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Ok, I have a serious question. Feel free to give me your answer/opinion on anon if you don’t feel comfortable replying here.

What would you think about a Caucasian (me) writing from the perspective of a mixed girl? (half black, half white)?

They say to “write what you know” and I obviously have no experience being colored; however, this story is a fantasy story so it’s my own made-up world. My character will face more prejudices against her magical abilities, rather than her ethnicity or color of skin.

This is a very diverse world. Not only am I going to incorporate every shade of skin I can think of (this is a very big world), but there will be fantasy traits mixed with ethnic ones. Example: a caramel skinned mermaid with blue hair and golden eyes.

It’s a very colorful place, and the mixed skin is very significant to my character and what she stands for in this fantasy place (and to my disorder in a way, too, I guess). It relates to her heritage and puts her in a unique position to possibly save this world, actually. Her darkened skin color allows her to absorb more of the element of Light from the sun, while the “villain” is a powerful, pasty white woman who remains in the Shadows.

Because, how many times has dark skin and hair represented the bad guy? Too many! I want a darker skinned hero.

The ethnicities fit perfectly for my story, but here is my concern: If people read this, or if this becomes a published piece of work (in my wildest dreams), are people going to get their panties in a bunch when they find out a white girl represented a variety of ethnicities, instead of a person of color?

This story is not about slavery or real life oppression. It’s a fantasy world with elves and fairies and mermaids and dragons and elemental powers. Nerdy stuff. I think the fantasy genre is too white washed, so something has to change. Just look at the big ones - Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, etc.

I even searched tumblr for the tag “black mermaid” and “black fairy” and got a bunch of pasty goth girls. I want to change that. Fantasy isn’t just for white people, and we are missing out on a variety of fantasy characters by excluding people of color from this genre, or just making them background characters.

So, tumblr, I want your opinion: would you read this story or would it be offensive?

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I know it isn’t brilliant, and my camera truly does not do it justice, but I drew a picture of Toph based on the cosplayer tophwei and her amazing photos. I’ve put 3 different versions up (one I played around with the contrast and I thought it looked pretty cool) and it’s taken me about 2 hours to do.

I hope you all enjoy!

What is your AVATAR ZODIAC SIGN?

Find your sign and element by using your birthday!

Aries: (The Firebending Master)

  • Aries people in the Avatar universe can be driven and are very ambitious. Often making them over-achievers in anything they set their mind to. Aries are fire signs, and so too is their personality. They can be impatient and willing to break the rules to get what they want. Aries are action people, born to initiate and lead. This makes for an exciting and dynamic personality. Their main strength is their courage to face life’s challenges head on, and ability to inspire others. In a life devoted to friends and family, they will never forget their roots. They are loyal until the end and will fight for their causes. 
  • Personality Traits: Energetic, Adventurous, Assertive, Athletic, Hot-Headed, Restless, Brave, Original, Competitive, Fearless, Honorable. 
  • Notable Aries in Avatar: Zuko, Jeong-Jeong, Zhao, Wan

Taurus: (The Metalbender)

  • Taurus people in the Avatar universe is just as what their element represents. All about strength, stamina, extreme determination, and strength of will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his or her ground to the bitter end. Taurians are excellent in matters of diplomacy and also wonderful mentors because they listen to the earth before striking. Although they may have their own interest at heart, they are ultimately generous with their time, possessions and love.
  • Personality Traits: Stable, Strong, Patient, Listener, Reliable, Persistent, Down-To-Earth, Focused, Dedicated, Attractive 
  • Notable Taurus in Avatar: Toph, Kuvira, Lin, Suyin, Wing, Wei, Huan, Saikhan

Gemini: (The Astral Projector)

  • Gemini people in the Avatar universe are flexibility, balanced and adaptable. They are quick to grasp the meaning of a situation and act on it, often with positive effects. They tend to have a duality to their nature, and can sometimes be tough to predict how they will react. They can turn from hot to cold and may be prone to noticeable mood swings. However, they are generous signs with tendencies of being affectionate, and imaginative. They also inspire others easily as they seem to naturally motivate themselves - their charisma and accomplishments are infectious.
  • Personality Traits: Adaptable, Versatile, Communicative, Witty, Intellectual, Spiritual, Eloquent, Youthful, Lively 
  • Notable Gemini in Avatar: Jinora

