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10 March 2013 @ 03:19 am
I've been toying with the idea that members of the OWL who were FN helped Sozin colonize the EK behind Roku's and the Grand Lotus's backs because they had loved ones who stood to gain from it. But I was also toying with the idea that Sozin had an older brother, a person who wasn't a firebender. But their father was going to let him rule upon his death, anyway.  The Order itself had a problem with that since it would have gone against thousands of years of tradition and could possibly throw the Fire Nation into a civil war. So, one day, when he's fifteen and Sozin is eleven, the brother leaves for an outing with some friends, and is never heard from again.  When he never pops up to challenge Sozin's ascension, he's assumed to be dead.  His absence is seen as an automatic abdication.

Roku goes on his own search for the brother when he realizes just how crazy Sozin is in the hopes he can persuade the brother to challenge Sozin to an Agni Kai with him backing his power grab. But the Order was always one step ahead of Roku... I thought it would be interesting if Roku knew about the Order's existence and what they were capable of because some of his previous incarnations had been Order members, and the Order itself was founded by one of his past lives. The Order would also know that he had this knowledge which is why they would work hard to keep him as far out of their business as possible. He suspected the Order were responsible for the brother's disappearance... And then there's the unexpected eruption of volcanoes on his home island. (Just imagine the kinds of natural disasters a team of bending masters could create.) Maybe Roku seemed to be uninvolved in what Sozin was doing because he was on this obsessive search to find the brother, and because he found himself being called out to deal with the aftermath of natural disasters he suspected were created by the Order as a diversionary tactic when he was getting to close to finding the truth.

Of course this all becomes relevant in the present when Aang becomes fully-realized and learns of what the Order's capable of. But then I have to go from "Aang knows that Roku thought the Order was responsible for the disappearance of Sozin's brother (and various natural disasters that killed thousands of people)." to "Aang asks the Order to babysit the next Avatar". Of course, there's a lot of time that passes between these events.. Hmm...
loopy777loopy777 on March 11th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've never really been a fan of the idea that the OWL is a real conspiracy and not just the ATLA version of The Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes that Iroh realized contained a lot of badasses and so could be useful in getting his teashop back. I even oppose the fandom idea that there's only one Grand Lotus.

So yeah, if you did this idea with something other than the OWL, I'd be all over it. But the OWL is supposed to be a bunch of armchair philosophers, and I doubt they'd be assassinating crown princes for breaking tradition.
SCplushulala on March 12th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Not really going for the X-Files type of thing and no one actually kills Sozin's brother.

The people involved in his disappearance would be more like rogue Order members who are using OWL resources behind the backs of other members, doing things that the OWL as an organization wouldn't want to involve itself in--things like Playing Politics, and covering their tracks. Most OWL people don't want to run the risk of exposing themselves to the outside world, and getting involved in this type of scandalous behavior is the sort of activity less enlightened people engage in.

Fast-forward about seventy years.. Sozin exterminates the Air Nomads and starts a manhunt for a person who's just twelve years old. So the last-remaining member of the original group, an ancient Order member, tells the Order what they did seven decades earlier because he feels responsible for the deaths of the Air Nomads, some of whom were his friends and fellow Order members.

The OWL has been dealing with the knowledge for a century because it is an exciting philosophical debate. Ultimately, as a collective, they decide not to try to fix the problems caused by some of their membership thinking it would probably do more harm than good. But everything comes full-circle in Iroh's time because of events that are out of their control..
loopy777loopy777 on March 12th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, in that context, it sounds very interesting.