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Akara

Can't you see there's something on my mind?

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a character in “Avatar: The Rise of Zhi”, as played by marredserenity

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Age: 18
Gender: Female
Bender: Water
Nation: Earth Kingdom

Personality

Having been raised in the Earth Kingdom, Akara is rough around the edges. She is solemn and rarely loses self-control. Not easily overwhelmed or walked on, Akara will face any challenge, even if her chances of success are low, rather than run from it. As a water bender, she is succinct and precise, having learned her stances from the Earth Kingdoms. She prefers to be alone and takes herself very seriously, almost to the point of off-putting others. Her curiosity about the Avatar is almost off-set by her disappointment with the previous Avatar's attempt to heal the broken Earth Kingdom. In some ways, she resents him for it, and blames him for her displacement and feelings of being a pariah.

History

Akara could never understand why she couldn't earth bend like the other children her age. Her teacher said it was a lack of concentration, that Akara was too willing to be moved and distracted and therefore could not move the earth. She was teased, bullied, shamed. After many months of not moving a single rock, and a visit from the earth bending teacher, her parents removed her from earth bending school. Frustrated with herself and with her parents' lack of faith in her abilities, she confronted them. "I have never seen either of you move so much as a pebble!" she'd shouted, throwing her hands in the air. "Maybe if you practiced bending more often, I wouldn't be so incredibly alone in this!" Her mother tried to pacify her, but in her emotional state, sent the pot of boiling water tumbling off the fire. But just before the water emptied completely onto her mother's legs and feet, Akara had reached out, as if to pull her aside, and they both stared as the water stood still in the air, bubbling about and tumbling in and over itself. She'd felt the sensation in her fingertips, the pulling of her muscles. The water was listening to her. No - she was bending it! When both women realized what had happened, Akara's mother broke into a deep sob. "I'm so sorry, Akara," she'd said through tears. "We wanted to tell you..." Carefully, Akara had maneuvered the water back into the pot, jaw clenched and eyes agape. "Tell me what?" Akara's mother guided her to sit, holding her hand. "Akara, we are not your real parents. The Earth Kingdom is not your real home. We adopted you as a baby from a woman who was near death and could not care for you. We knew she was from the Water Tribe, and we suspected a day might come when you would not be able to earth bend, but we never dreamed you would be a water bender. We thought that if you were not raised with the water benders, if you were not exposed to it, that it would never come to fruition. I'm so sorry, Akara. We... we didn't know what to do."

Akara stared into her mother's glistening eyes, her mind and heart racing. She was a water bender. These were not her real parents. This was not her home. Everything had been a lie, a cover up. "Mother," she said as evenly as she could manage. "If the authorities find out I am a water bender-" The thought was too much to bear. The Earth Kingdom had fallen into civil war and unrest in spite of the last Avatar's attempt to mend it. Their small town had sought to secede from the Earth Kingdom, and had very proud customs about earth bending. They would not take kindly to a water bender. Already they had begun to separate themselves from the non-benders. "Which reminds me," Akara interrupted her own thought. "Neither of you are benders, are you? Is that why I've never seen you earth bend before?"

Akara's mother nodded slowly, releasing her hand to wipe the tears from her cheeks. "Yes. We are non-benders, which is why I must do the hardest thing I've ever done. Akara, you must go to the Northern Water Tribe and find your heritage. We cannot help you with water bending, nor can we guarantee your safety during these hard times anymore." She'd barely sputtered the words before she began weeping again, and she threw her arms around her daughter and cried into her shoulder. "Please, Akara, know that we have loved you more than life itself. Your father would be so proud, and when he returns from his duty to the military, I promise we will come find you and be a family again."

And really, what more could Akara do? In the calm of night, she'd packed her things, and made way for the nearest ship set to sail for the Northern Water Tribe.

Her journey to the North Pole caused her to cross paths with Bo. It was through Bo's patient and perhaps unorthodox teachings that Akara was able to learn the basics of water bending. And it was Bo's caution that saved Akara from being immediately cast out by the Northern Water Tribe, whose cultural tradition mandated that women only learn to use water bending for healing, not offensively. Although it had been a blow to Akara's confidence, she was still determined the learn what she could from them. When Bo had received orders to return to the Earth Kingdom to train with the Avatar, Akara knew her destiny was with her Sifu, not the North Pole. And so they journeyed back together, strengthening the bonds of their friendship, and training vigilantly.

