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    The Fire Nation Prince Zuko changes his path and others forever through one small act built from resentment and anger.

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    For Firelord Zuko and Ambassador Sokka, the war has ended and they spend their days now, four years after peace has flourished across the land, putting down cells of Ozai's sympathizers and forging their relationship behind closed doors. When the Gaang takes up a mission to squash the very last of Ozai's supporters, Zuko and Sokka are caught in a collapsing tunnel and buried alive. Seemingly escaping the kiss of death, they wake to a world that is not their own.

    At the behest of spirit dabbling, both Sokka and Zuko are thrown into an alternate reality that mirrors their own. Sixteen again, they face the massive jarring changes of what could have been their lives had the war gone differently. Aang never woke up from the iceberg. The Southern Waterbenders were never targeted and the Southern Tribe is a close twin to the North's elitist personality. Iroh never lost Lu Ten to the siege of Ba Sing Se and the strangest change of all, Ozai is a loving parent to his beloved son.

    Together, Sokka and Zuko need to find a way back to their own world and bodies, and figure out what the spirits intended for them in this strange dreamlike world.

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    Aang sorta dies, but doesn't, after he froze himself and the iceberg. The avatar cycle continued until Avatar Zuko was born. The prince learned a lot of waterbending, and most of earthbending, but hasn't learned any airbending yet. His friend Aang wants to teach him, but he still hasn't been able to make a single gust of wind.

    In this fic we yeet the cannon story line out the window for more dark themes, narcissist parenting (both Ozai and Azulon are in my opinion), moral ambiguity, Zhao being more than a growling side character, and plot more confusing than an M Night Shyamalan movie (not including the awful movie of book 1, but more along the lines of the 6th sense).

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    3/?
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    Ozai aims to kill Zuko during the Agni Kai, not just burn him. Agni, of course, has other plans. He saves Zuko's life, but not his human body.

    Zuko becomes a dragon. He has no way to turn back. This (to the surprise of exactly no one) changes things.

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    7/?
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    Iroh has to decide how to control Azula, a potentially dangerous political figure and fire bender after the war, while controlling the narrative of the dubious Agni Kai she fought with Zuko.

    Ursa hears about the end of the war and heads back to the palace to reconnect with her son and daughter, hoping that she is not to late for the latter.

    Ursa and Iroh both face off against each other with Azula’s life as the prize while Zuko is caught in the middle.

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    6/?
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    Confused and hurt from the betrayal during the Siege of the North, Zuko and Katara go their separate ways. While Zuko grapples with the consequences of his actions, Katara and the Gaang helps Aang look a nonlethal way to end the war. When destiny bring the ex-friends back together, they each have to decide whether the other can be trusted.

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    8/?
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    She thought if she bled a little more it would fill the cavity in her chest and silence the ghosts in her head.

     

     


    Azula attempts to learn kindness, herself, and the effects of imperialism- not exactly in that order.

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    After his duel, Zuko had fled to the Earth Kingdom where he has been living for the past 3 years, living as a farmer and a healer after being adopted by a nice Earth Kingdom family, presumed dead by the Fire Nation when disappearing while injured, giving Iroh a chance to keep Azula from staying loyal to her father. Given a chance to heal & find people who genuinely care about him with no ties or loyalty to his father, he is able to be saved from growing bitter and jaded after years of failing at a mission. Using his alias as The Blue Spirit as a healer who has learned to use firebending to heal as opposed to as a thief and assassin, he is able to influence views on firebending from both the Earth Kingdom and Water Tribes as wells as firebenders themselves. He comes across the Gaang in the harbor town he has been living in, connecting with them as a healer who still remembers how to fight from what his life used to be, joining their cause before they even reach the Northern Water Tribe.

    This is a series, I have posted a summary at the end of the 1st part if you don't want to read Zuko's recovery arc. I would suggest reading it, but it isn't plot heavy and I'm not here to tell you how to live your life.

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    14/?
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    Zuko believes that resisting his dragon transformation is the most painful thing he could ever experience. His father proves him wrong.

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    Azula is Released After Many Years, What Happened In Prison? The Dark Truth Is About To Be Revealed

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    The cuffs fell in a loud "BAK" and a gasp followed through, the girl's arms falling by her side. Zuko rushed himself there as well, immediatly seeking to examine the burned hands. The figure flinched and hid her hands under her curled chest, moans taking the place of previous cries.

    Or, the one where Zuko finally tries to sibling.

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    10
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    A year and a half following the death of Prince Lu Ten, a war council convenes to determine how to deal with areas of the still-unconquered Ba Sing Se. Almost-thirteen year old Prince Zuko is eager to show his dedication to his Nation and its soldiers by sitting in on said meeting.

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    Instead of just setting Appa free in Ba Sing Se, Zuko decides to hide onboard to finally catch the Avatar.

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    Iroh is right and Zuko never thinks these things through.

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    10
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    "Ichigo Ichie"
    A Japanese idiom that describes a cultural concept of treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a moment. The term has been translated as "for this time only", and "once in a lifetime". 

    After Azula's attack on Ba Sing Se fails, Zuko decides he needs to stop his father. Zuko, armed with his new friends, Jin and Jet, stumble through season three a bit differently.

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    45
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    During General Iroh's great siege of Ba Sing Se, Lu Ten is captured and identified as the grandson of Fire Lord Azulon and the son of the great General Iroh. He is abducted by the Dai Li and held hostage in an underground prison operated by the nefarious Long Feng.

    But Lu Ten would not cry. He would not feel.

    He was a brave, brave soldier boy.

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    Firelord Ozai gives Princess Azula a mission: kill Prince Zuko, and everything she wants will be hers. The throne, the power, the glory--and all she needs to do is track down and hunt her disgraced brother.
    Easy, right? Azula definitely thought so.
    [Not abandoned I swear I'm just very slow at updating bare with me ////]

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    zuko is banished and has a crew he's pretty sure can't tell their asses from their heads. oh and he realizes that ozai is a fucked up father (much to iroh's pleasure).

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    The war has ended and Ozai's reign of terror has finally ceased, but tensions run high in the Fire Nation Royal Family. Zuko and Azula have finally returned from their life-changing field trip, but now they have to deal with the aftermath of their trauma and facing long-gone relatives, all while enemies from all sides of the world call for their heads.

    Zuko is now Fire Lord, received with mixed reactions, and now has to deal with the repercussions of ending the war while faced with nightmares and hallucinations from his imprisonment and childhood, conflicted about his beloved Uncle. Things go from bad to worse when a new coup, the New Ozai Society, threatens the peace and his life.

    Meanwhile, Azula has to deal with the realization that she isn't perfect, and that love is not a weakness. She avoids her mother at every turn, while she rebuilds her friendships with Mai and Ty Lee and builds trust with her older brother. Her cousin Lu Ten is alive, and she avoids him too, afraid that he had abandoned like everyone else. Things go from bad to worse when she meets Kiyi, her half-sister, her replacement.

    Will the Fire Hazards find peace, or will they crash and burn from all the pressure?

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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.
     
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    Where Zuko gets to recover before using anger to protect himself when he is adopted by a nice Earth Kingdom family

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    Chapters:
    33/33
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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!


    on hiatus

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    2/?
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    16
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