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Avatar: The Rise of Zhi

Avatar: The Last Airbender

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a part of Avatar: The Rise of Zhi, by Magus1108.

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Bo [11] "Life on the open sea! What a life indeed."
Wei Jingshen [9] An Airbender and warrior who has forsaken the ways of the Air Nomads in order to have the freedom to help restore peace to the Earth Kingdom...
Gao [8] "Think three times before you move."
Avatar Zhi [8] "I will bring peace back to my homeland, no matter the cost!"
Akara [8] Can't you see there's something on my mind?
Kai Mei Ling [6] "Give me some earth, and you better run."
Zira Zellik [6] "I'll roast your ass if you get any closer."
Yun Shi [5] "To end the war, you first must win the war."
Nami Saphire [0] "And... Ha! You fell for it!"

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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.

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Wei Jingshen

Wei walked slowly and deliberately through the pool, feeling the ripples and the breeze against his naked skin. He had been travelling for two months almost non stop, using his knowledge of the Earth Kingdom to get to the Temple of the Sages. His mission: confront the Avatar. Find out his intentions. Wei swirled air around himself as he breathed in, entering a sort of meditation as he recuperated from his long journey. He felt the air whisper things in his ears, and he listened. "The Avatar", Wei thought. An opportunity to end the war. He allowed himself a brief moment of weakness and smiled, gently and calmly. "It would be fine to see the Earth Kingdom in it s prime again", he said to himself out loud.

Wei dressed himself, and equipped his weapons, ready for the last hike to the temple. Using his bending abilities, he whistled his Badgermole, and mounted the large and docile animal. Spurring him on, Wei processed how he would talk and act around the Avatar, quickly deciding he would act stoic, calm and wise, and attempt not to reveal his history. Nodding to himself at his plan, he rode in silence for the rest of the trip, attempting not to think as to calm his mind. In several hours, he was there. He could see the grand building in the background. Quickly, a guard approached him dressed in Earthbending armour and speaking with a gruff demenor.

"Who are you and why do you disturb the Great Sages!?" He demanded.

Wei looked at the man dead in the eye and said "I wish to speak to the Avatar."

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Please try not to post in here. I've made a separate Place thread for the RP proper, called Rise of Zhi. All RP posts should go to there.

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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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One Week Ago

Quin Bei Fong was a patient man but this was ridiculous! While engaged in battle with much stronger warlords, he made use of less than honorable tactics, meeting some rather unsavory individuals, but every one of them showed respect towards, if not him, then at least his pocketbook. This ruffian just seemed to laugh at him behind his cheap iron masked, flanked by two similarly masked men, one with the stane of an earthbender and the other, a firebender to Quin's experienced eye. The man sat across from him in his study, elbows digging into his very expensive desk as hel azily propped up his chin with his knuckles. Quin could barely contain the anger in his voice as he spoke.

"I am already offering you a generous amount of gold. That should be enough for you and your men, Blue Spirit!" he told him, saying the name with contempt. He honestly did not understand bandits' fondness for folktales.

"I want double. You can obviously afford it. Besides, you do not have a choice in the matter. With Otoki hiring ol' Kraken, he will have the Avatar within the month. If that happens, either Otoki kills him and your men surrender in droves with the belief he isinvicable or the Avatar joins him and your men surrender in droves to stay among the living. Then when Otoki gets you..."

"Fine! Fine! Koh take you, you will have half..."


Present Day...

Hiro chuckled at the memory. Quin Bei Fong was as much a joke as his father and the other Fire Lords back home: blustering about honor even as he planned on stabbing his neighbors in the back for power. In fact, he was even more of a joke. He thought he could get the Avatar on his side. Hiro had been instructed to "invite" the Avatar to the Bei Fong Clan Compound and not take no for answer.

Hiro stiffled the urge to disturb the leaves of the tree he hid in to watch the entrane to the Earth Sage Temple. He took in the events and smiled slightly. Every one of his 35 men were prepared to ambush the Avatar when Hiro stopped him in the forest to deliver Quin's thinly veiled demands for his allegiance and the Avatar, naturally, refused.. He smiled. That Water Tribe girl should learn to recognize when people were digging for information.

When the girl, Akara, had stumbled into their camp that night , he thought he was undone. He had pretended they were just merenaries passing through (well, he didn't need to pretend with the mercenary part}. His mask had been off then, he remembered idly. He commandeered her healing talents for his men's wounds from a skirmish they had on the road and shielded her from his more disrespectful men. Slowly, he pried information from her on the friends she was "travelling" with. She truly did hide their mission, but he got what he wanted: their numbers and their bending elements even as she thought she was successful in hiding their purpose.

He let her go when she was done healing, of corse. He gave her his word.

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(Reposted to the correct place. Sorry about that!)

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Bo was still looking at the tall man with the airbender tattoos. I seemed a little off from what she was told about them, all love and fruit. He seemed like a warrior. Ready for a battle. Something about that made her want to invite the man inside. She smiled a little bit, and began to talk, "I am B-" She was cut off by an Earth Sage telling her that the head Sage wanted an audience with her, as well as the tall man named Wei. It always freaked her out a bit how the sages could find anyone in this place, she had trouble finding her way to a bedroom. She had perfered her life on the boat, everything was easy to find, and she missed it. The rocking of the boat to put you to sleep, the sailing, and the pirates. Well, maybe not missed the latter, but she did like sinking their ships for their crimes, she had a low tolerance for the lot of them.