Goals

Akara hopes desperately to find out about her origins from the Water Tribe. She wants to master water bending and return to her Earth Kingdom town to restore order. She has heard that Avatar Zhi wants to expedite his training, and although she feels that rushing will only bring him bad returns, she can't help but wonder how the Avatar will master water bending, and if she will be able to learn from him. A small part of her considers befriending the Avatar in hopes of employing him in the reconstruction of her home town, but she is always cautious of trusting strangers.

Likes

  • Bending
  • Winter
  • Being alone
  • Sparring
  • Meditating

Dislikes

  • Being lost
  • Over-friendliness
  • Conversation with strangers
  • Procrastinating
  • Bending elitists

So begins...

Akara's Story

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The Earth Sage Temple, a place rich with history and life, and any earthbender would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to even watch a training session of the sages. Bo, however, was a waterbender, and was finding her current location rather boring. She had begun to travel the world out of a need to see the world, but after being recruited to be the Avatar's waterbending master, she had been stuck here. It was cool at first, but she ran out of places to see quickly, and she refused to go into the caves around the temple, she didn't do caves. One positive thing, however, she found was the roofs of the building, nice and stable, perfect for absorbing sunlight.

This is where she currently was, loving the light and the feeling that came with it, very peaceful. However, this was short lived as a sage had bended the roof to make her fall off, and told her, "It is time for Avatar Zhi's waterbending lesson." Like a parrot. She said she was going to go, but instead went to she her favorite animal in the world, Kun, Zhi's bagermole. Bo had loved that animal forever, and she had felt the same way. Although Kun did not like the bows Bo made for her, she did lick Bo whenever she got near.

She was on her way, Zhi was use to her laziness by now. He had told her about it constantly, which gave her headaches, and she would run off to absorb sun. She hadn't seen Akara that day, which was odd, but she didn't really mind. She had to pass the front gate in order to find Kun, but on her way, she ran into the door sage arguing with some man, a very big man.

It was weird how big he was, and given the fact she was short, made it a bigger difference. She went up to the two, hoping to find a way to settle them from arguing.

"Alright boys, no need to yell," and smiled and turned to the man, "So, why do you want to see Zhi? I can get you in if you explain yourself." She said, in her usual flat voice. She could do it, and although he did seem like a potential threat, if she didn't have some fun, who would in this rock?

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It was a detour, or rather, a distraction, perhaps if he was feeling philosophical he could claim that the sparrow represented a compressed part of his personality and led him away from the choir of voices beyond the tress and back on the path he had created for himself. The temple, the suffocating, relaxing, agonizing, wonderful temple; he had more than a few conflicting feelings about it. It was better than being on the run, and everyone was safe there, so it was mostly positive, as long as he could escape here and there. Gao's eyes lingered on the bird that had taken his interest, the red feathers it adorned seemed nearly threatening, as if it was some type of omen. When he walked forward his steps were prudent, carefully flattening overgrown grass in his trek. His hands reached forward, extending, and grabbing onto air, the bird that had rested on a gangly branch gone with a few flaps of its wings.

Certainly creatures that breathed freedom wouldn't allow themselves to be captured so easily, he both admired and envied them, and continued on his way. It wasn't odd for people to be traveling in these parts, there were plenty of small groups that sought to hide away in the mountains, either because their severed heads were wanted for one reason or another or that they wished to live without the oppression, without the war. He couldn't argue against their wished, and no longer thinking much about the vague, muffled arguing he had heard earlier, Gao's legs brought him back to the temple in the shortest time possible. He had found a generous number of short cuts prior to this day, and they acted as tiny, magic portals to help allow him to sneak back into the building before anyone noticed that his presence was absent.

This time, he wasn't so lucky, and he spotted not just the guard but Akara as well, a girl that held an unsettling amount of bitter melancholy around her, so unlike her Sifu, Bo. He didn't quite understand her, the waterbender that was more often than not, firm, stubborn like the Earth, rather than fluid and enigmatic like the water. However, she was a person he learned to trust, to an extent, just because she had been hardened from what lied in her past didn't make him see the woman in a negative light, he had met people much worse than that.

