"My people cannot face extinction again."
Name: Tae Jin
Motivation: To prevent the devastation of the Air Nation population.
Weight: 155 lbs
Being an acolyte from the air nation, Tae Jin tends to wear the traditional garb, consisting of red, yellow, and orange robes that the air acolytes commonly sport. However, when going on more strenuous outings she sports something that while still free flowing, akin to air nation culture, is a bit form fitting to allow for more refined movements. Additionally, she does not sport the arrow tattoos that would mark her as an airbending master as she does not possess the capability to airbend naturally.
An activist in every sense of the word, Tae Jin cares deeply and passionately for the world around her. An environmentalist, an idealist, an advocate for social justice, Tae Jin has protested, tabled, and spoke up for just about every cause. Living by the motto: 'Leave it better than you found it', she is determined to make this world a better and safer place for all living things. Even if it means she spends a few nights in jail or fasting for a few extra weeks. There is no price too great to buy another's awareness, in her opinion.
Of course, while her cause in noble and her passion is admirable, it doesn't always fit in with the Air Nation's way of life and teachings. Sure, they want to respect all forms of life, but there are many teachings requiring one to abandon the physical world, even if you are trying to save it. Plus, Tae Jin's passion is often at conflict with the serenity of her culture. This too creates a conflict within herself as she struggles to respect what she has been taught and remain true to herself.
However, more than ever she sees the danger of an approaching plague on her people. Too many of her fellow Air Nomads expect to take whatever will come in the face of ED, but she refuses to let the Air Nation be wiped out again. If there truly is a reason for all things to happen, then there was a reason for the Air Benders to be brought back and she refuses to let them to go quietly into the night.
Tae Jin was born to a couple, her mother an airbender, and her father an Air Acolyte. True to the nomadic culture of the old Air Nation, Tae Jin spent much of her younger years traveling the world, going from one air temple to the next. An only child, Tae Jin often had to entertain herself as her parents each had their own goals in life that they worked tirelessly to achieve. Unfortunately that left very little time for family and left Tae Jin feeling lonely until she discovered her own passions.
At 14 she had been left on Air Temple Island in Republic City while her parents attended to their respective businesses in the city. However, Tae Jin being the bit of a firecracker that she is managed to make her way to the mainland to a protest that was happening to preserve the natural habitat of the fire ferret, which was being destroyed in the city's expansion plans. Thus Tae Jin's activist spirit was awakened.
As she grew older, Tae Jin faced much scrutiny from the monastic sect of her people, chastising her for some of her more brash actions. However, it was also in these instances where she felt she grew a deeper understanding of what it was to be a part of the air nation. Some people had to sit and wait for enlightenment to hit them, and Tae Jin admired them, but at the same time she also knew that while she could find just as much peace and calm in meditation she would never find enlightenment there. She had to chase it. Likewise, not all of the air nation beliefs applied the exact same to every individual. It was a matter of perspective.
Now, however, Tae Jin really only sees things one way. Her people stared down extinction once before. Originally, she wasn't to be included on the expedition for the cure but Tae Jin was persistent in convincing Dr. Orthro to accept her. There would be no one that cared as much as she did.
Chosen Element S.E.D. Glove: Air
Air Acolyte Knowledge & Training: As an Air Acolyte, born and raised, Tae Jin's knowledge of Air Nation customs, culture, and philosophy is pretty extensive. Now, seeing as bending is partly a mental act, having this knowledge may accelerate her bending abilities.
Persuasion: Whether it be through speech or action, non-violent of course, Tae Jin is a very persuasive individual.
World Traveler: Being a nomad, Tae Jin has seen a lot of the world and knows a bit about everything. She has friends everywhere and with her activist lifestyle, unfortunately, a few enemies.
> Her name is derived from Korean names. Tae meaning 'great' and Jin meaning 'truth'
> Tae Jin's parents are actually now divorced, but both still very much alive. Her mother is an airbending master that lives at the Eastern Air Temple, having given up her nomadic lifestyle to further pursue her passion of airbending and teaching other benders that pass through. Her father, took the ultimate nomadic experience after the divorce and ventured into the spirit world through the Republic City Spirit Portal along with several other Air Nomads. All of whom were seeking true enlightenment.