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    There's a reason the Avatar is never trained before the age of sixteen.

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  2. 18 Apr 2018

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  3. 18 Apr 2018

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    Yas

  4. 17 Apr 2018

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  5. 17 Apr 2018

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  6. 13 Apr 2018

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  7. 08 Apr 2018

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    Heart-rending and interesting. Deeply thought out.

  8. 06 Apr 2018

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    A beautiful what-if

  9. 03 Apr 2018

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  10. 27 Mar 2018

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  11. 26 Mar 2018

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    A darker look at a war that follows when Aang can't access the Avatar state in his final battle and loses (though he lives). He continues his training with the White Lotus and the Guru, while Katara, Top, and Zuko hide out in an abandoned Air Temple in the Earth Kingdom. Everyone thinks they're dead, and they keep it that way as they connect with Air Nomad descendants. They train Ty Lee as an airbender and work with the remaining Nomads to disrupt the Fire Nation's communications and supply lines. They keep the knowledge of the surviving Air Nomads from Aang, for the sake of the world.

    This was started before the third season, so it's divergent but since it was finished after the show ended, it does incorporate most of the later canon.

    It's a bit harder on Aang than I normally like. I have issues with him in the show, but he is a kid and, in this story, they're definitely keeping information from him so it's not his fault if he doesn't act as they want. And clearly he's going to blame himself for their "deaths," just like he blames himself for the mass genocide of his people.

    Also doesn't explain why no airbenders reveal themselves to Aang, or why they have spies in the White Lotus but don't reveal themselves to that group. Like, Ty Lee doesn't for reasons that are explained, but what about the other airbenders they meet, especially the Elders? And yeah, Aang would have been distracted with the reveal right after the comet, but they had 3 years. You don't think that might have brought him some peace? And he might not like all that the Air Nomads have become, but he was 12 when frozen. Someone would have explained that he didn't know everything about his culture, and he wasn't the only person knowledgeable about it.

    Aldo, excluding the White Lotus, why? Because their intel is old? They have a giant network and powerful benders.

    All in all, this one is somewhat self-indulgent and angsty, but still interesting. It's definitely saved by the end - Katara and Aang's final conversation is beautiful and the first time any of them really felt mature, despite what they kept repeating about never being children. It returned to the beginning, when they decided to stay behind in order to grow up - they just all thought they did when they hadn't.

    And Katara mercy-kills Aang at the end. And, fair warning, the Zutara is not romantic.

  12. 25 Mar 2018

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  13. 24 Mar 2018

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  14. 22 Mar 2018

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  15. 22 Mar 2018

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  16. 20 Mar 2018

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  17. 08 Mar 2018

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  18. 22 Feb 2018

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  19. 21 Feb 2018

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    A bit confusing at first but awesome.

  20. 06 Feb 2018

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  21. 04 Feb 2018

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