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    Winter in Republic City. Like the rest of the United Republic and the Earth Kingdom, it is a time marked by frequent rain and the slightest chill in the air. Showers were expected this morning, but the rain seems content to laze about in the sky, making a bright overcast that often renders the people beneath it just a little less cheery than they might have been. Excusing immigrants and visitors from the Water Tribes, not many people in the great metropolis count this as their favorite season.

    Well, except for the fishermen. The frequent rains, westerly winds, and migration patterns bring entire schools of both rare and common Mo Ce sea life into easier reach, and anyone with a pole has a chance to pluck dinner out of Yue Bay. The companies make their best money of the season, hauling in catch after catch of everything from nutritious and inexpensive skunkfish, to the elephant koi which come up from the South Sea. A prosperous time, one ideal for sampling the creative dishes that the city's best and worst chefs concoct from the excess of seafood, and everyone can say with confidence that they expect to end the day with meat on their plates and a family going to bed with full bellies, tomorrow promising the same pleasant conclusion.

    It is thanks to all of this success that the city's North Pier smells like a lion turtle barfed on it.

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    The cargo ship bearing the fire salts that Hotsman Hong's Capitol Cuisine needs for just about every dish is late, to the tune of nearly half an hour now. There hasn't been any decent explanation for why, at least none that the port authority cared to give to a couple of flamboyant Fire Nation-types, and it would not be remiss of Hushi to assume that Hong will find some way to pin this tardiness on the waterdancer, probably as another excuse to delay the year-end raise he promised to his employees, but still hasn't delivered two months into the new year.

    For her part, Mei has received no shortage of catcalls since arriving, even without drawing attention to herself. There's a general sentiment of boredom and irritation around the shipping docks, of which pigheadedness is a common side effect, but there is also a camaraderie: The two entertainers are hardly alone in this wait, and nearly all of their thirty-odd companions --not including a few trucks from businesses around the city-- are as short of patience and ill-tempered as Hushi's boss is on most days.

    It is impossible to say, however, if they might be more generous for services rendered...


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    "And then the guy says 'You pulled that out of a house fire? My tailor charges me twenty yuans for that ashy trim!'" Ran cackled at his own words, hand smacking the steering wheel of the parked truck with enviable enthusiasm, the long cane stalk hanging from the edge of his mouth wobbling in a desperate attempt to escape the slow chewing the driver had been giving it.

    This always happened when one spent too much time around the excitable little man, at least in conditions as stimuli-free as waiting to load a bunch of heavy boxes. It didn't help that the ship was late, giving Ran more time than anyone usually thought he deserved to start telling "jokes." He had a little more room to make humor of such tragedy --his right arm missing at the shoulder, currently hidden in a tied-up sleeve-- but not much. Still, it wasn't often anyone begrudged him when he asked for a runner to come help him carry goods.

    Ran had been in the wrong place at the wrong time, like so many people, covering for another driver just to be friendly. Nobody would ever expect something so simple as helping a customer carry her produce into the shop after offloading it could end the way it did for him, but people also don't usually expect the Red Monsoon Triad to show up in broad daylight.

    The gangs had all been more active in the daytime, lately. At least, that was the word on the street.

    "Hey Baochi, you seen those flyers around town about the ceremony coming up? Spirits, man, I can't believe it. First day of spring --that's what, two weeks from now? Yeah, two weeks, and I'll have officially seen three Avatars in my life," he sighed, looking out the windshield at the crowd of people waiting for the same Varrick Global Industries freighter to bring whatever it was they were waiting for. "Crazy world we live in, isn't it?"


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    The White Lotus was loathe to let their young Avatar leave the compound without an escort, especially with his inauguration drawing so close. The first day of spring --seasonal counterpart to Huran's native element of earth-- was less than twenty days away, but there were still voices among the Lotus who wanted him to have a better grasp of firebending before the event, and many worried that an imperfect first impression could be an absolute disaster for the Avatar's image. The society's sentiment-at-large about Huran seemed to be that although his earthbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone, and being less than ready when the world expects him to start could be catastrophic.

    The protectiveness, although overbearing and extreme, was at least understandable: Many of the senior members still bore painful memories of Avatar Somak and his premature end, some even beginning to think that such a short life was a curse for all water Avatars to bear, given that Somak's predecessor, Kuruk, also went to a distressingly early grave at the age of thirty-three.

