As much as I loved the way that Jinora’s guidance was vital to Korra’s final victory in the finale, even I have to admit that what actually happened was incredibly ambiguous.
Fortunately, I think I’ve figured out how to integrate Jinora’s appearance with what we already know about the Avatar universe.
Proposition One: During Harmonic Convergence, the Spirit World and Material World are temporarily entwined
I don’t think it’s ever explicitly said, but the expansion of the auroras to cover the entire world at the time of Harmonic Convergence certainly seems to suggest that the connection between the spirit portals at the North and South Poles expands the influence of the Spirit World over the entire Material World.
The show doesn’t play with this all that much, but I think it could explain certain things like the use of the Harmonic Convergence arc to teleport to Republic City and Unavaatu’s ability to create vines ex nihilo in the Material World, and we don’t really see anything that contradicts such a proposition.
Proposition Two: Under the rules of the Spirit World, distance is not fixed
This, we’ve seen directly — Tiny Korra is suddenly miles away from Iroh when she sets out on her journey, Vaatu is able to draw her directly from the portal to the Tree of Time, Unalaq instantly moves himself from near the tree to the portal to complete the fusion without offering Korra any opportunity to stop him.
The question becomes, if the Spirit World’s influence has expanded to cover the Material World, can the distance-distorting effect be used by beings without a current material form in the Material World as well? Unavaatu and Cosmic Korra don’t really try, apart from the use of the Harmonic Convergence beam, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible, and Jinora appears in a similar manner to the way she faded out from the Spirit World so it seems like a plausible explanation for what happened.
Proposition Three: Because Spirit World rules apply, Jinora’s soul can be seen in the Material World
In A:tLA, when Aang returned to the Material World as a soul, no one could see him. However, if the Material World is currently operating under Spirit World rules, that need not be the case.
Proposition Four: Because Spirit World rules apply, Jinora’s inner emotional state can change the world around her
This is something we saw mostly in the context of Korra herself in A New Spiritual Age, and more particularly in the context of the Avatar as the bridge between the worlds, but Iroh’s statements suggest that other people’s emotional states can affect the Spirit World too.
Iroh: In the Spirit World, your emotions become your reality- especially for the Avatar, because you are the bridge between the two worlds.
Iroh: Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.
Iroh: The people who have been coming to the Spirit World lately have brought darkness and anger. So that is what you see now. But you have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you. Besides, look at this little fellow. This mountain is his home. When you first met him, you were frightened. But does he seem scary to you now?
Iroh: Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine a light on them.
The nature of spiritual beings and settings, it seems, is to reflect whatever humans bring to each interaction. That Jinora isn’t the Avatar doesn’t matter, both because non-Avatars are said to have been responsible for the darkness in the Spirit World and because the Avatar’s role as bridge had been abolished by the point in time in which Jinora acted. It’s plausible that, if the Physical World is operating by Spirit World rules, she can affect the form in which it exists in a similar way.
Which brings me to this:
Conclusion: Everything Jinora did is the result of her recognizing that the Material World will react in the same way as the Spirit World does
If Jinora realized that the rules of the Material World have temporarily given way to the rules of the Spirit World, her reality warping powers suddenly make sense.
She is able to appear immediately in Republic City because, due to the Harmonic Convergence, Republic City is no farther from her position in the Spirit World than any place in the Spirit World is from any other place in the Spirit World (ie. no fixed distance whatsoever).
She appears as a glowing spirit of light because that’s how she feels, much like how Korra feeling like a child turned her into a child in A New Spiritual Age. Because Spirit World rules control, she’s visible in this form even to those without a connection to the spirits.
She is able to fill Yue Bay with blinding light because, again, Spirit World rules control, and she’s able to use all of that free spiritual energy from the auroras to change her surroundings.
And, most importantly, she is able to reawaken Raava inside Vaatu because she has complete, unshakeable faith that she is there.
Korra’s first attempt to find Raava, remember, took the form of a spiritual scan — she was looking to see if Raava was still there. When Vaatu told her she wasn’t and Korra believed him, that was catastrophic to her plan to rescue Raava… because Korra believing that Raava wasn’t there meant that Raava wasn’t there.
And then along comes Jinora, and she knows for a fact that Raava hasn’t been destroyed, that the light still exists and Korra needs her help finding it. According to Spirit World rules, all it takes to reawaken the light in a dark spirit is to externalize your own light, and that applies just as much to Vaatu as it does to any other spirit (even if he can’t be made outwardly light). And so, that’s exactly what she does. She believes that light exists in the darkness, and in so believing, it becomes reality.
In other words, Jinora’s true value isn’t that she has magic Jinora powers — it’s that she realizes (due to her own spiritual connection) that the Material World itself is a far more volatile place than it’s ever been due to Harmonic Convergence and takes advantage of that (as well as the fact that she’s the only person other than Korra who isn’t attached to an inconvenient physical form).
I re-read my fanfic just now… I still don’t quite know what I was thinking. Everyone’s been making title pages for Book 3 and I saw the post where everyone died and laughed so hard I wrote a fanfic.
Moral of the story: calculus will make you brain dead.
Title: Writing Change
Length: 1 chapter, 802 words
Summary: Based on this post
Story: Tenzin was weary from the lack of sleep. It was at that moment he felt a tug on his clothes. He looked down and saw his son’s concerned face. Meelo had brought Pokie with him and the two looked up at Tenzin with concern.
"What do I do now, daddy?" Meelo asked quietly.
Bending down, Tenzin rested his hand on Meelo’s shoulder. “Everything will be alright. We just need to work through this difficult time.”
But deep down Tenzin knew nothing was right.
(P.S. so apparently when I uploaded the document into fanfiction.net, the breaks in the page didn’t translate over so… I fixed that. I don’t know if that’ll make the story make more sense but at least it kind of breaks the story up a little bit)
sometimes I look at my drawings today and I can still see the remnants of 10 years worth of drawing the powerpuff girls
hey can you check out my korra cosplay on my dash ? :D
Asketh - super-sayain-angie
wow! it looks great!!
(if they make a Korra movie you might want to consider trying out for it… you really look like her :D)