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It’s been a year since the end of the war. It’s been a year, and negotiations for peace are still being handled. Fire Lord Zuko has a lot on his plate, and there is a whisper of discontent in the air.

Amid the peace that has been hard-won, a council has been created featuring members of each of the Nations, as well as the Avatar. The goal of this National Council is simple - to prevent an atrocity like Sozin’s War from ever happening again.

Resurgence is a sandbox Avatar: The Last Airbender / The Legend of Aang role-play set one year after the end of the Hundred Year War. We accept both canons and original characters, and take the story in any direction we'd like, exploring the semantics and problems of a war-torn world rebuilding. We are rated PG-13 with optional mature content.

Resurgence

A Moment of Peace

Started by Lixia at Oct 15, 2019 4:18 pm
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The Fire Talon
Fire Nation
Played By Nariko

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'



Many tales were told of the Jasmine Dragon. Most of the time, the word was that General-Prince Iroh had established the place in the Upper Ring of Ba Sing Se, and that many had come from all over the world to try the shop's tea. Ba Sing Se wasn't necessarily on Lixia's list of places to visit before returning home, but her family owned a lot of land toward the west.

Visiting the Earth Kingdom capital was something of a hit or miss situation. Lixia refused to hide who and what she was for the sake of peace, and still dressed in her typical Fire Nation attire. Certainly, she'd come across more than her fair share of people glaring at her, but she kept her head high, because she knew who she was and she knew what crimes she did and did not commit. If it made someone feel better to aim their ire at someone that had not proved to deserve it, then so be it, but she'd be damned if she bent to it the same.

In any case, she did have to wander around somewhat aimlessly to find the right place. She made her way within, smiling softly at the interior; it was beautiful, she had to admit. True, she hadn't seen many Earth Kingdom establishments, but if they all had interior design this good, she'd never want for a good atmosphere again.

"Just one today?" a voice asked. Ah, the place even had hosts.

Lixia gave a smile and a nod. "Yes, thank you." She then followed the young woman to a table and had a seat. There were notably fewer second glances at her attire here, but she could still feel them.

"Someone will be with you in just a moment."

"Thank you," Lixia responded, her gaze turning out the window. Out front, there was a beautiful view of the city. She imagined it was breathtaking during sunrise, and with the stars scattered across inky black, the lanterns in the city below lit up and cheerily burning. She could go for a life like that.

Jannah (Here's this one, and I'll work on the other one for Yolen and or Balen shortly.)


Careful what you wish, you may regret it;
Careful what you wish, you just might get it;

Fire Nation
Played By Jannah


Business was going well as far as Iroh was concerned. Since returning to the Earth Kingdom he had proudly witnessed a significant growth in his little shop. Truth was, word was spreading and it was spreading fast. There was little dispute that the Jasmine Dragon hosted some of the best tea in all of the Earth Kingdom. For some, there simply remained a certain irony that it was not run by an Earth Kingdom native at all, but rather Fire Nation royalty. Much malice still remained, but the old general retained faith that his nephew was doing his best to atone for the past sins of his nation. He trusted the young man who had grown so much over the past few years. 

For some, malice hardly even remained a factor. The old general could see it in the way they carried themselves. They remained as proud as ever, a defining trait of the nation that had raised them up. The Fire Nationals had always been a proud people and it seemed little had changed in that sense at all. Perhaps it was even a sign that they were healing - moving beyond the past. 

Iroh knew that he was not alone in trying to make a new life for himself. There were many, all trying to escape a less than pleasant past. For the old general, it was an escape from politics and ultimately the stresses of court life. The rivalry he had borne with his brother was well-known and it had set the perfect precedent for the younger generation to take their place as the voices of the Fire Nation. Now, the old man could not be more pleased. He finally got to do, in his old age, whatever his heart desired. It was evident that he was not the only one thankful for it either. 

Service within the shop came and went regularly, hardly allowing the old man to recognize many faces at all. It was only a few regulars that he had come to recognize, but today someone of a different sort of recognition walked into the shop and took a seat. Her garb unmistakably marked her as Fire Nation; kin. In the eyes of many it remained a bold move, but from the man it produced a single smile. 

With little hesitation he approached her. "It is refreshing to see someone familiar. Welcome to the Jasmine Dragon." He beamed. "Have you decided on your order?"  

