for this fanart: http://katsari-chan.deviantart.com/art/Sun-Swamped-Welcome-Back-94611526Now I'm kind of imagining a whole AU backstory in my head... like, two thousand years ago, the enormous and powerful (back then) swamp tribe sends a special delegation to the sun warriors, to as for...something, I dunno. It's political.And while she's there, Katara, 15, a promising waterbending student (who goes because her grandfather Pakku is head of the expedition and she convinced him that she can learn new waterbending skills from a new environment), meets Zuko. He's a prince of the Sun Warriors, but Iroh is the "king" so Zuko's not an heir to the throne. Zuko is actually serving his mandatory apprenticeship to the dragon masters... he's one of their "attendants", as all the firebenders of the great city are expected to serve sometime before their 2Oth year. (more talented benders, like Azula, served as older children, but Zuko, late bloomer, is serving as a teenager at 17)They have, as it is, a little affair. of sorts. Which involves late night meetings on balconies and swimming and lots of men wearing gold jewelry and women in flowy skirts.Zuko may not be the crown prince, but he *is* a prince and there are expectations for him. His apprenticeship to the dragon attendants is almost over, and when it ends he has to survive the dragon's test with a clear mind and heart.Katara's troubled by the politics of...whatever brought them in the first place.Drama ensues!------I'll try to pretend that
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of the fic potential that fanart gives. I was sort of imagining the story taking place near the beginning of bending, kind of like the cradle of life in the Avatar world as Omashu, the swamp, and the sun warriors all reside along the western coast of the big continent.