that one really fucking annoying kid in choir who doesn’t do anything except brag (badly) and complain just started “bragging” about something that she didn’t even do but i did it so i piped up afterwards and just said “you actually didn’t go on that trip because you didn’t make show choir, but nice lie” and no it wasn’t the nicest thing but i literally don’t care
So you’ve got this typical story about an average kid right? Only, surprise surprise, he actually turns out to be more than average. See, one day, when he was just minding his own business, he’s suddenly told that he is this super-being who has to save the world from evil. Again, it’s your basic tropes all lined up and ready to go.
Only here’s the thing.
He runs away.
And this isn’t just a “Oh, I need some time to think but I’ll come around in a day or two and fulfill my destiny.”
No this kid is gone. For the first time in his life, this kind and generous kid makes a selfish decision. He knows what the consequences are. He knows what’s at stake. He knows that lives are going to be in danger. And he still chooses to run away.
Things take an abrupt turn when he gets into an accident and he ends up in a coma. He wakes up years later and guess what? Him running away from his duties that day? Yeah it kind of caused the entire world to be plunged into chaos. This kid, this kid, is now responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths.
At the age of twelve, this kind pacifist single-handedly becomes a mass-murderer by association. All because he ran away.
A few older teenagers find him and immediately help him. They don’t think much of it. They’re used to helping out anyone they can. After all, the war has killed people they love, family, friends. So they help this kid before they even realize that he’s destined. And this kid, this kid isn’t even fully aware of just how many people he inadvertently killed.
Until they go to the ‘city’ where he was from. He doesn’t understand why they’re so worried but when he gets there…he gets it. There is no ‘city’. Not anymore. It’s abandoned ruins lined with skeletons—his friends, his family. He finds his father’s corpse. He finds signs of a struggle. Everyone he knew is dead. And there are so many more. Hundreds. Thousands. All dead. All because of him.
He’s a good kid, a great kid. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.
And he led to thousands of deaths.
All because he ran away.
And this entire story is just the first three episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Four if you count borrowing some information from The Storm.)
Avatar showed all of this in just three episodes. Actually it showed this and more. Because this is just one character’s story and they introduced us to half a dozen major characters, each with stories just as, if not even more, tragic than this one.
Long story short, we always talk about how amazing Avatar is for the representation and art and animation and music and morals but we rarely ever talk about how amazing the story is. The horrible irony that Aang, a pacifistic monk who was kind and generous to everyone he met, inadvertently led to thousands of people dying in a century-long war—it’s one of the greatest stories that I’ve ever heard of. This doesn’t even include all of the other consequences we see throughout the series—villages being destroyed, families living in fear, people being dragged off to concentration camps in the middle of the night, kids turning into terrorists, refugees being forced to walk thousands of miles to get to a safe haven, the injuries, the fear, the trauma. (And this is all just in Book One. Don’t even get me started on the other two.) It’s hard to say that it’s all Aang’s fault but his disappearance certainly had a huge impact on the horrible things that occurred.
And the worst part is?
Wait why are you putting the blame of the genocide on Aang here?
Aang didn’t know what the consequences would be of him running away. The monks were so vague about it when they told him he was the avatar. A direct quote from that scene is “but there are troubling signs. Storm clouds are gathering.” “I fear that war may be upon us young avatar. We need you Aang.” They didn’t tell him shit about why or who or how or when. It’s as if Aang was supposed to figure that out himself. They told a 12yr old that he was supposed to lead them into war, and help them out of it. Aang had not had ANY training at this point. Why did they decide to fully depend on Aang to get them out of a war? Why is anyone in this world fully depending on the avatar when they all know the avatar is still a child.
Your wording makes it seem as if Aang is directly responsible for the death of thousands of people. This is NOT true. This is NEVER true. Aang is a victim as much as the other airnomads were. As much as anyone was in the war. The only person to blame here is Sozin. He and only he decided to lay seige on the world and wipe out all airnomads. You putting the blame on the 12yr old child who ran away instead of the man mad with power who decided genocide was a good idea is so wrong on so many levels.
That and I’m pretty sure if Aang—young, untrained, only airbending Aang—had stayed to fight an army of comet-boosted firebenders, he’d be dead. Who knows what would happen in that case: maybe the next Avatar would’ve been found while still a baby since the Fire Nation went after the Water Tribe next. Or maybe Aang would’ve entered the Avatar State by accident and the cycle would have been severed forever. Either case, it probably wouldn’t have gone well for anyone except Sozin.
Aang didn’t know that was going to happen. He had no idea what the Fire Nation was planning. Hell, he’s such a good, kind-hearted kid he probably would have tried to stay if he knew what would happen to his friends, and someone would probably have to convince him to leave and stay safe.
Also, this was all the elders faults? They deliberately told him he was the avatar YEARS before they were supposed to, KNOWING the stress it would put on the kid
he was also going to be taken away from his like?? closest friend??? and mentor????? like fuck if a bunch of people were like “oy mickey you’re the destined one and you need to master all these powers and then save the world” i’d be like alright fine ig but if then they all went “and were also making sure you never see your best friend and mentor ever again because he was letting you be a child” i’d probably flip my shit too and run away. saving the goddamn world with all of your friends by your side is one thing. being forced to be away from them and then save the world is another thing.
#shoutout to the colourblind lyft driver who had his car listed as orange and i saw an orange-y car and was like #aight this must be him #and it was and it was totally good but then like a week later i had him again as my lyft driver #bc you know the same people tend to be out and about at the same times and his schedule matched up with mine #and his description had changed from orange to pink and i was like huh he must have gotten a new car #nope the exact same car pulled up #and so i got in and was like man why did your description change? #and he just sighed sadly and said 'i'm colourblind' and i just was like #:D me too!!! :D #so we kinda both failed successfully
I’ve just discovered a Picrew that allows you to make tiny adventure mice … and before I dedicate my life to making them (because omg 🥺) I thought I’d do a tag game because my feed needs to be full of these little bad asses. I like to think they’ll all go on an adventure together.
Here’s my little guy… his name is Pippin and he loves sunflower seeds and kicking ass.
getting a new partner is just like *serious talk* *serious talk* “WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ADDED TO MY PARTNER DISCORD” *more serious talk*
#how long have i had it? like at least 9 months now #damn year math being backwards >:( #uhhhhhh may was 8 months ago actually so like #it's at least 7 months old now and still going strong #probably the only server i'm at all active in and not even much anymore #tw caps#caps tw
In case it could be useful for a callback or something, my biggest tip would be to narrow your vowels(sorta push the sides of your mouth in), I find it gives a richer, fuller sound. I do genuinely think that you sound good overall tho, your breath support is obviously really good and your pitch is quite accurate :)
i think my only Really Good aspect in singing is my breath support with is generally like…..never noticed. so glad to know i got that down. thank you for the advice!!