“Y/N! Come on babe we’re gunna be late! Bruce’s cake won’t make itself and Alfred’s already texted twice!”
“Gotcha,” you mumble as you extinguish a small flame from your hand, and climb out of the lower cupboard where you keep all of your baking supplies. “I’m coming don’t get your panties in a twist.”
You walk down the hallway from the kitchen and stop by the door to grab your jacket.
“What were you doing in there anyway? Sounded like an avalanche at one point,” Jason said as he held the front door open.
“My offset spatula fell out of my decorating bag and into the black depths of the cupboard,” You say as you walk through the threshold. “I had to go on a lifesaving mission.”
“Well it looks like it was successful.”
You head through the garage door and into the kitchen of Wayne Manor, stopping to place your decorating bag on the table and shed your coat.
“Miss Y/N, Master Jason. Glad to see you could join us!”
“The Chef does not enjoy the sass coming from her sous, Pennyworth, but I think I can forgive you,” you say as you pull your hair into a ponytail while walking over to give him a playful kiss on the cheek. “Jason, I love you, but get out of my kitchen, I have a masterpiece in the making.”
“Yes, Chef!” He said with a mock salute and a laugh. “I’ll go see what everyone else is up to.”
“All right Al, this double chocolate, Oreo truffle cake isn’t going to make itself. You start with the Oreos and I’ll start on the batter.”
“Oui, Chef,” the butler says with a smile.
You shake your head and sigh in response.
After a while of prepping and chatting with Alfred, Damian walks through the door.
“Hey Dami, whatcha up to?”
“Hello, Y/N. Todd and Drake are being insufferable so I decided to take a break up here, if it’s no bother to you.”
“Go right ahead. You’re no bother to me and Alfred.”
The timer for the oven dings, and without a thought you reach in and take the pans straight from the oven.
“Y/N, did you just take those from the oven without mitts?”
You have a moment of enteral panic. Damn Y/N you really should be more careful with your powers around here. “What? Uh…yeah I did, it’s not really I problem, I’ve burned myself so much over the past few years, it’s kind of like I’m immune,” you say with a chuckle, hopefully passing off the lie.
Damian gives you a look but lets the comment slide.
What you fail to notice is that he’s now watching you subtly from behind his book.
You come back to the cakes and slowly place your hand over the top of each one, using your powers to cool them down at a faster rate. The temperature of the air around you has gotten a bit chilly as a result of using your power so your breath comes out as a puff of fog. You glance quickly over to Damian to see if he noticed anything. He looks to be still engrossed in his book, and you breathe a sigh of relief.
“Hey Alfred do we have anymore sugar? I need just a touch more of the ganache.”
“Try the pantry Miss Y/N”
You head into the small room and begin to look around. While you’re doing this Damian raises from his seat and quickly makes his way to the cakes. His eye goes wide when he feels that they are completely cool even though they came out of the oven moments ago.
You make your way out of the pantry as he begins to sit back down. You notice the look on his face, as if wheels are turning in his mind, you guess he must have read something intriguing in his book.
You head back to the counter to begin the final steps of the cake, being careful to not use any more of your powers during the process.
The cake was finally finished as you placed the last truffle on top. You take a step back and look at the masterpiece.
“Done,” you say wiping your hands on a dish rag.
“It looks fabulous Miss Y/N, I shall gather the troops into the living room and we’ll begin the celebration.”
You grab the plates, stick them under your arm and grab the cake stand. Right after you set everything down on the table, the boys enter the living room from wherever they were.
“Wow, Y/N, that looks amazing!” Dick said with a whistle.
“Thanks Dick! It was an idea I got from a friend with a few tweaks. It’s Bruce’s favorite, my double chocolate cake recipe filled with chocolate cookies and cream buttercream, covered in a chocolate ganache and decorated with cookies and cream buttercream florets and Oreo Truffles.”
“In other words…heart attack and clogged arteries with a side of diabetic coma,” Tim said with a smirk.
“Yupp,” you replied, popping the p at the end.
“It’s a special occasion,” Bruce said. “So a little sugar won’t hurt. Thank you, Y/N” He walked over and gave you a side hug with a thank you kiss to the temple. “I’m sure it’s wonderful as always.”
“Well. I think we should cut into this sucker. I want cake.”
