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SHiE title
Silent Hero in Emerald
The one who looked past the brim of his pointed hat
General information
Genre

Romance/Angst/Action

Rating

PG-13

Creator(s)

Minnichi

Chapters

26, ongoing

Total word count

184,124

Country/Language

English

Original run

September 16, 2011 (fanfiction.net) - ongoing

Runtime

April 24, 2012 (Avatar Wiki) - ongoing

Production
Writer(s)

Minnichi

Editor(s)

Minnichi

Beta-reader(s)
Illustrator(s)
Chronology
Channel

Avatar Wiki fanon portal

Overview

Ba Sing Se is kept balanced by the Dai Li. Under the strict eye of Long Feng, talk of war and even the slightest whisper of rebellion are silenced immediately by the elite earthbenders. Brainwashing, imprisonment, execution, and anything else is fair game to maintain order. Disruptors of the peace must be eliminated at once.

...Right?

Yuhan, a highly talented converter (brainwasher) of rebels, has never found issue with the Dai Li's politics. Without much of a social life beneath Lake Laogai anyway, he's become one of the best controllers of balance and lives to preserve the clueless city. Then out of nowhere, a childhood friendship resurfaces from his past - and blooms into love. Suddenly, there's more to life than brainwashing and terrorism.

It wouldn't have been so bad if the Dai Li hadn't deemed her a disruptor of peace.

About the Art

Illustrations in this fanon (including the main image) are possible because of the epically talented artists there are at deviantart.com and the remarkable generosity they've shown towards me, so I'll take a moment to glorify them first on this page. You'll also see some less attractive drawings that appear as captions from time to time, but those are just my own doodle attempts xP

Thanks and Tributes

  • I have to give a shoutout to Lady Lostris and Bos for helping me with the canon logic in this story. Thanks guys! Lostris in particular saved this story from being tossed (I was in a canon-conflict crisis, forgive me :P)
  • Mageddon725 was this story's first reader and remains the most dear fan to me. I am so thankful to him and regret being unable to finish SHiE during his time. Mage, I'll make sure to see this through to the end! It'll be a grand finale that you wouldn't have been able to say a single thing badly about ;) Now onto the story you loved...

Major Characters

Agent Yuhan Tsen

Yuhan
He's one of Long Feng's favorite brainwashers, and the Dai Li make great use of his talents by sending him off to work on 2 to 3 hours of sleep. He's modest and doesn't complain, more of an observer with a freakishly sharp perception of others. His analytic skills helped shape his earthbending into something formidable even by the Dai Li's standards, and you couldn't ask for more in an agent. Among the things you don't really ask for, though, is social awkwardness outside the job, a tendency to get anything fancy ruined, and death threats at random objects; a sleep-deprived mind is never predictable. Yuhan is as weird a Dai Li agent as he is a super-agent, a precarious contradiction that doesn't escape Long Feng's notice.



NOTABLE NOTE: The "-han" in "Yuhan" is pronounced like Han Solo! Some readers have misinterpreted it as the A sound in "pan," so just a heads up.

Riya1
Riya

An orphan born of the Lower Ring. She grew up in the company of her immigrant neighborhood and has made herself plenty of family in her tight-knit community, seemingly unfazed by a life of poverty. Having witnessed her birth parents fall to the plague and her foster parents disappear before she even turned 13, she respects the need to keep to oneself and does not pry. Shy and soft-spoken, Riya extends a kind, gentle hand to others in light of her lonely past. However, she fiercely believes in the authority of her city and won't hesitate to stand up to anything she considers an injustice. This makes her a pretty favorable citizen as far as Dai Li agents are concerned. For now.

Patrol Partners 2

Hiroshu and Yuhan, the besties. (Full view)

Agent Hiroshu Leung

Yuhan's assigned patrol partner and annoying friend (though he knows that Yuhan just won't admit they're besties). He'll take any chances to avoid duties and do the absolute minimum, but he doesn't fall short of Long Feng's expectations. His fellow agents consider him a pretty chill 'Hitman,' more approachable than Yuhan but ominous in his own, disturbingly cheerful way. Hiroshu balances life in the Dai Li with the fun of everything else (particularly food) and seems to be enjoying himself. He doesn't like taking anything too seriously, but he's still a pretty dependable companion overall...only when it's needed, of course.





Begin Reading

v - e <Silent Hero in Emerald
Chapters
1: The Peace Orator ▪▫ 2: Old Friends and Old Trends ▪▫ 3: Tea House Scuffles ▪▫ 4: Recognition ▪▫ 5: Her Only Family
6: Friendly Conversations ▪▫ 7: The Favor ▪▫ 8: Subtle Messages ▪▫ 9: Duty First ▪▫ 10: Peasant Meets Royalty
11: Agent Greets Royalty ▪▫ 12: Salty Rivers ▪▫ 13: Unanswerable Questions ▪▫ 14: Judgment ▪▫ 15: City of Twists and Lies
16: Foolproof ▪▫ 17: Fire and Earth ▪▫ 18: Those Left Behind ▪▫ 19: The Crossroads of Destiny ▪▫ 20: Consequence ▪▫ 21: Time
22: From Darkness to Light ▪▫ 23: Mourning Son ▪▫ 24: The Blues ▪▫ 25: Earth Kingdom It Is ▪▫ 26: Brightest in the Dark
Story Artwork
Professional Illustrations - Minnichi's Drawings - All SHiE Art
Related
FanFiction.net Profile - Liberal Ba Sing Se (oneshot) - Sonic Wave (oneshot) - Vortex


Artwork

For those of you interested, here's the full list in HD resolution of all the professional artwork this story's been blessed with. My friends continually blow me away with their talents and crazy generosity, and I encourage you to check out the rest of their work on DeviantArt.com.