    That all said, there was always a voice among them that was willing to chaperon the adventurous young man: His earthbending master, who had accompanied him to Republic City as an informal guardian, and a little piece of home. Naturally, once the sentries were out of sight, he had stepped into a tea shop for "just one cup," given Huran a sheaf of pink bills from the Avatar's protected personal fund, and settled in for a few hours of relaxation while his pupil ran free.

    That running, at least today, had landed Huran at the North Pier, where a disgruntled crowd was gathered --and, in their midst, Huran's teammate Hushi standing with a young woman garbed in red.


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    People underestimated the North Pier. Sure, it smelled terrible, and people were always mad about something; usually a light fog of industrial smoke, and lots of yelling from the fishmongers.

    Maybe people didn't actually underestimate the North Pier all that much.

    Still, it was a straight shot from Lian's family home, and if you ever wanted an idea of how the common people of Republic City lived, it was certainly the place to go. The view of Avatar Aang's statue in the bay and Air Temple Island was also breathtaking, and sometimes that was enough to make the trip worth it. A ferry ran between the docks and the Air Nomad's stronghold all day, and it was due to finish its return trip and collect new passengers that wanted to visit in twenty minutes or less.

    It was lunchtime, but the group waiting to board was surprisingly sparse, an ideal opportunity to go on a sightseeing visit.


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    It was going to be a quiet day on Air Temple Island. Councilman Tenzin and his family were away, some said visiting the South Pole, and many of the young Air Nomads were on a field trip of sorts, leaving only the non-bending Acolytes and a handful of more sedentary Nomads to hold down the fort. It wasn't a day for visitors, at least not the tourists who wanted more than anything to see airbending in action, but it would be a great day for the more dedicated outsiders --Air Enthusiasts, the Acolytes and Nomads often called them-- like the Pro Bender Vano.

    Many other regular guests of the monks were sitting in the shelter on the docks, some of whom he recognized by face if not by name. It was often the way of this type to keep their business at the temple to themselves, sitting apart but not defensively, and others simply chose to respect certain vows of silence and verbal frugality in the sacred libraries and meditation areas, some of which they had worked very hard to earn access to. Vano, for all his differences and similarities with these people, had been granted more access in his time there than some would in their entire lives. More than once, an Acolyte had suggested to the firebender that he join their ranks and come live on the island, something that the Master Monks hadn't seemed too opposed to.

    It was these sorts of distinctions in manner and character that made the few tourists out that morning --two women, probably local-- stand out a little more.

    Whatever the young man planned to do on the island that day, the first step was waiting for the ferry. It was expected back in about twenty minutes.

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    A relaxed sigh escaped from Huran's lips as his eyes perused over the sweeping form of the North Pier's waters, the same pointless scan he had been repeating for at least ten minutes now. He was wearing a set of clothes very similar to the orange and black outfit he had worn to his Pro-bending try-out just the other day, its flair appealing to him enough to make it his signature look. The fatigued Avatar was grateful towards the first of his two masters for the free time, as some people simply didn't seem to appreciate that he needed some time to mess around, and with all his training the boy had forgotten how fun it could be to just zone out. It wasn't like he needed more Firebending practice, anyway - hadn't they seen his incredible spin kick last week?

    Sometimes it could take a considerable effort to snap the boy out of his sleepy post-walk trance, but today he found himself easily escaping the clutches of his own lethargy as he unintentionally set his eyes upon something that he had not at all expected to see on that afternoon. It was...well, he'd only been told the guy's name once in passing and might have let it slip, but he was probably a Waterbender, and he'd been picked for the same Pro-bending team, which Huran had also forgotten the name of. Standing with the water guy was a woman that the Earthbender wouldn't mind bumping into on the side walk, and a good three dozen men who he could take or leave in a similar context.

    "What's he doing out here?" He muttered to himself, removing his form from the bench he had been sitting on and moving over to where the commotion was. Huran attempted to silently infiltrate the group of fishermen or whatever, trying to become a part of the crowd. He didn't have a reason to get involved in this little party, but he had nothing better to do, and he wouldn't mind getting a chance to chat with Hushi or his friend.

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    Lian leaned on the pier railing, looking out across the harbour. A smile played over her face, it was nice to just leave her life behind like this, however briefly for. She glanced over to Uma, grinning at her "I like to come here when I get the chance. You get to see so many new faces... They must have so many stories to tell..."

    She looked back out to the docks wistfully. It was a shame there weren't more people there, the buzz from a packed crowd could be invigorating. Although... "Hey, do you want to head down to the edge while it's still quiet? See if we can spot any fish?"



