If the first earthbenders learned to be earth benders from badgermoles, and the first airbenders did so from sky bison, why is there only one avatar? I mean if you can just learn bending from giant animals all willy nilly then why not more than one?
I think the implication is that the Avatar is a particular very gifted, very enlightened soul who also happens to have an extensive support system dedicated to keeping track of them through reincarnations.
Personally, I’m more curious about why they never seem to have lost track of the Avatar for more than a few years in childhood, given that it’s implied that the Avatar is reincarnated at random with no way to predict where they’ll be born beyond what element will be their first one, and at least two of the four elements have other, more reclusive cultures that use them (and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there are earth- and air-bending enclaves that are distinct from the Earth Kingdom and Air Nomads, as well).
ok but now that I’m thinking about it a Circle of Magic ‘verse/Avatar crossover with Evumeimei Dingzai and Toph Bei Fong would be really interesting
because on the one hand, I think that if they gave each other a chance, Evvy and Toph would get along? They’re about the same age and they’re both scrappy and no nonsense and stubborn, and Evvy’s stone-focused ambient magic and Toph’s earthbending are similar enough that they’d enjoy comparing them and different enough that they’d enjoy showing off (Evvy wouldn’t be able to work with dirt or refined metal the way Toph can; Toph can’t communicate with rock or work symbolic magic on stones the way Evvy can).
but on the other hand… well, they’re both runaways, but Toph was running from a life of stifling privilege in the full awareness that her powers would make her valuable to the people she chose to associate with, whereas Evvy escaped from the slavery that her own impoverished parents sold her into in order to feed her other siblings, and learned to depend on her powers out of sheer desperation, months before she understood what her powers were or even, really, that she had them. Evvy would have a lot of trouble trusting Toph, and I’m not entirely sure Toph would even fully understand why.
Ok I keep seeing people positing Prince Zuko as Fire Elsa and I’m kind of disappointed that no one seems to have recognized that the real humor in that is that, by extension, it implies Azula as Anna.
Do you wanna light someone on fi~re?