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From the Pages of the Avatar: The Last Airbender Show Bible 
1st-Nov-2009 10:16 pm
Last week, we came into the possession of a few pages of the Avatar:The Last Airbender's I.P. Bible.

A show 'Bible' is a reference document that television shows use to establish continuity, setting, character histories, the 'rules' of the world and other details. These pages of the I.P. Bible establish the premise of the pilot episode and beyond.

For example, the show Bible establishes certain facts such as "Animals do not talk in this world" and that the Water Tribes "have not been in contact in decades" and that "Fault line energies strengthen Earthbenders." Also, "When it is raining, Firebenders are less powerful." Fans almost never get to see this stuff, so prepare to squee out!

That said, these pages of the I.P. Bible also establishes the environment of the show. The section titled "Environment" says:

"This is an ancient, fantastical Asian environment, primarily Chinese. There are no modern things like electricity. However, the Fire Nation is in their industrial revolution. They use steam powered ships, lay tracks to move supplies."
- The A:TLA IP Bible

The I.P. Bible also insists on respect for source cultures from the very beginning, stating: "We generally do not show signs or writing in the show. If there needs to be a sign, it should be in Chinese with the proper translation, accompanied by subtitles." (As fans, we know that while signs did end up appearing every once in a while with shows, they were able to get away with not using subtitles by having characters read the signs or otherwise place the sign in context using dialogue.)

To view the pages from the I.P. Bible, click here!
(And don't forget to check out the revamped Racebending.com!)
2nd-Nov-2009 06:44 am (UTC)
2nd-Nov-2009 06:46 am (UTC)
Ah yes. If you followed my Twitter, this was that "secret weapon that is ten times more amazing and useful than the movie" was.

Now the arguments hence forth should be interesting, and now we know that any opposition from Paramount or Pro-Casters are pure denial. =D
2nd-Nov-2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Yay anonymous staffer!
2nd-Nov-2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Seconding the yay for the staffer who sent this in! Very awesome indeed. This should totally help in the arguments against the (obvious) Asian/Chinese themes.

*is also flailing for Eeeeee~ IP Bible! I've seen photos of the Bending Reference Bible, but it didn't occur to me that there'd be a general show Bible, as well. Hahahaha, so Firebenders are like Colonel Mustang when in the rain. xD I so wish we could see more pages. *_*
2nd-Nov-2009 08:16 am (UTC)
.... Lt. Colonel. And in arguments that are against/in denial of the obvious Asian themes. @_@;
(no subject) - Anonymous - Expand
2nd-Nov-2009 08:31 am (UTC) - This. Is AWESOME.
I hope you told whoever sent this to you that they are indeed SUPER-FANTASTICAL-AWESOME-MADE-OF-WIN and that we love them FOR LIFE.
2nd-Nov-2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Ah,that is beautiful. Anonymous staffer is awesome. :)
2nd-Nov-2009 09:11 am (UTC)
Holy crap. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing! <3
2nd-Nov-2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Niiiiiiiiiiiice :D

And, you know, sheer awesomeness of getting to see some pages of the show's IP Bible aside, I love hearing about the original show's staff connecting with Racebending's mission. LOVE it.
2nd-Nov-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)

I will have a more productive comment later today after I've gone to Japanese class and such~ *skips off to class*
2nd-Nov-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I really want to see those pages, but when I tried to load them just now I got a "file is damaged" message. Could someone please look into this? I'd really appreciate it!
2nd-Nov-2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Great stuff! Thank you whoever you are for sending it.
2nd-Nov-2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Aldkfjsdklfds ♥_♥

Dear Anonymous Staffer,

If I had the skills, I would so do your taxes for you.

2nd-Nov-2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
You rock anonymous staffer!

Now to spread this document around :)
2nd-Nov-2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
2nd-Nov-2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Am I really the only person these pages won't load for!?
2nd-Nov-2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Is your Adobe Acrobat broken? :(
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