All elements are created equally but some are more equal than others. I felt this topic deserved its own thread and the OP of the thread it was being discussed asked for the conversation to be moved.
As it currently stands all Channelers get the choice of life or death magic at the start of the game. A Channeler would not require control of a shard to generate mana for one of these two elements. In other words life & death magics are core abilities .
Several in the community feel this system is fine or preferable to death and life acting similar to the other four elements. I personally would like the choice to pick whatever starting core magic I want with its particular type of mana being generated naturally.
Death and life mana generation could either be moved to a shard system similar to the other elements or be represented by everything that lives / dies. I’m partial to the latter myself but I would find shards acceptable. I’m not a fan of the current system where the Channeler always acts as the life or death shard but I don’t outright hate it either.
This about sums up the discussion from the other thread, the debate can continue here if anyone has something to say.