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|The Town of Muzai|
January 21, 2011
Book 1 Recap!
Azula has united the four Elemental Amulets of legend and gained the powers of the Avatar. With Aang dead and Katara's attempts to use water from the Spirit Oasis to revive him being unsuccessful, things look grim for the young Avatar. Meanwhile, Zuko, Toph, Sokka, and Suki have escaped the wreckage of the Southern Air Temple and are now traveling to the Earth Kingdom to try to stop Azula before she can cause any more destruction.
Appa flies Suki, Toph, Zuko, and Sokka toward the Earth Kingdom. Meanwhile, it is proven that Azula's insanity knows no bounds when she tests out her new powers on a defenseless Earth Kingdom town...
Book 2 Chapter 1: The Town of Muzai
Azula used Airbending to fly straight toward the Earth Kingdom Capital: Ba Sing Se. After the war, the Fire Nation had relinquished control of the city... What fools! They should have fought to their dying breaths. The Fire Nation is WEAK! Those weaklings deserved to lose the Great War. But Azula would even the odds. With the incredible powers of the Avatar she, herself, would retake the city and rename it...Ba Sing Zula!
She cackled in delight at the humorous idea. With a wave of her hand the clouds dissipated at her will just before she jetted right through them. Looking down, she saw a small Earth Kingdom town bustling with activity. Halting her journey, she descended. Those people were too happy. She would have to do something about that...
Appa groaned and began descending.
"Come on, Appa!" Suki said encouragingly, "It's okay. We're almost back to the Earth Kingdom, and then we can camp for the night and I'll get you a whole bushel of berries." At this Appa groaned again and ascended higher into the air. Momo leapt onto her arm and chattered into her ear. "Okay, okay," Suki laughed, "I'll get you some berries too, Momo."
Content with this, Momo scurried down onto Appa's saddle and promptly went to sleep. His little belly rose up and down as Suki looked onward toward the rapidly expanding land mass that was the Earth Kingdom. She could only imagine what terrors they were soon to face. Aang was gone, Katara was left at the North Pole, the Southern Air Temple was destroyed, and Azula had the powers of the Avatar. How could things get any worse?
Azula surveyed the destruction around her. Realizing she missed a building, she jumped up into the air and kicked outward, sending a burst of blue-hot flame spiraling toward the only unburned house in the town. The wood panels of the roof were aflame in seconds, and the family inside fearfully ran out of the front door and joined the throng of people in the town square. A sign saying "Welcome to the town of Muzai! 無罪" fell burned and charred to the floor, gently smoldering on the blackened Earth.
"Citizens of the Earth Kingdom," Azula said, inspecting each and every one of them with an evil glint in her eyes. "I am Princess Azula, former Princess of the Fire Nation."
At this many of the children whimpered, much to Azula's cruel delight.
"You shall be the first to know the truth. A hundred years ago, Fire Lord Sozin decimated the Air Nation. Now, the rest of the world will follow in their footsteps. The Fire Nation is weak, the Earth Kingdom pathetic, the Water Tribes a mere nuisance. In my new world, you will not be divided by mere nation. You will all serve one ruler." She paused for emphasis. "ME!"
A couple of the townspeople backed up in fear, while the children whimpered into their mothers' arms. Azula scanned the crowd and then made up her mind.
"I'm sorry," she said, "But I cannot allow you to get in my way. You already know too much." And with that flame erupted in all directions from her, engulfing the entire crowd and everything behind them for over a mile.
Chortling to herself, her arms bent at bizarre angles and her head slouched and slightly tilted, she rose into the air again. Deranged and demented, she spun away through the air, leaving the defenseless Earth Kingdom town nothing more than a pile of ashes. The citizens were alive no more, and Azula couldn't be happier about it...
The "無罪" on the sign is Japanese and translates to Muzai, the name of the town. Muzai, in English, means "innocence," reflecting the nature of the village and the tragedy of its destruction. Note: Not a single citizen survived.
~I love writing chapters like this. Getting into the characters' heads, like Suki and Azula in this chapter, really lets the readers connect with them. Not to mention it's just plain interesting stuff to write about. :P What are your thoughts as Book 2 opens?
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