Hello, interested party! Violence and I have crafted an AU Avatar world, and we’re looking for a few players to fill out the roster. We aren’t looking for one player per character – instead, we are seeking a few that will each play at least two roles. As neither of us are rapid-fire posters, we want to keep the game small so as to keep it simple.
Important traits for prospective players: Competence in English, solid grounding in the world of ATLA, and patience.
This will be a game of intrigue, sex, combat, and fun. It'll be darker than Avatar, probably by a lot. We aren't limited by daytime cartoon rules here. While Violence and I have already discussed where the plot would go if we played it just the two of us, we're interested in playing a full game with input and direction from other players. If you have questions or ideas, please share!
We will likely be doing medium-to-long posts - a few paragraphs at least, and probably much longer from time to time, given the situation. We aren't planning for it to be a "winging it" type of game, either; as a group, as a team even, we will discuss plot developments and where we'd collectively like the story to go. The characters as presented are more or less set in how they act and fit into the story - beyond what's listed, it's open to interpretation. Characters don't have to be a purely solo endeavor either, as they're just as open to discussion as the plot. In short, we want to crowd-source a narrative and all of its components. For the sake of post consistency, please proofread your posts.
Just a note, any characters not mentioned here are generally unchanged and doing what you’d expect them to do, ex. Mei is still in Azula’s inner circle, snarky and gloomy. Feel free to say so if you’d like to play one of these.
Aang didn’t wake up.
Ozai’s Fire Nation, powered by Sozin’s Comet, swept through the land, conquering the Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribes without much significant resistance. Even Ba Sing Se fell, but in truth it had already fallen before the attack. Azula had seen to it that the city was in no position to resist. The Phoenix King took his throne in Ba Sing Se, but his reign would not last long. Soon after the “war” ended, he fell ill and died after several weeks. With his original heir, Zuko, still in exile, Phoenix Queen Azula assumed rule of the entire known world.
All was not peace and quiet outside the walls of Ba Sing Se, however. Prince Zuko, styled as the rightful heir of Ozai and king of the Fire Nation, not of the world, had together with his uncle Iroh began to forge a resistance very soon after the Phoenix Kingdom was established. Rebels from all walks of life gathered around him in the time since the war, as no one liked Ozai, and even fewer liked Azula. The Water Tribe, Earth Nation, and even the Fire Nation are well represented in the force he has assembled. Zuko’s charismatic leadership is proving a very serious thorn in Azula’s side.
It is now the fourth year of Azula. The Queen has, with the considerable aid of Ba Sing Se’s establishment, created a personality cult around herself. Citizens either love her or say they love her. Those who say otherwise are either publicly punished or sent to Lake Laogai. The Dai Li, once confined to the city, now has satellite agencies in most of the cities of the Phoenix Kingdom, whether the residents are aware of it or not. Those loyal to Azula receive significant boons, resulting in a twisted meritocracy; the Queen is equally open with her gifts and punishments, which gives those in her service a constant sense of risk vs. reward.
Rumors have been circulating about the Avatar’s return ever since Sozin’s Comet, but lately they have been intensifying. Indeed, Zuko has sought the Avatar unceasingly, as the moral support of that figure would galvanize his Resistance and throw massive doubt upon Azula’s rule. The Resistance’s military presence has diminished somewhat recently, causing Azula to wonder why.
Characters (All are four years older than they were in the show, including Aang. This leaves everyone within the age rules.)
Azula (Violence): Frighteningly powerful, intelligent, and with all the influence a girl could want. Having finally achieved her goal of global domination, the final roadblock towards Pax Azula is Zuko. (You know what to expect here.) If the Avatar has truly returned, she is just as interested in having him on her side as Zuko is.
Ty Lee (Karma): Fun, free-spirited, and obsessed with Azula. Though she was content to be a lover and a sidekick, her appointment as Queen-consort has brought her more attention than she would like. As the world around her becomes ever more complicated, she focuses on her love.
