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The Rift, Part 1

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Hope this works! I scanned it all…so the quality might suck!

I don’t own this, obviously! Just trying to share the comic with some people who asked. It is an awesome read! I quite enjoyed it, to be honest.

Please buy it if you can!

I suppose I’ll share this here…why not right?

Well I guess there’s a very specific reason why not: people who read these scans likely won’t buy the comic itself…yet I think it is much more important to disseminate this material to those who cannot possibly purchase the comic. Yeah, yeah, breakin’ the rules, but you know…

Again, please purchase if you are able!

This graphic novel is going to be great, I just know it.

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Gates of The Four Nations

Gates, doors, walls…barriers, tempered or manipulated by each of the four elements, designed to protect.

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Ozai & Unalaq

"You’re right, I do have the power. I have all the power in the world!”

"Now a new era for Spirits and humans will begin, and I will lead them all as the New Avatar.”

There is much in common between the two super villains of the Avatar universe. It isn’t just presentation that sets them apart from all others. (Megamind anyone?) Notably, each seeks to dominate the world. This is textbook. What interests me in the analysis of these villains is how they go about enacting their plans. What are their methods to madness?

Firelord Ozai and Chief Unalaq represent perversions of their native elements.

I take it readers and viewers won’t have much difficulty swallowing what I have to say. After all, when the writers grant these characters lines such as those quoted above, an audience gathers impressions of these characters and their respective dogmas.

Firelord Ozai avows to reap from The Great Comet every ounce of power it may hold. As his grandfather before him, Ozai abuses the Spiritual gift of the Comet. By Ozai’s time, however, the mantle of Sozin’s dream for a new world order has been erected, insofar that Ozai’s plan to annihilate the Earth Kingdom is for the sole purpose of indulgence in power. And his power is consummate. In its consummation, Ozai’s power is impure, out of balance, disfigured from its beautiful, celestial form.

Chief Unalaq hopes for revolution. Learned and sage as he is, Unalaq is also blinded by the alluring promise of change. Drinking from the spring of sacred knowledge in his Tribe, his vision clouds. Spirits are all that he sees. He poisons himself with dark energy, in which he steeps waiting for his moment to effect change unlike ever before. He becomes a Dark Avatar. This becoming signifies the singular, greatest cosmological shift since the dawn of The Age of The Avatar. So enamored with history and philosophy and change, Unalaq divests himself of concern for his body, yet in doing so he loses himself, consumed by Vaatu.

Point being, these two are markedly different, opposites even! In their abuse of the elements power and change, Ozai and Unalaq embody one of Avatar's fundamental premises. No one element is inherently predisposed to villainy; misfortune befalls all who disregard the philosophy of balance.

I was going to go into how I think it’s interesting that these two are opposed by Avatars connected to the opposite elements. Essentially, Aang has weathered the change of 100 years of war, and this is what directs him, quite fatalistically, to his confrontation with Ozai. Aang must change the course of the Fire Nation if he hopes to restore balance. He must welcome the restorative capacity of the element of change. So, Ozai stands for distorted power, Aang stands for restoring change.

Conversely, Korra’s nature centers on the element of power. She is unshakable in her ownership of the Avatar’s unique endowments. Fond as she is of her identity, she is leery of change. She must oppose Unalaq by upholding the power she holds as the Avatar, sole manipulator of all four elements and vessel of the Spirit of Light. So, Unalaq symbolizes revolutionary, drastic change, Korra symbolizes hallowed, revered power.

Whoops I guess I went there…anyway, enjoy the comparison! And the text of this text post liek wow it is a lot sorry not sorry…

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Look at how the Water dances

Look at how the Water dances

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New Spiritual Forms

Water - Spiritual Conversion: An ancient technique practiced by Water Tribe chieftains to commune with Spirits and release the light energy within them; rediscovered by Chief Unalaq, taught to Avatar Korra

Fire - Spiritual Reading: An ability exhibited by the Fire Shaman, principal amongst the Fire Sages, to detect dark spiritual contaminants within the Avatar Spirit of Avatar Korra

Air - Spiritual Cleansing: A ceremonial process enacted by Master Tenzin to purge an Ancient Airbender meditation circle of the dark pteropine spirits housed therein; taught to Tenzin by Avatar Aang

Cleansin’ with Tenzin!