The Fire Talon
Fire Nation
Played By Nariko

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'



It was good to see Iroh was doing well. Many might balk at the idea of a Fire National making a life outside the Fire Nation, but in her opinion, it was a good start. If the other nations didn't ever see Fire Nationals as anything but invaders, it was going to be very difficult to reach anything like the peaceful state the world was in before Fire Lord Sozin. The world had drastically changed, and it was unlikely to ever truly reach that state again. At least, not in this lifetime.

Lixia spent her time watching the other patrons, enjoying the view of the city. Ba Sing Se was indeed the largest city she'd ever seen, and it was true that Lixia had been to many places over the years. Certainly more than was typical for a Fire Nation noble, but Lixia was more hands-on than most. She wasn't made for sitting around on her butt and giving orders. She much preferred seeing things for herself. If nothing else, it was always a good learning experience, and kept her from becoming disconnected from what was every day life.

Ah, she smiled rather brightly as Iroh came over. "Thank you," she said. "I had to come by at least once before I go back to the Fire Nation, though I hadn't intended to visit Ba Sing Se. Your shop has quite a reputation these days." She heard of it even closer to the coast, and she supposed that was a bit of something. She was almost surprised Iroh recognised her; it'd been a bit since last they'd seen each other, but word was, she looked like her mother with her father's eyes. So everyone said.

"I think a cup of jasmine tea would be lovely," she said. "Sometimes the best ideas are the simple ones. How've you been?" At least on the business front, it was clear that was going well. She was glad for it. At least someone was finding peace in this new world relatively easily. Sooner or later, everyone else would follow suit. There was no sense trying to climb an entire flight of stairs in one jump, after all.


Careful what you wish, you may regret it;
Careful what you wish, you just might get it;

Fire Nation
Played By Jannah


Since the conclusion of the war the world had begun changing. Iroh clung to hope that it was for the better. Most of the world had witnessed enough violence and bloodshed to last a lifetime. That alone had already worked to incentivize peace. Zuko in particular seemed to be using it to his advantage. At last he had reached his full potential and for that the old general couldn't be prouder of his nephew. It did seem to make for some rather interesting dialogue between nations, but fascinating as it was the man was thankful to be away from it all. Retirement, for some, was definitely well earned. 

Retirement had merely served as a new beginning for the old general, though, as he found himself face to face with new people daily. They all had their own unique stories to tell and some were even familiar - far too familiar. 

Iroh smiled as Lixia acknowledged him. So she was fond of Jasmine also, easily the greatest tea in the world. He could take solace in the fact that she had not insulted it so blatantly as Zuko once had. It was more than simply hot leaf juice, but a concoction of perfection in the mouth. "One jasmine coming up." He replied before ushering towards his staff.

"I have been great. Satisfied. There is much change coming to the world, but I do believe it is for the better. There's already been much talk here in the colonies about further reconciliation with the Fire Nation. I may have left politics behind, but it's funny the news one picks up while in the tea business." He noted with a smile. "Of course, having a nephew on the throne helps as well." 

The Fire Talon
Fire Nation
Played By Nariko

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'



Tea shops were rather well-known for being places people told interesting stories, so Lixia could see that. For herself, she hardly ever said anything in public she didn't want the world to hear her say. It was a little difficult for her to imagine someone flippantly spreading certain news around, but most things that happened now after the end of the war was interesting enough for most to spread around. Certainly the other nations were very interested in making sure Zuko remained accountable for his varying actions post-war, but if anyone asked her, he was doing decently well.

"Thank you," she said, almost off-handed. One thing Lixia never forgot was her manners, at least. "It seems that would be helpful," she said. "Though I'd figure he'd mostly be letting you to your tea shop dreams." Zuko probably knew far better than she how Iroh didn't much care for politics and would be quite happy to be left to the Jasmine Dragon and its day to day affairs. Certainly it was less stressful, but Lixia also was aware Zuko had very few people to turn to for advice. It isn't like Ozai ever bothered trying to teach the boy how to rule, and that was probably for the best. He'd have too many Ozaisms, in such case.

Well, there was a reason she was heading back to the Fire Nation soon. If nothing else, Lixia was probably far better at handling such things as diplomacy as he. If he was anything like he'd been as a child, he was still too candid and honest. Good traits to have on a personal level; in a ruler, they were disasters.


Careful what you wish, you may regret it;
Careful what you wish, you just might get it;