“Hold your horses, Jay,” you said with a huff. You reach down to pass out the plates and realize that something was missing.
“Darn it, I forgot the forks. I’ll be right back.”
You head into the kitchen and grab the stack along with some napkins.
As you head out the door something feels off in the air around you, and then you place it. You feel the batarang make waves through the air as it soars toward your head. Instantly the cutlery in your hands falls to the floor and your instincts take over before you can stop them. A wall of ice erupts from your hands extending out in front of you successfully trapping the batarang a few inches from your face as well as the boy that launched the projectile at you.
After a second you recover from what happened. “Well. Shit,” you sigh and head toward Damian. You stop about a foot away from his body. You take a breath and place your hands on the wall. As you begin to focus you can feel the heat starting to radiate out from your hands. The giant ice wall melts into a puddle that spans the ballroom.
You blow the patio doors open with a small push of your hands, and then begin to heat up the room so the water would turn to steam. As the last bits of fog dissipate through the door, you sigh and bend down to pick up the forks from the floor. When you come back up, you’re met with six stunned faces.
Jason is the first one to snap out of the stupefied gaze. “What in the ever-living hell was that, Y/N?” You could tell that he was getting slightly angry because his voice went a squeaky towards the end of his sentence.
“Um…. if you will hear me out for like five minutes this would be explained a lot better downstairs,” you say a nervous smile plastered on you face.
Bruce is the first one to speak, for some reason you feel like he already knows the story you’re about to tell. “By all means, then, Y/N. Lead the way.”
Once you reach the Batcomputer, you turn to face the boys and are met with another glaring silence. Those should really stop happening.
The chair turns and you start pulling up everything about your past life.
“The Elementalist? I remember her,” Dick said as he leaned against the chair. “Pretty sure she’s my age and worked with The Flash for a good chunk of time. She declined the invitation to join the Titans and the League, and then kinda fell off the grid.”
You sigh. “I didn’t fall off the grid, I left. I couldn’t take the life anymore, Barry started to get reckless and I knew nothing good would come of it. I wanted to start over. I left my day job as a geologist at STAR Labs and my night job as The Elementalist. I packed up, moved to Gotham, and went to pastry school. I always loved baking as a kid, so I tried it out.”
You get up out of the chair to look all the boys in the eye.
“Six months after I graduated I met Jason, six months after that I opened the bakery, and six months after than I found out about all this when he came through my window bleeding out at 3 in the morning. You guys are like my family, along with everyone in Central City. Just because I chose not to tell you about this doesn’t mean I lied about anything else.”
No one could meet your eyes after you finished speaking.
“Well…I’ll take that as a not so great sign. I’ll just be going, then. You don’t have to worry about anything. The secret is safe with me. Bye, guys.”
You turn and head to the stairs. Your foot lands on the bottom step when you feel a pressure on your wrist. You turn and almost slam you face into Jason’s. His hands move to grasp your face.
“I’m not going to lie, this is pretty crazy. And I’m only slightly-no-so-angry that you didn’t say anything, but that doesn’t mean I want you to leave. You’re my girlfriend and I love you whether you’re a Meta or not.”
He gave you a quick peck on the lips.
“Yeah, Y/N. You’re awesome and we don’t want you to leave either. You the next best computer person, besides me, of course,” Tim said with a chuckle. “I think its pretty cool that you can control all of the elements, it’s like Avatar, in real life!”
“I knew you were a cougar!” Dick said slapping you on the back as he walks up the stairs. “Let go eat some cake!”
The rest of the crew filed up the stairs, but Damian trailed behind. Jason gave you a look, and you motioned for him to head up the stairs.
After a few seconds the young boy spoke. “I apologize for acting odd to you today, Y/N. I just couldn’t shake a hunch that you were hiding something. I should have just asked instead of throwing projectiles.”
“You really should have, Dami. I would have had no problems telling you outright. But your apology is accepted. Let’s go eat some cake.”
“Very well,” he said as he began up the stairs. “I would like to request, if at all possible, that you not freeze me anymore. It was an uncomfortable experience.”
You chuckle and rough up his hair as you pass by. “Only if you deserve it.”
