Ah, the joy of logic and semantics. There are those who will not understand meaning of words and their gradation.
I can say if you can't find something then it is hidden, even if the location is obvious. But, that does not mean, there was any intent of hiding the object even if there was no attempt to make the object obvious to most people.
Keeping track of the lore, this was pretty well advertised as an elemental game and follows from that chain of events.
So far I'm liking the things in the game, although may I wish for (I know I won't get it), but if my hero or unit equips a shield it shows on that unit? I'm fine leaving the armor the same, but I really like to see the weapons / shield change even if it is the change between 1 hand with sheild or 2 hand sword or axe... no need to go into huge depth with it. (I'm good either way, just hoping)