This is a rough script for the second film: "The Legend of Aang: The Siege of the North"

This is entirely made from transcripts from:

  • The Storm
  • The Blue Spirit
  • The Waterbending Master
  • The Siege of the North Part 1
  • The Siege of the North Part 2

Note: The whole transcripts have been taken from the various episode transcripts as published on this wiki. Scenes have been altered to shorten time and new ones have been added to merge the episodes together, but the following is largely taken from the works of the editors of the transcript pages. Without their contribution to the wiki, this would not have been possible with this amount of detailing. So to all who edited the transcripts of this wiki. Thank you. AdamantiumBladez.

Prelude to Siege

Subtitle appears: "two weeks earlier". The scene opens on a messenger hawk flying toward an imposing Fire Nation fortress as the scene changes to its tower. The camera pans across the tri-level fortress and it's tall balconies before settling on a courtyard where a group of archers stand at the ready. Switch to a closer shot of a single archer. The archer draws his bow and releases three times in succession, sharply and accurately. Switch to a shot of the bowman's target. The first arrow strikes dead center, the second arrow splits the first arrow in half, and the third arrow splits the second arrow in half and completely impales the target. Switch back to a shot of the archers as they draw their bows. The camera pans up to a balcony where Colonel Shinu is arguing heatedly with Commander Zhao.
Shinu [In response to Zhao; somewhat angrily.] Absolutely not! The Yuyan Archers stay here. Your request is denied, Commander Zhao.
Zhao Colonel Shinu, please reconsider... their precision is legendary. The Yuyan can pin a fly to a tree from one hundred yards away... without killing it. [Annoyed.] You're wasting their talents using them as mere security guards.
Shinu I can do whatever I want with their talents, they're my archers, and what I say goes.
Zhao turns to face the colonel, frustrated and angry.
Zhao But my search for the Avatar is-
Shinu [Cutting Zhao off mid-sentence while getting close to him and scoffing angrily.] Is nothing but a vanity project! We're fighting a real war here, and I need every man I've got, commander.
Zhao But-!
Shinu [Furiously.] That's final! I don't wanna hear another word about it!
Zhao fumes. In the background, the cry of a messenger hawk is heard. Camera shifts to an above view and follows a messenger hawk as it reaches Colonel Shinu. Shinu opens the container on the hawk's back and reads the message inside with a puzzled expression.
Zhao [Intrigued.] News from Fire Lord Ozai?
Shinu hands Zhao the message with irritation. Zhao takes the message, rudely brushing past the Colonel as he reads the news. Zhao smiles smugly.
Zhao [Pleased.] It appears I've been promoted to Admiral. My request... is now an order.
Colonel Shinu bows respectfully, and leaves.
Shot of the Yuyan archers practicing. Zhao surveys their work with a glad expression playing on his face. The camera pans up to the roof of the tower where a mysterious figure in a blue mask is perched, seemingly for the entire conversation. Tense music plays, and the masked man disappears into the shadows. The screen fades into black

Title appear: "The Legend of Aang". The screen whites out.

Subtitle appears: "Present Day". The film opens to show a koala otter calmly floating on its back on the water, purring slightly. Noticing something approach to its right, it turns its head, chirps, and dives under water as a large shadow passes it by. It turns out to be Appa flying overhead.

Sokka [Hanging lazily over the back of Appa's saddle; grumpily.] I'm not one to complain, [Side-view shows Appa flying just above the water.] but can't Appa fly any higher?
Sokka's words barely left his lips as Appa loses more altitude and his paws drag through the water momentarily, before rising slightly again. Cut to a shot from Appa's saddle, showing a bored Katara popping herself up on her elbows, staring into nothingness in front of her, and a peeved Aang looking back from atop Appa's head.
Aang [Irritably.] I have an idea! Why don't we all get on your [Points angrily at Sokka; Katara briefly looks at Aang, but resumes her stare in front of her.] back and you could fly us to the North Pole?!
Sokka [Back-view of Sokka looking over his shoulder; sarcastically.] I'd love to. [Points to his back.] Climb on everyone, [Shakes his rear.] Sokka's ready for take off.
A chirping Momo hops on his back, making Sokka shoot an angry glare at the animal. Cut back to the shot of Katara and Aang, with the latter still staring angrily at Sokka.
Katara [Waving her hands up and down while shifting looks between Aang and Sokka.] Look, we're all just a little tired and cranky because we've been flying for two days straight.
Sokka [Frontal shot, Momo is now on his lap; annoyed.] And for what? We can't even find the Northern Water Tribe. [Cut to a wide side-shot, revealing Appa floating along a vast ocean of only water and ice.] There's nothing up here.
Cut to Katara and Aang, with the former having laid down her head in boredom, letting it rest on her hands. She looks up in wonder when a slushing sound can be heard. Cut to a frontal shot of Appa, while the water in front of him suddenly rises and solidifies to ice spikes. Cut to a frontal shot of Aang screaming in fright, his eyes wide in horror, as he violently yanks the reins to this right in an attempt to avoid the sudden obstacle. Cut to a side-view of a growling and turning Appa. Cut to the siblings yelling in fright as they hold on for dear life to the sides of the saddle. Cut to a back-shot of a swerving Appa, who suddenly shoots up as another ice spike manifests right in from of him. A close-up shot of his underside shows that he was not quick enough, and part of the ice attaches itself to his leg, freezing instantly. His momentum causes the ice to break, but he is thrown off balance and catapulted away. Frontal shot of Katara and Sokka who loudly scream in fright. Cut to a wider shot of Appa spiraling toward the camera, before switching to an overview shot of him landing into the water, throwing it up high. As he turns upright again, the water around him instantly freezes, and he is locked in place. Cut to the surrounding ice spikes from which Water Tribe boats appear, each carrying several waterbenders, surrounding the team. Cut to a surprised looking Katara and an alarmed looking Sokka who is reaching for his boomerang atop the saddle.
Katara They're waterbenders! [Happily.] We found the Water Tribe!
Cut to a more far-off shot of the scene, revealing Appa to be frozen in the water, with six Water Tribe boats surrounding him.

The scene switches to a Fire Navy base in the Fire Nation harbor. The camera cuts to inside a guarded tent, where Zhao is standing before a map of the Avatar World.

Zhao He's heading north. The Northern Water Tribe. The Avatar needs to master waterbending. He's looking for a teacher.
Li [Impatiently.] Then what are we waiting for? Let's go get him!
Zhao Patience, Captain Li. This isn't some little earth village we can just march into. The Water Tribe is a great nation. There's a reason they've survived a hundred years of war. The frozen tundra is treacherous, the landscape itself is an icy fortress. We'll need a massive invasion force.
The scene changes to the North Pole where the group is being escorted to the Northern Water Tribe. The magnificent wall of the city comes into view much to everyone's amazement.
Aang [Pointing excitedly.] There it is!
Katara [In awe.] The Northern Water Tribe.
Sokka [Surprised.] We're finally here.
A portion of the icy wall is lowered, allowing them to enter into the city. Canal workers use waterbending to transport the group into the city.
Katara [Fascinated.] I can't believe how many waterbenders live up here!
Aang [To Katara.] We'll find a master to teach us, no problem.
The team passes through the channels of the city, catching the attention of several civilians who run over to spectate them. Aang waves happily at the people. As they continue their trek inward, Sokka notices a young lady going by on a boat, capturing his attention. He blushes at the sight of her and leaps onto Appa's tail as she pulls away from view.
Katara This place is beautiful.
Sokka Yeah... she is...
The scene changes to nightfall, where Zuko's ship is docked in a port. Members of the crew have gathered for music night on the ship. Lieutenant Jee plays a lute as Iroh sings. Several other crew members play instruments or dance.
Iroh [Singing.] Winter, Spring... Summer and Fall... Winter, Spring... Summer and Fall... four seasons... four loves... four seasons... four loves.
The music stops as they notice Admiral Zhao boarding the ship, along with two soldiers. The crew looks in surprise at the admiral. A high-pitched chord emits from the lute. The scene switches back to the Northern Water Tribe, where Team Avatar is being honored with a feast, hosted by the tribe's chief. Men play drums and a giant crab is set in a pool of water.
Arnook Tonight, we celebrate the arrival of our brother and sister from the Southern Tribe. And they have brought with them, someone very special, someone whom many of us believed disappeared from the world until now... the Avatar! [Crowd applauds and cheers.] We also celebrate my daughter's sixteenth birthday. Princess Yue is now of marrying age!
Yue Thank you, Father. May the great Ocean and Moon Spirits watch over us during these troubled times!
Arnook Now, Master Pakku and his students will perform!
Pakku and two students bend significant blobs of water, captivating Aang and Katara. They merge the three blobs into one stream, bending it around each other. Yue approaches Sokka.
Sokka Hi there. Sokka, Southern Water Tribe.
Yue Very nice to meet you.
Sokka [Nervously.] So... uhhh... you're a princess, huh? You know, back in my tribe, I'm kind of like a prince, myself.
Katara [Hopping in on the conversation; teasingly.] Ha, prince of what?
Sokka A lot of things! Do you mind? I'm trying to have a conversation here.
Katara [Sarcastically.] My apologies, Prince Sokka.
Sokka So, it looks like I'm going to be in town for a while. I'm thinking... maybe we could... do an activity, together?
Yue [Slightly confused; laughs.] Do an activity?
Embarrassed, Sokka stuffs food in his mouth.
Katara Very smooth...
Arnook and Aang go to Pakku.
Arnook Master Pakku, meet your newest student, the Avatar.
Pakku Just because you're destined to save the world, don't expect any special treatment.
Aang My friend and I can't wait to start training with you! After we relax for a couple of days.
Pakku If you want to relax, then I suggest visiting a tropical island. If not, I'll see you both at sunrise. Good night.
Back on Zuko's ship. Iroh enters Zuko's room.
Zuko For the last time, I'm not playing the tsungi horn!
Iroh No, it's about our plans. There's a bit of a problem.
Zhao enters.
Zhao I'm taking your crew.
Zuko [Not believing it.] What?
Zhao I've recruited them for a little expedition to the North Pole.
Zuko Uncle, is that true?
Iroh I'm afraid so. He's taking everyone... even the cook.
Zhao Sorry you won't be there to watch me capture the Avatar. But I can't have you getting in my way again.
Iroh [Zuko charges at Zhao, but Iroh cuts him off.] No!
Zhao notices a pair of swords on the wall. He flashes back to the Rescue in Pohuai Stronghold, when the then-unknown Blue Spirit had the same swords.
Zhao I didn't know you were skilled with broadswords, Prince Zuko.
Zuko I'm not. They're antiques. Just decorative.
Zhao Have you heard of the Blue Spirit, General Iroh?
Iroh Just rumors. I don't think he is real.
Zhao He's real, all right. He's a criminal, and an enemy of the Fire Nation. But I have a feeling justice will catch up with him soon. General Iroh, the offer to join my mission still stands... if you change your mind.
Iroh Tell me if I am wrong, but didn't you capture the Avatar at one point?
Zhao pauses, then continues walking out of the room. The screen fades into white a swamp and Aang is in there looking for frozen frogs.
Aang A frog!
He sticks the frog in his shirt and manages to get four more before getting one of his sleeves pinned to a rock. Aang waterbends an ice wall in front of himself. An arrow strikes the wall the two more land in the same spot and slices the arrows that came before it. The ice cracks and another set of arrows pin his other sleeve, before a net is launched at him.

The scene cuts to show Aang bounded at his legs and arms with chains, barely able to move. He look angry and struggles against the chains.

Zhao So this is the great Avatar. Master of all the elements. I don't know how you've managed to elude the Fire Nation for a hundred years, but your little game of hide and seek is over.
Aang [Angry.] I've never hidden from you! Untie me and I'll fight you right now!
Zhao Uhh, no. Tell me, how does it feel to be the only airbender left? Do you miss your people? [Aang looks down sadly.] Don't worry, you won't be killed like they were.[Aang looks angry again.] See, if you die you will just be reborn and the Fire Nation would have to start searching all over again. So I'll keep you alive, but just barely. [Aang takes a deep breath and blows at gale force at Zhao, who falls over.] Blow all the wind you want, but your situation is futile. There is no escaping this fortress, and no one is coming to rescue you.
Zhao exits the room with the door slamming behind him. Aang still bound between the pillars, still trying to get out of the chains. The scene changes again, to several exterior night shots of the fortress, culminating in a long shot of the Blue Spirit. The camera zooms in three step changes to a close-up of the Blue Spirit, who then moves left.The screen fades out back to Zhao leaving the ship.

