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What about Yue and Jet?
That could have been Jinora's arc: having to step up and fill shoes she's in no way prepared for, based on whatever documentation Tenzin left behind and her own memory of his teachings that shaped most of her young life.
I don't know what baggage there is besides Toph being there.
Heck, Toph was only there for about four episodes.
Considering the temptation to use the old gang, they were extremely restrained.
Yue didn't die, she turned into the moon. Ascending to godhood and existing eternally as a divine force of personified nature is usually acceptable even in the most death-averse works.
Jet is a fair point, though as the "cool older kid" character, he's closer in age to Mako or Korra than to Kai and Jinora. The Infant Immortality effect is stronger for preteens than it is for the 16-22 age range.
I wonder how long Sokka had to spend thinking about the ramifications of Yue's ascension. "Like...are we still a thing now? Were we even a thing in the first place? Is it going to be cheating if I hook up with someone else? I mean, she's the moon, so she'll probably notice...."
edited 27th Apr '18 11:42:02 AM by TobiasDrake
hope Sokka didn't plan on any moonlit dinners with Suki.
Also, Zaheer poisoned Korra. Her asking for his help is weird no matter what.
Asking for help from a guy who nearly killed you is fairly different from asking it from a guy who did that and then killed your master.
You'd feel like you were betraying your master's memory, for one.
She didn't actually ask for his help. She only came there to overcome her PTSD, rememer?
Even if she had, it's take more desperation and a situation FUBAR for that to work. Like, Korra really doesn't like this guy and here he is, the only one capable of helping her reconnect with the spirit world.
Yeah, and the only person that could help her (Jinora) was unavailable.
There was a scene in "The Serpent's Pass" where Sokka and Suki have an Almost Kiss, but Sokka breaks it off, looking guiltily at the moon. The next day, though, they kiss for real.
Zaheer is one of the most accomplished spiritual masters of his time. It makes sense to ask him for guidance in spiritual matters, if you're desperate.
Turns out his hatred against tyranny also makes him sympathetic to her cause, so plus on that.
Plus it gave him the opportunity to realize his idiotic misinterpretation of anarchy gave rise to the EXACT THING he was trying to prevent.
A thing I haven't noticed before about the Red Lotus is that their mooks kind of give a Tocharian vibe.
We do know that there are two vaguely indian guys running around, so I wonder if this world's distant past had more indo-european like steppe cultures. Maybe including non-good airbenders...
A secret tribe of amoral Airbenders would be pretty neat.
You could never do it in a kids cartoon, but lethal airbending would probably resemble Nanto Seiken from Fist of the North Star. I believe some supplementary works say itís canon Airbending can send wind out like blades but itís almost never used.
https://youtu.be/SuyxS6WE2vc - Warning for Violence.
edited 20th May '18 4:12:14 AM by Beatman1
Its in Sokka's Master, where Aang claims that airbenders channeled air through "air swords"
I always pictured a lethal Airbending as a ninja. They can sneak around pretty well, walls wouldn't keep them out, and they can slice their targets to pieces without leaving behind any kind of murder weapon.
edited 20th May '18 6:33:35 PM by Kostya
They don't even have to slice them into ribbons. They could just bend the air out of their lungs from a distance, like a sniper but more bizarre/grotesque.
That could work but that sort of attack is a bit more obviously caused by Airbending. Cutting the target with an air blade leaves plausible deniability that a nonbender with a knife/sword did the murder.
We did have a ninja in the comics, but she was an earthbender.
Then there was that shadowbender.
edited 21st May '18 3:04:59 AM by Carliro
It helps that those fighting styles probably fit the tone way better than FOTNS style slicing of enemies into pieces.
Of course, that "wind sword" line was specifically put in by the writers to mock earlier requests from toy-makers to make more weapons and armor that could be made into products. Hence, the ridiculously impractical armor Aang wears when he says that line.
Which means it's very possible Aang's air sword is just him wanting cool looking weapons, and not actually a thing that ever existed. It's certainly never mentioned in any other medium.
Of course not. This is just a kid seeing foreign benders in armor and thinking "I want that, too!" If there had been any airbending masters left, I'm sure they would have told him that armor is completely counterproductive for an airbender, and that actual swords are pointless when you can already make swords literally out of thin air whenever you want.
The sword made of wind is exactly what Aang was describing. A normal hilt with a blade made out of wind. In a scene meant to point out how absurd that concept is.
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