''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5071591/1/Avatar_The_Fall_of_the_Fire_Empire Avatar: The Fall of the Fire Empire]]'' is an ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic by contributor Tropers/MasterGhandalf who surprisingly also wrote the [[Fanfic/AzulaTrilogy Azula Trilogy]]. It's an AU story in which [[TheBadGuyWins Aang was quickly defeated at some point in season one]], and the Fire Nation took over the world and became the Fire Empire. Several decades later, an elderly Azula still rules the Empire with an iron fist as the Dragon Empress, with the Earth Kingdom completely enslaved and the Water Tribes reduced to a few scattered villages. In this dark future, we follow three main viewpoint characters, one from each of the remaining nations:

Jiazin is the daughter of the governor of Long Du Shi (formerly Ba Sing Se), and almost as much of a teenage firebending prodigy as Azula. She is summoned to the Empress' palace for a mysterious mission, but soon finds herself a pawn for both Azula and her spymaster Qing Xi.

Tong is an earthbending slave who rebels and kills his master, then falls in with other rebels who hide out in the tunnels under Lake Laogai.

Kanoda has spent his life listening to the tragic heroic legends of Sokka and Katara, and decides to go off himself to become a hero. But he finds it's not as easy as it sounds when he's captured by the Chosen, Azula's elite order of female warriors.

These three storylines gradually draw closer together as the heroes learn of each other's presence, and work together to finally overthrow the Fire Empire. Naturally, appearances by canon characters are relatively rare, but the [=OCs=] here are all very good in their own right, and the story is complex and full of plot twists that will keep you engaged.

Now has a sequel, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7121603/1/Legacy_of_the_Fire_Empire Legacy of the Fire Empire]]''. Five years after the fall, Kanoda and [[spoiler: Avatar Aang]] must deal with the aftermath and a new threat.

Be sure to add tropes as you see them.

(N.B. Be WARNED that there will most likely come to be '''[[LateArrivalSpoiler Late Arrival SPOILERS]]''' in the Sequel's trope section, particularly as time goes on and it becomes harder to hide aspects of the first story's plot.)

The author is also making a rewrite. It can be found [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9845650/1/Fall-of-the-Fire-Empire-Special-Edition here]].

