The Elemental Realms - Sigils
No more do you traverse worlds known as your own, but instead entire realms devoted to the forces that bind the universe itself.

The Elemental Realms - Fantastical places where everything is touched by the primal natures of the Eight Elements: Life - Fire - Water - Earth - Air - Darkness - Light - Energy.

The Realms are for our hero to travel, learn of the rules and cultures within, battle mighty foes, overcome challenges and complete quests. Eventually they will discover a power inherent to these worlds and prove themselves worthy of having bestowed it. Each one of the Elemental Realms is heralded by its champions who proudly display the Sigils: symbols representing an Elements place in the universe. They are the signs of sacred meaning; they’re seen adorning the gates and cathedrals of their Realms, and on the shields and weapons of their knights.

Inspired by a classical mythological understanding of the forces of nature, and their magical significance. Commonly found in fantasy/sci-fi literature, film, and video games with forests, volcanoes, and lakes presided over by great gods and monsters, or often the foundation of magic spells, potions and enchantments. The balance of these Elements determines the fate of their world, and should they become imbalanced - calamity will ensue!

DESIGN STRATEGY

While each Sigil has a unique visual identity for the element it represents, all eight are part of a set presented as a singular piece of art. The value of each element is solidified by its inclusion in a pantheon, like a group of states united within one country. To create this sense of unity, Three Rules were applied to the concept and final design of each Sigil in order to tie them all together.

Rule 1 - Symmetry

Symmetry creates a strong sense of balance or stability to a symbols design. It keeps the shapes grounded, as if to stand firm like the structure of a building. In this way the weight of legendary significance is conveyed. A similar pattern is found in mythological and religious symbols: the Cross, the Dharma, the Yin-Yang, the Trefoil etc. For the Sigils, a vertical or rotational symmetry is used to maintain an impression of standing solidly upright, as if against an invisible horizon.

Rule 2 - Classic Semiotics

The forces and materials that make up the elements are real and found all throughout nature. Throughout history and modern day, simple symbols were used to identify and communicate elements and their properties. No matter how artistically the Sigils could be designed - they must reference what they are. Classic semiotics for each element is preserved in the design: the water droplet, the flame, the lightning bolt. Even if the viewer is does not recognise the element initially, these markers will point the way.

Rule 3 - Scientific Imagery

The Elemental Realms are envisioned to support the lore of a Sci-fi or Science-fantasy world. One where the magic of old gods sits at the same table as starships and robots. To help these mythical Sigils fit in, they’re imbued with imagery found in science: diagrams, charts, keys, or depictions of the forces or structures that are too small, or too big, to comprehend. Some might recognise the shapes found in DNA, weather charts, atomic models or the patterns of light.

ENSEMBLE

While the Elemental Sigils can be used to represent their elements or realms individually, they were designed to be understood as a single group. There is no single Sigil under which they stand. As an ensemble, they form a set of symbols that tie together the spaces between them and represent the balance of elemental forces bound within the universe.