fungus
bogwitcharts
Time ago

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fungus

man what the fuck was up with that wooden prison tho

like, toph is THE only earthbender who can bend metal. i can buy them guessing "earthbender" but how would they then make the EXTREME logic leap to "wooden prison"

im sure we're supposed to assume they were told it was toph by sparky sparky boom man or something but i didnt intuit that instinctively so i'm gonna drop that and give you my, cooler, theory

i think they just. have wooden cells. in the firenation

cause you would think "firebender in wooden prison = out in a jiffy" because like.... fire.......... wood....................... burnin

xcept firebenders, if theyre good, can also (probably) melt through metal

the difference between metal and wood, to a firebender, here, is how they respond to being burnt through. metal you can melt through with little fuss - just grab on, heat your hands up, you get a little bit of smoke, and eventually you get a couple bars weak enough to break. or you could do what katara does with freezing chains and smashing them - weaken them with rapid temp change

wood, on the other hand, goes up in roaring flames, instantly alerting fucking e v e r y o n e to your escape attempt. plus you're now in an on-fire cage, and firebenders aren't actually fireproof so that's not good if you can't smash through the bars before the ceiling collapses

i think that they did guess that toph was an earthbender, and so the "what kind of prison cell is this?!" "a wooden one" exchange was not "haha you can't metalbend out" but rather "welcome to the fire nation motherfucker, here we use wood for our prison cells"

bogwitcharts

As a thoughtful addition, since the cell had a wooden floor, celling and 4 wooden walls it would also probably be a good place to contain an earth bender in a pinch. if toph was say put in a prison cell with metal bars and stone walls/floor (like most real prison cells and like the one that Iroh is placed in) she would also be able to just hop right out of there easy, even easier if she was on the ground floor and could just tunnel to victory.

the only other option would be to like suspend her in an all metal cage in the air, which has its own challenges


fungus

this is true! i imagine that therefore prisons in the earth kingdom are made entirely from metal and so toph's line about "metalbending out" was from an assumption that the ground would not be made of earth

it's not totally clear what an earthbender's limitations are when it comes to distance from earth, but it seems like having contact with the ground is important, and would especially be so for toph, since it's kind of hard to manipulate earth if you can't tell it's there. in imprisoned the earthbenders could manipulate the loose coal without being actively standing in it, but throwing some crumply rocks is very different from yanking solid hunks of dirt out of the ground so it makes sense it'd be easier. anyway i think earth kingdom prisons don't have any cells on the ground floor since that's close enough you could lean out your window and yank really hard and you might get something

and yeah iroh's cell (and the boiling rock, tho a wooden prison wouldnt really be viable there ither lol) is made of metal so maybe it's just county jails/station holding cells that are made of wood, since they don't have the manpower to have lots of guards



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this is true! i imagine that therefore prisons in the earth kingdom are made entirely from metal and so toph's line about "metalbending out" was from an assumption that the ground would not be made of earth


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As a thoughtful addition, since the cell had a wooden floor, celling and 4 wooden walls it would also probably be a good place to contain an earth bender in a pinch. if toph was say put in a prison cell with metal bars and stone walls/floor (like most real prison cells and like the one that Iroh is placed in) she would also be able to just hop right out of there easy, even easier if she was on the ground floor and could just tunnel to victory.


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