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Life In a Captured City
Here we weren't safe...
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13 + prologue

Total word count

3,003 (prologue)

Original run





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Coup of Ba Sing Se


End of Avatar: The Last Airbender continuity


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Life In a Captured City is a series that takes place mostly during Book Three of Avatar: The Last Airbender. This story focuses on a young earthbender and his family who have lived in Ba Sing Se all their lives, and now live in it under Fire Nation control.


17-year old Du Ming heard throughout all his life that Ba Sing Se was to be the safest city in the world, buying into all that Long Feng and the Dai Li spread throughout the city. He knew there was a war ongoing, but he and his family hardly discussed it, thinking they would be safe especially after the failed Siege of Ba Sing Se. However, when he sees how wrong everyone was, his life takes a turn for the worse, as he sees himself restricted more than ever.



  • Du Ming -- A 17-year old earthbender who used to believe he was safe in the city, but loses that security and even falls into depression after the fall of the city.
  • Jakura -- Du Ming's 13-year old sister, also an earthbender. She too has a hard time adjusting to the new life of Ba Sing Se.
  • Tamani --- The mother of Du Ming and Jakura, married to General Solian.
  • Solian --- The father of Du Ming and Jakura, a master earthbender and a Council of Five member who was captured by the Dai Li. His whereabouts are presently unknown.
  • Marhana --- A 16-year old lower-class citizen of Ba Sing Se, and Du Ming's love interest. She becomes greatly worried about Du Ming as he starts to spiral into depression.



  • Prologue: Our Last Day of Freedom -- A look at a typical day in Du Ming's life before Ba Sing Se fell, specifically the last day before so.

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