The Avatar is Gone- Forever?
read the headlines one hundred years ago, after the passing of Avatar Kady. Republic City claimed to have seen her in the Avatar state when she passed on, and thus, the Avatar cycle came to a halt, they said... Now it has been two thousand years since Avatar Korra, a famous and much loved Avatar, had passed on. Modern day Republic City believes she would be amazed and then disgusted if she were here now. Amazed at the sleek, Hovermobiles levitating an entire foot off the ground; amazed at the tall steel buildings whose sides project commercials from flashing HD color television screens; amazed at the garments people are wearing, glitzy and glamorous with high tech features, like cellular phones implanted in thin, fashionable gloves.
Disgusted at the way poor people are made into slaves if four years old or older; disgusted at how the Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Water Tribes are dominated by a single power when they are supposed to be separate; disgusted at how the leader of this dominating power, Valor Li-Nova, has been crowned 'Honorary Avatar', because people have lost hope in the real and apparently nonexistent Avatar; disgusted that all she did to stop the Equalists went somewhat in vain, for now, all airbenders are extinct. An entire race gone, along with her friends Tenzin and his children.
Li-Nova's regime is in full control of the other nations. Laws are in effect that remove people from their homes if it is convenient to place a shopping center or corporate building. Corporations dominate small, family owned businesses. People are losing their jobs everyday, and becoming slaves.
And no one except the Avatar can stop it.
But the Avatar is dead.
Welcome to The Chessboard Battlefield Trilogy, a double between the ever so incredible KawaiiGrrl and myself. This story takes place in the cyberpunk evolution of the LOK world we know and love, two thousand years after Korra passed away.
I hope you enjoy this legendary trilogy, and as I say because I'm The Way,
asdfghjkl; sorry I wasn't online ;o; I had a butt-load of homework and projects and tests and I just oh gosh honors is just *eye twitch*
|Book II: The Bishops|
|..:|Chapter XLIV: Exploration |:..|
Light gently filtered through the curtains. She should really get out of bed now.
Emerging from the covers of her bed, she stretched her arms with a drawn-out yawn. How long has it been since she arrived here? Two days? Three at the most. She should find a way to come into contact with her friends to alert them that she's all right. Maybe after she spends a bit more time here to discover more information on the cult. Yeah, she should probably take advantage of this opportunity; at least one more day should be spent here.
She flopped out of her bed, curious to what this new day would bring.
Opening the doors of her room, she was immediately met by Hao, who smiled fondly at the sight of her.
"Oh, Miss Harmonie. I was about to wake you up, but I suppose you're able to do that by yourself."
"Yep," she grinned childishly.
"You must be famished, Your Majesty. May I escort you to the dining hall for your breakfast?"
Harmonie nodded politely. "Sure. Thank you, Hao."
Harmonie and the servant strolled into the fancy dinner table, different breakfast dishes neatly organized on the table, waiting for her.
After a filling meal of delicious delicacies, Hao beamed, more wrinkles forming on his worn-down face. "Are you satisfied, Your Majesty?"
The only response she could make was a curt nod, for her mouth was absolutely stuffed with pastries. She swallowed it in one gulp.
Hao bowed politely. "The palace is yours for exploring, Miss Harmonie." The loyal servant scurried out the door, leaving the Avatar alone in the room.
Harmonie grinned. This was the best part of the day. She wondered why did they wanted her there just to let her wander around aimlessly but later decided to shove the question away. She'd have to ask Hao later.
Something was troubling her in the back of her mind. She couldn't exactly pick out what it was. This ominous feeling felt like procrastinating, but it was a different species of sorts.
Whatever. It probably wasn't that important, anyway.
The most important thing to do first was to investigate, right?
She stood up from her seat and left the dining hall.
The lavish hallway seemed less ambiguous and more... welcoming. How strange.
There must be a dozen doors for the entire hallway, and this was only a mere section. Where to start this time?
One door appeared more interesting from the rest, more unique and lively, almost as if it was holding back a hidden secret. It could have been the sparkling handle of the adorned doorknob, or it could have been the suspiciously wide perimeter of the wooden framework.
She turned the doorknob and pushed.
A secret stash of gold coins awaiting to be collected.
Caged endangered animals that screeched for freedom.
Wide bookshelves filled with books lining the walls.
She was expecting one of those things, something wonderful and mystical and downright adventurous, but the sight she received was a neatly kept spare room.
Harmonie sighed. Well, she should check everywhere, right?
She was close. Very close. There was a massive door that seemed to lead out of the mansion, but it remained stubbornly locked no matter how hard she attempted to beat at it. If only she could find the key...
Oh well. Maybe with more searching, she could find it.
An ominous fear striked into her heart. However, she sighed when she realized it was the harmless old man, relief overflowing in her body. Like a phantom, the elderly servant appeared behind her, smiling earnestly.
"It is lunchtime, Your Majesty."
And so he escorted her to the dining hall once again, and once again, she was stuffed until she could no longer swallow anymore food. After a buffet that could satisfy a king's court, she quietly thought to herself, reflecting on the labyrinth-like design of the mansion. Had she even found the center yet? After what? Ten hours of searching? She glanced at the clock.
What? How could this be? It felt like she was working all day, searching aimlessly for an escape.
After a hard day's work, she should enjoy herself. Anyway, she had found a spa, an arcade, and a library, so she should use them, right?
With that intuition in mind, immediately after Hao left the room, she stood up, all thoughts of escaping falling into oblivion and ideas of having fun flooding into her mind.