With a smile tugging at his lips, and then a yawn, he made his appearance, stopping in front of the gate and beside the young girl, earning a perturbed, and slightly vexed, expression from the guard. "Good morning - it is still morning, isn't it?" In the middle of his greeting the man paused, arching his head back to the sky, a somnolent smile returning when he noticed the position of the sun. So it was still morning, he made good time after all. When Gao looked back to the guard he saw doubt, his thoughts must be along the lines of 'Is the Avatar truly traveling with such people?' although such judgment did nothing to his self-esteem, he only felt sympathy, with a dash of empathy, of those that lived with their spines as rigid as their schedule. "Akara-jī," He began, habitually implementing the use of old honorifics, and he walked forward, allowed through the gate by the familiar guard and turning to look at Akara peremptorily. "Lets return to our temporary home together." Gao finished, waiting patiently for the woman to pass through the gates as well, while the guard was still trusting his good judgment.

(Darn, posted in the wrong place. Is it a big deal? If it is I'll repost in the right place, but if not I'll just leave it as it is, and remember to put it in the right place next time.)

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The High Sage

Later, the Avatar, his teachers, and his other companions were brought forward to the audience with the leader of the Earth Sages. The sanctum of the Sages was a wide and vast stone room, with a small throne-like chair at its center, where the High Sage rested. The person in question was an ancient man, his face and body ravaged and battered down by the passage of time. He was completely blind in both eyes, yet still, he seemed to follow the movement of the Avatar and his companions perfectly, as if he could still see them. When they were all placed before him, the High Sage glazed eyes scanned over each of them, before settling upon Avatar Zhi's visage.

"It is good to see you again, Avatar Zhi." the High Sage began, dipping his head toward him. "I am sorry for the sudden nature of this meeting, but it could not wait. I am afraid you must leave the Temple as soon as you can. There are mercenary groups hidden within the forest surrounding our temple, and I fear they are here to capture you. If you wish to avoid a confrontation, you and your mentors and companions must leave. And quickly."

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Yun kept to the rear of the group, stroking the thin stubble on his chin as he listened to the High Sage. So, they have made their move at last. But who, and to what purpose? An armed force was an obvious sign of Otoki's hand and he certainly had the most to fear from the Avatar's judgement, but it was too obvious. Obvious enough that the more cunning Bei Fongs could be trying to secure the Avatar for themselves, or simply slay him and claim it as another sign of Otoki's monstrosity. Curious indeed. Worrying, to a point, but also an opportunity. The Avatar had spent too long hiding in the temple. He had gained knowledge that he certainly needed, but now was the time for the wisdom that came from experience.

"Do they bear the banners of any of the lords?" Yun asked, still scratching at his chin as he contemplated. "We will indeed have to move quickly if we do depart, before they block off the passes from the mountain. We cannot afford to be besieged here."

"But," He paused, looking towards Zhi. "We do not necessarily need to avoid them. Someone has sent these men because they fear you, young Avatar. But they also think that a few hired swords will be all that it takes to subdue you. The mountains give us the advantage. There are numerous places to ambush a large force, to the point where their numbers are meaningless. We must know who has sent these men and what their master wishes of you." Yun paused once more, letting his words sink in before the final point. "And if we dissapear into the night, they will likely besiege the temple, and slay every person who does not give them the Avatar." He restrained himself from smiling. Yun did not want to look too smug as he presumed and made use of the youthful intolerance of injustice, especially that of an Avatar. It was time for the Avatar to made himself known to the warlords.

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Wei listened to what Yun was saying and nodded. As he listened to the obviously battle experienced man, he studied the Avatar. He seemed young, confident, eager. Wei supposed you could consider him handsome, and something abut him reeked of raw power and ability, untamed and untrained. His breathing was controlled and calm but behind that exterior he could tell there was a man if raw anger and passion. Wei knew that, if he could direct this passion, if he could focus it, the Avatar could easily unite the Earth Kingdom. Wei just needed to now think how. He also considered what the Avatar would do AFTER the Earth Kingdom. He could unite the world, Wei realised. And so the Avatar would need to learn to fight. And so he would agree with Yun.

