waterbending master

anonymous asked:

Did Aang run away for the same reasons in the Gaang age swap au or did he get caught in the storm looking for a waterbender master?

In the age swap AU, Roku’s death happens four years earlier, meaning that Sozin has to wait those four extra years tonise thencomit to go after the Air Nomads, and as a consequence, he takes a little longer to get the ball rolling on his imperial conquests and the Air Nomads feel secure enough to wait until Aang is the traditional sixteen to tell him that he is the Avatar. However, they also feel the winds of war blowing, and want to keep him close to home for fears of assassination. Suddenly, Aang’s life gets much more restrictive as they write to the Northern Water Tribe to send a master to them. Bored, lonely, and facing his mentor being sent away for being a bad influence, Aang decides to show them that he can look out for himself by flying to the South and finding a master by himself, his own way.

Well he certainly does find a waterbending master his own way.

one of my favorite things about a:tla is that everyone knows uncle iroh. everyone. the blind girl you just added to the gang? had tea with him once. that flower seller? yup. your ten-ton six-legged five-stomached flying bison? probably. that girl on the streets of ba sing se? he sent his nephew on a date with her. a whole tribe of thought-to-be-extinct sun warriors? nbd. your cranky waterbending master? they go way back. that dramatic deserter? your bro’s sword instructor? your 112 year old nuthouse friend? the next avatar 54 years later? sure

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I always loved aang’s reaction

no jealousy, no misplaced avatar superiority complex, no wtf I just spent the entire afternoon trying to move that stupid puddle and she picks it up in 0.534 seconds what is this

he’s just so impressed and happy for katara and all “oh my god my girlfriend is the greatest waterbender in the world look at her go she could punch me in the face and I’d thank her holy spirits

honestly what a snowball

friendly reminder that katara, with no formal training, held her own against a waterbending master at age fourteen by being perseverant, strong-willed, and unyielding.

friendly reminder that sokka, without leadership from his father, held his own in a group of benders as the strategist, planner, and warrior by being inventive, adaptable, and hardworking.

friendly reminder that katara, with a few weeks under pakku’s tutelage, mastered waterbending and could best any man or woman in the northern tribe.

friendly reminder that sokka, with days under the guidance of piandoa, mastered swordsmanship, forged his own sword, and bested the master himself.

friendly reminder that katara, a waterbender, took down the fire nation princess during sozin’s comet with the aide of her wit and skill.

friendly reminder that sokka, a warrior, took out a fleet of fire nation airships with the aide of his wit, his skill, and his friends.

friendly reminder that katara, the girl who took on the role of her mother, held together a band of misfits in the most trying times. 

friendly reminder that sokka, the one who thought was not special, stuck by his sister and his friends through everything.

friendly reminder that these two characters stand as amazing veterans from a tribe where no one thought twice about bowing down to the fire nation. 

friendly reminder that these two characters traveled the world with a twelve year old and his bison because they took a chance on destiny.

friendly reminder that these two characters are role models to children all over the world.

friendly reminder that these two characters stuck by the theme of the show: they took control of their own destiny and saved the world.

now remind me, friends, what makes katara and sokka so replaceable? 

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Zuko being unnecessarily violent. 

Note that Iroh stops Zuko when he can. Interestingly, in the example from “The Beach,” it’s not until Zuko pushes Ruon-Jian into the vase that Mai finally puts an end to things. This is likely due to Iroh having more experience dealing with Zuko’s temper. 

Furthermore, while Iroh gets Zuko to stop, it’s only Mai that explains to Zuko what problematic behaviors he is displaying:

Mai: Your temper is out of control. You blow up over every little thing. You’re so impatient and hotheaded and angry!

However, I should probably note that, while Zuko’s temperament is reduced by the time of the comics, this behavioral change is due more to the context of the events in the show v the comics, rather than Mai’s verbal reprimands and Iroh’s physical intervention. 

Don’t imagine Iroh taking an evening walk, only to turn around to see their ship explode with one passenger still aboard.

Zuko…”

Don’t think of him, in that moment, reliving the day his men told him his son had been killed in an ambush.

Don’t imagine him running to the port, praying to Agni that he doesn’t have to lose another son.

Don’t imagine his heart stopping for a moment when he sees the burning wreckage.

Don’t imagine him scanning the waters desperately for any sign of his nephew until he sees him clinging to a wooden plank.

Don’t imagine him finally able to breathe again seeing Zuko alive, getting him to shore as quickly and best as he can, all the while trying to get him to talk in order to keep him conscious and not succumb to the cold.

Don’t imagine him instantly also knowing who was responsible for the explosion.

There are literally so many badass women in Avatar. Like, the entire cast of Avatar is made up of badass women. Many of them are non-benders as well.

We have:

Katara, waterbending master and graceful badass.

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