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  • Hello,I read a discussion thread of yours from 2013 in which you stated the Equalists won. In the discussion you talked with another user about how you didn't believe spirituality was a factor in whether someone has bending. In an interview, Bryke said that bending was a recessive trait as bending parents were known to have nonbending children, and vice versa. However, they also said genetics wasn't the only factor, and that spirituality was a factor as well because we saw that in the original series there were a pair of identical twins where one was a bender and the other was not. However, many people view this explanation unsatisfactorily. However, I remembered the new airbenders that appeared after Harmonic Convergence. It seems obvious the spiritual energy emitted by the event was what activated their bending, and so what if a connection to spiritual energy is what causes bending to be expressed? If bending is a genetic trait, then there is a gene that codes for it. We've also seen that some humans are naturally imbued with spiritual energy or more spiritually connected than others. Since these traits differ between individuals, it is most likely that they are genetic in nature as well. There are cases where certain genes are not expressed for whatever reasons, and so if the genes coding for spiritual connection and energy are not expressed, then it is likely the bending gene will not be expressed either. In the past few decades studies have shown that genes can be forcibly expressed through artificial means. We know that the new airbenders must have airbending in their ancestry for them to have it, and so what if the overwhelming spiritual energy created by Harmonic Convergence activated these dormant genes. This would also account for twins where not both are benders as there have been studies showing that environmental factors can cause certain genes in identical twins to express differently. Does this theory sound plausible to you? Also, I was wanting to know if I could ask how you came up with the name of your account?

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  • Hey man, love your posts. I know I'm a little late to the party, but I enjoy your input in all the threads.

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  • It's hard to believe you are not a admin yet. From what I've seen, you are the most itelligent on  the subject on Avatar, I'd almost think you're the creators of Avatar! All the posts I've seen always has you on it, your comments are so.. I cannot explain. You are truly that amazing. Just a question: How do you feel about the villans' deaths in book 3? Supposedly the whole Red Lotus except for Zaheer. How do you think book 4, the last of the Legend of Korra series, and also, sadly, the last season of the Avatar series as well. Mike and Bryan will not be making more Avatar after season 4 of the Legend of Korra. 

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    • Thank you very much for the compliments!

      On the deaths of the three Red Lotus members, on a personal level I am very satisfied. There are few things more rewarding than seeing characters that were built up as "unstoppable" being taken down. From a storytelling perspective, I'm a little conflicted. On the one hand, the deaths go hand in hand with the darker tone of the Legend of Korra, especially this latest season. On the other hand, it feels a little cheap how they were dealt with. They weren't developed all that well as characters throughout the season, so their ends were just kind of... empty. In contrast, the deaths of Amon and arguably Unalaq felt much more significant since we got to know them much more as characters. P'Li, Ghazan, and Ming Hua mostly felt more like human weapons than actual people, which made their deaths carry less weight. P'Li at least had her bond with Zaheer, which put her above her earthbender and waterbender companions.

      I hope season 4 revisits the conflict between humans and spirits, something I was a little disappointed wasn't addressed in this season. I think there's a lot of potential not only for great action, but talk of prejudice, respecting nature, industrialization, "rightful lands", spirituality, boundaries, and a real analysis of the duties of the Avatar as well. Lots of stuff that would be fascinating to see realized on screen, kind of an odd symmetry considering the issues the first Avatar had to face and the sad fact that this will be the last season.

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    • Ah. I am very intrested in you! Which avatar so far do you like better? Please tell the reasons.

      • Avatar Aang
      • Avatar Kyoshi
      • Avatar Roku
      • Avatar Wan
      • Avatar Korra

      I choose Wan, he has a very interesting backstory. From how he was poor and now the almost strongest being in the Avatar world. Wan is definitely my favorite.

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    • Oddly enough, I tend to find myself liking Korra the most. Though she can be rough around the edges, especially in the first two seasons, I admire her tenacity and willingness to do whatever it takes to get things done. Even when she's at her lowest points, she finds the will to come back swinging. The latest season also showed her progressing incredibly as an Avatar, which impressed me a little more than Aang's progression.

      I also admire the fact that the problems she faces are a little more complex than just "beat up the bad guy". There's plenty of that still, sure, but her struggles don't end when the bad guy bites the dust. She has to continually deal with the consequences of her actions and the points that the villains bring up. Overall I think her story is the most fascinating and complex, complemented by a character who has to change and mature as she realizes the problems of the world around her.

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  • Thanks for telling me what canon is. Now I'm more in the loop. Still very new to this whole online society thing.

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  • Just wanted to say I really do think you are the finest user on this site. You are so much more intelligent than almost anyone I ever met on the subject of Avatar. Thank you for being a part of this wiki and inspiring me to become a part of it as well. All hail the critic.

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    • What do you think will happen?

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    • I think they'll keep the villains alive for book . I mean, there are 4 of them this time, and to have 4 great villains all die before we get to now them would be a waste. I think the writers know that.

      I think, or at least I hope, that Korra will find a way to get back in touch with her past Avatars, though how I don't know.

      I think we'll see Toph, Zuko, and maybe Katara teaming up in the finale to fight, if not sooner.

      And I think that you're right, the spirits will have a big something to do with the season climax.

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  • Hey Air Nomad Critic. You might remember me, WilliamsonKnox, from a long time ago, probably in that forum thread talking about potential new bending civilizations for the Avatar universe. I distinctly remember your comments and support of my ideas regarding the Metal Empire and Wood Clans, and I just wanted to write to you my thanks for your words of encouragement and to inform you that I followed through on my descision to write fanon based upon my ideas. I entitled it  Avatar: Legend of the Arbiter , the first chapter is now posted in the fanon section and I am currently working on the second, so if you ever have the time check it out and give me your opinion. It would be much appreciated and thanks again. 

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  • http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:1211612#6

    I need more input. I'm all alone in the world! XD

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  • hello the air nomad critic, may i enquire as why you chose such a name i am interested to learn your views on the air nomadic race


    regards Northern Avatar96 (wallcontribs)

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    • My name came from two different origins, really. The first is fairly simple; my favorite culture in the series is that of the Air Nomads, and I tend to be rather analytical in my post, so I styled myself as The Air Nomad Critic, in the sense of being an Air Nomad enthusiast who happened to be a critic.

      The other origin comes from my very first post on the forums, in which I dissected the Air Nomad Genocide and how I felt it shouldn't have worked so well. So in that respect I was a critical of a major event in Air Nomad history. One could take it either way, I suppose.

      That and Fire Nation Snob just didn't have the same ring to it.

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    • how interesting, it was certainly not the answer i expected but i must say i am plesently surprised.

      regards Northern Avatar96 (wallcontribs)

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  • Hey haha. I remember you telling me a while ago that you were not much of a comics/manga person, but how? I've had conversations with you full on about comics and such, so, how do you not consider yourself much of a fan? XD

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    • Lol nice XD So sorry. Just saw this.

      By the way, could you please come over to this new wiki that I designed? :) Just leave me a message so that you can join haha ^_^

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  • You should seriously take that alias. XD

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