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Zira Zellik

"I'll roast your ass if you get any closer."

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

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Zira Zellik

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Age: 19

Gender: Female

Bender: Fire and lightning

Nation: Fire Nation

Role: Fire teacher

Personality Zira is quite the firecracker. She has an explosive personality when it comes to dealing with others. She's been trying ways to stay calmer, and they've been working. And it's not like she's always angry and humorless. She's just hard to get to laugh. She is naturally a serious person and wishes to be taken seriously.

History Zira was born as a daughter of a fire bending teacher. Of course, since he was a teacher, he had to teach his precious little daughter fancy tricks. He didn't only teacher her tricks though. He taught her the ins and outs of fire bending. He taught her that it wasn't just a destruction device, but something that also brought people and animals warmth and life.

At the ago of 3, her mother had died from a sudden illness, leaving her alone with her father. And at the age of 13, her father died while trying to protect his daughter when a burglar broke into their home. Ever since then, she was left alone in her home with her fire scrolls. With those, she was able to master some techniques even her father couldn't do.

Eventually, when she was 19, a flyer came out saying that Avatar was looking for a worthy fire bending master. Since she lived alone and had no more family to take care of, Zira figured she'd give it a shot. She went to the auditions and realized she was the only girl there. The fire benders were told to battle each other until one lost and or gave up. Zira easily and quickly defeated most of her opponents until she was in the finals. She fought the man with all her might until she realized she had no more energy to go on. SO instead of trying to force it, she surrendered. The first one to do so that day. When the battles were over however, the Avatar appeared and called her to him. The winner was confused, he had won the battle. He had the most strength. But all the Avatar said was, "I want this one. So will you? Will you be my fire teacher?"
Of course she said yes.

Goals She wishes to be recognized as one of the best fire benders of her time.

Likes

  • Fire
  • Fire Lillies
  • Reading
  • Silence
  • Smart People

Dislikes

  • Loud noises
  • Stupid people
  • Annoying Animals
  • No "Me-Time"
  • Bugs

So begins...

Zira Zellik's Story

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The Earth Sage Temple

In the northern part of the Earth Kingom, admist a valley of snow-capped mountains, the Earth Sage Temple stood. It was an ancient and strong stone structure carved deep into a mountainside. The Temple had stood there for ages, and over time, had expanded. The Temple visible to the outside world was just the beginning; millenium of careful expansion and tunneling had developed an entire complex within, giving the Temple several dozen stories hidden in the belly of the mountain, extending all the way down, going all the way down where a secret exit into the outside world was contained.

The Earth Sages within the complex bore the same duties and goals, and yet different in many ways. Each was of varying age and ability with Earthbending. Some Sages were further down the path into Enlightenment than some of their fellows. And many of the Sages came from a variety of different backgrounds and upbringings in their lives before becoming Sages. And yet, despite these differences, the Sages were united as one, in their age-old duty of helping all the Avatars, past, present, and future, by helping them with their training in the element of Earth, and advising the Avatars in how to further their studies.

It was a difficult duty, at times, but it was one the Earth Sages saw through to the very end.

Avatar Zhi

As the morning sun dawned upon the Temple, announcing the start of a brand new day, Avatar Zhi was already up, and hard at work. Firebenders rose with the sun, so he and his Firebending Master, a young girl by the name of Zira Zellik, were already up and about, beginning the morning with a session of training in the Art of Fire.

The two of them sat upon the roof of the Temple, where they could feel the sunlight shining directly upon them. Outside, the air was frigid and cold, but Avatar Zhi did his best to ignore it. He continued to soak up the sunlight's rays alongside his teacher, his eyes closed as he breathed in and out, sitting down in a meditative pose. Around them both, a circle of lit candles had been arranged. The flame of the candles grew and shrank, in perfect unison with Zhi's breathing.

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She and her student had been meditating for quite a few hours. She enjoyed this time of day the most. When it was so quite outside you could only hear the breeze blow and whisper your name. When the earth called through its vines and connections to tell stories of adventure or love. When the warmth of the sun was starting to bless you by kissing your skin in miraculous ways.

By the time Zira decided that meditating was enough it was hours past noon. "Okay. We're done for now. I guess... I could allow you to eat for today since you haven't eaten anything all day." Zira said with a smirk. She knew he was probably dying from lack of food (not really), but she wanted him to get as much training done as possible. "Maybe... No, not maybe... Later we can work on your form and maybe, and I seriously stress this, maybe you can start playing with fire."

With a simple swoop of her hand, she allowed the light of the candles to die away before motioning him to pick his own up while she collected hers. She knew he was probably growing frustrated with him. She had not yet allowed him to use fire all that much in his training. She understands that he wants to become the full Avatar as quickly as possible, but as long as he feels he needs to rush his training (or at least if it seems that was to Zira) then she fears he will never fully grasp the concept of bending. You can not rush these things. He's been getting better, she'd admit that, since he can now sit still for hours and meditate. That is why, she may finally have him work with fire.

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Mashotu wrote:Zira Zellik

She and her student had been meditating for quite a few hours. She enjoyed this time of day the most. When it was so quite outside you could only hear the breeze blow and whisper your name. When the earth called through its vines and connections to tell stories of adventure or love. When the warmth of the sun was starting to bless you by kissing your skin in miraculous ways.

By the time Zira decided that meditating was enough it was hours past noon. "Okay. We're done for now. I guess... I could allow you to eat for today since you haven't eaten anything all day." Zira said with a smirk. She knew he was probably dying from lack of food (not really), but she wanted him to get as much training done as possible. "Maybe... No, not maybe... Later we can work on your form and maybe, and I seriously stress this, maybe you can start playing with fire."

