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Acid and Earth - should they break up?
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:54:20 pm »
I noticed that there is a loose association with Acid and Earth in Pathfinder (Earth domain clerics get Acid Dart, Stone Oracles can get acid resistance, earth school elementalist wizards get acid cloud, the Oread race gets acid resistance).  But this is not always the case (deep earth sorcerers and geokineticists have no association with acid, AFAICT, and earth elementals are not particularly associated with acid).

Now I can see the Pathfinder urge for symmetry (4 cardinal elements, 4 energy types to go with them) but maybe that symmetry is not necessary.  I mean going the other way I don't think there is a Sonic elemental, nor a plane of Sound.  And Pathfinder has an acid quasi-elemental, so it doesn't need to ground an energy type in Earth.  And Earth is not, to my mind, associated with energy.  More like solidity, really.  Black dragons, that breath acid, are associated with water, not earth, for an example of another break between earth and acid.

What do you think?  Should there be a strong (or weak) tie between acid and earth?  Or is such a tie unnecessary?
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