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Aoi Ren

"I will protect what is mine, it is all I have left..."

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a character in “Avatar: The Story Untold”, as played by Zentose

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BASIC

- Full Name: Aoi Ren

- Age: 24

- Gender: Male

- Role: Main Earth Bender

- Primary Element: Earth

- Secondary Element: Metal

APPEARANCE

- Hair and Eyes: Aoi's hair is a light sandy color, it is relatively unkempt and reaches half way down his neck. He had never really much cared out his hair, so he doesn't bother keeping it in order, just out of his good eye. Aoi's left eye is green and his right eye has a pale, gray, corneal opacity coating the entire eye, blocking any color that once existed. He is blind in that eye as well.

- Complexion: Aoi's has only three scars, one along his chest, reaching down from his right collar bone to his left lower abdomen. The other two are large marks on both his wrists, from a failed suicide attempt. Other than that his skin is pure and it is relatively smooth, not too soft, nor too rough. He is never out during the day for too long, making his skin rather pale in comparison with others. It isn't pure white, but it has very little dark in it.

Height and Weight: 5' 10''(177.8cm) | 159 lbs (72.1 kg)

- Body Type: Aoi's bulk is evenly distributed throughout his body, making him evenly toned and well built everywhere. He has a slim figure, his shoulder's aren't broad, and his waist is below average width. He keeps his body in relatively good shape, all his muscles are well looked after and trained. he isn't extremely strong, but he can hold his own pretty well.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

- Quote: “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change.” - Katharine Hepburn

- Theme song: Louder Than Words - Les Friction

- Potential Interest: No one at the moment...

- Other: Aoi had 5 younger full sisters, Sakura(currently age 23), Emi(died age 17, would be 22), Hina(currently age 20), Izumi(currently age 18), and Yumi(currently age 12), and 1 younger full brother, Saburo(died age 17, would be 22). He has more half-siblings, but he doesn't know how many or who they are.

- Personality: Aoi has a tendency to hide his true emotions to most people, more often than not having a pleasant smile on his face. This is a mask to a truly tortured existence, but he feels the need to fake happiness to remain resilient to life's torment and sadness. He also has a deranged sense of justice, being able to shape his morals however he sees fit, rather than having them set in stone. Living as a noble didn't affect him in a negative way, he doesn't think himself better than others, nor does he think he is entitled to anything. He is very compassionate and is great at listening and talking with people, making him a friendly person, yet he doesn't particularly enjoy being around people, he likes solitude sometimes, and has been without it for a very long time. He hates people who redirect blame from themselves to something else, thinking it cowardly and pathetic. He also hates people that ignore consequences and refuse to think about the long run. Aoi really doesn't enjoy much, he likes a good game of Pai Sho, sweet foods, and fruit, nothing much else. He doesn't particularly enjoy training his earth bending, but he sees it as calming, it is his form of meditation, as one of the Air Nomads put it. He also has a great need to protect his younger sister Izumi, who became the center of his attention later(see history). He has no qualms with killing, he has done it twice before and would be willing to do it again if the need arose. he doesn't want to kill though, so he will usually try to solve things calmly, rather than resorting to violence.

- Brief History: Aoi was born into a noble family, he was the first born, the one to take on the family assets, the guardian of the name, the protector of the family. From a young age, Aoi was always much more compassionate and humble than most nobles, his father, Tsubasa Ren, tried to mold him to take on the family as a cold, dispassionate, man. This worked for a time, Aoi studied and trained to become as well respected, and strong, as he could. However, once he lost sight in his right eye, Aoi lost respect for himself, seeing himself as weak and pathetic, as did his father. At the age of 15 he tried to take the easy way out of life, he slit his wrists with a sword, and failed. His little brother, Saburo Ren, was given the family assets and Aoi was presumed mentally ill and confined to the estate.

During his two year confinement, he had nothing to do but train, he trained his bending, he trained it in secret, seeing as his father wanted to keep him on a tight leash. His sister helped him avoid detection, they always were fond of each other. Saburo was always the one left out, he enjoyed a few more twisted pass times, torturing animals and creating manifestos and plans for the future.

Unlike Aoi(to a point), Saburo actually was crazy, when he was 17, he killed and raped one of their sisters(his twin, Emi) and mother, and raped one of their other sisters(Izumi). He tried to kill her too, but Aoi stopped him before he could, killing him slowly. His father was more concerned about the family's image, and the loss of a viable heir, than the death of his wife and one of his children. To save the family image, Tsubasa blamed the murders and rapes on Aoi. Aoi escaped with his sister Izumi, who wanted to be as far from their father as possible. He fled to the other side of the continent, to an autonomous collective, immune from the Earth Kingdom Government, the Northern Air Temple. The Air Nomads took pity on Aoi and Izumi, they took them in and gave them asylum. They have lived there in relative peace for 5 years.

Aoi helped out during many Air Nomad festivals and traditions, but never really embraced their life style, nor did he stop his ritualistic training. He devoted the five years they spent in the Air Temple to protecting Izumi from every harm that could have come to her, whilst trying to help her recover. He unlocked metal bending during this time, seeing it as a new tool to protect Izumi, the air nomads knew he had this ability, but he had befriended most of them, so they never spread news of it.

So begins...

Aoi Ren's Story

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One of the few nice things about living in an Air Temple, was the serenade of silence that was present when the children were not around. Silence was a nice thing in Aoi's mind, but it was a bit bothersome if given too often. One of the temple monks, a middle-aged man named Bao, and Aoi were in the middle of a game of Pai Sho. Bao was probably the only one in the temple that Aoi would consider a close friend, he had other friends, but he much preferred Bao, they had the same tastes in food and entertainment, and they also hated most of the same things, and could rant on for hours with each other. They were near the peak of one of the spires, because they enjoyed seclusion while playing, when they got the warning... The Fire Nation had begun an immensely speedy ascent towards the temple, they were using machines and soldiers to charge into the temple to slaughter the air benders. By the time the news had reached them, there were already dozens of soldiers in the courtyard, as well as large iron machines. The first thought that enter Aoi's mind, was of his sister Izumi, she near the bottom of the temple in her room... Aoi's heart skipped a beat, his eyes filled with a mix of fear, rage, and pure hate... Bao picked up on this and said:

"Aoi, I'll go check on Izumi, you come down as fast as you can..." He jumped out the window and air bended himself down. Bao was a good hearted man, Aoi knew he would do what he could to protect Izumi while Aoi took his time to get down. The problem was, Bao didn't make it down to the bottom before being hit with a ball of fire. Aoi was already moving down as fast as he could though, ignoring everything.

He didn't run into any resistance until he was but three floors away from Izumi. Three fire benders, all going room to room killing air benders... It didn't look good for Izumi, but seeing as she wasn't an air nomad(and wasn't dressed as one), Aoi still had hope, it was all that kept him moving. The three fire benders were all in a line, checking for doors along the hall. The moment Aoi saw them, and they saw him, he fired a large rock pillar from one of the walls and hit one of the fire benders in the side of the knee, breaking his leg. He fell on the floor screaming as Aoi continued his rapid approach. One of the fire benders lifted his fist and was about to shoot fire, but Aoi bended the metal in his arm guard, making it move into a 90 degree angle, breaking the man's arm. he collapsed screaming in pain. The final fire bender shot a fire ball at Aoi, who blocked it by bending the metal in one of the fire bender's armor to lift him in front of Aoi, taking the full force of the fire. Aoi then proceeded to fling the, now dead, fire bender at the one who was still standing, who then collapsed. Aoi jumped on the man and grasped his metal helmet, slowly crushing it as the pressure around the man's skull increased. He screamed for no more than a second before the pressure became too great and his skull collapsed. His eyes shot out of his skull as blood and bits of bone and brain shot through the helmet, coating Aoi's arm.

Not taking any time, Aoi continued down to Izumi, or at least, he hoped to Izumi... He didn't encounter any more resistance to get to her room. He opened the door and there was no one around, not her, not Fire nation, nothing. he looked around and didn't see any signs of her being killed, or injured in any way. She couldn't bend so she probably didn't put up a huge amount of resistance. All that Aoi knew was that he needed to find her, he needed to hold out any hope that she was still alive... He had nothing else...

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Aoi's world crumbled around the pale expanse that was the room around him, he had no reason to live other than Izumi. What was there in his life anyway? What hopes were there for the future? Did he want to settle down and have a nice loving family? Was that even possible? No. Not only was he a criminal, but he was delusional and damaged. He heard a voice in his head speak, "So, what's your plan Aoi...?"

What was his plan? His sister was most likely dead, and even if she wasn't the journey to her aid would most likely claim his own life in the process. But that didn't matter, Aoi was already dead inside, he had been dead the moment the cold steel sliced along his wrists all those years ago... He knew it, Izumi knew it, and the gods knew it. So he had nothing to lose, the Fire Nation, however, had plenty of nice young warriors to kill. It was only fair of course, if one were to touch his sister in an bad manner, they would lose their hand or their life if Aoi's view, so her kidnapping, or possible murder and/or rape condoned the murder of every single Fire Nation warrior he saw, remorseless and cold. Now his path of self-deprivation and pity was nearing its end with a "righteous" stab at those of whom wronged him. This ideal though was under the guise of his mind, simply stated as a quest to locate his sister, with whom his subconscious knew had perished, or suffered a fate worse than that. His conscious, however, continued to hold out hope as he rose up from the disarray that was his psyche.