!!''Avatar: The Fall of the Fire Empire'' contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Jiazin and Chaiy are the two most notable. Even [[spoiler:Yue is capable of handling herself in a fight, though she doesn't like it]].
* AffablyEvil: Qing Xi.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Shiyan, who sinks into catatonia after accidentally killing the person she was raised to see as a living god]].
* AmazonBrigade: The Chosen; they even have their base on the former Kyoshi Island. In fact, Azula was inspired to create them after her first encounter with the Kyoshi Warriors in this timeline.
* AntiVillain:
** Though he isn't prominent until the later stages of the story, High General Xia is quickly established as being a [[NobleDemon Noble]] PunchClockVillain who is both loyal to the Fire Empire and highly honourable - a sharp contrast to [[EvilChancellor Qing Xi]] and [[SmugSnake Yuan]].
** Cheng, thanks to being less cruel than the other Chosen (and her frequent ButtMonkey tendencies), comes off as somewhat endearing rather than scary in her desire to follow the Chosen's purpose, and [[spoiler:yet she actually pulls off the "villain" part when she kills Shu Bei Fong as a result of said loyalty]]. It's really not hard to feel for her even from the start.
* AnyoneCanDie
* AscendedExtra: Some characters, notably Jiazin's father and Cheng, were originally conceived as bit parts who grew into larger roles as the story progressed.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:Jiazin]]
* BadassGrandma:
** Azula. Even at over a hundred, she's still the single most dangerous individual on the planet.
** Toph was revealed to have been one as well, being Shu and Chaiy's ancestor, and [[spoiler:almost succeeding in killing the Dragon Empress herself]].
** And [[spoiler:Yue]] though she [[OlderThanTheyLook doesn't look it]].
* BadassNormal:
** Gian
** All the Chosen (who are forbidden from firebending even if they have the ability - Azula's smart enough that she doesn't run the risk of creating another her).
** Kanoda although he's usually OvershadowedByAwesome.
* BigBad: Azula
* BigBadWannabe: Yuan
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The Prologue of this story is a Scribed message written by former Earth King Kuei during his final days, offering his encouragement to those who believe in hope and peace. The Epilogue is scribed by Fire Lord Jiazin 5 years after her coronation, reaffirming that hope has indeed returned to the world]].
* ButtMonkey: The universe really doesn't like Cheng.
* TheCaligula: Azula
* ClimaxBoss: There's one at the end of each major arc (or 'Book'). Noteworrthy locations, too:
** Book 1: [[spoiler:Gian]], fought at [[spoiler:the Rebel Base at Lake Laogai]].
** Book 2: [[spoiler:Admiral Yuan]], fought at [[spoiler:the N.W.T. City Ruins]].
** Book 3: Dragon Empress Azula, fought on [[spoiler:her warship, not far from Long Du Shi]].
* CoDragons: Directly beneath Azula is her inner circle, who are all roughly equal; [[TheChessmaster High Minister Qing Xi]], [[SmugSnake High Admiral Yuan]], [[NobleDemon High General Xia]] and [[DarkActionGirl the Mistress of the Chosen]]. There is also Zhi, the Chosen who acts as Azula's personal bodyguard and attendant.
* CompanionCube: Subverted. Like Sokka, Kanoda has a boomerang he greatly values, and helps him out of a tight spot. ''Unlike'' Sokka, he loses it early on and never finds it again.
* TheConsigliere: Qing Xi is nearly as smart as Azula, far less charismatic, and decidedly more rational, which puts him in the position of being the one whose cool logic backs up her grand schemes. [[spoiler: It's also why, when she goes completely off the deep end, she takes pains to hide her plans from him, since she knows he wouldn't stand for it]]. Technically this is part of the High Ministers job; most of them end up getting too pushy about it and get themselves fired... [[KillItWithFire literally]]. The fact that QX has lasted as long as he has speaks to his competence.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Gian's - which involves being stabbed through the chest by a sword ''wreathed in blue fire'', and being burned alive from within]].
* CruelMercy:
** After [[spoiler: Yue/Tui]] destroys Yuan's fleet, [[spoiler: she]] lets him live to wallow in his failure and insignificance. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, Shiyan is much less merciful]].
** And at the end of the story [[spoiler: Jiazin's first act as Fire Lord is to force Qing Xi into retirement as punishment for collaborating with the majority of Azula's crimes.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: [[spoiler:Yue can temporarily call on a larger amount of the Moon Spirit's power, effectively creating a mini-Avatar State- but it's horribly hard on her body, and ultimately kills her]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** Gian, at least until [[spoiler:Jiazin unexpectedly pulls out the blue fire and incinerates him]].
** And Azula, [[TheChessmaster of course]]. Of course, as in canon, she may also have traces of WrongGenreSavvy - whatever variables she'd considered, she certainly didn't take into account [[spoiler:being offed by one of her own [[UndyingLoyalty Undyingly Loyal]] Chosen]].
* DarkActionGirl: All of the Chosen, with Shiyan as their main representative.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Kanoda; Jiazin is the protagonist and Tong is the tritagonist.
* {{Doorstopper}}: This one story is about as long as the entire Azula Trilogy, though it is divided into three acts that each have their own climaxes.
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: Azula's master plan invokes this; she sends identical messages to every high-ranking officer in her army and navy, telling them that they, and they alone, are to rule as regent until her (nonexistent) heir can be revealed. She knows that this will lead to every one of those officers fighting each other for control, thus plunging the Empire into a war that will destroy the world.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Governor Yan Li (Jiazin's father), General Xia and High Minister Qing Xi]].