The next morning, at the Northern Water Tribe.

Katara [Excitedly.] I've waited for this day my whole life. I finally get to learn from a real waterbending master!
Pakku is bending a stream of water.
Aang Good morning, Master Pakku!
Pakku [Drops the water, and speaks in an annoyed tone.] No, please, barge right in. I'm not concentrating or anything.
Aang Uhhh... this is my friend, Katara. The one I told you about?
Pakku I'm sorry, I think there's been a misunderstanding. You didn't tell me your friend was a girl. In our tribe, it is forbidden for women to learn waterbending.
Katara [Angrily.] What do you mean you won't teach me? I didn't travel across the entire world so you could tell me no!
Pakku No.
Katara But there must be other female waterbenders in your tribe!
Pakku Here, the women learn from Yugoda to use their waterbending to heal. I'm sure she would be happy to take you as her student, despite your bad attitude.
Katara I don't want to heal, I want to fight!
Pakku I can see that. But our tribe has customs, rules.
Katara [Furious.] Well, your rules stink!
Aang [Also just as angry.] Yeah, they're not fair! If you won't teach Katara, then...
Pakku Then what?
Aang Then I won't learn from you!
Pakku Well, have fun teaching yourself! I'm sure you'll do a great job.
Katara Wait! Aang didn't mean that! [Goes to Aang.] You can't risk your training for me. You have to learn from Master Pakku, even if he is a big jerk.
Aang nods. Katara exits.
Pakku Why don't we get started, then? [Aang gets hit with a water blast from him.]
In another part of the city. Sokka catches up with Princess Yue.
Sokka Princess Yue, good morning! How about that picnic last night? Boy, your dad sure does know how to throw a party.
Yue I'm happy you enjoyed yourself.
Sokka Well, it wasn't as much fun after you left. [They both blush.] So, I'm still hoping we could see more of each other.
Yue Do an activity, you mean?
Sokka Yes... at a place... for some time.
Yue [Laughs.] I'd love to. I'll meet you on that bridge tonight. [Points at a bridge.]
Sokka Great! I'll see you– Ah! [Falls into the water.]
Yue [Laughs.] Sorry.
Sokka [Climbs out of the water.] That's okay, it was worth it. See you tonight.
Back at the Fire Navy base.
Zhao I'm very impressed. You all seem highly qualified for the mission I have in mind.
The pirate captain pulls a small chest toward him and opens it, a dim glow radiating from within. Pirate Barker Oh takes a piece of gold from the chest and bites down on it.
Oh That's some tasty gold.
Pirate captain What do you need us to do?
Zhao I believe you're acquainted with Prince Zuko.
Back to the Northern Water Tribe, where Katara enters the healing hut.
Katara Uhhh... hi. Are you Yugoda?
Yugoda Are you here for the healing lesson?
Katara [Looks at all the young girls, and speaks in a disappointed tone.] I guess I am.
Yugoda Welcome... welcome!
Back at Pakku's class. Aang is working with a stream of water.
Pakku You're moving the water around, but you're not feeling the push and pull.
Aang I'm trying...
Pakku [Slurps some tea.] Maybe that move is too advanced for you. Why don't you try an easier one?
Aang slams down the water in frustration. Back at the healing hut, Katara starts a conversation with Yugoda.
Katara Thanks for the lesson.
Yugoda So, who's the lucky boy?
Katara What?
Yugoda Your betrothal necklace. You're getting married, right?
Katara [Shocked.] Ah... no. I don't think I'm ready for that yet. My grandmother gave my mother this necklace and my mother passed it down to me.
Yugoda I recognize this carving! I don't know why I didn't realize this sooner; you're the spitting image of Kanna!
Katara [Confused.] Wait, how do you know my Gran-Gran's name?
Yugoda When I was about your age, I was friends with Kanna. She was born here in the Northern Tribe.
Katara She never told me.
Yugoda Your grandmother had an arranged marriage with a young waterbender. He carved that necklace for her.
Katara If Gran-Gran was engaged, why did she leave?
Yugoda I don't know. That's always been a mystery to me. She left without saying goodbye.
Later that night, at Zuko's ship.
Crew member Good luck!
Inside Zuko's room.
Iroh [Entering.] The crew wanted me to wish you safe travels.
Zuko Good riddance to those traitors.
Iroh It's a lovely night for a walk. Why don't you join me? It would clear your head. [No response.] Or just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.
The pirates make their way onto Zuko's ship, bringing up blasting jelly.
Oh Careful with the blasting jelly!
Zuko [Hearing the noise.] Uncle? Uncle, is that you? [Walks around the ship.]
The fuse to the blasting jelly is lit. The ship explodes.
Iroh Zuko! [Runs back to see the ship destroyed.] Zuko...
Back to the North Pole. Sokka goes to meet Yue, who is looking out over the bridge.
Sokka Hi, Princess Yue. I made you something. I carved it myself.
Shows her a roughly-crafted creature.
Yue It's a bear.
Sokka Actually, it's supposed to be a fish. [Flips the carved creature around.] See, it has a fin.
Yue Oh. I'm sorry, I made a mistake. I shouldn't have asked you to come here. [Runs away.]
Sokka is left stunned. He throws the fish into the water. Cut to the team's place of stay.
Katara How's warrior training going? [Sokka kicks his bag.]
Aang That bad?
Sokka No, it's Princess Yue. I don't get it, one minute she wants to go out with me, and the next, she's telling me to get lost. [Changing the topic.] So, how's waterbending training?
Aang Master Poophead won't teach her because she's a girl.
Sokka Why don't you just teach her, Aang?
Katara [Excited.] Why didn't I think of that? Every night, you can teach me whatever moves you learn from Master Pakku! That way, you have someone to practice with, and I get to learn waterbending! Everyone's happy!
Sokka I'm not happy.
Katara But you're never happy. Come on, Aang.
Outside, near the water.
Aang [Bending up some water.] Master Pakku said this move is all about sinking and floating. [Sends the water to her.]
Katara [Bending the water.] I got it!
The water suddenly shoots upward.
Aang That was amazing!
Katara That wasn't me.
Master Pakku has caught them. He takes the water, freezes it, and sticks the ice crystals into the ground.
Aang I was just showing Katara a few moves.
Pakku You have disrespected me, my teachings, and my entire culture.
Aang I'm sorry, I...
Pakku You are no longer welcome as my student.
Scene cuts to Zhao who is sitting in his tent and looking out at the explosion of Zuko;s ship. The screen fades in white. Cut to a view of the road leading to the fortress where a wagon is making its way toward the gate. Cut to a view of the undercarriage of the wagon as it passes. The Blue Spirit is holding on to the underside of the wagon. The wagon reaches the gate.
Guard All clear.
A gate guard looks at the wagon and walks around it. When the guard checks the undercarriage, the Blue Spirit is gone. The guard gets back up. Cut to a wider shot of the wagon and the guards around it.
Guard All clear. Go on in.
Shift to a view from inside the wagon where the Blue Spirit has hidden himself; cut to an overhead shot of the wagon as it enters the first of the fortress' three gates. The shot pans up to rest on the massive central tower where Aang is held prisoner. Cut to a view of the first courtyard where the boxes in the wagon have been unloaded. The Blue Spirit runs from them and ducks into the shadows. Cut to a shot of an ornate balcony with bonfire pots on either side. The balcony is festooned with gold and red spades. Admiral Zhao appears flanked by attendants. During his speech the view cuts to show the innermost courtyard full of Fire Nation soldiers standing at attention.
Zhao We are the sons and daughters of fire, the superior element! Until today only one thing stood our path to victory, the Avatar. I am here to tell you that he is now my prisoner! [The crowd cheers.] This is the year Sozin's Comet returns to grant us its power! [The crowd cheers.] This is the year the Fire Nation breaks through the walls of Ba Sing Se and burns the city to the ground!
As Zhao speaks, various shots are seen of the Blue Spirit steadily and stealthily infiltrating the fortress. Cut back to Aang, still struggling fruitlessly against his chains. He finally stops, breathing heavily. It's useless. Suddenly, frogs start leaping out of his shirt.
Aang [To the frogs.] What? No! Don't leave, frogs! My friends are sick and they need you! Please go back to being frozen!
He begins to struggle again as the frogs hop away toward the door, croaking. Aang sighs and remmebrs. The screen fades into white.

The scene changes to a shot inside one of the ruined buildings where team Avatar has set up camp. Sokka is lying against Appa, huddled in his sleeping bag. He is coughing, and there is sweat on his face.

Katara [Pressing a wet rag onto Sokka's forehead.] This should bring your fever down.
Sokka You know what I love about Appa the most? His sense of humor.
Katara That's nice. I'll tell him.
Appa growls.
Sokka [Laughs.] Classic Appa.
Aang How's Sokka doing?
Katara Not so good, being out in that storm really did a number on him.
Sokka starts sniffing pitifully.
Aang I couldn't find any ginger root for the tea. But I found a map. There's an herbalist institute on top of that mountain. We could probably find a cure for Sokka there.
Katara Aang, he's in no condition for travel. Sokka just needs more rest. I'm sure he'll be better by tomorrow.[Katara starts coughing.]
Aang Not you too!
Katara Relax, it was just a little cough. I'm fi- [She coughs again, this time with greater force, and lightly groans after.]
Aang [Shielding his face.] That's how Sokka started yesterday. Now look at him! He thinks he's an earthbender!
Sokka [Delirious.] Take that, you rock! [He flails his arms as if he is hitting something.]
Aang A few more hours and you'll be talking nonsense, too. What we need are some frozen wood frogs. I'm pretty sure there's plenty down in the valley swamp.
Katara [Confused.] What am we supposed to do with frozen frogs?
Aang Suck on them of course!
Katara [Shocked and disgusted; her eye twitches.] Suck on them?
Aang The frog skin is coated a substance that will cure your colds. I'll be back soon. [He grabs his glider and begins to head out just as a flash of lightning strikes.] Uh, maybe it's safer if I go on foot. [To Appa and Momo.] Keep an eye on them guys. [Appa groans while Momo chitters.]
Sokka Ha, ha! You guys are killing me!
The scene fades out into white. Aang is still in the room chained up. The camera pulls back.

Cut to the four guards standing outside the chamber. They begin to look confused when they hear croaking. They look down to see the frogs coming from underneath the door. Suddenly they look up as a Fire Nation soldier's helmet comes bouncing down the corridor toward them. One of the guards walks up the corridor and turns right at the first junction, disappearing from view. A gout of flame erupts from the cross hallway as well as the sound of a brief scuffle. Two more guards go up to the junction and turn right, firebending stances at the ready. Cut to a view looking down the cross hallway. The first guard who went is hanging from the ceiling, tied up. Shift to the hanging soldier and pan up to reveal the Blue Spirit on the ceiling above the two new combatants. He drops down and melee begins, but it is over quickly. Cut back to the last guards, where they now see the Blue Spirit at the junction.

Cut to a view of the door to Aang's chamber. The lone guard grabs the alarm horn next to him, but a knife knocks it out of his hand. The guard lets loose a gout of flame at the Blue Spirit as he runs down the hall toward the door, but the intruder extinguishes the blast with a bucket of water, and proceeds to sweeps the guard's feet out from under him with the empty bucket. Cut to Aang still struggling inside the chamber. He stops and looks at the noises of violence coming from through door. These stop abruptly and are replaced by the sound of the lock turning in the door. The door opens and the Blue Spirit enters. He brandishes two curved swords and runs forward to Aang, who screams in fear. The screen fades into white.

The next morning in present day, Aang, Sokka and Katara meet with Chief Arnook, Master Pakku, and Arnook's family members.