With the complex mental dilemma out of the way, his new goal was clear... he had to locate his sister, slaughtering each and every member of the Fire Nation, be they man, woman, or child, that were to have the misfortune of crossing his path. His demeanor was not that of an avenger, nor that of an enraged brother, but rather, his face showed the depression he had felt for years, suffering at his own behest. He stepped out into the cold hall, the sounds of flame and screaming was heard all around, it was clear through the sounds of fighting and crumbling... the Age of Fire and Blood had begun, the coexistence of fire was at its end... It was clearer than anything... Aoi moved into his own room, adjacent to Izumi's, and collected his blades, the only thing he needed for what was ahead.

His "plan" was simple, to go out into the field of battle and hack down every Fire Nation dog until he found one of seemingly high rank so that he could torture and question them. Finding injured non-Fire Nation citizens was also on the itinerary, they would have possibly seen whom was high ranked, or where they were taking prisoners, if they were taking prisoners...

He lifted his hand to his face and felt his cheek, before moving his hand quickly away from his face and looking at it, he had forgotten about the copious amount of blood and brains on it, not bothering to rub off the blood from his face, or his hand, he moved out into the hall. A bit of the building not far from him had collapsed, making it an easy escape route. He moved there and skillfully moved down the rubble, the fighting in the section of the courtyard he had appeared in seemed to have died down, but he was sure he could find more Fire nation with little to no effort. He glanced around before noticing a girl, she was Earth Kingdom, that was apparent, his heart fell through when he saw her red hair, it was not Izumi, but she still may know something.

He jogged towards her, she was leaned against a wall near the rubble, attractive in her own regard, but Aoi didn't notice, he hardly cared at that point in time. He kneeled down next to her, forgetting again about the blood on his face and arm, before speaking to the girl, not in a caring, nor a forceful tone, but one of indifference, cold and clear, "What have you seen? Have they taken prisoners? Have you seen any high ranking officers?"

The girl had obviously been through an ordeal, so being spoken to in such a manor seemed hardly constructive, but he hadn't the time, nor the spirit, to think on such terms.

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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The situation surrounding Tochi wasn't necessarily dire, but it wasn't looking good. The crippling pain of a fresh burn creating a numb sensation in your left leg, and the remnants that remained of his chilled encounter were hindrances not to be desired. The upside was the effectiveness of his attack; the flash of flames that Tochi had launched indeed made contact with Tetsip, searing the upper half of his face. Tochi couldn’t note specifically, but it had appeared that the flames may have hindered his eye sight. Although, he was lead to believe it not true due to Tetsip’s constant pursuit of the Air Bender.

“Damn, I didn’t help much at all.” Tochi was pretty disappointed he couldn’t stop Tetsip from attacking the girls, but he had tried his best, relatively speaking. As he lay against a nearby rock that protruded from the scorched ground, Tochi was fading. ‘I… have to… stay… awake…’ The pain was excruciating and the guilt was racking on his spirit. The two weights just bogged him down too much. ‘I’m… a fool.’ Tochi let out a half-hearted snicker as he began to raise himself off the ground.

Tochi could see his two new friends, if they could even be called that. The Air Bender had just released a loud, ear piercing scream and the Fire Nation Soldiers just dropped like flies. He snickered lightly, "No one should talk to her... she might talk your ears off... or just rip your ears off..." He laughed a little more freely this time. "I need to just shut up..." Tochi realized that his current predicament wasn't looking to good.

The lime green hue twinkled with the sun’s shining rays and for a moment he caught a glimpse of two people over by another building. ‘Two more people, I doubt they’re Fire Soldiers…’ Although the image was rather fuzzy, he could distinguish that one was leaning against the crumbling building while another stood beside them. They two seemed to be holding a conversation of sorts. Although the getup looked familiar, it was apparent that they weren't Air Nomads. From this distance, Tochi had no luck of finding out who, are what, they were. “Just my luck.” In this position it was hard to know whether they were friend or foe, but heck, either way Tochi would probably get his ass kicked... Being from the Fire Nation wasn't looking to be so great right now.

Tochi’s emotions were quite mixed at the moment though. He could continue helping the girls he just met, he could remain loyal to the Fire Nation, or he could simply flee the scene. It was the decision between what felt right, Tochi's pride and his cowardice. Ultimately, the decision did nothing; no matter which emotion he followed, he was bound to bad luck. “Alright… I just have to flee the scene…” Tochi’s gut often spoke the greatest sense; as the man limped away from the escalating battle, the gut wrenching feeling that swept him grew ever so worse. “Heh, my heart is gonna kill me for this.” At this point, Tochi wasn’t exactly clear on his own intentions; he found that his body had trekked the distance between himself and the two strangers. ‘Maybe they can help me… but... maybe not’ Tochi then collapsed a mere few feet from the two strangers, unconscious.

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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Kazuko Mori


The fire benders around her were dropping, but her situation wasn’t improving, just buying her time. Her arm was shot and charred, and she was having a hard time seeing straight from the pain. Mai was coming through the firebenders, straight towards her. She was deliberately disobeying, as usual. Sweet Mai, a bleeding heart with a listening problem. Kazuko cracked a smile, an actual smile. Maybe it was the relief she was feeling or that she wasn’t quite going to die yet, but she momentarily disregarded the current annoyances.

“Shh, don’t move.” Mai instructed, and Kazuko did just that, letting her mind wonder while she waited. Where did those flames come from? The ones down here I had coming in that swarm, I was an open target. But the ones that shot me down…they didn’t come from those troops. Too far left.

“Hey, youre going to be okay. Get up.” Kazuko flexed her fingers in her left hand. Her skin was still charred and burning, but the muscle worked and the bone was completely healed. It wasn’t perfect and it didn’t feel great, but it functioned and that was more than she could have asked for. ”Thanks.” she nodded, grateful. Mai was waving her on, but she heard something by her feet.

“Heh, my heart is gonna kill me for this.” She could barely make it out, but it was the sight she was a greater shock. At her feet was the fire soldier, the Tochi character. He seemed mangled and burned, barely conscious if at all. He was looking up and she followed his gaze. Earth benders? That has to be...Aoi and Izumi! They're alive! They're the only earth nation here, it has to be them. She was grateful and hopeful, glad another from her home was okay. There didn't seem to be any left. She looked around, no air benders, but she did find the other soldier, Tetsip. In a heap of other soldiers, he looked almost as bad off as Tochi but he was handling his state of consciousness a little better. Her eyes fallowed Tetsip’s path to where he was, and then it clicked. Tetsip was the one who hit me and it looks like Tochi got hit getting in the way. That would explain why it was farther left than I was looking.

Everything was getting in the way of them and Bo, and yet she couldn’t just leave Tochi. In a way, she owed him a life debt. There was a balance that needed to be kept, the monks had always taught her that, not that there was anything she could do. But Mai could. ”Mai, look. We can’t hold off on Bo any longer so Im going after him. But he needs help.” she nodded towards Tochi, then looking back in Bo’s direction. ”You don’t have to help him, but its not like I can do anything.” Mai’s a big girl, she can choose for herself, but knowing her heart theres a good chance she’ll help him.

Kazuko shot up, not taking any time to watch for Mai’s reaction. Luckily they weren’t far, and that one leap got her close enough to him. He was bad, half drug into the bushes and too much blood to tell how bad it was. But one thing was in his favor, and it was something she never expected. Kazuko recognized the caw immediately; it was Shou, her RavenHawk. She used the term ‘her’ loosely, as it seemed to have more loyalty to Bohai than her. Well, maybe he just needed it more, but a check-up would have been nice. Shou seemed to be protecting him, which may have just saved his life. Kazuko reached down to stroke Bo’s face, Shou circling overhead. The fire benders seemed to have left, not finding Bo much of a threat anymore. She had to get him to Mai, though, before she attracted the fire benders back. Prepping an orb of air to carry Bo, Kazuko prepared to transport him.

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Hiroko was launched a few feet away and managed to grab hold of a tree branch. This bender was obviously powerful and she did not want to under estimate him again. Quickly regaining her composure, she stood, watching and studying the Airbender. She needed to evaluate her foe before recklessly charging into him again. He was using his twister to keep himself propelled and in order for her to have an advantage, she would need to disarm his twister and force him to the ground. The only way to do that was to dive straight into the middle and use a burst of flames to suck out the oxygen from the twister. After all, oxygen only fuels the fire. Before she could follow through with her plan, a commotion caught her attention. She spotted an Airbender, a Waterbender, two of her Firebenders, and an Earthbender. One of the Firebenders, it seemed, was fighting another. A scowl marred her face as she directed her attention towards the traitor. This Airbender could wait; he wasn't the Avatar. He was much too old to be the twelve year old kid her father spoke of.

"Good news airbender, you get to live today," she spoke with disdain. She twisted her body towards the area she had spotted the fight and with a powerful flame thrust, forced herself back towards the tower.