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her Mistress]]: The Mistress of the Chosen doesn't use her own real name, having completely surrendered her entire identity to Azula.
* EvilCounterpart: Meta-example. Shiyan was designed to be, essentially, an evil Suki with elements of Azula mixed in. Doesn't come up in-story, though, since Suki is dead, and likely has been for a while.
* EvilVersusOblivion: High Minister Qing Xi is not what anyone would call a good person [[spoiler: but that doesn't mean he wants Azula to destroy the Fire Empire with her death]].
* FiveBadBand:
** The BigBad - Dragon Empress Azula
** TheDragon - High General Xia
** TheEvilGenius - High Minister Qing Xi
** TheBrute - High Admiral Yuan
** TheDarkChick - The Mistress of the Chosen
** TheSixthRanger - Gian
* FiveManBand (the most clear one):
** TheHero - Jiazin (she fits the role most)
** TheLancer - Chaiy
** TheBigGuy - Tong
** TheSmartGuy - Kanoda
** TheChick - [[spoiler:Yue]]
** EleventhHourRanger - [[spoiler:Aang]]
* FlamingSword: Jiazin can wreath her sword in fire [[spoiler:as Gian found out to his misfortune]].
* GenerationXerox: Yuan is very much like his grandfather Zhao, if a bit more unstable. Justified, since Zhao is a legendary "hero" of the Empire is this AU, and all his family have lived in his shadow - Yuan is trying to almost literally out-Zhao Zhao!
* HeelFaceTurn: Jiazin, [[spoiler:High General Xia, Governor Yan Li]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Yue, to ultimately liberate the Moon and Ocean Spirits]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Azula is finally killed not by one of her actual enemies, but by one of her most loyal Chosen, Shiyan]].
* HotBlooded: Chaiy, though when you consider what's been done to her people it's hard to blame her.
* HumansAreBastards: At least Azula thinks so; she sees herself as the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] in a world where everyone else refuses to acknowledge that they are evil and would turn on each other in a heartbeat.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Cheng, in contrast to the more experienced and ruthless Shiyan. [[spoiler:Then [[SubvertedTrope she kills Shu Bei Fong ...]]]]
* InTheBlood: Averted. Toph's descendants are earthbenders, but aren't anywhere near as powerful as she was.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Chosen, like the Kyoshi Warriors, use katanas (though unlike the [=KWs=], they don't bother with fans). Subverted in that Jiazin, despite being a wealthy and high-ranking noble, uses a straight-edged sword instead.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:How Jiazin kills Gian - the description of his death is quite scary, too]].
* KnightTemplar: The Chosen are a particularly disturbing example; they're raised from birth to unquestioningly view Azula as an absolute god who can never be wrong, and fully see themselves as heroes for doing her will.
* LaResistance: The Earth Kingdom rebels, led by Toph's grandson Shu Bei Fong and his daughter, Chaiy.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Well, Last of ''Her'' Kind, rather - Yue is both the only known survivor of the Northern Water Tribe, and the only Waterbender in the world because of her close connection to the Moon Spirit]].
* LegacyCharacter: Apparently Qing Xi and Azula's plan [[spoiler:is to create the fiction that Azula is immortal by having Jiazin "become" her by hiding behind her robes and mask. Turns out Azula has other plans, and the whole LegacyCharacter scheme was just a distraction for QX]].
* MedievalStasis: Justified. While taking place in an era analogous to ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', technology has barely advanced from what was around in the original series. It's eventually revealed that the [[spoiler: imprisonment of the Moon and Ocean Spirits unintentionally]] trapped the natural world in social and technological stasis because of the disruption to the Balance of all things. The world can only get ''worse'' but not better [[spoiler: until the Spirits are freed]].
* MercyKill: Apparently, when an aged Ozai descended into senile madness, Azula smothered him with a pillow -- according to Qing Xi, it was the only merciful act of her life.
* MysticalWhiteHair: [[spoiler: Yue]], which signifies that [[spoiler: like her canon counterpart, she's been touched by the Moon Spirit]].
* NietzscheWannabe: Azula is a borderline example.
* NobleDemon: High General Xia.
* NonActionGuy: Shu Bei Fong, as stated above, is more of a planner, negotiator and leader than a warrior.
* NoNameGiven: Jiazin's father is not given a name (Yan Li) until about 2/3 of the way into the story. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he usually appeared from Jiazin's Third Person Singular POV until that point.
* NotSoDifferent: Jiazin and Azula, or at least Jiazin fears [[spoiler:particularly after developing the ability to create blue fire]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Aang.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Azula may have accepted the reality of her own impending death - but that doesn't mean she's not planning to drag as much of civilization as she can down with her]].
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Like Sokka before him, Kanoda is a skilled fighter, but he has a hard time measuring up against the benders, trained-from-birth fanatics, and [[spoiler:spirits]] he finds himself mixed up with.
* PillarOfLight: When [[spoiler:the Moon and Ocean Spirits are freed]].
* ThePresidentsDaughter: Jiazin is literally the daughter of the Governor of Long Du Shi (aka Ba Sing Se). Subverted in that she is a major (arguably the main) character in her own right, rather than just because of her social status.
* TheQuietOne: Tong
* [[spoiler:ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Yue]]
