Custom element Japanese name:
Custom element English name:
Dragon Glass Release
The element is based on:
Fire + Earth + Chakra Control
The true idea for this element was actually real life Obsidian glass, which is essentially a volcanic glass. Felsic lava, extremely thick but also rich in silicate minerals, cools down rapidly without forming (or forming low concentrations of) crystals, giving birth to a dark, normally green tainted glass. However, after watching Game of Thrones and talking in the Staff Chat with Skorm, instead of attempting a literal custom element name
, which would literally be something like Volcanic Glass or simply Obsidian Release, the idea came to name it Dragon Glass to give it a more “narutoverse feel”; a more interesting naming. Dragons are creatures connected with fire and earth and, in many mythologies, they are seen as responsible for volcanic eruptions and anything born from fire. So, naming it Dragon Glass became fitting. Despite naming it Dragon Glass and referring to it in the submission as Dragon Glass, the element itself is Obsidian glass.
As I dwelled deeper and deeper into the mythology behind Obsidian and, overall, most volcanic glasses, it seemed to be universal the relationship between them and otherworldly “powers”. Sought out for their beauty but also, in the case of obsidian, its incredible sharpness (used to produce bladed weapons and tools), it was also believed to have cleansing properties that made it able to protect people from some diseases or from evil spirits. It was also, in some cultures and cults, believed to be able to channel and empower magical abilities and even awaken spiritual powers. All of this plus the naming made me quite interested in transforming it into a CE.
In terms of what is on its basis, this element is based on the ability to use Fire Natured chakra to meld and manipulate Earth (or Earth Natured chakra )in order to form a new earth based element, in this case, Dragon Glass. By melding together Fire on your left circulatory flow and Earth on your right, combining them together afterwards, you are able to create a new element by using the fire portion to manipulate and transform the earth portion, using chakra control to control the ratio between both natures and be able to extrude the needed minerals and composites that will then cool down in a controlled manner and form Dragon Glass.
Facts that prove the element to be possible (in the manga context):
In the manga so far, we’ve seen that combining Earth and Fire natures can produce different earth based elements. The main element behind the combination of both natures is Lava Release, which has 3 variations (Hot Molten Rock (literal Lava), Rubber and Quicklime), but we can also take into account Steel Release, that combines Earth and Fire to produce a metallic element.
Taking this into consideration, in the manga, its then possible to use both Earth and Fire natures to produce various Earth based elements that originate from the application of heat onto earthen substances. In this specific case, you apply heat to transform the earth and in the process giving birth to a new element: Dragon Glass.
Normal, silicate glass (the one most commonly found in most domestic glass usage in RL) itself is present in narutoverse in windows, drinking glasses, etc so its not farfetched to conclude that the process through which a hot, molten, high silicate concentrate material turns into glass is the same as it is in our world or at least based on the same principles and factors in narutoverse also, allowing the theoretical feasibility of Dragon Glass.
How it works:
The element itself is fairly simple. You apply Earth chakra (which gives the primary source or “raw material” to the element; in this case it produces a high silicate content earthen raw material) with Fire chakra (which is used to transform and meld the “raw material”; it melts the raw product at the needed temperature and moulds it into the given form, allowing it to cool in a controlled rate and manner) producing Dragon Glass.
Dragon Glass itself is actually real life obsidian (simply with what you can call an "RP cosmestic touch" in terms of name), a type of volcanic glass, and takes all of its properties. It’s a glass, incredibly hard but also brittle ("A material is brittle if, when subjected to stress, it breaks without significant deformation (strain). Brittle materials absorb relatively little energy prior to fracture, even those of high strength. Breaking is often accompanied by a snapping sound. Brittle materials include most ceramics and glasses (which do not deform plastically) and some polymers, such as PMMA and polystyrene. Many steels become brittle at low temperatures (see ductile-brittle transition temperature), depending on their composition and processing."
- definition of what means to be brittle because I was under the assumption it meant it was fragile), which means that when it fractures it produces very sharp edges; some of the sharpest amongst all known natural materials. The element is formed by a controlled, rapid (but not too rapid), cooling of molten high silicate earthen products. The element produces black, green hued glass, which, like most glasses, is translucent (at times almost transparent), with a vitreous lustre, though not crystalline in its essence (thus why it’s a glass). Because of the process through which it’s made, where the cooling rate must be very specific and controlled though somewhat rapid, it’s also a very temperamental element. If it cools too rapidly, it shatters into rock instead of allowing the glass to form. Once hardened and formed, the glass is very resistant to high temperatures but very susceptible to low temperatures.
In terms of jutsu application, the element is divided into two uses, depending on the use from an existing earth or dragon glass source or from the users body:
- Existing Source Usage: The user will focus the earth and fire chakra into the earth, creating finished constructs of Dragon Glass to erupt from the ground. Basically, the user produces the hot raw by-product of the combination of Earth and Fire chakras beneath the surface, forcing it to erupt upwards. As it erupts it cools so that as it fully emerges from the ground, it’s already in its cooled glass form. If used from a dragon glass structure or source, the process is similar. In the core of the source, the user will focus earth and fire chakra in a way that actually makes dragon glass emerge from that source in its finished form. These constructs are black, slightly translucent, with green hue noticeable when light insides in certain angles. This application is generally associated with the Snake, Rat and Ox Handseals.
