Zaofu | City of Metal
Hands down the most creative and grandiose architectural design since we first visited the Northern Water Tribe!▲3358 | reblog
Raava & Rebirth
"He cannot destroy light any more than I can destroy darkness. One cannot exist without the other."
Jinora’s restoration of Raava’s light within Vaatu and Raava’s resurrection in the finale captured us all. Whether we were moved to tears by the destruction of Wan’s Legion of Avatars or by Korra’s triumph matters not. These moments shattered the Avatar World as we knew it, for better or worse. What more, they were unutterably beautiful.
This gifset honors Raava, yet further posits the future of her existence as the Avatar Spirit as one free of Vaatu’s influence. Recently, a succinct guide to understanding the finale circulated on tumblr purporting the “fact” that Vaatu now resides within Raava in her form as the Avatar Spirit.
I do not believe this was the intended message behind Raava’s Rebirth at all. Cast correctly, light shines upon this moment to portray Korra and the Light Spirit as victors against the most tenebrous Darkness faced by humans or Spirits in 20,000 years!
The point is, and you can read more of my comments in the link I posted above, Korra succeeded in disintegrating UnaVaatu into the cosmos just as Unalaq did to Raava. You see this in the gifs I’ve made. In both instances, spiritually charged Water dissipated the Yin Yang Spirit. This has lasting implications, as we observe. When Korra attempts to emancipate Raava from within Vaatu she finds nothing. Vaatu says to her, “You are looking for something that is gone. Raava has been destroyed.” He is both correct and incorrect. Raava cannot be destroyed entirely because she is the spiritual embodiment of the essential light of the Universe. Her physical form can be, however.
When this happens to a more lasting degree, as in when someone other than Vaatu himself acts to destroy her physical form (and by enhanced spiritual means no less), Raava deteriorates and enters into the cosmos as essential light and nothing more. When Korra employed her Spirit Conversion technique to dissipate Vaatu, she likewise achieved such a more permanent end to Vaatu’s connection with Raava.
Vaatu may be out there, as the essential darkness of the Universe, yet he can in no way return to accost Raava and Korra without the aid of a Spirit agent. Jinora played this role for Raava. By doing so, she saved the World and the Avatar.
So the glorious resurrection of Raava and her restoration as the Avatar Spirit: 1. has nothing to do with Vaatu or Raava and Vaatu’s previous give and take as he is now absent from the Universe as a physical being, 2. gives rise to a new age not of armistice between the separated Spirits of Light and Dark but of renascence and newness, 3. founds the Avatar Spirit on equal grounds with the new Avatar, Korra.
With the help of her human allies, Raava has banished Vaatu as he existed since the beginning of time. And so the cosmos has shifted.
Wooooops sorry not sorry for reblogging this endlessly. I think it’s a REALLY IMPORTANT alternative to what A LARGE PORTION OF THE FANDOM ASSUMES IS CANON!
Liek, I don’t have all the answers, but I think this is so much more of an obvious take of what happened in the finale…
Just wanted to repost my thoughts on the Book 2 finale and how Korra only bonded with Raava, not Raava and Vaatu.
Korra was only able to find Raava again after her demise because of Jinora. Let’s all remember that.▲572 | reblog