Title: Through a Monster's Broken Gaze Author: devilinthedetails Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender Genre: A variety of genres Characters: Azula; Ozai; Ursa; Iroh; Zuko; Mai; Ty Lee. Summary: An anthology of stories written for my Azula Pentathlon. General Note on My Perception of Azula and Her Relationship with Ozai: Since Azula and her relationship with Ozai will be major parts of this collection of stories, I have decided to do something I rarely do. Write an author's note describing my perception of a character and her relationship with another character. My view of Azula is that while she does display sociopathic and psychopathic traits from a young age, I also believe that she is in large part a product of her environment. She is who she is raised to be by her father and by the Fire Nation as a whole. She is a reflection not just of her own values, but of her father's values and the values of the Fire Nation as a whole. To the extent that Azula is a monster, she is a monster of her father's creation and the Fire Nation's creation. I will also say that while I believe that Azula is Ozai's favored child (not only because she is a fire bending prodigy, but because she is the ambitious second born like him--he sees in her a reflection of himself, I think), it is not uncommon for an abusive parent like Ozai to have a golden child put on a pedestal which they are always at risk of falling off as Azula is. I am likewise convinced that Ozai enjoyed pitting Azula and Zuko against each other, encouraging a rivalry between them. I also think that she would still fear his displeasure and be afraid to defy him (see the scene where he tells her she won't be accompanying him on his journey to wipe out the Earth Kingdom). So, those perceptions of Azula and her relationship with Ozai will very much shape how I write her and Ozai in this pentathlon. As such, I wanted to make readers aware of my views from the outset since Azula is such a hotly debated character. Index of Entries: Firebending Prodigy. 110 Word Hurdle. Azula; Ozai. Post #2. Jealous Siblings. 400 Word Cross Country. Azula; Zuko; Ozai. Post #3. Monster. Single Sentence Shotput. Azula; Ursa; Iroh; Zuko. Post #4. Palanquin. 100 Word Sprint. Azula; Ozai; Ty Lee; Mai. Post #5. Heir and Disappointment. 200 Word Freestyle. Azula; Ozai; Zuko. Post #6. Pentathlon finished 8/14/2021. Thread still open for reading and commenting as always!