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|Journey to Omashu|
Azula continues her quest to track down and capture her brother and uncle. She abandons the Royal Procession and composes an elite team of her and her two best friends. While in Omashu, which is now under Fire Nation rule, she realizes they have a third target: the Avatar. Enjoy! Access the main article here.
Journey to Omashu
A Change of Plan
After the miserable failure at the resort, I consulted my advisors, Lo and Li, two of the wisest ladies alive.
"When tracking your brother and uncle, traveling with the Royal Procession may no longer be an option," Lo said.
"It may no longer be wise," Li added.
"If you want to keep the element of surprise," they both said together. Hmm, wise words indeed. This ship had many luxuries; they're my birthright. But be as that may, the ship serves as an early warning symbol for my targets.
"You're right. The Royal Procession is dead weight. If I want to capture my prey, I must be agile. I need a small, elite team. It's time to visit some old friends." I knew exactly where I was to go and who I was to recruit.
My first stop was at the Fire Nation circus. My friend, Ty Lee, has always thought that it was her calling. But what could she possibly see in all of this filth? Surely, being the daughter of a nobleman, her parents didn't want her to end up here. But soon she will live the most important time of her life, serving me and her nation. I went to a tent where I saw Ty Lee stretching, probably warming up for a performance.
"Ty Lee, could that possibly be you?" I asked, knowing the answer.
"Azula!" She cried, twisting out of her position and bowing politely. It's good that she knows who she's dealing with. "It is so good to see you!"
"Please, don't let me interrupt your... whatever it is you were doing." I said dismissively. I was happy to see her so enthusiastic to see me. She will prove to be a wonderful ally. She went back to her stretching, and I wondered what she was doing here, as she attended the Royal Fire Academy for Girls just as I did.
"Tell me. What is the daughter of a nobleman doing here?" I questioned. "Certainly our parents didn't send us to the Royal Fire Academy for Girls to end up in... places like these..." I glanced unapprovingly over to where several men were trying to lead a Platypus Bear. But I didn't wait for her to answer.
"I have a proposition for you. I'm hunting down traitors. You remember my fuddy-duddy uncle, don't you?" I asked.
"Oh yeah, he was so funny!" Funny? My face tightened. Sensing my displeasure, she took back what she said immediately. "I mean, what a shame he's become a traitor." Ah, that's good. She knows when she's crossed the line with me.
"I would be honored if you would join me on my mission." I continued.
"Oh, I'd love to, really, but the truth is, I'm really happy here. I mean, my aura has never been pinker!" she said. I wasn't expecting her to say this at all. But I had a plan.
"I'll take your word for it. Well, I wouldn't want you to abandon the life you love just to please me." I said, knowing that she soon would.
"Thank you, Azula."
"Of course, before I leave, I'm going to catch your show tonight." I said. I saw the look of confusion and fear cross her face.
"Um, yeah, of course!" she said.
Later that evening, I entered the circus tent, and was seated in a private area. My seat was a resemblance of a throne. A proper seating for the Princess of the Fire Nation indeed. I was glad to see it. Then the circus master came scurrying toward me.
"We are deeply honored to have the Princess in our humble circus." he cried. Yes, it was humble. "Please tell us if there is any way we can make the show more enjoyable."
"I will." I replied. I watched Ty Lee preform on the tightrope, balancing her self on a board placed on top of a cylinder. Her skills will be valuable. "Incredible! Do you think she'll fall?" I said, looking at the master.
"Of course not," he said, keeping his eyes on Ty Lee.
"Then wouldn't it be more interesting if you removed the net?" I said. He looked at me nervously.
"You're right! That's been done," I said. Then another idea came to me. "I know! Set the net on fire." This should get the point across to Ty Lee. But just to be more clear.
"Yes, of course," he said, unleashing a fire blast. The net was ablaze within seconds. Ty Lee looked nervous, but she continued her performance. I saw the beads of sweat on her forehead.
"Brilliant! Just brilliant!" I exclaimed. I could see the master clenching his fists together in worry. Then another idea popped into my mind.
"Ooh! What kind of dangerous animals do you have?" I asked the master.
"Our circus boast the most exotic assortment of-," he started. I couldn't care less.
"RELEASE THEM ALL!" I commanded. He looked at me, the look on his face priceless, and released the beasts. But Ty Lee, a look of pure fear on her face, kept her balance. I think I got my point across.
One Down, One to go
After the performance, I visited Ty Lee in the dressing room. She looked at me expressionless. Her eyes showed extreme nervousness. "What an exquisite performance, Ty Lee!" I said. "In fact, I've decided to stay in town. I can't wait to see how you're going to top yourself tomorrow!" I said.
"I'm sorry Azula, but I'm afraid there won't be a show tomorrow." Ty Lee said. Ah, once again, I have succeeded.
"Really?" I asked, pretending to sound surprised. But I knew what was coming.