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Maizhen saw that Kazuko wasn't moving, wait no she was moving. In the wrong direction. She saw Shou circling over Bohai. She took a deep breath in and was about to leave Kazuko when she spoke. ”Mai, look. We can’t hold off on Bo any longer so Im going after him. But he needs help.” she nodded towards Tochi, then looking back in Bo’s direction. ”You don’t have to help him, but its not like I can do anything.” Mai watched as Kazuko made her way over to Bo. She let out a loud sigh/scream.

"God dammit Kazu!" She yelled then made her way to Tochi, putting her hand on her side to stop some of the bleeding. She looked at the Earthbenders. "He's good. Don't hurt him." She looked down at the unconscious firebender at her feet. She dropped to her knees and put her hands on his left leg, where the worst wound was. Water glowed blue around his leg and on her hands. She blinked a few times, having a hard time concentrating. She finally closed her eyes, and healed his leg. She inhaled sharply as her body was again deprived of energy. Precious energy she should be saving for Bohai. She sat back and dropped ice cold water on his face. She then pulled him in into her lap, and put her hands on his head. The back of his head and his back had her blood on it now, from laying on her wound, but she was certain that at this point, it didn't matter. He looked like he had a few head injuries, which needed to be fixed as well. As she healed these wounds, her nose began bleeding slightly.

"Get up." She said, and wiped her nose on her sleeve, leaving a streak of red on the light blue fabric. Her voice was soft and hoarse, like she'd been talking too much. When she saw Kazuko with Bohai, one last kick of adrenaline pumped through her veins. She pushed herself up, letting Tochi slide off of her lap. She stumbled a bit as she made her way over to Bo, who was being transported in an air bubble. "Bo, Bo wake up." She cradled his head, covering herself in blood even more, if it was possible. "Bo, it's going to be okay." She was crying now, holding onto him as she pulled water from the ground. Once more, the water gave off a beautiful blue light, hiding her blood stained hands. She placed her hands on his head, healing the wound completely, unlike the other people she healed. Her nose began bleeding profusely, and her side was still leaking crimson everywhere. She felt extremely dizzy, but she moved onto healing his leg."Stay with me, Bo." She whispered. At least she thought she whispered it, she couldn't tell what was reality, and what was just in her mind anymore. The pain was worsening, and her energy was fading fast. Everything was fading. Bo's breathing was still shallow, and it was slowing, despite his head injury being healed.

As Mai healed his leg, she began to become hysteric, because Bo wasn't responding. "Don't leave me!" She cried, holding onto him, holding onto consciousness. She was healing everything, even things that didn't need it. She pushed herself too far, and as much as she was trying to fight it, her world snapped away from her like waking up from a bad dream. She fell back and hit her head on the hard ground, she couldn't feel it though. She couldn't feel anything.

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Eiko stood, still leaning against the wall for a moment. She tried to keep track of everything that had happened but things were starting to blur again. She was worried she might pass out again, or there was the possibility her brain had been damaged and now it was starting to kill her....though she doubted that.
Suddenly, someone crouched next to her, making her jump. As quickly as she could she tried to get into a defensive stance, however she wasn't able to. Seeing as the man was from the Earth kingdom as well, she gave a small sigh of relief. However there was something odd about him, even at a time like this. His voice held no compassion at all, nor anything else. Her eyes stared at him for a moment before her brain registered his words. "I haven't seen anything. I think someone hit the building and then some of the side came down on me. I'm just waking up...." She replied to him before glancing out from the building. From the distance, she could almost make out a Fire Nation soldier walking there way. As he grew closer, she realized he was indeed walking towards them and then collapsed.
Her initial thought was he deserved it, however, when glancing over at Aoi she suddenly got a chill. Was this man so desperate he would attack another man while he was down? She took a deep breath and stood up straight, ready to do whatever she needed to do. Honestly, Eiko didn't like the fire nation and it was close to hate. However, she didn't believe you should attack a man when he is down. It just wasn't fair and it wasn't right.
As she stared at the fire nation man, a water bender came and began healing him. "He's good. Don't hurt him." She stated as she healed him. Eiko was about to ask how they knew each other but before she got the chance, the water bender was gone. "Damn... I'll have to ask later.." She thought to herself while kneeling down next to the fire nation soldier. Since he was healed by a water bender, that had to mean something was good about him, however, she didn't think Aoi was likely to see it. Though she didn't get into a defensive stance, she watched him out of the corner of her eye carefully, ready to move at the slightest movement.

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Aoi glared at the woman, obviously distraught, and his tone didn't seem to aid in her turmoil, not that Aoi much cared, he had his goal and he had his mind set. He heard her answer with a negative to his query, which angered Aoi, he would have pressed her further had he not felt someone stepping closer to them. Having a large blind spot and horrible depth perception, Aoi uses a combination of vibrations through earth with his one good eye to get a clearer view of things. He swiftly turned and saw a Fire Nation soldier move closer, injured, definitely, and collapse not far from them. Aoi smiled maliciously, this was exactly what he required, and exactly what he could use to find Izumi. He was getting ready to move towards him when a water bender moved quickly towards him, healed him, and stated, "He's good. Don't hurt him."

Of course, Aoi had no intention to follow this girls orders, this was the perfect chance for him to get information at any means necessary, he didn't want to constrain the girl, but would have been willing to if she had not rushed off before saying something else that Aoi didn't catch. Aoi stood up and watched as the Earth Kingdom girl moved over to the Fire Nation soldier. He could sense that she would have a problem with him "probing" the poor sod for information, but he needed the information, he needed Izumi, even if he had to break every last bone in the man's body, he would find any information he needed.

He moved to the opposite side of the man, continuing to stand and looking down at the girl. He scowled before saying in a forceful tone, "If you have a problem with anything I am about to do, then I suggest you leave, because I have no qualms with hurting women..." The blood on his face and hand would make it seem that he had no problem with killing either, but he didn't feel the need to mention that. In a swift motion he stomped on the Fire Nation soldier's stomach, hard, and quickly knelt down next to him, ready to go for his short blade, or to trap him in earth, if need be. He ignored any facial reaction from the girl across from him and said to the man, "You're going to tell me everything I want to know, or I will start to break you..." His eyes showed a demonic presence, filled with pure rage, showing that he was very willing to fulfill his threat.

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Tochi Shiguro


Although being unconscious, Tochi could feel an odd sensation overlapping his wounds. There were no words to explain what he felt, in all honesty he couldn't feel anything. As his wounds seemed to slowly vanish from his body, faint sounds could be heard creeping into his head. 'What's going on...' It was the oddest sensation Tochi had ever felt. As he remained exhausted, Tochi would zone in and out catching some sounds here some others there. 'I hear... people.' He still couldn't figure out what in the world was happening, just that a wave of relief engulfed him. The odd thing about that wave was it's icy feel; it almost felt like icy water being thrown in his face.

~Shortly after the relieving wave Tochi felt an odd tension. He couldn't quite pinpoint it, but it was that feeling you get when you think someone is watching you. It wasn't a moment later that ridiculously sharp pain erupted from Tochi's torso, but following the pain was a bold voice. "You're going to tell me everything I want to know, or I will start to break you..." The odd thing about it was it's sharp qualities, just like that of a sword, sharp and pointed. But, it was after the moment of thought that Tochi realized his pain. "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!" In one fowl swoop, Tochi managed to wake up, and hop off the ground while simultaneously propelling himself into a nearby wall. Unfortunately for Tochi, he was propelled forward and essentially face planted the wall. "Ow." He collapsed onto his back, again, but remained conscious this time. "Why me...?" He looked up towards the sky as his vision blurred and a thick red liquid trickled down his face. "What the blazes is going on here?!" Despite his aching body, Tochi was fine. His burn vanished and the ice that was plastered over his torso was removed too. 'Did someone heal me...?' Tochi looked at his body and was surprised to see that his wounds were healed effectively, how convenient.

It wasn't until that moment, as Tochi regained his proper vision that he noticed everything. The girls were there, and they seemed to have gained two new friends. There were also two new critters that joined the group, a large... fluffy creature, most likely the Bo he heard so much about, and a bird. "Greeeaaat... animals..." It then dawned on him, Tetsip had vanished and these two new people might be friends. One of the newcomers was a guy with dark hair, he appeared very... bloody, since it literally covered him head to toe, but he also had a presence about him. The presence he gave off didn't sit well with Tochi, it almost seemed like he was a demon of sorts. The other was a rather short girl, she was also looking at him, but she was vastly different than the guy. She was short-er for one and her eyes just seemed to glow with the finesse of an Earth Bender.

'That's it!' This duo was probably a pair of Earth Benders, Tochi recognized the garb, since he was fairly familiar with the Earth Kingdom and it's culture. "So, Mr. Earth Bender. Do you always act like a stone cold asshole? Or am I a special fire in your eye?" Tochi wasn't exactly at his prime, although all of his previous wounds were healed he was sore and had some aching limbs. 'I couldn't have been out for that long...' Tochi cringed a bit as he stood facing the man, he wasn't in any condition to fight, maybe they could settle everything peacefully.

