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|By Lovelyb0nes||Part of thecontinuity.|
|"I don't become ecstatic over the prospect of inflating my ego by dominating over broken souls that aren't worth my time, or demeaning my subordinates, because I am human."|
|— Katara, describing the Warden's nature and explaining why she is not his kin.|
Warden Liruk was the Fire Nation officer that was put in charge of the Southern Coast Earth Kingdom prison rig, which held local Earthbenders until a rebellion was instigated by Katara Jai of the Southern Peak tribe.
Liruk was formerly an affiliate of a Fire Nation raiding party known as the Southern Ravens, until they defected, when he chose to remain loyal to the authoritative military and not become a simple mercenary. Following these events, Liruk was appointed as Commander of a squadron of Fire Nation soldiers whose duty is to claim the southwestern coast of the Earth Kingdom in the name of the Fire Nation.
When Liruk consulted Ozai on how to prevent any Earthbender uprisings, the Fire Lord approved the blueprints for a prison rig that would be constructed off of the west coast and detain the local Earthbenders. Liruk was ordered to oversee the construction of the rig and to serve as its warden once it was finished.
Liruk became infamous among the suffering Earthbenders for his brutal sadism, faux charm and tendency to prey upon the female inmates. Liruk suffers from severe arrogance as a result of his ego. This is evidenced in his belief that he is "reduced" down to the level of his guards by having the same class of quarters as they do. Also, he was utterly convinced that he would outmatch Katara in their verbal duel whilst she interrogated him.
However, beneath his colossal ego and conviction of his superiority to those around him, Liruk is an absolute coward, always surrendering at the first sign of something that he may not be able to handle. Liruk's primary motivation was represented by the coal that the natives of the Earth Kingdom provide to the prison rig's furnace, in that he exploits the suffering of others to fuel his own ego.
Liruk takes absolute sadistic pleasure in torturing, exploiting, mutilating, and executing individuals, as he feels endowed with massive superiority by dominating and conquering people's spirits, rendering other people as pitiful and weak as he is within through these actions.
Liruk took great satisfaction in striking Katara's emotional nerves by speaking of his time with the raiding party that, after his departure, assaulted her tribe and killed her mother in the process. After having his entire nature be deconstructed by a nineteen year-old, Liruk lost his self-control completely and bellowed in rage for a few moments, before Katara finally extinguished his miserable life for good.
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