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    In which a helpful sea monster rescues an injured human hatchling (read: kidnaps a recently banished Zuko) and causes headaches for the rest of the world.

    Not that the Gaang cares. They now have a portable heater that is just slightly vague on how he, a fire bender, ended up on an island and exiled.

    Book 1, Water: Chapter 1-20
    Book 2, Earth: Chapter 21-40
    Book 3, Fire: Chapter 41-61

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    Images flashed in front of him, just as the whispering ceased.

    A glowing boy in an iceberg, a crowd of people bowing to him, even more cheering, Azula chained to the gutter, his father's corpse being burned with four people in attendance, someone named Kiyi, a bearded man and a woman who looked like Mai naming their son Iroh, a new nation, him standing in front of Sozin's portrait while Azula jeered, him confronting his father, him hugging a tattooed boy, a pair of siblings fr-


    They say that the Firelord murdered his son in cold blood with a cold gaze. They say that it is a pity, for the boy was a failure. They know that they must say what is expected of them.

    What they do not know, or say is that the boy lives.

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    Zuko realizes his destiny much earlier. As in, as soon as he wakes up in the palace after his Agni Kai and is told he is banished. Unfortunately, he's never been a patient one. So he storms right up to Ozai and tells him what he's going to do. And gets locked up for over three years. Then, one day, he's being pulled out and told he's the new Fire Lord.

    A "Zuko never meets the Gaang and suddenly becomes Fire Lord after three years of literal torture" AU. In which the Gaang doesn't know what to think of this new Fire Lord who happens to be the missing nephew of Aang's firebending teacher, Iroh is misunderstanding a few things, and, sure, maybe the world hates the Fire Nation, but the Fire Nation LOVES Zuko, and he can work with that.

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    Zuko knows from Azula's own mouth that Fire Lord Azulon ordered Ozai to sacrifice his first born son in order that Ozai might redeem himself in Azulon's eyes. He in fact expects his father to kill him, but something else happens instead.

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    When Zuko is thirteen he agrees to an Agni Kai. He drops to his knees and begs for mercy, he is given a burn bad enough to cause death. Agni watches with horror and decides to do something unspeakable. Tui tries to keep her brother from doing something irreparable but instead joins him.

    When Zuko is thirteen he agrees to becoming the vessel for Vaatu, the great spirit of chaos, becoming the first Avatar of his kind and inadvertently causing a divergence of destiny.

     

    Alternatively: a complete demolition and reckless disregard of canon, a copious amount of worldbuilding, and finding hidden fallacies all while trying to just end the war.

    In other words, creating chaos.

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    Listen to silence. It has so much to say.
     
    —Rumi


    Ursa failed to save her son. Barely an hour old, Zuko had already said his farewell to the Mortal World.

    However, it’s not a permanent farewell, because it was fate in the end. Zuko was indeed lucky to be born.

    Turned spirit upon dying, the Blue Spirit joins the Avatar in the mortal world in his quest to end a century old war.

    aka: ozai is a jerk and kills a newborn zuko. zuko in turn becomes a spirit and chops off zhao's sideburns. oh, and he also joins the gaang. i'm pretty sure he does—

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    High Sage Kenji blesses Fire Prince Zuko with the resilience of the reed, who bends in the wind and never breaks. When he is done, Fire Prince Ozai narrows his eyes, seemingly displeased by this blessing. But Kenji does not speak for himself; he is only a vessel. 

     

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    The newly-crowned Fire Lord Ozai offers his firstborn son to service in the temple.

    This turns out to be a catastrophic mistake.

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    After his Agni Kai, Zuko flees the Fire Nation without Iroh or his crew. He finds himself stranded, alone, and injured in the Earth Kingdom when taken in and raised as a healer and farmer by an Earth Kingdom couple. He finds new ways to use his bending and to influence in the changing of the war with new understanding of himself, his bending, and the war. As someone with new perspectives and influence he is able to provide a greater understanding of being a teacher, warrior, and friend when meeting the gaang.
     Where Zuko gets to recover before using anger to protect himself

    Zuko is still in disbelief over what had happened. Sometimes not sure if he had imagined the whole thing. The pain on the left side of his face shooting through his head and down his neck is what brings him to his senses every time. Pain that is so intense that it blurs the vision in his good eye. Sometimes he can’t believe it even as the bandage completely obscures the vision of his left eye. The bandage that his hands still shake horribly from with pain as he removes it at night to clean the wound. All that time, trying to hold back tears that want to fall so badly from the pain, utter betrayal, and humiliation he feels so deep in his soul.

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    The procession of artisans and troupe actors flow along the wide path to the Dragon Palace, an eel-serpent composed of some of the most talented people in the Fire Nation, dressed in shades of gold and red. The ground they are walking on is covered with an expensive carpet, one which probably costs more than three generations of farmers would be able to earn, and Zuko can scarcely hear their words.