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Eiko watched carefully as Aoi walked around the fire bender and stood on the other side of him. She tried to keep calm, however the hairs on the back of her neck started to stand up. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't shake the feeling that the Earth bender was deranged. Was he so set on killing that he would harm an unconscious man? No matter what nation your from, thats simply wrong.
"If you have a problem with anything I am about to do, then I suggest you leave, because I have no qualms with hurting women..."
Eiko heard his words, and stood. "I have no problem hurting men, sir." She replied, however was a bit too late. Before she could react, he had already stomped onto the poor fire bender and was now starting his interrogation. She clenched her teeth and got ready to make an attack if Aoi tried to attack the man again.
As the fire bender jumped up, Eiko herself jumped at the sudden movement. She watched him carefully, now waiting for him to launch some sort of attack but she quickly realized he didn't seem like that kind of person. As she watched him, her guard lowered and her head tilted to the side as she tried to study him. He looked like a fire nation soldier, but his actions were very different. Never in her life has she seen one act that way. It was interesting to her, to say the least.
However, she she watched him, her eyes caught sight of Aoi. She took a deep breath and walked so she stood in between the two benders. "I do believe we can either settle this peacefully, or go our separate ways." She stated, looking back and forth between them, ready to strike at any moment. In all honesty, she wasn't sure what she could do, and the Earth bender looked a bit stronger then her. However, that had never stopped her from trying before and it sure as hell wasn't going to stop her now.

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Aoi Ren


Aoi watched as the man jolted awake, propelling himself upward and almost immediately falling back down. Of all the soldiers I could have captured I had to get the half-wit... Aoi thought. He was growing angrier by the second, ready to start beating the man simply for pleasure rather than to get information, but he hadn't the liberties to do that... He already knew he hated the man, and his hatred was reaffirmed by him speaking, "So, Mr. Earth Bender. Do you always act like a stone cold asshole? Or am I a special fire in your eye?"

He was ready to lob off one of the man's hands to teach him not to piss Aoi off, when the girl, obviously not intimidated by his threat, stepped in between them. Aoi scowled once more, grinding his teeth a bit at the annoyance, she said, "I do believe we can either settle this peacefully, or go our separate ways."

Aoi laughed a bit before grinning menacingly towards the two of them, he could cut her down and get to the man in three seconds, or simply bend any metal the man behind her had and stab her in the back... but he decided to patronize her little parley for the time being, the half-wit had no real reason to lie, and if Aoi suspected, he could kill the girl and torture him anyway. He glared at the girl, his grin departing and the hate returning to his eyes, although Izumi always said that even when he tried to look menacing, his blind eye always made him look saddened, Aoi never really bothered to check... He spoke in the same forceful tone he had before hand at the girl and said, "There is no way I will let you let him go, no matter what... but peaceful talks may be advisable..." He looked at the man behind her and continued speaking, "I presume from your get-up, half-wit, that you are with the Fire Nation army, did they have any quarters assigned to non-air nomad prisoners...? And if so where? If not, were their orders to eliminate them?" He wanted to get into the man calling him an ass-hole, but that would have to wait, he needed to find Izumi, and fast...

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The target Tetsip hit wasn't moving or budging at all; formidable defense for an airbender.
Roll back, dual open palm punch. The heat is scorching everything in front of him, and due to
not having heard any steps, he's sure he got the airbender. Just to make sure, he leaps forward
again. The result: A broken nose and bleeding lip. Tetsip, at the end of his wits, carefully
like a wild animal in first contact with a human, feels forward. Stone? It's a statue.
He starts feeling with both hands. Air nomad. Suddenly, a stinging pain in his left hand. A
pain he was too familiar with. Burns. The adrenaline and hatred of the fight wear off.
And pain comes over him like tides over an island. He breathes heavily, but it soon turns
into a grunting and sobbing. His whole body is covered in burns, he can't see and barely hears on his left ear,
several bones are broken, his nose is broken, one tooth is loose, he can't tell how much blood he's
lost and he's sure he tore both his abdominal and his trapezius muscle. Leaning on the statue,
immobilized by pain, he drifts off into a daydream.

A young girl hugs him, telling him he doesn't have to fight anymore. He starts crying and tells
her how sorry he is for all the things he did, he tells her they should run off together and
live somewhere in peace. She kisses him on the forehead and the usual crying turns into the screeching,
sobbing crying of a small kid who's hurt. He hugs her back, unable to express what he feels. Unable
to tell her how happy it would make him. Her kiss turns cold.

A single tear, without any facial movement, runs down his cheek as the airbender statue's lips press
against his forehead. Shaking his head, he's ashamed of the traitorous thoughts he just had.
With clinical routine and precision, his hands are searching for bleeding wounds, immediately cauterizing them.
He still has an ace up his sleeve. A small flask, filled with a white fluid. Battle drugs.
All nations used them. Ten times the energy. With this and the hearing on his left ear returning,
he had a real fighting chance. If he only could see where the air nomad went. If he only could...
feel it. It hits him like the lighting that took two of his fingers; feel it. Everything emits warmth or
coldness. He turns his back to the statue. Cold. Wood around it hot, burning. It all still was blurry,
barely indicating a rough direction of things, but he was better off than he was before.

Air nomads. Winds. Follow the winds. A simple thought. A large, cold and blurry thing to the right of him.
An exit.

Even outside, he still didn't see anything but complete darkness. But he felt the sun, he smelled the stench
of burning corpses and most importantly, he felt a well known warmth approaching. ,, Fiery blaze...look like? "
He barely makes the words out, but recognizes the wording - a fellow fire nation soldier. ,, Encountered
heavy resistance. Traitor attacked me. Airbender escaped. " He unknowingly shouts, now sounding even
more primal and rough. ,, Don't need ... shout. " The soldier responds. ,, ... is bleeding. ... hear me? "
,, Can hear you. Barely. Name, rank, unit. " The soldier leans forward towards Tetsip, he thinks, judging
by the warmth of his breath. ,, Kago Izuki, Soldier, 21st ! " ,, Tetsip Taduo, Soldier, 23rd. " The soldier
backs off in awe ,, Koh's man? B.O.M.D - Bender of mass destruction? Flaming inferno, you're a legend! Come
on, you need those wounds treated! " ,, Wounds irrelevant. Airbender escaped! " ,, Wounds irrelevant? You
can barely stand, even now you're barely conscious, you need to rest! " ,, Killed the first man before you
first kissed a girl! " Tetsip shouts, pointing in the soldiers face. ,, Conquered the first fortress before you
thought about wearing a uniform! " He can feel the soldier backing off. ,, Do you know how I earned the
nickname Koh's man? I burn off the faces of my opponents! " The soldier turns around, murmuring something and
runs off. I'm sorry. Didn't mean to - No, don't show weakness. Mission is important, need to find airbender.

First things first. His armor was heavy, his clothes soaked in blood and water. Violently he tears down what is left
of his garbs, leaving only his pants and leather boots. Ironic, he thought, he now just looked like a wounded
officer of any other nation. Hoping for his hearing to return a bit more, he slowly feels his way forward. Now,
leaning on a rock, he pulls out his tea flask. Patience.

Little did he know that just a few steps behind him, there was a group of people and animals, ready to tear him
to shreds should they find out about him. And, of course, should they recognize him.

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They landed in the area she had pointed out and almost as soon as she placed her feet on the ground the airbender took off yelling. "Find me later! Good luck! Don't die!" She raised an eyebrow and watched him run and said quietly to herself. "Alright...Don't you die either.." She started jogging around to find some nonhostile life. She looked around at the ruins. There were burned corpses...buildings burned to nothing but black rubble. Inside one of the burnt down houses she saw two bodies, desperately clinging to eachother. The bodies looked like a parent and a child. Masami instantly looked away and closed her eyes. Who would do such a thing?! She kept searching and she heard noises further up ahead so she headed there but made sure she remained silent as she approached.
She peeked her head out from behind a pillar and saw two men and a woman. One of the men were on the ground and he looked injured and...she noticed the uniform. A firebender... She thought. The other two looked like they were from the earth kingdom. Maybe they were earthbenders aswell... Then the standing man kicked the already injured man in the stomach and Masami gasped. Brutal.. The firebender had gotten up and Masami walked out from behind her hiding place and approached the trio. She approached from behind the male earthbender and walked past him and the woman and stood directly in front of the firebender, staring into his light green eyes with her own icy blue. Her fists were clenched and trembling. She spoke slowly and in a harsh tone. "You...your people...did this?"

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Lifting Bo over to Mai, Kazuko quickly followed, noticing a large crowd forming around Mai and Tochi. When she made it over, she found Mai unconscious over Bo. She must have used the last of her energy healing him. I have to wake her up, she could slip into a coma if I don’t wake her up. By this time Bo was standing, completely healed or so it seemed. Kazuko remained oblivious to anything but Mai right now, she had all of her focus.

Blowing air onto Mai’s face, she lifted her onto Bo’s back, knowing he would keep her safe. Keeping Mai too close to herself would put them both in danger; Kazuko seemed to be drawing less than desirable attention because of her air bender affiliation. Bo was baying, nudging Mai with his head, Shou perched next to her watching quietly.

