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Northern Water Tribe: Part One - Political Machinations
The Varrick Corp guys are at it again. The one who is in the Norther Water Tribe capital has managed to corrupt some of the royal family. The King and Queen had decided that there was no one in the next generation who could take over for them should something happen, so they skipped a generation and chose a young girl. But the part of the family that they skipped now has an imposter, an exact look-alike in her place and somehow managed to change the face of the real heir to someone else. I'm not sure how they did it and I don't know how to undo it. But we have to get to our ship to find an ally to help figure this out.
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It all comes together
This will be a long report. There is a lot to tell you and a lot that makes sense now.Some of this I didn't report earlier. Partly out of loyalty and respect for my friends. Partly due to not really understanding the context. Here goes.

It all started when I met an Avatar. Yes, AN Avatar. Zenna had been pronounced as the Avatar. But she showed the ability to bend two elements. It was strange. I didn't know what to make of it. But after traveling with her for a while, I have come to understand that when Korra battled Vaatu at Republic city all those long years ago, Raava, the spirit of the Avatar was fragmented. Now there is two, possibly more Avatars out there.

But the same is true for Vaatu. There are currently pieces of him scattered about. Unfortunately people have found them. We have run into two people who had some of Vaatu's power. Luckily we managed to defeat them. We also may have a way to rid the world of these pieces, but it's risky. They need to be contained in vessels tied to the Power and then brought to Vaatu's prison in the spirit world.

Which brings us to the Cult of the Black Lotus. The found one or more copies of the fabled, vile Book of the Black Lotus. They are using it, along with the avatars of Vaatu (or so I believe) to bring about 10,00 years of darkness and chaos. They are behind the scenes and directing events. They are even directly opposing efforts that we believe will stop Vaatu.

Which in turn brings us to Project Yuae. I know I was told to not pursue it, but, well, it found me. Project Yuae is an attempt by the Earth Nation, and possibly other to reach the Moon. The have what is called a Rocket Ship which they are building and supplying for the journey. We believe it important so that the true Avatar of Light can be there to stop a great catastrophe. This is important.

And now we come to where it all comes together. Vaatu, in order to regain his power, must upset the balance of the worlds. The elements are relatively in balance at this time, but the avatars of Vaatu and the Cult of the Black Lotus work to destroy that. In order to reach their final goal, they must corrupt an Avatar of Raava and use that power to bring about this disruption.

You see, Sozen's Comet will be returning in Three Month's time. The problem with this is that it will be returning with a bang: right into the Moon. The Avatar of Light will need to reach the Avatar state to redirect the comet and prevent this catastrophe. The thing is, based on what we've seen and heard of Zenna, we don't trust him to be the Avatar of light. We are concerned that he is too aggressive and selfish. That he simply craves the power of the Avatar for fame and glory. We are concerned that he is already being corrupted by Vaatu's agents, possibly an actual avatar of Vaatu. Please try to confirm this. Keep an eye out for any agents of Varrick Corp. They seem to be tied into this somehow.

I will continue to keep an eye on the Avatar I am traveling with. If I see any indication that she is being corrupted by Vaatu, I will seek immediate assistance.
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The Spirit World: The Library of Wan Shi Tong Part 2
We have more confirmation that the threat is actually the shattered remains of Vaatu. We encountered a fragment of him masquerading as a docent of the library. He had trapped Wan Shi Tong. We managed to uncover his plot, mostly because he grew impatient and blew his own cover. We then tracked him down to Wan Shi Tong's office where we were able to defeat him, trapping him in the Dagger of Kyokka. While Wan Shi Tong seems grateful, I'm not certain how helpful he will be. From what I understand, he is pretty protective of the knowledge his library holds.
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The Spirit World: The Library of Wan Shi Tong Part 1
The Lion Turtle was a pleasant companion on the trip. He was very talkative and helpful. He made a long trip short by his presence. We learned quite a bit about the ancient history of the Avatars, Rava, and Vatu. It appears that the strange people wielding shadow may be acolytes of Vatu, attempting to help him recover and gain power.

Once we hit land again, We traveled for a time. It was difficult to tell how long as the days and nights seemed to vary. We spotted a figure that turned out to be one of the fox guards of the library. He? was hurt and suffering from exposure in the desert. We helped him and continued on our way to the library. When we got within sight of the library, we were attacked by shadow foxen. After a bit of a tussle, we succeeded in dispatching or disabling them.
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The Spirit World: Rescuing the Elders Part 3
Bingchuan and Kohna had this map that they were playing with. It was weird because when they went way high up, the world reflected the map and any changes they made, including mistakes really changed the landscape. In the end it really caused more harm that good. But we were able to talk our way across the landscape, avoiding trouble from the spirits here.

