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Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters
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Feasible Differences, Personal Expectations, and Personal Wants




Sozin's Comet


The Old Masters

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Aang and Ozai were facing each other as the scarlet glow of Sozin's Comet shone down upon them and their battle that would determine the fate of the world it had returned to.

Ozai said, "So, you've mastered all four elements. Fine. We'll settle this. The showdown that was always meant to be. The comet has come, and I'm unstoppable." Aang entered the Avatar State as he said, "You're on."

Ozai said, "Let's find out what my son has taught you."

"How dare you call Zuko your son? He has known nothing but neglect and cruelty at your hands. At least he has escaped the appalling damage you've inflicted on Azula." Aang said wisely.

"Me? Mistreat Azula? What are you talking about?" Ozai wondered.

He jumped, spins in the air, and clammed his fist downward, bending a circular wave of flame that area towards Aang. Aang jumped over the circular wave of flame and slams his hands and feet in the stone pillar below him. He bends a piece of the earth pillar he was holding onto into the air, rotating it around and kicking it at Ozai. Ozai leaps away and propels himself at Aang in midair with a jet of fire underneath his foot. Aang jumps towards Ozai, with a spinning kick that bends a wave of fire at Ozai. Ozai kicks forward and shoots a fire blast from his own foot. Aang's wave of wire and Ozai's fire blast collide in a fiery explosion.

Inside the Royal Palace, Azula was being washed and cleaned by her servants for her coronation as Fire Lord.

Azula's servants

The story extends to the following events in the Fire Nation Royal Palace of the next episode, until when Azula tells her servants that she will not have her first day as Fire Lord marked by poor foot hygiene.

Elsewhere in the Royal Plaza, the other members of Team Avatar defeated Ozai's forces.

The sight of the battle between their epitomes was visible to the other children.

Sokka cheered "Go, Aang! Airbending slice!"

Toph seismically sensed the presence of someone.

Earth rose and fire surrounded it. All around Team Avatar was Bumi, Jeong Jeong, Pakku, and Piandao.

"Well, look who's here?" said Bumi.

He began to laugh joyously. Katara and Sokka smiled at each other hopefully.

Ozai turns and bends fire toward Aang but he misses as Aang jumps onto the cliff. Ozai bends fire towards the cliff repeatedly as Aang struggles to run across the uneven surface. Ozai's last blast shatters the top part of the cliff into rubble. Ozai runs towards the cliff and proceeds to scale it. Ozai is hot on Aang's heel. Ozai bends fire at him but Aang jumps out of the way in time. The fire clears and Ozai is still chasing after Aang.

The four newcomers were assembled before the children.

Toph said, "We're surrounded by a bunch of old people."

([{Watch the episode until Bumi says that the Order of the White Lotus was indeed the secret society Piandao spoke of.}])

Jeong Jeong said, "The White Lotus as always been about philosophy, and beauty, and truth. About a month ago a call went out that we needed for something important."

Pakku told Zuko "It came from a Grand Lotus. Your uncle. Iroh of the Fire Nation."

Zuko said, "He's gathering the members of the White Lotus to take back Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation."

Jeong Jeong said, "That explains why Ba Sing Se was our destination. We suspected that you children might be here. So, we came here to say hello."

Toph asked, "How did you guys get here?"

Piandao said, "Nothing runs faster over land or swims quicker than a giant eel hound. That's how we got here."

And so it was. The giant eel hound was strapped with a bridle, reins, and saddle and was large enough for four people to ride upon its back.

Ozai dodges the rock pillars. Aang bends two rock pillars close together. Ozai stops in front of the pillars and changes direction. Aang hits Ozai with a blast of water. The water flows off Ozai as he presses his back against the pillar, looking up. Aang breaks the top part of the pillar, descending toward Ozai. Ozai turns back and bends fire. He flies behind a pillar, lands on the top, and bends fire from his feet. Aang bends another 2 pillars together to block Ozai's attack. Aang bent the pillars into an X-shape.

Sokka asked Bumi, "So, Bumi how did you end up escaping your imprisonment in Omashu?"

([{Watch the episode until Zuko and Sokka answer that they did not do anything on the Day of Black Sun.}])

Pakku said, "And now it's by time we head for Ba Sing Se. General Iroh must be worried sick."

