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|By Maritova||Part of thecontinuity.|
Moderate, about 5'9"
|Weapon of choice||
None or glider-staff
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|Chronological and political information|
The Gaang Jr.
Yi Lin is the older child of Avatar Aang and his wife, Katara; she takes after her father, sharing both his talent at Airbending and his friendly, carefree demeanor. Having spent much of her childhood traveling, she is at home wherever she rests her head. Hearing of Hayoda's call to adventure through her brother, Tseng, and her best friend, Princess Irah, she eagerly joined them on their escapades.
"The girl is obsessed," said Tseng, who sleeps across from Yi Lin in his bunk. "All she talks about is shipping, shipping, shipping. It's not a stretch to say that it consumes about 90 percent of her day." 1
Likely due to their excitement over her being an Airbender, Yi Lin's parents gave her very free rein during her childhood. Her father frequently took her along with him as he traveled the world performing his Avatar duties, and both he and Katara lavished her with attention. This lack of strong parental expectations and discipline hasn't made her particularly spoiled, but it has caused her to be somewhat aimless. Yi Lin is happy to just see new sights, make new friends, and have as much fun as she can. Although she enthusiastically embraces causes that she considers noble, her short attention span prevents her from becoming deeply involved in any particular ideology.
Yi Lin's moral system consists mainly of an unshakable belief in the power of love, which for most of her life has been largely synonymous with friendship. Lately, though, she has begun showing a strong interest in romance. Although she doesn't seem very interested in having relationships herself, and appears oblivious to any advances made toward her, she cheerfully speculates on the love lives of anyone and everyone she meets. She has even begun keeping a secret journal (disguised as a shipping log) in which she records "proof" of her theories; the largest sections are devoted to Ty Lee and Azula, and Toph and Cpt. Tom Tom. An equally large portion is devoted to proving that Hayoda and Irah can't possibly be attracted to one another.
Yi Lin is about the same age as, and the two girls have been best friends and confidantes since infancy. The princess is often the first to hear about Yi Lin's loopy theories, matchmaking-related and otherwise.
Although she often scolds him for being boring, Yi Lin loves her brother very much. She knows that no matter how many times he sighs and rolls his eyes at her antics,will always be there for her.
Yi Lin likes spending time with, especially since her young cousin is always finding interesting new animals to play with. However, she sometimes forgets that Yue isn't as boisterous and agile as she is, and doesn't realize she's left her behind until some time later.
Yi Lin anddo not always get along very well, likely due to the fact that their personalities are similar in many ways. She may also be harboring some unacknowledged jealousy over the fact that Irah is spending more and more time with him these days.
Yi Lin's newest friend, Princess Nikiru of the Northern Water Tribe, seems to have a bit of a crush on the Airbender girl. Yi Lin, of course, completely fails to pick up on whatever subtext may exist; she is simply happy to have someone around who appreciates the genius of her shipping theories.
Though she holds an affection for Yi Lin and her well-being as with all the kids, Toph tends to find herself most frequently annoyed by the young Airbender- likely because she takes so highly after her father, "Twinkletoes". And like her father, Yi Lin has gained a growing list of nicknames from the blind Earthbender, such as "Baby Bird" or "Jumping Bean."
- Yi Lin is named after a fan-created character from Deviantart.
- The Airbender arrows that Yi Lin has in some pictures are paint, not real tattoos. Most of the time, she ignores her arms and just paints an arrow on her forehead.
- Yi Lin will go to any lengths to get her proof, the privacy of the "couple" be damned. Sometimes, she dons new robes, a paper hat, and an ink-blotted page as a "mask" [inspired by Watchmen's Rorschach] and becomes the "Masked Shipper."
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