Once we got to Air Temple Island in the Spirit World, however, that was a different story. There was this great wind storm surrounding it and trapping one of the great Lion Turtles. After talking with the great spirit, we went inside him, only to appear on top inside the storm. After talking with the Air Nomads inside, we got a bit suspicious of one of them. It turns out he was an agent of the enemy who was here to steal the power of the Lion Turtle. A struggle started and we managed to beat him.

We discussed what we were going to do next. On the map we saw the Great Library of Wan Shi Tong. We decided to ask the Lion Turtle if he'd take us there and he gratefully accepted. However, Mitsuko decided she wanted to spend some time with the nomads, so will be taking them through the portal while some of us travel on.
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The Spirit World: Rescuing the Elders Part 2
We managed to rescue the elders and any Kyoshi Island villagers that were taken to the Spirit World. It was weird. Of course it was. We are in the Spirit World. We crossed a bridge and some sort of tentacles reached up and over, almost dragging Kohna over into the water. We managed to avoid anyone getting dragged over, and Mitsuko realized she could simply request clear passage.

Once over the bridge we ended up being separated into different rooms of a house. I ended up in a laundry. Having flashbacks to the orphanage I tried to hide from the people in the room. I snuck around and managed to, with the help of Yoshike. We managed to get out of the laundry and into the kitchen just in time to see the others standing over a defeated Monkey King and holding another.

Dressing Mitsuko up as a queen, we marched into the dining hall and impressed all ?? of the Monkey Kings into submission. We got them to release the Earth Nation citizens and start behaving themselves like true kings, not despots. We took the villagers back to the tea house and sent them through the portal.

Further down the road, we wandered into a swamp. The creatures there were strange, missing their faces. We were unfortunately expecting that. Koh the Face-Stealer. While we were discussing how to handle him, he showed up. We convinced him to retreat by simply annoying him. Loud noises, circular logic, and stoic expressions, that's what it took. As he was slipping away, I managed to steal a face from him. I wonder who's face it is.
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Oct 25 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Spirit World: Rescuing the Elders Part 1
I never thought I'd be here. Republic City has a portal, but most people avoid it. I've heard that the spirit world is dangerous. Mostly because it is different from what people deal with every day. It's definitely different. The colors look intense somehow. Other senses seem off. But of course the first thing we encounter is a tea house. A tea house.

A tea house run by General Iro. Yes that General Iro. He had some advice and information an of course tea. Delicious tea. He was pleasant and kind. Much like the legends say. I just wish I could have spent more time with him. Maybe some day I can come back. In the meantime we're off to see the Monkey Kings. And then sneak past Koh the face-stealer. Gotta practice my bored non-commital face.
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Oct 11 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Southern Air Temple: Kyoshi Island Part 4 - Overthrowing Riko
Well, it's done. After provoking her and showing the people how much of a tyrant she was, we managed to get some of their support behind Ecta, the challenger to the leadership of the Kyoshi Warriors. She seems like a much better choice and appears to have a good sense about her. Once we find and return the elders, the village should be able to return to normal. We plan on departing soon. I am a little uncertain about a trip to the Spirit world. If you don't hear from me soon, you'll know I am most likely lost there.

