Decay is the tool of shaman seeking to subjugate and weaponize the elements themselves. The elements of fire, air, earth, and water serve as the basic building blocks of all matter in the physical universe. Shamanic cultures have long sought to live in harmony with, or assert dominion over, the elements. To do so, they call upon the primordial forces of Spirit and Decay. Those who seek to bring balance to the elements rely on Spirit (sometimes referred to as the "fifth element" by shaman, or "chi" by monks). This life-giving force, also known as sacrificial magic, interconnects and binds all things in existence as one, sacrificing its life.