the winter solstice: avatar roku


the first known usage of lavabending had been in by a fire nation avatar that preceded avatar yangchen. the technique was founded during the avatar state in which the avatar simulated an eruption of four small volcanoes. there are not many known users of lavabending, though centuries (270 BG) later it was shown that avatar kyoshi had used the special ability to split the peninsula from the mainland, preventing chin from claiming its part for his empire. during the winter solstice in 55 BG, avatar roku had attempted to master his avatar state though ended up causing an eruption of a small volcano near the fire temple by crescent island. lavabending was again used by roku through avatar aang in order to punish the fire sages at the fire temple. 

ghazan was the next known master of lavabending. in 171 AG, ghazan used lavabending to break out of prison. he later used the same technique to subdue the city of zaofu. once assassinating the earth queen, ghazan tore down the circle rings of the earth kingdom using lavabending. bolin master lavabending himself, during 174 AG. without knowing of his own abilities, saved his friends from an on coming flow of lava during the attack of ghazan. later, when fleeing kuvira army in 174, bolin utilized his abilities to stop the giant mecha suit of kuvira’s from destroying republic city by creating a small disc that cut through the metal interior. 

after the death of ghazan, bolin became the last living (known) lavabender. 

because it was said that lavabending was a mixture of earth and fire bending, only avatars were able to master the ability. because of bolin’s parents, it is strongly suggested (by me of course) that his mastering of the art had been heavily influenced by the benders blood. both earth and fire coarses through his veins, giving him the perfect mixture for mastering such a rare ability. this is also another reason why metal bending was something he could not succeed in. his body had rejected the art solemnly because fire did not mix well with metal. 

Avatar The Last Airbender

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Book 1: Water

1 - The Boy in the Iceberg

2 - The Avatar Returns

3 - The Southern Air Temple

4 - The Warriors of Kyoshi

5 - The King of Omashu

6 - Imprisoned

7- The Spirit World (Winter Solstice, Part 1)

8 - Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2)

9 - The Waterbending Scroll

10 - Jet

11 - The Great Divide

12 - The Storm

13 - The Blue Spirit

14 - The Fortuneteller

15 - Bato of the Water Tribe

16 - The Deserter

17 - The Northern Air Temple

18 - The Waterbending Master

19 - The Siege of the North, Part 1

20 - The Siege of the North, Part 2

Book Two: Earth

1 - The Avatar State

2 - The Cave of Two Lovers

3 - Return to Omashu

4 - The Swamp

5 - Avatar Day

6 - The Blind Bandit

7 - Zuko Alone

8 - The Chase

9 - Bitter Work

10 - The Library

11 - The Desert

12 - The Serpent’s Pass

13 - The Drill

14 - City of Walls and Secrets

15 - Tales of Ba Sing Se

16 - Appa’s Lost Days

17 - Lake Laogai

18 - The Earth King

19 - The Guru

20 - The Crossroads of Destiny

Book Three: Fire

1 - The Awakening

2 - The Headband

3 - The Painted Lady

4 - Sokka’s Master

5 - The Beach

6 - The Avatar and the Firelord

7 - The Runaway

8 - The Puppetmaster

9 - Nightmares and Daydreams

10 - The Day of Black Sun: The Invasion

11 - The Day of Black Sun: The Eclipse

12 - The Western Air Temple

13 - The Firebending Masters

14 - The Boiling Rock, Part 1

15 - The Boiling Rock, Part 2

16 - The Southern Raiders

17 - The Ember Island Players

18 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King

19 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters

20 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno

21 - Sozin’s Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang


You know what freaks me out about “The Desert”? 

You know how I said I was going to keep an eye out for Aang using offensive, firebender-esque moves whenever he got pissed off? 

Yeah, well, apparently that rule doesn’t apply to “The Desert” because with the exception of this little kick:

those are all airbender moves.

Compare to:

I have a post coming up that goes into a bit more detail about this but, I guess it makes sense that Aang would still default to airbending since that’s what he has  the most experience with. It’s just that his moves become increasingly more aggressive compared to his usual bending style.

The only exception to this rule seems to be from “Winter Solstice, Part 2: Avatar Roku,” where a somewhat infuriated Aang uses Northern Shaolin style bending against the Fire Sages and the temple sanctuary door.

 one picspam per episode - s01e08: Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2)

Sozin’s Comet will return by the end of the summer, and Fire Lord Ozai will use its power to finish the war once and for all. If he succeeds, even the Avatar won’t be able to restore balance to the world. Aang, you must defeat the Fire Lord before the comet arrives. I know you can do it, for you have done it before.


Gif update based on this post.

So, the Gaang travels to the Fire Nation where they visit Roku’s temple. Now, with Aang safely trapped in the sanctuary while Zhao and Zuko wait outside, Aang manages to talk with Roku and learns about Sozin’s Comet.

After expressing some doubt in his abilities,we get this exchange between Aang and Avatar Roku.Here, Aang considers the possibility of failure but, Roku assures him of his own strength and ability by reminding him that he is the Avatar, and as such has access to all the power and knowledge accumulated by the Avatars that came before him.

Thus, we get this instance of framing, with Roku on one side of the screen mirroring Aang in the frame that comes directly after that one. This is meant to show how the two characters are connected as the current Avatar. and his predecessor.

This sort of framing is repeated later in “The Awakening,” this time occurring between Aang and Zuko. There, we again see an intentional framing parallel between two characters.
Every time Honour is said in Avatar the Last Airbender

Number of Times Each Character Says Honour:
zuko: 15
Iroh: 7
Azula: 6 
Aang: 5
Katara: 4
Sokka: 3

Most times Honour mentioned in Episode:
7 (EP: 205 Avatar Day)

Episodes without Honour:
EP: 102 The Avatar Returns 
EP: 108 Avatar Roku (The Winter Solstice, Part 2)
EP: 110 Jet
EP: 111 The Great Divide
EP: 114 The Fortuneteller
EP: 116 The Deserter
EP: 117 The Northern Air Temple
EP: 119 The Siege of the North, Part 1
EP: 120 The Siege of the North, Part 2
EP: 202 The Cave of Two Lovers
EP: 204 The Swamp
EP: 207 Zuko Alone
EP: 209 Bitter Work
EP: 210 The Library
EP: 212 The Serpent’s Pass
EP: 216 Appa’s Lost Days
EP: 219 The Guru
EP: 302 The Headband
EP: 303 The Painted Lady
EP: 304 Sokka’s Master
EP: 305 The Beach
EP: 307 The Runaway
EP: 309 Nightmares and Daydreams
EP: 310 The Day of Black Sun (Part 1: The Invasion)
EP: 316 The Southern Raiders
EP: 318 Sozin’s Comet (Part 1: The Phoenix King)
EP: 319 Sozin’s Comet (Part 2: The Old Masters)
EP: 320 Sozin’s Comet (Part 3: Into the Inferno)

28 Episodes do not mention Honour
33 Episodes mention Honour
54% of Episodes have Honour

27 Seconds Spent on Honour
24 hrs 12 min 30 sec of Avatar
0.03% of Avatar Spent on Honour

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