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“We’re all part of the same ancient secret society. A group that transcends the divisions of the four nations.”
“The White Lotus has always been about philosophy and beauty and truth.”

16. Monk Gyatso founded the Order of the White Lotus in order to protect Aang from the factions of the Air Nomads who only wanted to turn him into a weapon against the Fire Nation. The Order died along with him when the Southern Air Temple was invaded. It remained dormant for a hundred years until a Fire General stumbled upon their meeting hall under the outskirts of Ba Sing Se, grief-stricken over the loss of his son and searching for a new purpose

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Top 10 Avatar Groups (as voted by our followers) → #08: The Order of the White Lotus

“We’re all part of the same ancient secret society. A group that transcends the divisions of the 4 nations.”

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if i’m not mistaken, the white lotus tile that piandao gives to sokka never comes up again in the show? first of all, this is notable as one of the few things left open-ended in atla. second of all that means i get to fill it in! i feel like sokka pursued this at some point maybe 6 or 7 years after the war, and joined the white lotus. but he figured out they were corrupt* and left the order to serve republic city instead

*ok not to be negative but something i noticed is like… piandao is the “greatest swordsmaster and sword maker in fire nation history” and lives in a giant castle. he’s obviously rich. from… selling swords. to… the fire nation military. :/ meanwhile iroh was living it up as a fire nation royal, pakku was being a sexist ass, they let the red lotus happen, they kept korra prisoner, like… the order of the white lotus does not have a good track record lmao sokka probably dipped the scene FAST

Avatar Course Collaboration // Earth Chakra

We are excited to share the first piece in a series of collaborations between incredible artists and Brown University students taking a course on Avatar.  This piece on the Earth Chakra was done by 1javier . If you are or know an artist interested in collaborating with us, send us an email at whitelotusfellowship@gmail.com and we look forward to working with you!

“Earth Chakra – Deals with Survival; Blocked by fear

As we all know, her parents considered her a weak little girl due to her blindness and they were afraid of her getting hurt. But when Toph ran away and got lost, she cried and was a scared little girl, the badger moles found her and she learned Earth bending. This moment, when she was kidnapped by the idiots her parents hired and placed in a metal coffin thing, was when she discovered metal bending, the epitome of her shedding away the scared little girl that her parents saw and fully becoming the awesome-ness that is Toph, the Greatest Earthbender in the world!” - Isa Javier

Various Lotus-themed Organizations in the AU
  • Red Lotus: criminal branch off of the Order of the White Lotus, wants to take down the various nations and have control of the Avatar (allied with the Black Lotus Society)
  • Orange Lotus Pagoda: giant airbending temple in Tibet; has both monks and nuns (accepts both airbenders and nonbenders)
  • Interfaith Shrine of the Yellow Lotus: interfaith center in Washington, D.C. that promotes peace between the various world religions and the Avatar (created during the 1930s by President F.D.R. to try and boost morale during the Great Depression)
  • Green Lotus Defenders: radical environmentalists mostly consisting of heavily tattooed airbenders
  • Blue Lotus Convent: headquarters in France with chapters worldwide; the nuns are waterbenders or have waterbender ancestry and chronicle the Avatars, their Teams, and their allies (including animal guides); also functions as orphanages/adoption agencies (as several past Avatars have come from the “bottom” of society)
  • Sanctuary of the Indigo Lotus: a series of safehouses for perseuted people seeking asylum such as political prisoners; have changed from tiny hostels to miniature cities (recent guests have been Assata Shakur and CeCe McDonald)
  • Violet Lotus University of Spiritual Causes and Avatar Studies: school built during the Islamic Golden Age under Avatar Mohammed; located in Cairo, Egypt
  • Order of the White Lotus: organization that serves the Avatar and the balance of the world in general; has stopped several wars and other disasters from happening; came up with new system to protect the Avatar while they train a few centuries ago
  • Black Lotus Society: anti-Avatar cult; front is a group of nonprofit organizations (allied with the Red Lotus)
  • The Eternal Golden Lotus Lodge: social club for (usually rich) benders only; maintains ties (secretly) with the Illuminati and other such groups

A White Lotus Assassin in uniform.  It was interesting trying to combine coats from around 1910 with traditional White Lotus collars.  I feel like her head is too big in this picture, but whenever I tried to lower her feet to give height, it was like I was drawing one of those 10-head tall illustration models.  Guess I was more interested in the clothing specifically.

1910 reference coat: 

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White Lotus collar reference:

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The Art Deco sunburst at the base of the coat was thrown in just because I like Art Deco things.

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Avatar challenge: Day eighteen- Favorite group: The Order of the White Lotus.

aahhh shiiiit. ohkay. soooo, i shouldnt have to explain why Iroh belongs in this group, like really. Bumi, i him in this group, although he seems all “crazy” and shit, he’s really wise and strong. Piandao..OH MY GOSH. I really do wish he was mentioned in the series more, at the end of The Sokkas master when he says “the art belongs to everyone, not just one nation” i literally shit my pants. I know i would love him just as much as Iroh, i thought that was so beautiful when he said that, so wise and shit. gaahh. Jeong-Jeong, i love this guy a lot, he sees the destruction in his element and he lfet the army thing, he’s wise and would have been a great teacher for Aang..but he was too impatient. at first i was like “da fuq is Pakku doing in this shit?! because i kept thinking about how sexist he was, but i wasnt thinking like him, he’s sexist because he wants to "maintain order” keep originality and blah blah, but then he met Katara and everything changed, and now i love the guy!

But anyway, i love this group, it was a hard one to pick, Azula, Ty Lee and Mai were pretty close too! :)

anonymous asked:

How do you see relationships between the Gaang progressing throughout adulthood? Bryke obviously did a bad job portraying them in general, and seeing how the other avatar writers felt the same, I imagined so much more for our favorite characters than what Bryke lazily did. Any thoughts on other characters like June?

First of all, there would be NO leaving Zuko completely on his own to govern the Fire Nation. That is just a stupid move politically, militarily,

Jack: Spiritually, ecumenically, dramatically …

You name it. This means that Iroh stays in the Fire Nation with Zuko, so that rather than backsliding by chatting with Ozai, Zuko would gain ground in his mission to redeem himself and the Fire Nation. The first few years would be extremely volatile, and there would be a lot of challenges ahead. He would have to search for his mother and reconcile, somehow, with Azula. But you know who would have been there to help him?

Aang. No, not the Aang who decided “A promise is a promise!” and went into the Avatar State twice to attack Zuko. No, this Aang has complete control of the Avatar State, as he should have by the end of the show, since that was one of the main goals of his character. Aang would have gone to the Fire Nation first, since he spent the least amount of time there out in the open and would have major trust rebuilding to do after what happened with Ozai.

During his time in the Fire Nation, he would have discovered Ty Lee as an untrained airbender. This would give him the impetus to start looking for other airbenders, who might not even know about their gifts. He would have difficulty with a work-life balance, but he would eventually find a way with the help of:

Toph. Toph’s metalbending academy is something I wholeheartedly approve of. I think she should eventually become a businesswoman and use her family’s vast wealth to make Gaoling (and their new ally, Omashu) alternate power centers, so Ba Sing Se wouldn’t have such a stranglehold on the rest of the Earth Kingdom, with metalbenders initially acting as private security, and later, a police force in the city. But while I understand that Toph has the attitude of a beat cop, she hates the city, walls, and rules, and there would be a bunch of all three if she became Chief of Police. (P.S. She would have many more tea times with Uncle, and get that life-changing field trip with Zuko we all wanted to see.)

Toph would also have issues to sort through with her parents, and she would probably never see eye to eye with her family. But one person would help coach her through it:

Katara. At first, Katara would bury herself in her work at the South Pole, helping her father, brother, and Pakku rebuild the Southern Water Tribe. She would be at the heart of social justice issues, especially for Water Tribe women, and would challenge more than one antiquated idea that the Northerners would bring with them. She would get many marriage offers once she turned sixteen, and to take a break from it, she would answer Zuko’s request help find his mother. This leads to her realizing how stifled she feels at home, where everyone expects her to cater to them, in addition to helping lead their tribe. She would apply for a diplomatic post to the Fire Nation and eventually create her own cross-bending school, adapting her school from Toph’s metalbending academy. At first, she would worry about not being at home enough to help the women’s rights movement in the Water Tribe, but someone else has the situation under control:

Suki. Suki would be an asset as the head of the Kyoshi Warriors, and also as a partner for Sokka. Her island’s location and the fact that the villagers wear blue all point to Water Tribe influence on Kyoshi anyway, and once the war is over and trade begins booming again, she would work to make Kyoshi less of a spectator in the world and more of a participant. She would be an excellent role model for Southern Water Tribe girls who don’t want to be pigeonholed into the homemaker ideal, and could also play a part in Republic City eventually. As the leader of an island that was neutral during the war, Suki would be an ideal person to have on the Republic City Council. (P.S. Why it’s a Council of Five when there are no nonbending representatives in LOK is a mystery to me. This would fix that oversight.) But who would lead the Kyoshi Warriors if she took up such a position?

