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The Southern Air Temple
Fire Lord Sozin started the War, Fire Lord Azulon continued the War, and Iroh will do everything in his ability to stop the War.
Fire Lord Sozin started the War, Fire Lord Azulon continued the War, and Fire Lord Ozai will do everything in his ability to finish the War.
The farming village and the Fire Nation school are interconnected. Less than a decade ago, the Fire Nation raided the farming village. All the village men were taken away as prisoners. This was the last time that Song saw her father. Song and her mother were once refugees from the Fire Nation themselves. They have an ostrich horse that they own as a pet. The Fire Nation has extended its dominion to its schools. The children are educated in a rigid, sophisticated, and brutal disciplinary system under an authoritarian regime. For one thing, the children are taught that the Fire Nation is the greatest civilization that ever existed and that the Hundred Year War was their way of sharing their greatness with the rest of the world. Hence, it is believed by the pupils that Fire Lord Sozin battled the Air Nation Army one hundred years ago. All the boys and girls are taught the Fire Nation Oath: "My life I give to my country. With my hands I fight for Fire Lord Ozai and our forefathers before him. With my mind I seek ways to better my country. And with my feet may our March of Civilization continue." The Fire nationals do not do dancing in the homeland, as dancing is discouraged.
General Fong's fortress and the seedy merchants' pier are interconnected. General Fong is a stressed and paranoid officer. He witnesses the Fire Nation assaults upon his country and relentlessly leads his soldiers to protect their country. The seedy merchants' pier is a trading place for merchants all over the world. Even pirates have a ship boutique here. The pirates have looted and plundered everything that they are selling, including a scroll that gives instructions on waterbending.
The Fire Nation colonial village and the village resort are interconnected. One hundred years ago, Fire Lord Sozin saw that this Nation was enjoying an unprecedented time of peace, its people being happy and it being fortunate in so many ways. To this end, he decided that it was time for the Fire Nation to share such prosperity with the rest of the world. Hence, he establishes Fire Nation colonies in the western Earth Kingdom, against the wishes of his friend Avatar Roku. With Roku's death, which Sozin could have prevented but chose not to for his own gain, Sozin continued to settle down his people in colonies around the Earth Kingdom. Among these are two villages. The first village celebrates the Fire Days Festival. The second village is famous for its relaxing massages and other treatments.
The harbor town and the plains village are interconnected.
The Kyoshi Warriors and the Fire Sages are interconnected.
The Freedom Fighters and the Rough Rhinos are interconnected.
The Terra Team and the Yu Yan Archers are interconnected.
Katara said, "Aang."
Sokka said, "No way."
Katara asked, "Why didn't you tell us you were the Avatar?"
Aang said, "Because I never wanted to be."
Katara said, "But, Aang. The world's been waiting for the Avatar to return and finally put an end to this war."
Aang said, "And how am I going to do that."
Katara said, "According to legend, you have to master water, then earth, then fire, right?"
Aang said, "At least, that's what the monks told me."
Katara said, "Well, if we go to the North Pole, we can find you a waterbending teacher."
Aang said, "We can learn it together."
Sokka said, "And as for this door, I don't suppose you have a key."
Aang said, "The key, Sokka, is airbending."
Everything proceeds as it is, until they enter further into the sanctuary and disappear in the darkness.
In the Fire Nation, the King and Queen drank tea in their throne room.
Ozai said, "And by the year's end, the Earth Kingdom capital will be under our rule. If the rest of the world will follow me willingly, then I will finally claim victory in this war."
Ursa stared at him in shock. Ozai turned to her and smiled a truly evil grin.
He said, "And together you and I can rule the world. Make things the way we want them to be?"
Ursa turned away and started to cry.
Ozai said, "What's the point of ruling the world, if there's no one to share it with. I wouldn't have it any other way, than to share my world with you."
Ursa looked him in the eye, tears flowing down her face.
She said, "I love you, Ozai. I want you to have everything you desire. I'll always be on your side."
Ozai replied, "The feeling is returned."
Back at the Southern Air Temple, the threesome ventures further down into the sanctuary. The only light comes from the open door behind them, illuminating the sanctuary with bluish light.
They stand in the light that comes in through the door, their shadows cast over the floor. A large amount of statues people are lined up in a circular pattern and the threesome walks through them, curiously looking around.
Sokka asked, "who are all of these people?'
Aang said, "I'm not sure but it feels like I know them somehow."
He pointed at the statue of a man with airbending mastery tattoos in front of him as he said, "Look! That tone's an airbender.
