fire lord azulon

  • -After a bending spar that devolved into a brawl and petty arguing, where Azulon had to get between his sons and shove them apart-
  • Azulon:  I did not teach you this dishonorable behavior. What do you have to say for starting this, Iroh?
  • Iroh (bowing: ) I apologize for the trouble I have caused you, little brother.
  • Azulon:  And for continuing it, Ozai?
  • Ozai:   I’m sorry you’re my brother.

Avatar The Last Airbender - Iroh & Ozai: Loss

Crankiness AND ruthlessness 😂

Remember when Sozin wipe out the whole Air bending culture in one day just because he was after the Avatar. And Fire Lord Azulon wipe out all Water benders because he suspected the Avatar might be there and prevent them from fighting. And Fire Lord Ozai wanted to wipe out the whole Earth Kingdom to subjugated them to his power and face the Avatar, I won’t talk about General Iroh too, lol. What fucking cranky ruthless old men. At least when Azula conquered Ba Sing Se, she just killed who’s necessary to be killed; the “Avatar”. And spared the whole city’s lives.

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Eek okay, first Avatar story, first story told with almost an entirely one person cast, first story that deals with some nasty child treatment that made me feel a bit ick writing it. But the thought came to me and it just exploded out over a few days. So here it is, please let me know what you think and how I can improve!

Warnings: Child torture/abuse, mild blood and gore, Zuko is very, very unhappy

“You will learn to firebend, Prince Zuko,” Ozai said with a smile. “Your life depends on it.”

Zuko knew today was going to be a good day.

It started with Father asking them if they would play a game with him. Father never spent time with them, never showed any desire to see them unless necessary. Azula saw him more than he did since Father was currently supervising her firebending training while they looked for another teacher. She’d run off the last one and the one before that. Zuko thinks she’s doing it on purpose, because she enjoys hurting people, because it makes their father proud, maybe both. Since Zuko wasn’t firebending yet, Father never wants to see him. It seems every time he does, Father spends all his time glaring at him, as if that would make him any less worthless. Seven was a little late for someone to start bending but it wasn’t impossible because he had to be a bender, Father and Grandfather said so.

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Written for Day 4 of @zutaraweek

Disclaimer: I own as much as Jon Snow knows

“There’s this story that my Gran Gran used to tell me and Sokka, about the boy who flew too close to the sun.”

Zuko turned his head to look at her, and Katara took that as an invitation to continue. She leaned back against the rock they were sitting against, looking out onto the sea surrounding Ember Island, and closed her eyes.

“There was this brilliant inventor who was being imprisoned by an evil king, and made to build him all kind of evil…things…like this labyrinth to imprison a monster, but that’s a whole other story. Anyway, to ensure the inventor’s cooperation, the evil king also imprisoned the inventor’s son with him in this massive tower; and they couldn’t leave by land or by sea because the evil king kept track of all transport.

“But the brilliant inventor was, well, brilliant at inventing, and was obviously going to come up with a way to escape. So he built these wings for him and his son out of feathers and wax, which they could use to fly away. Before they set off, however, the inventor warned his son not to fly too close to the sea or the sun; the sea spray would make the wings too heavy to fly, and the heat from the sun would melt the wax and make the wings fall apart.

“However, while they were flying away, the son let it go to his head and despite his father’s warning, flew higher and higher until he flew too close to the sun and, like the inventor said, the wax melted, his wings disintegrated and he fell from the sky, hit the ocean and drowned.”

Zuko raised his eyebrow. “Wow. Cheerful.”

She blushed slightly. “Yeah, it wasn’t really meant as a bedtime story. Instead, it highlights the issues of both complacency and hubris; flying too low makes you lose the ability to fly at all, and flying too high will make you crash and burn.”

He was silent for a couple of minutes after she finished speaking, with only the sound of the waves crashing against the shore to fill the air, before he let out a wry laugh.

Katara frowned slightly. “What?”

Zuko shook his head. “I was just thinking…your story could also apply to the nations. The issue of complacency, of flying too close to the sea…that reminds me of Ba Sing Se; of how they got so used to pretending the war didn’t even exist, leading to kind of corruption which the Dai Li used to rise to power right under the Earth King’s nose, and what Azula then used to take the city down from the inside.

“And then the issue of arrogance, flying too close to the sun…for the past hundred years the Fire Nation has been hubristic enough to believe that it is superior, and must ‘civilise’ the other nations. Views created and encouraged by the Fire Lords, my family. Sozin, Azulon, Ozai and Azula…hell I believed it for most of my life. If it wasn’t for my uncle, and seeing for myself how things truly are, I would probably still think that way.