"Well, I guess we are," She turned to the Sage, "We'll find our way, thank you." She said, making him understand that he needed to leave. She then turned to Wei, a soft smile on her face.

"Well looks like we are wanted." She said, and then went to his bagermole, "I'm Bo, if you didn't hear from the sage, and lets take your bagermole up, I hate walking all these stairs." She said, and then stood beside the animal, petting him, "Ready?"

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Wei nodded at Bo, and mounted his Badgermole. "His name is Phantom, Bo. Need a hand?"

He extended his hand to allow the water bender to mount his Badgermole behind him. With her safely secured behind him, Wei started to ride Phantom up the path at a soft cantering rate, deliberately going slowly so he could appreciate the view and also so he could spend as much time with the woman as possible. For some reason, Wei was suddenly struck by the need to get to know her better. He was not sure what was wrong with him. He felt..... Flustered. Wei was suddenly very keen to speak: a need which had never happened to Wei before.

"So, erm, Bo" he said, almost betraying his nervousness in his voice. "Where are you from?"

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Wei nodded at Bo, and mounted his Badgermole. "His name is Phantom, Bo. Need a hand?"

He extended his hand to allow the water bender to mount his Badgermole behind him. With her safely secured behind him, Wei started to ride Phantom up the path at a soft cantering rate, deliberately going slowly so he could appreciate the view and also so he could spend as much time with the woman as possible. For some reason, Wei was suddenly struck by the need to get to know her better. He was not sure what was wrong with him. He felt..... Flustered. Wei was suddenly very keen to speak: a need which had never happened to Wei before.

"So, erm, Bo" he said, almost betraying his nervousness in his voice. "Where are you from?"

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Bo took Wei's hand and climbed onto the Bagermole, who was male. She didn't need to see genitals to tell, ever sense she was a little girl, she had a fascination with this exact species. She could tell if one had reached maturity, gender, and even what type of ground they dig in. The power of books proved to be very helpful, and seeing these creatures up close was worth all of the pains that came with moving to the ground.

She name Phantom stuck in her mind. It was cute, and she liked the animal, and his owner seemed alright as well. She was behind him, her legs on either side of Phantom, and at the slow pace at which they were going, she leaned down onto his backside, laying out on him. It was peaceful, the animal's heartbeat reminded her of the rocking of her ships. When she heard him speak up, she got back to sitting, and put her hands on Wei's back to stabilize herself.

'Why does he want to know?' she thought, but decided that he couldn't really do any harm with the information. "Well, let's see." She paused, as if trying to make up a history, but she was really slow to respond to anything. "I am originally from the Northern Water Tribe, although I have probably spent 8 months there before we left. My parents are merchants, so I've spent my life on the sea's of the world. Probably ten to eleven months out of the year, I would be on our ships. The Water Bison is our main ship. So, I'm mostly from the waters of the world." She said, and then breathed deeply, as she didn't take a brake in the entire time she said that. "How about you?" She asked inquisitively.

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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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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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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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Ronshi Vapijin, "the Kraken"

The sea. Weaving, twisting, turning, altering, shifting. Always on the move, never dormant. Never still. Never loyal. No borders are closed to it, and no place can survive without it. It is both cruel, and kind. Ronshi smiled. He loved being a pirate. He loved being ruled by none, and only doing what he felt like. He enjoyed the freedom. He always had, considering he had never been raised with much freedom. He grinned and tastes the salty air, trying to enjoy his last few moments on the open sea before they got into the dock and headed into the mountains, towards the temple.

"Oi! Ronshi! We're about to head into port now!" called his first mate, Sao. All of his crew were non benders, all of them were men or women who head experienced little freedom. All of them were now Octopi. And he was their Kraken.

"Alright! People who I selected for the trek, get your rubbish together! We're leaving as soon as we hit land, and we will leave without ya if ya don't hurry up, alright!?"

He smiled. This would be the contract of his career. Shame an outsider was in on it.

"Sao! Go and make Heibachi is ready to leave, alright!? She should be in her quarters."

He turned to face the sea once again. Bloody outsiders.

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Akara folded her arms across her chest and listened intently to the Sages' words. At the mention of mercenaries, her brow arched, and something inside her gut began churning. She remembered the night not too long ago...

The men in the forest, the darkness, the masks hanging on their belts. They'd been heavily armed, and gossiped like they'd just returned from a party or tavern. Had it been so? Akara absentmindedly began back pedaling, finding a place at the rear of the group. She ran her index finger over her lips, along her jaw line, and she began to shake. What she perceived to be idle banter with the handsome man was a terrible mistake. She'd told him about her friends, the benders with whom she was traveling, and about the Avatar's presence in the temple. She was so foolish to not realize they were mercenaries, and that the "party" they were returning from was most likely a terrible slaughtering or bloody misdeed.

Akara's eyes fell on Bo, who she knew would be disappointed most of all. How could she confess? These mercenaries were here because of her own doing, and she'd put them all in danger. And while she couldn't honestly say that she cared much for the Avatar, or his arrogant decision to endanger himself by facing an unknown force, she did find that she cared about Bo's life, and perhaps even Gao's, whose mannerisms she'd found initially off-putting had somehow endeared him to Akara.

And now these fools were talking about staying and fighting? No, this was wrong.

She took quick steps to Bo's side and gently took her elbow, trying to pull her away. "Bo, please, a word." She swept her eyes across the rest of the group, praying they would be too involved to pay any notice.

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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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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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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.