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Book 1: Chaos
July 9, 2014
Long ago my predecessor, Avatar Korra, stopped Amon and the Equalists. Amon may have died but his cause did not. A large exodus of nonbenders fled to the new country of the People's Democracy. Eventually, the days where benders and nonbenders lived together was nothing but a memory.
The people's democracy thrived and isolated themselves from the bending world. Many citizens believe the old tales of bending and the Avatar to be just that, stories.
Meanwhile in the bending world, Avatar Korra ruled with an iron fist and kept the peace in the nations until she died peacefully at 115. Then I, Avatar Suki, was born, and I was a failure.
Due to my favoritism to my own nation, the world plunged into chaos. Because of this, the spirits split the Avatar into four people, one from each element, and all of them were born in the People's Democracy. Avatar Korra gave me a world of peace which I made a world of chaos. Now I give these four new Avatars a world of chaos which I hope they will turn into a world of peace.
Koda, the waterbending Avatar, was born in a small village to a woman name Matoaka. Matoaka never wanted a child, but bandits frequently attacked the village and one forced himself upon her.
When Koda was twelve years old and going to the annual Yue Day, he frowned at having to be there. The people of Koda's village worshiped one spirit named Yue of the moon, possibly because of the citizens' Water Tribe origins. The legend of Yue lived on as well. A princess of a kingdom of ice was touched by the Moon Spirit. One day, the Sun Spirit (the legend changed slightly after the exodus) killed the Moon Spirit and the moon vanished from the sky. The brave and beautiful Yue sacrificed her life and became the moon. Most people believe this to be fake, but Koda knows better. One night, when Koda was six, he woke up and saw Yue watching over him. Since then, he because obsessed with Yue, not only because of his encounter, but he admired her heroic personality. He wished since then he could be a hero like Yue.
Koda saw the Kyoshi Warriors standing guard near the ocean, because the bandits came by sea. During the nonbenders' exodus, the Kyoshi Warriors came to the People's Democracy to protect the nonbenders. Eventually, the warriors grew into a massive organization that worked for the government. They would do things like serve as bodyguards, prison guards, government authority, and defenders. They kept all of their traditions from before the People's Democracy, though they no longer know the origins of them. Now the Chancellor assigned a squad to guard Koda's city because she kept getting reports of bandit attacks.
Koda sighed in annoyance from being at the festival. He hated going to the festival because it made him feel like a nobody, well that's the only reason he'd admit. He also hated seeing these children with their dads winning them prizes and carrying them on their shoulders. Koda never had that. He always hated his father for what he did to his mom, and because he was after all a bandit. His father was never there for Koda's life which made Koda mad. Koda knew it wasn't his fault that his dad was a horrible person but he felt like he was the one being punished for it. When he was a kid he would cry at night wanting to have a father that cared for him and loved him. This is yet another reason he took to Yue for comfort. He'd pray to her for a father, though one never came. He did, however, feel Yue protected him because he didn't have a father that would.
Matoaka frowned as she saw her upset child. "Koda ,what is wrong?" She asked sweetly.
"Mother, you know I hate the festival," he said annoyed.
"Koda, don't say that Yue is watching. And is this about you feeling like a nobody? What is it you always say? A drop in a vast ocean?" She replied sweetly despite her son's annoyed attitude.
"I'm going by the Yue statue if you need me," he said to her, ignoring his mother's questions. He walked to a stand and bought a fish and laid it at the foot of the statue. Koda looked up at the statue of the beautiful spirit, who was his hero. "Please, great spirit, Yue help me somehow. I don't care," he whispered to the statue and bowed.
Then out of nowhere, a woman screamed at the top of her lungs and Koda jerked around to see a group of bandits storming the city. Koda tried to run but a bandit grabbed his arm. "You seem like a healthy boy. A good addition to the group," he said with a devilish grin. The bandit started to drag the struggling Koda to a building and forced Koda to sit against the wall. "Wait here and we will leave when the others do," he chuckled evilly and pointed his spear at Koda. Then a Kyoshi Warrior jumped from the building and the bandit lost control and cut Koda on the cheek and he winced in pain "Run kid!" yelled the Kyoshi Warrior right before two more came to her side.
Koda began to run quickly away and then he noticed a bandit was gaining fast. Koda had nowhere to go and he began running along the side of the river when the river pulled him in. The cut on his cheek glowed and he noticed it was healed. He opened his mouth as if to scream and lost some of his air before quickly closing his mouth. Then the water around him separated into a bubble of air and he sank to the bottom of the river. He looked around nervously and then the water shimmered and he saw a beautiful woman with white hair and white clothes. He knew immediately who it was and he fell to his knees and bowed.
"Great and kind Yue, thank you for healing me and saving me," he said, not really knowing how to address a spirit. He did, however, know that this was the woman he saw when he was six.
Yue giggled and smiled a warm smile," No need for that. And I was not the one who healed you, you did that," she said in a majestic voice.
"I did? How," he asked puzzled.
"Koda, you are a waterbender. The art of waterbending is the ability to control water and sometimes heal yourself," she replied sweetly.
Koda was very confused by this but he had a bigger question," Yue, are you the one whom I saw when I was six?"
She smiled at him. "Yes, I have been protecting you your whole life," she replied with a kind tone. Yue at first was told to watch him and did it as a duty, but as she watched this boy things changed. She became very interested in this boy, because she said he reminded her of an old friend though she wouldn't say who. She became so interested she asked Korra if she could train him instead of Korra, and Korra accepted. "In order to train you in waterbending, meet me here tomorrow at sunrise," she said then disappeared.
Koda then floated up to the surface and walked back into the village to see that the Kyoshi Warriors had fought off the bandits. When Matoaka saw Koda she ran over to him and embraced him tightly."I thought they took you," she said in deep relief.
"Mother, I need to tell you something," he said knowing that she needed to know about his ability.
Three years had gone by and Yue had taught Koda everything about waterbending and he excelled greatly. One day when they were training, Yue told Koda to stop training and to sit down. "Koda, you need to know about the Avatar," she said simply.
About an hour later, Yue was done explaining the Avatar. Koda had one question. "How will I find the other Avatars?"
"You will have to go Amon City and meet them there," she replied simply.
"No! I can't leave my mom!" He shouted, getting upset. Yue tried to speak but Koda was already running home. Once he got home his mother went over to him worried.
"Koda, what is wrong?" she asked in a worried almost panicked voice.
"Yue told me I have to go to Amon City but I can't leave you!" He said, holding back tears.
She gave a small smile. "Koda, this isn't goodbye. We will see each other again. You have a duty to the world. Now go."
Koda nodded, and he went to his room to pack some things he wanted to take. The next day, he set off for Amon City. He looked back once to wave to his mother and kept moving forward. He was upset leaving her but he was getting through with the thought that he'd see her again. Unfortunately, this would be the last time he'd see her alive.
A week went by and Koda finally arrived at Amon City and he was amazed by how many people were there. He looked around in awe at the huge size of the city. He then heard a loud scream and saw smoke rising from a building and he darted in that direction. He used his bending to spray water in the burning house and the fire was put out. Everyone stared amazed at his ability, then two Kyoshi Warriors came up behind and grabbed his hands. He realized struggling was pointless, then he caught sight of one of the Kyoshi Warriors, a girl about his age. She spoke, "Koko, why are we arresting him?"
The older one sighed. "Hana, did you not pay attention in the meeting? He displayed special abilities," she said, leading Koda to the prison.
Once Koda was there he saw two girls sitting together. "What are you in for?" one asked.
"Bending," he replied simply and both of their faces went pale.
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