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Avatar the Last Airbender: Distorted Reality

Avatar the Last Airbender: Distorted Reality

by Rocket Axxonu
[Set after Book 2.] Aang, embittered after the fall of Ba Sing Se and the following years of war, is sent to another world, in which he has to relive the the same events of his life again. Only this time he must fight alongside the downtrodden Fire Nation with siblings Zuko and Azula, against the warlike Water Tribes.

[A series of scenes adapted from Ogro's fanfiction Distorted Reality.]

Updates are sporadic. I like to work on pages in batches, so once I've finished a set, I'll post a page a day until the scene is complete.

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Avatar the Last Airbender: Distorted Reality

[Set after Book 2.] Aang, embittered after the fall of Ba Sing Se and the following years of war, is sent to another world, in which he has to relive the the same events of his life again. Only this time he must fight alongside the downtrodden Fire Nation with siblings Zuko and Azula, against the warlike Water Tribes.

[A series of scenes adapted from Ogro's fanfiction Distorted Reality.]

Updates are sporadic. I like to work on pages in batches, so once I've finished a set, I'll post a page a day until the scene is complete.

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Rocket Axxonu
September 7th, 2018
And, that's it for now. While the purpose of this comic is a bit redundant to the last one (I drew the rough sketches for this comic before I decided to go back and storyboard the previous [Merge 2] one), it was fun anyway, and had a bit more action-focus in comparison with the other comics so far.

Next will be the sixth comic, a scene from Book 2, Chapter 5, The Freedom Fighters, in which Aang meets an orphaned Toph among Jet and his crew, and Azula has a conversation with Jet.
Rocket Axxonu
September 7th, 2018
I picture Katara's relationship to Hama as being a little different from Azula's relationship to Lo and Li, so I wanted to find a way to visually reflect that. (Depending on how far I get with these comics, there may be more about Hama's role in distorted Katara's life growing up later on.)
Rocket Axxonu
September 4th, 2018
Back again with some more pages. (Basically just like a continuation of the previous scene, so no introduction page this time.)

This one's on the shorter side, just eleven pages. I'm changing up my posting style a little for this one, in that I'll be posting one page a day until they're all up.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
@martyrex:
Haha! If by in the gutter you mean practicing bloodbending, then yes.
martyrex
April 28th, 2018
is my brain just in the gutter or is katara going to do some weird things with the guards.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
That's all for now. I haven't entirely decided which comic scene I'm going to go for next—there's a scene immediately following this one I storyboarded a long time ago (before I came back and storyboarded this one) which, though maybe feeling slightly redundant to this scene, would be relatively quick to do as it's only eleven pages long. Then there's a bigger, more important one (28 pages) that involves Toph and the Freedom Fighters, which I've also done a fair bit of work on already. I guess we'll see how it goes.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
Suki!

Though Suki is the counterpart of Mai in the original, she has somewhat of a different history, which is why she's traveling with Katara at this point already.

While presumably Kyoshi Island was able to resist the Water Tribes' attacks for many years, its proximity to the Southern Water Tribe likely made it a sore point for the second Water Emperor, Hakoda's father. Hakoda finally led an attack on the island years prior to the story, and the inhabitants of the island were annihilated, and the island taken over by the Water Tribe. However, Kya, Hakoda's wife, was accompanying the warriors as a healer at the time, and finding Suki (a girl about the same age as Katara), she begged Hakoda to spare her. Hakoda agreed, and Kya took her home to the Water Tribe and raised her as a playmate to Katara.

Because the Southern Water Tribe is so close to Kyoshi Island, many Southern Tribe women had adopted some version of the Kyoshi Warrior fighting style before the island was conquered. So we're left to assume Suki learned the ways of the Kyoshi Warrior from them. (Although I'm not entirely certain on Suki's age when the island was attacked, and if she would have been old enough to have already received warrior training or remember much of her heritage.)

I took a bit of a liberty on the color scheme for Suki's design; she's described in the original story as wearing her regular golds and greens, but I decided to go more with blues and silvers to tie her more visually to the Water Tribes.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
This equivalent of the tides conversation from canon wasn't actually in the original fanfiction (I mean, they're waterbenders, seems natural they wouldn't have any problem with the tides), but I wanted to add it back in to give a concrete illustration of the difference between canon Azula's way of doing things, and Katara's.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
Katara has a bit of a different leadership style from Azula.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
Like the canon North, the distorted Southern Tribe recognizes a royal line. However, respect for their claim to the throne seems linked more to respect for their leaders' own personal power and strength as a warrior than an inherent reverence attached to the lineage itself. (It seems anyone can challenge a leader they think is not worthy, though I imagine the challenger would have to be prepared to fight to the death.) However, while Katara is not officially recognized as a warrior, most know by rumor how a battle with her is likely to end.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
Katara's speech here may be a bit confusing without some background—

Unlike the Fire Nation or the canon Southern Water Tribe, the distorted Southern Tribe has a social structure in some ways similar to the canon North. Women were, until fairly recently, not allowed to fight, and at this point are still not officially recognized as warriors of the tribe. Katara is trying to curb any possible resentment the soldiers might have being placed under her by appealing to the other values of the tribe, pride in their strength as warriors and the pursuit of conquest.
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
I decided not to try to draw the wolves bowing in this scene. Bowing poses are difficult, and considering how many wolves I was going to have to draw from various angles, this made my life a little easier.

However, also, my sense from the description in the original chapter was that the wolves were not necessarily bowed with faces to the ground in absolute subservience, as in the Fire Nation. The Southern Water Tribe power structure comes across as a lot less formal than in the Fire Nation. [More on this in the comments on Page 5.]
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
This particular comic may require some more explanation, in terms of the cultural structure of the distorted Southern Water Tribe in contrast to the Fire Nation and the canon Southern Water Tribe. If anything seems to be a bit confusing or odd, you can try skimming through the comments sections below the pages, or else feel free to just ask any questions you have directly. C:
Rocket Axxonu
April 28th, 2018
A few snapshots of scenes from Chapter 16 of Book 1, The Deserter, and Chapter 20 of Book 1, The Golden Siege Part 2.
Mich
April 17th, 2018
@Guest: sorry, didn't realise I wasn't logged in xD
Guest
April 17th, 2018
@Rocket Axxonu:
Ok, thanks for clearing that up! I wasn't 100% sure, but I thought that was the way you were going with the story.
Rocket Axxonu
April 17th, 2018
@Mich:
Yeah, that's right. I didn't even think about mentioning about that in the comments, but yeah, in the distorted reality everything is reversed, so some people that could bend in the canon reality can't bend in the distorted one and vice versa. (Distorted Zuko can't firebend, just like Sokka couldn't waterbend, but distorted Sokka can waterbend. And then distorted Hakoda and Kanna (Gran-Gran) can waterbend, but Iroh and Ozai can't firebend, if I'm remembering right.)
Mich
April 16th, 2018
Benders?
So I'm assuming Zuko can't firebend, like how sokka couldnt waterbend in the original series and sokka can waterbend in this version like Zuko could firebend?
I don't know if I skimmed over something or not
Rocket Axxonu
March 20th, 2018
And, there's the end of that one. That's the last of the comics I'd posted on deviantArt, so from here on it will just be new comics.

This is a scene I particularly wanted to do, I think because it's a fun one that has a more serious edge to it, and really sets up a lot of things as we get further into Book 2. (Aang's friendship with Sokka in the previous world as compared to their relationship in this one, Azula's bitter feelings toward all waterbenders and emphasis on vengeance over compassion, and of course, the unspoken past Aang has with Azula that he is reluctant to share.)

The next scene, another one from Chapter 1 of Book 2 Merge, is nearly finished, and I hope to begin posting on dA within the next couple of months. (The first major appearance of distorted Katara. C:)

As always, if you have any thoughts or questions, let me know, and hope to see you next time!
Rocket Axxonu
March 20th, 2018
Unlike Katara, distorted Azula isn't inclined to reach out or try giving an enemy a second chance.