An AU fic with a really strong character voice. With the fall of Ba Sing Se and Omashu years ago, Piandao
has a plan to bring about the downfall of the victorious Fire Nation, but Iroh
opposes him at every turn. The character interaction between Piandao and a cast of thousands is a major draw; nearly everyone from canon makes an appearance, often in very surprising ways. There's a refreshing portrayal of Azula being mostly outclassed and isolated from the start, reduced like the rest of her family to an extraneous pawn in the chess game between Iroh
. The author also pulls no punches with the battle scenes.