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|The Lost Tablet|
August 16, 2013
~~The Gaang's house~~
Two days have passed since the successful attack on the Dai Li. In short time the city was bumming again and life was restored to Ba Sing Se. The Gaang was in their house, resting from the fighting from a few days ago. It was a sunny morning, with no clouds in the sky. The Gaang members decided to split up, so that they could get some rest and relaxation. As the previous time, Katara and Toph went on a relaxing spa day. Sokka decided to go to a blacksmith, to get a new sword, which he lost during the battle with Phoenix King Ozai's fleet over the Earth Kingdom. Aang was still feeling a little depressed, because of his actions a few days ago.
"Aang... I want to tell you something," said Hokai. "Come on, let's go for a walk."
"I doubt it would cheer me up," replied Aang, but still started walking with Hokai around the city.
"Aang, I've hidden a secret from you," said Hokai. "And I think you'll like it."
"What is it?" asked Aang.
"Do you remember, when we were in the Southern Air Temple, you studied mostly airbending techniques and meditated," said Hokai. "Well, I wanted to study history, and what you already know, I did. More precisely Air Nomad history."
"Yeah, I remember," replied Aang. "But what does this have to do with a secret?"
"Well, I learned something unusual about us Air Nomads. Look around, Aang and tell me what you see," said Hokai.
"I just see Earth Kingdom people," replied Aang.
"You're absolutely right. But there is something about them. Not all of them are Benders. It's the same in the Fire Nation and in the Water Tribes. Only a handful of people are Benders. But, in our society, everyone was an Airbender. That's because we always meditated and we achieved inner enlightenment. That's the difference between us and other people," said Hokai. "This has been so for hundreds of generations, so our airbending in very strong. Now, if a Airbender marries a Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom or Water Tribe person, who has no bending abilities, the chance of their child's capability to airbend weakens. And with each generation it becomes weaker."
"Hokai, that's great and all, but I still don't understand what you're telling me," said Aang.
"Aang, I'm telling you, that there might be other airbenders out there, but they don't know it. I strongly believe, that some airbenders survived the Genocide of our people and settled in the Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribes, but were too afraid to show other people, especially their family, that they were airbenders, because they were too afraid of the Fire Nation," said Hokai and looked at Aang, who couldn't believe what he was being told. "Aang, if we find a way to figure someone's ancestors we'll be able to tell if they were airbenders."
"But how, the surviving airbenders probably had disguised themselves and changed names. It will be impossible."
"No, it won't," said Hokai, with a smile on his face. "I also found out, that there is a tablet...A tablet made by the first Avatar, that was natively an Air Nomad. The tablet was regarded sacred, in fact; it was the most sacred object in Air Nomad history. When the war was imminent, the Monks hid the tablet in one of our temples, so that it would stay hidden from the Fire Nation. If we find the tablet we can rebuild our society. The Air Nomads will live and prosper again."
"Hokai, why are you telling me this now?" asked Aang, still not believing the things his friend was saying.
"I'm sorry that I kept it a secret from you this whole time. But I knew, that the world comes first. I told you today, because this is the first time that we have several days off. Again, I'm terribly sorry, that I kept it a secret from you," said Hokai. "Now Aang, look at me. I know that this is hard on you, but you have to stay strong and help me find the tablet."
"Hokai, I'm not mad. I'm happy!" said Aang as tears of you start dripping down his face. "Now, how can I help?".
"Let's go tell your friends and then we'll decide what to do, okay?" said Hokai.
~~The Earth Kingdom Royal Palace~~
The two rushed back to Earth Kingdom Royal Palace where the others were already waiting. "Hey, why did you guys run? Is everything all right?" asked Sokka. Hokai and Aang quickly explained the situation to their friends. All of them couldn't believe it, as it was impossible.
"Oh, great prank guys, you almost got me!" said Sokka, laughing.
"They're not lying, I can feel it," said Toph, the only one realising, that they were telling the truth.
"Wait what!" said Sokka. "So there might be other airbenders out there?"
"Yeah, I guess so," said Aang, thrillingly. "But we'll need your help."
"Aang, you know, that we'll always stand by your side," said Katara as she hugged them both.
"Well, do you have a plan?" said the Earth King, Kuei. "I think that I'll be of some assistance."
"How?" asked Hokai.
"Well, I'm still the king of Ba Sing Se... Guard, please come here! Go to the University of Ba Sing Se, specifically the History department. I want every student, teacher and every history professor in Ba Sing Se to find people who are descendants of possible airbenders. This is their top priority," said the Earth King as the Royal guard rushed to the university. "I'm afraid that's all the help I can provide. I can't send any troops to help you, because the city is still weary from the Dai Li."
"That's okay, you've helped a lot already," said Katara.
"So, Hokai, what do you think? How many people are airbenders?" asked Sokka.
"Not a whole lot. It's been so long since the genocide. I think that for every million there might be one or two airbenders," said Hokai. "But we mustn't give up."
"But what about the Water Tribes. How are we going to find out if there were any airbenders there?" asked Katara.
"I've got it. Isn't there a Water Tribe embassy here in Ba Sing Se?" asked Sokka.
"Yes, there is. After the war I ordered the construction of embassies of all nations, here in Ba Sing Se," said the Earth King.
"That's perfect!" shouted Sokka. "Look. You four go and try to find the the tablet or whatever, and I'll go to the embassy and they'll find a way to bring me to the Southern and Northern Water Tribe."
"Are you sure, you want to do this?" asked Katara.
"It's the easiest and quickest way. You go and find the tablet, and I'll go to look for any records," replied Sokka as he was escorted by Royal guards to the embassy.
"Well then, let's go. We still need to get to Appa," said Aang, thrillingly.
The Gaang started walking towards the train station. "So, where do we need to go first?
"Well, first we need a map, or some paintings of the tablet," said Hokai. "Luckily I know where to find it. In the desert several miles out of Ba Sing Se lies a great building, it's a library actually. The great library of Wan Shi Tong."
As Hokai said that the Aang and Katara looked worried. "What's the matter, you seem a little scared?" said Hokai.
"That might be a problem," said Katara. "We might have angered the library spirit a little."
"Well, angered or not angered, We know what we have to do," said Aang "... We have to get into the library of Wan Shi Tong."
END OF CHAPTER THIRTEEN
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