Toph Beifong (AribethAmkiir): Under Azula’s tutelage, Toph has become angry, entitled, and conniving. Without the Avatar to influence her, the darker side of her personality has taken over. Appointed as the leader of the Dai Li, her metalbending instruction has turned the secret police into a truly terrifying entity.
Zuko (Ashena): Once openly angry and arrogant, Zuko has learned to take his uncle’s wisdom seriously. Outwardly he has flourished in command of the Resistance, but the constant stress has made it difficult for him to take any of it to heart. His confidence is an act, and he is wracked by the same feelings of insecurity and inferiority that he’s carried with him since his exile, though they have been allowed to continue for an unhealthy length of time.
Suki (Empyrean)and the Kyoshi Warriors: At once Zuko’s most trusted combatants and the “face” of the Resistance, the Kyoshi have become hardened from years of battle. Even most advanced benders can’t stand up to their expert attack, and the number of medals of valor the Warriors have accumulated is truly outrageous. They fight the good fight, but not fairly. Privately, Suki and Zuko are lovers, and she, along with Iroh, form the pillars (and maybe crutches) that keep Zuko upright.
Iroh (Violence): The Dragon of the West has been invaluable to both Zuko and the Resistance. While the people believe Zuko is the heart of the Resistance, Iroh is who truly pumps the blood. Together with the White Lotus, it has been his backroom deals that have garnered much of the Resistance’s funding and senior personnel.
Sokka (Violence): Zuko’s First General, resident genius, and purveyor of bad jokes. Much of the Resistance’s military success can be laid directly at Sokka’s feet, who has made excellent use of the resources that Zuko and Iroh have provided to him. He keeps a smile on his face, but he is tortured by the state of his sister, who is in Azula’s clutches, and the constant danger his wife Yue puts herself in.
Princess Yue (Karma): Representative of the Upper Water Tribe (nobility) on Azula’s Council of the Conquered. She is secretly a spy and courier for the Resistance to Ba Sing Se’s chapter, sometimes daring to pass information with Azula’s eyes on her. She is perhaps in more danger than anyone else in the world, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Note: Violence is willing to cede Sokka and/or Iroh to a good, patient player if it's announced before we get very far in. Same deal for Karma and Yue.
Katara (Ashena): Azula has somewhat sarcastically appointed Katara as the representative of the Lower Water Tribe (peasantry), as a gesture to the displaced Southern Water Tribe. Though she appears as a public figure, and acts out her role on the Council, when not in the public eye, Azula greatly enjoys humiliating her. She is “protected” by a cadre of Azula’s guards.
Asami Sato (Karma): A mysterious woman that seemed to appear from nowhere at the south pole, she was taken in by the Southern Water Tribe shortly before the Fire Nation attacked. Captured by Azula like many others, including Katara, she was carted off to Ba Sing Se. Under significant pressure, she revealed she had some talent with machines, and hoping to keep herself out of trouble, she began building things for Azula as a counter to the Resistance’s Sokka. What she provides the Phoenix Kingdom is a pale shade of what she’s capable of, but the war is escalating nonetheless. Where she comes from is a mystery to everyone. (But probably not to you, dear reader.)
Aang (apygoos): Having awoken alone at the south pole, he spent a few very confused days finding someone to speak to. It was a long flight to the edge of the Earth Kingdom before he found anyone – the Water Tribe was nowhere to be found. Armed with information (carefully crafted by the Dai Li) about the current state of the world, he continues on his trek.
Prospective Plots: Ideas for ways the story could go. These aren’t required by any means! If you have some of your own, let us know.
Azula’s scheme to win the Avatar to her side, and failing that, convince him to “revive the Airbender people” with women of her choosing, including herself.
Similarly to above, Aang's desire to revive his people, and the burden of being alone.
Sokka’s attempt to rescue Katara.
Toph craving the ability to make her own future, beyond what Azula has given her.
Azula’s corruption of everyone around her.
Zuko’s struggle, internal and external.
Who is Asami?
Azula seducing Zuko.