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By Alexander of Volzhsky See other fanon and fan fiction works from Alexander of Volzhsky.
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Zetian
Biographical information
Nickname

The 3rd Earth King

Nationality

Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Birth place

Ba Sing Se

Residence

Earth Kingdom Royal Palace, Ba Sing Se

Born

1,189 BG

Reign

1,168 — 1,156 BG

Predecessor

Tianpei

Successor

Baoyi

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

White

Skin color

Fair

Eye color

Blue

Personal information
Weapon of choice

Katana

Fighting style(s)

Swordsmanship

Abilities

Fighting

Family

Zheng dynasty

Allies

High nobles, some members of the military of the Earth Kingdom

Enemies

Tianpei, Royal Earthbender Guards

Chronological and political information
Profession

Monarch, soldier

Position

Earth King

Affiliation

Earth Kingdom

Zetian was the third sovereign of the Earth Kingdom, who overthrew his older brother Tianpei in 1,168 BG and seized the throne from him.

History

Early life

Born in 1,189 BG, Zetian was the younger son of the first Earth King, Zhengfu, and his consort. His older brother Tianpei was groomed to become the next ruler of the Earth Kingdom while Zetian joined the army as a junior officer. However, in contrast to the timid and indecisive Tianpei, who personally did not want to be the king, Zetian was aggressive and more militaristic. Many nobles of the Ba Sing Se imperial court thought that Zetian was the reincarnation of Zhengfu's militaristic traits while Tianpei, his diplomatic side. Zetian became a captain at the age of nineteen and gained a reputation for being a skilled fighter, before being sent off to the Northern Water Tribe by his father as the king's ambassador.

Committing a coup

Tianpei had some support in the government despite being a weak leader, and thus Zetian had to build up more support within the army and nobility for his planned coup. The high nobles backed him, thinking he would be more imperialistic and would invade the Fire Nation to increase their influence. In 1,168 BG he executed a coup, overthrowing his brother in an assault on the Earth Kingdom Royal Palace. However, the Royal Earthbender Guards put up fierce resistance, and Zetian was injured in the fight. But they were defeated within a day, and Zetian was crowned as the new Earth King.

Personality

Violent, aggressive, and ambitious, Zetian had more of his father's traits than his brother Tianpei. However, he was known to get easily angered and provoked into a fight, in contrast to the calm and composed King Zhengfu. Some viewed him to be a reincarnation of his father's aggressive traits.

Trivia

  • Zetian is named after a Chinese empress.
Preceded by
Tianpei
Earth King
1,168 — 1,156 BG
Succeeded by
Baoyi
Preceded by
Position established
Earth Ambassador to the Northern Water Tribe
1,174 — 1,170 BG
Succeeded by
Unknown

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