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Q. Now, while negotiations with the Air Nomads fizzled as well as those with other nations, why didn't Sozin resort to his nation's waters? I understand the land was salted, but the fish supply in the waters might be able to sustain the country's food supply for a while, right? It worked for the Water Tribes, no? (Just a suggestion I would have done, ha-ha). The Flash {talk} 19:49, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

A: First of all, you can see from the air dates that I wrote this almost two years ago, so I don't remember why exactly I did certain things. I'll just put that out first as a caveat for anyone who asks questions.

In this case, however, I can think of some reason why Sozin did what he did. Actually, (fun fact!) I originally had the disputed thing be fishing rights, but I think I thought a specific crop on a specific island would be more straightforward or clearer or something. And because Air Nomads would be vegetarians and not eat fish. But anyway, I would say that during this time, the Fire Nation was fishing in addition to producing whatever food they could on whatever land was still arable. They were producing as much food as they could, but due to the loss of arable land in the civil war, very suddenly there just wasn't as much food as there had been, and this lower level of food production wasn't enough to sustain the population. (There was still a certain amount of food, which is why Sozin was able to have anyone to conscript to the army and manufacture the tanks, etc. in the first place).

Also, these conditions had existed since Izuma became Firelord, so the FN would have been fishing their waters to the maximum possible level for a decade or two already and would have probably been overfished already.

It's also part of Sozin's character that he's obsessive. When he sets his mind that a certain course of action is the best, he has trouble considering any other option, unless maybe it was very obvious and guaranteed to work. Sozin decides he wants this island back as a matter of principle because it used to be part of the Fire Nation, and the more he is refused the more he wants his way, and wants to stop the starvation in the way he thinks is best.

I mean, I'm really just justifying it after the fact, but I think those are all plausible reasons. If I had kept the disputed thing as fishing rights someone would be asking me why I have the airbenders eating meat :). --Manzai 22:15, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Oh, okay. Thanks! The Flash {talk} 15:48, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Q: What gave you the idea to have the twin dao swords be somewhat of a family heirloom? --Twilitlink 05:46, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

A: I thought they would make a good symbol for Sozin and Kuzon being so close and yet opposing each other so much. The swords are a symbol for Sozin and Kuzon's duality, which goes with the whole yin-yang theme/symbol too. Sozin and Kuzon themselves are sort of symbols for the battle going on inside Zuko. I wrote this around the time Crossroads of Destiny came out, when Zuko's struggle to do what was right was really highlighted. So the swords represent the opposing nature of both brothers, and because Zuko later gets them both, it shows he is the heir to Sozin's potential for evil but also Kuzon's potential for good.

They also kind of represent that for the Fire Nation Royal Family as a whole, (or families in general, a la Afiko and Taro), as well. It's weird how for two generations (Iroh/Ozai and Zuko/Azula) the family has had one sibling be, like, unspeakably evil while the other is a great hero. And then in my story I have two more generations like that (Izuma/Kai Hin and Sozin/Kuzon). I was even thinking of maybe giving Azulon some sort of nicer sibling, but at that point it just starts to get comical.

I also didn't like the idea that the swords were just some regular ones Zuko bought somewhere or whatever, so I wanted to give them a backstory. --Manzai 22:15, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Q: I see an Afiko character too in Dudewaldo4's Past, Present, and Future. Curiously enough, they are both the traitor. Any comments? Dragon of The West (talkcontribs) 00:20, July 10, 2010 (UTC)

A: Afiko was a character created for the Avatar trading card game, one of four characters who were created just for the game. Basically the only thing stated about him is that he was an Air Nomad traitor who helped Sozin destroy the other Air Nomads. Neither of us created him. That's why we both had to use the parentheses following the article name (...well, I haven't made that article yet. Oops). I needed an Air Nomad traitor character for plot reasons and I was originally was going to make an original character, but I figured I would essentially just be renaming Afiko if I did that. I decided just to keep the name because people who were aware of the card game would recognize and it would tie E&T to the real Avatar franchise more closely. Much of Kunchen's role in the story was going to be given to a version of Malu, but to be the right age, and also because she's female, Malu couldn't have been present for the first half to 2/3 of the story, and I later decided it wasn't a good idea to introduce another character in the middle. Manzai (talkcontribs) 05:50, July 10, 2010 (UTC)

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