- Self Source Creation Usage: The user will focus the earth and fire chakra inside himself, exhaling or extruding from his body constructs of either blunt or sharp Dragon Glass. These can be used for a multitude of purposes and act as a alternative form of usage when the user has no earth source available. Additionally, and making use of the Earth aspect of Dragon Glass, the user can also imbue into his body the hardness of Dragon Glass in the same way one can with Earth release through the user of techniques like Earth Release: Earth Spear.. This application is generally associated with the Tiger, Ram and Horse handseals.
General Characteristics of Dragon Glass
Dragon Glass, like all glasses, is a very resilient and durable material. Its resilience to aging makes it able to last until destroyed or dispelled.
Because its not crystalline but actually a glass, Dragon Glass is very resistant to low frequency Sound based techniques, which rebound off of it or are absorbed into it, depending on the technique used to clash with sound. Much like normal, daily life glass, Dragon Glass is a very good sound proofing material for audible frequencies. However, high frequencies can shatter it same as they can do any hard material. Dragon Glass itself can also be used to produce sound same as any type of crystal or crystalline material such as normal glass.
once fractured, Dragon Glass produces immensely sharp edges. This allows the user to produce sharp constructs or weapons but also to make it dangerous to directly facture Dragon Glass as it will invariably produce sharp, cutting edges. The sharpness is such that it’s described as capable of cutting through anything, although that is not the case, just folklore. In reality, obsidian glass, the core idea behind this element, is described as one of the sharpest materials known to Man. When it fractures, due to its hight brittleness, it produces such fine and sharp blades that they can be only 2 to 3 nanometers thick (1nm = 1/1 000 000 000 m = 1/1 000 000 mm). All dragon glass techniques produce sharp edges when fractured and specific techniques can be made to have this sharpness right from its creation.
once cooled, Dragon Glass is harder than most Earthen materials and elements, capable even of playing in equal ground with some metals in terms of hardness. This hardness makes it a very durable material for most physical interactions but also means it lacks flexibility.
as a glass, Dragon Glass has a certain translucent and transparency to it despite being dark in color and having a green tint or hue. This transparency can be regulated in certain techniques to become almost transparent (although always greenish) but will normally mean its a dark green construct, almost black.
Dragon Glass, as all glasses, is incredibly resistant to high temperatures once it’s formed. This makes the element very useful against fire-based elements and other hot elements. Coupled with its cleansing properties, dragon glass can be used as a medium to channel, absorb and even contain and negate high amounts of heat. In return, it’s weak to low temperatures, which make it more brittle and fragile. Despite Dragon Glass being resistant to heat all together, only specific techniques can be used as heat siphoning mediums.
Like most known glasses, Dragon Glass is largely resistant to Radiation effects. However, this resistance is not towards elements that might be radioactive but actually towards the radiation they release.
Conditions to be able to use it:
-Mastery over Earth
-Mastery over Fire
-Above Average Chakra Control
Is weak to:
Despite Dragon Glass’s sharpness being superior, wind is the element that is described as responsible for cooling down other elements or for inducing temperature-lowering effects. Because of this unique property, Wind techniques are able to easily cut or fracture through Dragon Glass techniques.
Because Dragon Glass is so densely rooted in Earth Release, it shares its unique weakness towards Lightning, which can cut and fracture it easily. The same weakness extends towards Storm Release, Dust Release and other Lightning based custom elements
Harder Physical Elements –
Any element defined as harder than Dragon Glass is physically able to overcome it. This is true for most metallic elements (unless unusually soft metals like Lead or liquid ones like Mercury) and all crystals harder than Quartz.
Ice and Cold-Based Elements –
Cold makes Dragon Glass more brittle which makes it more fragile and weaker in terms of physical strength, making it fracture more easily.
Its ability to destroy Earth based elements extends to Dragon Glass, which easily fractures when facing Quake release techniques.
Is strong against:
Because it’s harder than Earth and an advanced element based on it, it’s stronger than earth in any of its cannon forms and most of its custom forms (unless they are harder than Dragon Glass).
As a very hard solid, Dragon Glass is stronger than Water and all it’s custom forms unless they somehow possess severely low temperatures.
Fire and Hot Elements –
Due to its ability to withstand high temperatures, Dragon Glass is very resistant to Fire and most heat-based elements, which include Lava Release and most types of special Fire.
Dragon Glass constructs are themselves resistant to radiation as is the case of most glasses. If the radioactive element is physically harder than Dragon Glass, its still stronger than Dragon Glass as its resistance is only applicable towards the radiation itself.
Dragon Glass cannot be aged or deconstructed easily
because it isn’t “constructed” but is simply a different chemical structure of an amalgam of minerals, mainly silicate and derivatives. So, like most similar materials, it is strong against
Softer Physical Elements –
Its high sharpness and its high hardness make Dragon Glass effective against any element softer than it is. These include Quicklime and Rubber Lava Variations, Caramel, Bubble-gum, Marshmallow, Chocolate, Mushroom, Plant, etc.
Students I passed this custom element on too: ? & ?
I, Caliburn of the Custom Elements Bureau, by the power invested in me by Versuvio, Rei and Zise, give you the following:
Scorps, our loyal member, gave on the date December 24th 2013 a request for a Patent on his custom element (Dragon Glass); after reading the submission, I decided that the submitted element satisfies all requirements, and am therefore giving him his rightfully earned patent on this element by the following;