Everything proceeds as it is, until when Sokka considers that Aang was a firebender in his past life and is unsurprised he did not trust Aang at first sight.
Katara asked, "There's no writing. How do you know his name?"
Aang said, "I'm not sure. I just know it somehow."
Sokka said, "You just couldn't get any weirder."
The threesome startles and stares when they hear something, turning around. A long-eared shadow of another being that is approaching moves over the blue light on the floor. Katara and Aang are hiding behind a statue on the left and Sokka hide behind a statue on the right, Sokka holding his club ready. The shadow creeps closer.
Sokka said, "Firebender, nobody make a sound."
Katara said, "You're making a sound!"
Aang and Sokka urged Katara to stay quiet.
Sokka appears from behind the statue his club to the ready, but lowers it as soon as he sees Momo.
Aang and Katara peek from behind their statue. Momo sits down and lowers his eyes.
Everything proceeds as it is, until Aang free-falls again in pursuit of Momo as he bends the air beneath him.
Sokka retracts his hands from Aang's shoulder and gasps for air in fright.
Inside the sanctuary Katara walked down the circular pattern of statues. They looked at the statue of Roku whose eyes were suddenly gleaming bright. The bright light spreads to the other statues and one by one, their eyes start to gleam – the light traveling statute to statue and making its way up to the top of the sanctuary.
Katara screamed, "Aang!"
She and her mother sprinted away. All over the world, the essence of the Avatar presented itself in each temple. The Earth temple, the Water temple, and the Fire Temple each revered the past Avatars of their respective nation. Inside the Earth temple was a painting of past Earth Kingdom Avatars whose eyes began to gleam brightly with such strength it cast long shadows on the face of a man sitting in front of the painting... The Water Temple's roof glowed bright with bluish white light witnessed by two civilians. Most importantly of the trio, the Fire Temple's roof glowed with a reddish light. Inside the Temple one Fire Sage leant out a room where the light is emanating from as he consulted another.
The speaker said, "Send word to the Fire Lord immediately. The Avatar has returned." The expression on the recipient's face turns to one of fright.
At the Southern Air Temple, a whirlwind begin to form at Aang's feet with wind that kicked away a bone and kicking a to form a sphere around Aang whose eye sand tattoos glowed brightly.
Everything proceeds as it is, until Sokka peeks at Aang form behind a rock. His sister walk up to him, holding her arm protectively before her face.
Katara said, "what happened?'
Sokka said, "He found out firebenders killed Gyatso!"
Katara said, "Oh no! It's his Avatar Spirit! He must have triggered it! I'm going to try and clam him down!
Sokka said, "well do it before he blows us off the mountain!"
Katara fought the storm. The sphere of wind that engulfs slowly rose in the air Katara is pushed back by the strong wind currents that fill the remains of the building while the sphere ascends.
Aang is still suspended in the air inside his sphere. Strong winds rampaged through the rubble of the destroyed building. Kya and her children held onto dear life on some stones.
Katara shouted "Aang. I know you're upset. I would have known how it is to lose the people you love if I lost my mum. Monk Gyatso and the other airbenders may be gone, but you still have family – Sokka, Mum, Dad, and I. We're your family now."
Aang descended and lowered himself back tot her ground – the winds died and the sphere of air that surrounded its bender disappeared. He touched the ground, his eyes and tattoos still glowing. Katara and Sokka pull up next to him.
Katara said, "My mum and dad will never let anything happened to you. I promise.
Sokka said, "And neither will Katara and I."
Katara took Aang's hand whence the glowing fades away from Aang's hand, arrow, and eyes. Aang collapses from exhaustion in Katara's arms.
Aang said, "I'm sorry."
Katara said, "it's okay. It wasn't your fault.'
Aang said, "but you're right. And if the firebenders found this temple, that means they found the other ones too. I really am the last airbender."
Katara hugs Aang tightly. Sokka places a hand on Aang's shoulder.
Everything proceeds as it is, until Aang stands next to Appa with Momo perched on his arm.
Aang said, "You, me, and Appa – we're all that's left of this place. we have to stick together. Katara, Sokka. Say hello to the newest member of our family.
Kya asked, "What are you going to name it?"
Sokka took another bite of the peach he is eating. Momo suddenly leaped off Aang' arm and returns holding the peach.
Aang said, "Momo."
Sokka stood there; ready to take a futile bite. Katara and Aang laughed upon seeing Sokka's expression.
The chapter proceeds just as it is.
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