Flame wielders can arise in a number of colours. These are black, white, red, yellow, orange, green, violet, and blue. The blue flame can be in a lighter sky blue, or a deeper royal blue, though it has the same properties in either shade. When a wielder’s flame awakens, usually in early adolescence, the colour is set. It can not be altered by training or treatment. The colour the individual is born with will stay with them for life.
In book one, Flame Rangers, we encounter characters wielding a variety of colours, as shown by the details in the character list elsewhere on this site. Each flame carries a secondary “colour ability” which is different for each colour, but identical for each wielder of that colour. These colour abilities are not evident in an untrained wielder, and some never learn to control them, even with training. For this reason, we see only a little of this colour ability in the first book of the series. More will be revealed in the second book, ice Rangers.
In order to improve a Ranger’s ability, wielders who are accepted in the Ranger Academy are given gloves imbued with an element found to assist with their colour. For example, white flame rangers will have gloves imbued with magnesium, yellow have gloves imbued with Sodium Chloride etc. For this reason, rangers can tell each other’s flame colour without asking, simply by looking at their gloves, which must be worn at all times they are in uniform or on ranger business. More on this will be added to the cinderpaedia at a later date.
Of all the flame colours, the rarest are black, and white. The black is raw, powerful, and if untrained, uncontrollable. The white flame is pure control. The power of the white flame is so filtered and controlled, many white flame wielders never learn to flame, and are limited to mere sparks unless they are found by the ranger scouts and recruited for training at the academy.
Less rare than the black and the white, are the blues, violet and green. Most common are the red, yellow and orange flames.
The yellow flame wielders are sought after by the scouts, one of the five branches of the rangers recruited from the students at the academy. This is because the yellow flame carries a colour ability which has proven valuable in this role. Similarly, the black flame is often recruited to the enforcers, who are the policing arm of the rangers. Those groups recruit other colours as well, though not in the same amount. The enforcers are limited by the very small number of viable black flame wielders available as to how many they can take on and so tend to recruit a lot of red and orange flames to their ranks as well. The researchers and the archivists recruit without preference across the colour range, as do the academy support services.