* RebelLeader: Shu Bei Fong is the ultimate head of the rebellion; since he's not much of a fighter, his ActionGirl daughter Chaiy actually leads the rebels in the field.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Shu Bei Fong]]
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: The Chosen are trained from childhood to be the ultimate living weapons. Not incidentally, most of them have no grasp of ordinary human social skills or interaction, which is reflected in their overly-formal, somewhat stilted speech patterns. Of course, this is only to be expected when ''Azula'' designed the training program...
* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler:Tui and La, held captive by the Fire Empire since the destruction of the Northern Water Tribe]].
* SequelHook: Most of the main plot is wrapped up, but we still don't know [[spoiler:what happened to Cheng]], and the epilogue mentions [[spoiler:that strange cults have started to spring up in parts of the former Empire, worshipping a deified Azula, while Aang is WalkingTheEarth to help restore peace and balance, aided by Kanoda]].
** It seems these ''will'' be picked up in the sequel; see below.
* ShoutOut: The author is a big fan of ''{{The Lord Of The Rings}}'' (as evidenced by his username), and it shows in chapter titles like "The Board is Set" and "The Deep Breath Before the Plunge." And there's possibly a thematic one in the climax, as [[spoiler:just like Sauron/the One Ring, Azula has become such an absolute evil that none of the heroes are able to defeat her, and she can only be stopped by a random twist of fate.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Close to the middle, but tilted more in idealism's favour despite the darkness - while the fic was a Work-in-Progress, [[WordOfGod the author even admitted in his fanfiction.net profile to being "an optimist at heart"]] and that he expected a hopeful ending.
* SmugSnake: Admiral Yuan, the granson of Zhao who continues the family's tradition quite nicely.
* TheSociopath: Gian, and possibly Yuan. Azula has some sociopathic traits, as per canon, but here that doesn't really even ''begin'' to cover how disturbed she is.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Shiyan, through a rather cruel yet fortunate twist of fate.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: In general, the fic was written as a thematic counterpoint to the main series, using the same setting in a different time period, and similar character archetypes with different twists. In particular, several characters parallel canon characters' arcs, personalitiles, or abilities:
** Jiazin = Zuko + some Mai
** Kanoda = Sokka + Katara
** Tong = Toph
** [[spoiler:Aang]] = Aang
** [[spoiler:Yue]] = elements of [[spoiler:herself and]] Aang
** Qing Xi= Long Feng [[spoiler:made successful]]
** Yuan = Zhao
** Shiyan = Azula + Evil!Suki
** Cheng = Ty Lee + Evil!Suki
** Azula = Herself + Ozai
** Chaiy = Jet + Toph
** Gian = Combustion Man + Jun
* StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy:
** TheEmperor: Dragon Empress Azula
** The Right Hand: The Mistress of the Chosen
** The General: High General Xia
** The Guard: High Admiral Yuan
** The Oddball: High Minister Qing Xi
* SupportingLeader: Chaiy, Tong, and [[spoiler:High General Xia]] during the FinalBattle, as they take on the Imperial army and Chosen while Jiazin, Kanoda, and [[spoiler:Avatar Aang]] go after Azula herself.
* [[spoiler:ThanatosGambit: After Azula accepts that she's going to die, [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum she figures she'll take as many people as possible with her]], but in a way that will result in her being remembered as a martyr who tried to stop those deaths while the real heroes will be seen as the ones responsible]].
* ThemeNaming: Azula's inner circle, the Mistress of the Chosen excepted, are all named for historical or legendary Chinese dynasties.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Shiyan and Cheng
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: [[spoiler:After Jiazin allies with the rebels, she and Chaiy are often contrasted, though it's more like LadyOfWar and CuteBruiser]].
* TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler:Yue, made an immortal and extremly skilled waterbender by the Moon Spirit]].
* [[spoiler:TragicMonster: Though YMMV, Azula at least has ''vibes'' of this]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The story is split quite nicely between its three plot threads, which also becomes less and less of an issue as they get closer together. Even scenes without any of the three heroes are all about something that has a direct impact on at least one of them.
* {{Tykebomb}}: The Chosen, as noted above - they're raised from infancy to be Azula's ultimate warrior-servants.
* UndyingLoyalty: The Chosen, towards Azula.
* {{Unperson}}: [[spoiler:Zuko - after his death, his very existence was struck from the official records and history, with him only appearing in some private documentations. Upon reading them, Jiazin is horrified]].
* VillainousBreakdown:
** We essentially meet Azula in the middle of one, as she is finally forced to face her own old age, the one enemy she can't possibly defeat.
** And Yuan seriously cracks after [[spoiler: the Moon and Ocean spirits are stolen back by Yue]], which dissolves into a VillainousBSOD after [[spoiler: she destroys his fleet]].
** [[spoiler:Shiyan is seriously put off her game when Cheng starts questioning her role as a Chosen, and goes into a full BSOD when she accidentally kills Azula.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never found out what happened to [[spoiler:Cheng, after Shiyan released her]].
* [[spoiler:WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Narrated by Jiazin in the historical records.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Kanoda at first. He becomes more straightforwardly GenreSavvy with CharacterDevelopment.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Cheng assasinates Shu Bei Fong, much to Chaiy's grief and rage, and Tong has to reason with her to prevent an execution. She is able to prioritise her duties, thankfully.]]

