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Anonymous asked: Hey Bob, was wondering if you could have a go at explaining Korra's situation at the end of Book 3. I'm a little confused in trying to understand the place she's in right now; emotions aren't my strong suit. She won, she survived, and so did everyone important to her, but she looked...well, broken, I guess? I don't quite get it.

bobbityhobbity:

The cues they give us are very subtle. I’ll do my best.

I think this is a case of Korra winning but at an immense cost. She is clearly physically debilitated in some way, either from the effects of the poison or the beating she took or both. She underwent what looked like excruciatingly painful torture during which she hallucinated her previous enemies taunting her about her impending obsolescence. While those visions were chemically induced, the fact that they were still products of her own sub-conscious tells us something about what her greatest fears are. We sort of know this already, but Korra’s sense of identity comes from her role as the Avatar. And truthfully, I think the Avatar Spirit is even more important to her than her life. She was willing to give herself up to Zaheer knowing what it might mean, but she really started to freak out when she found out they wanted to end the Avatar Cycle. 

So basically, she has undergone an immense trauma that took everything out of her physically and emotionally. And what’s worse, this is the third major battle she’s had to fight in a year of show time. I can only speculate on some of the feelings she might be dealing with: physical pain, exhaustion, fear that she won’t be able to carry on her mission (and maybe even fear that she’ll never be free of people wanting to kill her?), that she’ll never feel “normal” again. She may also feel detached from everything that’s going on around her and have difficulty connecting to the positive emotions that other people are feeling and want her to feel.

That whole sequence had a “soldier home from war” feel to it. I don’t know if we’re meant to read it as straightforward PTSD, but it appears to be something similar. It isn’t easy to function in regular life once you’ve been through something like that, even if that’s what you are trained for. And that’s especially true if you walk away from it physically scarred, feeling like less than yourself. 

polerstuff:

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Camping at Blue River Reservoir this weekend. Pretty fuckin rad.
pearl-nautilus:

NeuroUniverse - Tatiana Plakhova
Some beautiful words

squirreltastic:

Cheiloproclitic - Being attracted to someones lips.
Quidnunc - One who always has to know what is going on.
Ultracrepidarian - Of one who speaks or offers opinions on matters beyond their knowledge.
Apodyopis - The act of mentally undressing someone.
Gymnophoria - The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you.
Tarantism - The urge to overcome melancholy by dancing.
Autolatry - The worship of one’s self.
Cagamosis - An unhappy marriage.
Gargalesthesia - The sensation caused my tickling.
Capernoited - Slightly intoxicated or tipsy.
Lalochezia - The use of abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain.
Cataglottism - Kissing with tongue.
Basorexia - An overwhelming desire to kiss.
Brontide - The low rumbling of distant thunder.
Grapholagnia - The urge to stare at obscene pictures.
Agelast - A person who never laughs.
Wanweird - An unhappy fate.
Dystopia - Am imaginary place of total misery. A metaphor for hell.
Petrichor - The smell of dry rain on the ground.
Anagapesis - The feeling when one no longer loves someone they once did.
Malapert - Clever in manners of speech.
Duende - Unusual power to attract or charm.
Concilliabule - A secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot.
Strikhedonia - The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”.
Lygerastia - The condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out.

Ayurnamat - The philosophy that there is no point in worrying about events that cannot be changed.
Sphallolalia - Flirtatious talk that leads no where.
Baisemain - A kiss on the hand.
Druxy - Something which looks good on the outside, but is actually rotten inside.
Mamihlapinatapei - The look between two people in which each loves the other but is too afraid to make the first move.

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