No, not that kind of steam. Hot water vapor. *Halo*
When you’re working with an elemental-based magic system, eventually you have to figure out what happens when, say, Fire and Water mix. Which magic-users can handle that? Which can’t? Can a magic-user only work with “pure” elements, or is there a little wiggle room?
In Pearl of Fire, the plotbunnies knew from the first there was definitely wiggle room… if you’re very, very good at your element.
Shane is that good. Which allows for interesting possibilities. And a certain amount of unavoidable character interaction “oops”, because when you’re used to working with people who are very good at a specific skillset, you can… well. Get out of practice explaining that yes, X is possible, and not even the real thing to fret over when you’re hunting down a possible animate murder weapon.
So, some Watch officers, animal-trappers, and elemental Workers are all after something trying to kill them.
Shane: Leans on the wall, waiting… oh, right, this is actually something people get worried about….
(They say there’s a hundred ways to retire from being a Strike Specialist. Shane found the hundred-and-first. She lived to retire….)