"That is a sound plan, Yun. We could split into two groups. One would serve as a distraction in the ground to divert the enemies, then the mountain group could swoop down from the mountains and flank them from behind. However, we need to know how many there are."

He turned to look at the Avatar, who was clearly looking at who he was. He extended his hand and spoke to the young prodigy.

"Wei Jingshen, Avatar. I am an Airbender, and I swear my blade to your service".

He smiled. The next few months would determine the fate of the land. Wei was going to be a part if it all.

((Also, can we assume that Wei told Bo all his history on their way into the temple, as we skipped before I could respond? Thanks!))

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Had he overstepped his boundaries? His eyes blinked a few times, lazy and confused, but he accepted her request, making a mental note to call Akara solely by her name for now on. He let a comfortable silence fall between them, or what he thought was peaceful, serene even, as their footfalls made soft sounds against the path. Gao let his eyes drift shut for the duration of the trip, feeling the ground through his feet, the vibrations and Earth being his guide as he blindly navigated towards the temple. He knew the path they choose would lead them to calamities and joys all the same, that the young woman beside him would most likely have to redefine her outlook on life, just as he would find his mindset being altered as well. This was a time of war, and they were practically fugitives, it was inevitable. If he had any luck he would be able to prevent them all from succumbing to the hardships to follow, and his fingers pressed against his palms tightly before releasing. He had to.

When they arrived they were immediately notified that they were to attend a gathering of sorts, and though he would very much like to soak himself in hot water he followed the Sage, letting the man lead him to bad news that created a sinking sensation in his stomach. This wasn't something they could avoid, people would come after the Avatar; mercilessly, without morals, many without humanity, and his pupils drifted upwards to the ceiling, trailing over the design of wood. It couldn't be a coincidence that he had heard voices on his way back to the temple, they must of been the mercenaries, and he had been foolish enough to walk on without even listening in. Gao's temple knotted in his frustration, listening to the conversations around him. He was supposed to be beyond these stupid mistakes, and he should never trust anything to be a coincidence or constant, should never let his guard down. He had pulled a knife on an innocent woman that woke him up and didn't think to check out the arguing in the woods. These mistakes, he'd be sure not to repeat them.

"Admittedly I was away from the temple this morning and heard voice in the mountains. From what I can tell there was an argument passing between two confident figures. I can't say for sure whether it was two separate groups or two people from the same group." Finally he spoke up, and despite the embarrassing truth his words were calm, coherent, and solemn. He knew that this was the time to be serious, and he looked straight ahead at the others, expression unwavering, but not guarded or unfriendly, he was simply collaborating. "In the case that we have a confrontation with the enemy, we can use the strife among them to our advantage. An army is weak enough when being ambushed," Gao glanced over to Yun, acknowledging that the man had a very valid point, it might even be beneficial to them if they fought, and sent the message that the Avatar was not to be targeted carelessly. "When they stand against each other, they crumble." He concluded the thought with a mischievous smile, but still he remained bothered by a few details; the numbers of these groups, and if they were benders or not.

"It would be in our favor to learn how many armed forces we would be up against, howbeit, it's not exactly information we can acquire easily." The man ran a hand through his lengthy hair, tousling it further, and allowing the dark strands to fall back down to his shoulders as an exhale expanded his chest. There were no easy answers, yet there wouldn't be a moment when he would surrender to ignorance or the power of mere purchased forces. "We do know they are being paid. While it is true that money is an incentive that can make men go mad with greed, it often isn't personal enough to make them sacrifice their lives. As long as we overwhelm them, many of the opposing forces will flee once they decide the end doesn't balance with the means. In the case that they outnumber and overpower us we can be certain that their numbers will dwindle as long as we hold our ground. A forceful ambush might be just the tactic we need."

Gao pressed his lips together, forming a thin line as he continued to mentally go over all of the possibilities, anything he might be missing, and once Wei and Zhi were finished making some sort of pact he turned his head over to the young Avatar, and spoke with a simple question. "Have you been training Harumi recently?" Birds were intelligent creatures, hawks were no exception, and they have been used in conflict throughout history, there was a time where he made use of them himself. If Harumi was trained enough, then there was a chance they could use the hawk to help them scout out the position of the mercenary groups, therefore giving them an advantage. If not anything else, it would be worth a shot.

