Sakurai the Cursed
^We have an explanation for that actually, the gems we see on elementals are items that they have bound themselves to. So they're not direct manifestations of their true essence like Spirits are, thus they don't have that same vulnerability.
@Steel_King - Hence why I said they could've helped in other ways than going head to head and beating up the threat by themselves... Saying that they won't get involved when the world is on the line because they're not selfless is rather silly, considering if the world ends then they end with it and as I said it's not as if putting themselves directly in the line of fire is the only possibility. And also why I mentioned the elemental balance many times as well, not only apocalyptic threats; it's literally their entire job to protect the balance of the elements on Lore, and yet it was unbalanced to the point that the world was tearing itself apart in elemental chaos (and not only through the two world-ending events, though they definitely did have an impact) with no sign of the Avatars ever doing anything about it. Hell, Sepulchure disguised as a Fire Spirit did more to help by letting us know of Akriloth Jr. than anything we know of the Avatars, other than their original assigning of the Great Dragons and creation of the Prime Orbs.
As for Nythera, they sent millions of elementals, including titan elementals which we've never even seen outside of that war, on an incredibly destructive rampage against the people of Greenguard because someone challenged them. Not even attacked them, just challenged their authority. You really think that's justifiable as defending themselves? I would even go so far as to say that the story wants us to see that they're petty and prideful, because in the Diplomatic Mission quest Lady Celestia tells us that a direct battle could "risk all of Lore facing the same fate as Falconreach" and so asks us to "make them see that there has to be a better way then to answer a child's challenge." And then the Avatars proceed to attack us instead of even listening to our attempts to defuse the situation (as bad as they admittedly were, haha).
Anyway, all that aside, it's certainly possible that Grandpa Oz is right and they do act to help maintain the balance in the background, but this is more about our perception of them; if none of that is ever shown or mentioned, so all we know of them is their prideful and destructive rampage against Nythera, it doesn't paint the prettiest image. That said, there is one period of time where they could reasonably have done a lot to help without us knowing about it, and that's when we were frozen. The whole Elemental Dissonance certainly seems to have died down in that time, and it would make sense for the Avatars to have had a hand in healing it. It's only baseless speculation of course, but if that's the case then I could actually respect their position, stepping in only when the elemental balance is threatening to skew beyond recovery as in the elemental chaos of 1,000 years ago. But I mean, they'd still be incredibly petty for the whole Storm War incident imo.
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