Mon-Kitsune wrote:I was merely pointing out that you can't stop the molecular motion of something and keep the temperature the same.
I was gonna be all like, "WHAT? Isn't that what I just said?" until BeeAre pulled this response out of you. Obviously, you have to realize when I said "no matter the temperature", I meant "starting temperature."
At the fringes, there are a lot of places where the elements sort of blend.
I don't disagree with this, but I still have to argue that there is a substantial divide between lava and any other liquid substance. When the kinetic energy in lava is removed, it becomes rock, obsidian, and ash. There's no reversing that process without adding extreme heat. Any other liquid substance that has the capacity to freeze and harden can be unfrozen.
As for oil, crude oil is composed of petrol, tar, dissolved gases and kerosene also known as petroleum. Its residue can be made into fuels, wax, grease, and asphalt. All oils are produced by living organisms like plants (and many would consider our entire planet a living organism) as even mineral oils are derived of fossilized algae. It might appear reasonable, going off of a waterbender's bloodbending subcategory, that waterbenders would be able to control oils, not because they are liquid but because were once part of a living organism. However, while bloodbending can be achieved due to water existing in the bloodstream, there is no water in oil.
Mercury, even in its liquid state, is merely melted heavy metal. As the case goes, an earth bender would be capable of wielding this substance with metal-bending. Avatar has already proven that earthbenders do not require earth to be in a solid state as they can even bend sand, dirt, and soil.
My understanding of bending is that it has nothing to do with a material's physical state, solid, liquid, or gas. While an airbender could whip sand and dirt or water into the air with enough wind force and potentially attempt to direct this at a target, you know that's not the same as bending that element. It's my understanding that a bender's proficiency depends on the weight of the substance. Firebender's are in the lightest weight class as they bend raw energy into flames and lightning but are unable to wrangle significant force, instead relying on the extreme heat (or shock) of their attacks. Airbenders follow them, capable of creating tornado's from the air we breathe but unable to form the raw kinetic force required for raising temperature. Waterbenders and Earthbenders are obviously last. Waterbenders can bend water in any form, able to freeze the liquid to a solid and even bend mist and superheated steam. This is because overall weight technically does not change no matter what form a material takes. The only noticible change from solid to liquid to gas is dissipation which creates the illusion of lighter weight. By far, I would have to say that earthbender's are the most powerful of them all as being able to bend earth in any form, they can bend burning earth to substitute firebending, bend mud to substitute waterbending, and bend sand to substitute airbending, not to mention bending metal.