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The Saowon clan was one of the noble houses of the Fire Nation. Descended from the warlords before the nation's unification, the clan retained the right to govern its home island of Ma'inka, and the retention of household troops.[2] The clan's family crest is a stone camellia.[3]

A certain character, pronounced zo or so, is traditionally used in the names of members of the Saowon.[4]

History

Rise to prominence

The Saowon clan was considered weak in the youth of Fire Lord Chaeryu. For this reason, he was encouraged to end his relationship with his Saowon mistress, Lady Huazo, and marry Lady Sulan of the Keohso clan, the traditional rivals of the Saowon.[4] However, soon after the relationship ended, Huazo revealed that she was pregnant. Her son, Chaejin, would be excluded from the royal family and sent to the Fire Sages.[3] Chaeryu had a legitimate son with Sulan, named Zoryu. His name caused offense to the Saowon, as it made use of their traditional zo character.[4]

Huazo rose to become clan leader, and considered herself to be one of the best clan leaders in history.[4] The clan was transformed from one considered weak to the most populous and influential in the Fire Nation. Their home territory of Ma'inka Island was known as the most wealthy and heavily fortified region outside the Fire Nation Capital itself.[3] They also gained religious influence by tampering with the selection process of the Fire Sages, promoting Huazo's uncle to become High Sage ahead of the expected successor, Nyahitha of the Bhanti. One young member of the clan, Koulin, attended the Royal Fire Academy for Girls, where she became a fierce rival of Rangi of the Sei'naka clan.[5]

After Fire Lord Chaeryu's death, Zoryu ascended to the throne. The bountiful harvests and plentiful fisheries of his father's rule came to an end, although the poor fortunes of the rest of the nation did not reach Ma'inka Island. Chaejin returned to court as a liaison for the High Temple, while Lady Huazo purchased land and properties across the Fire Islands to amass further power and wealth for her clan.[3][5]

The Camellia-Peony War

In 295 BG, Avatar Kyoshi mistook Chaejin for Zoryu at a royal garden party, which was greatly opportune for the Saowon. Yun attacked the palace the same night, which enraged many of the nobility, who believed Zoryu to be weak.[6] At the same time, Huazo bought a new property in North Chung-Ling, where she planned to celebrate the Festival of Szeto. By spending time in a Keohso stronghold, she hoped to goad them into attacking the Saowon, who would thus have a just cause to start war and put Chaejin on the throne.[5]

Although Kyoshi and her companions prevented a small altercation between the two clans, a fight ensued the following day, after a message appeared in North Chung-Ling's melonyam fields, supporting Chaejin as Fire Lord. The inflammatory message provoked many Keohso warriors. While Kyoshi tried to prevent a fight, a scuffle began after Rangi punched Koulin across the face after the Saowon woman insulted Hei-Ran. Due to the restriction on Agni Kais during a holiday, the scuffle was fought without bending and blades, both sides only using fisticuffs.[7]

Kyoshi and Hei-Ran assumed that the Saowon were working with Yun, explaining the message in the melonyam fields and the embarrassing attack on the palace. Kyoshi attempted to have Huazo confess, and kidnapped her at North Chung-Ling's docks, bringing her to a safehouse on Capital Island.[4] She proceeded to take Chaejin to the location, repeatedly asking them about Yun and threatening to kill both mother and son. However, Kyoshi realized they truly had nothing to do with Yun, and let them go free.[8]

In spite of the Saowon's innocence, Zoryu faked a confession by having a double of Yun confess to treason and working with the Saowon clan. An immediate purge of the clan began in the Fire Nation Capital, bringing the succession conflict to a swift end. The Fire Lord intended to execute them all, but Kyoshi demanded clemency for the clan if she brought the real Yun to justice.[9][8]

As Zoryu had Huazo and Chaejin kept under house arrest as hostages, their relatives in Ma'inka could not act without risking their lives. Although he intended to renege on his promise and execute the Saowon, Lao Ge intimidated him into sticking by his promise. The threat that the Saowon posed led to Zoryu's intention to render the clans irrelevant and greatly centralize the Fire Nation's government.[10]

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References

  1. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Eight, "Ancient History". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  2. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Five, "Cultural Diplomacy". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Eight, "Ancient History". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Nineteen, "The Companion". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twelve, "The Fire Sage". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  6. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Ten, "Aftermath". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  7. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Sixteen, "Resignation". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty, "The Edge". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  9. 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.
  10. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Epilogue. The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
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