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Musings of a Hunter: The Fourth Element

In the times of Ancient Greece, India, and Egypt, people attempted to explain the diverse complexity of matter by boiling it down to just four elements, water, earth, fire, and air. This mentality continued on into the medieval era into the study of alchemy, which led many to believe that turning one metal into another, such as lead to gold, was possible due to both being comprised of four simple elements: water, earth, fire, and air.

Nowadays, we know that those four elements are not the true elements; the advent of atomic theory has taught us that there are many more elements than four. Hydrogen, element one, all the way to Unonoctium, element one hundred and eighteen. While knowledge of the atomic elements is very useful to humanity, (it allowed us to utilize plutonium for nuclear fission in the 20th century and helium filaments for nuclear fusion in the Golden Age), the “elements” we are more often concerned with are the three that dominate our Light and the impending Darkness: Solar, Arc, and Void.  

These three faux elements are shared between warriors of both the Light and Dark. But how did reality altering powers come to branch out into these three? And is there a possibility there may be a fourth one, hidden to all but the most experienced in the Light and Dark?

Before the Big Bang occurred, the universe was a hyperdense point of infinite temperature and energy, much smaller than a subatomic particle. Then, at some point, the Big Bang occurred. Contrary to popular belief, the universe didn’t “bang” so much as expanded, from the incredibly dense point to the size of a grapefruit. And then from this grapefruit to the size of the current universe. 

But an interesting property of this time is that the four fundamental forces of the universe, gravity, the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, and electromagnetism were all unified into a singular force, manifesting as quantum fluctuations within the singularity. Then, within the first moments of the universe expanding, gravity “separated” from this unified force, now manifesting like it is today, with the former quantum fluctuations cooling into energy and mass. The other three forces would soon separate as well, with the strong nuclear force separating first as new particles formed and the electromagnetic force separating from the weak nuclear force as electric charges and photons came into existence. 

Now, why is this pertinent to our discussion? 

Ulan-Tan, a Guardian theorist and cult leader, wrote a thesis on the nature of the Light and Darkness, postulating that the Darkness is a necessary symmetry to Light, and that Light “remains connected, across space and time.” This theory appears to be true, due to our ability to use Kabr’s Aegis in the Vault of Glass, Light that has been manifested long ago and used independent of a Guardian’s, and the mission Chamber of Night, where we found the Hive using a shard of the Traveler itself on the moon to corrupt the Traveler, nearly 384.4 million meters away. That implies that Light, or at least its manifestation, is part of a unified field, grounded in our universe.

And if Light is a fundamental part of the universe, then maybe they correspond to the four fundamental forces as well. 

Arc is obvious: electromagnetism. Electrons spontaneously jumping the gun and transferring between molecules with almost no resistance. 

Solar corresponds to the strong nuclear force, the driving mechanic of nuclear fusion, which results in the creation of plasma, and more importantly, solar plasma. 

Void is a tricky one. It could really take the form of either of the remaining two forces. For Void, I will say that it’s representative of gravity, due to gravity being able to reach across a vacuum, and with the language of Void, it seems like the power of the Void is taken from gravitational singularities.

So that leaves… the weak nuclear force.

The weak nuclear force’s role in the universe is mainly in radioactivity and decay. It affects the quarks inside subatomic particles, decaying protons into neutrons and vice versa. So this new class would have the ability to cause other objects to decay and wither and radiate energy, a poison element. 

What do you think could be the next Destiny element? Leave your ideas in reblogs and replies.

This is Farad, the Ishtar Individual, signing off.