Kazuko turned around abruptly, hearing shouting and recognizing both voices. "You're going to tell me everything I want to know, or I will start to break you..." Aoi…. "So, Mr. Earth Bender. Do you always act like a stone cold asshole? Or am I a special fire in your eye?" What the hell is going on between him and Tochi?? She crossed over to Aoi’s side, noticing his hostility and vehemence towards Tochi and….a stranger? It was the other earth bender that was with him early, Izumi wasn’t there. She understood now, that’s what this all was about.

”Aoi,” Kazuko started, her voice quite, serious but had a subtle undertone of empathy. Aoi and her were the same age; his sister wasn’t uncommon to her either. She wasn’t particularly close to either, but they were air temple, they were kin. And right now, they were more important than a fire bender she just met and an earth bender she had never seen. Izumi was missing, and she could see the pain on Aoi’s face. She recognized it as the same she had when she had lost her parents earlier. She knew this hurt, the other two did not.

”Aoi,” She began again, a little louder, placing her hand lightly on his shoulder. ”He has been with Mai and I for the past several hours, practically since it started, he couldn’t have been with Izumi. If it makes you feel better, kill him, Ill even help. But you don’t need to feel better, you need to find her, and you’ll get a lot more help than mine if you’d just concentrate on that.” Kazuko was looking at him intently, and she was serious about her offer. If nothing else, she did have some ounce of loyalty in her, and it wasn’t to strangers, certainly not fire benders. ”Get your priorities straight, he is not worth a damn right now compared to finding her.”

Somewhere, she knew Tochi probably didn’t deserve to die, he had proven himself in one way or another, not that she wasn’t still wary. This new earth bender, though, was pretty quick to defend a fire bender and they didn’t interact comfortably enough to have been previous friends. If she wasn’t siding with the individual, she was siding with the emblem and that didn’t sit well at all with Kazuko, and her eyes narrowed at the girl. She needed close watch. But one stranger turned into two as another water bender came up. Where are they all coming from?? This one barged in straight to Tochi, pushing accusations. This clown must be new to combat, what the hell is she doing? Really. Kazuko rolled her eyes and rubbed the bridge of her nose, this was getting cumbersome.

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Maizhen was dreaming of flying high above the oceans. No, it wasn't ocean anymore. It was fire. She was hot she had to escape. She was going to suffocate! Cool air blew in her face. She wrinkled her nose. She was overcome by a more intense sensation of floating in the air. It was vivid, tangible.

She felt a cold nose on her face, and a whinny in her ear. It sounded desperate. She was trying to find it. But she couldn't make her way back to the light. On the outside, her hands were flexing and holding onto Bohai's fur, and her eyes were moving rapidly under their lids, but Mai felt trapped in the darkness. Finally, with a more violent nudge from her animal friend, she was awoke. Her head felt light, and she was in pain everywhere. Her side. The hole gaping was looking bad, but do to her unconsciousness, a different part of her brain took over and healed it just enough so she would live. An emergency store of energy only saved for life and death situations. Of course, she had no control over it.

"Bo.." She whispered as she weakly held onto his neck. She rummaged in one of the bags attached to his saddle-like thing. She took a deep drink of a mixture in a black flask. It was herbs and water. Extremely refreshing, and energizing. She lay in his back, with the back of her head rest on the back of his, listening to everyone. Tochi just got threatened by a guy that Kazuko called Aoi. Wait, Kazuko was going to kill Tochi? She was missing parts of the conversation. She opened her eyes, feeling better. The special drink would only last for a little bit. And her little... nap wasn't going to help much either. She turned her head and looked at them.

She heard Kazuko saying they needed to find someone. As Mai's eyes fluttered around as she considered this, considered Kazu leaving her, she caught sight of black hair. That's new. She thought. And another earthbender? A girl. where did all these people come from. Wait, back to the black hair. She was speaking.

"You did this?" She asked harshly looking at Tochi. Maizhen knew she didn't have it in her to heal him again if need be, hell she couldn't even heal herself. She slid off of Bo's back and landed on her butt with a thud. A cloud of dust, or ashes rather, billowed around her. She crawled over to the group, rather pathetically to say the least. Wait, that voice. Mai knew that voice. It was older now, stronger, but she still knew it. When she got close enough to the group, she could she her face.

"Masami?!" She asked, her eyes widening. "Holy.." She trailed off and pulled herself up, holding onto Aoi and Kazuko for support. When she stood up, she let go of Aoi's arm, but still held onto Kazuko. "What are you doing here? I haven't seen you in years.." Her voice was soft as she looked at her. "And please.. just please don't hurt him again." she pleaded, looking to Tochi. It's not that she cared that much about his well being, she just didn't want her healing to go to waste. Because if they were to kill him, it would have been pointless to heal him, and she could have healed herself. She sighed, suddenly tired from the exertion of energy. She put her hand on her forehead and swayed a little. She fell to the ground. She felt like she was falling in slow motion. she turned and rested her back on the wall. Her head fell to the side, resting on the earthbender girl's leg. "I .. I hope you don't mind." She said tiredly. She held onto her side, wanting the pain to stop.

Bohai watched as Maizhen crawled over to the people. He was about to follow, but his hoove bumped into something, or someone rather. Tetsip lie at his feet. He leaned down and sniffed at him. He smelled like burnt flesh. Bo grunted and nudged him, trying to get him to get up. Without the firebending uniform to recognize, Bohai didn't know whether to trample him or not. he grunted again, blowing air out of his nose. He stamped the ground, trying to Mai's attention, but it was no use. Instead, he just kept a the man at his feet, sniffing and nudging.

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"Masami?!" Masami was surprised as someone called her name. She hadn't told anyone...and she doubted there was anyone she knew here...But then she knew it. She recognized the voice and quickly turned around, forgetting all about the firebender. "Holy...What are you doing here? I haven't seen you in years.. She was stunned. "Mai..." She knew it was her. Those eyes and the voice, though it sounded a little different...she would never forget. "And please.. just please don't hurt him again." She smiled but her smiled faded instantly when she saw her condition. Her eyes widdened and she ran towards her. "Mai!" She sat down in front of her and gently placed her hands on her cheeks and spoke almost in a whisper. "Who did this to you...?" She ignored the looks from everyone around and focused solely on her childhood friend.

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It had appeared that Tochi’s underhanded comment annoyed the male Earth Bender. It was quite obvious that the man’s frustration was increasing, he was on the verge of attack. ‘I can’t believe this guy, ready to attack anyone, anytime for his own selfish reasons.’ Tochi’s eyes only left the man to notice the female Earth Bender’s actions. She actually stood between them in hopes of stopping the impending combat. "I do believe we can either settle this peacefully, or go our separate ways." That was always Tochi’s approach; avoid fighting and keep the peace, but even he had to admit it wasn’t always the best method. It was after a moment of thought that the male Earth Bender spoke. "There is no way I will let you let him go, no matter what... but peaceful talks may be advisable..." His voice was stiff and gave off the sense that he would get his way. “Let me go, huh? I can leave on my own, I don't need your permission.” Tochi was highly offended that the Earth Bender treated him so. Tochi could leave the premise no matter who dared try to stop him, for God’s sake, his nation just up and turned its back on him.

Alas, the annoying Earth Bender continued. "I presume from your get-up, half-wit, that you are with the Fire Nation army, did they have any quarters assigned to non-air nomad prisoners...? And if so where? If not, were their orders to eliminate them?" Tochi immediately realized that this man was in search of someone that was probably taken prisoner. ‘This guy…’ Tochi was getting a little frustrated. “Alright, Earth Bender.” Tochi assumed a more relaxed pose, trying to loosen the tension a bit. “Do you honestly think that all the soldiers are kept in the know? I mean honestly, if you would open your eyes you could easily notice I’m not a typical Fire Nation Soldier… If you took a moment to look around, all the corpses have legitimate armor on, I do not. Why, because I’m a part of a specific group of units assigned to clearing out the buildings after they’ve been ravaged by the main force. Does that answer your question?” People these days were so oblivious sometimes! Although Tochi couldn’t necessarily blame anyone here, the Fire Nation did launch a full-fledged genocidal assault on the Air Nomads. Most people would feel resentment for any Fire Nation kin, still, the obvious should be taken into account.

Low and behold, another stranger walked onto the scene. She was just about Tochi’s height with long black hair and icy blue eyes. The girl glared at Tochi and revealed a tough voice, naturally sounding very harsh. “You...your people...did this?” The question hit Tochi pretty hard. His eyes widened and he immediately cast his head down. “Yes… yes they did…” He was ashamed. That land he loved so greatly, the Fire Lord he so highly respected, the nation he was proud to be a part of. All of that crumbled before his eyes. Tochi had seen the truth behind the Fire Nation in person, and there was no excuse.

