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Max is The Avatar.
- Remember in episode 1, when Max puts on the cap for the first time, a blinding flash of light happens, and Skull Master's crystal lights up? Remind anyone of the light that shone in all the temples the first time Aang enters the Avatar State?
- Essentially, my theory is that one of Skull Master's evil deeds way back when was to wipe out all traces of the Avatar in the world, so that by the present day no one remembers he ever even existed. He also wiped out bending. Max COULD bend all four elements, he just isn't aware of it so he never tries.
Virgil is not the only Lemurian left.
- Well, just think of how there's usually more than one survivor when disasters hit human settlements. Skullmaster had to have missed more than just his "old friend"...
Expanding from above, any other remaining Lemurians do not help Virgil because they blame him for their civilization's destruction.
- Not everyone's going to believe in a prophecy that foretells the end of their world, and generally those sorts of things don't come true. Easier to blame the teacher of the guy who did all the damage rather than believe in something so farfetched.