Why Avatar On My Site ? :

Hi Hi Y’all,

I got asked why I have so many Fan Fictions and why I can’t release more of them and on a steady schedule. Honestly, it’s because I get bored of the process of writing it all down and often get side tracked with life or other inspirations.

I did, however, get asked a question about my most recent update: Avatar. I was asked why I put it up if I wasn’t really updating it. Thanks for that by the way. Felt really good to read that…

I chose the Avatar series because I was in the process awhile back of re-watching both series. I wanted to know if the explosion of debates around the two of them were worth it. My first way through, I’m not going to lie, was filled with a lot of judgement towards Korra. That being said after re-watching Avatar Aang’s journey and then Korra’s again I realized I was hella biased.

Maybe that’s why my brain was challenging me to a BEING THE AVATAR IS SO EASY HUH!? So when I came up with an idea I thought why the hell not. I can jot down some notes and maybe put it on my site. Never thought anyone would be interested in Avatar Fan Fiction or have opinions on it.

Well, here’s my answer on why this Avatar and the series progression:

Awhile back I saw two videos from Johnny 2 Cellos about Avatar Aang and Avatar Korra. In it he wanted to prove why he believed Avatar Aang was the most compassionate Avatar and that Avatar Korra was the most resilient. Thoughts on all that aside, there is one point he pointed out that I really agree with: that while each Avatar is a reincarnation of the others they are also themselves their own person.

For instance, Aang was called compassionate because he did not believe in killing even Ozai. Instead, he took away his ability to bend. Now, an Avatar like Kyoshi would do what was needed and feel no qualms about it. Avatar Yangchen was also born as an Air Nomad and yet she believed the duty to the world was greater than the duty to herself; which means there is no argument for saying it is the influence of their natural born elements and their corresponding environments either for the distinct differences between the individual reincarnations. Their decisions come down to the individual in each life time.

In the case of Korra, she was called the most resilient for facing consistent and extreme personal challenges; all while having to embark on the new age of publicity and media. You could if you wanted to try to speculate on how Avatar Aang’s personality and choices may differ but in my point of view that is a waste of time and more about comparing the series. Aang wasn’t around to make those choices and if he was they were completely different situations. His decisions could of radically changed when dealing with public pressure or not being able to bend at all. Further, Aang was an Air Nomad and Korra, while I believe does not display much of the stereotypes of the Southern Water Tribe, is from the Water Tribe. That gives them completely different upbringings and philosophies to start from. Which may not affect the personalities of the individual reincarnations but does affect the environment and learned behavior they grew up on.

In the case of imagining a new Avatar those where the things in my head: the Avatar’s are their own individuals, their background helps define their current self and that they make their own choices. I am a huge cliche of a nerd so of course my brain jumped ahead one to the next fire bending Avatar. Timeline wise that’s a pretty big jump in society. Which was both annoying and interesting, because I got to imagine an Avatar in our modern society. Instantly, my brain was like damn Earth Benders are now scarily dangerous and completely terrifying. *Hint Hint*

But what about fire benders? What about their history of trying to move on from being the empire of major war crimes and military power? What about being a monarchy in modern society? What about their bending abilities place in a world where power and light doesn’t need flame?

As a child, I often wondered what it would mean to be born with no purpose. It’s a weird question for a kid I know, but I was always told what my purposes where: to educate myself, to succeed in the views of society, to be there for family. Those three things have been my definition since I was a child. I can’t compare it to being the Avatar but I could say I was told my purpose young and was expected to fill it. Avatar Aang chose to runaway from his expectations in the beginning; while, Avatar Korra ran straight towards them. In the case of the two of them I’d say I started as Korra. Run blindly into the future as it has been told.

Maybe that’s why when I imagined an Avatar I imagined one that had difficulties similar to Korra: having an idea of what your purpose is that realizing through challenges that your purpose is your’s own. But, to be honest, I also see myself very differently from Korra and when I write a character I always give them something from me or someone I know within them. So, when I wrote Rina what I imagined was someone who dealt with identity issues and such but in the beginning how I would of thought in certain challenges. Then from there I let her learn her own lessons and develop into her own new person.

In the original series the first book was Water. I wanted to keep the theme from the original series and make the first book Water as well. I think it really fits with the beginning of the Avatar I imagined because of water is. It is a reflection. You see what is outside physically and can change it. You also see what is inside and are forced to confront it. You may heal it if you want or maybe just use it to become aware of it.

I wanted the Avatar I created to have a backstory that would need to be reflected first in water for both herself and the audience. In a modern world the Avatar takes on a whole different meaning. In this case the Avatar has reasons on why they don’t want to fulfill those meanings and so a reflection of the past shows the start of the development for the future.

