Okay then!! Well, I had a bit of an idea about it, but I am flexible if someone thinks something would be better a different way. Basic storyline is a little fuzzy. I have no real goal in mind. The regular humans lead normal lives of course. The mages, on the other hand, have things that must be accounted for. For example, once every four months the Council holds a Testing at each Academy for the mages. Each is tested on their unique abilities to be sure they still have control, as uncontrolled magic can be catastrophic since it's elemental magic. Some mages have complicated abilities, exempli gratia, elemental manipulation on a large scale (such as small storms, tiny little tornadoes, movement of large boulders, manipulating a forest fire), transformation into more than one creature (such as a mage with the ability to become any avian), practical manipulation of elemental energy (such as forming solid objects like platforms and shields), and the ability to transform into elemental energy for a short time (I can't imagine a reason for this, but I'm sure somebody can come up with something). There are also the simple abilities, exempli gratia, elemental manipulation on a small scale (dust devils, a wee bit of rain over one person, tiny little earthquakes in one small area, conjuring and manipulating campfires), transformation into one specific creature (such as a pit bull) or even just partial transformation (such as converting to gills for underwater exploration while still being otherwise human), practical manipulation of elemental energy on a smaller scale (solid objects like trays and catching things that are falling), and various other practical magic that would just be useful in everyday life like small-scale telekinesis. Now, I know earlier I had a bunch of capitalized words. That means they're important, right?? Right. The Council is a group of elder mages at each academy, like the Headmaster and teachers. The Testing is just that, a testing of abilities. The Academy is the school where mages are sent to be evaluated and taught. Now, while not rare, mages are still uncommon in that they are only about one in ten thousand births, and most of those have simple abilities. Some of them barely have that, but must still be tested to see if their powers have become stronger, and therefore need reevaluation. Humans know about mages, but many treat them as outcasts. Pariahs. They treat them like oddities, which they are, but many regular humans do not accept them. Now, I'm looking for all of these kinds. I would like a mage with meager abilities, a mage with many abilities, a human sympathetic to the mages, and a human who thinks mages are the "scourge of the world," so to speak. I'm not even sure yet what sort of person my character will be, which is why I want to hash this out before it gets started. Any ideas to toss??