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Origin of firebending mural Zuko, something happened to He Who Wears Masks - Book 1 in the last hundred years.

This fanon has been discontinued, but is still available to read for your enjoyment.

Aang rescued by the Blue Spirit
He Who Wears Masks
He who wears a mask, can never see himself.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender

He Who Wears Masks is a story that takes place during and after Aang and Zuko's Rescue in Pohuai Stronghold. There is a focus on the personal feelings of characters influencing their actions, and is more mindful to the realities of battle.


During the escape, Zuko decides to use a Firebending technique to defend himself, which Aang mistakes as Airbending. The story follows the point-of-view of various characters, telling the story with their own emotional investments.


Starting during the final flurry of attack before reaching the walls of the fortress, the story follows Zuko as he fights for his life. Between archers, spearmen and Firebenders, he begins to feel overwhelmed and uses a Firebending technique to create heat, without flame. Behind the mask of the Blue Spirit, Zuko holds his swords to Aang's neck to escape, and they reach the forest together.

Read here Chapter 1


Picking up where we left off, in the forest, Aang takes the long way around telling Zuko about his suspicions. Overwhelmed with relief, Aang takes comfort from Zuko, while the prince feels a bit off-balance.

Read here Chapter 2


No check Not done

From Aang's perspective, starting a few minutes before Chapter 3 had ended. Lots of angst from our favorite Avatar, who is confronted by the idea that he might not actually be the last Airbender in the world. Still cautious, Aang strives to prove that the Blue Spirit is an Airbender, by using an old tradition used by the Monks, to bond a disciple and teacher. Afterwards, he recalls that his friends are still sick, and need the frogs.

Read here Chapter 3


No check Not done

Turns out Zuko had no idea what Aang was doing, and had accidentally completed an Air Nomad ceremony without meaning to. Zuko, worried about revealing himself with his voice, draws stick figures to convey his wish to meet back up.

Read here Chapter 4


  • The term Songbending is used, and will be extrapolated on in later chapters. You can probably guess what it means.

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