We shouldn’t try to find one-to-one parallels when we try to equate Avatar events and cultures to real life ones, since a lot of the stuff in Avatar is a mix of different things (like how the Fire Nation also has Korean and Thai influences in additional to Japaneses ones), but I still find it both interesting and funny to point of parallels because:
We start off with the Fire Nation (Imperialist Japan mixed with fascist ideology) taking over regions that represent Tibet, another that’s a mix of different Chinese eras, and two lands that have both Inuit and Native American Influences
I wish I had a proper source, but the Drill seems to be inspired by one of Hitler’sw failed oplans to to druill under the English Channel or something like that. Something like a secret tunnel (haar har).
D-Day fails (”The Day of Black Sun”)
But then, the Allies eventually succeed in taking down the fascist power
While in real life there’s a much more complex history of imperialism, the comics and Korra IMMEDIATELY give imperialism a a big fuck you by showing how 1) imperialism sucks and is beneficial to NO ONE (not even the guys spreading it), and 2) at the end of the day mutual trade is more beneficial than imperialism and colonialism.
But that’s not the point I really want to focus on. What I find hilarious is that, to do this, we start to see shift where the world turns into 19th century Japan a bit in that sense that everyone is much more open to trade. (minus the opart where Avatar!Matthew Perry forces everyone to open up their ports).
Although, it should probably be noted that this process began during the war, and that, as we see in “The Promise,” it’s not exactly a fair system.
Anyway, what’s also kind of funny is that the Water Tribes are now apparently going to be like the Middle East with the oil drilling plot with “North and South.” But, the kicker is, the people coming over to fill in the role of the Western countries is the South’s sister tribe. So, it would be like if Saudia Arabia had already been this large, unified state in the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s fall, and now they’re going over to claim other, smaller states in the name of unity and technological innovation (ok, maybe not the best, most accurate analogy, but I tried).
They’re even using all the usual arguments for imperialism, like damn.
LOK, of course, continued this tradition by giving us the Equalists as a stand in for the Communists, Unalaq being a really badly done theocrat, Zaheer being an actual anarchist, and Kuvira being a fascist.
And, while there are some holes in the story’s lore, and while many of these stories could have been improved upon (whether it be in the show in the comics), I commend both show and comics for trying to continue this theme.
But honestly, what makes Avatar such an awesome series in terms of worldbuilding is that you can look at any number of historical events and ask yourself “what would the Avatar equivalent of this be?” And if you’re lucky you might be able to find something. Also it’s fun because of the all the historical parallels, and because headcanons are fics are really fun to make.
So not only do we have the VAs and some new characters, we also got the Summary for the episode 1 of Vrains!
Episode 1: 俺の名はPlaymaker Ore no Na ha Playmaker (My Name’s Playmaker)
“Den City” is where the latest and greatest online network has been developed. There, in the VR Space “LINK VRAINS”, managed by “SOL Technology Inc.”, people Duel day and night. The main character, “Fujiki, Yusaku”, is a cool high school student with excellent skills of observation. In order to defeat the “Knights of Hanoi” who seek to destroy “LINK VRAINS”, he transforms himself into his avatar, “Playmaker” to fight them in Duels while remaining anonymous in real life. But now, a hacker with the same purpose as Yusaku, a man named Kusanagi Shouichi, has information that “SOL Technology” is desperately searching for a mysterious life form. Yusaku realizes the “Knights of Hanoi” are also searching for this entity, spreading a trap across the network, for an operation to capture it…
Yeah, we really are starting things off similar to 5Ds with us getting the plot right away it looks like. I haven’t said this already but I love the fact that Yusaku seems to know what the heck is going on from the start. They point out the fact that he’s good at reading people again in this summary so that’s more than likely going to play a part in the first episode.
We also have a bit more info about one of the new characters in this, Kusanagi Shouichi, who also is a hacker and has the same purpose as Yusaku. Maybe they are working together to take down the knights?
Anyway, I’m going to guess this is the episode where Yusaku comes into possession of his new lifeform buddy (who I’m still placing money on the fact that it is Decode Talker) and duels one of the Knights, the one that was revealed alongside Revolver. We could also see him as well, maybe at the end of this episode.
Overall, I’m really looking forward to this episode, mostly because it is really proving my theory about Yusaku being an anti-hero even more from this summary and already showing just how smart this guy really is.