“And now our wings are burning, and we won’t realise it until we fall out of the sky and hit the sea.”

Before she spent time in the Fire Nation, Katara probably would have agreed with him. However, she had gotten to know the human side of the nation she thought of as evil for so long – and the human side of the Fire Prince sitting next to her.

“No,” she said firmly, even as Zuko turned to look at her in surprise. “The Fire Lords have flown too close to the sun, and their arrogance will be their undoing; when the comet comes, Aang will defeat the Fire Lord, with our help, and end the war. But the Fire Nation itself isn’t flying too close to the sun,” she rested her head on his shoulder. “It’s trapped, and it just needs help to escape. And we can help them – you ­can help them. We can build them wings, so they can be free.”

The Fire Nation has spent too much of its history fighting nonsense wars

Fire Lord Izumi, TLoK S2E22

This is what Fire Lord Izumi tells President Raiko when he suggests that the United Forces attack the expanding Earth Empire.

A pretty poor choice of words. To call the Hundred Year War “nonsense” is to not only do a great disservice to all of those who fought in it, but to also display a flippant attitude towards the atrocities of genocide.The Fire Nation had every right to exercise extreme caution when it came to instigating conflict (given the nation’s past), but Izumi displayed a distinct lack of humanity. 

Unfortunately for Izumi, her line sounds even worse when placed in the context of my history for the Hundred Year War. The Fire Nation experienced major technological and political developments under Fire Lord Azulon, and Fire Lord Ozai flipped all of this on its head. The Southern Water Tribe nearly faced the same fate as the Air Nomads. The Earth Kingdom’s slavery and class based society was eradicated by the war. The oppressive rule of the Dai Li was created and abolished. The seeds for a global society were sown. The world saw incredible changes across all fronts. 

The consequences of the Hundred Year War is what made the world that Izumi inhabited, yet she had the nerve to call it “nonsense”. What nonsense.

So, Iroh was a general who was deemed worthy by the birth givers of fire bending itself and blessed with knowledge of powerful bending and then claimed to have slain the last dragon to save the last two. The dragon of the west laid siege to Ba Sing Se (the impenetrable city) breaking through the outer wall as no one had ever done before and then before being able to reach the inner ring lost his only son Lu Ten on the front lines. He was so hurt by his grief that he immediately abandoned this legendary siege, this moment in military history, and fell back and then quit as a general overall. He was so changed by Lu Ten’s death, which I would guess he felt guilt for since he was the general of the siege that his son was killed in, that he didn’t even fight when Fire Lord Azulon chose Ozai to succeed him even though he wasn’t firstborn. And then, when Fire Lord Ozai burned and banished HIS son, Iroh just went with Zuko without question. He just took it on himself to take care of Zuko, his nephew as if he were his son. And he taught him and cared for him and guided him and didn’t force him to make any right decisions or try to meld him even when he could see the wrong decisions Zuko was making and could see Zuko’s heart better than he could. His brother took his right as Fire Lord and when he banished the Prince of the fire nation, Iroh looked after him as a father when Ozai was nothing. And he was there with Zuko in Ba Sing Se years later as an /immigrant tea maker/! In the city that he very nearly conquered and where he lost his beloved son! He made a life there with Zuko and was there to help him make the right choice when he was struggling with himself and his destiny. And Iroh never forced him and always left it up to him and was even there for him when he made the wrong decision. And then when Zuko betrayed him, betrayed the bond that they had made so naturally as if Iroh was his own father, Iroh’s reaction was so real. Like… He didn’t say anything or yell or anything when Zuko came to him in that cell. This was his nephew who he had sided with. He has seen Zuko be challenged to a duel at thirteen years old, against his father who is a fully fledged fire bender. He was there when he was banished by his father, as a child who did not know why this was happening to him, and he trained this kid and knew him inside and out and knew this prince who was brainwashed by ideas of honor and who wanted so badly to have the love of his father and nation. He knows him and his inner struggle and I bet he knew everything going on in Zuko when he came to him and acted like a crazy person. He went from blaming Iroh for his own imprisonment to telling he could rot for all he cares to bringing him food and asking for help. And Iroh knows him so well and he cried when he listened to Zuko press at the bars of his cell and beg for his help. When he listens to him say he was right and that he got everything he wanted and that nothing was what it should be. And that he was so confused and when he asked him for help, something Iroh has been giving for years. And he didn’t say anything at all, and when Zuko he shed tears for him. And I bet it was a hard feeling to forsake Zuko (as Zuko had forsaken him) and leave him on his own to decide his heart and to figure out how to guide his own destiny as the rightful lord of an entire nation. And that’s so powerful. To see him be silent when he knows Zuko’s baggage, knows all of the knots in his self and the guilt and knows the good in his heart too. And yet he still?! Gives Zuko the knowledge of his grandfather, Avatar Roku. And then, when Zuko comes back to him after having found the true heart in himself that Iroh had always seen, he listened to Zuko voicing the heavy guilt over betraying him and the want for Iroh’s acceptance and Iroh just accepted him. He just put aside every divergence from good Zuko had made in his desperate search for right and just accepted him for who he was. It’s amazing… Zuko may have never become the Fire Lord he was born to be if it weren’t for him. It’s amazing, and I just thought about all of this because I was thinking about Iroh taking in his brother’s son as if his own. I got sidetracked by this amazing character who just wants to be a tea maker.