The tense silence was broken when the female Air Bender from before returned. She was trying to stop the male Earth Bender, presumably. She kept saying Aoi, which Tochi could quite easily assume was the man’s name. ‘I guess everyone here knows each other.’ It took a minute, but she finally began to speak. “He has been with Mai and I for the past several hours, practically since it started, he couldn’t have been with Izumi. If it makes you feel better, kill him, I’ll even help. But you don’t need to feel better, you need to find her, and you’ll get a lot more help than mine if you’d just concentrate on that.” Tochi was pretty surprised, the Air Bender just about threw him under the bus. ‘What is her deal?’ For the first time in a long time, Tochi was getting pretty angry, it seemed everyone was judging him based on his Nation of Birth. “Honestly Air Bender! You’re going to just cast me aside after I saved your life? How, in this goddamn world, is that fair?” The pressure was pretty tough, it felt like Tochi had to answer for the Fire Nation’s crimes.

‘How can these people be so…’ He cut his thought as the Air Bender continued speaking. “Get your priorities straight, he is not worth a damn right now compared to finding her.” Tochi’s heart sank quite a bit after that. He was so quick to defend himself that he never let her finish; it just so happened that she was going to, too. ‘Finding her… that’s it…’ Tochi had finally figured out the Aoi, the asshole Earth Bender, lost his girlfriend or sister; whichever it was. He had a hint given the man’s initial question. "I get it now…" He kept his voice low so that nobody would notice.

Tochi couldn’t speak. He was naturally ashamed of being so hasty and lashing out against the Air Bender. Again the conversation went silent and the tension returned. It seemed that everyone wanted answers.

The female Water Bender had finally returned to the group too. Now everyone was here, aside from the missing Tetsip. The Water Bender seemed to be in a semi drunken state, swaying as she walked and such. “Masami?!” Tochi was a little surprised that the new girl and the original Water Bender knew each other. Then again, it helped Tochi all the more. It was somewhat funny how the female Water Bender was fumbling about, she eventually began to lean on Aoi and the Air Bender. "Holy…" She then hopped over to simply hanging on the Air Bender. "What are you doing here? I haven't seen you in years…" She seemed to pause somewhat randomly and then pick up where she left off. "And please.. just please don't hurt him again." As she spoke, her look hovered over to Tochi as if she was trying to defend him still. ‘She must’ve healed me…’ Now, Tochi felt even worse. Not only was he the center of everyone’s hate, but he verbally assaulted the Air Bender and hadn’t thanked the Water Bender for healing him. She then sat down, leaning on the female Earth Bender’s leg. "I… I hope you don't mind." Tochi felt bad, the Water Bender looked to be in quite some pain.

It was then that the girl, Masami, ran over to the Water Bender. "Mai!" Masami then sat down beside the Water Bender, who Tochi had finally learned her name. ‘Mai…’ Masami appeared to show concern for Mai, seemingly ignoring the entire group altogether. "Who did this to you...?" Tochi saw the concern in Masami’s eyes. ‘Masami must be a Water Bender too…’ Tochi finally connected all the dots. ‘The Fire Nation… my homeland…’ All he could do was stare blankly, Tochi didn’t pick any particular place, he just stood there and stared into space contemplating his recent discoveries. 'Everything I know is... falling apart...'

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An unknown, warm and fuzzy thing approaches. Roll to the side. Sadly, all Tetsip did was falling over to the side; he was just too worn out. Gathering all his strength he sits up straight again, right into the nose of something. Sniffing and nudging. ,, You're a curious hairy fellow. " Tetsip lifts his hand to feel what kind of antimal is silly enough to get close to him, but the furry thing lashes back, avoiding his hand. An awkward moment later, Tetsip lowers his hand only to be greeted by sniffing and nudging again. Let's do this your way. Tetsip sniffs back, and nudges the fuzzy thing into it's nose. A smile creeps onto Tetsip's face as he realizes that the thing is playing with him.
,, Tea, Mr. Fuzzy thing? " Reaching out his flask and slightly turning it, the fuzzy thing seems to enjoy the tea. The illusion soon is destroyed after it spits the tea in Tetsip's face. ,, Sometimes, I think, that my tea did something unspeakably terrible and is now being punished for it. Let's have it your way, Mr. Fuzzy thing. " Emptying what is left of the tea in his mouth, he's contemplating on spitting it out right into his companions face, for some silly reason he himself does not properly understand. After gulping it down, he says ,, Mr. Fuzzy thing, you barely escaped your tea-ish demise. " The nudging continues, this time accompanied by a cheerful clap with the hooves.
,, Heard that before. On fire nation armor. You must be the waterbenders companion? " The furry thing nudges him. ,, No, of course not. Don't care about the waterbender. " A cold nose starts surveying his face. ,, Highly unlikely, Mr. Fuzzy thing. I think I hurt her." A soft nudge makes Tetsip turn his head sideways. ,, Don't judge me. She would have done the same. Orders are orders. Wait. You aren't really responding, it's all in my head, right? " The cold nose drives over his cheek and soon Tetsip tastes something metallic in his mouth.
,, Of course. Forgot to cauterize a wound. "
Tetsip's three fingered hand starts feeling around his left side and soon finds a tiny but deep hole, which he immediately cauterizes. ,, Thank you, Mr. Fuzzy thing. You just saved me from bleeding to death. I hope you enjoyed the tea. " Tetsip says, while wiping a sticky mixture of saliva and tea of his face. ,, Got to go now. "
He already heard quite well on his left ear, his right ear was still deaf though, so he felt as if he had no excuse to rest anymore. After several desperate attempts at standing up, a surprisingly friendly nudge helps him up. Tetsip carefully pets his furry savior, before it slowly walks away.
The waterbender seemed to have something in common with the airbender. By tracking one down, he could track down the other.In turn, the waterbender seemed to have something in common with that antimal. The hunt is on. Slowly lifting his right index finger, greenish fire shoots out high into the sky. Endless flares, an advantage of the fire nation many underestimated. This was a special signal, the signal for " escaping airbender. " Soon, the background noise of cracking fire and screams is replaced by the static sound of dozens, if not hundreds of leather boots running towards him.
The heat of his flare shows him something that makes his heart jump, both by shock and by joy. A group of people, just a few steps behind him.
And the smell of an air nomad. The smell of the white haired girl.

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Masami Kumiko Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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Aoi had expected a negative response, glaring at the man with the coldness that existed within him, the eyes of a killer, the eyes of one who had nothing to lose. It was when he answered with, “Do you honestly think that all the soldiers are kept in the know? I mean honestly, if you would open your eyes you could easily notice I’m not a typical Fire Nation Soldier… If you took a moment to look around, all the corpses have legitimate armor on, I do not. Why, because I’m a part of a specific group of units assigned to clearing out the buildings after they’ve been ravaged by the main force. Does that answer your question?” That got Aoi even more angry, he did not expect the man to be so aggravatingly dimwitted, simply because he was not part of the initially strike team, did not mean that he didn't receive orders, or hear rumors, or any of that. He was to go in afterwards to pick off the rest of the people there, it was assured that some from the Earth Kingdom would come to investigate, so the man obviously was being obtuse, there was no way he didn't receive orders of what to do with non-air nomad citizens.

He was about to state this fact when he heard his name, his entire demeanor lifted to one of elation and fear as he turned to the sound beside him, however the voice was not of Izumi, but of one of the air benders from the Temple, Kazuko. His expression changed back to a blank anger before turning away from her and back to his prey. He wasn't particularly "friends" with Kazuko, they had spoken on many occasions over the years, as anyone would over five years, but he never really tried to become close to her. She was attractive and in another life he may have even proposed going out romantically, but never in this, not only was his devotion to his sister too strong, but he realized that no woman would even want him, a pathetic, suicidal, wreck. Kazuko stated, ”He has been with Mai and I for the past several hours, practically since it started, he couldn’t have been with Izumi. If it makes you feel better, kill him, I'll even help. But you don’t need to feel better, you need to find her, and you’ll get a lot more help than mine if you’d just concentrate on that.” Who the hell did she think she was? Simply because they had spoken on a few occasions over the years she thinks she can butt in and tell him what to do? None but the Elders of the Temple knew of the circumstances that caused Aoi and Izumi to live there, and he doubted this woman had their ear, but everyone knew of his devotion to her, beating a traveler half to death for being ungallant towards her. He was annoyed by her response, but did not feel anger towards her until she said, ”Get your priorities straight, he is not worth a damn right now compared to finding her.”

Another woman came into the parley, a tall woman with long black hair, she did not seem Fire Nation, but he couldn't be sure. His suspicions were lifted when she said to the man, ignoring the rest of the group, "You... your people... did this?" He turned from her and back to Kazuko, glaring straight into her eyes.

"You think I need to get my priorities straight?" Aoi stated, his tone quiet but fiery, "I was about to break this boys fingers to find her, I wouldn't kill him, no, I already killed a few before I could question them..." He gestured towards the blood on his body and face, "My priorities are straight, I will do anything, hurt anyone, kill anything, to get Izumi back, no matter what Earth bitch, backward Water Tribesman, or air bender gets in my way... Don't you dare say that my priorities are not straight, and don't even think you know ANYTHING about me..."

