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Younger Lin and Tenzin + Pema, during the dark times.

I find myself captivated by the fact that Pema is sixteen years younger than Tenzin -- I was under the impression that Tenzin and Lin were sort of a youthful indiscretion, teenage romance... but they must have been at least thirty-five when a young Pema entered the picture... that's not puppy love. That's Lin detonating tables because the man she'd come to rely on is dating a child.

But for a while, she didn't notice he was slipping away.

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Soirema-pl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
lel between my parents there is 16 years old gap too xD
they were both much older though xD
nice pic
clayton1215 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Like father, like son. Aang liked younger women too.
Ahzusa Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist
Oh wait nevermind, I always forget he was frozen for a hundred years for some reason. Geez that flew right over my head, sorry.
Ahzusa Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist
But Katara was older than Aang lol.
BabsDC Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! I had no idea! Poor Lin :iconcryforeverplz:
Anyway, gotta love Pema's dress :iconhurrhurrplz:
Reina-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm 12 years younger than my husband and although it didn't even cross my mind when we first met that we could be together, he turned out to be the one and only my heart was missing. I was growing among 11-13 years older sisters and cousins - encountering their friends of the same age and that's probably the reason why I always looked to older guys. I had a problem imagining that a guy around my age could have the level of responsibility and adult mind I required. So the target group for me was always 5-7 years older. But 12? Gosh, I'd never look that far :D And I was pretty shocked when I realized he was courting me but I couldn't wish for a better husband and soon a father to our newborn daughter :aww:

So, I could imagine the Pema x Tenzin situation quite similar to mine :) She could be the youngest of more sisters who were a lot older - and such company somehow forces you to grow faster mentally. That might catch Tenzin's eye and it could be him who started courting her :)
Solseithis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
16 years feel like nothing when I personally know someone who's in their 20's dating someone at least 40 years older than them... It's actually kind of creepy.
prechoco Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, I had no idea she was 16 years his junior. That really puts a bit of perspective into especially Lin's side of things. I really like how you laid out this piece of art - it really tells lot! Great job!!! :D
DragonTurtle2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
I had no idea about that age difference either.  I went to the Avatar wiki to confirm.  When did Pema's age get mentioned?  

Among the mishandled romance in Season 2, there's a scene where Lin looks at Mako's wrecked desk, and goes "You should have seen Air Temple Island after Tenzing broke up with me."  This made me angry, since it just made me think that Lin was excusing one person's violence by comparing it to her own abuse of Bending powers, and police authority... something they were fighting against throughout Book One!  But yes, after this revelation from Neomeruru, it makes me feel think Lin's reaction was justified.
prechoco Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
I think her age may be included in one of the books? I certainly don't remember anything that may have given a clue to her age. Honestly, learning about this made me lose a little respect for Tenzin - dating someone else, let alone 16 years younger (think about it, he was 16 years old when Pema was born...), that's a terrible thing to do.

However, I don't think that the blame can really be put entirely on Tenzin or Lin for the matter... relationships like these often break apart due to miscommunication and deception. If their relationship was really so poor that Tenzin cheated on her, a long time childhood friend and girlfriend, maybe the two of them weren't meant to be together. 
MadnessInMeadow Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn, 16 years younger?! that's kind of hard core.
this is amazing, i really love how you drew it. it really does look like Lin doesn't know a thing and is still trusting the man behind her.
but whoops, oh well...
yeah, this is so gorgeous. :heart:
Clueless-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I feel bad for Lin~ Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1]  Bad Tenzin! Bad! :iconcryforeverplz:
KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This gives new meaning 2 tha term "seeing _one behind _another's back" although tha clenched fist would suggest that she suspects this is going on also!

Kaylabug3228 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Lol, this is definitely what happened
pixel-ARCADE Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
MountainLygon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's my understanding that Lin didn't want children, and Tenzin REALLY didn't want to be the final airbender (not to mention cut off the avatar cycle in three generations).  So I imagine Pema saw her opening and took it, with a response barely more subtle than, "I'll have your air babies, Tenzin!!"
Omnipotrent Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I think it was that mixed with the fact that she's the stronger personality, and coming out with her feelings for Tenzin was really her first step out of being invisible to him, he may not have even know that Pema, who was a friend to him felt that way about him at all till she said dsomething
SlytherinFirebender Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
This is great, i love it!
Lx-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   General Artist
LOL This is so messed up but SO good at the same time. Great work!
(Lets hope thats not how it really went down lol)
dreeming-art Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't hate Pema, in fact, I think she also fits Tenzen quite nicely. I agree she is probably much younger than Tenzen, but I don't think it's sixteen years. Anyways, enough with that. I do love this. I love this, because it's so perfect. Lin, I think, does love Tenzen and it's heartbreaking because I think they're still a cute couple. However, Pema is also, when you think of it, perfect for Tenzen to. So it's so hard to pick a side. But this picture is absolutly amazing. I just love it. 

Brain-Dancer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Tenzin is 51, Pema is 35... do the math.

And yes, if he was involved with her back when she was an acolyte, that would make him in our country a pedophile.

dreeming-art Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never got a age of Pema and Tenzin while watching LOK. But from the look of Pema, seeing how she does have grey in her hair, she can't more than 10 years younger than him. And many people marry ten years younger, a close family friend did it. I didn't mean to start a fight, I'm just expressing my opinion on the matter.
Brain-Dancer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pema actually doesn't have gray hair. I believe that is meant to be natural hair shading (hilites). Wiki ( shows her age at 35.