!! ''Legacy of the Fire Empire'' contains examples of:

* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler:Shiyan, when her memory starts to return, is initially horrified. Then her old personality fully reasserts itself, and she has no problem going back to killing.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[EvilOverlord Li Shang]] and [[HighPriest Aitan]]
* BigBadWannabe: Wei and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sho, hold several children hostage so they can [[spoiler: force Fire Lord Jiazin to step down from her throne]], and bring back the Fire Empire. When Kanoda throws a spear at them, they make the mistake of sending out the soldiers leaving themselves unguarded. Kanoda then acts as a diversion, while [[spoiler: Avatar Aang]] ambushes the soldiers when they come back and promptly knocks out Wei and Sho.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Aitan has apparently learned to use a version of Ty Lee's chi blocking in order to induce great pain.
* DemotedToExtra: Jiazin, TheHero in the first story, will be reduced to [[SupportingLeader supporting character]] according to WordOfGod. Given that he wants the other major characters to shine this time, the decision is not necessarily a bad one.
* LateArrivalSpoiler[=/=]TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Unsurprisingly, the sequel's summary spoils that [[spoiler:Aang is alive, WalkingTheEarth and the (apparent) central character; not to mention the cults.]] Right now, avoiding the author's profile is the best way to avoid spoiling oneself about this, but avoiding the summary whilst browsing helps as well.
* TheParalyzer: Aitan
* ReligionOfEvil: Aitan's Azula worshipping cult.
* ReverseMole: Zai, one of Aitan's acolytes, is actually a spy for the Chanjie[[note]]Formerly Omashu[[/note]] rebellion.
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler:Aang]] seems to ship Jiazin/Kanoda.
* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:Five years, pretty much picking up where the story left off in the epilogue.]]
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