a child will overthrow his father

anonymous asked:

So, do you have an ATLA superhero AU? (Because Blue Spirit was totally a superhero identity, and I can see a lot being done with that)

I don’t have a superhero AU, though I did noodle around a bit with @avatarsymbolism’s superhero AU here: [Link] Anyway, this does not take place in that universe.

1. When Mai was very little, she had terrible nightmares about a woman, made up of smoke and shadow.  The woman would sit at her bedside and stare at her until she woke up, then the woman would reach out and touch her, and Mai would disappear.  When she really did wake up, soaked in sweat and crying, she would have the strangest feeling that she had seen the woman before, in the real world, when she was awake.

Then, when she was twelve, still a child, but staring to look a little more like the woman she would become, Mai was standing in front of a mirror when it clicked.  The woman whose face had been in her childhood nightmares was her own.  She reached up in shock to touch her face, and disappeared into a roiling pool of shadow smoke.

Just as quickly, she popped back into existence and went to school, shaking, and terrified, with no idea what she was or what had happened.

2. The first person Mai met with powers was Ty Lee, who introduced her to Azula.  Ty Lee can make up to six duplicates of herself, and Azula can summon lightning.  Mai though has always suspected that Azula has another power.  She has the best luck of anyone Mai has ever seen.  The universe seems to bend around her to fulfill her desires.

Azula was in town with her father to find and recruit other children with powers into his new school.  Azula told her all about her father’s special sensing equipment, and about what it’s like to be with kids just like them, and no, Mai, you’re not a demon, or a spirit, you’re just a little better than human, just like us.

This is not the same sell that Ozai gave to Mai’s parents, where he talked about academics and keeping their daughter safe from people who would use her.  They sent her away to his academy, and Mai always figured they were happy to be rid of her.

3. Of course Ozai was the person who was going to try to use her.  He wanted an army of special children, just like he was, just like children are, to overthrow the government and install himself as the superior dictator.  Mai was something of a jewel in his crown.  Her ability to materialize and dematerialize herself and anything she’s touching at will is a perfect supervillian power, and she was taken away for special training as a spy, thief, and assassin.

Through Azula, Mai also met Ozai’s other child, Zuko, who has fire powers, and who his father and sister generally viewed as disappointing cannon fodder.  Eventually, Zuko ran away, found his uncle, and ended up becoming a superhero called the Blue Spirit, fighting to expose his father and his school.

4. Mai ran away too, later, after helping a captured Zuko escape from Azula.  For a while, she did what she was best at, stealing to survive, and ignoring the world’s problems.  But then she spotted Azula working to recruit more kids, feeding parents the same line that worked on her parents, and she just…

By the time Ty Lee ran away and tracked her down, she was already a full fledged superhero herself, calling herself the kemurikage after a story her mother told her as a little girl, after the nightmares mostly stopped.  She and Zuko had even teamed up a few times.

5. Mai once dematerialized a person, a super soldier named Suki, who caught her robbing a bank.  When she rematerialized her almost a month  later, Suki was a little…  Traumatized.


It had been over twelve years since Queen Emma had walked her land, her birthright. When her father had grown ill, several of his closest advisers had conspired and risen up to overthrow her family. They believed a woman could not be queen and as the only child of the king, she was next in line to succeed. Her father had died mysteriously one night and the next, they were imprisoned. A man who claimed to be the bastard child of the king’s older brother who had been lost to the plague took the throne in her stead. There was no proof of his claim but there was nothing to discount it either. Thanks to loyal followers, they had been able to escape execution and were able to seek refuge in a neighboring country. They had lived as peasants until last summer when her mother had lost her life in a horse accident, her last wish, for her daughter to reclaim the throne they had lost.

Emma had spent the past year raising funds and an army, finding allies at every turn. The new king did not have many fans, he listened to his advisers blindly and her country was falling into ruin. She had the backing to take the crown but she needed more. That was why she was here, standing before the King of the neighboring country. His father had been one of her father’s allies. It had been a risk coming here, the man could hand her over to the king, knowing she was a wanted woman in her own country. But she needed his support, his army and with that came the army and support of some of the strongest lords and barons in the land.

“Your highness,” She said, curtsying as he entered. Emma may have been the rightful Queen but she had been raised as a commoner and it was hard to break such habits. “Thank you for agreeing to see me.” On either side of her flanked her most loyal guards, ready to remove her if they sensed any danger. “I have come to you with a request. My army is not nearly strong enough or large enough to defeat the man who rules my country. I know your soldiers are strong, your army large…” She began to her plea, hoping it didn’t fall on deaf ears.

When Rhaegar fell

As much as he infuriates me, the character of Rhaegar Targaryen still holds a lot of appeal to me. I admit that it’s mostly a case of a weird fascination not unlike that we might have with a scene of an accident - a car crash that we passed on the road and are curious about its the circumstances; what happened and whose fault it was and if someone was hurt. Rhaegar is a car crash with a death toll of thousands, and that secure him a place in my thoughts as I try to figure out what he was truly like away from the contradictory opinions of those who idolize him and those who demonize him.

He has a unique place in the text - until his son came along, he was the only one with such strong connection to both the war for the dawn, and the game of thrones. He was the only person concerned with both magical and political war. Ideally that means that he was in a prime position to make a difference - he was the crown prince with all the power and influence that affords him and he was keenly aware that a war for the survival of the human race is coming. The problem is that Rhaegar - as Ser Barristan describes him- was single-minded. Indeed a look at the sequence of events show how Rhaegar could never balance his knowledge of the political climate of Westeros and what it needed with his knowledge of the importance of preparing for the upcoming war and his obsession with the PtwP. His concern and involvement with both the magical and political wars were never concurrent and it seems that he was never able to navigate one without completely losing sight of the other, something that led to his and his house’s ruin eventually.

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Roman Bronze Minerva Helmet, Late 2nd - Early 3rd Century AD

With a repoussé bust of Minerva at the front of the crest, the goddess wearing a triple crested helmet over curly locks and a scaled aegis with a central gorgoneion, her shield on her left shoulder, the helmet with molded ear protection, perforated for attachment along the visor below the Minerva bust.

Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. She was born with weapons from the head of Jupiter. After impregnating the titaness Metis Jupiter recalled a prophecy that his own child would overthrow him. Fearing that their child would grow stronger than him and rule the Heavens in his place, Jupiter swallowed Metis whole. The titaness forged weapons and armor for her child while within the father-god, and the constant pounding and ringing gave him a headache. To relieve the pain, Vulcan used a hammer to split Jupiter’s head and, from the cleft, Minerva emerged, whole, adult, and bearing her mother’s weapons and armor. From the 2nd century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena.