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Only the Avatar Remembers... by SilverThowra Only the Avatar Remembers... by SilverThowra
Their bodies are found drifting to shore two days later. The tattered scraps of clothing clinging to their charred corpses is the only indication of their identity. The Council places their bodies back into the sea; a Water Tribe burial, the final gesture of respect for two men who tried to tear a city apart in different directions.

Korra wishes she could have talked to both brothers, if only just once.

She wishes she could have apologised to Tarrlok. After all, he had apologised to her, when really, she had been the one who pushed him to extremes. She wishes she had said sorry to him before leaving him in the attic on the island.

As for Amon...she isn't sure. A part of her feels that she owes him - for her airbending, for her connection to her spiritual side. He had symbolised fear and she'd learnt to overcome that fear. In a way, that made him her teacher. She wishes she had said thank you to him before tearing down his image.

No one in the city remembers them, or wants to.

So Korra takes it upon herself to carry their memories inside of her. She is the Avatar; she will transcend lifetimes. These memories will endure for all of eternity. She builds a memorial for them in a small cave by Mo Ce Beach. She hides two portraits of them in that cave.

Every year, on the anniversary of their death, she visits their empty graves in secret and lights two incense sticks. Then she sits down in front of the two solemn, staring portraits, and tells them about herself. She tells them about her husband, about her children. She lives for them, and through her, they have a family.

Then the day ends, and she must leave. She will get up and walk back to the cave mouth, always turning around one last time. Silhouetted by the moon, she apologises to the portrait of the younger brother, and thanks the older one.

The cycle continues.

~~~~~~~~~~~

R.I.P Amon and Tarrlok.

tumblr reblog link: [link]

**edit 23/11/12**
SUCCESS. I submitted this to memebase and it made it to the front page xD [link]
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amaranthvoice Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
To be honest, now that Korra has gone through all that trauma and was even able to forgive/save Kuvira's life in the finale, I could see her holding a ritual like this for them.
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clockworkporcelain Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Tearbending. 
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ninllot Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
el dibujo estuvo genial, el fic no tanto
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Thepenguinrapist Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like the concept. Our enemies help to shape us by providing an adversary for us to overcome, and who often come to symbolize to us our own internal struggles. In a way, they become our teachers, leaving us the most brutal of lessons and the strengths and wisdom we gain from them as their legacies. 
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kennyg302 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
The villains made by grey moral lines and wild ambitions. 
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BayouWizzard Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

you made me feel sorry for those ass holes

 

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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hurray! :dummy:
I'll consider that mission accomplished...
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Wishesonthemoon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist
SO BEAUTIFUL :iconcryforeverplz:
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Tigereyes45 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student
That's so sweet Korra. Bet everyone knows she does it though.
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StrigineSensibility Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the story you've created here. There's a lot that Bryke left unsaid with the end of the first season and I can believe that this is the sort of closure Korra would create for herself. Beautiful work.
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you so much!
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StrigineSensibility Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're super welcome :)
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Shibalove Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My feels...
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
:hug:
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Shibalove Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^w^
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DutchManArts Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wouw.. that's so beautifull =)
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thank you!
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DutchManArts Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your more then welcome =)
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this very much. It would make sense for Korra to take it upon herself to remember what she learned from them. I like that this shows a strong bond without romantic implications. The things that resonate the most here are humility, appreciation, and respect.
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad someone understood what I was trying to communicate through this! ^^
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm about to post a fan fiction story with feelings kind of similar to the ones seen here. Would it be okay if I recommend your picture in an author's note?
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Sure, go for it :)
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :) Here's the link if you want to read it: [link]
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Thanks for the link :)
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Tigereye77 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
powerfull stuff. I would have hatted it/not understanded it with out them paragraphs after. Trully moving
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad people got the intent behind it :)
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Milenalen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Oh God, the feels. ;____;
This is gorgeous. ;___;
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:iconsilverthowra:
SilverThowra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Aww thank you! :hug:
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chucktator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
They were really good villains, too bad they got blown up
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:iconsilverthowra:
SilverThowra Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Yeah, I know :(
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Redbayly Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
*Falls face-forward onto desk and sobs*
Why them? Why did THEY have to die? I really wouldn't have cared if Mako had died (I would if Bolin had), just WHY did it have to be Noatak and Tarrlok? *Bangs head against desk*
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*Continues sobbing*
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I know! :hug:
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Redbayly Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
*Hugs and cries on shoulder*
T-they were too beautiful to die.*Sobs* W-why? Why must Bryke do this to us?*Sobs again*
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hazmaster Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Right in the feels.
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
:hug:
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Arulein Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
very nicely done. Please accept this llama as a token of my appreciation.
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:iconsilverthowra:
SilverThowra Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Aww thank you!
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Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!!
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Lovecartoons Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
aww
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Dragon-pig Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Very touching :( it's kinda sad that Amon is really dead :(
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thank you! And yeah, that boat scene nearly made me cry :sniff:
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Dragon-pig Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Yeah it made me upset because one Amon is dead and it is ridiculous that a tough villain like him was taken down a boat accident :(
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Iname4597 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Well I only have 2 words " So good"
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you!
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Iname4597 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Your Welcome
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GrapeIcies Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even really know what to say. It's certainly powerful and definitely fits the thematic purpose of LoK where the lines between who's really "bad" and "good" are blurred. I really feel like it would definitely give the fanbase a better closure for the brothers. :(
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you! I agree, that ending made me so sad I had to do some sort of tribute for them. I know the writer only had 12 episodes to cram the script, but still, the inequality/power issues could have been addressed a bit more in the show :(
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GrapeIcies Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:/ I wish a lot of things could've been expanded on. Everything felt far too rushed and the whole thing really suffered. One thing I feel like really suffered because of timing was definitely romance. I could've definitely done without the whole Mako/Asami/Korra thing in that time span, but I would've appreciated a more in-depth play of what it REALLY was and not how things were on the surface.

Character development was also stinted and while the characters were brilliant in the first few episodes, they stayed almost exactly the same throughout the book, causing us to make negative associations with them. >.< I really hope that things improve throughout these seasons and we get better things, because there are true gems in the whole thing. (Example, the whole "You're our Avatar too!" bit in episode 8 from the non-benders was just simply chilling and very emotionally charged.)
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Yeah, I felt the writers put too much effort behind the romance when the inequality/political issues could've been addressed a bit more. But then again the show is meant for kids so maybe we're just overanalysing things too much...That being said I really hope Korra matures in book 2, it's supposed to be about her connection to her spiritual side...
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GrapeIcies Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, people play the 'it's a kids' show' card all the time and the only problem is that the creators made Korra to appeal more to the matured and older audience of The Last Airbender, so I really agree. :/ I love the humor and the fun, but Korra's foreshadowed antics are... eh.
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