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Player Information

*Name/Alias: fannishcodex

*Your Journal: greedyslayer

*Age: over 16

*Contact Information: privatewing@gmail.com

*Characters already in the game: N/A now (Korra before)

Character Information

*Character Name: Amon

*Character Canon: Legend of Korra

*Age: adult

*Race: human

*Timeline/Pull Point: After Season 1, Episode 4 "A Voice in the Night." Amon received Avatar Korra's challenge to a door, though not accepting it--he merely cornered her with a group of his Equalists to lay down the ground rules: implying it's not about her, but the larger picture, and as such a duel between them is premature, to easily beat her now (which he could), would only turn her into a martyr, which would be bad for his cause. He promises they'll have their duel at a time of his choosing, and then he'll destroy her. Amon then just knocks Korra out, and leaves.

*History: http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Amon

*Personality: He is very controlled in his actions and his emotions. This has less to do with canon's bonus motive of deception, and more to do with just the responsibility to his Cause as their leader. Not to mention that life continued to be harsh to him after his family's death, and thus such an emotional mask became an important survival tactic. Amon actively tries to make himself into more of an Idea than a man, more concerned with the success of the Equalist movement than his own feelings. Thus his own feelings are typically unknown to others; his goals and methods are known, but not what he truly thinks of them. For all his belief and consideration of the inequality around him and his Cause, his family's death will always be an underlying motive to all he does, though he only brings them up in rallies to make a point (and to lessen the fear that they'll just be forgotten). Given his nonbender family's murder at the hands of a bender, Amon works very hard to avoid being at the mercy of a bender again, striving to be at his physical peak and exercise all his cunning to get whatever necessary edge. Amon is a Determinator with a capital 'D,' adding to his fearlessness when going against benders throwing fire and lightning at him.

Given his goals and his family history, Amon is sensitive to the underdogs and such power discrepancies, and probably would apply that same instinct and vigilante streak to help in other similar situations. And Amon does have a vigilante streak, and a revolutionary one too--given what he suffered and the culprit never caught or punished, and the darker side of Republic City, Amon has issues with established authority in general. Though he has found that as a revolutionary leader he needs an air of his own authority, and part of the larger goal is to replace the corrupt authority with a fairer one.

Amon is a study in contrasts when it comes to privacy and publicity--his movement needs him to speak, needs advertising to get the word out, needs to create an image for him, but he still hides his face behind a mask. Unlike canon where it really is all a constructed story and needs to be preserved, this Amon both takes advantage of his past and must adapt to it: he shares his true story because it really is at the root of his motivations and it is a commonality with all his followers, who are unsurprised at his story at a public rally. But he’ll never willingly take off his mask, the scars are really that severe and not something he wants to share. And other than that trauma, what does Amon really share? Barely anything really, there's no more word on what happened to him in between his family's murder and his current revolution, and again, he speaks much on the movement, but very little on what he truly feels. Deep down, Amon is a private man.

Amon is a Well Intentioned Extremist that still retains lines he apparently won't cross unless absolutely necessary. In light of his world's history of genocide with Fire Lord Sozin slaughtering the air nomads to the point of near-extinction and Fire Lord Ozai's attempted massacre of the Earth Kingdom, Amon stands out for not following their lead. He really could simply try to kill all benders. But instead he ostensibly employs Avatar Aang's relatively nonviolent technique (or a variation of it) of removing one's bending. He has not killed or physically maimed anyone. If removing bending is a form of spiritual maiming, it has never been explicitly shown. And even if it were, Amon still has his own ruthless streak; he would deem it acceptable for equality, for bending truly is the only difference in his mind, something that must be removed, and he would still consider it better than outright killing. This nonviolence is both a point toward his dangerously genre savvy nature and his moral ambiguity. Depending on how he approaches his goal, Amon wants to convince the people, not turn them against him, and such violence would probably be a turn-off. But there's always the implication that this is a sign of Amon's more personal feelings, honor code and moral ambiguity--he himself sees death as a last resort and not necessary in this case. He does call bending an "impurity" and his bending removal "the solution," thus undoubtedly thinking bending as a curse/disease to people that must be treated, benders must be purified and made well again.