Cancer: (The Waterbending Master)

  • Cancer people in the Avatar universe are traditionalists and enjoy operating on a fundamental level. They love history and are fascinated with the beginnings of things such as ancestry or heraldry. They can be changeable and sometimes moody. However, they possess psychic abilities and influences than the average bender. So they’ll be able to adapt to their surroundings based on their sharp survival instincts. Cancer people can feel the flow of action in battle and are able to turn an opponent’s own strength against them. Their personality can be quite complicated, but deep inside they are conservative and home-loving people. They love to be in a familiar surroundings and nurture their relationships. 
  • Personality Traits: Intuitive, Versatile, Shrewd, Cautious, Protective, Moody, Changeable, Energetic, Tenacious, Sensitive
  • Notable Cancer in Avatar: Tonraq, Desna, Eska, Ming-Hua, Pakku, Tahno, Katara, Kya 

Leo: (The Lightningbender)

  • Leo people in the Avatar universe are about expanse, power and exuberance. Leo people are natural born leaders, and they will let you know it as they have a tendency to be high-minded and vocal about their opinions. They have a savvy way of analyzing a situation and executing swift judgment with a beneficial outcome. It is amazing how precise and deadly they can be. Just as lightning, the cold-blooded fire, it comes from being a leader. They are at their most effective when in a position of command. Beneath their dynamic persona lies a generous, loving, sensitive nature that they do not easily share with others. Those close knows very well and understands this. 
  • Personality Traits: Creative, Enthusiastic, Self-Controlled, Expansive, Precise, Powerful, Dominant, Faithful, Leader, Brave
  • Notable Leo in Avatar: Mako, Iroh, Iroh II, Ozai, Azula, Lightning Bolt Zolt

Virgo: (The Earthbending Master)

  • Virgo people in the Avatar universe have keen minds, and are delightful to chat with, often convincing others of outlandish tales with ease and charm. Virgo’s are intellectual and are very skilled at methodically drawing information from people. This trait also makes them naturally independent. Virgo’s have a good understanding of human nature and can effectively help people solve their problems. Individuals born under this sign, conceal a lot of emotion, to which they are afraid of giving way because they do not trust others. Because they are straight thinkers and solve problems logically, they are not afraid to deal with their issues head on like a rock!
  • Personality Traits: Modest, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Intelligent, Analytical, Perfectionist, Independant, Patient 
  • Notable Virgo in Avatar: King Bumi, Haru, General Fong, The Boulder, Long Feng

Libra: (The Airbending Master)

  • Libra people in the Avatar universe are kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. In their effort to keep everyone happy, they find it difficult to say ‘NO’ to anyone, and as a result, they end up getting stressed. However they are the most diplomatic out of all the signs in the Avatar world. They are able to put themselves in other’s shoes and see things through another person’s point of view. They are the ones that always want to make things right by keeping balance and harmony to the world, their surroundings and the lives of the people close to them.  They express their intelligence through creativity, most are involved in some sort of artistic or creative pursuit. Libras work hard to please others and this is why others find them incredibly captivating. 
  • Personality Traits: Diplomatic, Romantic, Charming, Easygoing, Sociable, Idealistic, Peaceable, Flirtatious, Gentle, Sharing
  • Notable Libra in Avatar: Opal, Tenzin, Kai, Bumi, Daw, Ryu, Ikki, Meelo

Scorpio: (The Bloodbender)

  • Scorpio people in the Avatar universe are often misunderstood. These personalities are bold and are capable of executing massive enterprises with cool control and confidence. They can surmount seemingly all obstacles when they put their mind to the task, and they have unshakable focus when the situation calls for it. Regardless of their bold nature, they are often secretive, but they are always observing behind their withdrawn manner. It is true that bloodbenders can assert dominance and pack a powerful sting. But that’s what happens when you intrude into their personal life without consent.
  • Personality Traits: Intense, Penetrating, Quiet, Private, Passionate, Complex, Determined, Powerful, Precise 
  • Notable Scorpio in Avatar: Amon/Noatak, Tarrlok, Hama, Yakone

