FANDOM


Fire Nation emblem

Lady Huazo was the leader of the Saowon clan, as well as the former mistress of Fire Lord Chaeryu. During the Camellia-Peony War, Huazo supported the royal claim of her illegitimate son, Chaejin.[2]

History

As royal mistress

Huazo and Chaeryu fell in love as teenagers, which was not considered proper for a Fire Lord and his future partner. To retreat from the stresses of court, the couple usually retreated to the wilderness. Chaeryu would pack as little as possible on their journeys, wishing to be close to nature, and he and Huazo would often bicker.

At some point, Chaeryu became convinced that he could do better than Huazo. The Saowon clan were weaker when the decision was made, and Huazo was not well-received in the capital as mistress of the Fire Lord. Chaeryu's ministers, many of whom were from the Sei'naka clan, instead promoted Lady Sulan of the Keohso clan, introducing her to Chaeryu at a garden party. As soon as he laid eyes on the woman, any lingering thoughts of Huazo vanished.[1]

Shortly after Chaeryu chose to marry Sulan, Huazo informed him that she was pregnant with his first child, a great embarrassment for the Fire Lord. She gave birth to a son named Chaejin, who was acknowledged by Chaeryu to avoid dishonoring Huazo and the Saowon clan.[3] Some time later, Sulan had a son named Zoryu, and died in childbirth. While Huazo never hated Sulan, she bemoaned that the future Fire Lady was foolish and naive. Sulan used a character in Zoryu's name that had traditionally been used only by the Saowon clan, but did it only because she thought the name sounded nice, rather than intentionally insulting her family's rival clan.[1]

Chaejin and Zoryu were initially playmates, but Chaeryu later sent Huazo's son away to the Fire Sages and excluded him from the line of succession, forbidding anyone to talk about the matter for the remainder of his reign.[3]

As clan leader

Huazo rose to become the leader of her clan, and worked diligently to improve their fortunes. She considered their successes to be some of the greatest of a clan leader in history. The Saowon clan rose to the wealthiest and most powerful in the Fire Nation, buying lands and properties across the Fire Islands.[1] The Saowon also gained spiritual influence over the Fire Sages, and Huazo's uncle was appointed the next High Sage ahead of the designated successor, Nyahitha of the Bhanti.

After Chaeryu's death, Chaejin was invited back to court as a representative of the Fire Sages, and began to gather allies to press his claim on the throne, while Huazo continued to consolidate wealth and power across the islands. The poor harvests and fisheries under Zoryu's reign were greatly opportune for the Saowon, as it appeared as if the spirits themselves were displeased with the Fire Lord.[3]

Journey to North Chung-Ling

In 295 BG, Huazo purchased a salt-making operation and vacation house from Master Linsu of North Chung-Ling, attempting to celebrate the Festival of Szeto in the city with her vanguard. By purchasing land on the traditional Keohso stronghold of Shuhon Island, she attempted to goad the rival clan into attacking her own, therefore justifying a war of retaliation where Chaejin could be put on the throne.[2]

Arriving at North Chung-Ling's fairground, Huazo exited her palanquin and approached the festival's sponsor, Sanshur Keohso. Despite Sanshur's steadfastness that not an inch of the island would be sold to her, she revealed her purchase of properties in the city, and her intention to celebrate the festival in North Chung-Ling. When Sanshur inquired as to the presence of her guardsmen, she claimed, they were necessary for her own protection after Yun's attack on the palace the previous night. As she turned away, a member of her vanguard spat on the ground, gravely insulting the Keohso.

