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  • Just a thought concerning everybody's favorite masked charlatan.

    When Amon first reveals his signature abilities, he announces to the crowd that they came from the spirits, further elaborating that they have grown tired of the influence benders have on society, finding it necessary to grant one person the ability to remove bending.

    Now, when he is revealed as a fraud (sort of), the "it came from the spirits" explaination is never really adressed: Amon is revealed to be a bender, fight ensues, he shows off his other skills to his supporters, he flees. The overwhelming concensus is likely to be that his initial explaination of his abilities was purely an invention for him to gain credibility, but lets really look at this situation for a moment. How are some ways that Amon could have aquired his unique bloodbending skill?

    If it were through experimentation, chances are someone would have noticed people getting spirited away to some bloodbending lab. The human body is extremely complex, and the physiological ties to the mystical art of bending is not fully understood, so if Amon had gotten his bender-be-gone ability the old fashioned way, he would have had to use many human subjects, which most likely would have led to unwanted attention. Even if the United Forces or local law enforcement couldn't stop him, there would likely be a "mad bloodbender on the loose" across all media, along with the sorts of victims he would leave. Not exactly an ideal situation when you want to re-invent yourself.

    It likely wasn't through any ancient discoveries, as bloodbending hasn't existed that long. It also probably wasn't through any sort of human mentorship, as Amon seems to be the most knowledgeable bloodbender ever known.

    Now we come to divine intervention. I know its a bit of a stretch, but just bear with me on this one. The spirits have proven knowledgeable about bending in the past, shown by the Ocean Spirit and Wan Shi Tong. Even if they can't bend themselves, they still know of its techniques, and probably know more about the art than anyone on the material plane given the fact that, barring accidents, they are immortal. It has also been shown that spirits are able to energybend (Avatar spirits specifically, but since it is the only bending skill spirits can use, it is probably known to at least a few other spirits), which can impart knowledge to the user, bending or otherwise.

    Now that we know the basic plot of the next book of LoK, as well as certain spirits from AtLA *coughKohcough*, we also know that certain spirits can be less than amicable when it comes to certain parts of the material plane. Koh, for instance, took personal offense when the Avatar chose to neglect his duties in peacetime. It isn't too far of a stretch, I think, that a few spirits may either share the sentiment of most Equalists in that bending gives people too much power over their fellow man, or indeed they might be jealous, as spirits cannot bend on their home turf.

    Now, with that bit of speculation, it isn't a terribly large stretch to assume that Amon may have actually told the truth about his unique bending abilities, from a certain point of view. A rogue spirit, emboldened by the lack of a spiritual enforcer, could have given Amon the knowledge of how to imitate energybending, the only sort of bending spirits can do, with bloodbending, the only other bending style that can manipulate the body that is not held exclusively by the Avatar.

    Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

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    • i like your thinking; it's definitely possible, but i kinda doubt it. i feel like it would have been addressed if that was the case. then again, we still have book 2, so who knows?

      the other thing i would like to comment on is you said "able to energybend (Avatar spirits specifically..." why do you say "avatar spirits"? there is only one avatar, that has been stated many times. (for more info on my views about the avatar see dynamics of the avatar)

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    • I meant the Avatar's past lives. Korra didn't reach her hand around and energybend herself, Aang did it. Its pretty clear that the past lives of the Avatar not only exist within the Avatar herself, but also freely and independently in the Spirit World. They aren't just extensions of one spirit, they are their own entities as well.

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    • I hope so, I would like to see it tie into season 2.

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    • The Dark Spirit's abitions have yet to be revealed, he may have some ties with Amon. Or perhaps Amon was merely one pawn among many.

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    • I believe we are likely looking forward to the ATLA universes equivalent of 'Resistance: Fall of Man' with evil spirits instead of  the Chimera.

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    • No idea what that is.

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    • I have long had the exact same theory. Plus I may add that Noatak (as I prefer to call him by his real name) took the bending from many people. If he did use his bloodbending to take someone's bending, don't you think someone would have noticed?

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    • Already covered that in the OP, but yea. If he had to practice his technique in order to perfect it, someone would have definitely noticed. Even if no one could stop him, someone would probably be able to ID him eventually.

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    • Unless he was going around, never staying in one place too long, finding people no one would miss such as vagabonds, criminals, or drifters and tested on them. Then successful attempts or not he would dispose of them.

