Airbending has potential to be very powerful, I know the logistics of how Airbenders Bend, the cultural inspiration,
and the nature of their chi and how it interacts with air. My idea was set as a child, like anyone else and thought that
the application of Soundbending would fit the verse perfectly given that Legend of Korra has revived the Airbenders back to
glory, giving opportunities of exploring some of the lost arts of Airbending, We might even enter territories of illusion
creations, but let's not get carried away yet.
Something to establish is that Air Bending is a contrast to Firebending in its purest form, it is all about being defensive
rather offensive, being swift instead of powerful, evading, and than directly attacking. Redirecting and avoiding one
instead of clashing out right unlike Earth or Fire. Air represents freedom, flexibility, and spirituality. Being detached by
earthly tethers is key for honing in your Air Bending skills-
-To master Airbending you must find the path with the least resistance.
And with all that said, here are my ideas;
Specialized bendings for every elements that don't particular have in common to the element it is under, Blood bending
does not move like your traditional Water Bender, it's more like puppetry controlling the body that the water is inside.
Lightning bending has a long set up which is more like Water or Airbending with circular motions to generate lightning.
Metal bending specifically liquid metal bending is just like water bending, bending arts and motions depends on the
state of the element, as metal bend in its refine state does not require as stoic of motions as traditional metal bending.
I can go on, but you get the picture. Toph had to relearn her approach with metalbending and had developed a new style,
of that or new age metal bending as she is the founder of it.
Soundbending would also have to take a different approach in motions as well as it isn't using the air as is, but turning the
air into an instrumental, a tool, and using it for something else, sacrificing spirituality for more techniques. Air bending does
have a history of amplifying sounds, though not distorting it as seen with the Air Nomads horns.
Instead of trying to follow the paths with the least resistance, a airbender will have to instead change paths back and fourth,
while traveling at the same pace much like a traditional airbender, at a rapid succession to create vibration in the air.
This will not be a easy task, and the airbender will begin to rely on a source much like Water and Earth, but will still have
easy accessibility like Fire and Air which is sound it self. There are a numerous approach to how this can be done.
1. When you swing a stick fast enough it creates air is compressed and begin moving, pressure waves from that will produce
an audible frequency, this should be done with traditional airbending as they can produce the same effects so using a
specialized whip that can be enhanced with airbending can allow for this type of soundbending. This can be done to
produce sounds and bend it to be louder, quieter, or sound like something else. There's also an applications that is entirely
offensive which I know you know where I'm going at with this but I'll get to much later.
2. Another approach would be my favorite; Using one's voice or sounding as the source to their soundbending,
this means as long as you're able to speak, scream, yell or even whisper, you can bend your or other sounds, all
you need to do is bend the frequency and pitch of your sound, this can have huge amplification of espionage,
art, and entertainment uses.
You can sound like an enemy and trick anyone thinking you're that person, that is if you're concealing your true
identity. This is so far from being detached by earthly concerns it's not even funny, but it makes sense why, that this
type of Airbending is different from the traditions, you become more free to do everything and change your paths
build who you are and focus on yourself, trying to not be bother by the spiritual balance too much that you have
to be so concerned about it, while still being free to do what you want to do.
Soundbending is a always interesting always new, explore and change your destiny. This would be a more rebellious
from the traditional much like how modernization also affects traditional society. Thinking about it, it would be cool
honing their abilities for music, plays, and drama, while losing their traditional airbending skills that can excel in
But don't worry, it's not always as black and white, not every Airbender have to discard their spirituality for sound
bending, actually it's quite the opposite, remember how I said Soundbending would have to represent many paths?
3. There will be those who would want to conserve traditional spiritualization of Airbending and follow the path of
the ancient ways, soundbending would have to be new, but the practitioner can always keep the air nomads
tradition alive and well. which is another approach.
A traditional Airbender who soundbend can still exist, in many forms actually, one of which can use their sound
bending to tap deeper into the spiritual world while using certain sounds while meditating. I think if Soundbending
was founded earlier the Air nomads would incorporate soundbending for more meditational uses only and spiritual
4. The final approach is a different beast altogether, with the skills and mindset, there can be Sound generation.
instead of amplifying your own sound, or using other things sound you. you create your own source through
But it's not so simple at all. An Airbender first skill will have to cause air to vibrate not create gust of wind,
not move it but cause it to vibrate. Remember instead of create whirling motions, you have to have a rhythmtic
motion to achieve that, meaning the motions will be even more different, instead of dancing-like motion which
incorporate some airbending motions, voluntarily convulse of the limbs. This is will likely need the practitioner to
clash with the existing air current by simply not moving even further, furthering earthing themselves even more
detaching them from traditional airbending into something strange and unusual. I think the one above is more
plausible personally but I've seen a lot of original ideas taking from this as well. Just want to add this one here.
Many has made the common flaw, is that concussive sound bending will not be likely with this approach.
You might be able to achieve absolute silence granting you a stealth boost causing air to vibrate in a way to
reduce audibility even further.
Going back to the first approach: If you want true offensive Soundbending and you'll need to create a shockwave
the easiest approach to this is by mixing your airbending, you weapon and the sound you're bending to do
shockwave generation. This too is furthest from the traditions and would be frown upon, though I can see a nation
of rogue Airbenders being a thing, much like Zaofu but even more military base. There are real life examples of
produce shockwaves with a whip crack, two steel balls, or an explosion.
An Airbender might be able to enhance the force of the shockwave or sonicboom creating a bigger blast.
it would be interesting to see an Airbender using soundbend to enhance whips to create explosive blasts
like airbending with sound...... yeah no. I think an instrumental would be require, and if not you won't be
able to produce as strong as a sound, you're better off using sound in the surrounding. the 3rd approach
is also nice, although small might have huge implications allow for more spiritualization.
What do you think do you think Airbending should have a sub-element? All it has now, is flight, astral-projections.
I think a unique twist with the rebellious wanna be free from traditions would add a little interesting social conflicts
within the airbenders relations.
Do you think Airbenders should have another sub element? They're no longer rare, I say why not.