*Powers/Abilities: A master at chiblocking or striking the pressure points to temporarily paralyze or otherwise physically manipulate a human enemy's body in another way (i.e. strike the right pressure points to block a person's bending, or manipulation of the elements in his world).

Skilled martial artist/hand-to-hand combatant.

Can resist bloodbending. (There are still bones and muscles to work against the manipulated blood. There are certain muscles that are particularly suited to resisting bloodbending when trained. There are ways to train to slow the heart rate so that blood flow is slowed, messing with a bloodbending grip. And in [controversial] canon, Korra and Mako resisted bloodbending despite being cut off from waterbending/not a waterbender.)

Quite the tactician/strategist and orator.

Able to remove bending itself/energybending. (In the first series, Avatar: the Last Airbender, the Lion-Turtle said, "In the era before the Avatar, we bent not the elements, but the energy within ourselves . To bend another's energy, your own spirit must be unbendable. Or you will be corrupted, and destroyed..." So the Lion Turtle suggests that not only is energybending older than the Avatar, but that it was a more widespread practice, probably accessible to everyone. So Amon could learn.

*Inventory: just mask and clothes

*Starting Polarity: no preference

If AU, how does your character differ from canon?: This Amon employed no deception with his past. He really did lose his family and his face to an extortionist firebender. He really is a scarred nonbender. He doesn't have to worry about his revolution being undermined by a faulty leader. His motivations and convictions are more clear. He really does deep down have an instinct to help the underdog given how the murder of his family affected him. But he does have the strong issue with power discrepancies leading to abuse of power and inequality. Probably completely unlike his canonical counterpart, there's a point where he can be reasoned with. It helps if you talk to him civilly and there's no fighting. This Amon does try to work for the greater good, and may be convinced to alter his path to accommodate that goal. This Amon does have an issue with authority, given that authority never caught or punished his family's murderer, even if he finds he requires his own authority as leader, and accept that he is working to replace the corrupt authority with a more fair one. Given his nonbender family's death at the hands of a bender, he really is determined to be able to take on any bender and never be that helpless again. And relating to that particular trauma again, Amon does not kill unless absolutely necessary--he has always favored removing bending and leaving the person alive, rather than outright killing the bender. He will not willingly remove his mask and actually show his scars under any circumstances. They are that bad (and he loathes the idea of someone seeing only his scars after spotting them once, being consumed with the idea and never quite seeing the rest of him again).

Writing Samples

*First Person Sample:

[After figuring out as much of the new communication device as necessary for the message, Amon flicks on the function that reminds him most of the radio back home.]

Greetings, my fellow refugees. I am Amon.

[Idly wonders if he's falling back onto speech mode--there's no point to it at the moment, but it may be instinct now. That would be unfortunate.]

Though similar messages have undoubtedly been broadcast before, I ask for a little of your time and attention to my search. I am looking for my Lieutenant.

He is a human like me, though older, and taller. If he is wearing a mask, it's one that shows his mouth and nose as well as his facial hair, and his eyes are more visible, though behind green goggles. The rest of his uniform is also green and gray, with some gold coloring. If without the mask, he has black hair, the same color as his facial hair. Without the goggles, his eyes are blue.

He is armed...and thus should be approached with caution if found. He may be on his guard. If you find him, tell him Amon is looking for him. That should placate him.

Thank you for listening.

*Third Person Sample:

Amon jolted awake when he realized it was the sensation of rock digging into his back.

His eyes snapped open to an odd sky. The slight similarity of its ribbon of colors to the Northern or Southern lights at the Water Tribe poles made it all the more eerie, rather than reassuring. Silent, Amon carefully sat up. He reached up for his mask--still there. Good. Amon gathered his thoughts--not only was it preferable, but it fitted his recollection, he had just fallen into bed without removing his uniform or the mask after meeting with Avatar Korra.

