16. Monk Gyatso founded the Order of the White Lotus in order to protect Aang from the factions of the Air Nomads who only wanted to turn him into a weapon against the Fire Nation. The Order died along with him when the Southern Air Temple was invaded. It remained dormant for a hundred years until a Fire General stumbled upon their meeting hall under the outskirts of Ba Sing Se, grief-stricken over the loss of his son and searching for a new purpose
Notes: (the usual) troubled pasts, swearing, smut, fluff, angst/heartbreak.
A/N: All new! I had inspiration slap me straight across the face, and here we are! This one might hurt a little, but y’all know me, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.
Summary: Bucky has charm, looks, a great smile, and he knows how to talk to a lady. The thing is, he does know it. Bucky’s a womaniser, there’s no doubt about it. But when he lays eyes upon the newest addition to the team, he might’ve found a reason to change his ways. Unfortunately, he knows he’s a coward, and he knows change isn’t easy. Lying.. is so much easier.
Ice: frozen water, a brittle transparent crystalline solid.
Natasha snorts at Bucky’s story, “My sweet soldier, she’s not called Ice Queen for nothing”
Bucky cocks an eyebrow, “Ice Queen?”
Natasha nods, “she’s really impressive. I’ve seen her fight Steve, gave him a run for his money. I heard she came from Asgard before she got here”
“Asgard?” Bucky gapes at his friend and she rolls her eyes.
“Are you just gonna repeat everything I say? Yes, Asgard. Apparently, she tripped into the multiverse by accident, and ended up in Yotemheim. She was attacked by frost-giants, before Thor and his comrades saved her. They tried to heal her from her.. ‘affliction’ but nothing worked. Even Odin wasn’t strong enough to help her. They say she nearly froze over all of Asgard before they decided to help her control her ability, it was the only way to contain her”
1. Rather than being frozen for a hundred years, Aang dies in the blizzard. The Water Avatar after him dies as a child before she can be discovered, and the Earth Avatar languishes unfound in a poor Earth Kingdom village on the edge of the Si Wong desert until he dies in his thirties in a sand storm. When Iroh is born, absolutely no one is looking for the Avatar in the Fire Nation.
2. Iroh is still the son of Firelord Azulon, still the golden prince of the conquering Fire Nation, and still the Dragon of the West and celebrated general. In fact, he doesn’t have any idea he’s the Avatar until his son dies in the seige of Ba Sing Se.
3. When he goes on his spiritual quest, the spirits basically tell him he’s the Avatar and also a total blockhead. Unfortunately, at the time, he’s really too depressed to do anything about Ozai and the Fire Nation war machine. In fact, he doesn’t start to wake up from his depressive daze until Zuko’s scarring and banishment.
4. So Zuko is on a boat hunting the Avatar with the secret Avatar standing right next to him. There’s no way this is all going to end in disaster. Fortunately, Iroh is a sensible human being who decides he is not going to bother with this Avatar hunting nonsense, so he turns to Zuko and goes: Good news Nephew! You found the Avatar. And now the Avatar is kidnapping you. And we’re going to meet up with some friends of mine from all four nations. Isn’t that wonderful? Zuko does not think it’s wonderful. By the way, this is one of those universes where the Order of the White Lotus holds Zuko captive and forcibly teaches him statecraft.
5. When Iroh goes to the White Lotus and tells them he is the Avatar, Bumi is delighted. He won’t stop cackling. Pakku is horribly disgruntled, both by Iroh being the Avatar and needing waterbending training, and by Bumi’s glee. Also Iroh has to quickly implement a ban on Jeong Jeong teaching Zuko anything, ever.
The Order of the White Lotus is a secret society in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. The top picture is their emblem from Korra, and the bottom is the orders tile as seen in a:tla. Iroh was a member of this group, and after the war they vowed to protect future avatars and spread truth and knowledge.
We are excited to share the first piece in a series of collaborations between incredible artists and Brown University students taking a course on Avatar. This piece on the Earth Chakra was done by 1javier . If you are or know an artist interested in collaborating with us, send us an email at email@example.com and we look forward to working with you!