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Avatar Zhi

"I accept your service, Wei." Zhi replied curtly to the Airbender. He considered the advice of his companions, and gave a nod.

"Very well. I agree, it would be best to ambush these mercenaries ourselves." he decided. The very thought that those scumbags might rush the Temple, and kill all the Sages within it made his blood boil. Even if retreating was the more sensible option, Zhi was not about to do it if it meant the Sages would die. They'd done so much for him and Kai, so much...it hardly seemed just to repay such a kindness by allowing the Sages to become sacrifical lamb-cows.

He looked over at Gao, his mind considering the various ways they could go about such an ambush. "Yes, I have trained Harumi. Why do you ask?"

Hm...Harumi might be useful indeed. The Hawk might be able to scout ahead, perhaps help in distracting the mercenary companies? No doubt the people who had hired such thugs new about the Hawk he had been gifted in the Fire Nation, and would tell those brutes to be on the look out for the Avatar's pet bird. Harumi could certainly help in a distraction, perhaps along a few of the others.

"Kun could be useful, too." Zhi speculated, considering his pet Badger-Mole. "She might be able to dig in a small hole beneath the mercenaries, and collapse them into it when given a command. It won't hold the mercenaries long, especially if there are Earthbenders among them, but it could buy us time."

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Zira Zellik

Zira has listened to the people around he speak. And since she found no reason to speak out, she didn't. That is, until Zhi spoke. "Very well. I agree, it would be best to ambush these mercenaries ourselves." He'd said. He then continued about his pets and how they could be of use. But Zira was only worried about the young Avatar.

"Zhi. If you are going on this ambush, you really should get some more training in you know. You have barely even begun your firebending training!" Zira spoke, making a point not to look at anybody but him. She figured, she might as well try and teach him something to deal with firebending before he put his life in danger.

She knew that there was no way he'd back down from protecting these people, so she wasn't going to bother telling him not to. But she though that he seriously needed to work on his training before anything else. He was smart, but things like this usually required luck as well.

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Bo was in the room with the avatar, and his entire company, herself being part of it, but she didn't really pay attention to what people were saying. Sure. she was listening to everything, and absorbing it, but she was still too busy relaxing on Phantom to really be bothered by anything. She knew the mercenaries would be a problem and a confrontation was likely to occur, but she kept her opinion out of everything. She smiled when Zhi accepted Wei's help, and listened to everyone's plan, which she wold go along with. It wasn't very likely she would have a plan of her own, too much brainwork.

She did, however, shoot up when the blasted bird was mentioned. She eyed the room very carefully, and making sure it wasn't with them, she got down from the bagermole and joined the group. "I do not care what our plan is, a preemptive strike would prove useful, but we have no idea how many benders they have, or bagermole's or other animals. Our best option is to take the tunnel's out of the temple and avoid them entirely, although something tells me you are against that." She said, aiming at Zhi, and after thinking about it, Wei would probably be in favor of some ass kicking. Now that she thought about it, she was really the only team member who didn't enjoy using his/her bending when other options were available. Even her student, Akara, could hanker for a fight like anyone else.

"I'll go along with any plan, but we should keep the running away option open, just in case."

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Avatar Zhi

The Avatar looked over to Zira, and gave her an annoyed glance. "I very much doubt you would have the time to teach me actual firebending before the mercenaries are upon us, Sifu Zira. If I do not make an appearance outside the temple soon enough, no doubt they shall try to storm the monastery. I will have to work with my earthbending, and what I know of waterbending."

Truly, it was no one's fault but Zira that he had yet to progress in actually bending any fire. It was an unfair analysis, perhaps, given Zira's concerns about his intent to accelerate his elemental training. Still, she had made the choice to prolong his training in the very basics of firebending.

Next, his eyes turned to Bo. "I am not about to abandon these people, Sifu Bo. But...I will keep your words in mind. If the mercenaries prove too numerous for us to handle, then a strategic retreat may be called for. But not until we know for sure our chances against these bandits."

The Avatar sat in contemplation for another few moments, working on a plan of action. To have a successful preemptive strike on the mercenaries, their distraction team would have be able to blend in, more or less, and their ambush team would have to strike hard and fast, before the mercenaries even knew what hit them. Hm...

