Well this is lucky. Apparently for this FossilFriday I’m starting with ammonites in stuff.
This is a look at one of our favourite ammonites, prior to the outer matrix being polished. These ‘Cannon ball’ nodules (rocks) are thought to be exclusive to the Yorkshire Coast, found nowhere else in the world. They rarely contain fossils, but when they do, they typically contain an Eleganticeras sp. ammonite. This fossil here is featured as found. When prepared, the outer pyrite coating of the nodule will be polished, to achieve a golden mirror effect.
I don’t know if this has ever been mentioned or talked about before, but, guys, when Aang is fighting the fire lord he is forced to take refuge in a earth ball protecting him from the firelord if only for a little bit.
This is important. First, it’s literally Aang’s go to defense mechanism. His air ball he rides around on, the air ball he forms in his avatar state and it’s similar to the sphere he was “hiding” for a 100 years.
Think about it the creators are literally ending the story in almost the same way it began. Aang was forced to come out of his frozen airball by Katara and the need of the world. When he comes out Aang is all but still the same kid who ran away from his destiny and “failed” his people all those years ago.
Now he’s facing a man who feels no remorse over the slaughter of his people. Aang is forced back into a ball of protection all the while hearing how his people never even deserved to live and that he was weak. But Aang’s not weak he’s holding his own against Ozai. Everything Ozai is saying to belittle Aang is only filling him with more power even though his rock ball is breaking apart.
When it finally breaks the only element left is air. The element of his people. Aang knows he might’ve failed his people but he will not fail the world. He can’t disappear, he can’t run. He has to end this.
And then boom! Aang hits his back on a rock, directly on his lightning scar and then we get all these flashes of when he was shot down and flashes of all the past avatars. This whole scene stands to remind Aang that he cannot fail, not again.
Maybe it wasn’t significant enough in how he unlocked his chakra but after paying close attention to all the details in this round or rewatching I realized something about Aang’s blocked chakra.
People continue to assume that his chakra is still blocked because he refused to let Katara go, but in Crossroads of Destiny Aang literally blocks himself off from the fight to let Katara go in order to access the avatar state. He had to unblock this chakra to even enter the Avatar state which means letting Katara go wasn’t the reason his chakra was blocked after being struck down. I think the real reason is connected with how Azula struck him down, and the failure that comes with that. He lost that fight, he died. There is no getting around that and in the Awakening when Aang wakes up he feels like he failed the world all over again. This is made more obvious when Katara is treating his back and he is thrown back into the moment he was struck. He was watching the exact moment where he felt like he “failed” the world again.
Now we all know Aang has a major fear of failure and this just adds to it. By letting himself be struck down he let himself fail. Thus this is how his chakra is blocked.
And now in Sozin’s comet Aang is backed up into a wall, trying to avoid the Firelord knowing that if he gives up he fails the world, again. But then he’s thrown into a rock, forced to relive how he failed the world and he resolves deep inside himself that he’s not going to fail again. He forcibly reminds himself of who he is. He is not just the last airbender but he is the Avatar. And he will defeat the Firelord. This is why he finally is able to access the Avatar state in the finale.
And then it’s a big slap in the face to Ozai when Aang comes out of the rock and latches onto his beard and sends him on the run. Because how dare he call the Avatar weak. How dare he call airbenders weak, call Aang’s people weak. In these moments Aang is not only feeling fear of losing the war but also unbelievable rage at Ozai for saying all this things. But this time when Aang enters the avatar state and with the help of the past avatars he can control his emotions and channel them into defeating the Firelord.
Not to mention that the first strike Aang throws at Ozai is a powerful windgust, because even though he’s feeling the power from all four elements, air is rooting him and letting him stay in control of his Avatar state. And this is the reason Aang can stop himself from killing Ozai. Aang is in control and stays true to his people.
And that ladies and gentleman is my reading of Aang and Ozai’s fight. This show means way too much to me.
Finished this WIP (here are the headcannons) overnight (its 3 in the morning haha). Have both final version because i couldnt choose ? Not sure if i like it, maybe i’ll do a gif version where the earthball floats and they breath
I think Hunk created the floating earth lantern ball ; coran gave him the raw materials from some castle lanterns
Pidge typed the programm that makes its spin around in 24 seconds
Lance just stare at the ball for hours when he misses home
they uploaded pictures in it (like in some memory stick but, round) and it takes photos so you can zoom up into earth places they know
pidge is pulling all nighter to make it change its appearance to look like the planet they’re on
and Hunk tries to build a mini-lab inside
*pokedex voice* You’re on Exerus, the fifth moon of Kartasar...
Pidge : IT’S ALIVE
(I’ll do a close up of the pic one day )
They took it in a space mall while shopping (see : fashion voltron for the full experience ahah yes i link my own drawings in headcanons wth im gonna die what is sleep)
Also the poster is found in an old abandonned boutique of space roadtrips ; earth used to be popular inside aliens societies
It’s all burnt and torn but Keith found it and immediatly thought about giving it to Lance so he keeps it preciously
also the earth is on fire on it
it’s probably 3millions years old but okay
In the morning Keith wakes up sore and lance is freezing because he gave his shirt to the boy #gotta keep your galra baby hot
He never questions the snuggle needs
Sometimes Keith come just to be pat like a kitty
he totally purrs
(can be seen as klance or not) (also the mobile version shows only one pic ? idk it’s okay)
The Ball-Tailed Cat is a Fearsome Critter that often gets confused with the Dingmaul and the Silver Cat. The Critter is said to reside in specific counties within Oregon and Pennsylvania. It is a naturally aggressive creature that has learned to hunt in the trees. The Cat is about as big as a wildcat but with a large ball a the near-end of its tail. Using this ball to hunt, the Critter leaps out of tree it hides in and jumps upon its unsuspecting prey - when landing on the future meal, the Cat will pound it into the ground with its tail. It is also used during mating season to attract females by rattling against dead logs.
The time is ripe to call out NASA - and indeed the entire international space industry - for the astronomical hoax that it is, from start to finish. None of the advertised American NASA space exploits (or any other nation’s) is in the least believable - for a multitude of reasons - including space travel is impossible (no rockets can be propelled in the absence of air, let alone switch off their engines and keep orbiting indefinitely and “for free” around our planet at hypersonic speeds!)
These tall tales of “space conquests” were (and still are to this day) sold to the public via mass propaganda campaigns which rely primarily on the subterfuge of feeding the TV-addicted masses with a constant flow of phony imagery, created with very real and exploitable technologies available to mankind since the early 1900’s: photographic doctoring - in all of its forms.
NASA, as many of us have suspected for decades now, truly appears to be nothing but an extended “Hollywood production” sold to the public as reality. Yet, although millions of people today do not buy into NASA’s purported moon landings, most will stop short of considering / or logically realizing that NASA, throughout its existence, never became a serious scientific enterprise - but has quite simply kept deceiving the public to this very day with increasingly sophisticated, fake / fictitious “Hollywood-grade” imagery.
“Space may be the final frontier, but it’s made in a Hollywood basement” – Red Hot Chili Peppers