He scanned the area--unrecognizable stony-faced terrain. Not the Si Wong desert. Not the famed canyon where Avatar Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai. Amon ran all his geographical knowledge through his head. Nothing really matched up with what surrounded him currently. Where was he? If he'd been abducted, where had he been taken to?

Amon stood up.

The Spirit World?

The Equalist leader considered the possibility. Visually, it seemed likely. And yet Amon thought he had visited the Spirit World enough times to realize there was a certain feel to being there, something that became the first thing he noticed when arriving there. This place felt nothing like the Spirit World he knew.

Still, Amon knew that though his experience was greater than others, he was not a complete expert of the Spirit World. Perhaps this was a new area of that realm.

Amon walked. Around him, there was nothing to indicate where he should try first, so he had just decided to walk toward the direction of where he knew the sun to rise.

As he began his journey, Amon thought it a shame he had none of the handheld radios. He could've tried using the private channels to contact the Lieutenant and the other Equalists....

Amon readjusted his focus to his terrain. Thoughts on his Lieutenant and his people and their cause made him consider the implications of his displacement from them and Republic City, something that would not do to dwell on at the moment. He just had to act, now; ascertain where he was, and how to return....

Final Notes: N/A
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ABOUT YOU

Name: greedyslayer or fannishcodex

Are you 18 or over?: over 18

Other characters played: none in this RP

CHARACTER

Name: Amon

Canon: The Legend of Korra

Age: canonically 40 (but going for AU anyway, so my headcanon--age 27, that's my preference if it can be allowed. Reasoning--27 ended up being my first thought when Amon in general was still a mystery. The fire and passion he showed for the Equalist movement struck me as stemming from a younger revolutionary. Even his canon unmasked appearance did not match the canonical image of 40 to me, or the fact that he was older than Tarrlok. Even in this picture--http://velinthesky.tumblr.com/post/28168193968/fannishcodex-driftlaughingalonewithships--the detail of more lines make Tarrlok seem older, and Amon look younger. But for the RP, I'm not super determined to keep this in, I just wanted to throw it out as my preference if possible--I'm cool with it being dropped.)

History: http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Amon. AU: This Amon conducted no deception, he was really a nonbender that lost his family and his face to an extortionist firebender. Things changed because he didn't have to concern himself about his revolution being undermined by a deceptive leader. He was more clearly devoted to his Cause and clearer on his motivations without that deception. Also without that deception he will now come off as more reasonable--for he can be reasoned with to a point and under certain circumstances, as his larger intention and goal is good, even if his methods can be too misguided or extreme. (But sometimes 'extreme' works.) He will respond well to civil discussion. He did learn a form of energybending, so he does retain a certain heightened spirituality, in contrast to apparent canon. He is still shrouded in substantial mystery, a private man deep down despite divulging what he feels he has to for the Cause.

After that trauma, Amon’s life didn’t get much of a situation to really deal and heal from that. Paralleling canon, Amon was connected to Yakone and Tarrlok, but in a different way. Yakone plucked Amon from the fire, and had Tarrlok heal him. Then Yakone forced Tarrlok to use Amon as a bloodbending dummy. Amon picked up on Tarrlok’s reluctance, and the child did have this hole craving to be filled after his family’s death, so Amon saw Tarrlok as his new older brother, and Tarrlok reciprocated. Amon never saw Yakone as a father, though Yakone did essentially regard him as another heir. Yakone began training Amon in chiblocking, a technique he learned after losing his own bending to Avatar Aang. Yakone is as harsh a teacher to Amon as he is to Tarrlok. So Amon stayed in this dysfunctional adopted family for a time, learning how to fight as a nonbender; with his issues with bending growing, even as he had mixed feelings about Tarrlok; and enduring the veritable same abuse Yakone applied to Tarrlok as well.

