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The Fire Lord's headpiece is an ancient royal artifact of the Fire Nation, meant to be worn by the Fire Lord, the absolute ruler of the nation. The headpiece is shaped like the Fire Nation insignia, except it possesses two additional prongs to make it appear like a crown. It is worn in a top-knot.
The royal headpiece had been passed down for many generations from one Fire Lord to the next. The Fire Sages initiate the crowning ceremony right after the burial of the deceased Fire Lord. The crown had been worn by at least seven Fire Lords: Sozin's grandfather, Sozin's father, Sozin, Azulon, Ozai, Zuko, and Izumi.
The crown, being the largest and most ornamental of all known headpieces worn in the Fire Nation, was well-recognized by the citizens as a symbol of the head of their country. After Fire Lord Sozin began the Hundred Year War and ruled his nation with an "iron fist", the crown consequentially became a symbol of the tyrannical ambitions of the Fire Nation and the dictatorship of its ruler as well. Because the title of Fire Lord was usually held by the most powerful firebender in the world, the crown also acted as a signifier for the greatest firebending master, instilling fear in some.
Fire Lord Sozin wore the crown during his long reign, as did his son, Fire Lord Azulon. Though Azulon's firstborn son, Prince Iroh, was supposed to assume the throne after him, second-born Prince Ozai usurped the crown after his father's mysterious death. Ozai wore the crown for the six short years he held the title of Fire Lord until the arrival of Sozin's Comet. He took off the crown and was never to wear it again after assuming the title of Phoenix King for himself, the ruler of the entire world. Ozai intended for his daughter, Princess Azula, to become the new Fire Lord in his place, and she was nearly crowned as such until the arrival of Prince Zuko. The two siblings battled for ownership of the crown and the title of Fire Lord, ending with Zuko as the victor. After Phoenix King Ozai was defeated by Avatar Aang, Zuko was crowned the new Fire Lord and put an end to Sozin's war. Sometime later, Zuko was in the Jasmine Dragon, wearing traditional Earth Kingdom clothing and not wearing the crown.
- Sozin's grandfather
- Sozin's father
- Fire Lord Sozin
- Fire Lord Azulon
- Fire Lord Ozai
- Fire Lord Zuko
- Fire Lord Izumi
- The headpiece resembles the Crown of Baekje, which was worn by kings of the Baekje Kingdom in southwest Korea.
- ↑ Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (May 12, 2006). "Zuko Alone". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.