With a simple swoop of her hand, she allowed the light of the candles to die away before motioning him to pick his own up while she collected hers. She knew he was probably growing frustrated with him. She had not yet allowed him to use fire all that much in his training. She understands that he wants to become the full Avatar as quickly as possible, but as long as he feels he needs to rush his training (or at least if it seems that was to Zira) then she fears he will never fully grasp the concept of bending. You can not rush these things. He's been getting better, she'd admit that, since he can now sit still for hours and meditate. That is why, she may finally have him work with fire.


Avatar Zhi

"Very well." Zhi replied, as he got up to his feet. He ignored his stomach's fierce protests over its lack of food, and began to pick up his side of the candles.

While he wouldn't admit it openly, he found Zira's reluctance to actually teach him firebending rather....frustrating, to say the least. Still, he would endure her tests, no matter what. She might disapprove of his desire to accelerate his training in the Four Elements, but Zhi did not care about her opinion on that matter. Nor did he care about the Earth Sages' opinion on this issue; they too had disapproved, and had strongly advised him to not seek out a Waterbending or Airbending Master while he was still learning under Zira.

But Zhi hadn't listened to them. He was determined to continue his training his way, no matter what. Every day, his people died out there, as the Warlords fought amongst themselves for ultimate power. And Zhi could not allow that to stand. It would take years to master Fire, Air, and Water, years in which his people would continue to be bled dry by the bloodthirsty Warlords. That could not be allowed. Perhaps it was foolish of him to do this, but the Avatar simply couldn't wait that long to become a fully realized Master of all Four Elements. His people needed him now. Thus, he would continue to accelerate his training, and become a full-fledged Avatar as soon as possible.

It was as simple as that. While this course of action might be foolish, it would still be the path Zhi followed. In fact, he was well on his way to completing that path, if just in getting all his remaining teachers to learn the last three elements all at once. He had already found Bo, an master Waterbender. All he needed to find at this point was someone to teach him Airbending.

With that thought in mind, the Avatar continued his work. Once Zhi had collected all the candles, he walked back with his mentor into the Temple proper, and stowed the candles away in the storage room nearest the entrance to the roof. Once that was done, he turned back to Zira and gave a formal bow.

"Thank you for your lessons, Sifu Zira. I look forward to our next session, no matter what it contains" he declared in a steadfast tone. Though secretly, he hoped she would finally teach him some Firebending moves soon. Still, at least Zira had taught him how to be patient, during their hours-long meditation lessons. That would prove useful, especially if she continued her insistence on teaching him the very basics of Firebending.

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Zira Zellik

Zira laughed. "I can read you like a book. You're just so anxious to learn to play with fire aren't you?" She said, "By the way... What would you like for meal, Zhi? I chose last time, it's your turn now." She asked as she grabbed her pouch the was laying down on the ground waiting for her and placing it over her shoulder.

Zira actually thought it was funny how even though he acted like a kid on the inside being so anxious and everything, he always tried to act like an adult on the outside. Like, calling her sifu. No one ever called her that besides Zhi, no matter how many times she told him not to. He probably actually only did it as his only way of revenge for being so slow with his training.

"I wonder if you'll have trouble being a great firebender. You seem to have no apparent anger." Zira teased. She knew the Avatar would be great, and she knew he had plenty of anger. Granted anger wasn't what you were supposed to use to bend. But usually anger did help.
She just wanted to get more of a reaction out of the man. He just took whatever you threw at him with no complaint.

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Avatar Zhi

Zhi gave a shrug. "I am in no mood for a particular food. Perhaps some salted boar-q-pine meat? I believe the Sages are serving that in the dining hall for lunch, now."

The Avatar reached over and grabbed his pack, which had rested on a nearby shelf. He reached in and grabbed a stalk of rock candy, taking a bite from the delicious snack to soothe his hunger. He then gave a snort upon hearing his Sifu's crack about his apparent lack of anger.

"Believe me, there is plenty of anger simmering within me that will help me with firebending." Zhi replied, thinking upon his previous life as a penniless orphan in the streets of Saitong, and of how his parents had died as a result of the chaos caused by the warring fiefdoms of the Earth Kingdom. The memories of those injustices made his blood boil. Yes, despite his outward appearance of being a calm person, there was plenty of dormant anger laying about within him.

As the two of them exited the storage room to head down to the dining hall, a lessser Sage approached, and bowed to them both. "I apologize for disturbing you, Avatar Zhi, Master Zira. The High Sage has requested an audience with you, and your teachers and companions."

Zhi titled his head in surprise, wondering what the High Sage wanted this time. It wasn't often that the head of the Earth Sages requested an audience with him...

"Very well. Tell him I shall come once I have eaten something." Zhi replied. The Sage gave a nod and left to relay the message.

Meanwhile, at the Gate


An Earth Sage came out of the monastery's entrance, and approached the gate guard, Bo, and Wei.

"Master Bo, Master Yun Shi" the Earth Sage gave a slight bow to the Waterbender, and to the swordsman hidden from plain sight. "The High Sage has requested an audience with you both and the Avatar. Please come at once. And,"

The Earth Sage looked over at the airbender. "The High Sage has granted the airbender here entrance into the temple. The High Sage has also requested an audience with him."

The Gate Guard looked over at the Sage, surprised. "But I hadn't even informed the High Sage of his presence-"

"Thank you, guard. That will be all." the Sage declared, waving dismissively at him. He looked back over at Bo, Yun Shi, and Wei. "Are you both ready?"

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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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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 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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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."

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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.”

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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."

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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.