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Esteemed - Yes, You Can by Minuiko Esteemed - Yes, You Can by Minuiko
Depicting a scene for =Destiny-Smasher's story project, 'Esteemed.' In this scene, Toph is starting to push Lin to learn metalbending using the coin exercise we saw her use in The Promise Part 2. The full art gallery for this project can be seen at the DA group #Esteemed-Beifongs or at the project's Facebook gallery, here: [link] A sample of this story can be read here: [link]

Esteemed (c) =Destiny-Smasher
Lin/Toph (c) Bryke
Art (c) Minuiko
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cheesefoxlee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Whoa X-Men First Class Flashbacks.

Toph: Now... I am going to count to 3 and you will move the coin, or else I will kill your Mother. Ya?
Lin: But you ARE my mother...
Toph: Oh yeah, well that would be silly.
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Pwnie3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
*le Me suddenly realizing how well Toph would get on with Thalia
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Overlordflinx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
"Everything that comes out of a Beifong can mettle bend... Even our whiz and crap!"
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Mechagodzilla604 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Some how me Grimlock expected this to be true.
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Ilikedrawingalot Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student
Amazing art!
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Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tough love may not always build good relationships, but it will always build good character.
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:icondestiny-smasher:
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In one way or another, yes, I'd say it does.
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takatokaoru Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so great! :heart: Love Tophs clothes, love Lin's look in general, and it's just so perfectly IC. XD Toph has a weird way of praising people. :meow:
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, yea, it's not exactly traditional. xD
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141188 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
:D FAVE
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spazdrac Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
totally what would happen between toph and lin
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
This is great. I can totally see this happening and I could see it being really hard on Lin to try and live up to her mother's expectations. So...cue Linzin bonding where they bitch about having to live in the great shadows their parents cast!
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha! That is actually exactly what I was planning on writing into this story -- the theme of Lin trying to live up to her mother's expectations/reputation in particular will become a big deal and will actually cause a lot of tension between Toph and Lin when Lin's a teenager.
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
:) Great minds, no? Yes, I can imagine
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure a lot of the ideas in Esteemed will line up with a lot of fan theories/ideas because there's some amount of "sense" behind them, I hope. But I still want to have some surprises in there, too, that people won't expect. :devil:
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I've heard you are a good writer, so I'm sure you have one or two surprises up your sleeve.
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:icondestiny-smasher:
Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You've heard? xD Who...who told you that? =P
And yes, I do, haha. ^^;
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
From Minuiko for one. You have many adoring fans.
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice! While I can totally see Toph being a bit harsh in training, I do think that her solution here would maybe not be "try HARDER" and more of a "Imma tie a blindfold around you to cut out distractions, now shut up and really FEEL the earth and the metal."

Admittedly I'm not sure why she teaches people using coins, which are a much more purified/refined metal which we've been shown is harder to bend, and not something like, say, a cast iron bar, which would be much less purified and thus easier for earthbenders to "feel" the bits of earth inside. Kinda thinking the writers of The Promise either didn't consult with the Korra people, or didn't think that one through.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The writer of the Promise actually DID consult Bryan and Michael directly -- or maybe vice versa.

I do agree that the coins seem illogical at first, but I think the idea is that they are small, for one, and for two, if you can bend a COIN you've learned to ACTUALLY bend with motion, not touch (Toph her self could only bend through touching at first).

I do agree with the idea that less purified metal would be easier, and the story I have in mind would involve Toph likely changing up her training idea when this doesn't work -- she basically is just expecting too much from her kid early on, which stresses Lin out, so Toph will swap around her 'regiment' to something Lin will be able to wrap her head around better, I think.
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theblindbandit1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Part 3 of the promise is amazing. Hopefully :icondestiny-smasher: uses some of that stuff in her story :)
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure I'll be incorporating stuff from the Promise into both SRU and Esteemed -- I will be reading it tomorrow, when it comes out, and am looking forward to it.
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theblindbandit1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read it monday, I pre-ordered it and somehow I got an advanced copy O.o ... I can tell you its amazing and very inspirational. I hope you like it and hope to see some stuff in esteemed... I haven't had a chance to start SRU. ^^;
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just finished it earlier today and did enjoy it a lot. Esteemed hasn't even been properly started yet, so that is a ways off, but some aspects of The Promise 3 will certainly make their way into SRU, especially since the story's ultimate climax has been planned for months, and as it was, would be pretty similar in concept to how The Promise concludes.
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theblindbandit1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read the excerpt that you posted for esteemed, and just loved it. And all the art that people are drawing, I'm really excited. I just haven't had time to read fanfiction thats really long, and I know once i start SRU I will want to read it all the way through... which would take me a while. I'll get to it soon
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No rush, then, given that SRU isn't finished yet. ;)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it, and it's exciting planning my ideas and being able to have other people draw some of them out for me.
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theblindbandit1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't even have time to update my own stories... I wish I could get the next chapters of The Darkened Path from my head... I think your lucky that a lot of people read your stories.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It doesn't FEEL like a lot of people read my stories since I don't get as much feedback as other people I've heard of seem to, but I am thankful for all of the readers I have, regardless. It hasn't been easy, it's been a lot of time and dedication, after all.
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tissine Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
wow. That sounds really like Toph ;w;
I swear this esteemed is the closest to the canon, I can't wait for the rest of the story :wow:
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahehhh...^_^; I'm glad people are liking my ideas, though I feel a bit guilty since the story hasn't really started yet. But I'll be rarin' to go and get to work as soon as SRU is done.
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I can't wait to read Part 3. ^-^
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Vampireguardian Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Aw, she looks like a teen Toph, I love that. I bet Toph pushed her the hardest. Lovely work! I loved that part in The Promise 2.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yea, that's what I'm going for -- that Toph would be even harder on her own child when training than she was with Aang. It will cause a lot of tension between them in the story. And for Lin's age, I guess we're going for about 13 or so, how old Toph was in The Promise. Later on, when she's a little older, Toph will train her in the use of the metal cables the police use.
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Vampireguardian Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Oh that's so awesome! I'll have to check it out some time. Lin just looked a bit taller and lankier than Toph, 13 sounds about right though :) Awesome work.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yea, I imagine Toph not getting taller under a little later, but Lin I just imagine being a bit less stubby when she's Toph's age. ;)

This artist drew out Toph ready for training, and I think she picked a good hairstyle and outfit for her that works well for this age. This was a picture I commissioned, so some of the ideas and the concept behind it are mine, but some specific details in the picture were the artist's idea. There's a lot more pictures in this series for the story I have planned, you can find them in links in the description above.
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know originally we were going to frame this differently, but I do like Lin glaring over her shoulder like that.
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IslandMirage Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMIGOSH!! It's the coin XD
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Destiny-Smasher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yep, I figured that if that's how Toph starts her other students, she'd keep that the same.
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IslandMirage Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense :)
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