"Gao," Zhi turned his gaze over to his longtime mentor and friend. "If you have an ideas for our plan, I'm all ears. What did you wish to do with Harumi?"

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Zira Zellik

Zira scowled at the Avatar as she placed a hand on her hip but said nothing. He obviously doubted her training methods. She needed him to learn patience and she had tried to teach him about what fire truly was without her telling him. 'cause otherwise it would be meaningless. He obviously didn't realize he was learning the basics.

She walked over to the nearest pillar and leaned against it. She lit a little fire imp and tossed it from hand to hand, trying to calm herself and concentrate at the same time. She pulled at the fire, wrapping it around her fingers but not allowing it to actually touch her.

She didn't know if she'd would assist the Avatar in his adventure. That was all up to him actually. It depended on if he wanted her there, and ever then, Zira wasn't sure if she would go. Because nothing was ever that simple with Zhi. Just because he says something, he has moments where he really doesn't mean it. And that usually is just when he's trying to be a gentleman and doesn't want to hurt ones feelings.

She watched the man before her converse with others, finding she could still hear them slightly.

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Wei Jingshen

Wei watched as the Avatar casually and clearly brushed aside the Firebending mentor, Zira, with no regard for her feelings. He felt initial anger and disappointment at this display of arrogance, and quickly and silently moved over to his Firebending tutor and spoke to her.

"Zira, is it? I understand you feel anger, and if I were you, I'd be considering abandoning the Avatar. However, please don't. He needs us all, and the only way we can stop him from being a tyrant on this world is by influencing him. Help me". He nodded at the mentor, and walked to the Avatar.

"Zhi, I have a proposal. I suggest that you and your mentors leave through the tunnels while the others hold off the mercenaries. Then, if anything go's wrong, you will not be captured or worst and we have not abandoned the Sages. However, the choice, is yours." He bowed, and winked at Zira and Bo. He hoped the Avatar would choose his course of action.

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Zira Zellik

Zira eyed the man named Wei as he came over to talk. 'Oh joy... What does he want?' She wondered, already slightly annoyed. She diminished her fire imp and crossed her arms.

"Zira, is it? I understand you feel anger, and if I were you, I'd be considering abandoning the Avatar. However, please don't. He needs us all, and the only way we can stop him from being a tyrant on this world is by influencing him. Help me." He said once he'd reached her.

Did he seriously believe she'd abandon Zhi just because they had had a misunderstanding on each other's parts? Zira would never leave Zhi just because he was being a bit stuck up. 'cause he was kind of stuck up every day.

"Don't worry, once I set my mind to something, I do not back down. I will train the Avatar in his firebending until I feel his is ready. I have dealt with his tyrant ways and fits for some time now, so I don't see this as more than a mere tantrum on his part." Zira informed.

Once he left, she could here him speak to the Avatar before winking at both her and Bo.

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Character Portrait: Yun Shi Character Portrait: Akara Character Portrait: Avatar Zhi Character Portrait: Bo Character Portrait: Kai Mei Ling Character Portrait: Gao Character Portrait: Wei Jingshen Character Portrait: Zira Zellik
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Yun remained silent while the other spoke, still stroking his chin as he considered the terrain around the mountain and how best to ambush the enemy force. There high ridges over the winding paths were quite the advantage, but also a risk if they did indeed have earthbenders with them. But that chance seemed low, when any earthbender could find far greater rewards in the direct service of a warlord rather then a mercenary company.

He blinked out of his reverie as the airbender offered a new plan.

"No." Yun said simply. "The Avatar must been seen. He must show the world that he is not hiding. What advantage we lose in numbers we make up with in initiative, terrain, and bending abilities. We need only to rout them back down the mountain. And if their numbers to prove to be too great an advantage, we will be able to retreat far more quickly then they can advance. I am sure the Sages can provide us with maps of the region to help us find a path out, while leaving a trail for them to pursue us away from the temple. If the attackers do not see the Avatar for themselves, they will continue on to siege the temple."

He paused, looking to Zhi once again. "The choice is yours, of course, young Avatar. You must be decisive in your actions."

