OMG I just heard a crazy theory that if true it could totally change the entire game/balance of power in Legend of Korra and the Avatar universe.
I was listening in on Emergency Awesome’s recent Q&A about The Coronation. One person asked about the spirit vine Varrick has, specifically stating whether Varrick would create Avatars very first Atomic Bomb.
Now real world technology has appeared in the Avatar verse just with its own unique spin. In Atla we had tanks, ships, and aircraft. By Korra we got mechs a la Jules Verne, automobiles, and of course the Airplanes which in Book 1 changed the game. Who’s to say nuclear arms won’t come to pass in Avatar. I’m thinking if nuclear weapons were built a genius like Varrick or Hiroshi Sato would be behind it. And plus if there’s anything that can power a devastating weapon why not something mystical like spirit energy.
The Avatar Universe would then be a head of its times in comparison to the real world then if this is still the 20s. But maybe now we’re in the 30s?
I mean we have the rise of a dictatorship and what seems a bit like fascism.
If spirit energy is fundamentally different from conventional sources, and could rival nuclear-scale releases, we’re talking going from kilojoules per mole in the burning of coal, or perhaps megajoules per mole in the case of lightning-bending*, to gigajoules per mole in the case of nuclear fission.
That’s probably reasonable, given that the concentrated release of spirit-type energy has, in-verse, been accompanied by some extremely dramatic effects, the most notable being the sudden growth of plants and vines throughout Republic City, which implies either nonconservation of mass-energy (they came seemingly from nowhere, so either conservation laws don’t hold or they do, if spirit energy is included), or the conversion of energy to matter, which is not, I assure you, anything to sneeze at.
If you could harness that kind of energy and concentrate it in one spot, you could have the equivalent of the various bombs now in existence on Earth.
At the extreme, there might even be the equivalent of the Tsar-Bomba, a bomb so powerful it allegedly shattered windows hundreds of kilometers away.
Varrick and Kuvira had better know what they’re playing with. :O
* These are order of magnitude estimates only, and not meant to be very exact.