So I've been doing some thinking, and I've been tossing around alternative element ideas for my own G3 concept, and one of the potential secondary elements I concocted was "Mana." I wanted your guys' second opinions on this idea because I'm waffling back and forth on it. Before you give me an answer, I need to clarify a couple things:
First, an "element" is defined as a force or component of nature. For example, Stone represents sand and loose rock, as well as the phenomena associated with them; and Earth represents geologic activity, magma, and soil. This definition enables me to dance around the science-grounded questions raised by G1's more vague definition of an element.
Second, Mana would be defined as the element of spiritual and life energy, and is present in some parts of the natural world, similar to the Hawaiian/Tahitian spiritual concept of mana. I figure it's only appropriate, given that Bionicle initially drew on Polynesian/Melanesian culture. Mana, then, is very much a part of nature in this hypothetical world, just as Ice or Water, as it would be present in living beings, which are absolutely natural. In my G3, Toa of Mana would receive a few powers from G1's Psionics, as well as some other miscellaneous powers such as necromancy that otherwise wouldn't fit under any element. (If necromancy is a power no Toa should have, then it can always be reserved for a mask power like the Tryna; it does not have to be element-specific, I simply wanted to think of more applications for Mana control.) Users could not literally create or destroy life, but would be able to extend their life-force to control inanimate objects, or even interact with the recently-departed. This addresses the ethical issues of a "life" element; they do not control life, but they can affect a living creature's life-force and simulate the presence of life.
What do you guys think? Is this a valid element idea, or am I just trying too hard to justify an idea that's not even worth it?