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FFF Interview: As the Tide Breaks by Specialk16

Kuir October 25, 2013 User blog:Kuir

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Sokka as therapist This blog is an official interview of the Fanon Fact Finders. We hope you enjoy it!

Hi, Kuir Here with Specialk16! We are here today to interview As the Tide Breaks, an alternate fanon where a mysterious god helps Avatar Aang in the events we saw in one form during the Last Airbender. Let's look into the mind of this author as he writes out a new world, or rather, worlds.

1. Hey Specialk16, how are you doing? Is it fine to just call you K?

Hey Kuir, I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. And sure, I don't mind being called 'K'. There's always a certain singularity of single letter names; perhaps its the fact that it's only one letter. Anyways, I like it. (Oh, and please excuse my spontaneity. I've probably had too much coffee, or too many sport jelly beans. Gah, see what I mean? My fingers are like two little tornadoes on the keys) Anyways, I suspect your doing fine yourself, Kuir. Shall we begin?


2. The story is in first person. Why did you choose that style?

Great question! I had played around with the first person for a couple of chapters. However, I felt I could not convey the true emotions of Atlas the way I wanted them to be revealed. The experiences of his past, his dealings with the Gaang, and his thoughts of the future, I felt, could only be given justice if they were told from his point of view. Before this fanon, I had only just started first person narrative, so it was new endeavor for me; not to say that it wasn't fun. I've since found that first person lends an emotional insight to the character(s) that is otherwise marginally touched upon or completely left out in third person narratives. Of course, there are pros and cons to both styles, but with As the Tide Breaks, I could write it no other way.


3. What is Atlas' story, for those who haven't read the fanon yet?

Well, Atlas is a god of an unknown land that is without location and separate from existence, yet it is still there. His father, Erebos, has succeeded Atlas's grandfather as the White which is a formless entity dedicated to keeping peace and harmony between the worlds. The son/captain of the White is a singular title, one that is passed down through the generations. And now it is Atlas's turn to take up that role; of traveling through time and space to curb the volatile and violent flow of the Red Tide. To him, his quest is futile. To him, mankind is doomed. Yet he harbors an almost false hope for the off chance that something miraculous may happen that could spell salvation for man. And that's when he stumbles upon the Avatarverse.


4. Why was your protagionist named Atlas?

So I was shuffling through a list of greek gods (I don't know why but Greek gods have a antiquated nobility that catches my attention. Perhaps it was the mythology readings in school that converted me, but I'm not too sure.) and I was stuck between Apollo, Aether, or Atlas. I didn't want the main character to have an overpowered background, like Zeus or Kronos, but I didn't want him to be some obscure god that no one had heard about either (i.e. Bythos, Aphros - like, who?). Also, know that Atlas isn't one in the same with the Greek god either. He only bears his namesake, as well as the burden of humanity, which draws some similarities to the Greek god Atlas, who was burdened with the weight of the world. I did this because, inevitably, readers will connect Atlas with the real Greek god, whether consciously or subconsciously, so it helps to have his character be slightly similar to the god for which he is named. All in all, it worked out fine, I think.


5. What are Atlas' powers?

He has many. Many of them realized and many of them lying dormant within him, waiting to be discovered and used. He has revealed some to us already, and honestly, I add them as I go. Not in the way deus ex machina works to resolve any "sticky" situation conceivable, but just enough to know his strength and his aptitude for the mantle of authority he wears. Even in him, though, there are flaws that not even an omniscient and almost all-powerful god could overcome. So that makes it interesting, because power isn't everything.


6. What was your biggest inspiration to write this?

Hmmm, my biggest inspiration? I would have to say the discontinuation of my first fanon which dealt with the same concept. The only difference was poor planning and story construction on my first attempt. I led myself into a writing trap of sorts. I made dead ends with my plot points and in my direction of writing. Once I had come back to the wiki, I felt I could do a much better job, and I felt I still had things to say and old jobs to finish; but this time, I had a better plan and a better story. I also read a few novels during the past year which dealt with the enduring nature of mankind when faced with overwhelming hardships. I felt motivated to bring that to life within this arc of Avatar: The Last Airbender.


7. You mention a world chain, care to expand on Atlas' explanation?

Yes. There is a seemingly endless chain of worlds all connected laterally throughout time. Though I include the Avatar universe, all the other worlds remain for the most part anonymous and very generic. I found that to be a major flaw in my first fanon; a flaw which I'm keen to not repeat. The story is simply between Atlas, the worlds he has failed, and the Avatarverse. Atlas can travel among them; he must travel among them, forced to keep the peace. The other worlds, when they existed, had ranged from highly advanced to purely basic and primitive. Together, they encompassed the full spectrum of human ingenuity or a lack thereof. But don't worry, though the other worlds may be gone, they may very well play a large role in the remainder of the story.


