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Books 1 and 2 Recap!
In Book 1, Azula united the four Elemental Amulets of legend and gained the powers of the Avatar, which she used to kill Aang and destroy the Southern Air Temple. In Book 2, she uses her powers to travel into the Spirit World, unintentionally bringing Sokka and Katara along with her. There, she learns that the Elemental Amulets grant her the ability to bend in the Spirit World, while normal benders cannot. Katara and Sokka encounter Aang, who sends Sokka back to Earth on a mission to find Ursa, who has information that could help them defeat Azula. Sokka and the gang recruit Iroh and travel to Whale Tail Island, the location of the headquarters of the Order of the White Lotus (and Ursa's hiding place). Meanwhile, Aang and Katara discover that Azula has inherited the Avatar reincarnation cycle, and that the only way to break it is for Aang to return to life and kill her, which would return it back to him. He sends Katara back to the physical world and vows to find a way to return to life....
Katara returns to the mortal world, where she meets the Ocean Spirit who agrees to take her to Whale Tail Island with the rest of the gang. Meanwhile, on Whale Tail Island, the gang passes through security on their way to meeting Ursa...
Book 3 Chapter 1: A Disturbing Prophecy
|A Disturbing Prophecy|
February 2, 2011
Katara's eyes flitted open and the room around her spun as she slowly stood up. Leaning against the wall for support, she shook the nausea from her senses. She wanted nothing more than to curl up into a ball and sleep right there, but she knew she had a job to do. Azula wouldn't rest, so neither would she.
As she left the ice hut, it took her eyes a moment to adjust to the bright morning sun. She rubbed her eyelids and squinted down the long line of buildings made entirely out of ice. Once she had identified where she was, her thoughts turned to the others.
Where were Sokka and everyone else? As if in answer to this silent question, a fish hopped up out of the water rushing along the side of the road and landed on Katara's foot. Instead of flopping around like a normal fish, though, it simply stared up at Katara with its large glassy eyes.
Katara bent down to let it back into the water but the moment she touched it, its eyes illuminated and another icy chill was sent down her spine.
I am the spirit of the ocean, said a voice in Katara's head. Let me guide you, it said. I can take you to your friends.
Katara grasped the fish with both hands and allowed the icy feeling to overtake her senses. So chilled were her nerves that she didn't even feel it when the fish jumped into the water and dragged her along with it. As her eyes closed she slipped into a sort of trance. The fish swam on and on as Katara drifted along behind it into the unknown...
Iroh cleared the group past White Lotus security, and a pair of ordinary-looking Earthbenders lifted a large rock that was revealed to be concealing a hidden entrance into the White Lotus headquarters. The sounds and smells of the salty beach were left behind as the group descended lower and lower into the Earth. Finally they touched down into a series of interconnected stone-constructed tunnels. Iroh told them to wait a moment while he cleared their access to see Ursa. He came back in a moment and they all followed him with Zuko trailing just a bit behind, not quite sure what to think or feel as he mentally prepared himself for seeing his mother for the first time in years...
Katara came to as she was dragged roughly to her feet. A guard demanded that she state her name, but all she could manage to splutter out were the last words in her memory, "Go to your destiny."
Word was sent straight to Iroh, a Grand Lotus, at once. He and the rest of the group decided it best to return to the surface just to make sure everything was alright. After all, they had said the intruder was wearing blue robes. But it had to be coincidence. It couldn't possibly be Katara?
Katara had a sudden memory of the fish: how it had dragged her into the water, led her here, and told her all that she needed to do...
Suddenly, as if possessed, she straightened up, arched her back, and in an inhuman voice she bellowed, "The bear holds the key. The two worlds in danger must band together. The Avatar returns when two worlds become one. The bear holds the key..." Katara's body went limp in the guards' arms as a familiar group rushed up to her aid.
"Katara, what happened to you?" Sokka murmured as she intermittently came in and out of consciousness in his arms. She opened her eyes and gazed unseeing up at him. "We need to get help. Is anyone here a doctor?"
"Out of the way," came a familiar monotone voice as Master Pakku came strolling up with a female Waterbender. "Well," he said to Sokka, "Are you going to sit there with her all day or are you going to let the lady fix this?" Sokka respectfully handed his sister off to the healer, who immediately surrounded Katara's forehead with water and began the healing process...
Thoughts on the opening chapter of the final book?
P.S. ~I love prophecies. I can never seem to resist including them. They're such an interesting way to foreshadow upcoming events without giving away too much too soon.
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