swordbending

anonymous asked:

Since both the show and comics have Iroh leaving Zuko for a tea shop in Ba Sing Se, do you think Master Piandao could have stood in as Zuko's emotional/mental/spiritual support? I mean, since he is such a good friend of Iroh's, it seems like the most natural thing to do. Not only would he be giving Iroh peace of mind, but he'd also have a chance to transform his former student into a master. I think this would have been a nice thing to do for Zuko instead of leaving him all alone. :(

It would have made a lot of difference, wouldn’t it? In the “Lost Adventures” comic “Swordbending”, Zuko tells Sokka that he studied with Piandao, and I wish they’d had enough time to really bond over it. Another idea to have gone into A:TLa’s fourth season!

What point did Zuko start training with weapons? I doubt Ozai ever deigned to learn such a skill, as much as he loves to rely on his firebending. My guess is that it was just after Lu Ten’s death and Ursa’s banishment. 

His mother was gone; his father was distant. His uncle would be lost in grief over Lu Ten. Zuko would have only the last token of affection someone had given him to hold onto: the knife that said, “Never give up without a fight.” And Azula had indirectly baited him by saying he wasn’t even good with it.

It wouldn’t have been easy, I’m sure. Eleven-year-old Zuko, lost and hurting and incredibly angry, would have been an unlikely candidate for Piandao to take on. Zuko would first try to gain entry on his name, only to learn that simply being nobility wasn’t enough and that Piandao wouldn’t accept a student unless it was on merit. But after a solid week of the swordmaster coming home to find a determined little boy kneeling in the entryway, Piandao would sigh, rub his temples, and give the prince a chance.

Away from the palace at his sword lessons, Zuko would be free to be himself. He wouldn’t be browbeaten for acting “weak” and would have been taught the principles of an honorable contest. Piandao would be impressed by Zuko’s sheer ferocity and determination. The kid is a survivor, he’d realize–but also, maybe a leader. And after several months of diligent practice, Piandao would reluctantly coax Iroh into the training room.

Iroh, meanwhile, would be mired in grief. He had ceded the throne to Ozai without a fight and would be starting to question the whole motive behind the hundred-year war. In desperation, he had ventured into the Spirit World, only to be denied what every human wanderer had been denied before: a chance to see his loved one again. But somewhere, perhaps, he’d meet Roku’s dragon, or the real Blue Spirit. He might have imprisoned himself in the Fog of Lost Souls. And somehow, at the end of his rope, he would rediscover himself. Iroh was able to leave the Spirit World on his own, one of the few non-Avatars ever to do so, and on returning to the mortal world, would want to set everything right.

Living in the physical world without Lu Ten would be difficult, and sometimes Uncle couldn’t get out of bed in the mornings. He would sometimes feel so helpless that he’d question why he’d bothered to return. It’d take considerable cajoling from his old friends, Piandao in particular, who’d pretend to have momentous White Lotus news just so Iroh would have something to latch onto. The swordmaster would encourage Iroh to visit his home, and arrange for Zuko to be there when he did.

Zuko’s true self, which he’d been free to explore at the master’s, always had to be stifled at the palace, causing frustration and turmoil. Eventually, being true to himself would be so painful for Zuko that he would separate himself from his non-bending persona. But in the training ring, a smile might gleam on his face now and then, and Piandao would feel a strong sense of winning a battle against Ozai that the Firelord didn’t even know was taking place.

The sight of young Zuko, at first, would have been almost unbearable to Iroh. He would frequently have to leave the room so his nephew wouldn’t see the tears. But with every passing day, he would perceive Lu Ten’s ghost less and Zuko a little more, and would gradually take pride in his nephew.

And one day, Iroh sees Zuko pick up the mask that was left behind by his mother, the mask of the Blue Spirit. In that moment, Uncle knows what he has come back into the world to save.

anonymous asked:

Don't imagine Zuko having a crush on Sokka. Don't imagine his getting this far off look on his face whenever he thinks about Sokka.

Don’t imagine Zuko getting all blushy and nervous and awkward (more so than usual) when Sokka’s around.

Don’t imagine Zuko purposely practicing his firebending in places that he knows Sokka likes to visit.

Don’t imagine Zuko trying to come up with (horrible) nicknames for Sokka and Sokka’s gets really confused when Zuko calls him “Coldman” (haha like opposite of hotman get it. Zuko is not very creative) and he’s like what and Zuko blushes furiously and is just, “Nothing, peasant.”

