"Why live in a better world that's no better?"
Lee:Avatar: Better World
"But what if he's innocent?!" Slythrin (not, not that one):
"No one is innocent!"
— Slythrin sets Lee straight about the state of humanity.
(usually abbreviated as merely "BW") is an Avatar: The Last Airbender
drama fan fic written by SuperFlash101 (or "The Flash"), described by said author as a "character study with lots and lots of blood." Basically, it's a Continuation
fic that focuses on Aang's attempts to rebuild the world, but discovers that he has a lot more crap on his hands then he expected. Though the beginning of the story focuses on assassins known as the "Wind Killers" trying to kill Aang, as the series progresses it delves into a more longrunning conspiracy involving an apparently psycho-religious group of terrorist radicals know as The Dogs
. The fic uses a lot of symbolism
and is far more grittier and violent then the actual show
Original characters in the fic include:
- Yino: De facto leader of the "Wind Killers" (at least while Ozai is imprisoned). Described as masking his incredible cowardliness with his pretty badass Firebending abilities, Yino compensates for his fear of Ozai by being ruthless towards his underlings. When he finally decides to try and kill Aang himself, he is killed by Sokka, who survived a previous near-deadly assault dished out by Yino himself.
- Lee Koisho: One of the assassins sent to kill Aang; he's sadistic, skilled, and aggresive. He only appears in chapter 2, in which he dies. Still, he's one of the fics most popular characters.
- Lee: A different Lee who works for a Committee bent on improving Ba Sing Se. Following the murder of fellow Committee member Methius, he sets out on a quest with Slythrin to find the murderers and put a stop to them.
- Slythrin: Named after the Harry Potter house of a similar name, Slythrin is an Anti-Hero if there ever was one. During the quest, he displays rash, violent interrogation tactics and is deeply philosophical, a trait he starts to try and push on Lee. In "...For I Have Sinned" he is revealed to be a member of The Dogs.
The fic has been incredibly well received by reviewers at Avatar Wiki
, where the series won a "Fanon Award" for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2010. The first 5 chapters can be read at FanFiction.Net
, while the rest is available at Avatar Wiki