SHiE title
Silent Hero in Emerald
A face beneath the pointed hat can become much more.
General information







25, ongoing

Total word count




Original run

September 16, 2011 ( - ongoing


April 24, 2012 (Avatar Wiki) - ongoing






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A Little Note

Illustrations in this fanon (including the main image) are possible because of the epically talented artists there are at 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

Also, I have to give a shoutout to Lady Lostris and Bos for helping me with the canon logic in this story. Thanks guys!

This story has been on for a while, meaning only Chapter 15-onward reflects live updates. But I just like posting here too because of all the options to add captions, boxes, images, etc...well, I just feel special! ^^


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.


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.

Major Characters

Agent Yuhan Tsen

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, and you couldn't ask for more in an agent with a freakishly sharp perception of others, analytic skills, and earthbending considered formidable even by the Dai Li's standards. 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 contradiction that doesn't escape Long Feng's notice.

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 deeply respects secrets and the need to keep to oneself. Shy and soft-spoken, she extends a kind, gentle hand in light of her lonely past. However, she won't hesitate to stand up to anything she considers an injustice (unfortunately including misguided opinions), and sometimes hurls insults for good measure.

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 has all the good qualities of an obedient agent, but he'll take any chance to avoid his duties whenever possible. Few would blame him since his duties basically spell out 'Hitman,' but he's honestly so comfortable with the job that it's probably just laziness. 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
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
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Related Profile - Liberal Ba Sing Se (oneshot) - Sonic Wave (oneshot) - Vortex


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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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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


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."
"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!"
"I HAVE to say this, please, please, please, please, PLEASE give Hiroshu a girlfriend."
XxRin-sanxX of, who likes Hiroshu.
XxRin-sanxX of 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. "
"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 reviewer, wonderfully summarizing what you should beware of.
"You fill in the blanks left by canon very well."
A Heritical Bacchant of, 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


  • 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 - contrary to popular belief, I don't actually write romance automatically when I want to make a story xD Think of romance as the catalyst of a bunch of other elements in this fanon. It was a necessity in order for a Dai Li agent to want to join the "good" side, not a personal need for me to write it, and learning how to even write it wasn't easy. Anyway, I just have to point out that while romance is prominent in this story, it's more about Yuhan's growth as a character as a result of his feelings, not just...his feelings. If that made any sense. It's not your everyday mushy gushy kissy oogie-scene on every page, so if you were looking for a nice and easy fluffy relationship journey... You are warned. It's darker and more chaotic than you can imagine.
  • My writing style was influenced particularly by Pureauthor and MasterFirebender84 of
  • Hiroshu's name was created before "Hiroshi Sato!" my face probably looked a little like ._. when I saw the similarity. But whatever, who likes evil Hiroshi Sato anyway?! (And my OC is better-looking, if anything)
  • Arriku, creator of SHiE's main image, also drew this picture. So it seems her fanart appears on this site in various forms!
  • When I say that Lady Lostris helped me with canon logic, I really mean SHiE literally would've been trashed long before it ever reached the wiki if she didn't help. Anyone who likes this story should thank her, too!
  • 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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