I just found out about this livejournal thing called capslock_zutara.
And I’m just reading their comments about stuff like.
I won’t say anything but judge for yourselves.
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How did Avatar Aang’s face end up on Yuan paper bills
Basically it was all Zuko’s idea.
Aang: Yes, Zuko.
Zuko: I HAVE… A… GREAT IDEA.
Aang: Oh god, not again.
Zuko: JUST HEAR ME OUT OKAY.
Aang: No, Zuko please—
Zuko: JUST LISTEN.
Aang: What is it now.
*Zuko tips open a bag of Yuan bills*
Aang: what is th— ZUKO
Zuko: ISNT THIS NEAT
THE PEOPLE ARE ALREADY USING THEM
Thinking Too Much About the World of Avatar
Views of the Southern Air Temple Sanctum from Episode 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. (I tried to upload them in a photoset but Tumblr was being a butt.)
Each of those statues is a statue of an Avatar. There are hundreds of them. Has it ever dawned on anyone else just how long Avatars have been around? Let’s assume, just for ease and the sake of argument, that the average lifespan of an Avatar is 100 years. Roku and Aang died earlier than that, but Roku died from toxic inhalation and Aang had that whole century-in-an-iceberg thing. Kyoshi, in contrast, lived to be over 250.
I’m not going to do any major mathematics here, but there seem to be about fifty on the ground level, and I counted ~60 in that shot going up to the ceiling. That’s only part of the room, so I’m going to make the poor, but mathematically convenient, assumption that there are 150 Avatars in the upper levels.
200. Two hundred Avatars. So that’s ~20,000 years of Avatars. Do you know what we were doing 20,000 years ago? Painting caves. We hadn’t even inhabited the Americas yet.
I’m no anthropologist or historian, but from my limited understanding, “modern civilization” began something like 6,000 years ago. With this came the rise of the city, defined political systems, writing, architecture, all that stuff. If you have a statue of every Avatar, you’re going to need to have records dating back to that time. This means that the Era of the Avatar has occurred entirely during that world’s “modern civilization.” In fact, as the Avatar arose as humans discovered the four elements and split into four nations, it might even be said that the two eras are the same. (And now we ponder the question: which came first, the Avatar or civilization?)
If there are any people out there who are still griping about how all this technology in Korra came too quickly, I think this might be the last nail in their coffin. Their society has been around for more than three times as long as ours. I daresay it’s high time they had cars.
This kind of stuff really interests me. If we had been around for 20,000 years, we would probably have colonies in Andromeda. (Hopefully.) But the influence of the Avatar, it would seem, has served to maintain the status quo. A grand mediator keeping humanity in check against nature has slowed development incredibly.
Of course, things have changed on Avatar Earth in the past 170 years. And why is that? Well, the Avatar wasn’t there for a hundred of them. In that time, the Fire Nation developed internal combustion engines and nearly conquered the entire world. Even with the Avatar restored, the world has been irrevocably changed, and the speed of development has gone into overdrive. Humanity is outpacing nature - and is even beginning to chafe in nature’s elemental shackles. After having a taste of what they can do without an Avatar - without the world holding them back, we get people like the Anti-Benders.
The conflict of Legend of Korra, then, could almost be framed as one between the status quo and progress. Suddenly, the lines of good and evil aren’t as clear. I’m not sure the world is back in balance quite yet. Korra’s got her work cut out for her.
But, back to my original point, at least she’s got a shitton of past selves to back her up.
I like this *U* yes i love this world it’s complex and so interesting how much thought they put into this show. i wonder if they will show us MORE past avatars with korra!
I noticed that when i rewatched the episode recently! How many there are, yes this explanation makes sense :’)
Derse. Prospit. Long ago, the two planets lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Dersite queen attacked. Only sburb players, inhabitants of both the planets could stop them. But, when the world needed them most, they vanished. A hundred years passed and four earth kids discovered new sburb discs, including a Breath player named John. And although his windy thing is great, he’ll need a lot of help from his friends before he can save anyone.
But I believe, John can save the world.