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I am the redeemer, the primal desire

I destroy what I can, yet in such I can heal.

I tear down all I touch, yet lift up the flier

I'm the servant of men, yet commander of steel.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure I've seen a riddle with the same answer and many of the same clues here before. But search turned up nothing. Maybe it's just deja vu. $\endgroup$ Sep 18, 2018 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ If there is, it is a coincidence. Which isn't very unlikely, considering how easy it is to make a riddle out of fire $\endgroup$
    – Cubemaster
    Sep 18, 2018 at 19:19

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Are you

Fire?

I am the redeemer, the primal desire

Cavemen+fire

I destroy what I can, yet in such I can heal.

It burns what it touches but you can use it to cauterize wounds.

I tear down all I touch, yet lift up the flier

Forest fires or hot air balloons

I'm the servant of men, yet commander of steel.

You can forge steel in fire, but people make fire for their own purpose.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done, as always. I was also thinking cauterization for the "healing" part $\endgroup$
    – Cubemaster
    Sep 18, 2018 at 19:10
  • $\begingroup$ Is it just me... or was that riddle awfully.... easy? ;) $\endgroup$
    – Cubemaster
    Sep 18, 2018 at 19:15

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