The Keohso launched rocks at Huazo's turned back in response to the insult, although they were deflected by Avatar Kyoshi's earthbending as she, Hei-Ran, and Rangi joined the fight. Huazo appeared delighted to see the former headmistress once more, but grew shocked as soon as she noticed Hei-Ran's severed topknot. She promised that despite Hei-Ran's social dishonor, they would remain friends, yet reached to pat Hei-Ran on the head in the manner of rewarding a child or pet. Huazo proceeded to greet Kyoshi, introducing the Avatar to her niece Koulin, supposedly a good friend of Rangi from their days at the academy. After instilling a note of jealousy in the Avatar, Huazo returned to her palanquin with her niece, departing from the scene.[2]

The following morning, a supposedly spiritual message was found in the melonyam fields, promoting Chaejin as Fire Lord. Outraged, Sanshur gathered his clansmen's fighters in the center of town, edging a battle line closer to Huazo's Saowon guardsmen. Amused, Huazo asked the Avatar to interpret the message as soon as she arrived on the scene. Kyoshi ordered both clans to stand down, but neither obeyed her command. Rangi plead Koulin for help, but after the Saowon woman insulted her and her mother, the lieutenant punched her in the face, instigating a fight between the clans where opponents made use of everything barring firebending and drawn blades.[4]

Kidnapping by Kyoshi

The next day, Huazo attempted to leave Shuhon Island, making a discreet exit with two guards while keeping her other forces stationed to meet Keohso aggression. Kyoshi was there at the pier waiting for her, accompanied by Atuat for backup. The Avatar asked Huazo about Yun's whereabouts, certain that the earthbender was working with the Saowon clan. When Huazo denied any knowledge, the Avatar lifted her island-hopping ferry with a great wave, bringing it out to sea and freezing it in ice. After Huazo denied knowledge about Yun again, Kyoshi demanded that Huazo come with her alone to Capital Island. The matriarch gleefully told her guards to spread word of her false imprisonment to her allies, believing that Kyosh's decision would only strengthen the position of the Saowon in the coming war.[5]

As Huazo flew with Kyoshi and Jinpa on Yingyong, she adopted an informal tone, complaining about her hunger and reminiscing about her early years at court, and Chaeryu leaving her for Sulan. The group arrived at a rocky shore out of view of First Lord's Harbor, and the lady grew confused at not being brought to the palace. She was told to wait at a house impossible to enter or exit without a sky bison or highly advanced bending.[1]

Hours later, Kyoshi returned to the house with Chaejin, Huazo screaming in surprise at her son's presence. She repeated her lack of knowledge about Yun, and Kyoshi continued to threaten her, creating cracks in the cliffside that supported the house with her earthbending, the stone supporting her dropping a foot. Chaejin denied any knowledge of Yun, and growing enraged, Kyoshi held him over Yingyong's saddle, threatening to drop him into the sea. Huazo shrieked for Kyoshi to let go of her son and, after being guided away from vengeance by a vision of Avatar Kuruk, Kyoshi released both of them, now realizing they truly knew nothing about Yun. She released Chaejin on Huazo's platform, levitating the stone up to the top of the cliffs, and allowed Huazo and Chaejin to flee.[6]

Despite the Saowon's lack of involvement with Yun, Zoryu managed to feign their guilt when a double of Yun confessed to conspiring with the clan. An immediate purge of the clan began in the capital, bringing the war to an end before it had truly started.[7] Zoryu initially wished to execute the entire clan, but was forced into showing them mercy by Kyoshi.[8] Although Zoryu attempted to renege on the promise, Lao Ge's warning made sure that he would spare the Saowon. Huazo and Chaejin were kept as hostages in the capital, with their relatives in Ma'inka being unable to act militarily without risking their lives.[9]

Relatives

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Parent
   
   
   
   
High Sage
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Huazo
   
   
Chaeryu
   
   
Sibling(s)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Chaejin
   
   
   
   
   
   
Koulin
   
   

Appearances

Kyoshi novels

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Nineteen, "The Companion". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twelve, "The Fire Sage". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Eight, "Ancient History". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  4. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Sixteen, "Resignation". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  5. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Eighteen, "Escalation". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  6. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty, "The Edge". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  7. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty-One, "Shapes of Life and Death". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  8. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty-Two, "Housecleaning". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  9. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Epilogue. The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.