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"The Decision" is the twelfth chapter of The Rise of Kyoshi.

Overview

While flying on Pengpeng, Kyoshi and Rangi make plans to find bending masters to train the Avatar.

Synopsis

Kyoshi wakes up the following morning to see that the storm has dissipated. As Pengpeng flies over the ocean, Rangi and Kyoshi discuss the reality of Kyoshi being the real Avatar. The firebender asks her friend if she really ignored this fact, to which Kyoshi shakes her head, denying it. She mentions how messy Kelsang and Jianzhu's search for the Avatar was when she was younger, and Rangi says that she has not heard of someone getting the identity of the Avatar wrong before. She adds that in the Fire Nation, after the Fire Sages announce the Avatar, "it's a done deal", with a festival to celebrate it. As she continues to ramble about Fire Nation holidays, Kyoshi interrupts and asks what that has to do with anything, to which Rangi answers that there are just set ways that the Avatar is historically supposed to do things, and they need to find proper masters to teach and guide Kyoshi.

Rangi tries to land Pengpeng so that they can begin searching for bending masters. However, Kyoshi grabs the flying bison's reins and argues that she cannot go to a proper master because they would take her straight back to Jianzhu. Rangi fights Kyoshi for the reins, telling her that she is being ridiculous. Kyoshi, as her Avatar, commands that Rangi listen to her. Due to Rangi's extreme sense of honor, she is forced to obey and, after a long time in silence, she finally accepts the reality that Yun is truly dead. Kyoshi admits that she is not ready to face Jianzhu yet and that she needs to find bending masters that were not known to him. When Rangi asks where Kyoshi wants to look first, the Avatar infuriates her by suggesting that she will be going alone and commands her to stay behind and then explains that she is not sure how long her journey will take. The bodyguard brushes it off and firmly states that wherever Kyoshi goes, she will go.

That evening, Kyoshi watches as Rangi cries in her sleep. Kyoshi digs the tiny clay turtle made of earth out of her sack and decides to practice earthbending with it. She has an ulterior motive to avoid seeking instruction from any famous bending master with a "sterling reputation and wisdom to spare", as such a person would never let her kill Jianzhu in cold blood. She works on being precise while bending such a small earth item, but as she focuses her thoughts on making Jianzhu suffer before killing him, she ultimately turns her only keepsake of Kelsang to dust.

Production notes

Series continuity

  • Kyoshi accidentally destroys the clay turtle Avatar relic, indicating that it is not the same version of the relic presented to Aang in "The Storm", which resembles a flute.[1]

Character revelations

  • Rangi took an oath to protect and obey the Avatar.

References

  1. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (June 3, 2005). "The Storm". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
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