The fourth chakra is located in the heart. It deals with love, and is blocked by grief. Lay all your grief out in front of you. You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us.The Air Nomads love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love. Let the pain flow away.
Originally descended from the native inhabitants of the furthest corners of the world, waterbenders are now integrated in most cultures. They are most commonly found where water flows most - some still cling to their native lands while others find themselves in the depths of India, near the lakes of North America, or on the Islands off of Australia. Waterbenders are an inherently peaceful people, but they have a lethal reputation amongst their peers. Their numbers are high in the pro-bending community, however in recent years female fighters have experienced abhorrent discrimination against them, disillusioning many with the game but not halting their passion.
Waterbenders have traditional marriage ceremonies’ that incorporate their element heavily - being soaked in river water during, and then bathing in the ocean after. It is a symbol of unity - a union with the one the waterbender loves, and a union with the water. In recent times, these unions have been more inclusive of other elements and have seen even firebenders step into their depths. Waterbending has also become a heavy influence on professional surfing, many benders taking to the water to exhibit their element in the most natural form. However sanctions have been put in place to exclude waterbenders from non-benders surfing competitions, although that hasn’t stopped non-benders from attempting to compete with their bending rival.
Waterbenders have become a leading force in the medical world, with their healing abilities curing hundreds of thousands plagued by debilitating illness. However with the numbers of waterbenders who are willing to heal dwindling, some governments are exerting legislative pressure to ensure that waterbenders continue their healing work. These actions are creating unrest within the waterbending community, with more and more protests taking place against those that are attempting to control their bending.
The trip through New York City was exciting, especially with Peter swinging you around. During the trip through the city, Peter contacted someone with his watch but you didn’t hear who it was, as you were perplexed by the city-life under you. Eventually, you arrived at the outskirts of the city where a car was waiting for you.
Peter took off his mask and entered the shiny, black car with you following suit. When you two settled in the driver introduced himself as someone called ‘Happy’ and began to drive. The ride to the Avengers’ headquarters took around two hours. Through the entire drive, you were slightly shaking, just enough for Peter to notice. He placed his hand on yours and gave you a slight sympathetic gaze. He leaned in to whisper, “Relax. Everything will be fine. The trip will take a while, so you can take a nap if you want.” You gave Peter a slight smile as you placed your head on his shoulder and drifted to sleep.
“(Y/N), wake up. We’re here,” you heard as you felt Peter gently shook your shoulder. Your eyes fluttered open to the sight of Peter still in his Spider-Man suit except for his mask, letting you see his tired eyes and adorably disheveled hair. “We’re here,” he said again as he started to make his way out of the car. You sat up sleepily and looked out the window to see an enormous building. Jumping out of the car, you headed towards the large double doors.
When you walked into the building, you were in awe. You could barely move, standing where you stood, drinking up your surroundings.
“Is this the girlfriend I’ve heard so much about?” you heard behind you. You turned around and brought yourself face-to-face with Tony Stark.
“Excuse me?” you asked, starstruck.
“Are you the girlfriend-” Tony began to say when Peter rushed to quiet him.
“This is (Y/N),” Peter said, looking away from you, trying to hide the blush on his face. “She needs a place to stay for help with her powers.” Tony turned back to you and looked you up and down.
“What can you do?” Tony asked but you suspected he already knew, judging by his interaction with Peter.
“I can manipulate the four elements,” you said, raising your chin up in an attempt to give yourself more confidence.
“So you’re like the real life avatar?” Tony asked, with an eyebrow cocked.
“I guess so,” you replied thinking about it to yourself. After a minute of silence, Peter spoke up.
“Do you have a room prepared for (Y/N)?” Tony looked at you one last time before turning to Peter.
“Yes, I do, Spiderling,” Tony replied. “Her room is upstairs, down the hall, first door to the right,” Tony said, retreating to the other side of the building to what you assumed to be his workshop.
When you entered your room, you were astonished. The room was bigger than anything you were used to. You instantly made yourself comfortable by sitting on the bed, with Peter following suit. You two sat in silence until Peter finally spoke.
“I have to leave in a few minutes and head back home,” Peter said as he glanced over to your confused face. “I know we just got here, but I live back in the city and my Aunt May is going to kill me if get back after dinner.” Your features began to soften.
