The Elementalists is one of the many books of Pixelberry's Choices: Stories You Play collection. It released its first chapter on October 24 2018, and has two books and a Winter Special.
You're just an ordinary college student with a longing dissatisfaction with life. One day, you discover you're able to push your hands into the mirror and enter an alternate universe. In it, you're a new freshman at Penderghast University, a school for learning about Magicks. But you seem to be under threat... a strange creature attacks you on your first day.
- Always Identical Twins: Eli and Atlas (who will always be the same gender) look exactly alike except for the hair.
- Bad Moon Rising: Raife's plan to steal Eli and Atlas's power takes place during a red moon.
- Big Bad: Raife Highmore in Book 1, Kane in Book 2.
- Bowdlerization: Originally, Atlas said "Shit" in Book 2, Chapter 2. It was later changed to "Shoot", most likely because Choices was rated PG-13 (or PEGI 12) at the time and that kind of language was considered too strong for such an age rating.
- Elemental Powers: While all Attuned are able to cast all spells, the attunements are what each is best at.
- Fantastic Drug: A few appear in the series, like the magical mood affecting plant that Shreya likes and eats brownies of.
- Fantastic Racism: In Book 2, the Wood Nymphs, particularly Asters father Yarrow, hate attuned humans, based on old history between both species. Yarrow reacts violently as soon as he meets his daughters friends, without listening to them.
- Fish out of Water: Eli stumbled upon Penderghast University and its universe with no prior knowledge of it.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Aster the wood spirit has mossy-green skin.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The player can choose the protagonist's first and last name, with the default being Eli Russell.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Yarrow may hate attuned humans and be strict with Aster, but to be fair, he has a right to be upset given that many attuned humans destroyed forests during the Wand Wars and Aster ended up setting one of her siblings on fire due to her naivety and inexperience with attuned magick.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Eli and his identical twin brother Atlas are like this: Eli is sun-att and is an optimistic and confident and likes to make friends while Atlas is moon-att serious, grumpy and doesn't like to make friends.
- Red Herring: When Eli's friends begin acting secretive, Eli and Atlas become convinced that one or more of their friends know Eli's secret and are plotting against them, which is reinforced when Eli receives a note saying, "We know the secret of your birth." It turns out they were actually planning a surprise party for Eli's birthday.
- Separated at Birth: Eli and their twin Atlas were separated when they were still babies. Eli was sent to a reality where (apparently) there is no magic while Atlas remained in their home reality. The reason they were separated is so they wouldn't be murdered by Raife Highmore, who only targeted twins who were born the same day.
- Serial Killer: Raife Highmore A.K.A. The Dread, who killed kids.
- Sequel Hook: The Book 1 bonus scene features a mysterious man in a top hat climbing out of a chasm created by an earthquake, murdering a hiker by conjuring a tornado, and stating that it's good to be back.
- Slasher Smile: Raife Highmore has one of these. It is said to make Atlas feel chills down their spine.
- Solar and Lunar: Eli and their twin, who have the respective powers.
- Sympathetic Magic: The Locator spell. To find someone, you need something they own.
- Wham Episode: Book 2, Chapter 12, ends with Kane destroying the wood nymph forest after Eli refuses to steal the sun crystal for him and states that all they hold dear will suffer..
- Wizarding School: Penderghast University.