The setting changes from The Rise of Zhi to Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Character Portrait: Yun Shi Character Portrait: Akara Character Portrait: Avatar Zhi Character Portrait: Bo Character Portrait: Kai Mei Ling Character Portrait: Gao Character Portrait: Wei Jingshen Character Portrait: Zira Zellik
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For a while he remained silent, listening to the comments passing by him, of various plans and suggestions, most flimsy, but then again, they weren’t in the best position to be making any strategies either. Gao pressed his lips together, thinking over the people they have gathered, and how loosely tied they all were. Sure they all had intentions to assist the Avatar and help the nations, but they had few, if not any, reason to help one another, and it gave their group a weakness that could create chaos in the midst of battle. At least they had Zhi’s animal companions. They could be a true benefit to the conflict, something that was materializing into a situation inevitable and the longer they stood here, the better prepared the mercenaries would become.

“They most likely have well trained earthbenders, so travelling through the tunnels would be a poor choice at best.” He spoke up again, explaining the flaw in Bo’s request for evasion. To avoid combat would be preferable in their state, but it wasn’t an option they could easily take, and with Yun’s comment, escape because an impossible task for them. “Yun’s right, if they don’t catch sight of the Avatar they’ll only proceed to attack the temple regardless if we are here or not. I don’t know about the rest of you, but after their hospitality, I don’t think I can easily leave them to their dooms.” The thought was grim, of the mercenaries destroying the temple and anyone remaining inside, and yet the edges of his lips lifted into a faint smile, laid-back and calm. To be composed was best in these situations, and it could raise morale, which would do only good for them now that the outlook became increasingly bleak.

Gao turned his head back to the young Avatar, and though his facial language remained positive, his eyes were clouded with ambiguity. “As you said, we could use Kun to stage an attack; however it would have to be near the climax of the fight when their earthbenders are too distracted to pay attention to the vibrations in the ground. While it’s collapsed we could use our earthbending to seal them inside, and form shackles around their legs and arms so they can’t bend their way out. It’d be tricky to do, yet it’s not an impossible deed.” For a moment he paused, blinking as he realized a part of the monologue he failed to mention, and slightly embarrassed his scratched his cheek, speaking again. “Oh, but we’ll make sure it’s not fatal.” He assured, and the light from his face was sapped in a second, the young man facing the others gathered in the room.

“We can’t kill anyone.” His voice was stern, and there was no hint of yielding as his eye stared with his mouth pulled into a strict, thin line. “If we cause too much physical harm to the mercenaries the story will be twisted to suit the opposing force. If civilians begin to believe that we are another ruthless group of murderous thugs, then it’ll make our goals significantly harder to achieve.” As the battle neared he felt it necessary to remind them all of the delicate situation they were placed in, how one wrong move could place them in between a rock and a hard place, or send them on a path of calamity. More than overcoming their enemies they should be concerned with the consequences of their actions, to think everything through so carefully that there was virtually no possibility for mistake, or tarnished reputation.

People could preach about how the opinions of others didn’t mean anything, but in a war, they were the line between the rebels winning or losing. He knew this far too well, and how just one clumsy blunder could ruin an entire operation for years to come. “As for Harumi,” Gau returned to the subject presented to him by the Avatar, his demeanor shifting once again, dimming down his aura of responsibility and order. “We can use him to find the position of the mercenary groups. If we acquire a map, creating a picture of their positions using Harumi will be incredibly helpful to us. We could send him out to certain areas, and if he finds anyone he can return, communicating with a certain number of chirps. Of course, we won’t be able to investigate the entire area this way, so we’ll have to be choosey with where we send him.” He concluded the thought with a frown pulling on his countenance, a realization dawning on him. “We have to decide soon, time is too precious to be spent debating for long.”

The setting changes from Avatar: The Last Airbender to The Rise of Zhi

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Character Portrait: Yun Shi Character Portrait: Akara Character Portrait: Avatar Zhi Character Portrait: Bo Character Portrait: Kai Mei Ling Character Portrait: Gao Character Portrait: Wei Jingshen Character Portrait: Zira Zellik
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Avatar Zhi

The Avatar considered Wei's plan, briefly, before dismissing it. "Yun Shi is right. I must be seen by the mercenaries. If just so that they know I am not hiding it out in the Temple, and thus they won't go after the Sages."