Katara said, "Then we might want to consider our own problems. Aang doesn't have to do this alone.

Toph said, "Yeah. If we all fight the Fire Lord together we have a shot at taking him down."

Sokka said, "Sozin's Comet is arriving and our destinies are upon us. Aang will face the Fire Lord. I think we need to do everything we can to stop the Airship Fleet."

Toph said, "So that when Aang's facing the Fire Lord, we'll be right there if he needs us?"

Sokka told Zuko "And that means when the Fire Lord falls, you can restore peace and order. But, Azula will be there waiting for you."

Zuko said, "I can handle Azula."

Suki said, "Not alone. You'll need help."

Zuko said, "You're right. Katara, how would you like to help me make sure Azula's destiny ends permanently."

Katara said, "It would be my pleasure."

Fire Nation tanks rolled in the streets of the Capital harbor towards the five heroes and the Old Masters.

Pakku said, "Jeong Jeong and I will distract them. Don't worry. We'll be fine."

Jeong Jeong said, "Go now!"

Piandao told Sokka "The airship base is this way. Follow me!"

Master and student took off in one direction with Toph and Suki on their tail.

Bumi said, "I'll take you to the capital so, you can face Azula. Come with me."

Katara and Zuko went closer to Bumi.

Bumi said, "Oh well, so long as they have each other I'm sure we have nothing to worry about. Let's go!"

Bumi bent the earth beneath them and it swallowed them up.

Pakku and Jeong Jeong fought back the Fire Nation tanks with their bending styles. Pakku bends water up in front of him and freezes it to block an incoming fire blast. The ice barrier is destroyed and another fire blast is about to hit Pakku when Jeong Jeong bends a great wall of fire in front of his comrade, stopping the attack.

Aang lands on top of one pillar, then leaps away just before blocking and being pushed back by a ball of fire from Ozai. Ozai follows up his attack with a stream of fire from a downward kick. Aang lands on a rock and deflects the stream of fire. Aang bends a small boulder form the rock and kicks it at Ozai. Ozai dodges the attack and counters by shooting a blast of fire with a kick.

Aang leaps to the top of another rock to avoid the fire, then leaps to the side of a nearby waterfall. Ozai lands on the rock Aang had leaped on and kicks and another fire blast at Aang. Aang bends the waterfall at Ozai, extinguishing the fire blast. Ozai jumps away and flies toward Aang, shooting a wide burst of flame at him, but Aang jumps away to the top of the waterfall.

Ozai said, "So you thought the Avatar State will get you out of this mess. Your eyes and tattoos are glowing and you are able to summon unbelievable power. You single-handedly wiped out Admiral Zhao's entire fleet at the North Pole. But, at that time, Sozin's Comet was not upon the Fire Navy. Now, it is upon me and my airships."

Aang's eyes and tattoos remain glowing as he said, "Roku said the comet made Sozin and his firebending army stronger. Stronger than I could possibly imagine."

Ozai said, "That's right. In the Avatar State, you can imagine what is like to wield such devastating power. You possess power to destroy hundreds of battleships in a matter of minutes. Now with Sozin's Comet upon me, so can I and all other firebenders against you or against me."

Aang said with the mingled voices of his past lives "Roku said if you succeed in using the power of Sozin's Comet, not even the Avatar would be able to restore balance to the world."

Ozai said, "How true. While you now have all the power in the world, you never considered that I could be endowed with the strength and power of a hundred suns."

Aang's eyes and tattoos stopped glowing as he left the Avatar State. He drops his arms and shakes his head as he touches the floor while Ozai gets up into a kneeling position.

"A hundred suns! I don't have that kind of power. The Avatar's energy is confined to this earth." Aang screamed.

"No, Avatar. You draw power from the Comet too as a firebender. But the Comet cannot endow you with power greater or smaller in comparison to other firebenders." Ozai shattered the air with his fire.

Aang asked, "What do you mean?"

Ozai said, "Your firebending may be as devastating and unbelievable as ever, but in the possession of the Avatar, your energy is limited equally to each of the four elements which cripples your firebending from being as mighty as that of a regular firebender."

Aang said, "That's not good."

Ozai looked on slyly.

He said, "No, it's not. Even with all the power in the world. You are still weak."

