Fire Lord Sozin has long since noticed the prosperity and peace that has befallen the Fire Nation and swells with pride. He believes that this prosperity and peace should be shared with the rest of the world: By expanding the Fire Nation. Of course, Avatar Roku strongly opposed this idea and refused to help him. Several years later, however, Roku discovered that Sozin had set up colonies in the Earth Kingdom and came to rebuke him, leading Sozin to attack him. The two engaged in a battle, with Roku finally destroying most of the palace and defeating Sozin. Roku spared his life because of their past friendship, but warned him never to move forward with his plans again, or it would result in his "permanent end".
Twenty-five years later, Roku's home island was consumed in a volcanic eruption so massive that Sozin could see and feel it from a hundred miles away. The Fire Lord flew in on his dragon to assist his old friend. The two used their bending to try to contain the lava flow, but were hindered by poisonous gases, which eventually overwhelmed Roku, leaving him lying on the ground and begging for his old friend's help. Sozin suddenly realized, however, that Roku's death would allow him to fulfill his plans, and left his old friend to die along with his dragon, Fang.
Twelve years after Roku died, Sozin used the power of a comet to enhance the power of his firebender army and launched a genocidal attack on the Air Nomads in an attempt to kill Aang, the new Avatar, and halt the Avatar Cycle. Aang was not yet aware of his Avatar status and he never ran away. Like the rest of the Airbenders that lived in the temples, he was killed. Fortunately, that was not the end of the Avatar Cycle - Unknown to Sozin, the Avatar must be killed while in the Avatar State.
Without the Avatar around, the Fire Nation paved the way to leading the world into despair, beginning to expand around the world and taking over various places in other Nations. The world had lost hope that the Avatar would ever reincarnate and many had begun to buckle and submit to the whims of the brutal Fire Nation.
But not all of them.
The Order of the White Lotus is an ancient and formerly secret society that transcends the boundaries of the four nations, seeking philosophy, beauty, and truth. They are devoted to the sharing of ancient knowledge across national and political divides. The Order's main purpose is to find each new Avatar, see to his or her training, and provide protection.
Formed centuries ago by the wisest scholars from all over the world, the Order began as a club where these ancient masters could challenge one another on the Pai Sho table. They derived their name from the white lotus tile used in Pai Sho, a key element in their strategy. They communicate membership through the game by placing Pai Sho tiles on the board in a specific manner, forming a bloomed lotus bud with the lotus chip in the center. Now, in the world's most desperate time of need, they seek out the Avatar with the intent of having their apprentices teach and protect the Avatar - The Masters within the Order most are getting ripe in their years and some even hold political stances. If they were to teach the Avatar, they would be spotted immediately.
The Avatar reincarnated in a young Water Tribe girl of the Northern Water Tribe five years later - Kya. After receiving a note from Master Waterbender in the North Pole, the apprentices have gone off to find this so-called Avatar.
North Pole - City of the Northern Water Tribe
Everything was pretty quiet - Quite normal for the frozen city. Women were about doing chores while men stood guard if not training and children were playing now that their classes were over. Except for one class. An elder man was preaching to a class outside that seemed bored out of their minds with blank expressions plastered to their tan faces - Some even drooling. It seemed like your normal Waterbending class; With an exception. There was a young woman sitting cross-legged amongst the boys looking just as bored as the rest. If the fact that she was of the female sex attending this class wasn't enough to deem the image strange, the clothes she wore weren't exactly befitting of the chilly climate - For her blouse was sleeveless and adorned in feathers. The pants that she wore were normal enough, but there were no shoes on her feet. With ebony waves flowing over her shoulders, down her arms, and gathering around her feet, she really didn't seem to fit into this picture.
Kya sat quietly in front of Jokka as he droned on to his class about the origins of Waterbending. She already knew all of this - The original Waterbenders had learned from the way the moon pushed and pulled at the tides. They all knew that. Why was he telling them again? Kya often thought that he just liked hearing himself talk, but of course she'd never actually say that to him. He would definitely kill her. She resisted heaving a sigh as her cyan orbs found something else to look at - A group of children playing in the snow. She saw a few young boys bending the snow while two little girls looked on. She sighed heavily, wishing that it didn't have to be that way. That females weren't allowed to use Waterbending to defend themselves. It was stupid and narrow minded. She tried several times to dissuade the gender-roles of the Water Tribes, but to no avail whatsoever. She may be the Avatar, but she couldn't change what was tradition.
Her gaze then fell upon a massive polar bear dog - These creatures were a threat to the Water Tribes and were very vicious, being the reason they were feared and hunted. Kya found Kota when he was just a pup about two years ago. He was injured and stuck between a crack in the ice. Kya couldn't just leave him there to die - So, of course she brought him home. She successfully domesticated him, much to Jokka's disapproval who claimed that she had gone against nature and a few other things that Kya couldn't remember because she didn't care to listen. Kota was being lazy, basking in the sun while exposing his belly to the sky. Kya gave a light giggle, earning a fierce glare from Jokka.