    The Prince of the Fire Nation hides not behind his mother or his uncle. He embraces the world through the eyes of an artist, through the stage, and through the views of a thousand different people.

    This is only the beginning of everything.

     

    Or, the one where Zuko is adopted by a bunch of actors who aren't the Ember Island Players.


    Includes cultural notes and worldbuilding inspired from South Asia and South-East Asia!

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    Zuko is banished. Never to return to his Nation unless he does the impossible. But when Agni, Dragon of the Sun, gives Zuko a mission, he has a new purpose in life besides pretending to still be loyal to his father. With Azula playing defense at the palace, Zuko has the whole world to search for answers and the people who Agni says will be Champions of the Elements and help him restore balance to the world. He has his own secrets to keep while he's at it. With an uncle he can't trust and a crew of misfits on his side, can Zuko do the impossible and stop the war in time to save his people?

    He's thirteen and the Spirit's have big plans for him. Is one teenage dragon enough to save the world?

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    Zuko had never excelled at anything. Azula was a prodigy. Uncle always knew what to say. And Father... Father was strong, iron-like. But Zuko had only ever been good at surviving. Putting one foot in front of the other in a grim show of stubborn determination, gritting his teeth and bearing it. Survival was all he had ever been taught. He knew how to do it. So when he was kidnapped by the Southern Water Tribe, he expected to fight as he always had. He didn’t expect to be taught instead how to live.

    In a warring land, the Water Tribe forgave the enemy in an act of defiance. For this, he was torn from them, and this time, his wounds won't heal so easily.

    Forced back into nothing but survival, the last person Zuko expected to see was Hakoda's son. Hakoda was a promise of safety. The relentless blue of Sokka’s eyes was a promise of happiness. Zuko could have both if he just reached out his hands, but he found them clutching into fists. After all, he’d been burned one too many times.

    But hey, at least between Hakoda and Sokka, Zuko could appreciate the family resemblance of pure, asinine stubbornness.

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    After the Blue Spirit frees the Avatar from the Pohuai Stronghold, Admiral Zhao captures Prince Zuko under suspicion of treason. Isolated from his Uncle and his crew, Zuko has only one ally: the chatty prisoner one cell over.

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    After Aang is killed by Ozai, the world is thrown out of balance. Dying from the lightning wound that Azula gave him, Zuko is sent back in time to fix things.

    He wakes up the night before his first Agni Kai, and every time he dies the loop resets.

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    He should have known it would not be easy.
    But when he is done, he will have saved his people.

     

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    Zuko has had enough with others using him. So he goes off on his own. But when the Gaang finds him at the Southern Air Temple, he decides to tag along. Partly to help his own people, partly just to mess with everyone he meets.

    (Would recommend reading the first part of the series for everything to be clear.)

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    Don't we all wonder what would happen if the butterfly flapped its wings differently?
    What would have changed if the Prince had decided differently at the crossroads? The end result might have been the same , but sometimes, what matters is what is gained from the journey itself.
    Follow to see what would have happened if Prince Zuko had changed his path sooner.

    I don't own ATLA or the characters except for some I have made up.

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    His nephew stands underneath the diamond-patterned window, blinking in the brightness. He often keeps the still-tender burn on his face shielded from the sun, but now he tilts his face up to catch the light. For an instant, with his wide-open eyes and softened expression, Zuko looks the way he might have been if terrible things had never happened to him.

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    With no friends and limited allies, Zuko finds himself taken under the wing of the great sun spirit himself. Only, it takes him a minute to realize exactly who it is.

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    The spirits tried to teach him their ways, what he could and could not do. He never listened. After all, Blue Spirit did as he pleased.

    -Or the one where Zuko did not survive the Agni Kai

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    “It’s a piece of history,” He argued and she was, as always, shocked at the rolling gravel that flowed quietly from his mouth, “We must preserve it.”
    And Mae, who’d spent hours scrubbing the ghost of bloodied fingerprints from her brushes and days willing the scratch of pen to paper to drown out the sound of the Fire Princess's wailing; had looked at the child clutching ruined parchment to his chest and suddenly understood like a punch to the jaw why Prince Iroh had to be physically restrained from murdering his brother in cold blood.

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    The early days of Firelord Zuko's reign as described by Royal Stenographer Mae.

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    “The Spirits’ attention should be treated with caution.” Iroh informed him firmly. “You should do nothing to invite them, but if they have...noticed you, Nephew, you should do nothing to offend them. Treat them with respect, and treat them with suspicion. Even the kindest of Spirits may have an ulterior motive. To wear the face of a Spirit,” Uncle picked up his cup, again, with a small pause to emphasise his point, “it’s inviting trouble.”

    Zuko gulped.

     




    Or: Zuko steps foot in a shrine, a midsummer night before Aang wakes up; the events that follow will change the entire war. (It would take a lot for the Prince of Fire Nation to switch sides, but the Spirits are done waiting. Before Aang AU)


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