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Esteemed: The Magic Touch by tissine Esteemed: The Magic Touch by tissine

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Depicting a scene from =Destiny-Smasher's project, 'Esteemed.' In this scene, Sokka's learns that his friend's daughter seems to have a bit of an affinity toward him, which foreshadows how Sokka ends up becoming the girl's stepdad later on.

The rest of the Esteemed gallery can be viewed at the DA group below, or at the project's Facebook page: [link]: A sample of this planned story can be read here: [link]
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconilavplz:
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
XD Awww~ ;love:
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BabsDC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! We luv him!
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SilversLainy4ever Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Sokka hasn't changed a bit
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littledreamer2469 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
So true ,same old Sokka
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SilversLainy4ever Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
yep
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NilaEatsZombies Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha cute!
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W1llowdove Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Perfect.  Just perfect in every way
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demonlovers Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
cute 
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TheOutcastsLive Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
XD
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Swim10183 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Lol
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KashiSKTH Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
:D
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Shadowlord123456 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Guess you could say Soka's good at getting girls in bed! :)
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BabsDC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL!
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Katniss-Jean-Pines Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
How do I put this in words people would understand... Toph and Sokka being together would form a plot hole? Get it? Lin can't be related to Tenzin what-so-ever if they were ever a pair. Even if it meant "step-cousins" they couldn't have dated. It'd have been way too weird and against the censorship rules AND just plain wrong.
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BabsDC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't really mind Lin and Tenzin being together AND being cousins. We all have a hot cousin! LOL
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
It is still too controversial to make it passed the network.
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BabsDC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep that's true...
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
So the writers will never pull that. Thus, Sokka is not Lin's dad.
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BabsDC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah but anyway that won't stop Tokka love
He can be some kinda adoptive father?
Tokka is ment to be I won't give up! :(
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
It is not meant to be. You guys can ship it all you want but Tokka is as lost if not even more lost than Zutara (and I used to ship the crap out of that).

Sometimes it's best just to abandon ship instead of taking long strides you know the writers never will do.

That's why it's fan-fic. It can be whatever you want but that doesn't make it canon.
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Kiroza Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Tokka far outdates the plot development, you don't think every Tokka fan clicked onto that immediately? Although it couldn't be cannon, at least not with Sokka as a biological father, or even someone who married and lived happily ever after, people are entitled to their own head-cannons, after all, it's all fiction! :D
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tissine Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Don't you think that's a general knowledge among the Tokka shippers, hon? I know that for a fact.

This was commissioned to me based on a fanfiction project, this idea is not canon. In his fanfiction, Sokka is not Lin's father. People love this pairing despite of that "plot hole" and it's not really stopping them to continue love this pairing, and there's nothing plain wrong with that :)
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I guess you have a fair point. I mean, I still wish Zutara was canon.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hm, well, how do _I_ put this in words _you_ will understand?

What you're describing is not a "plot hole." What you're describing is an idea that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Which is fine. That's part of the point.

Not all of us have lived lives where our families were all tidy and neat and organized into perfect little socially acceptable paragons of normality.
Life is complicated and messy and strange sometimes.

This story concept is not canon, it is a deliberate fanfic concept and also kind of a "what if?" scenario. And part of that is because I want to tell a story for Avatar fans who are more mature and might be interested in a more complex emotional situation than what the TV show rated Y-7 would be expected to present.

Then again, ya know, I would've thought that characters committing SUICIDE would've been considered "just plain wrong" and not something we'd see "what-so-ever" and yet that sure ended up happening, didn't it?

To be honest, I don't really know if we will ever find out the canonical truth behind these sorts of details with Lin/Toph's backstory because the creators themselves haven't really expressed an interest in doing so. In fact, Michael even stated this week that he doesn't see a need to answer who Lin's father was and doesn't even know himself.

And besides, Tenzin would be functioning like a cousin to Lin anyway, according to many people's ideas, because Katara and Aang might be looked at as Uncle and Aunt figures in her life. It's all circumstantial, based on things we don't know, may never know, and can only speculate about.

So, yea. I'm QUITE aware of the potential social awkwardness of this situation, and that's part of why I want to write it -- because sometimes real life is complicated for people. I had TWO different step dads growing up, amongst a bunch of other things I'm not going to say here.

Lin and Tenzin would still not be biologically related, so any "ickiness" people would feel would be entirely social. Which can be really fascinating to explore in a story. But we're also talking about a story set in a fantasy world in a different time period where what we currently deem as socially "correct" maybe wasn't. So it's not a "plot hole." That's the wrong term for it, and tossing around words like "just plain wrong" doesn't really help your case.

Anyway! As Tissine put it, trust me, a lot of Tokka fans are well aware of these conflicting ideas. It sure doesn't stop Zutara shippers from coming up with creative concepts and ideas as to how THOSE two would end up together. It's all part of fandom stuff. But it's the 'how' that I think is important, rather than the 'what'.
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I used to be Zutara shipper. Not because I actually thought there was some romantic moments between them but because I really liked the idea.

I say this because I'm about to say something most fucking shippers can hardly ever admit. Our ship lost. Zutara. Fucking not happening. Never happened. It's over. If you ask me everyone should just get over it.

Another thing. Step cousins still aren't allowed to date without "ickiness". I mean for real, that'd make them basically (step) first cousins. First cousins are practically siblings. So you telling me that if you had a step sibling or cousin, you'll date them?
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're arguing semantics and are missing the whole point.
Shipping isn't about "who wins and who loses." It's about exploring the potentially interesting storytelling of two characters getting involved.
Well, to me, anyway.