“Earth Chakra – Deals with Survival; Blocked by fear
As we all know, her parents considered her a weak little girl due to her blindness and they were afraid of her getting hurt. But when Toph ran away and got lost, she cried and was a scared little girl, the badger moles found her and she learned Earth bending. This moment, when she was kidnapped by the idiots her parents hired and placed in a metal coffin thing, was when she discovered metal bending, the epitome of her shedding away the scared little girl that her parents saw and fully becoming the awesome-ness that is Toph, the Greatest Earthbender in the world!” - Isa Javier
How do you see relationships between the Gaang progressing throughout adulthood? Bryke obviously did a bad job portraying them in general, and seeing how the other avatar writers felt the same, I imagined so much more for our favorite characters than what Bryke lazily did. Any thoughts on other characters like June?
First of all, there
would be NO leaving Zuko completely on his own to govern the Fire Nation. That
is just a stupid move politically, militarily,
Jack: Spiritually, ecumenically, dramatically …
You name it. This
means that Iroh stays in the Fire Nation with Zuko, so that rather than
backsliding by chatting with Ozai, Zuko would gain ground in his mission to
redeem himself and the Fire Nation. The first few years would be extremely
volatile, and there would be a lot of challenges ahead. He would have to search
for his mother and reconcile, somehow, with Azula. But you know who would have
been there to help him?
Aang. No, not the
Aang who decided “A promise is a promise!” and went into the Avatar State twice to attack Zuko. No, this Aang has
complete control of the Avatar State, as he should
have by the end of the show, since that was one of the main goals of his
character. Aang would have gone to the Fire Nation first, since he spent the
least amount of time there out in the open and would have major trust
rebuilding to do after what happened with Ozai.
During his time in
the Fire Nation, he would have discovered Ty Lee as an untrained airbender.
This would give him the impetus to start looking for other airbenders, who
might not even know about their gifts. He would have difficulty with a
work-life balance, but he would eventually find a way with the help of:
metalbending academy is something I wholeheartedly approve of. I think she
should eventually become a businesswoman and use her family’s vast wealth to
make Gaoling (and their new ally, Omashu) alternate power centers, so Ba Sing
Se wouldn’t have such a stranglehold on the rest of the Earth Kingdom, with metalbenders initially acting as private security, and later, a police force in the city. But while I understand that Toph has the attitude of a beat cop, she hates the city,
walls, and rules, and there would be a bunch of all three if she became Chief
of Police. (P.S. She would have many more tea times with Uncle, and get that life-changing field trip with Zuko we all
wanted to see.)
Toph would also
have issues to sort through with her parents, and she would probably never see
eye to eye with her family. But one person would help coach her through it:
Katara. At first,
Katara would bury herself in her work at the South Pole, helping her father,
brother, and Pakku rebuild the Southern Water Tribe. She would be at the heart
of social justice issues, especially for Water Tribe women, and would challenge
more than one antiquated idea that the Northerners would bring with them. She
would get many marriage offers once she turned sixteen, and to take a break
from it, she would answer Zuko’s request help find his mother. This leads to
her realizing how stifled she feels at home, where everyone expects her to
cater to them, in addition to helping lead their tribe. She would apply for a
diplomatic post to the Fire Nation and eventually create her own cross-bending
school, adapting her school from Toph’s metalbending academy. At first, she
would worry about not being at home enough to help the women’s rights movement
in the Water Tribe, but someone else has the situation under control:
Suki. Suki would be
an asset as the head of the Kyoshi Warriors, and also as a partner for Sokka.
Her island’s location and the fact that the villagers wear blue all point to
Water Tribe influence on Kyoshi anyway, and once the war is over and trade
begins booming again, she would work to make Kyoshi less of a spectator in the
world and more of a participant. She would be an excellent role model for
Southern Water Tribe girls who don’t want to be pigeonholed into the homemaker
ideal, and could also play a part in Republic City eventually. As the leader of
an island that was neutral during the war, Suki would be an ideal person to
have on the Republic City Council. (P.S. Why it’s a Council of Five when there
are no nonbending representatives in LOK is a mystery to me. This would fix
that oversight.) But who would lead the Kyoshi Warriors if she took up such a
Ty Lee. Ty Lee didn’t
get a real explanation for why she joined the Kyoshi Warriors, especially
considering her misgivings about spending the rest of her life as a matched
set. She could turn the tables on the idea, lending individuality to the
Warriors and teaching them chi blocking techniques while learning some of their
fighting styles as well. These nonbenders could eventually form the Equalist
movement, but a different one than in LOK—a morally ambiguous movement, instead
of a villainous cadre led by a demagogue.
