This story is inspired by the Blue Man Group's Exhibit 13 (and subsequent Mandelbrot No. 4, which is hidden in the same track on the CD). The compilation is available on Spotify, and I highly recommend you listen along (with headphones) for the full effect.
The protagonist is a young man with the extraordinary ability to control the elements. Everything you can find in nature is under his command whenever he wills it. And he is not alone in this. The entire population of his small, hidden village also had these powers. But not too long ago, the village was found, and the secret abilities of its inhabitants were discovered by explorers. They captured the villagers, one by one, and locked them up in an underground laboratory where scientists studied and tried to emulate their powers using whatever means possible, even torturing them to induce a supernat