In foreign countries it is normal for older men to marry women much younger then they are, especially through arrange marriages.

These are not customs that westerners are accustomed to.

Some interesting facts: Aang dies at 67. Tenzin was 32.

He probably met Pema when he was 33.

Pema was most likely between 21-24 when they got married, being that their oldest is 10 years old.

The age disparity is a product of the authors... (something to think about ;)), but they have a number of unusual quirks.

I know all these geeky facts because I write fan-fics, not because I want to argue. I really don't care who is mated with whom.

I would love to see Lin and Tenzin have an affair in the series.

Could Pema forgive him... now that would be a story! :iconlaughingplz:
dreeming-art Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ok...I am from the western side of the world. America actually. Haha :) And I just don't, personally, see her as much younger as everyone thinks. It's just how I see it. They may have started having children later in life. And trust me, I do find it kind of awkward and quarky in their relationship to have the obvious age difference. But I wouldn't take the exact age to heart when looking at avatar wiki. It's just you can't know for curtain. Ya know. That's all I'm trying to say. :) There's obviously an age difference. The color difference in her hair is, if you look at it, grey. It's an odd particular spot to have hilites too. But I do think that would make for some pretty nasty but amazing drama to have Tenzin have and affair with Lin, however it would be so sad to watch the kids reactions....
Brain-Dancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am a western as well... America, but I have friends from around the world.

I understand your sentiment and desiring that they be closer in age than they are.

The authors of Korra set it up that way and  I can understand the geek factor in that many men of a certain status leave their wives of prior years (closer in age) for younger women.

I see it all the time.

They've just brought it into the Avatar world.

Whether she's 10 years or 16 years younger, she's definitely younger by design.

They probably wanted to also eliminate the possibility of any of Tenzin's kids being earthbenders, since he was the only airbender out of three kids born to Aang. (Great subplot about why he broke up with Lin.  I like this dialog.  Lots of ideas!) 

As a writer, a lot of potential conflict energy can be generated, (more so if it weren't a kids show.)

But, they keep it to the surface, and try not to delve to deeply into interpersonal relationships. 

I guess that's where fan-fic comes in.

One piece of advice, remember, it's all make believe.  Make it as you will...  
dreeming-art Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I totally agree and I see where your coming from. I almost wish Pema was older, but at the same time I don't know how the show would've worked. Haha. But all in all, I think that either Pema or Lin would work famously with Tenzen. Besides, how can you deny childhood friends falling in love. But I think Pema is an amazing addition. Putting that aside, I enjoyed having this little conversation with you. It was fun. Don't think I'm wierd....

Brain-Dancer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think you're... weird... maybe a bit :iconstrangeplz:

To see how odd I am, check out my stories!

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CJRiswhoIis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
ERGH, why must Tenzin be a pedo?! Lin was perfect (T_T)" idgaf if he thinks Lin's boobs are sagging, she looks fantastic at her age. Great job at interpreting the age and how the picture should flow!
Escila17 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
God I hate Pema. Lin is better. Well I don't know a lot about The legend of korra.
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, It's really interesting how you portrayed them without faces. Well done! I like the texture and detail here!
n3v3rw1nt3rw0lf3 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow... this is really good and very insightful at the same time.
Black-Wren Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I love how the whole triangle and all its emotions are captured in this one shot. You don't even need facial expressions, the body language says it all. Great job!
MadCat221 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Well, when the survival of Airbending is at stake and Lin wouldn't commit to starting a family... what's Tenzin to do?
satomobile Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I can't believe I haven't yet reviewed this. It has been my desktop background for months and I literally stop and stare at it for minutes on end. Not only is the art itself beautiful, but you captured the atmosphere of this love triangle. I mean, Lin just looks so serious and unaware and it's the most heartbreaking thing. I can't say enough good things- this actually gets an emotional reaction from me. I just think it is so brilliant and the thought behind it is spot-on. Thank you for making something so wonderfully tragic! I love it.
FantasyLoverKataang Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Tenzin and Pema kiks Aang and Katara !
" 2 years younger? Pfft, pretty much! "
About picture: I love Tenzin, but at the moment, I want to kill him!
Lin... T__T

<anger for tenzin, for you : Wow!> :D
TheAnimangaGirl Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Try 98 years for Katara and Aang XD
FantasyLoverKataang Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Haha, I forgot XD
manuelivolan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
That made me hate Tenzin and Pema... Poor Lin...
PurpleBookLover Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I really like this. Nice concept and layout.
sandraphillips Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Really? Sixteen years younger.... Oo Wwwhhaaat?
KateriTekakwitha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
pema's outfit is wicked =D and really? SIXTEEN YEARS YOUNGER? :O
Haikujitsu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
You know, I never finished watching the series, but this lovely picture has me all interested again. Love how much expression you've put into this even with the faces out of the picture.

kataang22nina Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Love it i think hahah no just poor Lin :[
TheEphemeralSevyn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I had never really thought about it before but- you are absolutely right. It's pretty incredible- the boundaries Bryke & the writers are willing to push. In a children's show. Huhn.

In other news, this is absolutely gorgeous, I'm a fan :3
ShiftyShirshu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
This is... fghfsfs... FANTASTIC!
Merbeflerb Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I bet could possibly shoot Pema and Ttenzin when she found out :P
Merbeflerb Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I bet lin could XD My spelling is off today
Silvanne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!!
HNLee Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh harsh reality but in Pema defense she did love Tenzin genuinely.
manderkinz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I think I the end it was about him needing to continue the Airbending ways and Lin not wanting children
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