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Old March 27 2012, 03:59 PM   #44
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Re: The Legend of Korra - Book One: Air

^Right -- metalbending is one of the specialized bending techniques or subskills -- a variation of an existing bending ability rather than a separate one. As explained in "The Guru," metal contains trace impurities of earth which highly skilled earthbenders can sense and manipulate. (Which implies that metallurgical techniques in the Avatar World are a bit crude; so if the Equalists could develop more advanced techniques and produce impurity-free metals, those could be used as a weapon/defense against the metalbender cops.)
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