depends on what kind of shard they get, but the idea is that if you got an earth shard, you should be able to get earth powers (or if you already had them, then your powers would be amplified). There are some special shards that can give the player whatever element they wish, though as far as the character is concerned, it's random. In other words, you as Skystomp could choose the element, but your character couldn't.
And we don't find you pesky for asking questions, though I'm betting that you were joking when you said that. (text is such an inconvenient means of conveying sarcasm...)
Also, Skystomp, you can post how you get your weapon or discover some new powers in your next post if you wish. It'd help us out greatly if you could handle that. If you need suggestions or help, feel free to PM either me or Undercover.
As for everyone else, could I please get a roll call. We've slowed down a bit, and I want to know who's still playing and who's dropped. Undercover and I intend to continue this, and we may take over characters that drop as NPC's, though that'll only happen after we've secured permission from their players first.