I could start by listing and focusing on all the ways Zuko and Katara balance each other, and have so much chemistry it’s quite frankly ridiculous, how the avatar narrative would have benefitted immensely from pairing these two, creating a romance that would have gone on to become quite literally the stuff of legends (crystal catacombs anyone? Omashu\Zutara parallels? Political intrigue and complexities of foreign consorts? Love is stronger than racial differences, class differences, and the ugliness of war and prejudice? Anyone?) … That’s not even going into how great these two would have been for each other’s character development.
I could (and maybe I will someday soon), but I just want to focus on Katara as a character for a little bit…
This girl was literally made for politics.
She single handedly, at the age of 14, was able to inspire hope into the hearts of a ship full of enslaved, heartbroken and downtrodden earthbenders, who’s spirits in the words if the warden, had “long been broken”. This nacht for public speaking and spontinuity and genuine drive and passion would have made for an excellent politician. One who genuinely believed in the power of the people. One who could motivate and inspire people.
Her challenging the patriarchy at the north pole and her ability to stand up not only for her own rights but for those of the voiceless.
Her humility in taking on the persona of the painted lady and seeking to help the poor and unwell people of the enemy fire nation, in disguise no less. She wasn’t seeking glory or praise or any reward and simply, genuinely and unselfishly just wanted to help these people.
She would’ve made an excellent leader.
Not even just as fire lady but as a political figure in her own right. An ambassador? A councilwoman? An honored war-hero? Something. Anything.
It really was a travesty to see this incredibly empowering, dark skinned, poc, WOC, character fail to reach her potential.
Hi, I'd like to ask your opinion on something. If Zutara had happened (as it should've) and Katara had become a firelady (i really wanted that to happen) and then their oldest kid had been a waterbender, do you think s/he could have inherited the throne?
Hmm. I’m gonna have to say yes.
With the emphasis on the could, instead of would.
See, the thing is, despite the Fire Nation’s supposed* preferential treatment of firebenders, the Fire Nation is, at its heart, a meritocracy.
Just look at what we see of their rich and powerful: If you count out Zhao and the Royal Family**, they are all nonbenders.
You have Piandao, who is referred to with respect by people, you have Mai’s parents, who are sent to govern Omashu, the second largest and most powerful city in the Earth Kingdom, which speaks of a large amount of trust placed in them, and, of course, you have Mai and Ty Lee themselves, Azula’s closest friends. If there were any actual discrimination against nonbenders going on, there’s no way that the crown princess could run around with two acting as her sword and shield.
When you add to that just how easily Ozai usurped Iroh’s throne, because Iroh failed at Ba Sing Se, and how there was literally no pushback when Zuko got banished, because he was “weak”, and the way he was accepted back, no question, when he “proved” himself, and the fact that, even though for all intents and purposes he had committed high treason, Zuko could still win the throne in a duel, and have that be both legal and legitimate, tells me that the Fire Nation values strength and commitment far more than whether you are a firebender or not.
Now, the point of all of this it to say: If Zuko and Katara had more than one child, the one who would inherit the throne would be the one that shows the most dedication and skill for the position, regardless of their bending abilities, or whether they’re the eldest or not.
Besides, if you look at the thematic and narrative significance of a moment like that, that the Nation that propagated that they are “[…] the sons and daughters of fire! The superior element!” embracing a ruler that is the opposite element, it just really fits, you know?
*Which we never actually see.
**And not even the whole Royal Family, since Ursa is a nonbender.
“So, is there anything you did during the war that I
don’t know about?”
Katara and Zuko are sitting by Zuko’s favorite turtleduck
pond. Evening falls grey and murky,
promising a coming storm, and the air blankets them, heavy and wet. It’s no better inside, and after a long day
of meetings, they’ve fled outdoors for some retreat.
Katara sits, resting her back against a tree, and Zuko lies
with his head in her lap, the warmth of her thighs supporting his head as her
fingers card gently through his hair. He
closes his eyes, enjoys the closeness of his wife, and worry only wrinkles his
features slightly as he ponders her question.
My prompt for @avatarworldweek‘s Summer Prompt Pick was no less thaaaaan… Shopping! Long overdue, though at least I’m still within schedule (I think), here we go. The Gaang + Ozai’s Angels in a shopping trip, Modern AU.
I really just wanted to have everyone in it, which is why I picked a Modern AU. Best way to have them getting along. And of course, the one who’s most excited about this shopping trip is Sokka, who spotted something he really liked inside one of the stores (who knows what caught his eye, though! xD)
It was a big piece, more complex than I expected it to be, but here goes! Hope you all like it!