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God, I haven't done one of these in a while. I feel nostalgic now.

Give me a character and an idea/prompt/issue, and I will create a minor backstory/plot for that fill. (meme by [personal profile] aeneous)

Date: 2012-08-20 05:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nogan
But the entire point of Zuko's character arc is that he fails time and time again, and there's somebody to forgive and guide him. Zuko believes in second chances - one, they worked for him, and two, Iroh, his surrogate father, taught him to. He probably doesn't like Azula, and it's very possible that he doesn't love her, but if anything, he understands. I mean, he isn't dumb enough to think that the entire "there's two sides in you" only applies to him, and him alone - logically, Azula should have the same conflict.

I doubt Ozai would have raised the taxes on the Fire Nation peasants, as that would have made both him and the war unpopular, and he needed to be popular in order to continue the war.

Well, he really didn't. He only had to pay his elite guard well (after all, a single good firebender probably amounts for a company of untrained, ill-equipped revolters) and keep the people ignorant of what's going around them. Of course, massive propaganda campaigns were probably going on all the time, but Ozai really only had to keep the uprisings quiet and pay the soldiers and nobility well. Considering that the only thing in the world that posed a threat to them was a fully-realised Avatar, I don't think Ozai would've lacked the manpower to keep the pesky peasants in line.

Oh, definitely. But I wonder how much political power a woman, even the Empress, would have had?

The avatarverse doesn't really touch on the position of women enough to say anything significant, but I'll go out on a limb and say: the general populace probably wouldn't protest. After all, women are studying, working in the military, and being the greatest earthbenders in the world (and of course the most powerful being in the entire world reincarnates into a woman (I remember the creators stating that half the Avatars had been women and half men, but I might be wrong)) The nobility might protest, but on reasons of gender or the breaking of the Fire Lord's position, I know not.

Alternately, due to general opposition, Mai instead works behind the scenes, starting up an intelligence agency thing. Ninja! (it'd just be awesome if Mai was a ninja, that's all.)

That might work outside the Fire Nation, but, again, would the Fire Nation really thank the Avatar? For making their state not the most powerful in the world?

Maybe, if it means stopping the war. I mean, Fire Nation tactics seem pretty suicidal; after all, Zuko got fired (couldn't resist.) because he objected to sending a green unit into a situation where they'd get slaughtered.

That would come later, I think. In a time when he needs to cement his grasp of the throne, absolutism would be a massive help, surely?

Well, then again, it would be very in character for Zuko to go "THIS IS MORALLY CORRECT, SCREW EVERYTHING ELSE". Zuko is portrayed as pretty principled - pragmatism isn't exactly in his nature (of course, when compared to the rest of the Gaang...) Of course, Mai might convince him otherwise.

It's a trilogy! The first one is The Promise, where the Gaang tries to rebuild the world and there are tensions between Zuko and Aang, and the colonies and the mainland, and the rest of the world and the Fire Nation. It seems to be fairly popular, but still, it still seems to be kinda... mmh. I don't know; I haven't read it.

The second one is The Search, and I already told about that, and it's going to be released sometime in the near future, and the third will follow sometime - they tie the first series in to Korra.

Date: 2012-08-21 09:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nogan
But Azula did kind of go through the same arc - think about it. Zuko - gets betrayed and branded a traitor by his family and his nation (several times, even) and only then skips over to the Gaang. Ty Lee and Mai both get screwed over - what with the yanking away from what you love and threats of murder and all that, and they turn to the Kyoshi warriors and Zuko (and thus the Gaang) respectively.

Azula gets betrayal by her brother, best (or, well, closest she has to) friends, and finally her Father (giving her the position of Fire Lord and then essentially making it meaningless with the entire PHOENIX KING!-deal), and by the time she snaps, there isn't really anybody to turn to, so, she just snaps.

Also, they totally have to go recruit an "I'M RETIRED!"-Ty Lee. GOLDEN TRIO.

Date: 2012-08-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nogan
I thought it was kinda clumsy, but thank you! And... yes. I mean, I flop between not-shipping Azula, and Azula/Ty Lee, because the former makes sense, and the latter makes the most sense out of the options. (but then again, if it existed during/before the series it was an abusive relationship, so I tend to prefer the post-series fics)

Date: 2012-08-23 02:15 pm (UTC)
nogan: (sonata arctica)
From: [personal profile] nogan
Well, teenagers. Except Aang and Toph. Post-series shipping is much less prone to being icky, though.

Date: 2012-08-25 08:14 pm (UTC)
nogan: (SUCH RED HAIR)
From: [personal profile] nogan
But it can be done well, it's just hard to do it well.


So first we went to a chili festival thing and no, I didn't try any of the 10+++ grade chili, I did taste the 4-5 chili though and that was actually pretty hot, so I passed on the rest.

Anyways after that - ZOMBIE WALK. AWESOME. Seriously, it was BRILLIANT.

And there was a concert, too! Von Hertzen Brothers - for free, even. (Something like the Venetian Weeks or I dunno) - they were performing open-air on a roof and there was a light show and fireworks and 'twas awesome.

I'll make an auxiliary journal post that'll have to do till tomorrow, when I make a proper post.

Date: 2012-08-26 05:22 pm (UTC)
nogan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nogan

Almost broke my ankle today. Walking with a limp and a brace, but otherwise okay ;D.

As for how - well, you might guess that I was being in places where I probably shouldn't have been. Crossed a bridge... from underneath it. At the end, I kinda had to jump down, and there were rocks, and just as I was about to lower myself I kinda lost my grip, landed wrong and ouch.

Date: 2012-08-29 08:48 am (UTC)
nogan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nogan
It's fine now, barely even hurts. It wasn't even really serious (okay, stairs were hell for a while, but otherwise) Anyways, I did get some awesome pics! (The bridge is located where the Tammperkoski rapids begin - and the Tammerkoski is the reason Tampere was built and the reason for the industrial past of Tampere)

Date: 2012-08-29 04:21 pm (UTC)
nogan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nogan
I am, just fine!

Tomorrow we get to dress the little firsties up (my group's firsties get Batman-masks and trashbag capes - it's an improvement over my pink pajamas) and make them be silly!

Date: 2012-08-30 03:51 pm (UTC)
nogan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nogan
SO IT'S DONE NOW. Here, this was our group: (the, er, penis-guy wasn't our idea. No, seriously, it wasn't.)

But eh, the point of the entire day is kinda lost when we can't take them out to the city :|

Date: 2012-09-07 10:09 pm (UTC)
nogan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nogan

Except the penis guy. He... okay, the guy himself wasn't creepy, but the costume, the costume definitely was (the ones whose idea it was caught some flak for it - as it turns out, giant penises don't make school-suitable, family-firendly costumes. who would've guessed?)

Date: 2012-09-09 03:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nogan
Idk, 17-year-olds are still eight at heart?

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