Fanatars? Favatars? FanAvatars? Either way a collection of three Earth Avatars from three Next Gen Avatar fancomics.
@mackydraws‘s Avatar Genji. Taking place 30 or so years after The Legend of Korra. Aesthetically 1960s. @niiko-comic‘s Avatar Niiko. Taking place 100 or so years after The Legend of Korra. Aesthetically 2020s.
@avatarnewera‘s Avatar Juno. Taking place 60 or so years after The Legend of Korra. Aesthetically 1990s.
All are amazing fancomics that if you’re starved for more Avatar World content while waiting for new comics to drop you should totally check out!
This is a gift to the amazing @mackydraws and The Legend of Genji. I don’t draw fanart very well, but I can do fics! So thank you macky for your amazing art and stories. I’ll leave the rest of my fangirling in my tags.
Title- Sand in the Hourglass of Life
“The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” -Jean Paul
It had been seven years since Korra had died, seven years since the Avatar had walked the earth.
And in those seven years, there had been no sign of the Avatar. When she was still alive, Korra’s Avatar Spirit had been bright and powerful, shining like a midday sun in Jinora’s spiritual senses. But now, she could sense nothing except the faintest wisps of it on the wind, scattered too far and thin for her to understand where it was coming from.
She had no idea that finding the Avatar could be such a pain.
Sure, there were hundreds of rumors scattered among parents with earthbender lineage that their child was the Avatar, but each and every one of those had been disproven through the White Lotus and the airbenders who visited them. While there were no rituals or sacred objects to guide them this time, they could still test to see if the child could bend more than one element. Every time, they failed, and all they would be left with were embarrassed or humiliated parents and a confused child.
“This is unfortunately all too common,” a senior member of the White Lotus had told Jinora once after one such an event. “My predecessors had to follow hundreds of bad leads before they found Avatar Korra. The parents crave the fame and attention that comes with being the parents of the Avatar but do not consider or care about the responsibilities that come with it. It comes with our job in finding the Avatar.”
The idea that such a sacred and important part of the balance of the world could be used as a cheap trick for attention disgusted Jinora. She couldn’t begin to imagine what would drive people to abuse this system again and again as the Avatar was reborn. The very idea made her skin prickle and left an acidic taste in her throat.
They would never find the true Avatar at this rate.
Here’s a look at some of our “villains!” These five individuals make up the ruling council of the Earth Kingdom Republic. PRESIDENT-GENERAL BAO JUN The current head of the Earth Kingdom government. He is a nonbender who served in the Earth Queen’s Army, Kuvira’s Army, the Dai Li, and the broader intelligence community. When Prince Wu abdicated the throne, a pro-oligarchy, corrupt politician (President Chen) was propped up by major corporations and international spies. Bao Jun, a top military official at the time, saw the suffering and corruption continue and resolved himself to correct it. The international community would not support his claims, and attempts at free elections were blocked by gangs and bandit groups secretly funded by the government. Avatar Korra recognized that the Earth Kingdom was unstable and its citizens needed change, but she feared another war would rip the country apart. Bao Jun ignored her requests for peace and led a 4-day coup, overthrowing the government, but surprisingly there was almost no bloodshed. Most political prisoners were released within a month, and the majority of the government’s employees supported the coup. Bao worked with the United Republic, Avatar Korra, and the Air Nation to set up free elections and referendums, and ultimately the people voted for a democratic nation led by a council of five leaders. Bao was charismatic, intelligent, and had a long history of public service - he inspired others and his popularity spread across the country thanks to his campaign advertisements and speeches. Avatar Korra was wary of him at first, but the more she spent time with him, the more she saw him as a promising and sincere leader… even with his flaws. Bao has been elected multiple times and is increasingly seen as a national hero, and this has inflated his ego. After Avatar Korra’s death, he has made extremely questionable decisions, including the destruction of much of the Foggy Swamp to harvest spirit vines and precious resources, creating laws to disenfranchise the indigenous waterbenders of the Foggy Swamp, and limiting the political rights of sandbender tribes. He believes in pure meritocracy and doesn’t really acknowledge systemic social / cultural / economic hurdles that block some groups from achieving success. In the name of national security, he has expanded the secret police and has begun to limit free speech, fearing that he will be removed from office before he can accomplish all of his goals. Ultimately, Bao Jun sees the world as a dog-eat-dog competition for power and resources, and he wants to secure the borders of the Earth Kingdom and project the image of national unity and strength. Because he is prideful, he doesn’t see himself in the same light as other dictators and oligarchs. Every action he takes, he believes, is for the greater good, and he refuses to work with unsavory members of society (gangs, bandits) like his predecessor. Like Kuvira, Bao Jun thinks that the territory of the United Republic was wrongly and illegally taken from the Earth Kingdom, and he sees its existence as a reminder of 150 years of weakness and humiliation.
He is slightly narcissistic and does not feel comfortable thinking about his flaws - the more criticism he receives, the stauncher he becomes in his stances. His main motivation is to leave a better, safer Earth Kingdom for his grandchildren. Bao Jun doesn’t know it, but many of his decisions are being manipulated by others in the shadows. Ultimately, Bao Jun’s voice is final as he is the leader of the council.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL YIN A life-long soldier, she has served in the Earth Queen’s Army, Kuvira’s Army, and the intelligence community. She is a hot-headed and skilled metalbender who inspires ultimate loyalty in her ranks, and she prefers to solve problems with fistfights and displays of strength. She is a very proud person and is hawkish in her international policy suggestions. However, Yin will never put her soldier’s lives on the line if she is unwilling to sacrifice her own safety.
HIGH CHANCELLOR PING The childhood friend of Bao Jun, Chancellor Ping is the leader of the national legislature. He is a policy wonk who has played an incredibly important role in ensuring the prosperity of the Earth Kingdom via tax reform, new infrastructure initiatives, trade deals, and education reform. He is the most timid and self-conscious of the group, but his genius speaks for itself. (He’s usually bullied by Lieutenant Yin in council meetings). When the council is in disagreement, he is the diplomat who eases tensions. Nobody really recognizes him, and the majority of the Earth Kingdom doesn’t know his name or face which is kind of disheartening for him.
SUPREME JUSTICE LONGZHI Nobody really knows how old Longzhi is - he changes his age depending on his mood. However there is no greater legal mind in the nation. Longzhi was a legislator, a lawyer, a court reformer, a scholar of ancient legal systems, and a law professor at Ba Sing Se University over his lifetime. He is adept at contemplating complex issues from a purely logical perspective. He now oversees the court systems. As Supreme Justice, Longzhi ultimately approves or vetos major court decisions in the highest echelons of the justice system.
DIRECTOR LEI Director Lei leads the entire intelligence community, including the Dai Li. He is cold, calculating, and somewhat cruel. Disdainful of others, he is overtly impolite and sarcastic. However, he has an incredibly analytical mind and usually advises Bao Jun on the steps necessary to accomplish his goals. He has no qualms about torture, political imprisonment, and assassination.
I’m working on tweaking aspects of the main and supporting cast to be more inclusive of gender / sexuality / body-size / etc. ALSO I think I’ll be making Maya (the Black Dai Li Agent) a metalbender after all. Hopefully I can post some sketches and more details this week!