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    Vano looked out towards Air Temple island calmly. Today would be an excellent day, both for learning and quiet meditation. He smiled slightly as he recalled the last time one of the Acolytes had suggested he join their ranks, living with them in peaceful contemplation on the island. The Monks hadn't seemed too opposed to it before, but he only wondered what any of them would say about it if they saw him at a pro-bending match.

    No, Vano was definitely not the type to live out his entire life in meditation. But still, these excursions to Air Temple island were invaluable. Even beyond thinking up ways to improve his firebending, these visits offered an excellent chance for relaxation, away from all the annoyances and even dangers of the rest of the city.

    And today, he thought again, would be an especially good day. Still, the ferry was expected to take awhile yet to arrive, and he turned his gaze from the island out to the others waiting nearby him. Apart from the usual group of enthusiasts, he saw a couple of tourists, two young women, standing nearby, looking as though they might be thinking about a sight-seeing tour. He wondered if they knew the majority of the sights, or at least the kind that typically drew them, were gone today.

    Then again, as long as he were waiting out here, he might as well tell them. Vano walked towards them, bowing when he arrived.

    "Greetings. I'm sorry to disturb you, but you have the look of tourists, and I just wanted to make sure you knew Councilman Tenzin and most of the airbenders are away today. It's not the best day for tourism, I'm afraid."

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    For her part, Uma's attention was on the island in the bay and the statue of the avatar. Of the two she found the island to hold her interest more- the massive statue seemed a little too proud and imposing, even if it was of the Avatar. Air Temple Island, on the other hand, seemed like a place she might feel more at home than in the city at large. She couldn't say she entirely related to the lifestyles of the air acolytes, but it did sound like there were some strong parallels. She imagined the temple would be a place of peace and contemplation, a little distant from the bustle of the city, a place where she might be able to rest and think, and have like-minded individuals to converse with.

    Though she wasn't sure Lian would be into that (Lian seemed rather too lively to look forward to meditation and philosophical discussion), and she was here with her today. A run along the beach and exploration among the rocks of the island seemed more likely, and that was fine in its own. Uma could always return later.

    "Its busier than what I was used to at home." Uma observed truthfully, even though the crowd around the docks wasn't all that large. Of course, the docks at home hadn't been all that big either... nor used for so much transportation. Not many people came to her island. Or left, for that matter. The docks were mainly used by the fishermen there, but there weren't nearly as many of them, or nearly so many caught fish- the reek of the catch around the pier was frankly more than she had bargained for. She did her best to keep her mind off of it, with some success, focusing her attention on the people around them. There seemed to be something of a crowd gathering, with some trucks not terribly far from them- waiting for something to arrive, perhaps? Maybe for a fishing boat to pull in and drop of its catch?

    She was about to give her agreement to Lian's suggestion when Vano addressed them. Uma bowed politely in return to him, wondering what gave her the look of a tourist- her clothing wasn't that unusual, was it? Though looking down at herself she did have to admit that she was rather out of place. The soft brown tunic and loose legged, narrow cuffed white trousers she wore had been a common style at home, but it wasn't something she had seen much of in Republic City. "I don't believe the quiet will disappoint me, but thank you for your concern." She replied in a soft voice, before defaulting to introductions. "My name is Uma, and this is Lian. Are you going over to the island as well?"

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    "I am Vano. Pleased to meet you.

    Yes, I will be taking advantage of the quiet to meditate and study in some of the libraries. If that sort of thing appeals to you, I suppose you would find today an excellent day to visit. However, many of the sacred places on the island are closed outsiders that have not proven they understand and respect the Air Nomad's traditions. They guard their traditions well, and that is a very good sign.

    If you're interested in the places open to outsiders, I could introduce you to an Acolyte or two that would be happy to guide you. I suppose I could even do a fair job of it myself at this point, although I warn you I'm no monk,"
    he says, jokingly pointing to his garments that clearly mark him as a descendant of the Fire Nation.

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    More than used to attention, Mei Shuon mostly smiles and ignores the comments directed her way, though she occasionally practices her anti-heckler wit when one of the (generally unoriginal) lines seems to particularly ask for it. Even among the salty sorts of the docklands, a lady who can toss fire around generally has nothing to fear beyond words - and everyone is entirely aware that she is such a lady, given that she's spinning a few flames in her hands at right that moment. The serpentine lines of fire merge and part, swirling between her smoothly circling palms in complicated double loops while she seems to pay little more attention than if she were playing with a cat's cradle. It does alleviate the chill a little, though the firebender herself has seemed quite oblivious to it all morning.