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    • Considering bloodbending is highly illegal and even vagabonds have friends, I doubt he would be able to hide himself all that long. Someone would get away or someone would talk.

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    • He might have killed the people he tested it on. But I'm saying after he tested it surely people would have noticed (i.e. Tahno, Lightning Bolt Zolt, Shady Shin, Korra)

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    • By disposed I meant kill them. His bloodbending is more than enough to deal an easy death blow to anyone. In real life police are really not that concerned about a few homeless people disappearing. Plus even if they did know a bloodbender was running around, who would suspect a 15 year old?

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    • I know, thats what I meant. Homeless or not, many corpses attract attention, especially when there are no signs of external trauma, as there would be with a bloodbending attack. On top of that, something tells me lower class benders will be better off and have more connections than their non-bending counterparts; magical abilities tend to do that. Also, as powerful as Amon was, people could resist him to some extent, likely more so when he was younger, so chances are good someone would have been able to escape.

      Considering two 12 year olds, a 14 year old, and three 16 year olds took on an entire millitary, I wouldn't put it past the cops to suspect the young people from time to time. Bending from a 15 year old is just as dangerous as from a 30 year old.

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    • The Air Nomad Critic wrote:
      ...especially when there are no signs of external trauma, as there would be with a bloodbending attack.
      Bending from a 15 year old is just as dangerous as from a 30 year old.

      There certaintly would be obvious signs of trauma from a lethal bloodbending attack.

      And I agree with you second quoted point.

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    • Maybe Noatak didn't have to test it. Maybe it worked on the first try and someone noticed. Noatak did pick up on bloodbending easily, maybe it was the same for this technique.

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    • Oh there would be signs, just not on the outside (I would hate to be the coroner working on a bloodbending victim). That said, we never actually have seen an expired bloodbending victim, and chances are we never will considering the rating on the show. Who knows, maybe victims bleed out from every concievable orifice with body wide deep-tissue bruising?

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    • Depends on what the bloodbender did to kill them. if they started to extract the water from the body, but stopped halfway before any fluids were actually extracted, then there would definitely be body wide bruising with at least some active bleeding. if they increased pressure on the brain, there probs wouldn't be any external signs, but if it was done elsewhere, like the liver, there probs would be. (actually, i'm sure more ways would result in external signs than not). perhaps what amon did to hide the bodies was a full water extraction - there wouldn't be anything left, just dust. (and perhaps some non-water liquids such as fat and other lipids) either way, you wouldn't be able to tell that the remains were of a body (or at least nobody who would notify the proper authorities would be able to). again, that is assuming that amon did find/use people to practice on.

      anyway, let's move this coversation back to something more pleasant.

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    • You mean speculating on whether or not a dark puppeteer made an occult deal with a demonic spirit to gain horrible power unheard of outside of the most powerful bender on Earth? Yes, so much more pleasant.

      I wouldn't doubt Amon's years of secrecy was on the more spiritual side of things, as he held the Avatar, the ultimate medium and spirit of the planet, in high regards. There is much power in the spirit world: perhaps Amon wanted a cut.

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    • @Air Nomad Critic

      Resistance Fall of Man is a video game about a 1930's-50's earth that is invaded by an evil race of aliens that called the Chimera. I thought the comparison to it was valid since LOK is based on the 1930's. I imagine season 2 to be a mash-up of this Princess Mononoke, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the wind. Man

      Also, if Amon had really been thinking he would have bid his time until his equalists had infiltrated every government the globe over. And then Executed an 'Order 66' in which the Sleeper Equalists would stage uprisings in every major city on the planet, overthrowing the benders and monarchies.

      Its a shame nick only gave Bryke 12 episodes for season 1.

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    • Actually, it was bloodbending that Noatak used. I copied this quote from the transcript: "When he took my bending, the sensation was somehow familiar. I later recognized it as my brother's bloodbending grip."-Tarrlock

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    • @ Raiden

      Yea, Amon really didn't think things through with his invasion. Then again, if you really look at his motives and background, he's not the strongest villian. He's just another "corrupted" guy who wants power.

      @ Avatalonathan

      Um... what? I don't think anyone here has implied that Amon has used anything but bloodbending. If you are referring to how Amon got his ability, I clearly said his anti-bending ability was based on energybending, but was still bloodbending. Please try to read more thoroughly before making reply posts.