He was angry, how dare this woman think she knows anything about his predicament, so what if the fool was with her, he still knows something and isn't talking, which means he needs to start talking, or Aoi will have to kill his "protectors." He was preparing to move towards the Fire Nation soldier, when he felt something grasp his arm and a woman say, "Masami!?" It was the one that healed the Fire Nation soldier not long ago, she recognized the woman and stumbled towards her before resting near the Earth Kingdom woman, the mysterious woman then moved away from the Fire Nation Soldier and towards the Water Tribe girl. They spoke but Aoi chose to ignore it. He was prepared to go towards the Fire Nation soldier again, when he felt lots of movement in the area. He looked around and saw a green flame shoot up into the air. he looked at the Fire Nation Soldier and yelled, "What the hell does that signal mean!?"

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Masami Kumiko Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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Kazuko could feel Aoi tensing up, obviously set off further by her comments. She sighed, keeping her mind clear. It didn’t come as a surprise to her, he was emotional and irrational and Kazuko wasn’t trying to be comforting. It wasn’t anything she held against him, but it was still mildly annoying. It was times like these in which she wished she wasn’t the only level headed one in these situations.

Just then, Mai stumbled back to life and joined the group. Kazuko was relived to see her back on her feet, even if it was barely so. She felt the weight of her on her shoulder as Mai used her as a support, but cringed as she then transferred to the stranger earth-bending girl. She still didn’t trust her, especially with a wounded Mai. However, Mai did seem the other water bender, the one who seemed completely out of her element. Kazuko crinkled her nose in annoyance, that girl was now not in Kazuko’s favor now, either. She wasn’t jealous, no, Kazuko was never jealous. She just didn’t like her, that was all.

Her attention turned back to Tochi, he was shouting at her for her earlier comment. “Honestly Air Bender! You’re going to just cast me aside after I saved your life? How, in this goddamn world, is that fair?” Her eyes shot daggers towards him, biting on the inside of her lip to suppress anything she was thinking. Really? He wouldn’t be talking without her and Mai. Did he even think of saying thank you? She wasted her energy on him. And if anyone was concerned, I practically made it possible. I went to get Bo so she could heal him, I protected both to make it possible, and I basically told her to. That’s it, as far as Im concerned were even and I want nothing more to do with it.

Aoi picked up where Tochi left off, following with a curt "My priorities are straight, I will do anything, hurt anyone, kill anything, to get Izumi back, no matter what Earth bitch, backward Water Tribesman, or air bender gets in my way... Don't you dare say that my priorities are not straight, and don't even think you know ANYTHING about me...". Fantastic, anyone else want to go ape shit on me? Come on, take your shots, boys. How dare I help, how dare I indeed. Her eyes closed and she took another deep breath, she just needed to keep calm, someone had to.

Before she had time to think about how to proceed, a flare shot up signaling their location. “What the hell does that signal mean?!” she heard Aoi say, most likely to Tochi. Kazuko could hear the sound of boots, and lots of them. ”It means we need to move, theres more coming than we are in any shape to defend against.” Kazuko’s eyes darted around them, the flare had shot up, meaning there was someone else with them.

”Shou? she whispered, carrying her sound into the air. A soft caw followed in response, it was a transaction she doubted anyone else could pick up on, or even care about. Her eyes followed the sound to where he was, still with Bohai, but father back. She soon realized why, there was a fire bender with them. She might not have recognized the bloody and mangled figure, except for one detail: the tea. He didn’t seem in any shape to fight, but he could be useful for interrogation or negotiation.

”I found our fire bug, guys. Some one grab him, we might need him.
But after that, we seriously need to get moving. Anyone who wants to come with me is welcome.”
She wasn’t speaking to anyone in particular, but air wasn’t exactly the best element to confine someone. She then moved over to Mai and started to help her up. ”Mai, we have to go now,” her face softened and her tone was low, knowing Mai was still out of it. Turning back to Aoi, her voice now serious but her face unchanged, ”Im going through the mountain, less fire benders that way. And if Izumi is still here, that’s where she’d be. If we take Tetsip over there, he might just lead us to her. Hes pretty high up, despite his uniform being gone now.” It was meant as an invitation, but it came out more as a statement. He didn’t have to come, hell she would be fine if all she had to deal with was Mai, but she couldn’t take care of Mai, defend herself, and look for Izumi all by herself. And frankly, the two strangers and Tochi weren’t exactly on her good side.

Meanwhile Shou had managed enough courage to move from his hiding spot behind Bo, moving towards the stranger cautiously and landing a peck on Tetsip’s knee before jumping straight back on top of Bo. If he liked the stranger, it was enough to give Shou some confidence.

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Masami Kumiko Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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Mai looked at Masami and put her hand over one of hers that was resting on her cheek. "Who did this to you?" Masami asked her softly.

"I.. I don't know. Firebenders, but I took them out, don't worry." She almost laughed, but it instantly turned into a moan of pain. She looked around the group, her vision was getting better as the drink she had ingested made it's way into her system. The drunken effects were wearing off, but that also meant the pain would be back at it's worst. She would be able to walk and handle herself, for the time being that was. She looked at Tochi as he spoke harshly to Kazuko, and she regretted healing him for a moment. Then Aoi jumped in and started yelling at her. Mai gritted her teeth and sat up straight, listening to everything Aoi was saying.

"My priorities are straight, I will do anything, hurt anyone, kill anything, to get Izumi back, no matter what Earth bitch, backward Water Tribesman, or air bender gets in my way... Don't you dare say that my priorities are not straight, and don't even think you know ANYTHING about me..." Backward? No, you're the one who's backward. Her eyes turned to slits, but she caught a glimpse of Kazuko. She was calming herself, just like an airbender would do. Maizhen crossed her arms in front of her. She would have hit the two of them upside the head. As she looked around the group again, she saw Tochi's blank face. An empty stare. What was he thinking? What was that look on his face? She knew that look.. From a long time ago. It was the same look the women had on their faces when they told her father the news of his wife's death. It was guilt, but for something they couldn't have helped. Tochi felt guilty for what his nation did. She might have said something, but she noticed a green glare on her skin. As she frowned, she looked up, seeing the green flames covering the sky.

Bo kept nudging the injured person, but once he was pet, he trotted away, expecting his friend to follow. That didn't happen though, instead, a terribly horrifying green flame shot up into the air. Bo reared onto his hind legs, scaring Shou a bit. As the firebenders made their approach, Bo stood next to his tea buddy again, protecting him. Or so he thought.

Zhen was completely fascinated and missed what anyone had said. The next thing she knew, Kazu was helping her up, telling her they were leaving. "Where are we going?" She asked, as she looked at the mass of firebenders lining up behind.. Bohai! She whistled and he nudged a lump on the ground. "Well get him and let's go!" She yelled, realizing who she was telling Bo to save once Kazuko said something about him.

When Bo heard the familiar whistle his eyes darted in Mai's direction, she was pointing at the man and waving him towards her. He scooped him up with the slight help of Shou. Finally, they were able to slide him over his horns onto his back and they made their way over to Maizhen. He whinnied, impatiently waiting for Maizhen. The waterbender looked to Aoi, seeing whether or not he would come along. They didn't have time to wait now though, she pulled herself onto Bo's back with Tetsip laying over the saddle face down in front of her. If she hadn't been hurt, she wouldn't have ridden, so Bo would be faster. but considering her wounds, she had no choice. Aoi wasn't injured terribly to her knowledge, and Kazuko could airbend still, so neither of them were in desperate need of riding Bo.

Bo took a few steps forward, but Mai stopped him, hearing a horrible cry of pain. She saw a man with blonde hair lying on the ground. His clothes were tattered and burnt. He pushing himself up, only to get him with another flame. He flew a few feet and landed with a painful thud.He was airbending, but he wasn't wearing the traditional clothing. Her eyes widened, but at this point there was literally nothing she could do. She looked at Masami, wondering if she could heal. The thought crossed her mind about taking Masami with her, but it was her own choice, not Mai's. She turned her eyes away from the aibender getting attacked. Her face was plastered with guilt. She tried to swallow but there was a lump in her throat. "Tsa, Bo." She whispered, and he kicked off in a steady gallop, away from the terrible scene.

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Shan To Kor Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Masami Kumiko Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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The Fire Nation was coming en masse and there was no way he could survive, he wanted to stay and fight, but then Kazuko's words resonated through his mind, "Get your priorities straight..." Although he had snapped at her, he knew she was right, he wanted to die, selfishly, while believing he could save his sister... But she was right, Izumi was all that mattered, and he had to find her, not waste himself in the attempt... Deep down he knew she was dead, but he couldn't accept it, no matter what, he had to search for her... With his mind clear and anew, he heard Kazuko speak, ”I found our fire bug, guys. Someone grab him, we might need him. But after that, we seriously need to get moving. Anyone who wants to come with me is welcome.” He turned to her, as she spoke to the water tribe girl, whom was already on the move riding a large creature with the "Fire Bug" that Kazuko had stated before. She then turned to Aoi and spoke the words that would have the most barring on his psyche for a very long time, ”I'm going through the mountain, less fire benders that way. And if Izumi is still here, that’s where she’d be. If we take Tetsip over there, he might just lead us to her. He's pretty high up, despite his uniform being gone now.” It wasn't the words themselves that mattered, but rather that fact that she cared, not for Aoi, because no one cared for Aoi, he was pathetic and an ass, but she seemed to care for Izumi. They had probably spoken much more than Aoi and her, but he hadn't the time to consider things like that.