Sagittarius: (The Combustionbender)

  • Sagittarius people in the Avatar universe are much like the Scorpio but with a more explosive bang! They have a great ability for focus and can be very intense. However, they must channel their energy through their mind. Or else they will waste time and wear themselves out going in too many directions at once. They are not very patient and expect quick results. However, when encountered with failure they make extreme comebacks often against incredible odds. They make loyal friends and lovers while chasing philosophical pursuits or dangerous missions. The mind can be a powerful ally, or their worst enemy!
  • Personality Traits: Gregarious, Intelligent, Extroverted, Philosophical, Witty, Sarcastic, Adventurous, Romantic, Vindictive
  • Notable Sagittarius in Avatar: P’Li, Combustion Man

Capricorn: (The Lavabender)

  • Capricorn people in the Avatar universe are one of the most practical and playful people ever. But can be wise and disciplined at the same time. They do not take impulsive decisions but will act aggressively to get what they want. Capricorns apply their intelligence and logic to take into account all the facts before making any decisions. They can be strong and stubborn as earth, yet can be as fluid and pugnacious as molten lava. They are very good organizers and can achieve their goals by purposeful systematic means. Lavabenders can accomplish any task as long as they follow their plan step-by-step. Having them as an ally can definitely be a plus!
  • Personality Traits: Responsible, Patient, Self-disciplined, Focused, Practical, Independent, Humorous, Self-competent.
  • Notable Capricorn in Avatar: Bolin, Ghazan

Aquarius: (The Master of Flight)

  • Aquarius people in the Avatar universe goes about accomplishing goals in a quiet, and often unorthodox ways. Although their methods may be unconventional and contradicting, the results for achievement are surprisingly effective. Aquarians will take up any cause, and are humanitarians of the Avatar world. They are honest, loyal and highly intelligent. However, they can be extremely cold and aloof to the point of no earthly attachment. Thus can live a life no longer bound to this world, if they wish. They are also prone to philosophical thoughts, and are often quite artistic and poetic.
  • Personality Traits: Unconventional, Judgmental, Friendly, Gregarious, Inventive, Future-minded, Curious, Unbiased, Spontaneous.
  • Notable Aquarius in Avatar: Zaheer, Guru Laghima

Pisces: (Spiritual Healer) 

  • Pisces people in the Avatar universe possess vast amounts of knowledge along with plenty of experience in life. They often have quiet and mysterious dispositions. They become passionately devoted to a cause - particularly if they are championing for friends, family, or maybe even the spirits. Pisces is the sign of mysticism and the spiritual unknown. They live in two worlds: the real world and the spiritual world where they interpret what they see into what they want. In fact they have strength of character and will stand up for what they believe in. They have the ability to change the world!
  • Personality Traits: Imaginative, Sensitive, Idealistic, Friendly, Spiritual, Inspirational, Open-minded, Healer 
  • Notable Pisces in Avatar: Unalaq, Princess Yue 

(P.S. Don’t take it too seriously. This is just for fun!)

Alternative and Classic Elemental Representations

Fire

  • A Candle
  • Incense
  • Charred wood
  • Coal
  • Soot
  • Hot peppers
  • Matches or a Lighter
  • Lizards
  • String Instruments/Music

Earth

  • Stones or Crystals
  • Wood
  • Plants
  • Soil
  • Clay
  • Bones
  • Spider Webs
  • Seeds
  • Coins
  • Bonsais and Houseplants
  • Woodwind Instruments/Music

Air

  • Incense
  • Feathers
  • Bell
  • A Prism
  • A Fan (hand or electric)
  • Honey
  • Pollen
  • Birds
  • Dandelion Seeds

Water

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Shells
  • Drums
  • Fish
  • Cups

Spirit

  • Keys
  • Blood
  • Magnets
  • Cats and Dogs
  • Pomegranates
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Singing

Element Aligned Spell Items

Elemental Correspondences

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