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    • The Air Nomad Critic wrote: I meant the Avatar's past lives. Korra didn't reach her hand around and energybend herself, Aang did it. Its pretty clear that the past lives of the Avatar not only exist within the Avatar herself, but also freely and independently in the Spirit World. They aren't just extensions of one spirit, they are their own entities as well.

      Well, the current avatar has 2 spirits, a mortal and spiritual, and they exist in their spiritual forever, not their mortal.

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    • And the past avatars can connect to the current mortal avatar.

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    • @zuktara

      see this for info about the avatar, and feel free to reply.

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    • Well I have my theory posted.

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    • ZukTara, I should point out that the term "Spiritual Spirits" which you basically said, is amazingly redundant. And the term "Mortal Spirits" is completely contradictory.

      Thus, I'm really confused as to what exactly you mean here.

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    • Magic Jesus power. Either that or witchcraft.

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    • Remember that Amon is by far the most powerful waterbender we've seen thus far, and that includes people like Katara. It's possible that he's operating on a playing field where he's in a class all his own. A bender's ability comes not from the brain itself, but from a certain spiritual force that I'm not even going to begin to try to understand. Nevertheless, one needs the brain to utilize bending. It stands to reason that since the human body is mostly water, the connections between the brain and the rest of the body is based on that principle.If Amon understands the nervous system enough to focus on the specific areas of the brain that enable a bender to harness and project their power, then sever those connections, he can effectively cripple a bender. It's like cutting a piano player's hands off - he may still have musical talent, but no way to express it. And if there's no one with the knowledge to reattach his hands, he will never play again, even if the ability is still within him. Katara and other healers may just lack the knowledge to properly reconnect a bender's severed connections to their own powers.

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    • Again, if he did develop the skill on his own, he must have had test subjects. Those tend to get noticed, whether they are ranting in the streets or rotting in the gutter, depending on what Amon did with them afterwards.

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    • Not, witchcraft, not magic, WATERBENDING dipwads.

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    • Nor Jesus power.

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    • Bending is still technically magic. Magic is merely bypassing the laws of nature, which bending falls under.

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    • IT'S NOT FRICKING MAGIC!!! Just some, abnormal, powers.

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    • magic = "some abnormal powers" and like tanc said, magic is anything that bypasses the standard laws of nature of our universe, and bending is avatar's version of "magic."

      while the topic of magic is brought up, do the people of avatar believe in magic outside of bending? obviously there's all kinds of spirit world shenanigans, but in the puppetmaster, the imprisoned people said the person who kidnapped her was some kind of witch...and a witch is an evil older female who practices magic (usually, in most folklore anyway), so what do you guys think?

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    • Intelligence4
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    • I would imagine "real" or "high" magic is only wielded by the spirits and those who are able to conjure them. A witch in the Avatar world may just be another word for sorcerer or dark shaman: someone who summons spirits and binds them to their will in order to produce high magical effects. Otherwise, high magic is far beyond the capabilities of the inhabitants of the Avatar world

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    • I'm really don't think the Avatarverse needs things like magic in it. It kind of takes away from the show to me.

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    • Bending is magic. Its just a very specific and active sort of magic.

      The sort of magic that involves incantation, runes, potions, and wiggling fingers really shouldn't be in Avatar, I agree, but the spirits of the world do seem to have access to a higher form of magic. Whether humans could ever wield this magic is debatable.

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    • I wouldn't call it magic if it is an inherited trait. To me it's the same as the mutant gene in X-men but more stable as you know what to expect (A waterbender+firebender can equal water, fire, or non-bender).

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    • Its circumventing the laws of nature with no scientific cause. Its magic.

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    • Only if you hold it to the standards of our real world laws. There are things in our own world that we do not in the slightest understand, but that doesn't make them magic.

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    • Its not about understanding, its about nature. We do not understand dark matter or dark energy, but we can still hold them to scientific principles. We cannot do the same thing with bending. Chances are, if you were to look at cadavers of a non-bender vs. a bender, you would not be able to tell the difference biologically. Bending may be readily observable, but it circomvents the laws of nature, and is thus considered magic.

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    • "Science. But I understand your confusion. Great power has always baffled primitive men."- Johann Schmidtt to German Officers

      Though it comes from a movie it still applies. There doesn't have to be a biological difference for them to be different. And I can say this about scientific principals: People don't understand something-Someone comes up with a theory they believe is correct-the other people in turn, not having any understanding themselves, agree with and gather around those who claim to have an understanding.

