We all know the effects of bloodbending. We know how it can be used to manipulate the human body into doing terrible things. But one thing that might not be so clear is how it can be used to take away bending.
The series didn’t do the best job of explaining the process, but nonetheless, the process does make a lot of sense. Bloodbending is extremely dynamic, so it only makes sense that it can be used to take away bending.
In order to fully grasp this concept, you need to understand the idea of Chi and how it works in the Avatar World.
Chi is essentially the energy that allows characters from the Avatar World to bend. Its pathways are actually marked by an airbender’s tattoos, so you’ll notice that the pathways pretty much extend throughout the entire human body – for the most part.
If you still recall Ty Lee’s character from The Last Airbender, you’ll remember that she was famous for her Chi blocking capability. Ty Lee was essentially able to block the flow of Chi in one’s body so he or she would not be able to bend for an extended period of time.
Amon pretty much did the same thing, accept it was permanent. He used his bloodbending capability to take control of the human body and close up the Chi Pathways so that Chi could no longer flow throughout the body. When Chi can no longer flow throughout one’s body, he or she loses the ability to bend. And that’s exactly what happened to all of Amon’s victims: they were Chi blocked – permanently. But of course we are all well aware that Korra was able to use her majestic Avatar abilities to unblock the Chi Pathways and give bending back to all those who fell to Amon.
But based on this, one can only wonder: what if Korra can unblock the Chi Pathways of non-benders and give them the ability to bend?
Just something to think about, I suppose.