Hey guys. So, I'm trying to get some mechanics of the use of chakra for my story down, but it's very rarely explained in the manga and canon is all over the place. I'm wondering if there's anybody who'd like to put their 'laws' of chakra down. I've had a few thoughts, but I could use some more. Here's what I got so far. Rule 1- Chakra is finite Chakra can manipulate fire, create floods and level the ground. However, whatever it creates is temporary. Forest fires started by fire-nature chakra will die fairly quickly. Lakes created by water-nature chakra will dry up. Swamps created by earth-nature chakra will... I dunno, do the opposite of swamp. Tools created by shadow clone techniques will dissipate fairly quickly. This makes Amaterasu special- seven day flame. Exception: Wood Release, Sage of the Six Paths See Below Rule 2- Chakra cannot create life Like stated. With chakra, a shinobi can manipulate the world around them- but only that which has no life. That's why the First Hokage was so special- his chakra created life, a pretty big deal. Exception: Wood release, Sage of the Six Paths Rule 3- A shinobi's chakra may align itself with a certain elemental nature, but not exclusively The way I see it, any shinobi can learn and master the use of any of the non-bloodline elements. While their chakra may be easier to form a specific element (e.g., wind), that doesn't mean that through training and hard-work that a shinobi can't master other affinities. Because otherwise it's just boring. The Rinnegan aligns a user's chakra to all affinities. It makes it substantially easier for the user, but elemental affinities don't really seem to be the 'special' part of those eyes. And that's all I got so far. I suppose I'm trying to create something like a 'Potter Law' thread, so we can get a solid foundation of some good points, and perhaps a list of cliches to avoid.