    "You know, Hushi," she offers, "I'm not complaining, but if I had known we'd be waiting, I'd have brought my street bag." She glances out into the bay, checking again for any sight of the ship finally making its way in. "What do you think, should I do a little routine anyway? You could pass the hat for me," she adds with a grin, her tone teasing a little.

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    Lian inclined her head toward Vano in greeting, a smile playing on her lips as she did so. "Obviously not a Monk, I guess you're from the South Pole then?"

    She rubbed at the back of her neck as she thought, turning back to Uma she asked "Were you wanting to go over to the island? I have to admit I've never been there myself, but I'm sure you'd find it interesting." She glanced down at her scruffy clothing, "You might have to leave me behind, though. I'm not convinced they let any old riff-raff into the temple."



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    "The South Pole has favored the lighter Fire Nation garb ever since the ice cap melted." Uma concurred calmly with Lian. "You're probably right."

    She moved on from the topic in the same, even tone. "I would be interested in seeing the island, and I would appreciate any directions you might give us, Vano. I might leave meditation for another day, however- I believe we are more interested in the sights for now. And I wouldn't be concerned, Lian. The traditions of the nomads are based in the humility of the ascetic; I doubt they would turn someone away based on appearance."

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    Hushi groans, "If we knew the ship was going to late my boss could have come." This is bad, He has to get proof of the ship being late or his boss will try and get him to work overtime for free as a punishment. "You might as well. Who knows how long it may take. Do you think I should try the harbormaster again, or just wait?" He rubs the back of his neck and sighs. Why did it have to happen today. He just wanted a nice slow day today.
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    Vano politely ignores other's the jests about the South Pole, not quite sure how to respond. They made a strange pair, these two.

    "Quite right in one respect: the monks will not turn anyone away for their dress or financial position. If you act like any old riff-raff, then you may have a problem. But I trust that won't be an issue."

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    Lian smirks, "I'm glad you'd trust a stranger just like that. I'll be sure to be on my very best behaviour if I ever visit."



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    Mei shrugs at Hushi, spreading her palms without dropping the blaze hovering over each hand. "He probably gets more annoyed every time you ask," she muses. "Still, maybe you could get a signed note off him? 'Honored hotman, I write this note to attest that the cargo ship delivering fire salts was late, for reasons that are entirely not the fault of this guy you sent to get them, love harbormaster.' I'm pretty sure they keep some sort of official record of when ships get in." She offers a sympathetic smile, then spins to face the increasingly ornery crowd, lifting her flames into the air for attention. "Hey, bored guys!" she calls, projecting her voice with well-practiced control. "Some of you want to see something hot, do you?"

    Grinning, the entertainer twirls her way across the path to the pier, arms outstretched to trail bright wreaths of her element behind her motions. As she reaches the side of a parked truck, she pulls her fire down in a spiral around her feet, suddenly launching herself upward on a plume of hot air and landing on top of the vehicle. Now provided with an impromptu stage, she bows theatrically, letting her audience's focus set firmly. "Shoresmen, tradesfolk, bystanders too! The morning is cool, your goods are late. To warm your waiting and divert your mind, allow me to show you a taste..." she pitches her voice to conspiratorial, overdramatic tone, "... of dragon fire!" Instantly, she springs into motion, sweeping her arms in a circle down and in close to her body, breathing deep. Her open hands swiftly trace up her midsection to pass over her mouth, imitating the motion of a blown kiss. As she unfolds her hands in front of her, however, a ball of fire appears as if pulled from her lips. Without stopping, she smoothly pulls it apart into two smaller spheres, and sets to juggling them around each other and her own body. Passing them over and under, letting them 'roll' along her arms, it seems quite astounding, at the very least, that her clothes and hair never catch alight.

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    Huran's jaw dropped as he saw the Firebending woman begin to perform, patting his pockets to see if he had any money left for tipping. He had never seen anything like this dancer at Ba Sing Se. It seemed that these Republic City people could do anything with their Bending; play sports, dance, run that power plant he'd seen the other day, whatever works. The boy quickly began to move through the crowd, sliding between no-longer-disgruntled viewers until he reached his team's Waterbender.