Arnook What do you want me to do? Force Master Pakku to take Aang back as his student?
Katara Yes... please!
Arnook I suspect he might change his mind, if you swallow your pride and apologize to him.
Katara Fine.
Pakku I'm waiting, little girl.
Katara No. [Begins cracking the ice inadvertently.] No way am I apologizing to a sour old man like you! [Two pots shatter.]
Aang Uhhh... Katara?
Katara I'll be outside if you're man enough to fight me.
Yue gasps. Katara angrily walks out.
Aang I'm sure she didn't mean that.
Sokka Yeah, I think she did.
Back at the Fire Navy base. Zhao meets with Iroh over tea.
Zhao I'm devastated to hear about Prince Zuko. Just... devastated.
Iroh The Fire Lord will not be pleased when he learns who was responsible.
Zhao You know who was behind the attack?
Iroh Yes...pirates. We had a run-in with them a while back. They wanted revenge.
Zhao [Sips his tea.] So, have you reconsidered my offer?
Iroh Yes, I accept. It will be an honor to serve as your general. To the Fire Nation!
Zhao To victory!
Back to the Northern Tribe. The three head outside, looking for Pakku.
Sokka Are you crazy, Katara? You're not going to win this fight!
Katara [Takes off her coat.] I know! I don't care!
Aang You don't have to do this for me. I can find another teacher.
Katara I'm not doing it for you! Someone needs to slap some sense into that guy! [Pakku comes down.] So, you decided to show up? [Pakku walks away.] Aren't you going to fight?
Pakku Go back to the healing huts with the other women where you belong. [Katara tightens her fist and sends water whips at him. Pakku halts.] Fine. You want to learn to fight so bad? Study closely! [He bends two streams of water from nearby pools and sends them both at a charging Katara, who falls back. He joins the two streams together, encircling both Katara and himself in a forceful ring of water.] Don't worry, I'm not going to hurt you!
Katara edges away from the ring and redirects the water away. The resulting blast hits Sokka. Pakku builds an ice wall in defense, which Katara slides up. She lands onto a nearby post. He melts the ice and directs the full blast at her. However, Katara freezes her feet down and is able to direct the blast away.
Katara [Determined.] You can't knock me down!
Some of the crowd cheers.
Aang Go, Katara!
Katara charges at him; Pakku draws up a wall of ice, which she quickly liquefies. She attempts to land blows, but Pakku ducks them all. He whips water and throws her into a pool, earning the approval of other members of the crowd.

Katara emerges from pool, shakes out her hair, and summons a small pillar of ice, where she proceeds to send a series of ice discs at her opponent. Pakku breaks up most of them using his wrists. The camera closes up to a slow-motion shot of one coming very close to hitting him. He looks at her in irritation. Katara, now back on the ground, attacks by sending a stream of water at him. However, Pakku generates it into a larger stream of water and sends it full force at her. Katara is sent back several feet. A close-up shot of her shows her bent over, breathing hard. She rises suddenly and sends two snow pillars down at him which Pakku turns to a dusty mist of snow. The mist clears.

Pakku Well, I'm impressed. You are an excellent waterbender.
Katara But you still won't teach me, will you?
Pakku No.
Katara bends over sharply, sending a wave of ice at Pakku, who merely raises himself onto an ice pillar. He proceeds to liquefy the pillar, charging straight at Katara, who sends a powerful stream of water his way. Pakku avoids the attack, instead managing to freeze Katara's stream of water which he slides across. He surges past her and strikes her down, knocking her necklace off in the process. Katara falls roughly to the ground as Pakku lands onto the rim of a pool, bends a tower of water and manipulates the stream overhead his opponent. He deftly freezes the water into several ice shards, which he sends down at Katara. She becomes trapped in the flurry of frozen daggers and appears still for a moment. The crowd gasps in horror; one child looks away in fear. Katara lifts her head and begins to struggle, attempting to break free as Pakku casually strolls away.
Pakku This fight is over.
Katara Come back here. I'm not finished yet!
Pakku Yes, you are. [Notices the necklace.] This is my necklace...
Katara No, it's not. It's mine! Give it back!
Pakku I made this sixty years ago for the love of my life...for Kanna.
Katara [Unfreezing the ice; surprised.] My Gran-Gran was supposed to marry you?
Back at the Fire Navy base. The ships are set to begin the trek north. On board, Iroh walk around the deck and hears a conversation in one of the boiler rooms. He enters as Jee is talking about Zuko to a couple other men.
Jee Good riddance to the Prince is all I can say. I was sick of taking his orders! I was tired of chasing his Avatar! I mean, who did Zuko think he was?
Iroh Do you really want to know?
Jee is shown standing up at the sound of Iroh's voice.
Jee General Iroh. We were just- [Iroh cuts him off.]
Iroh It's okay. May I join you?
Jee Of course, sir.
Iroh is shown sitting down.
Iroh Try to understand. My nephew was a complicated young man. He had been through much.
Scene changes to a flashback. Zuko walks up to the curtains to get in the war room, but the guards stop him.
Young Zuko Let me in!
Iroh Prince Zuko, what's wrong?
Young Zuko I want to go into the war chamber but the guard won't let me pass!
Iroh You're not missing anything, trust me. These meetings are dreadfully boring.
Young Zuko If I'm going to rule this nation one day, don't you think I need to start learning as much as I can?
Iroh Very well. But you must promise not to speak. These old folks are a bit sensitive, you know?
Young Zuko Thank you, Uncle.
Young Zuko and Iroh walk into the war room. The meeting starts.
Bujing The Earth Kingdom defenses are concentrated here. [Bujing shows the place on the map.] A dangerous battalion of their strongest earthbenders and fiercest warriors. So I am recommending the forty-first division.
Elder soldier But the forty-first is entirely new recruits. How do you expect them to defeat a powerful Earth Kingdom battalion?
Bujing I don't. They'll be used as a distraction while we mount an attack from the rear. What better to use as bait than fresh meat?
Young Zuko [Zuko is shown standing up.] You can't sacrifice an entire division like that! Those soldiers love and defend our nation! How can you betray them?
Camera shows everyone in the war room staring at Zuko. The scene changes back to the present time.
Iroh Zuko was right, you see, but it was not his place to speak out. And there were dire consequences. After Zuko's outburst in the meeting, the Fire Lord became very angry with him. [Flashback quickly ends.] He said the challenge against the general was an act of complete disrespect! And there was only one way to resolve this.
Jee Agni Kai. A fire duel.
Iroh That's right. Zuko looked upon the old general he had insulted and declared that he was not afraid. But Zuko misunderstood. [Flashback shows Zuko preparing for the Agni Kai.] When he turned to face his opponent, he was surprised to see it was not the general. [Flashback shows the cloak that was on Zuko's shoulders fall down to the ground.] Zuko had spoken out against the general's plan, but by doing so in the Fire Lord's war room, it was the Fire Lord whom he had disrespected. Zuko would have to duel his own father.
Flashback shows Zuko becoming teary-eyed.
Iroh When Prince Zuko saw that it was his father who had come to duel him, he begged for mercy.
Flashback shows Zuko on his hands and knees, crying and begging for mercy.
Young Zuko Please, Father. I only had the Fire Nation's best interest at heart. I'm sorry I spoke out of turn!
Ozai's silhouette is shown walking up to Zuko.
Ozai You will fight for your honor.
Young Zuko I meant you no disrespect. I am your loyal son!
Ozai Rise and fight, Prince Zuko!
Young Zuko [Kneels on the ground in front of Ozai, pleading.] I won't fight you.
Ozai You will learn respect, and suffering will be your teacher.
Iroh [In present; flashback is still going.] I looked away.
Flashback shows Iroh looking away, and Azula and Zhao smiling evilly. A fire blast is heard, followed by Zuko's scream from being burned by it. Flashback ends, and returns to the present time.
Jee I always thought that Prince Zuko was in a training accident.
Iroh It was no accident. After the duel, the Fire Lord said that by refusing to fight, Zuko had shown shameful weakness. As punishment, he was banished and sent to capture the Avatar. Only then could he return with his honor.
Jee So that's why he was so obsessed. Capturing the Avatar was the only chance he had of things returning to normal.
Iroh Things would never have return to normal. But the important thing is the Avatar gave Zuko hope.
Iroh leaves the room and meets up with Zuko, who is disguised as a shipman.
Iroh Our plan is working perfectly. Zhao doesn't suspect a thing.
Zuko You didn't have to do this.
Iroh No nephew of mine is going to stow away on a ship without some backup.
Zuko Thank you, Uncle.
A door opens.
Iroh Someone's coming. Stay hidden until we get to the North Pole and the Avatar will be yours. Good luck. [The two head their separate ways.]
The scene changes back to the North Pole.
Pakku I carved this necklace for your grandmother when we got engaged. I thought we would have a long, happy life together. I loved her.
Katara But she didn't love you, did she? It was an arranged marriage. Gran-Gran wouldn't let your tribe's stupid customs run her life. That's why she left. It must have taken a lot of courage.
Yue cries and runs away.
Aang [To Sokka.] Go get her.
Sokka exits. Later that night, he catches up with her on the bridge.
Yue What do you want from me?
Sokka Nothing. I just want you to know, I think you're beautiful, and, I never thought a girl like you would even notice a guy like me.
Yue You don't understand.
Sokka No, no. See, that's the thing. I think I do understand now. You're a Princess, and I'm... I'm just a Southern peasant.
Yue No, Sokka...
Sokka It's okay. You don't have to say anything. I'll see you around, okay? [Yue grabs him and kisses him.] Okay, now I'm really confused. Happy, but confused.
Yue I do like you, a lot. But we can't be together, and not for the reason you think. It's because... I'm engaged. [Shows him her betrothal necklace.] I'm sorry. [Runs off.]
The next morning, at Pakku's class. Aang turns a blob of water into a stream and awkwardly sends it off.
Pakku Not bad, not bad. [Laughs.] Keep practicing and maybe you'll get it by the time you're my age.
Aang turns around, annoyed, but quickly smiles when he notices Katara coming up.
Aang Hey, Katara!
Pakku What do you think you're doing? [Pause as Katara looks up.] It's past sunrise. You're late.
Aang Good to see you here.
Katara You, too.
Back at the Fire Navy fleet. Zhao and Iroh stand on top of the lead ship.
Zhao My fleet is ready. Set a course for the Northern Water Tribe.
The ships begin to fire up.

