warriors temple

One of the things I appreciate most about ATLA.

Out of our core cast of 6 characters (Aang, Zuko, Katara, Sokka, Iroh and Toph)  there is no ‘dumb one’   there’s not even really a character who’s even noticeably less intelligent than the others.  

Aang is spiritually savvy and philosophically insightful throughout, Zuko is great at thinking on his feet and problem solving (such as solving the doorway to the Sun Warrior Temple , Katara is generally perceptive and well organised good at planning ahead of time, Sokka is a genius of both improvised strategy and fore-planned strategy and good at looking at the bigger picture, Iroh is one of the most genuinely wise characters I’ve ever seen, with every other line being a genuinely useful and insightful bit of advice. and Toph is incredibly shrewd, cunning and good at looking at things purely pragmatically.

  this is pretty refreshing because most shows in general, let-alone kid shows feel they need one character to be dumber than the others for comedy or a counterpoint.  even Legend of Korra falls into this trap slightly, with Bolin, who is noticeably less inteligent on a practical level than the other members of the core cast.(don’t get me wrong, i love his character, he’s probably my favourite of LoK’s main four characters)  

It’s just cool to see a cast of character who aren’t just all smart, but are to an extent all smart in their own unique ways. Like if you wanted sage advice on what to do with your life? Iroh’s your best bet,  if you needed to plan out a battle strategy? Sokka’s got your back,  If you want to pull off a complex scam or prank, Toph’s probably already done it.


this fighter from hyrule is quite impressive, indeed… for a mere mortal.

For the 1001 Knights Anthology book project - A Witch-Knight and her Squire take on a bounty at Snake Temple.

There’s about 2 weeks left on the campaign so make sure to check it out at the link above!  I got an e-mail saying I can show my piece so here it is - so glad to be part of a wonderful collection of work in these books, thanks Kevin & Annie!


Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations

Source: New York Times

Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization.

He lies with a yardlong bronze sword and a remarkable collection of gold rings, precious jewels and beautifully carved seals. Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer.

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Written for Day 1 of Zutara Week (@zutaraweek)

Disclaimer: When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. Then I will own A:tLA, and not before


“He’s adorable,” Katara cooed, looking down at the little creature lounging in front of her and Zuko.

The Fire Lord snorted. “You do know that he’ll grow out of that, right?”

She slapped his arm in response. “Of course I do, Jerkbender. Polar bear-pups are ridiculously cute, but an adult polar bear-dog will bite your head off, if provoked.”

Zuko snorted again. “Point taken.”

Only five weeks ago, Zuko had been called out to the Sun Warriors’ temples (at such short notice that Katara was unable to go with him; Iroh couldn’t arrive from Ba Sing Se in time, and someone had to look after the Fire Nation) to witness the hatching of the first dragon born in nearly a hundred years, and now he and Katara had been assigned to look after that same baby dragon while the Sun Warriors were preparing their festivities (“It’s totally different to babysitting!” Zuko had huffed. “Agni-dammit Katara, stop smirking at me! It is!”).

He looked like a large lizard with wings, and it was frankly astonishing to think that this tiny creature would grow up to possess a long, streamlined, powerful body like Ran and Shao’s. However he had big, round eyes, and his hide was a rich shade of red, speckled with gold on his horns and the tip of his tail, and Katara couldn’t help but be glad that she had been able to accompany Zuko this time.

“I still can’t believe this,” Katara murmured, holding her hand out to the baby dragon as he turned towards her. “That despite all of Sozin’s efforts, dragons are still here. In this world.”

I’m still surprised that the Sun Stone Aang and I found when we first came here five years ago, was an actual dragon egg,” Zuko replied, raising an eyebrow as the dragon sniffed the hand offered to it, before snorting and sauntering away. “In all honesty, I’m still not sure why the Sun Warriors wanted me here for their festival honouring the dragons, or even to see this one hatch, with what Sozin started and everything.”

“They trust you, you idiot,” Katara ran her hands through his hair soothingly. “Just as the Fire Nation trusts you to lead them to a new era of prosperity without the need for the war, the Sun Warriors trust you to protect the dragons. The dragons themselves found you worthy, didn’t they?”

“I guess so,” Zuko grabbed her hand and laid a kiss on her knuckles. “Of course, I’m not doing this alone anymore, am I?”

The Fire Lady smiled, reaching up to her neck where the engagement necklace Zuko had painstakingly carved for her was hanging just below her mother’s necklace. She opened her mouth to reply, but her and Zuko’s attentions were diverted by a small growl. A pair of draconic eyes blinked up at them knowingly, and he even appearing to be smirking (can dragons smirk?).

Zuko evidently thought so. “Stop staring at us like that! I know that the Sun Warriors said that dragons can be receptive to love, but still!”

Katara giggled as the dragon cooed. Zuko’s cheeks flushed red, and he made a grumbling sound in his throat. Katara and the dragon smirked again, as she leaned over and kissed his cheek, causing them to redden further.

A distant roar caused them all to look up and towards the two mountains, as two fully grown dragons swooped overhead. The baby lifted his head and called back, causing Zuko to roll his eyes good-naturedly as Katara made a small squealing noise and hugged him tightly.

Ran and Shao circled in the air before coming in to land. The baby called out again, and engaged in a pretty inelegant scramble in a bid to reach them, as Katara and Zuko watched in amusement.

When he had settled in between her front legs, Shao wound herself into a circle around him, and in turn, Ran settled himself over her. All three dragons let out small sighs of satisfaction, smoke curling up out of their nostrils.

“Know what else the Sun Warriors told me?” Zuko whispered, manoeuvring round his wife so he was curled around her in a manner remarkably similar to Ran and Shao. “Dragons guard their families as diligently as their treasure. That’s why they’re curling around the baby like that; it shows love and pride, but also provides protection and shelter.”

Katara smiled, and she moved her and Zuko’s hands down to her stomach, where their own little dragon was awaiting her hatching day.

Sculpture of a a warrior, found at the Temple of Zeus (head) and Temple of Heracles (torso), Agrigento (ancient Akragas/Agrigentum), Sicily.  Artist unknown; ca. 480-475 BCE.  Now in the Museo Archeologico Regionale, Agrigento.  Photo credit: Clemensfranz/Wikimedia Commons.