      I believe, in the end, that no human truly understands the workings of the universe. And how could we when it was created by someone so much greater than ourselves.

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    • Ok then, would you like to offer a scientific explaination for how bending works? Preferably one that doesn't just come down to "the world is different", as many fantasy worlds use that approach and the people in it still call circumventing the laws of nature "magic", even though it is a natural force in that world

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    • Amon is a liar. He could have easily kidnapped people, bloodbended them for practice and killed them. He is, after all, heartless. And people are so gullible (remeber Hama's episode), they probably wouldn't suspect him (he probably concealed the fact that he was a bender). Also, his spirit story is incomplete without the fire-benders taking away his mother as that (according to his story) is what lead to his power.

      Moreover, Amon had been missing for several years before he came to RC. If he travelled a lot, he obviously wouldn't have lingered around a place long enough for people to suspect him.

      Another possible explanation is, he could have learnt about Chi flows during his travels and could have severed the "Seas of Chi"'s connection from the rest of the body. Or, he could have used bloodbending (he touches the forehead) to make people forget how to channel their energy into bending.

      Amon was not an ordinary blood bender. He was immensly powerful. And he had years to practice with no motive but "equality".

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    • Bodies tend to get noticed, especially when it is obvious that they were killed via bloodbending. He wouldn't have been able to hide himself for long.

      He was a waterbender, he most likely already knew plenty about chi by the time he left the North Pole. Waterbenders are one of the two bending disciplines that interact directly with chi, so it probably wasn't a foreign concept for him. The problem is, chi is not a physiological feature, neither is chi flow, and thus shouldn't be that badly affected by bloodbending.

      We know that people still know how to bend after Amon is through with them: they often try to right afterwards, so they still know their bending forms.

      Simply being powerful does not garuntee being able to pioneer new techniques. Bumi was the most powerful earthbender in the world, and yet he couldn't metalbend. Katara was arguably one of the most powerful waterbenders in the world, yet she couldn't figure out how to draw water from the air/plants or bloodbend until Hama, a less powerful waterbender, showed her how.

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    • Chi is truly affected only by long-term emotions, and energy-bending.

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    • Waterbending healing manipulates chi paths and lightning generation involves the manipulation and seperation of ones own chi.

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    • Exactly! Thats's my point! Manipulation of Chi paths using waterbending of the human body!

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    • Technically true. The issue is that such manipulation of ones chi paths would be extremely difficult, as it is not what bloodbending was designed to do: from its creation, bloodbending has had no metaphysical connections to chi as healing did, only moving the blood in the human body around.

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    • "only movingthe blood in the human body around"

      not really, bloodbending manipulates the water in the human body (which is roughly 70% water). yes, some of that is in the blood, but there's also interstital fluid, lymph, and a whole bunch of other fluids. also every cell in the body is mostly made of cytoplasm, which is mostly water.

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    • Kinda splitting hairs, but true, though I would ague the cytoplasm bit, as A) what you're referring to is cytosol, cytoplasm refers to the "empty space" in the cell occupied by cytosol and other bits, and B) it may contain water, but there is so much dissolved substances that it actually becomes more like a gel, much less water-like than blood or lymph, which presumably is the sort of stuff that one can bend and is already difficult enough to manipulate with all the living cells, hormones, dissolved minerals, etc. mixed in with it. The point is that bloodbending is meant to only deal with a physical substance, not necessarily mess with chi as healing does..

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    • This seems to make sense, though I never really thought of it. It does make sense that a spirit like Koh would be angry with the avatar for not maintaining balance, but I personnally don't think that it has any relevance to Amon's bending abilites. However, your theory is very interesting. Also, I never really thought about how Amon found out that he can take away another's bending. Because as we learned in the episode "the Puppet Master" bloodbeding is completely physical. I didn't believe that a bloodbender could manipulate one's chi, but as stated by Tarlock, "I've never seen a bender as strong as Noatok". Perhaps he did try it on someone (though it seems unlikely), or maybe we'll just find out in book 2. Great idea! 

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    • If I recall correctly, someone suggested a while back that perhaps Amon was able to combine bloodbending and healing, the latter of which is known to work directly with chi, in order to completely mess up a bender's chi paths.

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    • ^That does make a lot of sense. But I really want to find out in season 2. If they don't really come up with an answer, it'll kind of be weird. However, once again, I never really thought that Amon combined his bloodbending with healing, in order to disrupt the chi paths of a bender. 

