AvatarIsEpicness1026 wrote:I specifically remember it taking the Gaang confusing time tables to get certain places. I mean Sokka said it would take them weeks to get from Ba Sing Se to Whaletail Island, which is shorter than the distance from Ba Sing Se to the Fire Nation Capitol, a journey that Zuko and Katara made in the finale in less than half an episode.
Well, Sokka said it would take weeks to go from Ba Sing Se to Whale Tale Island WITHOUT Appa aka on foot. However, there are some inconsistencies. In episode 108 - Avatar Roku (Winter Solstice, Part 2), Appa had to fly fast and non-stop to make it from the village by Hei Bei's forest to Roku's temple on the Crescent Island in just under a day.
If you look at the Fire Nation archipelago, The Crescent Island is the Easternmost island in orange, and the village by Hei Bei's forest is on the coast of the Earth Kingdom directly to it's east. See here
at the map in full resolution. It's from point 26 to point 24. That's how far Appa can travel, if going as fast as he can without a break for about 20-22 hours (they left a little after sunset the day prior, and arrived a little before the next day). The outer wall of Ba Sing Se to the Fire Nation Capital (point 14 on the map) are about 13 times farther from each other than that from what I can tell. So 2 days before the comet arrived, the Gang went from Ember Island (point 20 on the map), a tavern of unknown location in the Earth Kingdom, to the outer wall of Ba Sing Se, waited for his Uncle to wake up, formed a plan with the OotWL, and spit up before the Comet arrived. Then, while the comet is there (which seems to only be for less than a whole day), they fly back to the Fire Nation Capital, farther in distance than their trip from Ember Island to Ba Sing Se. Assuming a round world, flying westward or over the North Pole wouldn't have saved them much time either. There really is no explaining this away. Considering how much care they normally put into the series, and ho much more care they put into the finale than the rest of the show. I'd even be willing to say it's likely they realized this made no sense and decided they didn't care.
What was the point again? Oh yeah, the size of the Avatar world. The way I figure it, there's no knowing if there is a Pacific size ocean to the west of the Fire Nation and to the east of the Earth Kingdom, so I'm measuring the circumference of the Avatar World as twice the distance from North Pole to South. I estimate the distance Appa traveled in episode 108 to be 1/19 the distance from North Pole to South, making the circumference 38 times that distance. If the Avatar world were the Earth circumference (about 24,900 miles, it's actually about 42 miles longer along the equator than along the poles, the earth is slightly ellipsoidal) that would mean Appa traveled 24,900 miles divided by 38 in 20-22 hours (I'm going to use 21). That would mean he traveled at 655 miles at about 31 miles per hour. That sounds pretty reasonable to me. That would mean the trip from SWT to NWT would take about 400 hours of flying time in a straight shot. Over 3 months, that an average of 4 hours 20 minutes a day. That's also pretty reasonable. The only thing that's not reasonable is the speeds Appa would have to reach during the Sozin's Comet finale, which the way I figure it, would be the in the neighborhood of a commercial jet rather than an animal. That's supposing an Earth-size world, but if you assume a much smaller world, the numbers don't add up in the 108 episode.
And Glitch, just to be clear on the incredible scale of your mistake, when you said this
Glitch wrote:LOL. Yeah, I'm pretty sure most spread out over tens of thousands of miles, and some of the larger ones into the hundred thousands. My bet is that Ba Sing Se's about 2-3 million.
Even if you had MEANT 'meters' instead of 'miles' (there are about 1609 meters in a mile), Houston, TX, one of the US's largest cities by area, is about 39,000 METERS across. That's the size you said most cities were in MILES. In order for Houston to qualifies as "one of he larger ones", according to you, you've a city 25 times Houston's size, again, if and only if you meant 'meters' instead of 'miles'. If you meant 'miles', you would need a city about 65,000,000 times the size of Houston. Every single last man, woman and child in Houston would need to have 29 of their own private personal Houstons, and you've have to take all those Houstons and put them all together, that would do it. You'd need about 64 Earths to fit all the Houstons to make one of your "some of the larger cities."