Can non-firebenders redirect lightning? After all, it's all about letting the lightning pass through one's internal chi flow and out of the body. And since everyone has chi flowing in their body, anyone should be able to redirect lightning as long as they have good control over their chi flow right?
Unless only firebenders could handle the intense heat generated by the lightning, in which case I guess only firebenders can do it. But in that case certain waterbenders should still be able to do it as long as they can keep their internal body temperature cool enough.
I'm gonna have to say they can't. That it is firebender exclusive. Firebenders turn their chi into bendable energy. And they can bend and redirect the energy of lightning. Not water benders or anyone else, it's kind of like what we saw in firelord and avatar, when sozin took the heat out of the lava. he was taking the energy and redirecting it. if i recall, the movement even looked similar to what iroh taught zuko.
Post by SpiritBender on Feb 6, 2008 15:58:30 GMT -5
Didn't Iroh say he learned it from water benders? .-.
Iroh said that he figured out the technique by studying and observing the waterbenders. He watched how they redirect their opponents energy against them (a la Tai Chi), and figured out how to apply that to firebending. It seems far more likely that anything to do with lightning would be the domain of firebenders (albeit ones who have very deep knowledge of fire and how it relates to the other elements).
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