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I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,
Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,
At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy,

What am I?

Hints:

I seem to have made this riddle too broad, so these hints should help someone solve it:

1) I've mixed my metaphors everywhere, so "white and frosty" refer to two different things.

2) Four of the clues are related by the same field of science.

3) Knowledge tag: There are several clues that I disguised by making the words plural or ending in 'y'. They are all related to each other in some way, but it requires some specific knowledge.

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    $\begingroup$ well, nice one here! but are we getting too broad here? any hints/ clarifications? thanks $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Oct 22 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ I think I may have something, solving your previous riddle gave me an idea as to what this could be :) $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 Oct 22 at 18:50

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Could you be a

giant?

Note:

Many of the clues have to do with Dungeons and Dragons, so whenever they appear, I’ll just write “see note.”

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

Gentle = gentle giant (e.g. an elephant)
Green = Green Giant (a brand for frozen and canned vegetables)
Hill, stone, mountain = see note

Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,

Gas = gas giant
Cloud = see note
Iron = The Iron Giant
Earth = see note

At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy,

White, red, blue = refer to classifications of giant stars
Frost, fire, storm = see note

For the hints:

For hint 2, I believe the common field of science is astronomy, due to the multitude of clues that relate to planets. For hint 3, the common association is Dungeons and Dragons, as mentioned in the note.

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  • $\begingroup$ @JS1 Edited. Nice riddle, enjoyed solving all the clues :) $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 Oct 22 at 19:31
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I say you are

sonic the hedgehog

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

Green hill is a zone is a lot of sonic games, with stony mountains in the background

Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,

refer to other zones : Chemical Plant and metropolis

At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy,

Sonic is mainly blue, and quick like a storm, but he can be white when he become Silver the Hedgehog, and red when you play as Knuckles the Echidna

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry that's not what I was looking for, but it's a very creative answer! +1 $\endgroup$ – JS1 Oct 22 at 17:51
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    $\begingroup$ Wow, if this isn’t the answer, I wonder what it actually is... $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 Oct 22 at 18:14
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You are

a Windows error screen

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

Windows 95 was shipped with a famous background with green hills; mountains pictures are commonly used as desktop background

Alongside the gas in the clouds

Microsoft, Windows publisher, also provides services on the Cloud

...and the iron of the earth,

There's a brand new Microsoft project named Windows Core OS

At times I can be white and frosty

Windows computers sometimes refuse to start and have a white screen of death

...red and fiery or blue and stormy

The infamous Windows blue screen of death or its less known variant, the red screen of death

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  • $\begingroup$ Lol, I literally got a rot13(oyhr fperra bs qrngu) while reading this answer. $\endgroup$ – Wolff Oct 22 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ It's not the answer I was looking for, but +1 for fitting all the clues. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Oct 22 at 17:52
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the sky

why:

seen above green hills and mountains, / seen alongside the clouds / "the iron of the earth," -> doesn't match / in winter whit and cold, / red and fiery when the sun goes down /or blue and stormy

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Gur rnegu unf na veba pber (urapr vgf zntargvfz)) $\endgroup$ – marcellothearcane Oct 24 at 21:39
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You could be

Oxygen

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

Oxygen can be found everywhere

Alongside the gas in the clouds

The gas in the cloud is water, or H20, which contains Oxygen

...and the iron of the earth,

Iron rusts and becomes Ferrous Oxide (FeO) which contains Oxygen

At times I can be white and frosty

Liquid oxygen is actually bluish (so maybe I'm wrong), but it is very frosty

...red and fiery

When oxygen fuels a fire, the fire can indeed be red and fiery

...or blue and stormy

not sure here... the sky?

So not all fits. Perhaps the answer is just

Water, which fits some of the clues also.

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, that's not it, although some of it fits. The answer I'm looking for is something completely different, although I knew some parts of the riddle would lead people down the same path you took. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Oct 21 at 17:34
  • $\begingroup$ Rust is composed mainly of ferric oxide (Fe2O3), not ferrous oxide (FeO). $\endgroup$ – Sean Oct 22 at 7:04
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lime (limestone, lime tree, caustic/weapon lime cloud, impurities with iron-oxides, and in different cocktails/cocktail names)

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    $\begingroup$ Please, please, please, write your answers out line by line. It literally hurts to read this, despite the fact that it's most probably correct. $\endgroup$ – Avi Oct 21 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ No..it was just a quick think, maybe 25%correct.. $\endgroup$ – balazs.com Oct 21 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, it's not correct. Hint: It's not any kind of chemical, element, or compound (since 3 answers so far have guessed as such). $\endgroup$ – JS1 Oct 21 at 22:29
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The answer is a comma.

How?

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains ,

There is a comma near the phrase "gentle green hills and stony mountains".

Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,

alongside "the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth" there is a comma.

At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy,

this bit might not make sense but "White and frosty", "red and fiery" and "blue or stormy" are just adjectives followed by a comma. I think this line is used the further confuse the audience :)

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I think you are:

AND

Taking into account

your recent addition of , we can see that "and" occurs near every phrase:
I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,
Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,
"and" can be formatted as well

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Here's my guess :

Water


Found near the hills and mountains, in clouds, and in the earth's crust( as a component of various compounds, may/may not be ferrous in nature, but found there)


Water can be white and frosty(snow/ice), Blue and stormy(oceans, hurricanes, typhoons etc) and red and fiery... (not sure about this, maybe near volcanos or due to natural pigmentation)

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, like I said in the comments of the other answer, parts of the riddle seem to fit with this but other parts don't. But the answer I'm looking for is something completely different. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Oct 21 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I'll think about it. $\endgroup$ – Mike Karter Oct 21 at 18:03
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The Aurora Borealis a.k.a northern light

It features all the colors mentioned, but what makes me think in this direction is:

The iron of the earth provides the magnetic field that interacts with ionized gas in the clouds to create the patterns seen in the sky.

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I'm going to for something that I'm not really convinced is it, but it could fit

Electricity

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

The gentle green hills of the default windows background image, and stony mountains could be... minecraft?

Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,

Static electricity forms in clouds, alongside the gases and water droplets. Iron is a very good conductor (iron of the earth, not in the earth)

At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy,

A bunch of different forms of electricity, I'm guessing. Blue and stormy is what really tipped me off, as lightning strikes in a storm are often blueish.

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A corpse

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

Dead bodies are buried

Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth,

Corpses decompose and "return to the elements"

At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy,

Causes of death can be freezing, burning or killed in a storm.

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  • $\begingroup$ Woah, this question gone real dark! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Oct 22 at 12:05
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It's a stretch but maybe points in the right direction

Damp

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains,

Damp in sense of mist/haze

Alongside the gas in the clouds

Clouds form from damp

...and the iron of the earth,

Damp as a mining terminology (gas mixture within the mine)

At times I can be white and frosty

Damp/haze in a snowy landscape

...red and fiery

Damp/haze when the sun rises

...or blue and stormy

Damp/haze above a stormy see

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I'm thinking you are a

Bluebird. Being different colors at different stages of its life.

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