“I understand,” you stated. “Where are the other Avengers?”
“That’s a long story that I don’t have enough time to explain,” Peter commented.
“But I do,” a voice piped up that caused you to jump.
“Vision, you’re not allowed to enter someone’s room without their permission!” Peter exclaimed.
“I apologize. The door was open so I assumed I could walk in. I was told to check in on how you have adjusted,” Vision stated, trying to make up for the fact he trespassed you personal space.
“That’s alright,” you said.
Peter began to lean into your ear. “I have to go,” he whispered. You nodded in response as Peter began to walk out of the room. When Peter reached your bedroom door, he turned to you and gave you a sheepish grin before he exited the room.
You look towards Vision, “So where are the other Avengers?” Vision was about to respond when he pointed to your bed and you gave a slight nod. He sat down on your bed before he began.
“At the moment, we don’t know where they are. We have a few theories but none proven thus far. There was a war within the Avengers that split the team into two. One group sided with Mr. Stark, while the others were with Captain America.” You gave him a slight nod at the acknowledgement of Captain America, pressing him to continue. “They had differing views on the subject of the Sokovia Accords. This document established the regulation-” Vision was cut short when a female voice spoke through the intercom in the room.
“(Y/N). Dinner has been acquired for you on the main floor,” you heard the voice say.
“What was that?” you asked, facing Vision.
“That would be F.R.I.D.A.Y., the AI system created by Mr. Stark,” Vision answered. “She manages everything in the house; most importantly your dinner, which is waiting for you downstairs.” Vision rose from your bed and exited the room with you following behind.
When you descended the stairs and entered the kitchen, you noticed two boxes of pizza sitting on the kitchen counter. You hesitantly walked to the pizza boxes when a voice piped up behind you. “The pizza won’t bite. You can grab a slice.” You swiveled your body and came face to face with Tony. “I had F.R.I.D.A.Y. order cheese and pepperoni since I didn’t know what you liked,” Tony said as he grabbed himself a slice of pepperoni pizza.
“I’m more of a meat lover’s pizza person,” you replied with a grin.
“I’ll have F.R.I.D.A.Y. order a meat lover’s,” Tony said as he pulled up the AI system on his watch but before he could talk, you interjected.
“No, it’s alright. I’ll just get slice of both,” you said, with a slight smile on your face. You grabbed your slices of pizza as you sat down at the kitchen table. “What exactly happened with the war between you and Captain America. Every time someone attempts to tell, we get interrupted.”
Tony’s features began to harden before he responded, “That’s not something I talk about much.”
“I’m sorry I brought it up,” you said, lowering your head to focus on your pizza.
“It’s fine,” Tony responded. “I’m going to take my dinner to my room. Any questions you have about the war can be answered by F.R.I.D.A.Y. and all the info can be found in my office down the hall,” he said as he walked out of the room. You picked up your pizza and headed out the door to his office.
When you walked in, your eyes darted for the computer. You turned it on and while you waited for it to loud, your eyes landed on a cute little drawing of a monkey on a unicycle. It was holding an umbrella in one hand and a shield in the- “(Y/N). What can I do for you?” you heard F.R.I.D.A.Y. say from the computer, interrupting your thoughts.
“I want to know more about the war between Tony and Captain America,” you said, sitting up straighter.
“The dispute between Mr. Stark and Steve Rogers was over the Sokovia Accords. This document established the regulation when the Avengers should be called into action. James Buchanan Barnes was also at the center of this dispute based on his previous actions concerning Mr. Stark’s parents….” F.R.I.D.A.Y. continued on with every detail of the war leading you to change how you saw the Avengers. When F.R.I.D.A.Y. began to explain Peter’s involvement in all of this, you began to search through Tony’s desk from boredom. Your eyes spotted a letter labeled ‘Tony’ and an old flip phone. You knew you shouldn’t open it but you were curious. The letter was from Steve and contained an apology, but also a chance for rekindling the team. You began to devise a plan in your head when you took the flip phone out of the desk and called the only number in the phone. A man picked up on the third ring.
“Tony?” the voice said.
“Nope. Sorry,” you responded.
“Who is this? How did you get this number?” The man said, alarm in his voice.