To be honest, I don't give a crap whether Tokka was canon or not at this point, especially since Bryan and Michael don't seem to care enough about Toph/Lin to have even bothered thinking up their history together. It seems unlikely we will have the "official" story anytime soon, and it almost seems insulting to both of those characters that their own creators "don't see a need" to even think about these things. But they also have a whole lot of bigger things to worry about, such as getting Legend of Korra's writing a little more up-to-par, if we're being critical.

So there's no telling when or if we will get an answer to this element of backstory. Ergo, I wish to throw my own ideas on the table. And it's pretty rude of you to tell me that my IDEAS and OPINIONS are "wrong."

Zutara 'lost' because Katara and Aang stayed together and have kids. Toph, Sokka, and even Zuko have no clear-cut adult lives outside of their occupation, canonically. We don't even know if Sokka had kids, much less who they would have been with. But the purpose of drawing fan art or writing fan fics exploring these ideas is -- at least for me -- not at all about trying to delusion ourselves into thinking X or Y happened, but instead exploring the "what ifs." I find Toph/Aang to be a fascinating relationship dynamic (it's my third favorite to write, just after Tokka and Kataang), but I don't at all think of it as something that "should" have happened, I just like the stories that can be told IF it had.

Lastly, no, I wouldn't date a cousin. Possibly a step-sibling, if they were someone I actually fell in love with (and wasn't biologically related to, which would be the case in the situation I'm describing with Tenzin/Lin). Katara and Aang had a very sibling-like relationship, as do Sokka and Toph, as do Aang and Toph. But none of those relationships are biologically connected, and for me, that's where the line is drawn. But that misses the point. The point isn't me trying to say this wouldn't be awkward. It's me saying that it could be VERY awkward, indeed, and what a potentially fascinating story that could be. Human beings are not black and white creatures who always go with what is socially acceptable or always become villains. You also might be forgetting that Tenzin and Lin never worked out in canon -- in this story I have in mind to tell, perhaps this entire layer of social awkwardness contributes to that, on top of Lin's canonical disinterest in having kids (which I'd like to explore as being caused by a tumultuous family history).

But I can tell from your words that you maybe don't "get" the entire purpose. All you seem to care about is 'who won' or 'who lost' some arbitrary ship war that I couldn't give less a crap about. I am not a "shipper." I don't "ship." I tell stories. Simple as that. And I don't tell them for any particular audience, certainly not people who "ship." That's fine that they do and all, it's just not me.

All I care about is trying to tell stories, preferably ones more complicated than what a televised Y-7 cartoon can tell. But said cartoon has a lot of great characters, a neat world, and a lot of insinuation and allusion to more adult themes. Thus, I want to explore more complex stories that relate more to real-life, where everything is not censored for a child audience, yet ideally stories that teens at least might be able to read. I've accomplished this with What I Learned at SRU, and I think it's not unreasonable to look at that goal with Esteemed.

And especially if you haven't read my work, you do not have a place to go telling me that my ideas are "wrong."
Potentially non-canon, of course -- but I never tried to say they were canon, merely based upon. And I don't give a crap if they are "correct" because they are my own ideas, not the creators' (who, as I mentioned, have expressed a lack of caring about this subject, making it ripe for fans to explore themselves, as they did with Zuko's mother).
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Fine. Tell your stories. Just saying. Step-relative or blood relative, dating eachother is just plain weird.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I will keep telling my stories, and you can keep judging theoretical, not-even-existent people. :P
But that also probably means you judge real life people simply because you personally find something "weird." Which is much more unfortunate than any theoretical thing, IMO.
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Hamoonga Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Wait, wait, wait, does sokka really become Lin's step dad?![link]
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In the current plans for 'Esteemed' the story project this art was made for, yes, that is actually the idea.
But there is no canonical confirmation of that, though as Tissine has said, it's become a reasonable idea for many Tokka shippers, mainly because the identity of Lin's dad is unknown right now.
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Hamoonga Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thanks for the info, i was feeling a bit confused and left out for a moment there.
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tissine Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
It's not confirmed, though most Tokka shippers have that head canon.
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Hamoonga Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thanks for the info, i was feeling a bit confused and left out for a moment there.
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Hamarri Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
well.. the ladies do love him >_<

you go sokka!! poor toph!! XD
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zevranarainai1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Bahahaha!!! Aaaawww this is just adorable!!! The two of them were perfect!!!
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GolDragonKing Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
indeed sokka, indeed
every girl falls for sokka
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Gareckcoosk7 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
that's great!
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Singer-Of-Light Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AAAaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww! This is so gonna happen with my husband if we have daughters. He already has the magic touch with our cat. ^^
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A-shatered-heart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwwwwww, sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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adawn09 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
awe! cute
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V-Apostrophe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Sokkaaaa yes ladies love youuuu :love:
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BelievingOctober Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconimcryingsomuchplz: it's so beautiful.
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tissine Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
thank you :heart:
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lovinthemedia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats soooo sokka...
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kataang22nina Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
hahah so sokka ;D
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KissofCrimson Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Aw, that's sweet. Sokka has the magic touch. :D
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Kyon-teh-Popo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
so tgis brings the score to Toph: 1000000
Sokka: 1?
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tissine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
hahah maybe?
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