He looked around at the group one last time before moving close to Kazuko, so that only she would hear him say in a low tone, "I am going with you, but I need that man alive and alone, with your little Water Bending friend willing to heal him when need be..." He watched the man called "Tetsip" and the water tribe girl ride off at a low speed. He had a new prey, one that would be more fruitful than the half-witted buffoon. He looked back at the half-wit, just before an Air bender, not looking very air bender-esque, came and practically propelled them away towards a tree. Seeing as it wasn't Aoi's problem anymore, he simply moved away and started to follow the water tribe girl at a quick pace, not taking his eyes off his prey...

His head was clear, he needed to find Izumi, she was alive, she had to be, and Aoi would find her and take her home... Not only was she alive, she was unsullied... that was what he said to himself over and over again... She was alive, she was alive and well... She was alive and untouched... Aoi needed to believe that... even if she was alive, if she experienced the same thing their brother did... Aoi would have failed her again, and his psyche could not handle that, there was no way he would live after that, even if he had to end it himself... only this time, he wouldn't fail...

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Masami Kumiko Character Portrait: Mizuko Eiko Hwang Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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Eiko glanced back and forth between the two benders until she heard Aoi speak. There is no way I will let you let him go, no matter what... but peaceful talks may be advisable..." She gave a faint smile, though she was simply glad he was willing to cooperate. Still in a defensive stance, she moved out from between the two men, but she stayed close enough to act if she needed to. Her green eyes focused on the fire bender as he spoke. Her head tilted to the side slightly as she listened, even she was wondering how much was the truth. Then again, he didn't really have a reason to lie, it wouldn't get him anywhere.

While waiting on the 'peaceful' talk, Eiko noticed a young woman walk out from behind something. Her blue eyes were as cold as ice and if looks could kill, the fire bender to her left would have been dead. Eiko took note of her fist that were clenched however, the girl didn't seem like she was about to kill the fire bender, so she stood down for the moment and simply listened but soon there was yet another bender who walked over to them. It seemed like everyone knew everyone where, except of coarse Eiko who didn't know anyone. While standing there, she looked at each person, trying to figure out each person's bending ability. It was then that she realized that the one who was talking to Aoi was now glaring at her for some unknown reason.

As she was just about to say something to the girl, there was a loud thud that caught her attention. A girl fell off a biscen, which looked painful enough, and was now crawling over to them. She pulled herself up using Aoi, making Eiko almost want to help her, however she feared the girl might panic since they didn't know each other. Before she knew it though, the girl was on the ground again and now leaning against her leg. Eiko's eyes went wide at the sudden action but she didn't move. "Its fine.." she whispered in a very concerned voice. As she glazed down at the injured girl, another bender ran over and sat in front of the girl. By this time, things had gotten very awkward for Eiko and she wanted to move, however she feared the girl might fall and be injured even more. So, she took a deep breath, trying to calm herself and stayed still.

At the sudden sound of Aoi's voice, Eiko jerked her head in his direction. She listened and tried to remain calm but couldn't help but to glare at how arrogant and stupid he was honestly being. She understood the importance of needing to find someone, but you don't make enemies out of everyone you run into trying to find that person.
A sudden light from the corner of her vision made Eiko look up into the sky to see the 3 flares. “What the hell does that signal mean?!” She heard Aoi ask. She looked to Tochi, who she presumed would know. Her attention was then taken by Kazuko who was talking about leaving. From the sounds of it, she was trying to persuade Aoi to fallow her, which would be perfectly fine with Eiko honestly. None of these people seemed friendly to her however, she did want to help Aoi. It must be hard to lose a loved one. The fact that he acted far to hastily and rash was a good reason for her not to fallow him though. Interrupting her thoughts, the girl who was leaning against her suddenly moved, giving Eiko the freedom to move.

Just as her freedom came, an air bender ran towards her and Tochi. The attack hit both of them, making her tumble in the dirt a good distance. When she finally stopped, she pushed herself up, listening to the air bender as he pinned Tochi to a tree. Before she knew it she was about to launch an attack the the air bender. "What the hell?" She asked while bending a large spike that, if she wanted, would be sent at the air bender. She understood being mad, however do NOT hit people who are not guilty. "He is NOT one that you need to attack, obviously." She stated, still ready to attack if she needed to. "Set him down and I'm sure he will answer questions that you might have."

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Tochi Shiguro


The atmosphere seemed so dreary, seemingly hung by a thread of despair. Tochi's complete mental lock down was rather all encompassing. Everything just collided at full speed, in retrospect, within two weeks his life was flipped upside down. It wasn't even a month ago that Tochi was travelling the western portion of the Earth Nation. His peaceful walks through the forests, along the coast, through the mountains. It seemed like yesterday he was lounging around on the ferry that traversed the seas from the Earth to Fire Nations. It was just a quick trip home before heading south to Omashu and east to the Si Wong Desert.

But the travels ended there. That ferry lead Tochi to the darkest times of his current life. He was forcefully recruited into the military and was placed on the forefront of the Fire Nation's surprise attack on the Air Nomads. 'Why...' The question still haunted Tochi's mind, why had the Fire Nation done this. With the little knowledge given to the soldiers, he could only guess.

It was rather sudden that a large green flame erupted into the sky. Tochi could easily understand why the flame was given its illustrious title. 'The Haunting Flame. As the flame rose into the sky, it emitted a light that gave the entire area a green hue. It reminded him of the Earth Temple in Yu Dao, the green lights illuminating the entire temple. It just gave the area an odd ambiance. With the green light came much question from the group. "What the hell does that signal mean!?" Tochi could've guessed that Aoi would be the first to question the reason for the signal flame.

Tochi was going to give the irritated Earth Bender an answer, but was promptly interrupted by a devastating force. The only thing Tochi could feel was a spike of pain engraved onto his back as a tall man stood before him. "You son of a-" The man was a few inches taller and was holding Tochi by the collar. "Sh-shan?" Tochi was somewhat surprised to see his old acquaintance after such a long time. 'It must be...' Shan was one Air Bender you wouldn't want to mess with. "You've got five seconds to tell me why I shouldn't suck the very life from your lungs you bastard." That was the exact reason why, Shan rarely messed around, he was probably the most serious guy around. "And so help me if you even start to mention Makapu as a way to weasel out of this I'll end it right there." The air was whipping around viciously. 'Makapu...' That was some time ago; it was an odd instance, both men ran into each other in the mountains around Makapu Village. "Really Shan? Why're you acting so hotheaded?" If anyone was to stop and listen, it would be Shan. "Stop this idiocracy, let's talk this out. Tochi didn't do much in terms of struggle, he only lathed onto Shan's arms so that he wouldn't be straggled.

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Character Portrait: Kazuko Mori Character Portrait: MaiZhen Nuo Character Portrait: Shan To Kor Character Portrait: Aoi Ren Character Portrait: Masami Kumiko Character Portrait: Tetsip Taduo Character Portrait: Tochi Shiguro

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Bo carried Mai and Tetsip on his back, Shou perching on the very back, occasionally walking across Tetsip’s back. He found the new stranger to be peculiar, mumbling and squirming, but not making sense.

Kazuko watched as they started off, pausing momentarily to wait for Aoi’s reaction. His face had softened, it was almost as if his whole demeanor had changed. "I am going with you, but I need that man alive and alone, with your little Water Bending friend willing to heal him when need be..." With his eyes on Tetsip, he left after them, leaving Kazuko to watch as something she never expected happened.

Out of nowhere, Shan flurried into the group, attacking Tochi and throwing him into a tree. She recognized Shan, she was grateful that he was okay too, but she couldn’t stick around with Mai and the others leaving quickly. But for a moment, just for a moment, she considered staying. She didn’t know what Tochi had done to anger Shan, but it seemed like a lot. Kazuko had known Shan all her life and she had always known him to be serious and level headed, much like herself, much like the air bender way, and now he was livid and it seemed odd. She would never admit it and it was always from afar, but she had developed a certain fondness for him. Reservations and a certain overwhelmingly inward nature had kept her from any advances, and it was too late now.

Kazuko’s pale, gray eyes closed slowly, lifting herself into the air to prepare to follow Mai and the others. ”Good luck, Shan.” she whispered, having it carry through the air, if only just barely. With that, she turned away, propelling herself back to the group, keeping an eye around them for any fire benders, other than the one on Bo, of course. The entrance to the mountain corridor was coming up; an air bender could only open it, so Kazuko made her way to the front. This was one of three doors to this corridor and all needed an air bender.

Using a swift move, Kazuko opened the door and lead the others inside. ”Guys, this way. We should be able to breathe a little easier past this door.” She scanned the contents of their group, assessing whom she had to work with. There was Mai, the one in the group she trusted wholly, but she was still very injured. She trusted Aoi enough to not have to watch him 100% of the time, but despite his newly calm demeanor, he could still be agitated and unpredictable. The stranger water bender was a novice at combat and a bit clueless, if not still relatively harmless. Then there was Tetsip, completely dangerous when he was functioning, but he was far from that. Plus he was hell bent on killing her. These were her odds, but she was going to have to take them.