One last very important thing. It seems as if Varrick Corp is somehow involved with a new power group. Kyokka had some sort of power over shadows. It wasn't just tricks of light or sleight of hand. As I said earlier, he had used his shadow to control Riko. And when she and Ecta fought, Riko called on the shadows herself. Kyokka seemed to be feeding her power. They need to be stopped. They are looking for things. Specific things that might hold more power for them. They were going to head to the Northern Air Temple next. Air Temple Island in Republic City is being warned of this. But, they may need help. I don't know of any specific weakness or weapon to use against them, but if I come across information, I'll pass it along as soon as possible.
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Oct 11 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Southern Air Temple - Kyoshi Island pt 3 - Uncle Ren to the Rescue
Well, maybe not directly, but Uncle Ren provided me with enough help even without being there. He helped me foster a sense of sympathy with the townsfolk and when push came to shove, he was the inspiration for my visit to the island. And ultimately my excuse for breaking in. I managed to convince them that I had nothing to do with the disappearance of the sword and that I broke in to find a souvenir. That Kyokka is dangerous. After I had escaped, I saw him do something to Riko. She gave in to his suggestion to kill Zorren. His shadow .... I need to avoid that...
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Oct 04 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Southern Air Temple: Kyoshi Island pt 2: The shit hits the fans
Well, I think I've been around these people too much. I was taught to be patient, however, based on recent experience, I wasn't sure if the group would stay out of trouble long enough to switch the fans in a day or two. So, I went in to replace them. I almost got caught. And now, I'm being dragged to the Kyoshi warrior's hall by Riko. She's looking for Zorren. I don't know why him specifically. There's one good thing, I may be able to get some of the antidote off of Kyokka or from his belongings kept at the hall.
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Sep 27 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Tags: Cabbage
Southern Air Temple: Kyoshi Island
Ren has disappeared. No really disappeared. Not just wandered off. Not kidnapped. Disappeared. Most likely Riko, the new leader of both the Kyoshi Warriors and Kyoshi Island is behind it. Or at the very least, the Varrick Corp representative that was in the area, Kyokka. I don't know what he's up to, but I'm trying to find out. He was digging for something. He maneuvered Riko into power and likely used her to get permission to dig around. We think he may have gotten her the fans that Kyoshi used. They seem to give her extra Bending abilities, far and above her normal talents. They are tied to Kyoshi more strongly now. From what I understand of my friends have learned, Kyoshi's Avatar Spirit may actually be broken from the cycle and tied so strongly to the fans that any earth bender can use then to tap into her power. Possibly any bender, but the fans themselves are tied to earthbending, so that may not be the case. I'll update when I know more, but keep an eye out for any more Avatar linked items and keep them safe.
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Sep 20 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Southern Air Temple - pt 1
I am not sure when anyone will get this, so I don't know how much of it will be relevant. We sailed to the Southern Air Temple for a visit before going off to the Desert. When we go there we found that a fleet of ships was laying devastated in the waters around the island. The designs didn't appear immediately familiar to anyone other than they were fast ships and not heavy warships. We landed without major incident and made our way up the temple path. We found clothing and weapons indicating that Earth Nation benders and warriors had been assaulting the island. Curiously we found no bodies.

When we got to the top, we found a survivor, unconscious. We made him comfortable and keep an eye on him while we explored further. We explored the first tower and found some papers indicating that Varrick Corp had a representative here looking to buy the Mineral Rights of the Island. He was gone though, no sign of him. We also found a meditation and observation room. It is dedicated to the Avatar.

We went down stairs and the survivor woke up. We ask him to explain what happened. Apparently the Kyoshi Warriors, including Earthbenders came to the Island and attacked, looking for something. One of them is a very powerful bender, she ripped one of the Temple Towers in half. No one knows why they attacked or what they were looking for. We still don't know where anyone else is.

One of my group suggested that someone is setting up the Kyoshi warriors for the attack. Leaving behind a lone survivor would tend to support that idea. Someone had to live to tell the tale. I think the rest of the Temple inhabitants may be conscripted into mining. If a faction of the Earth Nation is involved, the ones involved with Project Yuae, then they are going to need people to mine the iron for whatever ti is they are doing. I think the Varrick Corp representative was looking for the same thing the attackers were and he got here first. Maybe I'll get the chance to ask him. Hopefully not as a conscripted miner.....
Session: Game Session - Tuesday, Aug 23 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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One Last Word before I leave
Well, I believe that staying with the group is likely the best option for me right now. I believe I will find more useful information through them than I could in the City. besides, there are already operatives in the city that likely know more than I do. We will be heading off to the Southern Air Temple. From there I hope to steer them to the desert and the Library of Wan Shi Tong. I think that with this group that may not be difficult. I will forward reports as I can. I will see if I can get a copy of The Book of the Black Lotus for our cause.
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Two paths - a report in Republic City
There is an increase in the anti-bender activity. My sources say there was an underground fighting club led by a woman who knew chi blocking. She was referred to as "The Big Boss". This is something that intrigues me because I don't understand the sentiments of the movement. There are bad benders and good benders just like normal people. The recent Avatars, from what I have heard were not bad at all. This bears some investigating.
 
Also I have a lead on what might be The Book of the Black Lotus. It is the inspiration and instruction manual for the cultists we encountered at the college. I have a location of the Wan Shi Tang library in the great Desert. It will be a long trip and my companions might help make it easier to get there. So, I think that is the best use of my time.
I would suggest looking into the anti-bender activity further.
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Back in Republic City
It's nice to be home. Not much has changed in the past couple of years. It looks though as if I only have a few days here though. The public Avatar is coming for training and my friends are trying to avoid him. I'm not sure how I feel about traveling with an Avatar. The Avatar? I'm going to keep that to myself for a while. It's a secret. Something I'll need more information on before I pass it along. I mean we really only have her word. I don't want to report something false.
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