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A Matter of Honor is an Avatar: The Last Airbender fic by Adridere. It originally started as a Zutara shipping fic as seen through the eyes of Toph.note  It features the Gaang all grown up with an original and compelling plot.

Aang and Katara are getting married; sorry, committed. The whole Gaang and other secondary characters come to the South Pole to celebrate that and hold a Peace Summit at the same time. To bad no one accounted for Kuei being Not Good with Rejection. He invokes the Contest of the Frosts on Toph, a contest for the maiden's hand in marriage. It is so horrible that it is only called on as a curse for the girl and there has never been a happy outcome. Now the Gaang sets out to prevent a miserable ending for Toph.

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  • Author Appeal: The Pantheon of the Gods and various other elements are thanks to the author's love of Terry Pratchett.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kuei, in this fic, does some disturbing things.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Gods during the claiming of the maiden.
  • Character Development: Aang really grows into himself by the end.
  • Damsel in Distress: Toph is an example of an unwilling one. She is usually a badass. However she cannot act against the Contest because if she doesn't comply, none of the outcomes are favorable.
  • Duel to the Death: Traditionally, this is the final task.
  • Happy Ending: Surprisingly enough, everything turns out in the end.
  • Ship Tease: Toph and Zuko have a very close friendship.
  • True Companions:
    Toph: We are good friends. Only good friendships can survive the assaults to honesty and morality of the last couple of weeks. I mean, finding happiness among all the lies, cheating, and deceit? This must be good happiness.
    Katara: Hardcore.
    Toph: Totally Hardcore.
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