The Siege Part 1

The scene opens to under the water. The camera pans upward to sea level, and higher up into the city. The scene changes to where Katara is set to spar with a young boy named Sangok. She eyes her opponent with a look of determination. Sangok looks at her with a frightened expression on his face, shaking slightly. He summons a globule of water, freezes it into an iceball, and fires it at her. Katara, however, is quick to melt the iceball and, turning around swiftly, bends a wave of water at him, which she proceeds to freeze, thus suspending Sangok in an icy trap.
Pakku [Displeased.] Nice try, Pupil Sangok. [Shows Sangok trying to break free.] A couple of more years and you might be ready to fight a sea sponge. [He unfreezes the ice; Sangok falls to the ground dazed.] Would anyone care for a rematch with Katara? [The scene cuts to several students sitting by the sidelines, the camera panning to the right showing all of them to be tired and unamused.] Katara, you've advanced more quickly than any student I've ever trained. [Cuts to shot of Katara, who smiles brightly.] You have proven that with fierce determination, passion and hard work, you can accomplish anything. [Turns to Aang irritably.] Raw talent alone is not enough. [Aang is shown playing with an airball with Momo.] Pupil Aang!
Aang [Stops bending at the sound of his name; Momo lands on his head.] Yes, Master Pakku?
Pakku [Sarcastically.] Care to step into the sparring circle? I figure since you've found time to play with house pets, you must have already mastered waterbending.
Aang [Jumps off the ground with airbending.] I wouldn't say mastered, but check this out.
He twists around, bending some snow around him to make a snowman of himself, which Momo knocks over. Pakku shakes his head in disappointment, while Katara looks on in irritation. The scene changes to another part of the city where Sokka and Yue are taking a walk along a bridge. Sokka is walking along the top of bridge's wall while balancing.
Yue So they don't have palaces in the Southern Tribe?
Sokka [Sitting down on the ledge.] Are you kidding? I grew up in a block of ice. It's not exactly a cultural hub.
Yue [Laughs and places her hand on Sokka's shoulder; when Sokka smiles at her, she gets a little upset.] Sokka, this is wrong.
Sokka [Protesting.] What's wrong? We're taking a walk!
Yue [Unsurely.] I'm engaged. It just feels...
Sokka [Brightens.] I know what you need. You need to meet my good friend, Appa.
Yue [Curiously.] Who?
The scene changes to where the two approach the stables, where Appa is resting.
Sokka [Opening his arms out in enthusiasm.] Appa and I go way back, don't we, boy? [Appa lands on top of him and licks him, much to Sokka's dismay.] Ah, ah, easy! Down boy! Agh! No, up!
Yue Looks like you haven't been giving Appa enough attention!
Yue laughs. Sokka attempts to pull himself free of Appa, who continues to lick his face. The scene changes to the two sitting on Appa's saddle, Sokka holding the reins in his hand.
Yue [Excitedly.] So, how does this work?
Sokka You holding on tight? [Yue nods; in a cool tone.] Yip... yip.
The camera zooms out to a shot of the entire city as Appa takes off.
Yue [Impressed.] Oh... my... goodness! [Cuts to where Appa is soaring over the ocean; Yue is looking over the saddle.] Wow, I can't believe you do this every day.
Sokka [Stretches.] Yeah, we pretty much live up here.
Yue Is it always this cold in the sky? [Moves closer to Sokka.]
Sokka [Happily.] Not when you're with someone.
Yue [Turning to face Sokka, blushing.] It's beautiful up here.
Sokka Yeah... [The two turn to each other and slowly begin to lean in, but at the very last moment, Sokka widens his eyes, turns away and pretends to act cool again.] Woo, yeah! Ahhh, good times, good times. [Snow and black soot start to fall from the sky.] Hey, look!
Yue [Camera zooms out to Appa flying through the gray snowfall; worried.] What's happening?
Sokka [Nervous.] Oh no...
The scene cuts to where civilians have stopped to observe the sooty snow. Cuts to Aang, who laughs as he gleefully rolls around in the snow in a circular pattern. Cuts to Momo, who opens his mouth and catches a sooty snowflake only to bristle and spit out the contents. Aang stops playing around and looks up at the snowfall with a concerned face. Cuts to civilians standing near a fountain. Camera pans down to show the fountain's water turning black.
Sokka [Picking up handful of black snow.] Soot.
Yue What?
Scene reveals Sokka, Yue, and Appa having landed right outside the outskirts of the city, near the shores of the North Pole seas. Sokka is kneeling down, observing the snow.
Sokka I've seen this before, right before my village was attacked. It's soot mixed with snow. [Rises.]
Yue But, why?
Sokka [Looking out over the horizon.] It's the Fire Nation. [Looks at Yue concerned.] They've closed in on the North Pole and from the looks of this stuff, [Camera zooms out to show the enormity of the sooty snowfall.] I'd say there's a lot of them.
Cuts to the lead ship sailing toward the Water Tribe, under the command of Admiral Zhao and Iroh.
Zhao [Voice-over.] This will truly be one for the history books, General Iroh. [Cuts to Zhao and Iroh standing on deck.] Just think, centuries from now, people will study the great Admiral Zhao, who destroyed the last of the Water Tribe civilization. You're lucky you're here to see it.
Iroh [Tersely.] Be careful what you wish for, Admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects.
Zhao I suppose you speak from experience, but rest assured. This will be nothing like your legendary failure at Ba Sing Se. [Walks forward.]
Iroh [Sadly.] I hope not, for your sake.
Zhao Tell the captains to prepare for first strike.
Iroh walks away. Zhao looks out to the wall of the water tribe and the screen fades into white.

Back to the fortress where Aang is being held. The door opens and the Blue Spirit enters. He brandishes two curved swords and runs forward to Aang, who screams in fear. The Blue Spirit approaches and two sword cuts are heard. Aang pulls his arms back in surprise – the Blue Spirit has freed him. He looks at his liberator in wonder. The Blue Spirit comes closer and cuts his remaining bonds, turns and walks back toward the door.

Aang Who are you? What's going on? Are you here to rescue me? [The Blue Spirit opens the door and motions for him to follow.] I'll take that as a "yes."
Aang follows him out past the gagged and tied guard at the door to his chamber. He hears frog noises and turns to see his frogs on the floor.
Aang My frogs! Come back! And stop thawing out! [The Blue Spirit comes back, picks him up by the collar and carries him out.] Wait! My friends need to suck on those frogs!
Scene shifts back to a few exterior shots of the fortress, then to Aang and the Blue Spirit walking silently in the sewer system underneath the fortress. Soldiers walk back and forth above them. They hope out of a grate and into one of the courtyards. Cut to Zhao walking in one of the torch-lit corridors of the fortress, followed by a scribe.
Zhao I want a full transcription of my speech sent to the Fire Lord, along with glowing testimonials from all of the ranking officers present, and –
He cuts himself off as he hears moans. Cut to Zhao's right, where the soldiers that the Blue Spirit tied still lie. Zhao, upset, slams open the door to Aang's prison cell. It is empty, except for a frog which croaks at him from the floor. Zhao turns in anger and leaves, the scribe in tow.
Scribe Sir, should I hold off sending that speech to the Fire Lord?
Cut back to the two would-be escapees who are now scaling a rope on the innermost wall of the fortress. They are spotted and the view zooms out as one of the guards shouts.
Soldier There, on the wall!
A soldier appears at the top of the wall they are climbing. He cuts the rope and the pair fall down the wall, Aang screaming. Cut to side-view where Aang airbends them to a soft landing. When the dust clears, the Blue Spirit unsheathes his swords and they run. Cut to Zhao on the ornate balcony.
Zhao [Shouting.] The Avatar has escaped! Close all the gates immediately! [Cut to the escapees running, Aang passes the Blue Spirit.]
Aang Stay close to me!
The third gate is closing in front of them, as are the two beyond it, and it is blocked by many soldiers. Aang airbends a blast of air that blows them out of the way. Aang makes for the gate, but the Blue Spirit gets involved in melee and has to stop and fend them off. Aang turns to see the Blue Spirit in trouble. He grabs a spear from a guard near him, airbends him out of the way, spins it around and breaks the head off the spear on the ground and launches back into battle to save his new friend. The gate closes behind him. The Blue Spirit is surrounded, but Aang airbends them all out of the way. With a mighty effort he then catapults the Blue Spirit to the top of the third wall.

He is instantly surrounded, but Aang appears using the stick as a helicopter blade. He plucks the Blue Spirit off the wall and heads into the next courtyard. Cut to a close-up of Aang struggling to keep them aloft. The Blue Spirit uses his swords to knock the spears sent up at them by the guards. They barely next the top of the next wall as they crash unceremoniously onto the battlement. Aang's stick goes spinning away as guards instantly rush them. Aang runs for his stick, but a guard stops him, taking several swings at Aang with his sword. The Blue Spirit throws the guard over the wall. Aang then airbends the other guards off the wall.

Cut to a wide shot of the second wall, where more soldiers are scaling ladders. Aang and the Blue Spirit knock off the soldiers as they reach the top. With two mighty blasts, Aang depopulates the two scaling ladders nearest him as the Blue Spirit knocks the one final soldier off his. Aang brings over his two scaling ladders and steps onto the one the Blue Spirit has just emptied. He hands one ladder to the Blue Spirit.

Aang Take this. Jump on my back!
The Blue Spirit complies and Aang begins to use the ladders as massive stilts, shedding one each time a step is taken. Cut to a wide shot of the second courtyard, where dawn is approaching in the background. The first ladder shed still has some Fire Nation soldiers on it, but it falls into the dust.
Aang Give me the next one!
The Blue Spirit again complies. Cut to the bottom of their final stilt where a Fire Nation soldier sends a gout of flame up the ladder. It is too late though, as Aang and the masked man jump from the last stilt and just manage to grab the edge of the final wall. They are unable to hold on, however, and fall to the ground. The Blue Spirit draws his swords. The screen fades into white.

Cuts to the present day, to the bow of the lead ship breaking through thick ice floes floating in the water. Cuts to the interior of the ship, where Iroh is confronting Zuko disguised as a Fire Nation soldier. Zuko is forced to wear the disguise to keep the secret from Zhao that he survived an attempted assassination.

Iroh [Secretly.] We'll be landing soon. Do you have a plan?
Zuko [Removes face covering to reveal his face covered in cuts.] I'm working on it, Uncle. [Puts covering back in place.]
The two head off in separate directions. Back at the Northern Water Tribe, citizens flee to the town hall, as two watchmen hit a drum to signal the Fire Nation's approach. Sokka and Yue make their way up the steps, but Yue stops the approach.
Sokka [Trying to drag her along.] What's wrong? We have to go!
Yue [Sadly; lets go of Sokka's hand.] No, Sokka, wait, I can't see you anymore. Not at all.
Sokka [Protesting.] What? We're just friends.
Yue I wish we could just be friends, but I like you too much and it's too confusing to be around you. I'm marrying someone else! [Turns away sorrowfully.]
Sokka You don't love him, do you? You don't even seem to like him.
Yue But I do love my people.
Sokka [Objecting.] You're not marrying them.
Yue [Turns to face Sokka.] You don't understand. I have duties to my father, to my tribe. I have to do this. Goodbye.
She runs past Sokka up the stairs quickly. Closes up on Sokka, who looks on with dismay. The scene cuts to inside the chief's Royal Palace.
Arnook The day we have feared for so long has arrived. The Fire Nation is on our doorstep. It is with great sadness I call my family here before me, knowing well that some of these faces are about to vanish from our tribe, [While saying this line, the scene flashes from Yue to Pakku to Hahn.] but they will never vanish from our hearts. Now, as we approach the battle for our existence, I call upon the great spirits. Spirit of the Ocean! Spirit of the Moon! Be with us! I'm going to need volunteers for a dangerous mission.
Sokka [Rising from his seat.] Count me in!
Katara Sokka...
Arnook Be warned, many of you will not return. [Several Water Tribe men rise and walk forward.] Come forward to receive my mark, if you accept the task.
Arnook paints three red line marks with his fingers on one man's forehead. The man walks away, slightly sorrowful. Sokka steps forward and Arnook paints the same three marks. He begins walking away sadly and turns to look at Yue. After staring at each other for a few moments, Sokka continues walking. Yue averts her gaze, closes her eyes and begins crying.

The scene changes to outside the city where Aang is perched on a snow mound, holding his staff. Arnook approaches him.