This Avatar is her own individual person so her backstory has to be a past different from those Avatars that came before her. I will say upfront that besides having parents that don’t like the idea of the Avatar at this point of time she also will have a deep seated personal reason to not want the role. It is the loss of people closest to her: the pain that comes with expectations.

To me, that is a reflection of Water that is worthy for a start.

I don’t want to say more because this isn’t about spoiling anything. More like trying to answer a few questions asked of me. However, I will say that if I can get through it all there will be a Book of Earth, A Book of Fire and then a Book of Air in the order of the bending cycles. The Book of Earth will be about the world and its foundations. Are things sturdy and solid? The Book of Fire is about life, inspiration, creativity. Is the world and its people set for destruction by their own actions? The Book of Air is about intellectual thought, reason, understanding and memory. Has everyone understood what’s been going around them and prepared for the memories they have created?

And, yes, I will be referring back to the ideas I came up with for the Earth bending Avatar that would of come before her. He may have died young but his decisions have played a huge part in the world and in Rina’s decision.

Does that make any sense or answer any of that question?

Maybe, sometimes, a part of me just wants to think back to a time where I believed there wasn’t something funny about believing their are special people.

Also, fire is fun.

I.L. Knight

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Fan Fiction Friday [9/04] :

Hi Hi Y’all,

Tomorrow or Sunday I will have a post explaining in full detail everything that has really been going on in the last few months, why everything has been really hectic and crazy and why Corona virus has really effected things on my end.

I do, however, should have/maybe have/possibly have/tried to have fixed everything enough that I can get back onto a schedule and have some balance again. So without further ado I would like to introduce this week’s Fan Fiction Friday:

Harry Potter

Avatar

For Harry Potter we have three new chapters as well as more character art by the amazing Juliet!

For Avatar we have one new chapter and it’s a decent intro to the starting point of some of the side characters you’ll meet. We learn a little about the Crown Prince of the Fire Nation Ozuko’s [you’ll find out more about the name later] and his sister Princess Azumi’s characters. They are definitely starting from a place of being in a bubble and needing to learn a lot about the world. You’ll also see a bit more context around the current Avatar’s family life and the personality of the current Fire Lord Azai.

The reason these two are being updated is because during this week’s struggles I have for some reason been having dreams about some of the future ideas I had for them so I figured I could use the inspiration to write. Also, I love Juliet’s work.

Please enjoy and thanks for everything,

I.L. Knight

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Fire Bending Abilities

D & D :

Hi Hi Y’all,

Here it is. The post on Dreams Askew! Well, sorry to disappoint you, and myself, but we haven’t gotten to it yet! We got so caught up in the joint character creation part that we ran out of time for our actual session. So I present you the Dreams Askew Character I will FINALLY get to be playing : Robyn “Rob” McFeever – the Bigender Raven & leader of the Pina Coladas.

Here Are The Key Points To Include were: being a bigender raven, red eyes, fucked-up hair, gloves, overalls, support from a ghost and their associated sobriety cult  and what 2 talents they have from a list (infirmary and guns).

That transformed into this character. I would describe the hatchling as an individual with a small round face, large owl like red eyes, a tattoo of a lemon where a 3rd eye should be, red apple earrings, overalls that include one shoulder on/ one shoulder off, a giant image of a 1/2 peeled banana a large pouch below it one leg having a flare bottom and the other shredded off at the knee, a green scarf with yellow pineapples, an under black shirt that is actually sleeved on one side with a tight red pair of gloves and not sleeved on the other side to reveal a fruit themed sleeve tattoo and large steam punk/worker-esque worker glove and purple boots with coconuts on them.

The ghost became Barnabus “Barnie” The Peeping ghost. At the moment he is eternally trapped wearing the bottom half of a Barnie the Dinosaur mascot costume, an ironic t-shirt, surfer dude necklace, an over the shoulder Barnie bag and is bald.

My favorite last minute creative decision was making the sobriety group ‘The Pina Coladas’ actually a front for the local cult. Where my character used them to move into the fruit, vegetables and general produce area of the market area and create absolutely safe territory in an uncertain terrain. Somehow, making them all worship Rob as a savior/messiah.

So, yep… That’s Dreams Askew character creation guys! I’ll try to get artwork soon 😉

I.L. Knight

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Do You Like Pina Coladas – Rupert Holmes

 

 

D & D :

Hi Hi Y’all ~

So, my Dungeon and Dragon’s Campaign has had its session canceled a few times in a row now. Nothing serious or detrimental. However, in its place this week one of our members has us playing Dreams Askew. Wow, I was not prepared for such an idea. Might as well give it a go.

I have no idea who I’ll be or how it will go, but I’ll let you know next week how it went.