After repeated failings with spiritual matters his whole life this episode, Tenzin finally displayed useful application of his ceaseless training and indefatigable pursuit of the spiritual. Even if he didn’t realize his dream, even if he won’t by season’s end, we know his tutelage under Aang and his mastery of Air hasn’t failed us.

Love these techniques! What would the Book of Spirits be without exploration of how human’s interact with their counterparts?

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Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Seven: Beginnings, Part 1

Reflection of The Self

Location: Korra’s Psychic Plane, Spirit World

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On The Spirit World

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Wan bending in the Spirit World raised my hackles a bit…

Incongruity, I thought! RIGHT THERE! No one can bend in the Spirit World!

But alas, I believe Wan’s actions predicate this future, universal condition.

When Wan sealed away Vaatu he sealed away an ancient era, one of (seemingly) unbreakable, ceaseless cycles. In a sense, Wan granted Vaatu’s wish for the end of Raava’s Era. Wan bent the once immutable spirits of Light and Dark and disrupted the natural ebb and flow of yin and yang in growth and destruction changing hands every eon of 10,000 years. How coincidental, then, can the resurgence of Dark Spirit activity be when on the eve of Harmonic Convergence?

This of course makes me itch with plot questions. How will the Dark and Light Spirits Converge for battle if Raava remains bound in Korra, especially if Korra intends to subvert fate by sealing the portal? This is not at all similar to Wan’s plan of action: to enter the Spirit World physically and willfully engage Vaatu. Then, too, Raava was still around in her external Spirit form. Must Raava emerge from her binding in Korra as Vaatu emerges from his? Or, on the contrary, will Vaatu, unable to reassume his past form, possess a host to carry him into battle against Raava in her Avatar form?

I wonder.

Nonetheless, I’d like to discuss the ramifications of Unalaq’s physical journey to the Spirit World, witnessed only at its close in “The Sting.” This is unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed in ATLAAll previous Spirit World journeys, such as this:

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the bluey, astroprojection of “The Winter Solstice”

and this:

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the spirit travels through memories of Avatars past (not unlike what Korra experienced in “Beginnings”)

and even this:

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which is what we thought to be actual entrance into the Spirit World. They all seem to be pale imitation of physical entry into the alternate plane of existence, which was enacted by Wan when he entered into the Spirit World and battled Vaatu. Physical entrance was accomplished once and will be, or has been really, accomplished again.

This is, again, thanks to Wan and his manipulation of the Avatar World’s  ontological state. In one way, Wan’s forcible split of the two, Raava and Vaatu, triggered it first…

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Then he fused with Raava:

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Vanquished Vaatu and sealed him away:

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And Wan proclaims he has locked Vaatu away and will similarly seal the Spirit Portals so that no human can physically enter the Spirit World to free him…

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So this explains the difference in Spirit World entry, and also why Unalaq wanted Korra to unlock the Southern Portal…and why this happened…

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Fuck.

Either way, I cannot help anticipate something World ALTERING on the horizon. Book Two: Spirits seems to possess a catalytic blend for cataclysm, and each component is equally unprecedented: a reactionary political leader with Spiritual Powers outflanking those of the Avatar, an Avatar now privy to the creation of her essence, mounting darkness in a form never before seen by humans of the Avatar Era, and the end of that Era teetering on the brink of The Harmonic Convergence.

Intriguing.

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Defensive vs. Offensive: Sphere of The Four Elements

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Scenery → 1 gifset per Season

Autumn

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Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Four: Civil Wars, Part 2

Bumi Bereft

Location: Hall of Statues, Southern Air Temple

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