Arnook The stillness before battle is unbearable. Such a quiet dread.
Katara joins them.She looks over at Aang who is in disbelief at what he is seeing.
Katara [Concerned.] Are you alright Aang?
Aang It's just like before isn't it. When the Fire Nation attacked my people. They killed them all. [ He sighs.] I'll never forget the day the monks told me I was the Avatar. I was playing with some other kids just outside the South Wall. I was trying to teach them how to do the air scooter.
Scene changes to a flashback when Aang is with some other Air Nomads.
Aang First you got to form the ball, then you got to get on quick.
Aang is seen riding around on the scooter in the court. One of the boys tries it.
Air Nomad boy #1 Okay, here goes.
The boy forms it and tries getting on, but spins and falls off. Aang gently gets off his.
Aang You kind of have to balance on it like it's a top.
Air Nomad boy #1 Man, that's hard.
Air Nomad boy #2 Where'd you learn that trick, Aang?
Aang I made it up.
Air Nomad boy #2 Wow!
The Council of Elders shows up at that moment.
Gyatso Aang, come with us. We need to speak with you.
Scene changes to when Aang and the elder monks are in the meeting room.
Aang How do you know it's me?
Tashi We have known you were the Avatar for some time. Do you remember these?
Monk Tashi airbends a wrapped-up mat to Aang. It opens up, revealing four toys.
Aang Those were some of my favorite toys when I was little!
Tashi You chose them from among thousands of toys, Aang. The toys you picked were the four Avatar relics. These items belonged to Avatars past. Your own past lives.
Aang I just chose them because they seemed fun.
Aang has one of the toys go off. The toy goes over Monk Tashi's head.
Tashi You chose them because they were familiar.
Gyatso Normally we would have told you of your identity when you turned sixteen, but there are troubling signs. Storm clouds are gathering.
Pasang I fear that war may be upon us, young Avatar.
Gyatso We need you, Aang.
Scene changes back to present time, Katara and Aang in the same spots that they were.
Katara So you were upset that you were the Avatar? Why wouldn't you be excited about it?
Aang Well, I didn't know how to feel about it. All I knew was that after I found out, everything began changing.
Scene changes back to flashback. Aang enters into the South Wall again. The Air Nomad kids are shown on air scooters.
Aang Hey, not bad! You guys have been practicing!
Air Nomad boy #2 Not only that! We made up a game you can play with the air scooters!
Aang Great! [Aang is shown making his own. But everyone else makes theirs vanish.] What's going on?
Air Nomad boy #1 Now that you're the Avatar, it's kind of an unfair advantage for whichever team you're on.
Aang But I'm still the same! Nothing's changed! So, what? I can't play?
Air Nomad boy #1 That's the only fair way.
Aang Oh, okay.
Air Nomad boy #2 Sorry, Aang.
Aang is shown leaving the South Wall.
Air Nomad boy #1 Okay. Now, who wants Jinju on their team?
Jinju is shown in the corner with a gas around him, laughing. Scene changes to Aang and Gyatso playing a game of Pai Sho. Aang is shown moving a piece.
Gyatso Very interesting move, young one.
Aang What do you mean?
Gyatso is shown using airbending to make a spiral, flipping a part of Aang's clothing. Gyatso quickly moves two pieces around. Aang is shown flipping his clothing back into place.
Aang Hey!
Gyatso and Aang laugh. Monk Tashi appears.
Tashi You're playing games with him? The Avatar should be training!
Gyatso Aang has already trained enough for today.
Tashi Time is short. [To Aang.] Come with me. I must test you on some high level techniques.
Gyatso No. As long as I'm his guardian, I will decide when he trains...and when he gets his butt kicked at Pai Sho.
Tashi Hmph.
Monk Tashi is shown walking away.
Aang Then, just when I was feeling better, something worse happened.
Scene changes to flashback of Monk Tashi and Monk Gyatso speaking to Monk Pasang.
Gyatso Aang needs to have freedom and fun. He needs to grow up as a normal boy.
Tashi You cannot keep protecting him from his destiny.
Pasang Gyatso, I know you mean well, but you are letting your affection for the boy cloud your judgment.
Gyatso All I want is what is best for him.
Pasang But what we need is what's best for the world. You and Aang must be separated! The Avatar will be sent away to the Eastern Air Temple to complete his training.
Aang is shown looking through a hole in the ceiling, shocked at the news that he just heard.
Katara That's awful, Aang. I don't know what to say.
Aang [Stands up.] How could they do that to me? They wanted to take away everything I knew and everyone I loved! [He activates the Avatar State.]
Katara Whoa! Hot cinders!
Aang comes out of the Avatar State, walks to the fire, and sits down again.
Aang I'm sorry I got so mad.
Katara You have the right to be angry after the monks sent you away like that.
Aang Well, that's not exactly what happened. [Flashback starts again, showing Aang looking out the window of his bedroom.] I was afraid and confused. I didn't know what to do.
Flashback shows Aang lying on his bed before changing to Gyatso walking to Aang's room.
Gyatso Aang, I'm not going to let them take you away from me. Aang? [Gyatso is shown opening the door more, spotting the scroll, and opening it up. He gasps, and sees a storm coming outside the window.]
Aang [Still in present, but flashback playing still.] I never saw Gyatso again. [Flashback shows Aang and Appa through the storm, and how Aang got into the iceberg.] Next thing I knew, I was waking up in your arms after you found me in the iceberg.
Flashback shows Katara's face that was seen in "The Boy in the Iceberg". The flashback ends.
Katara You ran away.
Aang And then the Fire Nation attacked our temple. My people needed me and I wasn't there to help.
Katara You don't know what would have-.
Aang The world needed me and I wasn't there to help.
Katara Aang...
Aang I turned my back on the world!
Katara You're being too hard on yourself, even if you did run away. I think it was meant to be. If you had stayed, you would have been killed along with all the other airbenders.
Aang You don't know that.
Katara I know it was meant to be this way. The world needs you now. You give people hope.
Aang [Looks at Katara. Blushes a bit then smiles.] You're right. I wasn't there when the Fire Nation attacked my people. [Determined.] I'm going to make a difference this time.
He rises and holds his staff behind his back in a similar pose as seen in the opening sequence. The camera pans upward to the sky. The scene changes to where Aang, Katara, Sokka, Appa and all the warriors are gathered at the wall. Something distant can be seen soaring toward the city from the horizon. Aang squints his eyes before realizing the object is a fireball. Cuts to Sokka and Katara, who look on in terror. The fireball collides into the wall of the city, sending Team Avatar and several warriors flying back. Cuts to the wall of the city, damaged and beginning to fall apart.

Cuts to another fireball being launched into the air. The fireball disintegrates a bridge within the city. Cuts to a trebuchet operator launching another fireball into the air, which hits the wall.

Aang Yip-yip!
He and Appa take flight, heading toward the fleet. Cuts to the warriors who regather themselves, helping each other up.
Sokka [Pulls his arm free from the snow.] Katara!
Katara uses waterbending to free herself from a snow mound she became buried underneath. Sokka smiles and hoists his sister onto her feet. The two cast their eyes upward, catching sight of two fireballs that soar overhead. Cuts to Appa who grunts, Aang guiding him, a determined look on his face. Cuts to bird's-eyes view of the ocean, Aang flying toward a single Fire Navy ship. Two fireballs are launched. Cuts to the deck of the ship, where trebuchet operators launch another fireball back to Appa and Aang. Cuts to fireball soaring straight toward Aang, who uses his glider to direct it into an icy cliff side near the city.
Aang I'll take it from here, boy.
He jumps down from Appa and flies downward on his glider onto the first ship. Using airbending, he sweeps several trebuchet operators off their feet and leaps onto one trebuchet. An operator comes forward and slams a sledgehammer onto the machine, nearly striking Aang who manages to back-flip away. Cuts to where he stands on top of the contraption, two more operators approaching him from opposite directions, each holding a sledgehammer. The one on his right brings the sledgehammer down proceeded by the one on his left. He jumps into the air, avoiding both blows and completely collapses the trebuchet with his glider and the use of airbending. He lands onto the deck, triumphant.

He runs over to an unoccupied trebuchet, already loaded with a flaming boulder. He sticks a sledgehammer in another launcher's chain. When a soldier approaches him, Aang blasts him away, activating the catapult which launches the fireball straight into the deck, leaving a large hole. The camera zooms out on the damage.

Cuts to Aang, who runs past two operators who quickly chase after him. He arrives at two trebuchets, one before him and one behind him, and tangles their chains together. He leaps onto the machine before him as the soldiers approach and slams his foot onto the pedal that activates the catapult. The catapult lunges forward, causing the second trebuchet to collide into the first, destroying both.

Smiling happily, Aang proceeds to another machine. Cuts to a burly man, who observes him evilly. Aang prepares to strike the machine with a sledgehammer only to turn around and catch sight of the man who attempts to land blows from afar with two sledgehammers, each attached to long chains. Aang jumps out of the way of several blows. Cuts to the man who swings the chains around. Aang leans against a beam only for the two chains to wrap around the beam thus trapping him. He struggles to break free.

Cuts to the soldier, who is suddenly knocked over by Appa's paw. The chains snap and Aang breaks free.

