Nope, they are stuck with one. The hat serves a couple different purposes, but it is not where the Elementalist’s specialty resides, so taking the hat off doesn’t take off the specialty, nor does it bestow it on another.
The hat’s first purpose is to announce the Elementalist’s intention to be an elemental to magic. So the hat communicates to magic what their chosen element is, and magic accepts or rejects this. (magic will reject elements that are too broad in scope, for example)
Once they have that all sorted out, the hat acts as an on/off switch. They can take the hat off and practice whatever their magical mechanisms are (power words, gestures, etc.,) without anything actually happening. The hat acts as a magical beacon that says “OH HEY LISTEN, MAGIC, DO ME A FAVOR WILL YA?”
It’s not absolutely off when the hats are off, since magic isn’t like a computer or electrical process. It’s more like a very distracted and scattered consciousness, so it can be pleaded with to ignore the fact the hat’s off just this once please it’s an emergency won’t happen again I swear.
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- askpenwright said: Given that magic behaves more like a supremely bored and lazy cat in this world, is it possible that it can be bribed with something like tuna, chocolate, or triple espresso lattes, possibly as one of the material spell components?
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