It’s Araeph’s 1000th post! Thank you so much to all my followers, people who’ve messaged me for discussion, and fans who’ve filled my inbox with such thought-provoking asks. Below is the latest master list of my essays and fiction that I’ve compiled over the past year or so, as well as a few choice reblogs from other tumblr users that are mentioned by name. Have a fantastic 4th of July, everyone!
5 headcanons AU Book 1. There is no Zhao. Instead, Yon Rha fills his role by hounding Zuko and Iroh, then later Aang, all the way to the Northern Water Tribe. (Or would he even make it that far?)
1. Episodes one and two go exactly the same way, but after Zuko’s ship is trashed, he is forced to the nearest military outpost, which is headed by Yon Rha instead of Zhao. The recently promoted former head of the Southern Raiders takes one look at Zuko’s ship and thinks “Waterbender? Waterbender! That woman must have lied to me!” Zuko refuses to tell him anything, afraid Yon Rha will start hunting the Avatar and beat him to his quarry, so Yon Rha unceremoniously has him thrown into the local jail to cool his heels while he leaves to hunt the waterbender. Iroh and Zuko pull off a daring nighttime escape, round up his crew, and steal a similarly sized, but much newer, faster, and all around nicer ship, and leave to hunt the Avatar.
2. At first, Yon Rha isn’t after the Avatar. He’s after Katara. It’s only after he tracks the waterbender to Roku’s island and he confronts Aang channeling Roku that his mission changes.
3. Yon Rha is a lot lazier than Zhao, a lot. He does not want to go chasing the Avatar across the world. He would like to hang out in the southern seas where he is the biggest fish in his small pond, and he is perfectly happy to let Zuko do all the heavy work. All told, Book One should be a lot easier for everybody, right?
4. Except Katara recognizes Yon Rha and wants him dead. Aang is disturbed. Sokka is actually kind of disturbed too. When Katara does manage to drown him, it results in her just about suffering a nervous breakdown. She’s a fourteen year old kid, and she just killed a man. She feels sick and dirty all the time, and she keeps telling herself that this was the man who killed her mother, but it only does so much.
5. It’s a very different Katara who lands in the North with Aang and Sokka, who faces Pakku and learns from Yugoda, a frightened Katara who isn’t sure she ever wants to fight again. It isn’t until Zuko kidnaps Aang and she has to fight to get him back, and fails due to her lack of skill, that she decides to train as a waterbender, and to fight Pakku for the privilege. For the rest of the series, self doubt and fears as to her own ability to hurt and kill plague her.
“Chop these smaller, please,” Katara says, reaching over to
the spot next to her and taking one of the squares of stew vegetables that Zuko
has cut, sliding it under her own knife and then halving it before sliding it
back to him. “They’ll cook more quickly
that way and I’m running late for dinner—waterbending practice with Aang took
longer than usual and everyone’s going to be hungry soon.”
The kitchen in the Fire Lord’s house on Ember Island is well
outfitted and now that Katara has cleaned the dust off of everything, she has a
better set of pots and pans than she’s ever had access to in her life. If she has to cook for crowds, she’d rather
have good equipment to do so.
And ever since they’ve come to Ember Island, Zuko has been
helping her with her chores. Not all of
them, of course, but when he has spare time, he’ll come and spend time with
her, helping with whatever task she’s working on. More often than not, that’s cooking.
Hi! I have this issue with the fact that Sokka imagines Katara's face instead of Kya's. it's highly improbable: he's the older brother, it's very unlikely that his perception of his little sister and mother would have changed so much. So is it Sokka's characterization being sacrificed for Katara's or is it authors showing us sexism in a way children are brought up (like Katara was very young and still had to fill in her mother shoes completely)? Sorry for my bad english
I don’t think it’s unrealistic at all. Yes, Sokka is older, but as the “Southern Raiders” shows, they were both pretty young at the time, and keep in mind there are no photographs or videos that could help jog their visual memory.
That Katara does remember her mother’s face is also not surprising. Her mother was an integral part of a childhood trauma that she personally witnessed. She remembers Yon Rha’s face, too, like it was yesterday; that moment is likely seared into her brain and will be for the rest of her life.
I do think, though, that Katara filled Kya’s shoes because she thought she had to. No one ever said anything out loud, I’m sure, but little Katara would have seen the way her family was falling apart without her mother, and since her natural instinct is to help people, she would have taken on that burden, probably even before she knew she was doing it. And Hakoda and Sokka and Gran-Gran were in no emotionally fit position to see what was happening until it was too late.
Sokka X Male!Reader warnings: none really he/him pronouns used for reader *no i am still not over avatar **set after the series aye ___
When Suki left to go back to Kyoshi Island, Sokka was left to himself.
He wasn’t sure what the future held, where he was going or what he was going to do from this day forward. The easiest thing to do would be to follow his sister and her new avatar-boyfriend, but was that really what he wanted? To follow his baby sister wherever she went? No, not really.
The Gaang goes camping two years after ending the war.
Kataang didn’t get together at the end of the show, Maiko broke up, Zutara became a thing. Normally I would want this to be in the context of a story that has built up to the relationship, but that will have to wait for another day, because the Zutara Week inspiration is happening right now.
Grass tickled Katara’s toes as she slipped out of her shoes, cool and slightly damp from a recent rain. With a smooth shift in her weight, she kicked each shoe over to a large stone set a pace away with a pit and pat, breathing in the earthy musk and feeling each drop of moisture around.
Nearly two years had passed since they had last gone camping as a group – Team Avatar, braving the elements again – but the circumstances couldn’t be farther from what they had been, back then. Dodging the Fire Nation, cutting through spirit trees, rationing food for a journey they couldn’t wholly plan for, no matter how they had tried. Zuko had been their enemy, back then, a relentless if somewhat predictable flame blazing behind them, wherever they went.
A wry smile played at the edges of her lips.
The soft thump of two more shoes flung against the mossy stone drew her eyes, and her smile grew larger still. As she looked over her shoulder, she saw Zuko strolling up behind, dressed in his swim trunks and slipping off a Fire Nation red robe, draped loose and untied. A pleasant warmth rose in her cheeks, less embarrassed than it once was but no less thrilling. The others were back at the camp, ironing out Sokka’s plan, but Katara and Zuko had set off to locate the nearby hot spring. Judging by the rising steam, they had succeeded in record time.