even so

zutara, altered war au.
notes:  written to celebrate one year on tumblr. (that was in june and this is august. that’s how i roll.) beta’d by the magnificent sohhng. any remaining mistakes are wholly mine.

The war has been over for nearly a century now, ever since Avatar Roku rallied Fire Nation rebels along with the Earth Kingdom and Water Tribes to defeat Fire Lord Sozin in his attempts to conquer the other nations.

Memories of raids that haunt the old mothers’ minds don’t make relations between the Southern Water Tribe and the Fire Nation easy these days, despite the years that have passed, but a tentative peace rests between the distant nations.

Katara listens to the stories with interest when she is young, huddled around fires in the lodge with her brother and the other children as their elders tell stories on long winter days that are little differentiated from winter nights in the South, and she feels a distant anger thrum in her veins, passed down and perhaps distilled to be stronger in one who has known no war, who has no resignation to its reality or its end to salve her bitterness, who has only the righteous indignation of her youth and her people’s ancient loss to feel.

When her brother and his friends play Fire Nation Attack, she always chooses to play on the Water Tribe side.

Once she learns how to waterbend, her team always wins.

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jewicer  asked:

Do you know of any Avatar/bending elements AU's? I couldn't find any, idk if you can. <333

i found

And Your Wings Will Burn by ChasingParadise (cerozeros) (3/? | 8,620 | PG13)

When Stiles woke up from the ice, he was not expecting to find two Southern Water Tribe villagers, or to be told that a hundred years had passed while he was a living popsicle.

Then Captain Jerk had to come along and make things worse (but better, in the end).

A Teen Wolf/Avatar the Last Airbender fusion, because I needed this now.

Rebellion: Rising by ArthurShmarthur (2/? | 1,788 | R)

It’s been 50 years since Fire Lord Azulon has started the Great War. The Air Temples have been seized and destroyed; any remaining Air Nomads are in hiding. The Fire Nation is days away from conquering the entire Southern Water Tribe and has begun it’s foray into the outskirts of the Earth Kingdom. All the while, the anti-bending group, the Partizans, has been assassinating benders - no matter their affiliation. The group is small, for now, but it has proven its power by taking down such dynastic bending families as the Triskele of the Fire Nation. All except for two: Derek Hale and his uncle, Peter. Beacon Hills is a coastal city located on the Chin peninsula in the southwestern part of the Earth Kingdom. It’s on the map for two reasons: It’s a popular port-calling for the four nations as it is relatively central. And the giant, stone lighthouse that Chin the Conqueror erected. What it is was of no importance to Derek, only that it was as far as he could manage to sail. It has been six years since then and Derek has adapted to a lowly life as a dock worker, hiding his firebending abilities for fear he will be persecuted. The Fire Nation’s war made everywhere a hostile environment.

playing with fire by lochnessa (1/? | 6,056 | PG13)

A Firebender that’s afraid of fire.

Derek knew the universe could be cruel, but this? This is just the universe laughing at him, saying, “Oh, you thought it was bad before? You thought your life was shit? Well it can get worse, buddy. It can always get worse.”

What Fortune Lent: Happenstance

Summary:  AU; The Southern Raiders’ mission aims true and Katara is taken to the Fire Nation as a prisoner of war. As her circumstances and the political climate change, she forms unexpected alliances and makes it her mission to restore her people and find the Avatar. Written for Zutara Week 2015.

Chapter 1:  Happenstance | ao3

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