The earth-like element with order is metal. It also govern the magnetic force, force that came from ordering the atom.
Order + Water = Ice : Order is also govern the static and solidity so It slow thing down. With water it produce the coldest element
Life + Water = Poison : This is the most problem for me. Life and Water about variety fluidity and intangibility, both liquid and gas. So I want the name of element that could cover all kind of chemical, include drug and acid or solvent and also mist,fume,oil,glue etc etc. There are no word that has fantasy flavor and cover all these that I can think about. Alchemy or Chemical cannot placed as "Element". Really need help if able
Then there is the inner ring paired from oppose element
Life + Earth = Soul : Element about Data, Memory, Knowledge and Emotion of living retrieving and recording from/to earth. Would be used as Enchantment Golem Necromancy and Channelling
Fire + Order = Lightning : This also include electricity and I also want to include nuclear and particle (but I hate to have light and darkness element).
Earth + Water = Space : Both Earth and Water using telekinesis force. And it about bending fabric of space. The result is like shaping and sculpting mud so I think it is Earth+Water. Beginner will use mud to shape landscape. Expert have potential to use gravity and black hole
Order + Life = Time : The underlying rule of life; Purpose, Entropy, Future and Temporal. Main use is entropy to control energy consumption, Regeneration, and hasten
Water + Fire = Wind : First I think about steam and vapor. But the water is covering more than that. It govern all fluid. So wind is about moving fluid, wave, cloud, tornado also sound and resonance
This is my 15 elements system which may be used in my game and/or card game. More than suggestion I want you people to review the balance in flavor, both physical and philosophical. Any criticism is welcome.