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Theme Song!
That's right, the author grew attached to a tune that fits the nature of Yuhan and Riya. ("Nightingale" by Yanni) I guess you could call it their "official" theme just because I hear the piece in my head a lot as I write. My favorite part is that bit at 3:38 where I feel like the two solo instruments interact like a couple. Throughout the song, the main theme grows more complex and more intense, much like the progression of SHiE's events anddd okay, maybe I think too much. But I really encourage you to listen to this piece! It's very beautiful and Avatar-like :D
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Start reading Vortex!
Is Minnichi a sleep-deprived fanon snail who updates this story way too slowly? (Okay fine, I admit it.) But fear not, for Yuhan is alive elsewhere! Go visit him in Avatar Wiki's most active group fanon, Vortex! Use it as a distraction from excruciating delays as needed... (Full image view)

"Something tells me I'm not the only protagonist here..."
- Agent Yuhan Tsen

Reception


Fanonbending and Features



Fanon Awards

2012 (Fourth Awards)

  • Best Male Main Character (Yuhan)
  • Outstanding New Author

2013 (Fifth Awards)

  • Best Male Supporting Character (Hiroshu)
  • Best Female Supporting Character (Riya)
  • Outstanding Author
  • Outstanding Fanon Series
  • Outstanding Romance Series
  • Outstanding Writing in a Fanon Series (Chapter 20)
"This fanon is one of the best on the wiki, no joke. From the start, Minnichi pulled me into the story, and I found myself wanting to continue reading. This incredibly well-crafted tale pulls you in and doesn't let up, and that's exactly what good writing should do."
Mageddon725
"Minnichi's writing is beautiful, simply put. Her descriptions are beautiful and she's mastered just about every literary device."
Omashu Rocks
"Wow, amazing writing, Minnichi. The description and the vividness of the scenes made them feel real. Yuhan is quite an interesting character!"
AvatarRokusGhost
"I HAVE to say this, please, please, please, please, PLEASE give Hiroshu a girlfriend."
XxRin-sanxX of FanFiction.net, who likes Hiroshu.
"AMAZINGAWESOMESUPERDUPERGREEEEAT CHAPTER!"
XxRin-sanxX of FanFiction.net after it was suggested that Hiroshu could have a love interest.
"SHiE is easily one of the best ongoing -and otherwise- fanons on this wiki. Minnichi is a very talented author who knows how to write and to keep her readers interested. Her eye for detail, for description, for dialogue, and for overall splendid writing is off the charts. "
Lady Lostris
"Well, this is the best fanon I've ever read on the Wiki. It's so well thought out, and so well-written. Overall, it's a heart-wrenching story, one that captures the reader from the beginning. "
Typhoonmaster
"Did I just read that correctly... You really know how to move your readers because this chapter made me burst into tears from this...unfairness. T.T"
— An anonymous FanFiction.net reviewer, wonderfully summarizing what you should beware of.
"You fill in the blanks left by canon very well."
A Heritical Bacchant of FanFiction.net, bringing tears to the author's eyes because it's almost like Yuhan is canon.
"I should be sleeping right now, but I can't. I can't because I am so enchained by "Silent Hero in Emerald". Your story is by far the best thing I have ever came across at 2:55 AM. The way you are writing is absolutely amazing! "
Kyasol, a gracious Dai Li enthusiast who stays up as late as Yuhan.

See Also

Inspiration/Trivia

  • I like the Dai Li...a little too much. I mean, come on!!! Secret ultimate earthbending ninja police who can make people believe whatever they want? Seriously! Ahem. My need for a story actually started when I saw a work on deviantart that reminded me that these guys are human beings with personalities, too.
  • Why romance? Well - first, I just thought it was such a bizarre yet awesome element to combine with the Dai Li, who are the complete opposite of romance with their cold, emotioness ways. Anyone who's ensnared by The One in that organization will surely have lots of issues. But you should know that this story is truly about Yuhan, whose world does not suddenly revolve around love but whose world sort of changes perspectives and struggles when love comes along. SHiE will kill your soul if you're a mushy, fluffy reader who wants nothing to go wrong or traumatic with the relationship ;)
  • I had never actually attempted writing romance or fanfiction of any kind before this story. It just came to me.
  • My writing style was influenced particularly by Pureauthor and MasterFirebender84 of Fanfiction.net.
  • Hiroshu Leung was created before Hiroshi Sato and the rest of LoK came along. Respect the "-u"! Mine is better. *Blows raspberry* (And my OC is also better-looking)
  • The illustrators of SHiE (listed above) can often be found among other fanons here, so be sure to check it out!
  • During Minnichi's entire first year on Avatar Wiki, SHiE updated a total of 4 times. Yeahhhh, I just have so much time on my hands, I know :P

And Sorry...

I apologize in advance because you're probably going to see this in the activity box a lot more than you need to, due to editing. If there's anything that I should warn you about, it's that this fic is a CONSTANT REVISION. I'm always, always finding something else to fix every time I glance through every chapter. It's a little paranoid habit of mine :X

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Vortex title
"Different tales. Different
heroes. One goal."


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