Don’t imagine Zuko finally mustering up the courage to ask Sokka if he wants…to do…an activity??? together??? and Sokka just straight-up starts laugh-crying because they’re both such horrible, awful romantics and Zuko gets really offended because he thinks Sokka is making fun of him. Sokka, still snickering, assures him that it’s not the case and that he would love to do an activity together. Zuko, unconvinced, embarrassed and mildly heartbroken turns to leave but Sokka grabs his hand. When he turns around Sokka is completely serious and tells Zuko that he would genuinely, absolutely love to do an activity together. Zuko can’t stop blushing.

Don’t imagine Zuko and Sokka being super mushy and just completely infatuated with each other, eyes lighting up whenever they look at the other. They try to hide it around the others but they are so horribly transparent that everyone is just like, “Get a room, you two!” Toph screams “Oogie!” whenever they’re around and Katara is super miffed because Sokka always made fun of her and Aang, the freaking hypocrite.

Don’t imagine them “swordbending” and Sokka is completely focused because he’s going to beat Zuko this time, dammit but Zuko is really distracted and unfocused because Sokka just took his shirt off what the hell there should be a rule against that and he kinda trips and Sokka is there with his sword pointing at his throat, all sweaty and triumphant. “Surrender,” and Zuko goes completely red because that was really hot oh no but Sokka just laughs and helps Zuko up and kisses him on the cheek. Zuko can’t say anything because his brain his inexplicably just turned to mush. Afterwards, Sokka is all cocky grins and swagger and, “Maybe I should take my shirt off more often when we spar, huh?” Zuko just rolls his eyes and says nothing but the next time he makes a point of taking his shirt off, sly grin planted on his face. Not much sparring gets done that day.

DON’T IMAGINE ZUKO AND SOKKA BEING COMPETITIVE ADORABLE DORKS WHO ARE COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER OKAY

oh man oh man i can’t believe it’s been ( almost ) a year since i rebooted this blog, and that there’re OVER half a thousand of you here now! i’m so, so grateful to everyone who’s taken the time to interact with me and hiro. i was never one to believe in ‘internet friends’ but man you guys have proved me wrong; i’ve made some INCREDIBLE friends in the past year. there’ve been ups and downs, but i’m extremely grateful for the amount of support i’ve received through it all. and before this turns into a ramble: 

[raises a cup of sparkling cider] 
          here’s to all of you, and to another totally sick year!                               ( art cred. )

Keep reading

I just want Tahno to come back like four episodes from now

And just like

Bust through the wall on a motorcycle with perfect hair and skin and do a double backflip off of the bike and land with perfect form and then show off his brand new master chi blocker fighting skills and then do some fancy swordbending shit

And just punch Amon in the face

Not even do anything just punch him in the face

“See you around, Ovatar”

And then just leave

That’s all I want

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1. If you could live in one fictional world, which one would it be? 

ATLA or LOK! Because of the bending arts and I really want a flying bison :P

2. How did you find out about Tumblr? 

I was googling something and then this beautiful, magical world appeared before me XD

3. What is your opinion on the last movie you saw? (What was the movie?)

I saw The Avengers, twice in a row in the cinema XD It was ASJKLASJFSDLFHALDHSLHFSUCBHJYBXKFJHYJBCJDFCUHDFKSNHUDC

4. If you were a Hogwarts student, which house would you be in and why?

Gryfondom!  I’d be pulling pranks with the weasley twins :P

5. Give an opinion that you have about anything that you consider ‘unpopular’

People who change their mind every 5 seconds just so they can please everybody.

6. Favourite drink?

Homemade smoothie XD

7. Are you religious? If so, what religion are you a part of?

Karma. That’s all I’ve got to say. :P

8. What is a your ‘big dream’?

Travel, see the world :P But I also want to fulfill my bucket list as much as possible :D

9. If you had to turn into an animal, which animal would you choose? (Could be mythical)

DRAGON! (Toothless if possible XD)

10. Have you ever actually cried over your OTP?

OH YEAH! Even I was freaked out by myself :P

11. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? (I found this one on google because I ran out of ideas…)

Damn girl! :D No one ever made me think this much XD
Yes and no! YES, because sometimes my “inner voice” has some good tips but it’s not loud enough for me to hear :P NO, when I have a song stuck in my head and it’s on  repeat the whole freaking time! XD


My questions:

1. If you could meet any one person (from history, currently alive or fiction), who would it be and why?
2. What’s your favourite gif and why?
3. Do you wake up easily in the morning or require coffee, exercise, or something else to get you going?
4. Do you feel younger or older than your current age?
5. What is one piece of advice that was one of the best you’ve ever received?
6. If you lived in the world of avatar, which nation would you choose to live in? Why?
7. What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done in public?
8. You ever laughed so hard you cried?
9. What are your top 5 OTPs?
10. If you had to choose between your mobile phone and computer which one would you keep?
11. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? (I’m copying this one! :D)