Please allow me a little moment of Water Tribe nostalgia and rambling (that, and I had no time to draw a new Zhao today).
Years ago, what started almost as joke, a little idea between friends of “what if Zhao had survived and lived among the water tribe” turned into a 447 pages monster. When an idea brick hits hard, it leaves a dent.
It was a learning experience. A great exercise. I look back at it, and there are so many things I’d love to tweak-fix, but I won’t Georges Lucas it. It is what it is, with its moments and its flaws. It was a blast to do.
It was only after 3 “chapters” that the idea of why the spirits would even spare Zhao’s life started to solidify. I never quite paid it off properly. Live and learn! As I said, it was done for fun and never properly planned.
In case anyone is curious about the Water Tribe AU, everything is archived here: http://noselfcontrol.deviantart.com/art/Water-Tribe-001-69837313
(thanks Mike and Bryan for having created this sandbox of fun characters to play around with)