The solutions to those questions contain digging beneath the floor of what’s seen within the TV sequence. On an off-the-cuff statement, sure, lightning bending is extra widespread. Nevertheless, it’s not the one bending talent that turned extra widespread within the time soar between ATLA and Korra. The one which acquired essentially the most publicity on display screen was steel bending, a way invented by Toph. She was the one steel bender on this planet on the finish of the sequence however by the point Korra rolled round we had steel bending cops in Republic Metropolis.
This variation was defined within the ATLA comics by Darkish Horse, which proceed the story of the sequence. Within the early comics Toph begins her personal steel bending faculty (which can function in its personal comedian coming subsequent 12 months) which grew in dimension over time. Metallic bending turned a lot better recognized and practiced to the purpose the town of Zaofu was made solely of steel and populated by many steel benders.
It’s cheap to consider that one thing comparable occurred with lightning bending. Whereas Ozai, Iroh, and Azula had been the primary practitioners of it within the authentic present that doesn’t imply they had been the one ones. As revealed in ‘The Legend of Korra Ebook One: Air – The Artwork of the Animated Collection’ co-creator Bryan Konietzko acknowledged that bending lightning was “often reserved for the interior circles of Hearth Nationwide royalty and high-ranking army officers.” Okay, so we all know there have been greater than three lightning benders they usually in all probability taught it to others. However how did, Mako, a child residing on the road, be taught to make use of it?
Once more now we have to usher in the ATLA comics. All through the run we noticed the world slowly embracing an industrial revolution, with refineries being launched in ‘The Rift.’ Over time this development in expertise result in the creation of energy vegetation, ones that wanted their energy generated by lightning. These jobs had been very dangerous and weren’t more likely to be taken by the higher ranges of Hearth Nation society. This doubtless result in blue-collar employees being taught lightning bending solely to work in these factories, which is the place Mako was at first of Korra.
Konietzko confirms that charging up the large batteries within the metropolis’s energy vegetation was extremely taxing on an individual’s chi reserves. “That’s why the plant bosses are inclined to get determined, strapping younger males like Mako to join the grueling activity.”