Ozai rockets up after Aang, flips forward, and shoots a fire blast form both feet. Aang jumps down the other side of the rocky slope into the city bellow.

Inside Caldera City, the ground in an empty courtyard and a sinkhole forms. Bumi jumps out from the hole. Zuko and Katara climb out of the hole.

Bumi said, "You know where to find your sister, Prince Zuko. This is where I leave you."

Katara said, "Thank you, King Bumi."

Bumi said, "The pleasure is mine."

The sinkhole closed.

Zuko and Katara ran in the direction of the Royal Palace.

Fire Lord Azula lay on the steps of her father's throne. Her Dai Li agents entered the Phoenix King's royal chamber.

The leader of the Dai Li said, "You sent for us, Princess. Is everything alright?"

The story extends to the following events in the Fire Nation Royal Palace of the next episode, until Azula tells the Dai Li to send in the next group on their way out.

Piandao leads his student and their friends towards the airship base.

Piandao said, "You're not far from the airship base. You should be able to intercept the fleet from just off the shore. I have to go now."

Sokka said, "Thank you, Master."

He bowed to his master and Piandao bowed back. Sokka hugged Piandao by the waist and Piandao turned the embrace.

Piandao turned back and paced away.

Sokka, Toph, and Suki climbed up a hill to the edge of a cliff and reached the top, just in time to find the airships beginning to take off.

Zuko said, "We're too late! The fleet's already taking off."

Toph said, "Then we're taking off too. Where's the closest airship?"

Sokka said, "It's right..."

Sokka, Suki, and Toph

Before he can answer, Toph bends a pillar of rock up from underneath her and her two friends, catapulting the three of them into the air. They are flung high into the air and slowly fall towards and airship. The three heroes land on its catwalk. Sokka and Suki catch Toph in the fall.

The three of them climbed up a ladder into the main body of the airship.

Azula waited in her throne room. Lo and Li entered.

They said to the Fire Lord "Azula, we heard what happened. Why have you banished all your servants, or your Dai Li agents, and the Imperial Firebenders?"

The story extends to the following events in the Fire Nation Royal Palace of the next episode, until Lo and Li express their confusion at which one of them was banished.

Fire Nation tanks rolled outside Ba Sing Se towards the main gate. The tanks lined up before the main gate. Fire Nation warships sailed towards the Outer Wall of Ba Sing Se. The warships lined up before the Outer Wall.

The ground tanks raise their cannons in the air and their then thrust their aim up towards the Outer Wall above. They swathe the city of Ba Sing Se in fire. The naval firebenders stood on platforms jutting out towards the front. They thrust their palms towards the main gate and unleash torrents of flame forward.

The fires burn the Outer Wall and the main gate, creating an immense amount of smoke. The city is engulfed in flames in an instant. Three giant stone platforms past the inner wall stood in the distance, where the members of the Order of the White Lotus gathered.

Iroh said, "Ba Sing Se, the Order of the White Lotus is here to set you free."

His earthbenders stomped the ground, bending the three stone platforms toward Ba Sig Se. Fire blasts are shot at the Order members from the tanks and the ships, only to be deflected by their leader.

Aang flips backwards in midair and bends a blast of wind at Ozai. Ozai jumps to avoid it and charges lightning in mid-air.

Meanwhile, Aang realized something.

"There's energy all around us. The energy around us is both yin and yang. A firebender like Azula or Ozai can separate these energies, creating an imbalance." he shouted.

As he lands on top of a rock, Ozai shoots the lightning at Aang. Aang clings to the side of a rock and bends a tornado around his body. He evades the lightning and flies around to the top of the rock.

Aang said, "The energy wants to restore balance and in a moment the yin and the yang come crashing back together. Ozai provides release and guidance, creating lightning."

Ozai fires another lightning bolt at Aang, but misses again.

Aang said, "Once a firebender separates the energy, they don't command it. They are simply its humble guide. But, I'm an energybender. So I can command it. Then, I'll have energy to bend!"

Bereft of the servants she had banished, Azula prepared herself for her coronation by herself. She tied her hair into its usual topknot. To her visible irritation, one hair was out of place.

The story extends to the following events in the Fire Nation Royal Palace of the next episode, until Azula breaks down in grief in front of her broken mirror.

Fade to white.

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