Aang [Brightening.] Appa!
Appa leans over the deck of the ship and tosses the man overboard before turning to Aang, who runs over and embraces him.
Aang Thanks for the rescue, buddy!
His expression of relief becomes one of alarm when the ship begins to rumble. Cuts to an undamaged trebuchet that collapses when a gigantic spike of ice pierces straight through the hull and deck of the ship. Cuts to dozens of Water Tribe warriors riding on boats, who are using waterbending to suspend the ship. Cuts to the entire ship being uprooted. Cuts to Appa, who stands on the sloping deck, the ruins of machinery sliding downward past them. He and Aang take off. Cuts to the horizon, where an entire fleet comes into view, the ships large in quantity.
Aang [Shocked.] You've got to be kidding me...
The scene cuts to the training for the mission.
Arnook Men, you'll be infiltrating the Fire Nation Navy. That means you'll all need one of these uniforms.
The camera pans upward, revealing a young man, Hahn, who appears in the uniform that will be used. Sokka laughs. The rest of the warriors turn to stare at him.
Hahn [Angrily.] What's your problem?
Sokka Fire Navy uniforms don't look like that.
Hahn [Irritably.] Of course they do. These are real uniforms captured from actual Fire Navy soldiers.
Sokka [Sarcastically.] When, like, a hundred years ago?
Arnook Eighty-five.
Sokka [Walks over and flings one of the shoulder spikes with his finger.] The Fire Nation doesn't wear shoulder spikes anymore. The newer uniforms are more streamlined.
Hahn How do we know we can trust this guy? [Turns to growl at Sokka, who glares at him in return.] Such bold talk for a new recruit.
Arnook Sokka is from our sister tribe, Hahn. He's a capable warrior and I value his input. [Sokka shoots Hahn a smug look; Arnook turns to the rest of the regiment.] Now, our first objective is to determine the identity of their commanding officer.
Sokka His name is Zhao. Middle-aged, [Tracing imaginary sideburns with his fingers.] big sideburns, bigger temper...
Arnook Sokka, I want you to tell everything you know to Hahn. He's leading this mission. Hahn, show Sokka your respect. [Beginning to walk away.] I expect nothing less from my future son-in-law.
Sokka [Stares at Hahn, mouth agape; points at him and narrows his eyes.] Princess Yue's marrying you?
Hahn [Irritated.] Yeah, what of it?
Sokka [Turns away from Hahn, upset.] Nothing. Congratulations.
Scene fades to sunset where fireballs are continually launched. A bird's-eye view is shown of the fleet attacking the city. Cuts to several fireballs; camera pans downward to show them hitting the city.
Pakku [Pointing to the sky.] Stop those fireballs!
Cuts to shot of oncoming fireball. The waterbenders bend up a column of water and freeze it, capturing the fireball. Cuts to side-view of the leading ships of the fleet, the uprooted ship in view. The scene cuts to the interior of Zhao's ship.
Iroh It's almost twilight, Admiral. As your military consultant, I must advise you to halt your attack. [Cuts to shot of the ship, sailing past a rising moon.] The waterbenders draw their power from the moon, and it is nearly full tonight. You should wait and resume the attack at daybreak. [Cuts back to Iroh and Zhao.]
Zhao Oh, I'm well aware of the moon problem and I am working on a solution. But for now, daybreak it is.
The lead ship drops its anchor, followed by the rest of the ships, who drop their anchors and cease the attack. Cuts to a shot of the city, smoke billowing from several spots. Yue can be seen looking out over the horizon.
Yue They've stopped firing.
Yue and Katara stand side by side, viewing the city. Appa appears over the horizon, flying toward them.
Katara Aang!
Aang lands on the ground, exasperated. Katara and Yue approach him.
Aang [Clearly exhausted, placing his hands on his head.] I can't do it... I can't do it.
Katara What happened?
Aang [Dimly.] I must have taken out a dozen Fire Navy ships, but there's just too many of them. I can't fight them all.
Yue [Pleadingly.] But, you have to. You're the Avatar.
Aang [Solemnly.] I'm just one kid....
He buries his face in his arms. Katara kneels down beside him in an attempt to comfort him. The scene changes to nightfall on the lead ship. Cuts inside a room where Zuko prepares a boat, winding up some rope. Iroh enters.
Iroh If you're fishing for an octopus my nephew, you need a tightly woven net, or he will squeeze through the tiniest hole and escape.
Zuko I don't need your wisdom right now, Uncle.
Iroh I'm sorry. I just nag you, because, well, [Voice breaking slightly.] ever since I lost my son...
Zuko Uncle, you don't have to say it.
Iroh ... I think of you as my own.
Zuko [Faces his uncle, a softer expression on his face.] I know, Uncle. We'll meet again. [Iroh hugs him.] After I have the Avatar. [He turns away and gets on the boat.]
Iroh Remember your breath of fire. It could save your life out there.
Zuko I will. [Lowers the boat, suspended by ropes, down the side of the ship into the water.]
Iroh And put your hood up. Keep your ears warm!
Zuko I'll be fine!
The shot cuts to the city, several ships lying stationery ahead of him. Back inside the warriors' base. Hahn and Sokka sharpen their axes against grindstones.
Hahn [Smugly.] Let me tell you Sokka, I've courted a lot of girls, but Yue is the finest and she comes with the most perks.
Sokka [Annoyed.] Perks? What does that mean?
Hahn I mean, Yue's nice and everything, but the points I'll gain with the chief aren't bad either.
Sokka [Angered.] Princess Yue is wasted on a self-absorbed weasel like you!
Hahn [Camera begins closing up on Hahn.] Whoa, hang on. What do you care? [Sokka closes his eyes sorrowfully.] You're just a simple rube from the Southern Tribe. What would you know of the political complexities of our life? [Smirking.] No offense.
Sokka [Shouts and tackles Hahn; the two begin rolling around on the floor in a struggle.] You're just a jerk without a soul, no offense!
The two continue to roll about on the floor. Cuts to a shot of Sokka and Hahn, each pulling the other's ponytail in fury. They are suddenly separated by Arnook.
Arnook That's enough! Sokka, you're off the mission!
Sokka, his hair loose and hanging in locks, appears stunned before crossing his arms in anger.
Hahn All right, fall in men! Everybody listen to what I say and we'll take out this Admiral Chō in no time!
Sokka [Irritated, waves arms in gesture.] It's Admiral Zhao!
The scene changes to outside on the water where Zuko rows past, navigating his way through the path of ice spikes. Cuts to a view of a Water Tribe guard on patrol, pausing and looking out over the horizon just as Zuko's canoe disappears behind an ice spike. The guard continues walking. Cuts back to Zuko who continues to paddle toward the wall, before switching to a shot of him peering from behind an ice spike, his canoe pulled up onto the ice. Camera cuts to and zooms in on a shot of several Water Tribe guards marching atop the wall. Zuko turns around and sees a group of turtle seals resting by a hole in the ice. One seal plunges head first into the icy water. Zuko looks back up to the wall and begins approaching the hole.
Zuko [Peering down into the hole.] Where are they going? [Cuts to a shot of the hole, his face reflected in the water.] They're coming up for air somewhere...
He pulls down the mask covering his mouth and nose and inhales deeply. Cuts to shot of Zuko from beneath the water; he plunges into the water. The scene changes, cutting to a shot of the waxing gibbous moon hanging in the sky.
Yue [Off camera.] The legends say the moon was the first waterbender. [Cuts to shot of her, Katara and Aang standing on a balcony, looking up at the sky.] Our ancestors saw how it pushed and pulled the tides and learned how to do it themselves.
Katara I've always noticed my waterbending is stronger at night.
Yue Our strength comes from the spirit of the moon. Our life comes from the spirit of the ocean. [Camera pans slightly downward, showing Aang with a dull expression on his face.] They work together to keep balance.
Aang [Brightening.] The spirits! [Raises head, startling Momo.] Maybe I can find them and get their help!
Yue How can you do that?
Katara [Approaching her.] The Avatar is the bridge between our world and the Spirit World! Aang can talk to them!
Yue [To Aang.] Maybe they'll give you the wisdom to win this battle!
Aang [Waves arms out in gesture.] Or maybe they'll unleash a crazy amazing spirit attack on the Fire Nation! [The two girls look at him oddly; Aang looks at them and straightens up.] Or wisdom. That's good, too.
Katara The only problem is, last time you got to the Spirit World by accident. How are you going to get there this time?
Yue I have an idea. Follow me.
She begins walking away. Cuts to a shot of the chief's Royal Palace, the camera panning downward to the ground where Yue walks by, followed by Aang and Katara. Cuts to shot of Yue standing by a small, round wooden door, Aang approaching close behind.
Aang [Walking up to the door.] So, is this the way to the Spirit World?
Yue [Laughs.] No. You'll have to get there on your own. [Leans inward.] But I can take you to the most spiritual place in the entire North Pole. [Opens the door.]
Aang steps inside. The camera pans upward and zooms in to reveal a small verdant oasis lying ahead, a waterfall flowing directly behind it. Zooms in on Aang, who gasps in amazement.
Aang [Runs to the back of the oasis and rolls around on the ground.] I never thought I'd miss grass this much!
Katara [Approaching the oasis.] It's so warm here! How is that possible?
Yue It's the center of all spiritual energy in our land.
The two girls remove their coats. Cuts to view of two fish, one black and one white, swimming about in the pond. Momo sticks his hand in the pond and tries to grab the two fish in the water. Cuts to shot of the two girls standing over him, looking rather irritated.
Aang You're right, Yue. I can feel... something. It's so tranquil. [Positions himself to meditate.]
Meanwhile, Zuko emerges from the water through another hole in the ice. He lies on his back on the ice and catches his breath. He rolls over onto his side, begins shivering and breathes fire to warm himself.
Zuko [To the barking turtle seals.] Be quiet!
The pack of seals quiets down. Cuts to shot of several seals, who watch as Zuko walks past, pushing aside the heads of two of them. They resume barking. He makes his way through another opening where water is pouring out. Cuts to shot of his foot boring into the wall as he tries to steady himself and make his way through the channel of water. Cuts to inside the channel, where he slowly crawls his way through. Cut back to the warriors' base. Sokka is crouched on the floor, sharpening his boomerang when he is approached.
Arnook Is something wrong, Sokka?
Sokka [Sarcastically.] Oh, no. Hahn's out there on the top-secret mission while I'm here sharpening my boomerang. Everything's fine.
Arnook Listen to me. I took you off the mission for selfish reasons. I have a special task in mind for you.
Sokka What, you want me to scrub the barracks?
Arnook I want you to guard my daughter, Princess Yue.
Sokka [Rises and tries to act cool.] Oh... sure. That... shouldn't be too hard.
Arnook exits the scene; Sokka's face falls. Zuko continues to make his way through the channel of water. He exits from the channel and floats to the surface of the water. He emerges from the surface and inhales deeply several times. He proceeds to duck his head under the water, surveying the area. The camera zooms in on another channel. Zuko swims toward the channel and upward. As he attempts to resurface, however, the surface of the water had frozen into a thick ice patch. Zuko tries to break through the ice. He suddenly exhales, signaling his need for air. He heats his hands using firebending and melts a hole in the ice. Cuts to a tunnel way in the city, the ice steaming and finally melting away. Zuko emerges and catches his breath. He relaxes against the wall of the tunnel. The scene changes back to the Spirit Oasis, where Aang is meditating, Katara and Yue watching him.
Yue Why is he sitting like that?
Katara He's meditating, trying to cross over into the Spirit World. [Aang scrunches up his face in concentration.] It takes all his concentration.
Yue Is there any way we can help?
Aang [Angrily.] How about some quiet? Come on guys, I can hear every word you're saying!
The camera zooms in on the pond, where the two koi fish are shown circling each other. Cuts to shot of beneath the pond, showing an underside-view of the two fish. Cuts to shot of Aang staring at the fish, seemingly mesmerized. Cuts back to two fish circling each other before switching back to Aang. Cuts back to image of the two fish, which morphs into an image of the symbols for yin and yang. Cuts back to Aang, as his eyes and tattoos to light up.
Yue [Worried.] Is he okay?
Katara He's crossing into the Spirit World. He'll be fine as long as we don't move his body. [Cuts to overhead shot of the pond.] That's his way back to the physical world.
Yue Maybe we should get some help.
Katara [Smiling.] No, he's my friend. I'm perfectly capable of protecting him.
Zuko [Sarcastically.] Well, aren't you a big girl now.
Katara [Alarmed and dismayed.] No...
Zuko [Determined.] Yes. Hand him over and I won't have to hurt you.
Yue runs from the scene as Katara assumes a defensive stance, Zuko appearing on screen. Cuts to Zuko, who kicks up his leg, sending a fire blast Katara's way. He fires more blasts from his hands. Cuts to shot of Zuko and Katara, Zuko continually firing as Katara conjures up water shields to deflect the attacks. Cuts to Katara, who draws water from the pond and sends the stream at Zuko, who is preparing another attack. The blast pushes Zuko back several feet and knocks him to the ground.
Zuko [Rising.] I see you've learned a new trick, but I didn't come this far to lose to you.
He turns around and fires another blast which Katara blocks by summoning another shield of water. Cuts to shot of Zuko, Katara, and Aang as Katara sends a powerful jet of water at her opponent. The jet collides into Zuko, who is sent farther back. As he attempts to steady himself from the impact, small juts of ice form around his feet. Cuts to close-up of Katara, a determined look on her face. Water begins rising around Zuko and encircling him. Katara waves her arms about wildly, forming a ball of water around him which she freezes solid. Cuts to close-up of her as she smiles triumphantly. Cuts to Zuko imprisoned in the ice.
Zuko You little peasant. You've found a master, haven't you?
The globule of ice begins glowing bright orange with heat and the ground rumbles. Cuts to view of entire globule as it heats up intensely before melting. He fires repeated attacks at Katara, who draws water from the oasis to deflect the attacks. She prepares to strike him with a water blast, however, Zuko manages to slip away and head toward Aang. Just as his fingers grasp Aang's collar, Katara fires a water blast, throwing Zuko to the other wall. She whips up a large wave and sends the attack at Zuko. The rush of water sends Zuko up the side of the cliff; she freezes the water, encasing him in ice. Cuts to Pakku who looks over the horizon in the city as the sun rises. The scene cuts to Zhao's ship.
Zhao It's daybreak at last. Let's write history.
Back to the Spirit Oasis, rays of sunlight beam down on Zuko, who remains imprisoned in the ice, his head bent down. He feels the heat and sharply raises his head. With a determined look on his face, he breathes steam from his nose, melting the ice quickly. He lands on the ground and fires a blast at Katara, who had her back turned to him at that moment. She turns around swiftly and attempts to deflect the blast by conjuring a water shield; however, she creates the shield too late. The blast sends her slamming into the gate to the Spirit World, knocking her out. Smoke from the impact fills the screen. Cuts to shot of Zuko standing over her, holding Aang by the collar.
Zuko You rise with the moon... I rise with the sun.
The scene changes to where Fire Navy ships break through the city wall, their bows crumbling the wall, allowing soldiers armed with spears to rush in.
Zhao The Water Tribe can try to resist the inevitable, but their city will fall today.
Cuts back to the oasis. Camera focuses on a close-up of Katara, whose eyes suddenly snap open as she regains consciousness, only to realize Aang is gone. She crawls around, desperately searching for him.
Katara Aang!
Sokka and Yue enter on Appa.
Sokka What happened? Where's Zuko?
Katara [Dismayed.] He took Aang. He took him right out from under me.
Cuts to shot of Momo looking sorrowfully from the edge of the pond.
Sokka [Off-camera.] Where did they go...
The camera pans upward to above the oasis where Zuko is seen walking through a blizzard with Aang in tow. Cuts to shot of them walking away. The camera pans upward to show the snow falling.

The Siege Part 2

The scene opens to the Northern Water Tribe as the siege continues. Four fireballs streak past the screen. Cuts to overhead shot of the city as the fireballs strike various locations. The camera pans downward past the Tribal Chief's palace to the Spirit Oasis where Appa can be seen presiding by the pond. Cuts to shot of the two koi fish, the Moon and Ocean Spirits, swimming in their usual circular pattern.
Katara [Off-screen; sorrowfully.] I can't believe I lost him.
Cut to full shot of the pond, Sokka and Yue standing beside Katara, who is kneeling on the ground.
Sokka You did everything you could, and now we need to do everything we can to get him back. [Cuts to shot of Katara who looks up at her brother, tears in her eyes.] Zuko can't have gotten far. We'll find him. Aang's gonna be fine.
Katara Okay. [Closes eyes and gets up. Camera pans over to where Momo remains motionless on the ground. Cuts to shot of Appa, Katara having mounted the bison.] It's all right. You stay here, Momo, in case Aang comes back.
Sokka Yip, yip.
The camera pans upward as Appa takes off, heading upwards to a location above the oasis, a vast frozen tundra where a blizzard is raging. Cuts to shot of the icy terrain of the tundra as the bison progresses. Cuts to shot of the ground, a path visible in the snow where someone has clearly been trudging along; the camera pans upward. Cuts to shot of Zuko plodding through the snow, his face partially covered to protect him from the cold, Aang slung across his back. Cuts to shot of an unconscious Aang, his tattooed arrows glowing.

The scene changes suddenly, zooming out on Aang who is sitting in a meditating position on a small wooden platform in an unknown location in the Spirit World. Cuts to shot of his surroundings which are not that of the icy tundra, but a mystical swamp dotted with trees. A large white bird of some sort flies past. Cuts to shot of Aang as the bird flies over the screen; he stands and begins wandering about. Cuts to shot of a figure in the distance sitting beneath a simple wooden entranceway. The figure can be heard uttering the sound "Ohm". Aang appears on-screen, turns his head in the direction of the sound and begins making his way toward the figure. Cuts to side-view of the figure, a monkey-like creature, as Aang approaches him, before cutting to a shot of the two with the figure's back to the camera.