8. Atlas mentioned that this world is the last world on the chain. Is it the last in the line, or the last with humanity?

It is the last with humanity. I didn't bother with the possibility of other species or creature inhabited worlds, though that would be interesting: multiple chains. So, the White and Red fight for without a foreseeable end. As the son of the White, Atlas's charge is to defend those worlds from the corruptive nature of the Red. Because, when the Red Tide takes a hold of a worlds populace, war ensues, leaving the world in the ashes of civil conflict. And, once the world dwindles, there is no longer a need for the world to exist, and the Red rends it to nothingness. That is what Atlas is trying to stop across all the worlds. And he has come to the last link in the chain, however impossible that may seem.


9. What is the Red Tide?

The Red Tide is the counter to the White, and the Antagonist(s) in this fanon. The Red Tide is lead by the Red; much like the White is lead by, you guessed it, the White. The only difference is that the Red has many followers from malicious gods to deluded men, whereas the White only has, you guessed again, poor Atlas. The Red has many goals, and I quote loosely here: "they are the puppet masters tugging at the strings of the marionette that is mankind. They instigate war and strife in the hopes that they can plunge another world into unending darkness." And as Atlas explains, existence requires balance. Night and day, summer and winter, war and peace. The key, however, is to ensure that balance is upheld. The thing with the Red Tide, though, is that it has broken that balance by becoming such an overpowering force. As Atlas is the only emissary of the White, he is, as you will find, greatly outnumbered in his struggle for peace.


10. Will we see the Red Tide?

Yes. In some ways, you already have, through Atlas's brother, Nocturne. And you will continue to see him, along with others who will be slowly introduced. Like the pull of the moon on the tides and waves, the Red Tide is pulled towards violence, so it will be no surprise to see the Red Tide in some upcoming brawls and battles.


11. Why did Nocturne join the Red Tide instead of the White?

Ah, that will be explained in the upcoming chapter. All I can leave you with is this: there are dark things buried within people, even within gods. There are dark secrets that when given free roam, reveal the true nature of one's personality. And, I do not speak just of Nocturne. Some will be explained in chapter six.


12. The Gaang so far seems to be the same of character as they were in the show, will they remain that way, or will Atlas' interference change them?

For the most part they will remain the same. They will learn from Atlas and for that their actions will differ from the canonical storyling. But as for personality, I think the Gaang will have a more profound effect on Atlas, which is an interesting concept to think about: humans, mere children at that, that have the ability to influence the actions and dealings of a god? Like what?


13. Atlas mentioned other worlds where he failed. How did that affect his personality?

For one, it definitely numbed him for atrocities that would lie ahead. All those failures worked to solidify his belief that mankind was doomed to fail; that mankind was a slave to human nature and a habitual lust for violence. The wall that he puts up between him and mankind makes for some great character development as he meets the Gaang, and as their antics rub off on him.


14. Why did you choose to write this with TLA characters and not with an original cast?

I think I did this because, like my first fanon, I wrote with the TLA characters. I knew that wasn't the flaw with the first fanon, so I chose to carry on that idea. I also thought it interesting to see how TLA characters would react to these new situations and this higher level of adversity. And to add to that, I knew for a fact I could not pull this idea off in the LoK timeline.


15. We just had Fanon Awards come through, what is your take on that?

I've always loved the Fanon Awards. I was present for the one last year and then I went inactive shortly afterwards. But it feels great to be back for another year. It's exhilarating to see how many new authors have emerged and are producing such great pieces. It is also always a joy to see the older users, the veterans, who are still respected and praised by the community for their talent. The growth and progress in the fanonspace is amazing, and the Fanon Awards only help to move it along.


16. Did you see anyone that you like?

I, personally, am a real big fan of Ty's Nirvana as of right now. I love the storytelling and the way Ty writes the story. It just has a quality to it that I can't really identify, but that strikes deep within me. Altogether, it is a great work, and I can't wait for the second book to be released. Also, though he wasn't nominated for his relatively new fanon, I am getting into Henry's Flames on the Horizon, which should be a great read as it progresses.


17. Any words for fans?

Well, I'd say get ready for some major changes to the canon story. There will be some pivotal characters that will spell either salvation or doom for the world of Avatar and mankind as a whole. I'll leave you with this: Atlas and Nocturne are not the only ones of their kind. There will be more, and from my descriptions of the warring factions, there can be only one side with which these others align themselves. Enjoy the ride! And thanks for doing this interview, Kuir! It was a blast!

Well there it is! I must apologize to K, I had meant to put this in WLS because it was late to write. Since that didn't happen, thanks to some dawdling on my part, I decided it was best to post it myself. Now, go and read this, and find out what happens when the Red Tide crashes against the Avatar, Aang.

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