    "Hey there," he said, tapping his team-mate on the shoulder. "Is this one of your friends? Where did she learn to move like that? It's fascinating, I've never seen it before!"
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    "Would you rather not go, Lian?" Uma asked, noting Lian's choice of words. "We can do something else, if you would prefer. I just thought that's why we came to the ferry."

    Mei's impromptu performance distracted her from the conversation though, eyes drifting towards the display of firebending. It looked dangerous, but that was supposed to be part of the thrill, wasn't it? Like juggling swords. She's got enough control to move it along her limbs without getting burned. Obviously she's used to this and had practice at it. For all Mei's talent though, it didn't seem to keep Uma's attention; after her brief moment of contemplating it she turned away.

    "Do many people besides the monks go to the island to meditate and learn?" She asked Vano.

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    "My apologies Lian. I did not mean to offend you," Vano says, noting her change of attitude.

    He too is drawn by the spectacle of Mei's firebending. A remarkable talent! Vano claps loudly and lets out a cheer before Uma asks her question. He quiets down again and turns to her.

    "I wouldn't say that many do, but there are a fair amount of us. We at least come from many walks of life."

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    Lian laughed at Vano's apology, "No, no, don't worry! I was just poking fun, you've not offended me." She grinned, "I actually wouldn't mind going across to look around, it just seems strange to visit a councilman's home is all."

    She followed the gaze of the other two, watching the street performer with some fascination. Surprised that the other's hadn't commented on it, she said "Think she's a professional dancer?"



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    Uma only nodded in response to Vano, unsure of how to continue that line of conversation, then glanced back at Mei when Lian brought the performer up. "Maybe."

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    "Ah, glad to hear it," Vano smiles back. "Well, it's not just the councilman's home. Many Air Nomads live there now. It's their home, but it's also the center of an entire culture."

    He nods as they switch back to discussing the firebending performance. "That seems likely. Even if she's not a professional, she very easily could be!"

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    Baochi nodded along to the driver's jokes as they waited for the ship. Ran always seemed to like telling his jokes and talking than he liked listening, and Baochi was more than happy to listen and keep his mouth shut while he kept an eye out on the crowd.

    And then some fire bender girl leapt up Ran's truck and started playing to the crowd.
    "Y- y- y- yup. S-sure is cr-crazy t-today at least." Baochi stammered out to Ran's question.
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    The delivery runner watched as the performer summoned some flame and began juggling her great balls of fire.

    "I-I w-w-onder if sh-sh-she's gon- na d-d-d-dent anything."
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    Hushi turns to look at him teammate, chuckling partway through at his enthusiasm. "Oh Her? Yea, we know each other. Worked a few gigs together too." At this point his face splits into a haphazard grin. "Well, she would probably say she learned it from ancient fire nation carvings on the skull of a dragon, but you never know with her."

    The waterbender looks towards Mei, then at the ocean nearby. Maybe he should join in and make use of the crowd Mei's built up. He could use the cash, but no, he wont do that, it would be rude. This is her crowd.
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    It took people a few seconds to realize that Mei wasn't about to set them all on fire, but by the time her routine hits a crescendo, they were looking up at her in awe and cheering excitedly, whistling their approval and even slapping crumpled bills onto the truck's hood.

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    (3d10+3)[19]


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    "Who cares if she does?" Ran answered, completely enthralled, wrestling a few bucks out of his own pocket and tossing them towards the pile. Outside, the rest of the waiting crowd was thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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    Across the dock, the crowd which had all been waiting for something coalesced around the woman and her dancing fire, hooting and clapping at the break in their monotonous days. Even a few of the Air Enthusiasts were drifting towards the display, and those still seated were looking on with entertained smiles.

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    Using the honor system for these. Obviously everyone can read them, and feel free to do so, but remember that metagaming is what lands people in the Chaotic Neutral afterlife!

    A cargo ship has entered the bay, chugging along with a healthy plume of smoke, and it is headed for the dock of waiting people. A ferry has also left Air Temple Island, and is bound for its own dock. The two vessels' courses intersect, and the ferry lacks both the maneuverability and speed to right that, but the distance between them is more than enough for the cargo ship to slow down or alter its course.


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    Chaotic Neutral afterlife! I'm warnin' ya!

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    The cargo ship has no smokestacks. It is moving very fast.
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    "That doesn't look too good," Vano says suddenly, concernedly pointing at the paths of the ferry and cargo ship. "I'm not liking the looks of that cargo ship. It's moving far too fast... And without smokestacks." He pauses.
    "I'm no expert, but I don't remember the last time I saw a cargo ship without smokestacks producing a large trail of smoke.
    This is odd."


