I don’t know if you’ve heard of Worldbending, but it was an idea started by a woman on deviantart that featured benders and Avatars from cultures inspired by Europe, Africa, India, and the Americas, and also, somewhat, as a response to Avatar’s hiatus as well as some disappointment over Korra’s writing.
It has a tumblrpage , but this kind of a thing may not be what they’re looking for.
I had an idea that featured the Chancellor’s daughter from a Metalbending nation inspired by Germany and England setting out on a voyage with her father to discover new lands when they come into contact with the Eastern part of the world.
Eventually it is revealed that Lieseta is the newest incarnation of the Western Avatar, the previous one being a bloodthirsty Mesoamerican warlord…he died while still holding grudges, so his spirit is closer to the physical world than most Avatars should be, and ends up breaking some of the big laws of the Spirit World by directly possessing the current Avatar.
After he learns this, the Chancellor turns on his own daughter and attempts to channel Huazil through her to summon the Great Feathered Serpent and use its power over lightning to conquer the East.
Or, failing that, he attempts to create his own serpent and ends up building a giant mechanical doppelganger, not sure which would be more crazy.
Another anon suggested that in the world’s super ancient past there were dinosaurs that could bend, but that would be even crazier.
From the top, the characters are:
Lieseta von Strauss - Age: 16-18 - Nationality: Metallic Commonwealth - Element - Metal
Huazil - Age in spirit form: 25-27 - Nationality: Thunder Empire - Element- Lightning
Caiern - Age in spirit form: 47-49 - Nationality: Wood Highlands
Element - Wood (grass and plants, not rocks and soil)
Anjali - Age in spirit form: 36-38 - Nationality: Burna - Element - Fire
Nahjet - Age in spirit form: 19-21 - Nationality: - River Dynasty - Element - Water
All the art was done by some amazing people in /co/’s OC drawthreads…if any of them find this post I’ll be sure to link to their accounts.
Do you have any ideas for Avatar fanart based on real life POC cultures? If so, submit them here! We’d love to see your talent.
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Can we as followers have our take on Worldbending and create benders of cultures/countries we love/know about/apart of?
Absolutely! That’s what the blog is all about! Just tag it “worldbending” within the first five tags, or submit a link so that we can reblog it. We’d love to see your works.
I have a headcanon. No, a literal headcanon.
In Omolara’s culture, in order to receive your tattoos, you have to shave your entire head. Male or female, unlike Aang’s people, you have to be bald. This shows your dedication to airbending. And ‘sides, it’s just hair, right? It’ll grow back. Well, for some folks, they feel a bit naked without something covering their head or maybe just want a new style. Head scarves and wigs are common ways to remedy this.
Or, you could be just a hardcore bad ass and let the world know that you just got your tattoos and you ain’t afraid to show ‘em. Fuck itchy wigs!
PS - I think I’ll use Corel Painter 12 for stuff, now.
Also, you never saw this.
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More ‘early’ Worldbending concepts.
This was when LOK was announced and we learned that Aang had a son. Nenajo (or just ‘Jo’, pictured here) was helping to rehabilitate Aang on Hou Tian, at the time. The arc has long since been scrapped, but were it to continue, I figured Jo would have been somewhat of a mentor to Tenzin, as well.
One of the first ‘real’ Worldbending arts I did. Hou Tian used to be super!AU - before LOK was announced. The community had adopted an Airbender culture in the Si Wong, and an Egyptian-like culture kept secret by a demon spirit just beside it.
The story was that one of Aang’s past lives (pictured here in blue) was able to contain the spirit, to keep his people safe from it. There was a whole RP arc revolving around Aang’s sudden disappearance/loss of bending, and rehabilitation with this lost tribe of Airbenders, etc.
That’s kind of where it all started. Hou Tian has since lost that feature on-board (lack of interest mostly, and us just wanting to gear more toward canon, anyway) but it was pretty fun while it lasted.
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