Thank you for visiting TARP!

After fourteen wonderful years, we have decided it's time to close our doors.

It wasn't an easy decision to make, by any means. We have so many wonderful memories of TARP, and have made many long-lasting friendships because of this community. But, at the end of the day, it was too much of an uphill struggle to keep the roleplay active in light of the lessened interest in the Avatar universe as a whole, and the lack of fresh canon content. We can't stress just how much we're going to miss TARP and all of our characters and stories.

TARP will remain accessible as an archive to all current members; just login as usual. If you're a former member interested in accessing our archives, please contact us at [email protected].

Moving forward, Kami and Gia are hard at work on our new, original fantasy roleplay. We hope you will join us on our next adventure -- please keep an eye on this space for more information!

Thank you all again for such a wonderful fourteen years, and we hope that your future RP adventures give you as much happiness and gratification as TARP did for us.

Signing off, for the final time: thanks, and happy roleplaying!
Gia & Kami

[Possible LOK Spoilers] Weak Benders...?

In the third episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra, we are shown a fragment where Lightning Bolt Zolt's bending powers are being slowly removed. What struck me was that, as his bending was taken, his lightning slowly became a flame and then fizzled into nothing.

The theme of impotency is very strong in The Legend of Korra. Non-benders not being able to compare with benders. Benders' powers being taken from them. Equalists not being allowed to practice chi blocking. However, I've never heard of benders comparing each others' potency before. It's like the Firelord and your average firebender has the same theoretical genetic potential.

Is it like that...? Can all firebenders use lightning with the right training...? Can all earthbenders use metal with the right training...?

We know one thing; Yakone and his family had a unique seemingly genetic quality to be able to bloodbend without moving and without a full moon. Did Yakone just happen to have the perfect training schedule...? We also heard in ATLA that not all waterbenders can heal. Is this a matter of genetic potential...?

Could it be that there are benders who are, in fact, weaker than the average bender...? Firebenders who can only light a candle...? Earthbenders who can only move pebbles...? Waterbenders who can only move droplets of water...?
I think that would be a reasonable assumption. For example, Zuko was unable (as far as we know) to use lightning bending. Only a select few earthbenders have become metal benders (and according to the "Welcome to Republic City" minigame on, Lin only picks people that are really good at earthbending to learn metalbending).

I think it's just being human, really. All humans have potential, but a combination of environment, desire, aptitude, and hard work determine those who surpass the norm (and those who fall under it).
Absolutely. Like Kami said, it's being human. There are, of course, mediocre and poor benders. Just like not everyone can be a great singer, not everyone can be a great bender. Of course, hard work and dedication can count for a lot, but still, not everyone will be an excellent bender. It's part of life, I think.