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    • It would be a shame if they never went into how Amon came into his powers, especially considering how unique they were. It could result in some fascinating psychological episodes. Maybe a diary format or something.

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    • I was just thinking that. A diary would be a perfect way to explain what he was doing after he ran away, how he got his powers,and how he learned exactly how to take another's bending.

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    • i don't think it would be in season 2; the whole point of that is that we have a new villian and stuff. if anything, it would be in something like art of the animated series or something.

      p.s. The healing suggestion was from me. :)

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    • ^^Haha. Sorry. Good idea on the healing suggestion. Never really thought of it. And I just was thinking a diary would be a great way to tie up loose ends. Just my own opinion though (:

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    • The Air Nomad Critic wrote:
      If I recall correctly, someone suggested a while back that perhaps Amon was able to combine bloodbending and healing, the latter of which is known to work directly with chi, in order to completely mess up a bender's chi paths.

      In A:TLAB, Ty Lee was able to chi block. Amon and his gang must have learned from her..

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    • His henchmen certainly, but Amon's abilities seem quite far and above anything Ty Lee could manage.

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    • well ty lee must have learned from someone, and we know she taught the kyoshi warriors. also with age differences, i don't think they learned directly from TL. i'm sure if you're average dude wanted to learn chi blocking, it would be possible. although probably not now that it has become such a problem; anyone trying to learn chi blocking would be...suspected.

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    • Kind of odd, since widespread chi blocking might actually curb some of the violence caused by benders in Republic City; if more people know chi blocking, the average bending thug may think twice before mugging someone. Of course, similar logic is used with those who would want guns everywhere in the real world, and there are many who have a problem with that sort of thinking due to the possible encouragement of citizens to needlessly excercise violence on possible criminals.

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    • Lets say that chi-blocking is simply another martial art in a world full of them [from common bending arts, up to blade ones and non-bending] so I dont think that'll cause a lot of problem.

      Now on the other side the distribution and production of these shock gloves could cause a gun-like issue in the avatar world. 

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    • Same debate as always: Does giving people weapons to protect themselves increase or decrease violence?

      Personally I think that chi-blocking should be as essential a martial art for non-benders as learning to bend is for those who can. Benders have so far taken it for granted they have essentially nothing to fear from nonbenders. That should change.

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    • If you give people weapons, it depends on how they use their weapon or how violent they are, and I agree with you.

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    • The Air Nomad Critic wrote:
      Katara was arguably one of the most powerful waterbenders in the world, yet she couldn't figure out how to draw water from the air/plants or bloodbend until Hama, a less powerful waterbender, showed her how.

      It isn't that she couldn't do it, she just had never thought about doing that.

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    • I think he used both of bloodbending and healing. Healing cleans the chi paths, the writers probably think that "Anyone who is able to heal, is also able to kill", Amon bend the blood of person instead of water from the outside sources to mess/sever someone's chi paths. Kinda like healing someone from inside with their blood instead of any water from the outside.


      Just my 2 cents.

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    • The creators had already explained it in a DVD commentary that Amon/Noatak uses a combination of both Waterbender Healing Technique and Bloodbending. When a waterbender heals, they open up Chi Paths in the body. He does a darker variation of that technique and instead of opening it, he servers the active Chi Path that enables bending. 

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    • Jharis10 wrote: The creators had already explained it in a DVD commentary that Amon/Noatak uses a combination of both Waterbender Healing Technique and Bloodbending. When a waterbender heals, they open up Chi Paths in the body. He does a darker variation of that technique and instead of opening it, he servers the active Chi Path that enables bending. 

      If that's the case, why can't an established and skilled healer heal the subject by just simply opening the those pathways back up. Why wasn't Katara able to do it. It was stated that she is the best healer int he world. On top of that, she is also a blood bender. It should seem that anyone skillfull water bender could do it.

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    • Because Amon is Amon. You would think he wouldn't go through with the plan he had If he known that there was a accessible cure behind it. He's a very powerful Bloodbender too. He outclasses the likes of Katara in Bloodbending. Also, this is something new, too. Simply put, no expert in the world could really 100% fanthom how it was done and how it can be fixed due to only one person being able to do so in the first place and the ho recent the technique was developed. It's no surprise a Expert like Katara would even be helpless againt fixing such a technique.