“I’m (Y/N) (L/N). I found this phone in Tony’s office while I was learning about the falling out of the Avengers. I’m assuming this is Steve?”
“Yes, it is. Why are you at the compound?”
“I needed a place to stay and help with my powers.”
“How old are you?”
You hesitated before you answered. “Sixteen.” You heard a sigh on the other end of the line. “Did Tony really allow half the team to be locked up?”
Steve paused. “It’s complicated.”
“I want to join you,” you said, raising your voice.
“What?” Steve asked, slightly surprised.
“I want to join you. Wherever you are. I agree with your stances and I want to get away from here,” you said, trying to hide the wavering in your voice to cover up the slight lie you just told.
“I can’t put your life at risk. And our location is top secret-”
“You’re in Wakanda,” you interrupted him.
“I’ve read the files about the fight and the theories of where you possibly are. Wakanda seemed like the most logical place for you to be,” you said, with a slight grin on your face.
The line was quiet before Steve responded, “There’s no point in arguing is there?”
“Nope,” you responded.
Steve let out a loud sigh and responded, “There is no way for me to stop you. If you believe that you’ll be safe here, then do what you want. Just… be careful.” Steve hung up the phone while you let a triumphant smile spread across your face. You raced to the garage as your eyes landed on a quinjet.
Alarms sounded through the compound as you exited the garage in the quinjet. The controls looked very confusing, but luckily, like all the tech owned by Stark, it had F.R.I.D.A.Y.
“Miss (L/N), you are not authorized to take the quinjet,” the AI system announced.
“It’s urgent! I need to go to Wakanda!” you yelled at the system.
“This is against my protocols. I can’t let you leave the premises-” F.R.I.D.A.Y. never finished her statement. You opened a hatch on the control panel and ripped out a bunch of wires.
“F.R.I.D.A.Y., I need you to take me to Wakanda,” you said with determination in your voice.
“Setting coordinates now, Miss (L/N),” the AI responded. As you began to relax in the seat, two figures flew by the side of the quinjet.
“(Y/N)! What are you doing?!” You looked to the side of the quinjet to see Iron Man and Vision. “Get out of the quinjet!”
“F.R.I.D.A.Y. Turn on the intercom.”
“Tony, I can’t do that. There is something I have to do. You need to trust me,” you pleaded.
“How can I trust you when you’re stealing one of my quinjets? That one took me forever to make you know,” Tony commented in a smug voice.
“I’m not stealing it. I’m borrowing it. I’ll bring it back,” you continued to plead.
“I can’t let you do that,” Tony responded, while he advanced towards you with Vision close behind. They didn’t get very far when they began to notice the earth opening up under them. Rocks shot up from the ground and began to fly around Tony and Vision.
“Miss (L/N)? What are you doing?” Vision questioned.
“Slowing you down,” you answered when boulders began to rise from the ground and loom over them. Vision tried to use his mind gem to crush the boulders, but they soon overwhelmed him. The earth began to form giant hands that reached up and grabbed Vision and Tony, bring them closer to the ground. The ground enveloped their bodies, leaving them trapped in cocoons.
“F.R.I.D.A.Y. Contact Tony,” you demanded. Tony’s face appeared on the screen. “Tony, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you but this is really important and it will all make sense soon. I promise,” you said, slightly distressed.
After a minute, Tony responded. “Don’t break my jet.”
“That’s all you have to say?” you asked, slightly confused.
“There is no way for me to stop you. At least not right now as I’m a little too close and personal with Vision,” Tony commented, causing a slight grin on your face. “I will be telling Peter, though.”
Your face began to drop when thoughts of Peter flooded your mind. “I figured,” was your only response.
Tony let out a giant sigh and said, “Be careful,” before disconnecting the call. You began to relax into your chair looking straight ahead, awaiting your destination.
I woke up for a second with an idea of Tama in when they cry being the avatar of Amaterasu who represents Life because in Fate she was called ‘the god of gods’ which shows her superiority before other gods. I need to go back to sleep lmao. So Tama is an Avatar of Life but does not wield all powers that the Life will because she’s an avatar and not real vessel …. And if she is to use all powers of Life, she will lose herself and her body will not be able to hold the power. It’s quite similar with Tamamo not wanting to use Amaterasu’s powers in EXTELLA because she will stop being herself