"The universe has given me strong hints that it's time for a career change. I've decided to join you on your mission." Ty Lee replied. I smiled. Excellent! My first ally has been found. My next ally is in Omashu. It's time to travel there.
Time for Ally #2
I was happy that Ty Lee had joined me. See, I can get anyone to do what I want. I am AZULA. And now, I have to travel to Omashu to find Mai, the daughter of the governor of Omashu. We traveled there quickly and efficiently. I went to the governor's building, and Mai seemed to be expecting me. She smiled at me. Then she bowed politely. Good. She doesn't take our early friendship for granted. "PLEASE tell me you're here to kill me," Mai said desperately. We both laughed, then hugged. I've always appreciated her sense of humor.
"It's good to see you, Mai." She will prove to be a valuable ally as well. She saw Ty Lee.
"I thought you ran off to the circus! You said it was your calling," Mai said to her.
"Well, Azula called a little louder." Good girl.
"I have a task to do and I need your help." I said.
"Count me in! Anything to get me out of this place," Mai stated. Lovely! I didn't even need to tell her what the task is! Now I have two underlings who will never defy my will. We might as well say that we've captured the traitors already! Mai then told me what has been going on in Omashu, and I wasn't pleased. Apparently, the governor had allowed all the citizens to just LEAVE. His son had been caught in the clan as well. I had to clean up this mess before we departed. I entered the place.
"Your Majesty, I apologize, but you have come to Omashu at a difficult time. My son is being traded for King Bumi at evening." He stated.
"Oh yes, I'm so sorry to hear about your son," I said. not feeling sorry at all, "But really, what did you expect by letting all the citizens just leave?" I asked impatiently.
"We thought there was a plague spreading in the city," he said glumly. That fool! He's actually stating how stupid he is! "My father has trusted you with this city, and you're making a mess of things!" I snapped. "And in case you didn't know, my father isn't a very forgiving man! Mai will handle the hostage trade so you don't mess it up. And I will be on her side." I said, very disappointed. Who does he think he is?
"Thank you, princess," he said. Oh, don't thank me yet. I'll deal with you in due time. "And there is no Omashu anymore. I'm renaming it in honor of my father: the city of New Ozai!" I added. And now, for the trade.
Everything goes Wrong
The three of us headed to a construction site. There were three refugees: One girl, a short boy with a turban and a staff, and a tall boy. What miserable people! "You've bought my brother," Mai said. She looked at the cooing slimeball.
"We're ready to trade." Turban boy said. I wondered what the boy could possibly want the king for. He was a nutjob who deserved to be locked up. I signaled for Mai to begin, and then she gave out orders for the trade. But then a thought just occurred to me. Why are we doing this trade again? Something didn't seem right.
"I'm sorry, but a thought just occurred to me! May I?" I said.
"Of course, Princess Azula," Mai said. The fear in her voice was priceless!
"We're trading a two-year old for a king. A powerful Earthbending king? It just doesn't seem like a fair trade?" I said. Mai looked at me, then her brother. Will her feelings for her brother get in the way of our friendship? Will this be the first conflict in our alliance?
"You're right. THE DEAL'S OFF!" she said. Good choice. You will be rewarded for your loyalty, my friend.
"BUMI!" Turban boy cried, running underneath the cage. Oh, so you've decided to become a hero, eh? Well, 2 can play at that game. I shot a strong blast of blue fire at the rat. He jumped. Then he opened his staff, and I noticed that it was a glider of the Air Nomads! Then his turban fell off, and I saw tattoos on his head, none other than Airbending tattoos! My lucky day. We have a third target now! He jumped on the cage, and began blowing on it. Ice formed on the chain, and I shot a blast at it. Shoot! It's only served as a quicker release mechanism! But wait, my plan might work after all. They're about to land on the mail chute! The impact will crumble them!
Oh, but there is a catch. The Nomad has cushioned their fall!
I have to follow. Mai and Ty Lee will take care of the other frauds. I shot blast after blast, but the nomad found a way to evade them. He shot a powerful Airbending blast at some wooden beams, which collapsed at my chute. I have to time this perfectly! I jumped, swiftly landing on my cart once again. I guess there is but one more attack, my pinwheel attack should finish them! I shot a wheel of fire, but the nomad ducked. Oh, this is taking so much longer than necessary! Soon, a giant white buffalo came on the sky, with his friends on it. If he gains access to it, I'll never catch up! I shot him more blasts, but he evaded, then he did a wave of air which destroyed my cart. I landed gently on my feet, but he was on his bison now with Bumi. No!
I later reunited with my allies. I told them about my encounter with the Avatar: "So, we're tracking your brother and uncle," Mai said.
"It will be interesting seeing Zuko again, won't it Mai?" Ty Lee replied slyly. Ugh, I don't know who could possibly have a crush on my idiot brother... But I pushed that thought aside.
"It's not just Zuko and Iroh anymore," I said. "We have a third target now." Now, my father will get one more fine prize! I will need more time to construct a plan worth catching him. I must go now.
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