"I'm sorry - Was something I said funny, Avatar?"
She broke from her daze, looking at him with a sheepish sort of expression. "Not at all, Master Jokka. May I please be excused from class? I don't feel well...And there's nothing more you can teach me." She looked away a bit and fidgeted with the feathers on her blouse. "Also, I'd like to prepare myself for departure...I still need to pack and-"
Jokka interrupted her with a raised hand and sighed in an irratated manner - Nobody was ever sure whether he was really irratated when he sighed, seeing as he just seemed irratated all the time. "Very well, Kya. You are dismissed. Though you should have packed by now. How can you expect to carry out the responsibility of being the Avatar if you cannot even pack on time? Now then - " He turned back to the rest of the class, earning a groan from the young males. "Here at the North Pole we -" His voice faded away as Kya walked over to Kota, patting his belly.
"I'm gonna go home to pack. C'mon." As Kota stood upright, Kya hopped onto his back and was prepared to leave until Jokka called after her.
"One last test, Avatar Kya."
A frown caused creases in her brow to appear, but she conceded and dismounted, walking over to the old man where she stopped just ten feet in front of him. The class was glad his attention was elsewhere, quickly moving away to watch the battle with the other spectators.
Jokka took a stance placing one foot in front of the other, turning his body to the side, and loosely hanging his arms at his side.
Kya just stood there. She didn't have a stance. Your opponent could predict your moves from your stance. She was able to create her own style that many called 'The Dancing No-Stance'. Why? Because her movements were often like dancing and she never once ever stood a particular stance that could be identified.
Before one could blink, the combat ensued as Jokka raised his arms and began guiding water from the canal into a stream, manipulating it to speed towards Kya. While the Water Bullet was a simple move, it could be deadly at the hands of a master. Kya wasted no time throwing her own arms up, forcing the stream to halt before encouraging it to freeze, breaking into multiple daggers of sharp ice, directing it all back at Jokka. He smirked lightly and stopped the daggers with a simple wave of his hand, forcing the ice back to a globe of water that he was about to form into an octopus around him before Kya took a step forward. It was with great ease that she froze the globe and shaped it into a pillar, using sliding hand motions to pull the pillar towards and begin to make the ice break apart piece by piece into disks that spun towards Jokka. As the old man began stepping backwards to fend off the attacks, Kya danced forwards quickly in pirouettes, using Jokka's defense of breaking the disks to form a new attack. Her arms made a crescent motion, guiding more water from the canal. The water seemed to take the shape of a roaring dragon. As she spun, she curved her arms and brought them in a downward motion causing the dragon to 'eat' Jokka. Her hands closed into a fist before freezing him within the water around him. Finally, she jumped into the air with a spin landing in a crouch, slamming her fists onto the ground causing the dome to shatter, sending Jokka flying into a wall where she immediately streamed water onto him and froze him there, using the remaining water to form spears that levitated before him.
"I do believe I'm ready." Kya remarked plainly, seeing that Jokka's hands were unable to move, he was tired, and unable to bend from his current position. She hated when he sprung random tests on her. It was like he didn't think that after so many years, she wasn't ready still. It was insulting.
He nodded with a light grimace of approval as Kya released him and walked back to Kota, ignoring multiple cheers. The Tribe was proud of her progression, and so was she. But she was tired now and she needed to pack - The Order of the White Lotus would be here to take her away soon and she hadn't even gotten to say her goodbyes...From the side of her eye, she could see five people that were obviously far far away from home. They were members of the White Lotus. And they were here to take her away to right the wrongs of the Fire Nation before taking on Fire Lord Azulon. Sozin had died some years ago and his son was ten times as nasty as Sozin ever was. While Sozin saw his goals as bringing peace, Azulon wanted only to rule the world. And Kya couldn't let that happen.
She was honored that this all fell upon her. Before now, she was just a normal girl learning to heal and become a productive member of their society. But after discovery of her...Avatarness, everything changed. Sighing, she climbed into the saddle on Kota's back, steering him to a trot to her home. With Kota waiting outside, she went into her house and saw her parents there with a few bags that seemed to be packed already. They were always trying to make things easier for her after Jokka began training her - Despite his protests. Kya's eyes watered as her father wrapped his arms around her in a hug while her mother just outright cried. "We're so proud of you Kya. Of everything that you do. Please write home when you can..." Her father's deep voice made her want to cry. She'd miss him, her mother, the sound of their voices, the way they smelled, the way her father was always harassing Jokka about pushing Kya too hard even though she had long since surpassed the man. She really didn't want to leave - But she really wanted to see the world and do her job.
Sighing again, she broke from the embrace and sat down, putting her face in her hands. There she waited with her parents alongside her, their arms draped over her bare shoulders as the time for the Order of the Lotus to take her away drew nigh. She imagined that they'd be knocking on her door any moment now. Sighing, she drooped her shoulders and buried her face into her father's stomach.