    His eyes narrow as he watches the situation for a second longer. Then he snaps up, looking around the dock for anyone that has the look of authority.

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    I guess use the Spot from the OOC, a 14.
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    Uma's attention once again wandered from the display of firebending, her gaze passing over the bay and the island. She saw the ferry coming for them and noted the cargo ship but barely gave it more than a glance. The movement of ships didn't concern her, nor did she much understand their routes and maneuvering. A little bored, she looked out over the city again, examining the skyline until Vano made his observation.

    Disinterest had dulled her, but the hint of something wrong put her mind back on alert. Her head snapped back towards the harbor and her eyes narrowed as she tried to discern exactly what was happening. When she realized she couldn't quite make things out from her current vantage point she moved a few steps down the pier where it was less crowded and at least a tiny bit closer.

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    Since Vano called her attention back to the ships, Uma has sufficient reason to retry her spot check as a move action:
    (1d20+13)[14]

    A second try with a second move action gives Uma a result of 32.
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    Baochi nods to Ran. It's not like any dents would matter any way. "H-heh. T-t-true. Sh- she su-sure is ta-ta-ta-talented."
    Baochi leans back into his seat and tries to relax a little. The ship would probably show up soon and it wouldn't hurt to enjoy a show for once. Today's probably going to be a good day.
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    Meanwhile, Baochi does NOT have any reason to try to look for a reroll. Not much a non-bender can do in this situation though.
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    Lian pays little attention at first, her attention fixed firmly on the firebending performance. When Vano shouts out his warning, all she does is turn with a questioning look on her face. It's then that she spots the problem. Her eyes widened in shock, they were going to collide and she couldn't do a thing about it! She could at least try and get the people on the docks away. Without bothering to tell the other two what she was doing, she rushed toward the waiting crowd.

    "Get out of here! Now! The ship's going to hit the docks!"

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    I guess Diplomacy? - (1D20)[17]



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    During the performance Hushi glances at the bay for the -enth time. Yes! A cargo ship. That's got to be the one with the fire-salt on it. He was so relieved. Maybe now he can still have a job.

    His relief was short lived. A woman ran over to the crowd shouting that a boat was going to hit the docks. Hushi turned and looked out towards the boats. Maybe he could do something to help.

    Hushi runs over to the edge of the docks and dives in, catching himself with water before sliding quickly forward on the bay.

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    He uses a move action to get to the edge then jumps as far as he can into the bay, atleast for this turn. Then he will use the run action with Ski to try and get out there as quickly as he can.

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    The performance continued to mesmerise him as Huran stared at the Firebender's form. He'd never considered Bending to be something more than just practical, but this woman was showing him otherwise. He had never seen an Earthbender perform like this, that was for sure. His fascination was interrupted by the cry of a another woman. A ship hitting the docks?! What did that even mean? Would it crash? The Avatar looked at his Waterbending team mate to get a more accurate assessment of the situation, but at that exact moment he turned and ran away, diving off of the docks. The Earthbender wasn't sure what was happening, but as the feeling of wonder he had felt during the performance wore off, a sense of urgency began to wash over him. People could be hurt if he didn't do anything. This was his job! Though, come to think of it, he'd never done anything without one of his masters around.

    Nervously looking about, Huran laid his eyes on the woman who had called out a warning. Pushing and squeezing through the crowd, he ran over to her, all thoughts of the dancing Firebender finally gone from his mind.

    "What's happening? How can we stop a ship?" He asked her, obvious fear in his voice.

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    Any good entertainer, particularly one who worked with fire, was naturally one who had an ability to focus on what it was they were doing. However, at the same time, a good entertainer needed to remain receptive to the mood of their audience, and it would have to be a pretty oblivious one to not notice a friend of hers jump out into the water and start skimming out across the open waves! Not that the people shouting about something didn't help, too. Curious, Mei lets her flames slide back into her hands before letting them burn out, and looks back and forth between Lian and Hushi, blinking her vision clear of the afterimages from her performance. What was going on?

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    "Wait, nevermind, I've got it," Huran continued, cutting off the woman before she could say anything. Ideas were running in and out of his head so quickly that he was struggling to make sense of them, but slowly his fear was giving way to calm and with it came clarity. He looked over her shoulder at the bigger of the two boats, estimating the spot where it would crash. Yes, that was perfect.

    "Are you an Earthbender?" He asked the girl, aware that he was almost yelling despite being next to her.

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