In the end, though,
Ty Lee is a wanderer, and I’m inclined to believe that she is, in fact, an
untrained Air Nomad. Eventually she would discover this, and that not only is
she not part of a matched set; she is possibly one of the rarest human beings
in the world. This would interfere with her “aura” for sure, because she’s not
necessarily cut out for the ascetic Air Nomad lifestyle. So while she would be
happy for Aang to train her, she might also butt heads with him about how to
best secure the Air Nomad legacy for the future. Of course, since the Air
Acolytes in Korra treated Kya and
Bumi so abysmally, in my opinion this could only be a good thing. Through it
all, she would still keep in touch with:
Mai. I have a
different character path planned for Mai than what other fans might suggest. Mai
becoming a bounty hunter is a popular fanon idea, which makes sense, since she
did seem to enjoy tracking down Zuko and Iroh so that Azula could imprison
them for life, as anyone would enjoy doing to a person they supposedly had a
cruch on. To me, Mai’s poker face and cool-under-fire attitude screams
“White Lotus”, of which there are no female members that we know at the end
of A:TLA. The main obstacle to inducting her into the Order would be that the
White Lotus is based on principles of interconnection and understanding other
cultures, which Mai categorically does not have. But this is one of the places
she could thus grow the most, without having such character development tied to
a specific person. The fact that she fooled the Fire Princess means she can
play both sides skillfully, which she’ll need to, considering a rival to the
idea of a balanced world is going to be:
Azula. With Ozai
imprisoned and without his bending, Azula is the most creditable foe the
franchise still has. Patchy though her sanity might be, she is still extremely
dangerous (as we saw during the Agni Kai). In an ideal world, she would use her
almost preternatural instincts for personal weakness and manipulation to be a
ruler, but the very confidence she exudes is based on her rigid mindset and a
false sense of Fire Nation superiority. As natural as leadership might be for
her, she burned all her bridges when she banished or imprisoned every follower
she had. I like the idea of her relearning the meaning of firebending from the
dragons and bringing the Sun Warriors into the modern era, but it would be a
very painful character path for her when just being mentally stable is a huge
hurdle. I think she would need to stay in the Fire Nation for several years,
slowly healing with Zuko’s help, before even attempting it.
There is one other
path that I would consider for Azula, and that is: the Spirit World. Azula is
not a terribly spiritual person, but a spiritual journey such as Iroh underwent
might actually help her. It could train her mind to separate illusion and self-deception
from reality, and give her a better sense of where she belongs in the world.
Not to mention, the Spirit World is dangerous and full of tricksters such as
Koh; I think she would enjoy the challenge.
And what about Sokka?
Well, Sokka’s character got shoved to the side in the comics, but honestly, him being on the Republic City council, helping the White Lotus, and likely being chief one day is just fine! Legend of Korra didn’t really do him the disservice that it did the other characters. However, there is one thing that he will never, EVER be, and that is the possible deadbeat dad of Suyin. For my reasons why, please look at this post.
I don’t have ideas
for anyone else, really, but we can’t leave out our most important character:
The GAang. In the
comics and LOK, the GAang all seem to have gone their separate ways, especially
with Zuko being so isolated from everyone except Aang. Katara, too, seems
very cut off from current events, which is unacceptable. The GAang remained
lifelong friends, regardless of any romantic relationships or lack thereof.
Busy and hazardous as their lives might have been, they would always make the
time to write, visit, plan projects, and attend reunions together.
(P.S. I don’t know
that June needs to develop as a character; she’s one of those tertiary
personalities that’s just fine with the amount of screentime she has.)