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Water Tribe 322 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 322 by NoSelfControl
In ancient Egypt, they would chop off the hands (or the male members) of the enemy soldiers to count how many were killed in battle.
I don't know if Azula wants to count her dead enemies the same way...brrrr.

Page original size 5,5" X 8".
Rough pencils. Grey shading, lettering and word balloons 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 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NOOOOO ZHAO
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:iconmountainlygon:
MountainLygon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That something had better have belonged to him from birth, or I wouldn't be convinced either.  And even then, I'd demand a DNA test.  But since they don't have that luxury...
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:iconshiva491:
Shiva491 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Azula, always Genre Savvy. Not wiling to go for a Never Found the Body situation.
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DawnroseofRedwall Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my God, Zhao killed his friend? That's....Not suprizing, I guess. But...I'm still surprized.:\
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
looks like Azula's read Peter's Evil Overlord list.

also, I have no self control in reading this.
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:iconibetrollin:
IbeTROLLIN Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ouch...
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:iconsweetangel1927:
sweetangel1927 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Noooo! ;__;
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:iconsulacu:
Sulacu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Whoo, Azula's caution reminds me of what happened after the season 2 ending. Even after piercing Aang with Lightning she still believed he survived.
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:iconomnipotrent:
Omnipotrent Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Something tells me that one of those guards is Arluk
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:iconchroias:
Chroias Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
You have to respect Azula for not making the same egotistical mistakes as other villians. NEVER EVER EVER assume your enemy is dead till you see is bloodsoaked, battered, broken tongue lolling eyes rolled back into the skull body strew out before you. Oh and just to be sure, better shoot him a couple of times and have him drawn and quartered with the various parts posted at your city walls.
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:iconeokani:
eokani Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh NO! He can't be DEAD!!!D::: He was one of my favorite characters 'keeps reading'
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:iconeman5805:
Eman5805 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009   Writer
That's Villiany 101: Never assume the good guy is dead.

Most baddies skip that class. Typical Azula she sets the curve, she's rarely under it.
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:iconlaurbits:
laurbits Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Smart girl. That's our brilliant princess in action. :D
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:iconcitizen17:
citizen17 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clever. CLEVER.
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:iconjasmineleilani:
JasmineLeilani Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You suggest hair, Azula might turn around and just Scalp him.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
That she would.
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:iconcantahari:
Cantahari Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
The Chin Empire used to cut off heads in the battle, and if enough heads were present the whole squad had to pay with their owns...

Anyway, I bet that they will return with Arluk's beard 8)
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the japanese also did that when Toyotomi invaded korea in the 17th century. :O_o: maybe she'll settle for a necklace.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
I guess it was a good way to count the dead, adopted by quite a few civilisations.
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:iconconstantine2530:
coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Student Filmographer
Azula chopping off male members? D8


(he better ask for inssurance against that)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Usually, the man is dead when that happens.
But with Azula in charge...
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:iconconstantine2530:
coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Student Filmographer
You never know! xD
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:iconofidian:
Ofidian Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
That's definitely in keeping with the character. Genre-savvy Azula never assumes!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
She's learning!
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:iconsithking-zero:
Sithking-Zero Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Okay, Azula is officially smart. Dont' count your enemy as dead until you have PHYSICAL PROOF.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
She's learning her lesson.
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:iconsuperaura:
superaura Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh... Arluk is dead? T_T
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:iconmenamebephil:
Menamebephil Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Azula is getting dangerously genre-savvy here. This does not bode well.

Especially for the narrative, if she chooses to eschew monologuing.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Naaaah, no villain can resist monologuing :)
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:iconzfiledh:
zfiledh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
I heard of that. I hope Azula would be happy with some hair.
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:iconcapt-ba:
Capt-BA Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
I think Azula just throws things out there and let's people make their own assumptions so she can yell at them later for screwing up. :lmao:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Ha ha, so it would make her feel superior.
Still she expects the best from her soldiers.
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:iconcapt-ba:
Capt-BA Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Why'd you bring me their hands, I wanted their heads!! :evillaugh:

Azula deserves the best from her henchmen.
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