Aang Hello? I'm sorry to disturb you. I just really need to find the Moon and the Ocean Spirits.
Odd spirit Go. Away. [Opens one eye.] You're still here?
Aang Yes, I need -
Odd spirit [Louder, trying to distract himself.] Ohm! [A firefly flies past; points at the insect.] Perhaps that thing will help you. Chase it. [Aang runs after it. Breathes sigh of relief.] Finally.
Cuts to a shot of Aang chasing the insect throughout the swamp and up a tree. He leaps up and manages to grasp hold of it and is delighted in doing so. Cuts to zoomed out shot of him as he lands on a tree branch which instantly shrivels up and disappears entirely, causing him to fall. Cuts briefly to close-up shot of an alarmed Aang before switching to a shot of him falling into the water. Aang is shown lying on his back in the water, the firefly having escaped his grip. It flies away as he tries to reach it again.
Aang Come back!
He stands up. Cuts to shot of him looking down at the water, when Roku suddenly appears before Aang in a reflection in the water.
Roku Hello, Aang.
Aang [Looking at him; surprised.] Roku!
The scene cuts back to the real world, where Zuko continues his trek through the icy tundra. Cuts to close-up of him before a shot of the ground where he steps on ice that begins cracking beneath his feet; his eyes widen in surprise at this. Cuts to overhead shot of him, the camera zooming out, as the ice begins to splinter and cave in. Cuts to shot of him on high alert as he begins running, before switching to an overhead shot of him as he races through the snow. Cuts to shot of him as the impact of the ice caving in throws him off-balance.

Zuko is thrown several feet away and lands roughly in the snow, losing his grip on Aang and kicking up a cloud of snow. The cloud dissipates, showing Zuko and Aang lying in the snow. Cuts to shot of Zuko, as he raises his head and looks at the scene. Cuts to shot of the aftermath of the cave-in, the ground severely disrupted, and a shot of Zuko once more. He spots a cave off in the distance.

Zuko Shelter. [Drags Aang into the cave and ties him up.]
Back in the Spirit World, Aang is speaking with Roku.
Aang Roku, the Water Tribe's under attack. I need to find the Ocean and the Moon Spirits.
Roku [Pops out of the reflection in front of Aang.] The Ocean and the Moon are ancient spirits. They crossed over the Spirit World to the mortal world very near the beginning. There is only one spirit I know of who is old enough to remember.
Aang Who?
Roku The spirit's name is Koh, but he is very dangerous. They call him the Face Stealer. [Aang looks horrified.] When you speak with him, you must be very careful to show no emotion at all. Not the slightest expression, or he will steal your face. [Aang looks even more horrified but calmly nods, understanding the situation.]
Meanwhile, in the real world, Katara, Sokka, and Yue arrive to where the ice broke earlier. In the cave, Zuko is keeping warm with Breath of Fire while Aang, now tied up, remains in the Spirit World.
Zuko I finally have you, but I can't get you home because of this blizzard. [Stands up and looks outside the cave.] There's always something. Not that you would understand. You're just like my sister. Everything always came easy to her. She's a firebending prodigy, and everyone adores her. My father says she was born lucky. He says I was lucky to be born. I don't need luck, though. I don't want it. I've always had to struggle and fight and that's made me strong. It's made me who I am.
Meanwhile, back at the invasion, the Fire Nation has breached part of the wall. On the lead ship, Zhao and Iroh are speaking.
Iroh I don't need to remind you we have a time limit. If we don't defeat the Water Tribe before the full moon rises, they will be undefeatable.
Zhao I assure you I have everything under control. I intend to remove the moon as a factor.
Iroh [Shocked.] Remove the moon? How?
Hahn appears behind them and points his spear at Zhao.
Hahn Admiral Choi! Prepare to meet your fate! [He charges at Zhao, who simply tosses him overboard, while Iroh shakes his head in disappointment.]
Zhao As I was saying, years ago I stumble upon a great and powerful secret: the identity of the Moon Spirit's mortal form.
Iroh What?
Zhao I was a young lieutenant serving under General Shu in the Earth Kingdom. [Flashes back to a young Zhao tearing through scrolls in a library.] I discovered a hidden library. Underground, in fact. I tore through scroll after scroll. One of them contained a detailed illustration, and the words "moon" and "ocean". I knew then that these spirits could be found and killed. [Back to the real world.] And that it was my destiny to do so.
Iroh [Somewhat angrily.] Zhao, the spirits are not to be trifled with!
Zhao Yes, yes... I know you fear the spirits, Iroh. I've heard rumors about your journey into the Spirit World. But the Ocean and Moon gave up their immortality to become a part of our world. And now they will face the consequences.
Back in the Spirit World, Aang walks up a giant tree, seeing the entrance to the cave Koh can be found in. Aang stares and slightly steps toward the cave hearing creepy noises. He glances to his left noticing that the noise wasn't coming from the cave. Aang sighs in relief.
Aang You're just a curly tailed blue nose.
The monkey turns its head toward Aang, exposing that he has no face.
Aang [Startled.] Aaahhh! [Aang takes a deep breath and speaks with his and Avatar Roku's voices combined.] Show no fear. Show no emotion at all.
Aang steps into the cave with a straight face.
Aang Hello? I-I'm looking for a spirit named 'Koh'.
Koh [Creepily, circling Aang.] Welcome!
Aang [His face still straight.] Thank you. [Bows.]
Koh My old friend, the Avatar. It's been a long time.
Aang You know me?
Koh How could I forget you? [He switches to mad face with thick eyebrows, long mustache, and beard; angrily.] One of your previous incarnations tried to slay me! Nearly eight or nine hundred years ago.
Aang [Confused, yet seriously.] I didn't know that. Why did he or I try to kill you?
Koh [Switches to Ummi's scared, sad face.] Oh, it was something about stealing the face of someone you loved. [Face turns angry; face switches to a baboon's with a gaping mouth; laughs evilly, but Aang keeps a straight face continually staring in one direction as Koh circles him.] Of course that's all behind us. Why should I hold a grudge against you for something in a past life. After all, you're a different person now. [Speaks into Aang's ear from behind.] You've come to me with a new face.
Aang takes a deep breath to the words into his ear, crossing the scene to the real world, Zuko seeing his breath.
Zuko Guess we'll be here awhile.
Cut to exterior of the cave. Cut to Appa in the blizzard.
Yue Don't worry, Prince Zuko can't be getting too far in this weather.
Katara I'm not worried they'll get away in the blizzard. I'm worried that they won't.
Sokka They're not going to die in this blizzard. If we know anything, it's that Zuko never gives up. They'll survive, and we'll find them.
Back in the Spirit World, Koh circles Aang.
Koh It's been a long time since I've added a child's face to my collection. So... How may I help you?
Aang I need to find the moon and the ocean.
Koh Their spirit names are Tui and La, push and pull. And that has been the nature of their relationship for all time.
Aang [Side-view of Aang.] Please. Help me find them. An entire culture could be destroyed if I don't get their help. [Top-down view of Koh.]
Koh Oh, you think you need their help. Actually it's quite the other way round. [Moving close to Aang's face in a tight shot; with an angry face.] Someone's going to kill them!
Aang What do you mean? How can I find them and protect them?
Koh You've already met them, actually. [View of Koh from behind Aang as Koh moves to look away.] Tui and La, your moon and ocean, have always circled each other in an eternal dance. They balance each other, push and pull, life and death, [Close-up of Aang's face.] good and evil, ying and yang.
Flashback to the koi fish becoming Ying and Yang. Back to Aang.
Aang [Excitedly.] The koi fish! [Koh quickly reels around to stare at the now expressionless face of Aang.] I must be going now.
Koh We'll meet again. [Koh recedes into the shadows.]
Aang [Exiting the tree.] The spirits are in trouble, I need to get back to the physical world.
Roku A friend is here, to guide you back.
Aang [Aang turns around; excitedly.] Hei Bai!
The spirit groans as Aang jumps onto him and sets off. Cut back to the physical world. Two fireballs hit the city. Cut to two Water Tribe members fleeing as a tank destroys a totem pole behind them. Cut to two Water Tribe members trying to stop a tank. Cut to a view of the ocean with many fire navy ships and the moon looming behind. Cut to a bridge as two fire navy soldiers move in front of the camera as a waterbender drops down to move the bridge back from where the fire navy soldiers came from, taking the soldiers with it. Cut to a waterbender facing a tank, submerging the tank in the snow and ice around it. Cut to waterbenders attacking fire navy soldiers with shards of ice, who use shields to protect themselves. Cut to a shot behind Pakku who freezes and takes down eight oncoming soldiers. Pakku dodges a fire blast, having become surrounded with tanks and soldiers. Unleashing a wave of water he slices tanks wheels off and freezes soldiers behind him in ice. Pakku lifts himself into the air with water while being fired upon by firebenders. Avoiding the blasts, he knocks the firebenders away using his water cyclone as a wave. Cut to waterbenders sending a tank flying toward Zhao.
Zhao We'll be following this map to a very special location. And when we get there, we're going fishing. [He smirks.]
Cut back to the Spirit World. Aang arrives at his starting location and jumps off Hei Bai.
Aang This is where I came in, but how do I get back?
Hei Bai stands on his hind legs and sends a beam of energy at Aang, who disappears to the physical world.
Odd spirit [Cut to odd spirit sitting on a rock. Opening his eyes.] Good riddance.
Hei Bai, having assumed his monstrous form, shoots an intense beam from his mouth at the odd spirit sending it flying, before reverting to his original form. Back in the physical world, cut to a view of the arch way and water.
Aang Momo! [Walking toward Momo. Closer view of Aang with Momo.] Momo. Oh no, where's my body?
Aang is surrounded by energy and flies into the air. Cut to a wide-view of the entire Water Tribe city as Aang continues to fly toward the cave. Cut to close shot of Katara. Noticing Aang she turns around. Cut to shot of Appa flying in the sky as Aang shoots past overhead to the cave.
Katara Look, that's gotta be Aang! Yip-yip!
Cut to Aang entering the cave, filling it with light. Cut to Aang waking up, attempting to get out of his restraints and noticing Zuko.
Zuko Welcome back.
Aang [Cut to close-up of Aang as he narrows his eyes.] Good to be back.
Aang airbends Zuko into a wall and propelling himself backward out of the cave. Cut to cave exterior. Close-up of Aang wriggling like a worm in an attempt to get away, only to be caught by Zuko.
Zuko [Zuko pulls Aang up by his collar as seen from behind Aang.] That won't be enough to escape.
Aang [On seeing Appa.] Appa!
Appa lands. Katara slides off. Close-up of Zuko.
Zuko [Throwing the tied-up Aang aside who yelps.] Here for a rematch?
Katara [Confidently while countering his fire blasts.] Trust me Zuko, it's not going to be much of a match.
Katara uses waterbending to launch Zuko into the air before plummeting him down to the ground, knocking him out. Close-up shot of Sokka running toward Aang to untie him with Zuko lying unconscious.
Sokka Hey, this is some quality rope!
Aang We need to get to the oasis; the spirits are in trouble!
Switch to a wide-view of the area with Aang airbending himself atop Appa. Close-up shot of Aang landing on Appa. Stops and looks back at Zuko
Aang Wait, we can't just leave him here.
Sokka Sure we can. Let's go.
Aang No, if we leave him he'll die.
Aang airbends himself off Appa and retrieves Zuko, bringing him to Appa.
Sokka [Sarcastically.] Yeah, this makes a lot of sense. Bring the guy who's constantly trying to kill us.
Fade back to the fort. The Blue Spirit draws his swords. Four firebenders unleash their flame on them, but Aang puts the masked man behind him and airbends the flames away.
Zhao Hold your fire! The Avatar must be captured alive!
The Blue Spirit instantly comes up behind Aang and crosses his swords in front of Aang's throat, surprising him. Cut to a view behind the escapees that pans right slowly, accenting the stand-off, then cut to the implacable blue mask of the intruder. Cut back to a close of Zhao's eyes.
Zhao [Through gritted teeth.] Open the gate.
Officer Admiral, what are you doing?
Zhao Let them out, now!
The gate is opened and the Blue Spirit backs out with his captives, swords still at his throat. Cut back to Zhao, the officer questioning him still visible over his left shoulder.
Officer How could you let them go?
Zhao A situation like this requires... precision.
The Blue Spirit continues backing away from the fortress. Zhao now looks on from the top of the main gate. Cut to an arrow being strung on a bow by an unseen soldier; cut back to Zhao, who looks to his right as he speaks.
Zhao Do you have a clear shot?
Cut to a Yuyan Archer, who is silent, but aims.
Zhao Knock out the thief. I'll deliver him to the Fire Lord along with the Avatar.
The archer releases his arrow, which the camera follows across the field to its impact point on the Blue Spirits masks. Cut to a side-view of Aang and the Blue Spirit as the masked man collapses backward in slow motion. Aang turns in horror, his eyes glazed. He recovers, turns around and airbends up a huge cloud of dust around him and the Blue Spirit.
Zhao Quick! Recover the Avatar!
Cut to the main gate opening and a crowd Fire Nation soldiers emerging and running toward the dust cloud. Cut to inside the dust cloud, where Aang removes the Blue Spirit's mask to reveal Zuko. Aang starts back in horror and falls backward on the ground. He jumps up and runs away, but turns to look at Zuko, his eyes huge and full of compassion. He sees the Fire Nation soldiers getting close through the smoke. Still, he hesitates. When the dust clears, however, the soldiers find nothing. Cut back to Zhao, looking insanely angry.
Appa takes off. Cut to Tui and La in the oasis lake. Zhao grabs Tui from the water, placing it in a sack. The moon goes red, followed by everything else. Cut to close-up of the now red moon. Cut to a view of the entire city turning red. Cut to Pakku who loses his waterbending and falls to the ground. Cut to a waterbender attempting to waterbend but loses his bending. Cut to three more waterbenders, bending water, but they too lose their bending. Cut to Fire Navy soldiers firebending. Cut to Appa flying with the red moon behind him. Appa groans as it cuts to the saddle.
Sokka [Yue grabs her head as if in pain.] Are you okay?
Yue I feel faint.
Aang [Cut to Aang. Holding his head with one hand.] I feel it, too. The Moon Spirit is in trouble.
Yue [Cut back to the saddle.] I owe the Moon Spirit my life.
Sokka What do you mean?
Yue [Close-up of Yue.] When I was born I was very sick and very weak. [Flashback to Yue as a baby.] Most babies cry when they're born, but I was born as if I was asleep, my eyes closed. [Cut to waterbenders attempting to heal Yue as a baby.] Our healers did everything they could. [Panning shot of Yue and the waterbenders, along with Yue's parents.] They told my mother and father I was going to die. [Cut to Arnook staring at the moon.] My father pleaded with the spirits to save me. [Cut to shot panning down from the moon to the oasis.] That night, beneath the full moon, he brought me to the oasis and placed me in the pond. [Cut to Yue being placed into the pond.] My dark hair turned white. [Close-up of Yue in the oasis.] I opened my eyes and began to cry, and they knew I would live. [Cut to Yue in her parents arms with the archway and moon behind them.] That's why my mother named me Yue. [Cut back to Appa's saddle.] For the moon.
Zhao [Cut to Zhao at the oasis.] I am... a legend, now! [Cut to panning shot from Zhao's hand, grasping the bag with Tui in it, down to his head.] The Fire Nation will, for generations, tell stories about the great Zhao, who darkened the moon. They will call me, Zhao the Conqueror, Zhao the Moon Slayer, Zhao the Invincible! [Momo jumps on top of Zhao's head.] Ugh... get it off! Get it off!
Cut to wide-view of oasis as Momo flies away toward the camera. Panning view of Momo landing on Aang's arm and running to his shoulder, with Katara and Sokka are behind him. Cut to Zhao and his soldiers, readying themselves for battle. Cut to Aang, Sokka and Katara readying themselves. Panning shot of the oasis.
Zhao Don't bother. [Close-up of Zhao as he lifts the sack up threatening to kill Tui.]
Aang [Cut to Aang and the others surrendering.] Zhao, don't!
Zhao [Cut to panning side-view.] It's my destiny, to destroy the moon and the Water Tribe.
Aang [Close-up side-view of Aang.] Destroying the moon won't hurt just the Water Tribe. [Close-up panning shot of the sack with Tui inside and Zhao.] It will hurt everyone, including you. [Cut to panning shot of the oasis.] Without the moon, everything would fall out of balance. You have no idea what kind of chaos that would unleash on the world. [Cut to Zhao.]
Iroh [Off-screen.] He is right Zhao.
Zhao [Cut to wide shot of oasis; calmly to Iroh.] General Iroh, why am I not surprised to discover your treachery?
Iroh [Close-up of Iroh while he takes off his hood.] I'm no traitor, Zhao, the Fire Nation needs the moon, too; we all depend on the balance. Whatever you do to that spirit I'll unleash on you ten-fold. Let it go, now!
Zhao releases the koi fish into the oasis. Cut to close-up of Zhao as he hesitates before striking the koi fish with a fire slice out of anger. Cut to wide-view of the oasis. Cut to Iroh recoiling from the flames. Cut to Aang looking on and up at the moon. Cut to a view from the oasis to the sky as the moon fades out and the world goes gray. Cut to Zhao looking up until Iroh begins firebending at him. Zhao dodges and counters his firebending while retreating toward his firebending soldiers. They are swiftly defeated as Zhao escapes. Cut to show La circling the now dead Tui. Cut to Aang and the others looking on in disbelief and moving toward the water. Yue is seen looking on as we see Zuko has escaped from behind her. Iroh picks up the dead koi fish.
Yue [Close-up of Yue and Sokka.] There's no hope now, it's over.
Aang [Close-up of Aang entering the Avatar State.] No, it's not over.