      Also, opening Chi-Pathways is probably not easy. We already seen Korra have such a hard time airbending and that was mentally. Amon's ability unlocked it. If opening chi pathways physically was easy, then we would see it much more often. But that's the only time we've seen a character open one's chi pathway physically. Also, he may also use some Chi-Blocking knowledge, as shown where he would start this ability by touching a pressure point.

      Overall, the solution might sound simple, but it's actuallly not easy. Outside Energybending, the only person capable of reversing that technique is Amon himself. The technique and precision it takes is way to complex even for Katara unless she starts perfecting her Bloodbending. If Amon can server it, surely, he can bring it back if he wanted to. And that's just a possibility. 

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    • Jharis10 wrote:
      Overall, the solution might sound simple, but it's actuallly not easy. Outside Energybending, the only person capable of reversing that technique is Amon himself. The technique and precision it takes is way to complex even for Katara unless she starts perfecting her Bloodbending. If Amon can server it, surely, he can bring it back if he wanted to. And that's just a possibility. 

      Even that is not certain.

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    • hence why I said  "that's just a possibility"

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    • the reason healing can't reverse the de-bending is because it is also a form of chi-blocking, which has been shown to be unaffected by healing. amon uses a combination of reverse healing and bloodbending to permanently chi-block his victims, which, again, can't be undone by healing.

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    • so i'm not even sure amon could reverse the de-bending.

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    • Energybending would be necessary to open those pathways back up, just as shown in the last episode or so

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    • Also, with the second book's plot and all it is a whole lot more probable that Amon was in fact telling the truth. The problem being that the second season was too caught up with the spirits to pay attention to the little details like that.

      Which is why I like the first series better.

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    • Amon has not received his ability to block bending from a spirit; he uses waterbending healing andb loodbending to do it, so any bloodbender who knows how can do it.

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    • Intelligence4 wrote:
      the reason healing can't reverse the de-bending is because it is also a form of chi-blocking, which has been shown to be unaffected by healing. amon uses a combination of reverse healing and bloodbending to permanently chi-block his victims, which, again, can't be undone by healing.

      oh! I didn't think of that! Good point! 

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    • I always believed Amon used the whole spirit angle to give himself more legitimacy by cloaking his power in mysticism. At the time, no one really knows about spirits in RC except from tales or folklore, so the explanation for this radical power coming from a vague outside force seemed plausible.

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    • I don't know as this has been addressed in this thread yet, please forgive me if it has and the Admins are free to extinguish this post. But I think one critical factor to my hero Amon's bend blocking was the fact that not only was he an extremely powerful waterbender, he likely has healing skill as well, and also his bending was psychic. It's possible that is able to somehow psychically as well as physically block the chi that directs and controls bending. If he put a psychic 'lock' on his victims, it would help to explain why healers aren't able to reverse the effects.

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    • The Air Nomad Critic wrote:

      The spirits have proven knowledgeable about bending in the past, shown by Wan Shi Tong. 

      I bet Wan Shi Tong showed Noatak how the technique. Or just gave him a scroll with all the different chi paths and let him work it out from there. I think its been proven that Wan Shi Tong has a soft spot for evil waterbenders

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    • How many was it between Noatak leaving his father and him becoming Amon. Although we didn't see it, it seemed like enough time to develop bloodbending into a ultra chi-blocking move. I'm actually more interested when he first came across chi blocking.

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    • He Who Knows 10,000 Things wrote:
      The Air Nomad Critic wrote:
      The spirits have proven knowledgeable about bending in the past, shown by Wan Shi Tong. 
      I bet Wan Shi Tong showed Noatak how the technique. Or just gave him a scroll with all the different chi paths and let him work it out from there. I think its been proven that Wan Shi Tong has a soft spot for evil waterbenders

      I'm not so sure that Wan Shi Tong would've been willing to help Amon discover that sort of bending knowledge. Wasn't Wan Shi Tong ambivalent of humans and their lust for power? The exception that proved the rule was Unalaq, whom Wan Shi Tong helped because Unalaq did something to prove that he was a friend to the spirits (while concealing his true motives). Now, Amon might have told Wan Shi Tong that he was going to use the power to remove bending to take away the powers of all benders, thus making humanity much less dangerous, but wouldn't he be more suspicious of someone without spiritual ties (he had already trusted the Avatar and was betrayed). Maybe Amon broke in and stole the secret knowledge like Zhao did or something of that nature. Just a thought.

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