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Water Tribe 096 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 096 by NoSelfControl
The beginning of Part 3.

Even after months in the Fire Nation, part of him is still very much influenced by the Water Tribe, especially in their beliefs.

Page original size 5,5" X 8".
Rough pencils. Grey shading, lettering and word ballons done in Photoshop
These pages done for fun, and also as a good exercise in storytelling and planning on such a long scale, which I had not really done before.
I am not planning on inking, cleaning more or coloring them. I simply do not have the time.

The Avatar universe belongs to Mike, Bryan, Nickelodeon-Viacom-MTV.
All the characters belong to them, but a few of the extras are my own creation.
Art by :iconrufftoon:

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:iconkaleidoscopeheavens:
KaleidoscopeHeavens Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this innocent confused zhao. It's amazing.
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:iconnyerguds:
Nyerguds Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Well, I guess this is more than just water tribe customs... he knows he owes that spirit his life quite directly.
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:iconlolipopgirl2002:
lolipopgirl2002 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it's kind of moving to see Zhao, who tried to kill the spirits give them an offering.A very well done comic. Great job!
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ThorirPP1619 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
You know, first when I started to read this, all I could see was Zhao and how he stood out from the Water Tribe. But now, all I can see is an Water Tribe warrior, and how he stands out from the Fire Nation.
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:icontrueimmortality:
TrueImmortality Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Oh, no, trust me, guys, it's not superstition.
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:icontreena-ivy-carter:
treena-ivy-carter Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist
I can understand the offering. I mean they gave him a second chance, they are his spirits now.
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:icontwimoonclips:
twimoonclips Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
meh. T_T not caring so much for Zhao's attachment to the Water Tribe. T_T
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:iconrosiegurrl:
RosieGurrl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Oh, good. Good boy Zhao. Well, not boy. ;)

And definitely not always good.
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:iconhakuramen:
Hakuramen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the scene you depicted here. Seeing how Zhao now actually makes prayers to the Ocean and Moon spirit is not only ironic but also very neat; he definitely has some water tribe qualities rubbed off on him and it shows how much he's changed.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
(late reply is late again)
The Water Tribe did have a big influence on him, more than he'd care to admit.
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:iconwolvenfire86:
Wolvenfire86 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
I just found this story today and, let me tell you, it is epic! By far the best canon fanficiton I have ever read or seen. It is well drawn, not predictable, and wonderfully entertaining.

My only complaint is that I have only discovered it now and not sooner.

Honestly, I cannot wait to read the rest. With the show over, my love for Avatar has slowly subsided. This story is bringing it back.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Thank you very much :thanks:

Doesn't matter when you find this story, glad to have you around. Hope you'll enjoy the read. The advantage you have is that you won't have to wait for update as this whole thing is complete.
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:iconwolvenfire86:
Wolvenfire86 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Oh great! I am actually hoping the ending does not come. That's when you know there is something to this story. ^_^

This borders on the cannon, from what I have read so far. Are you planing on doing another story like this?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
One has to stop the story at some point...
So far, no plan to do another one.
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:iconwolvenfire86:
Wolvenfire86 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
I understand. You really made a lot of comics for that one. Bravo.
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:icontie-dyed-trickster:
Tie-Dyed-Trickster Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
And, having seen the Siege of the North, I now appreciate the true irony of this page. Considering Zhao killed the moon and all... ;P

Trickster
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:iconandre-chan:
Andre-chan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
A little bit for me, a little bit for my homies.

Sorry...I had to...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Ha ha! I can see why you had to :XD:
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:iconcindi-khieu:
Cindi-Khieu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
He maybe an unethical hothead, but atleast he now has the sense to know he can't defeat the spirits.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
The Water Tribe folks made sure he's learned to fear and respect them.
Well..hopefully he learned.
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:iconshadowheat:
ShadowHeat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Yue...
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:iconelindor:
elindor Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwrghghghgh super sweet! i love that he's in touch with his water tribe side still! *does a happy dance*

(also, Azula!?!?! that crazy b*tch! sigh.)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Water Tribe culture is all he remembers. Though he now has a fire nation training, certain things he can't get rid of.
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:iconbluchimera:
bluchimera Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
yeah, he better have respect for those two...he better...^0^
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
His time in the Water Tribe has taught him respect for the spirits. They really pushed that into his brain :D
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:iconcirce-albatus-perite:
circe-albatus-perite Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Very moving. It seems his stint at the Spirit World has altered a bit of Zhao's world view. At least he seems to be atoning for some of his past crimes....not that he may remember them...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
His world view was mostly shaped by the Water Tribe more than the spirits.
Atonement? I don't think he ever will...
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Awww, that's nice. It adds a surprising tension, though....
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:iconmaddygascar:
maddygascar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
awww..... before I full-viewed it, I thought Zhao was on the moon or in outerspace or something. But...yeah. no.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Zhao in Spaaaaaaace!
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Katara2102 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow,Zhao is a bit changed,I see.
The spirit he once killed....
I really like this page because of those last few panals.Very nice.
And a great start to Part 3.=]
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
I'll still claim his Water Tribe education for that. They put the fear of the spirits in him!
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:iconcreagan-an-fhithich:
Creagan-an-Fhithich Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Woa. Showing respect for spirits? He really did change!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
All part of his Water Tribe education.
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:iconcitizen17:
citizen17 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh nice page.
Looks great.

And Zhao is being very water-tribeish. :)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Thank you.
He can't get rid of his new Water Tribe education. Not completely.
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:iconteran4ever:
teran4ever Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Heh, at least Zhao shows some respect to the Spirits. He has changed a lot.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
In that sense, he has changed. He does respect the spirits (or fears them...or both).
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