Cut to wide shot of oasis as Aang enters the water. Cut back to the others looking on. Aang stands in a meditative stance as La circles him. Close-up shot of Aang and La as the latter's eyes light up. Side-view of Aang as he descends into the water. Wide shot of the whole oasis as blue lightning-like energy expands from the oasis island into the water. Wide shot of the Water Tribe city as the oasis begins to light up in the same blue color. Cut back to Katara and the others watching. The energy moves to the edge of the oasis, rising up to form a giant amphibious-like creature, facing out toward the sea, with Aang in the center, controlling it. Cut to the Fire Nation soldiers in the city looking on at this creature's sudden appearance. Cut briefly to Pakku and other Northern Water Tribe members before changing to a view of Aang moving past a river, Fire Nation soldiers on one side, Pakku and his group on the other. The Water Tribe all bow down as the Fire Nation soldiers prepare to attack. Aang, controlling the massive creature, begins to head to the ocean, laying waste to any Fire Nation soldiers on the way.

Cut back to Zhao who continues to flee only to be attacked by Zuko.

Zhao You're alive?
Zuko [Angrily.] You tried to have me killed! [Zuko attacks Zhao.]
Zhao [Close-up of Zhao's face.] Yes I did. [Zuko approaches Zhao as we see the giant energy form make its way toward the ocean.] You're the Blue Spirit, an enemy of the Fire Nation! You freed the Avatar.
Zuko I had no choice. [Zuko continues his attacks, but they are blocked by Zhao.]
Zhao You should have chosen to accept your failure, your disgrace. Then at least you could have lived. [Zuko and Zhao begin to fight.]
Back at the oasis, Iroh places the dead koi fish in the water.
Katara It's too late, it's dead.
Iroh [Iroh notices Yue.] You have been touched by the Moon Spirit. [Close-up of Yue.] Some of its life is in you.
Yue Yes, you're right. It gave me life, maybe I can give it back.
Sokka No! You don't have to do that. [Sokka reached to stop her.]
Yue It's my duty, Sokka.
Sokka I won't let you! [Close-up of him holding her hand.] Your father told me to protect you.
Yue [Close-up of Yue.] I have to do this.
Yue's hand slips out of Sokka's as she places her hands on the koi fish. The koi begins to glow and Yue closes her eyes.
Sokka [Yue falls as Sokka catches her.] No! She's gone, she's gone.
Cut to Aang as he approaches the sea and sends the fire navy ships back out into the ocean. Aang continues to destroy ships and drive the rest back out. Cut back to Sokka holding Yue. Yue fades and disappears as the koi begins the light up and glow. Iroh places the koi back into the oasis water. The entire lake begins to light up until energy floats up into the air forming an image of Yue. Side-view of the oasis.
Yue Goodbye, Sokka! [Close-up of Sokka and Yue as she comes to kiss him.] I will always be with you.
They kiss and Yue disappears as Sokka looks up to the moon as it reappears in the sky, bringing the color back. Cut to Aang, still fused with the Ocean Spirit, in front of the Water Tribe city. Aang looks up and notices the moon has returned. The Ocean Spirit fades into the water and moves back to the city, dropping Aang off on a wall as he leaves the Avatar State.

Cut to Zuko and Zhao fighting on a bridge. Zuko gains the upper hand and Zhao notices the moon has returned.

Zhao [Shot of the moon over Zhao's shoulder.] It can't be!
Zhao is consumed by the energy in the shape of a hand and dragged toward the water.
Zuko Take my hand!
Zhao considers it for a moment before retracting his hand. The energy plummets into the water, Zhao dragged along with it, and dissipates. Cut to Pakku and others on a ledge overlooking the city. Cut to a close-up shot of Pakku, Katara stands behind him.
Pakku I've decide to go to the South Pole. Some other benders and healers want to join me. It's time we helped rebuild our sister tribe.
Katara What about Aang? He still needs to learn waterbending.
Pakku Well, then he better get used to calling you Master Katara.
Cut to Arnook and Sokka standing on the ledge looking at the moon.
Arnook The spirits gave me a vision when Yue was born. I saw a beautiful, brave, young woman become the Moon Spirit. [Sighs.] I knew this day would come.
Sokka You must be proud.
Arnook So proud... and sad.
Cut to Zuko and Iroh on a raft floating away from the city.
Iroh I'm surprised Prince Zuko, surprised that you are not at this moment trying to capture the Avatar.
Zuko I'm tired.
Iroh Then you should rest. A man needs his rest.
Zuko lays down on his back. The camera cut to a close up of his face as he slowly drifts into sleep.

Fade to white, then a blurry shot of a forest looking straight up into the canopy overhead. It is morning. The screen pans down to Aang sitting on a nearby root, the view is still blurry. He looks forlorn. Cut to Zuko, whose view we were clearly just seeing. He looks a bit dazed still.

Aang [To Zuko.] You know what the worst part of being born over a hundred years ago is? I miss all the friends I used to hang out with. Before the war started, I used to always visit my friend Kuzon. The two of us, we'd get in and out of so much trouble together. He was one of the best friends I ever had, and he was from the Fire Nation, just like you. If we knew each other back then, do you think we could have been friends, too?
Cut to a wide shot of Zuko lying on the ground, Aang next to him, perched a large tree root. After a pause, Zuko lets loose a huge fireball at him, but Aang dodges and flies away on a current of air. Zuko watches him hop away from tree branch to tree branch and out sight. Cut to Zuko as the camera slowly zooms backward. Cut back to a wide shot of Zuko's ship reeling in the cutter vessel back into the mother ship. Shift to Zuko, sullen, walking past his Uncle on the main deck.
Iroh Where have you been, Prince Zuko? You missed music night! Lieutenant Jee sang a stirring love song.
Zuko I'm going to bed. No disturbances.
Iroh rubs his head and begins to blow his horn again. Cut to Prince Zuko lying awake in his own chamber, lost in thought. He looks at the Fire Nation symbol hanging on his wall, and rolls over himself.

Fade back to the ruins. Aang returns, downcast. He puts frogs in his friends' mouths.

Aang Suck on these. They'll make you feel better.
Aang collapse backward onto Appa's tail with a sigh. Cut to Sokka with a frog in his mouth.
Sokka [With his mouth full; still spouting out nonsense.] Aang, how was your trip? Did you make any new friends?
Aang No, I don't think I did.
Aang rolls over.

Fade to Aang looking out on the ledge in the city. Katara stands behind him. He realizes she's there and turns around. They embrace. Momo chitters.

Katara You too, Momo.
Aang Come here.
Momo leaps on to Aang's shoulders as we see Sokka place his hand on Aang's shoulder. All four of them look out to the ocean and the moon as Appa rises up in front of them.

Cut to Fire Lord Ozai's chambers. Cut to panning shot of Azula.

Ozai Iroh is a traitor, and your brother Zuko is a failure. I have a task for you.
Close-up of Azula, looking up and smiling.
Fades to credits.
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