I.L. Knight

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Dreams Askew – Gauntlet Con

Fan Fiction Tentative Schedule:

Hi Hi Y’all~

Just posting the tentative schedule for the next few Fan Fiction Friday’s!

[8/14] 1/2 Prince & Maou-Sama & Harry Potter Old To-Do’s Theme Day

[8/21] Shadow Hunters & All Souls Western Literature My Mom Loves Theme Day

[8/28] Eragon & Overlord Non-Human Theme Day

[9/4] Star Trek & Re: Monster Sci-Fi Wonder Theme Day

[9/11] DC Comics Comic Theme Day #1 – DC EDITS

[9/18] Marvel Comic Theme Day #2 – House of M

[9/25] A Demon Lord’s Tale & Avatar Reluctant Heroine Theme Day

I.L. Knight

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Working 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

Happy Monday Updates :

Hi Hi Y’all,

Happy Mondays! We’ve survived the hurricane/tropical storm and we can get back into this new weeks normal schedule~

I will be changing the Monday update though! Got to let you know about the new illustrations I uploaded on secret for Harry Potter. They’re, of course, by Juliet.

Also, I had a funny dream last night. I was dreaming of a one shot novella about a saint, a hero and a princess after the end of defeating the demon king. The saint was pretending to like the hero and be with him to cover up the fact he was really with the princess! Can’t remember why that was shocking but it was. Turns out she was cooperating with them because all she wanted to do was be done with this job she never wanted. Turns out the kingdom has to make a deal with the surviving son of the Demon King for peace and harmony between humans and the remaining demons. Only, he wants to marry the SAINT– since she is single.

Maybe, one day when I have time, I’ll write a one shot for it. Sounds interesting, right?

I.L. Knight

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All You Never Say – Birdy

Concerning Fan Fiction Friday [7/31] :

Hi Hi Y’all,

I actually didn’t have time to type up the new chapters for Douluo Dalu and 1/2 prince. Stupid, hurricane prep. I did, however, have enough time to type up preview sort of stuff, so here goes.

Douluo Dalu: Set in the future of the world, the grand children of grand children inherit their family abilities and more? Meeting new characters with new goals and ambitions you can follow the journey of: Tang Lili, Dugu Jia and Wang Wei. As they meet companions to form a new generation of Shrek Seven Devils and new enemies to face.

1/2 Prince: With the author creating a sequel to the series focused on the main characters’ children why not look back at what the video game world could of become? After decades of the game being off marker due to NPC’s gaining self-awareness new players dive in to a world trying to figure itself out. These new characters end up in the most broken and confused continent. Completely filled with self-aware NPCs, players who chose the worst starting continent and ruffians who want to avoid the niceties of the other continents. Can a new legend make its start on this land? Perhaps, a Princess or an Empress instead of a Prince? Either way, there’s some vampire heroine, a fallen angel cousin and a guy hiding his beauty behind a beast man character.

I.L. Knight

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1/2 Prince Fan Trailer

D & D :

Hi Hi Y’all~

Sadly, my D&D session got canceled for this week and so I don’t have any new quotes or anything for my character.

Instead, I am going to put a link to my Ko-Fi where I have art by Blizaga of the character (many of my characters) and her brief backstory introduction.

Also, I am going to link a Critical Role related video on character backstory creation. I didn’t use it for this character but I wish I did when I first started playing D&D because a lot of things said about creating a good backstory are common mistakes made.

I’d also like to take one moment to point out something: D&D as a way to look at yourself and expand your view. For years all my early characters were half elves (which says a lot) and they were almost always Sorcerers (again, that says a lot). When I finally got out of that box, I grew as both a person and a writer.

Currently, I am playing a 1/2 orc druid in my main campaign and having the time of my life doing it.

I.L. Knight

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Taliesin Jaffe

KO- FI Tuesday :

Hi Hi Y’all,

As you know when running your own brand/business and/or creative endeavors in this modern world it becomes important to understand and learn social media and independent funding platforms. I, however, do not and probably never will.

Originally, I had made a random Patreon and Ko-Fi to play around with and see if I can learn. When I started struggling with it I did drop them. However, I have been convinced to go back and put the time in to really understand and sort through one of them.

I decided on Ko-Fi because it seems easier and more clear cut for me. Tuesday’s about twice a month I will be either uploading new chapters in an exclusive web novel or chapters in a series I am writing for my younger cousin for fun. She asked for it and I will deliver.

As a proper schedule and clear cut boundary develops for my differing platforms the goal for Ko-Fi is to also have previews of artwork related to my Fan Fictions, my light novels, my web novels and my D&D content.

Please, take a second when you have time to scroll through it and let me know what you like or dislike.

I.L. Knight

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Ko-Fi Explanations