Zhi considered his options once more, and bit by bit, he felt a plan slowly coming together. Gao's advice helped all the more.

Finally, he looked back over to his military adviser.

"Yun Shi, I think I have a plan." the Avatar stated, a confident tone to his voice.

"I agree with Gao that we should use Harumi to try to scout out the enemy positions. Once that is done, I propose that Gao, Kai, and myself make up the distraction team. Bo, Zira, Akara, yourself, the Badgermoles, and Wei shall make up the ambush team. My team will go into the forest to trigger the trap set up by the mercenaries....but the moment they strike, we spring a trap of our own. With our combined earthbending power, Gao, Kai, and I should be able to uproot the trees that the mercenaries are no doubt using for cover.

"Once they forced out of such a hiding, the ambush team can strike. Assuming we can find a blind spot from their arrangement, the ambush team can charge in from there. We might be outnumbered, but some of us possess much more skill and experience than those low-grade soldiers, which gives us an advantage. And, of course, the mercenaries won't be seeing the ambush team coming. Then, toward the fight's end, we can use Kun and Wei's badgermole to trap the mercenaries."

The Avatar paused, letting his allies mull the idea over.

"How does that sound?" Zhi inquired.

He thought it a good plan, himself. It might need some refinement and additions, of course, but otherwise it seemed like a workable template. Though he was unsure if Gao's idea of not killing the mercenaries would fit in that well...after all, it would be na intesne and heated battle, and fatal injuries might be unavoidable. Not to mention, of course, that some past Avatars had killed indiscriminantly, for the greater good. Of course, those had been during brutal wars and the like...which the current chaos in the Earth Kingdom was now, too.

Still, that didn't mean that he wanted to kill those bandits just for the sake of it. He didn't want to turn into some sort of bloodthirsty monster.

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Yun nodded as he listened to Zhi, a feeling almost of pride in his chest. The boy had been paying attention to his lectures, at least. Of course, the feeling may have also been more akin to relief that he would not need to constantly repeat those lectures. The Avatar was young and honest, now he needed the wisdom of experience to process what he had been taught. And the battles to come would be a bloody lesson indeed.

"The hills and our earthbenders are our best advantage. It is a fairly simple matter to earthbend a landslide as they travel through a narrow pass, then wipe up the remnants. We must strike swiftly and surely. We have the initiative and we must not waste that advantage." He paused for effect, letting his point settle among the group before continuing.

"But, you must not be hesitant to take a life, young Avatar. You have come into a hard world, and the hard men that inhabit it have little respect for mercy and peace. The warlords will respect strength. They must fear you and respect you. There is a place for mercy, naturally, but many a statement can only be shown at the point of a sword. And we do not have the men to guard any prisoners, nor the time to keep them. The Sages are a neutral party, they cannot aid us in battle or it's aftermath. Our best choice is to slay or rout the mercenaries, then depart from the temple before a larger force arrives. We cannot become trapped here in a siege. Your destiny cannot wait any longer."

The setting changes from The Rise of Zhi to Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Character Portrait: Yun Shi Character Portrait: Akara Character Portrait: Avatar Zhi Character Portrait: Bo Character Portrait: Kai Mei Ling Character Portrait: Gao Character Portrait: Wei Jingshen Character Portrait: Zira Zellik
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Bo listened as the ideas began to flow around her, and her idea of running away was put on the back burner. She knew it was only a matter of time before they got into a conflict with some group, so I guess it was better they had the advantage of knowing and being able to plan. Being caught off guard is a very good way to get killed.

As the plan was formulated as to how they would escape, she nodded in agreement. It was a plan that focused on escaping while taking on some of the group. She wasn't thirsty for battle and blood, but she knew the others were, and she could respect that. When Yun gave his speech about not fearing taking a life, she wondering if Zhi has actually ever killed someone. She had on a number of occasions, and while not joy bringing, it was a rush to control if someone lives or dies by your hand.

"Very well put, Yun. Now, I believe that we should move before they notice none no one is actually outside anymore and strike." She turned to Akara, "Make sure you have enough water to bend." She knew she would remember, she was a great student, but BO could get water out of plants, so she was good, but she still felt protective of Akara.