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"The Avatar's Masters" is the twentieth chapter of The Rise of Kyoshi.

Overview

After Kyoshi finally admits to the Flying Opera Company that she is the Avatar, they agree to train her in bending. Later on, Lao Ge tells Kyoshi that she will have to assassinate Governor Te during the attack.

Synopsis

The Flying Opera Company flies over Ba Sing Se on their flying bison. Kirima demands that Kyoshi finally reveals who the powerful man that she wants to get vengeance on is. Kyoshi admits that Jianzhu is the one hunting her down. Wong yells at her for getting on the wrong side of the man that he refers to as "the gravedigger", but the Avatar attempts to defend herself, saying that he killed two of her loved ones. The group is not surprised by that since it matches up with his murderous reputation. Wong sighs as he realizes the trouble that they have put themselves in, and Lek yells at Kyoshi for getting them involved with Jianzhu.

Kyoshi is slightly comforted knowing that she is not the only one that is petrified of Jianzhu, and she reasons that though she has not known the group very long, she now owes them the full story. Kyoshi finally admits that Jianzhu is not trying to kill her but instead wants to capture her since she is the Avatar. The group refuses to believe her and laughs at her instead. Lek mocks her while Kirima reprimands her for trying to fool them. However, Rangi backs up Kyoshi's claim, explaining that it is the reason that she is her bodyguard. Kirima, who still does not believe it, asks Kyoshi what she stole from Jianzhu. She becomes increasingly frustrated, as the three refuse to take her seriously.

Wong asks Kyoshi if she can bend all four elements, wanting her to prove herself, and she admits that she has firebent once, but has not been able to do it since then. Lek continues to mock Kyoshi until Lao Ge finally admits that he believes her. Kirima asks the group to consider it logically but instead tests Kyoshi by suddenly attacking her with water. As Kyoshi covers her face with her arms, she accidentally controls the water with her fan. The group is filled with shock as Rangi celebrates that Kyoshi has finally controlled another element. Rangi tightly wraps her arms around the proven Avatar as Kyoshi realizes that her mother's fans improve her bending.

The group lands in an abandoned quarry near Ba Sing Se. Kyoshi notices that Wong's face has a worried expression as they climb off Pengpeng. Kirima explains to Kyoshi that the original members of the Flying Opera Company will need a minute to speak privately. Rangi and Kyoshi glance at each other as the others huddle up. Rangi tells Kyoshi that if the group turns on them, she'll buy her time to escape on Pengpeng. The other's return to the girls and politely inform them that they have chosen to no longer travel with them. Kyoshi is confused by how gently they are speaking to her. Wong explains that since Kyoshi is the Avatar, the spirits could be offended by her acquaintance with outlaws. Lek adds that traveling with daofei is also dangerous for Kyoshi. Kirima agrees, stating that Kyoshi will be safer on her own. Kyoshi is shocked that rather than take advantage of her Avatarhood, they are protecting her. Rangi understands what the group is saying and tells Kyoshi that traveling with daofei any longer could forever stain her reputation.

Though Kyoshi agrees that staying with daofei is a risk, she decides that she can’t abandon her new friends who need her. She tells the Flying Opera Company that she isn’t going anywhere and will even help them attack Governor Te’s mansion. Rangi asks Kyoshi to reconsider but Kyoshi argues that the world doesn’t know her as the Avatar yet. Rangi warns Kyoshi that she’s too valuable and not skilled enough to help with the raid. Lek surprisingly defends Kyoshi but Kirima agrees with Rangi, adding that they have until the full moon to train her. Rangi fails to see how a daofei group is qualified to train all four elements to the Avatar in such little time. Kirima says that she’s not going to miss out on the opportunity to be the Avatar’s waterbending master, which infuriates Rangi. Lek, who is entertained by Rangi's agony, tells her that they’ll only need to teach her enough to survive the attack, not become a master. Kirima explains Kyoshi that since the group doesn’t have an airbender, she won’t be able to learn airbending from them, insulting Kyoshi in the process. Kyoshi, to prove her strength, earthbends a massive chunk of stone from far in the distance. Kirima, who doesn’t flinch as Kyoshi drops the boulder, tells Kyoshi that she needs more than one trick up her sleeve. 

Later that evening, the group happily chats around a campfire. As Rangi meditates on her own, Kyoshi wanders off to practice earthbending. However, Kyoshi is approached by Lao Ge, who comments that Rangi has been distracting her from training with him. Kyoshi apologies, but Lao Ge teaches her that she does not have to forsake love in order to become a killer. He asks Kyoshi whether she wants to kill Jianzhu in the heat of the battle or look him in the eye as he takes his last breath. Kyoshi tells Lao Ge that she needs to make him pay for what he has done by looking him in the eye. Lao Ge assures Kyoshi that she will get an opportunity to practice killing by assassinating Governor Te during the attack. Kyoshi is stunned by his proposal and asks why she would kill Te. He explains that not only is it practice, but Te is a corrupt leader that needs to be removed. Kyoshi is unsure about Lao Ge's justifications, so he again tries to convince her that assassinating Te is the heroic thing to do. Lao Ge also encourages Kyoshi to be a strong hunter like Avatar Kuruk was. Kyoshi is freaked out by the thought of her becoming a mindless killer and asks Lao Ge why he gets to decide Te's fate. He justifies his opinion and tells Kyoshi that since she is the Avatar, she also has the right to shape the world for the better. Kyoshi tells Lao Ge why she needs to kill Jianzhu. Lao Ge, who does not care whether Jianzhu lives or not, asks Kyoshi what she will do about the lives of Te's guards that could be unjustly lost, before disappearing into the darkness. Kyoshi begins to worry about the countless lives that could be taken during their attack and then falls asleep before thinking of a solution.

The next morning, Kyoshi wakes up with Wong, Kirima, and Lek, hovering above and judging her for sneaking off to seemingly train alone. Lek reveals that they know about her inability to bend small objects and throws a pebble at her face. Kyoshi is able to quickly grab a fan from Wong and redirect the stone toward Lek before it hits her. Kirima is surprised that Kyoshi is able to bend such a small pebble while Wong criticizes the damaging way that she opened it. As the group bickers, a frustrated Rangi hides her face in her hands. Kyoshi realizes that her official Avatar training has had quite the bumpy start.

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