Ty Lee. Ty Lee didn’t get a real explanation for why she joined the Kyoshi Warriors, especially considering her misgivings about spending the rest of her life as a matched set. She could turn the tables on the idea, lending individuality to the Warriors and teaching them chi blocking techniques while learning some of their fighting styles as well. These nonbenders could eventually form the Equalist movement, but a different one than in LOK—a morally ambiguous movement, instead of a villainous cadre led by a demagogue.

In the end, though, Ty Lee is a wanderer, and I’m inclined to believe that she is, in fact, an untrained Air Nomad. Eventually she would discover this, and that not only is she not part of a matched set; she is possibly one of the rarest human beings in the world. This would interfere with her “aura” for sure, because she’s not necessarily cut out for the ascetic Air Nomad lifestyle. So while she would be happy for Aang to train her, she might also butt heads with him about how to best secure the Air Nomad legacy for the future. Of course, since the Air Acolytes in Korra treated Kya and Bumi so abysmally, in my opinion this could only be a good thing. Through it all, she would still keep in touch with:

Mai. I have a different character path planned for Mai than what other fans might suggest. Mai becoming a bounty hunter is a popular fanon idea, which makes sense, since she did seem to enjoy tracking down Zuko and Iroh so that Azula could imprison them for life, as anyone would enjoy doing to a person they supposedly had a cruch on. To me, Mai’s poker face and cool-under-fire attitude screams “White Lotus”, of which there are no female members that we know at the end of A:TLA. The main obstacle to inducting her into the Order would be that the White Lotus is based on principles of interconnection and understanding other cultures, which Mai categorically does not have. But this is one of the places she could thus grow the most, without having such character development tied to a specific person. The fact that she fooled the Fire Princess means she can play both sides skillfully, which she’ll need to, considering a rival to the idea of a balanced world is going to be:

Azula. With Ozai imprisoned and without his bending, Azula is the most creditable foe the franchise still has. Patchy though her sanity might be, she is still extremely dangerous (as we saw during the Agni Kai). In an ideal world, she would use her almost preternatural instincts for personal weakness and manipulation to be a ruler, but the very confidence she exudes is based on her rigid mindset and a false sense of Fire Nation superiority. As natural as leadership might be for her, she burned all her bridges when she banished or imprisoned every follower she had. I like the idea of her relearning the meaning of firebending from the dragons and bringing the Sun Warriors into the modern era, but it would be a very painful character path for her when just being mentally stable is a huge hurdle. I think she would need to stay in the Fire Nation for several years, slowly healing with Zuko’s help, before even attempting it.

There is one other path that I would consider for Azula, and that is: the Spirit World. Azula is not a terribly spiritual person, but a spiritual journey such as Iroh underwent might actually help her. It could train her mind to separate illusion and self-deception from reality, and give her a better sense of where she belongs in the world. Not to mention, the Spirit World is dangerous and full of tricksters such as Koh; I think she would enjoy the challenge.

And what about Sokka?

Well, Sokka’s character got shoved to the side in the comics, but honestly, him being on the Republic City council, helping the White Lotus, and likely being chief one day is just fine! Legend of Korra didn’t really do him the disservice that it did the other characters. However, there is one thing that he will never, EVER be, and that is the possible deadbeat dad of Suyin. For my reasons why, please look at this post.

I don’t have ideas for anyone else, really, but we can’t leave out our most important character:

The GAang. In the comics and LOK, the GAang all seem to have gone their separate ways, especially with Zuko being so isolated from everyone except Aang. Katara, too, seems very cut off from current events, which is unacceptable. The GAang remained lifelong friends, regardless of any romantic relationships or lack thereof. Busy and hazardous as their lives might have been, they would always make the time to write, visit, plan projects, and attend reunions together.

(P.S. I don’t know that June needs to develop as a character; she’s one of those tertiary personalities that’s just fine with the amount of screentime she has.)