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The Gaang Jr.
The only child of Firelord Zuko and his wife, Fire Lady Mai, Irah has had a more traditional upbringing than most of her friends. Like her mother, she attended the Royal Fire Academy for Girls, where she was popular and successful but made few lasting friendships. She also received extensive tutoring in a variety of subjects, including Firebending; to her parents' mild consternation, she soon demonstrated the ability to produce blue fire similar to that wielded by her aunt, Azula. Although by no means unhappy at home, Irah ran off with Hayoda in search of adventure and a less confined existence.
Determined to not repeat their parents' mistakes, Zuko and Mai have always been very encouraging and supportive of Irah. In fact, they're so encouraging and supportive that she occasionally finds it difficult to tell when they're praising her because they are actually impressed, and when they're just trying to make her feel good. She knows they both love her, but wishes she could do something that would truly surprise and impress them. She also has yet to completely come to grips with the responsibilities and expectations that rest upon her as Crown Princess of the Fire Nation. Like many other princesses before her, she sometimes chafes at the restrictions that accompany her station.
Despite harboring conflicted feelings about her family and her place in the world, Irah is a very pleasant and easygoing girl. A credit to her finishing-school instructors, she is well-spoken and personable, not at all uncomfortable mingling and meeting new people. She has inherited some of her parents' reserved nature, though, and has few close friends. She also has little experience with boys (thanks in large part to her overprotective father), basing her concept of love largely on the stories of idealized, heroic romance she enjoys reading.
Irah has always enjoyed creative activities, particularly those she can enjoy by herself. Art and drawing captivated her at an early age. As kids, she and her best friend Yi Lin made up stories together - Yi Lin writing up fanciful accounts and handing them off to be drawn by Irah. Even now, in her spare time, Irah can be found looking out from the ship, or on some outcropping on a shore, painting landscapes.
Irah is sensible, calm, and collected. But because she has lived a very orderly (though not unpleasant) life, Irah has become bored over time. So, unlike(who feels a need to be the "voice of reason"), she is perfectly content to go along with Hayoda's half-baked ideas and to humor Yi Lin's crazy theories, and when she gets the opportunity to sail around the world aimlessly, she jumps at the opportunity to have a little chaos in her life before the burden of statehood eventually comes for her.
In summary, she has just as much common sense as Tseng, and can see how childish and foolhardy the whole adventure is. The difference is that she doesn't care, and just goes with the flow. For once in her life, she decided not to think things through, and she's loving it. In a way, next to the exaggerated personalities of her friends, Irah is the "normal one" of the group.
has been Irah's best friend since both of them were babies. Irah enjoys the Airbender girl's sunny disposition, envies her carefree lifestyle, and loves her for totally disregarding the fact that she's a princess. Lately, she's also aggravated by Yi Lin's knack for popping up out of nowhere and ruining the mood whenever she gets to have "alone time" with Hayoda.
When they were younger, Irah andoften played make-believe, his valiant hero rescuing her damsel in distress from all manner of imaginary peril. Recently, Irah has begun to realize that her feelings for the irrepressible young man go beyond friendship, but she sometimes worries that he still thinks of her as the helpless princess from their childhood games; she's also unsure whether her parents would approve of her being romantically involved with a commoner.
Mai introduced Irah to her Aunt Azula while she was very young, over the protests of her father. To Zuko's dismay, his daughter took quite a liking to his sister (and vice versa). Irah is very impressed by her aunt, looking up to her as a role model of sorts. Although she is aware that Azula fought on the wrong side during the war, she has trouble reconciling her prickly but affectionate aunt with the cold-hearted monster that her parents and their friends seem to remember her as.
Irah's Great Uncle Iroh has been a large part of her life since she was born, and is responsible for her love of fine tea. She has visited him many times at his tea shop in Ba Sing Se.
- Irah is named after her great uncle, Iroh (though this connection was originally entirely accidental).
- During a dance contest the kids participated in, Irah donned an exotic dancer's outfit, a somewhat revealing set of clothes that, once he found out about it, has caused Zuko no shortage of anger. Tom-Tom has received specific instructions to confiscate the outfit when he caught up to Irah and the others.
- Irah's artistic style was conceived as similar to Katsushika Hokusai's, from late 18th/early 19th century Japan. He's most famous for his Tsunami drawing, but his work was chiefly in the realm of surprisingly intuitive human caricature, sketches of people in motion.
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