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Water Tribe 163 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 163 by NoSelfControl
Spirits move in mysterious ways...lalalaaaa...

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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Start of Chapter 1: [link]
Start of Chapter 2: [link]
Start of Chapter 3: [link]
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:iconkorrawithasami:
korrawithasami Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
yue : donīt make me use my moon powers
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:iconcatpins:
catpins Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yue is being the grand stalker
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:icontreena-ivy-carter:
treena-ivy-carter Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Yue is watching, don't disappoint her.
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:iconflurrin:
Flurrin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So powerful...
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:iconrosiegurrl:
RosieGurrl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
YUE IS SPEAKING TO YOU, ARNOOK. SHE SAYS LOVE ALL.
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:iconpyrah:
Pyrah Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
That reflection made my gut wrench. Not many comics have done that, you are an awesome person.
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:iconalluris:
Alluris Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Intense, man. Keep them coming.
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:iconomnipotrent:
Omnipotrent Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
THe moon does NOT approve....
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:icondinsoku:
Dinsoku Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, Zhao's face in the third panel made my heart twinge uncomfortably. Poor Zhao. :(
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:iconalastorphoenix:
AlastorPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
Zhao reminds me of a frightened child in this page..
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
(late reply is late)
At that moment, his brain and knowledge is about that of a child, not knowing what is going on.
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:iconalastorphoenix:
AlastorPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
(Dun worrehs thanks for responding.)

Oh but it's captured so well is what I truly meant. Oh how mankind (and womankind) revert to such a way when scared.
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:iconshichoyou:
Shichoyou Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Is it wrong that I love Zhao's cringe-y face in the third panel?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Nah- I know I enjoyed drawing it :)
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:iconmagicfrogdance:
magicfrogdance Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
i actually cried when i saw the expression on zhao's face.
i have a character that was reduced to the mentality of a child practically, and the look on his face made me think so much of them. O_O
totally heart wrenchingly good page. <333
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Thank you very much. Zhao here is pretty much as confused and defenseless as a child.
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:iconyanagi302:
yanagi302 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
is it bad that i find joy in seeing zhao cower like a sissy after a beating...?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Well, he is a bit of a sissy at time (he certainly runs away from Iroh pretty fast)
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:iconyanagi302:
yanagi302 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Well, Iroh's a badass. I'd run from him too if he was pissed at me.
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:iconzealousshadow:
zealousshadow Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Second last panel's my favorite. It's rare to see Zhao cringing before a foe.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
The poor man is all confused, no memories and being threatened. He is going to cringe.
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:iconmunch110:
munch110 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
hahaha, is that a U2 reference I hear?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
It sort of sneaked in.
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:iconmunch110:
munch110 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
hahaha and no one else caught it. Come on people!
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:iconneurosylum:
Neurosylum Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Zhao's face just touches my heart X3 :heart:
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
*awkward turtle*
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:iconabelardus:
Abelardus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Wow. A vulnerable Zhao is a vivid image.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
...and rarer than a picture of bigfoot ;)
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:icongolden-flute:
Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: Arnook!
:glomp: Zhao!

Poor them, both confused! :tears:

Very nice piece, it has a lot of emotion in it! :hug:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
At least, Arnook had more brains than Zhao at that moment (or any other time, some would claim).
Thank you! :)
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:iconcitizen17:
citizen17 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh that's a very nice page.
I love the moon's reflection on the water.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Thank you :)
I'm quite glad how the moon reflection came out.
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:iconexplosive-toaster:
explosive-toaster Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Student
Ooooh! Yay, spirit magic. :D
I don't think I've ever seen Zhao that scared in my life- it's kind of endearing.
And OH SNAP, Arnook, you should've known there would be crazy spirit stuff involved with your daughter, seriously.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
I think we've seen him scared a few times, during Siege of the North (yes, Zhao. Run away from angry Iroh!).
Arnook may have suspected some spirit stuff, hopefully something vengeful happening. But that was not to be the case...
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:icon8300-chii:
8300-chii Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
A cameo from Yue perhaps?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
She's certainly sending a signal of sorts.
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:icon8300-chii:
8300-chii Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
I think a visit from her would be...swell XD

Zhao could nedd a good slap on the face. After all it is his fault that the chief is missing his daughter.
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:iconethereal-glutton:
Ethereal-Glutton Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
I love the way you tell this story. Everything is so tightly woven. This page is another example of how you can take the reader to the edge with the characters.

The very last panel is brilliant, and powerful.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
It was definitely one of the nice and fun plot points to adress. It gives a bit more balance to chief Arnook and his decision and attitude from chapter one.
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:iconcirce-albatus-perite:
a frightened zhao.....very, very rare....

a spirit, eh? hmm....I'll see how this unfolds...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
He was very confused back then. He's allowed to be scared.
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:iconanartistcalledred:
AnArtistCalledRed Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008   Digital Artist
I guess Zhao kinda did the opposite of killing Yue- y'know, since she can live forever as the Moon.
*ponder*ponder*
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Sort of...those fish are still in the ponds, and are still at risk from another mad man.
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