A Backstory fic that fleshes out Iroh's son Lu Ten (who despite his impact on his father is barely mentioned in the show), and shows his relationship with his family, especially his role as a Big Brother Mentor to Azula and Zuko. The story is halfway finished.Page under construction.The story can be found here.
Abusive Parents: Ozai, as in canon, abuses the hell out of his kids. His first appearance in the fic is expressing how much he doesn’t regret burning a handprint into five-year-old Azula’s back for disappointing him during training.
Lu Ten: Now you listen to me, Uncle, and listen good. If you hurt either one of those kids again, if you say anything to make them feel bad, if you so much as look at them wrong, I will face you in an Agni Kai and I will break and humiliate you in front of the whole court. I don't care who you are. I don't care if our family is watching. I'll hold nothing back, I will destroy you!
Be Careful What You Wish For: At the very end of one segment, four-year-old Azula decides that she's going to be just like her father, great-grandfather, and cousin. She's right on the firsttwocounts, but she has no idea what that actually means, only thinking that she's going to be a strong bender like them.
Beware the Nice Ones: Lu Ten is a polite, compassionate sweetheart by nature. Threaten his little cousins, however, and he gets scary.
Big Brother Instinct: Lu Ten acts like a protective older brother to Azula and Zuko. When he finds out that Ozai has been abusing his children during training, he bolts across the palace to hunt his uncle down, slams him against a wall, and promises to destroy him in an Agni Kai if Ozai so much as looks at the kids wrong. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
Brother-Sister Team: What Lu Ten encourages Zuko and Azula to think of themselves as, and what he believes they will grow up to be. It's almost lucky for him he'll never know he is dead wrong.
Call Forward: Before he leaves, Lu Ten tells Zuko and Azula that, as a Brother-Sister Team, “the only way you win is together.” This is what Azula tells Zuko eight years later when convincing him to side with her at Ba Sing Se.
When explaining why he's taking her to train at sunrise, Lu Ten tells Azula, "We're firebenders, we rise with the sun." We can assume that he told Zuko that too.
Curse Cut Short: “Y-You...You sick...twisted...son of a - !” Justified as Lu Ten was so angry and disgusted that he couldn’t speak.
Did You Actually Believe?: Played with. After a seemingly well-meaning Ozai bids them both farewell and good luck on their mission, Lu Ten asks Iroh if he honestly believed all of that. Iroh is Genre Savvy enough to know that, even though he wishes it were true, Ozai would never act like that and something is up. They're both right - Ozai was just trying to divert suspicion from himself as he plots their deaths.
Iroh's wife, Kei Rin. 'Kei' can be read one way in Japanese characters as 'respectful,' and 'Rin' means 'cold,' making her cold but respectful, as Lu Ten remembers her acting to everyone outside her family.
Missing Mom: Lu Ten's mother, Kei Rin, was killed in battle when he was eight.
Spare To The Throne: Ozai is just the spare prince there in case something happens to Iroh, and he hates his status with a passion.
Stealth Insult: Ozai saying goodbye to Lu Ten and Iroh is basically just him and Lu Ten taking shots at each other like this.
Lu Ten:(after Ozai mentions his requests to join them in battle being ignored) Well, Grandfather would know best, after all. Perhaps he sees that you would be of less use on the battlefield than you are here at the palace.
Tempting Fate: So much leading up to Lu Ten being killed. Lampshaded by the author.
The best (worst?) examples are Iroh telling Lu Ten, “You shall see [the Fire Nation] again. We will return,” on the ship to the Earth Kingdom, and the last line of Lu Ten’s letter to Azula being, “With Agni’s blessing, Dad and I will be back home with you guys before you know it.”
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Unlike the rest of the Fire Nation, Lu Ten does not think of the other nations as inferior races, believes there is a lot to learn from them, and wishes the Air Nomads hadn’t been killed. However, he does believe that the war is necessary to make the world a better place.