(Yakone was in a strange place emotionally when taking Amon in. He did want to experiment in giving a small human for Tarrlok to practice bloodbending on, practice bloodbending on a human body that continued to grow while enduring such practice. But to keep the boy around like that, Yakone couldn't help but consider Amon essentially another charge of his, and his pride would not allow him to harbor a useless charge, and so he started to train Amon to fight. And another experiment struck him; given that he was a nonbender now thanks to Avatar Aang, he of course learned chiblocking and other techniques to compensate for that new, perceived 'weakness.' But only when taking Amon in did it occur to him that maybe a nonbender could learn to resist bloodbending--and so Amon became another lab-spiderrat for another hypothesis of his.)

Eventually an adolescent Tarrlok ran away, and a 7-year-old Amon was alone with Yakone. The old ex-bender locked Amon up in the same metal box Tarrlok had been trapped in when first learning bloodbending. Tarrlok could not get out unless he could bloodbend Yakone into opening the box. But Yakone only wished to teach Amon the inferiority of nonbenders, by demonstrating how helpless Amon was while locked up. While in the box and growing desperate, Amon meditated, trying to reach his dead family in the Spirit World, thinking they’re there. He accessed it, and eventually runs into the Lion Turtle, who tells him his family has moved on to a place he cannot access. But the Lion Turtle made strange cryptic comments about Amon being worthy to learn something.

Starving, thirsty, and weak, Amon was finally let out of the box by Yakone, but only for necessary food and drink and sparring, then Yakone forced him back in. Repeated the pattern. Eventually Tarrlok came and freed a delirious Amon. Tarrlok never said a thing about Yakone, and Amon never asked. For a time it was just the adopted brothers then. They travelled around still, doing various odd jobs to survive, including work at a monastery once. Amon liked helping the healers there. At some point they part civilly—Tarrlok wanted to stay in Republic City for his career, and a 12-year-old Amon wished to travel more, exploring the world and continuing to train his body and mind. It was even harsher completely solo, but Amon found it worth it for the travel. In that time, he eventually found a willing teacher in a former Air Acolyte, who further trained him in chiblocking, martial arts and spirituality, the chakras. Amon saw the Lion Turtle again, and again the spirit implied a cryptic offer. At 14, Amon returned to Republic City. He met and befriended the older man who would be his future Lieutenant in the Equalist movement. But until then, an adolescent Amon donned a different mask—the Blue Spirit, in honor of Fire Lord Zuko’s famous exploits in that same guise. As the Blue Spirit, Amon went around fighting the bender gangs. Amon hadn’t wished to disrupt Tarrlok’s career at City Hall, but Tarrlok isn't fooled by the disguise. Eventually Amon wonders if he's doing any good by himself as the Blue Spirit, and Tarrlok reveals he knows. Tarrlok soon after manipulates Amon into getting the Lieutenant arrested. Horrified and guilty, Amon frees the Lieutenant and evade Tarrlok. Tarrlok pursues them, trying to bring Amon back home--even bloodbending him into submission. Amon, for the first time, is able to barely resist--just slightly move one limb against Tarrlok's control, but so small as to be useless and it completely misses Tarrlok's attention. Amon is saved by the Lieutenant's intervention, and the two escape Tarrlok for good, running clear of Republic City. This was their falling out, and Amon and Tarrlok never really faced each other again. Amon truly started to form the Equalist movement with the Lieutenant after this. Amon trained harder to resist bloodbending specifically, and was able to succeed in that, especially because of how many times he’d been bloodbent, all those times slowly building up a resistance to it. Amon visited with the Lion Turtle again, who finally revealed he could teach Amon energybending. Amon accepted the training. It was longer and more grueling for Amon than it was for Aang, as he was the Avatar and a bender. And even for all of Amon’s work, he learned an energybending technique not quite the same as Aang’s, but it would do. It was not quite the same because Amon could not get past the necessary chakra, the one connected to grief; and Amon could not let go of the grief over his family’s death.


Amon and the Lieutenant worked to develop the Equalist movement, training chiblockers and advancing technology. Allying themselves with industrialist Hiroshi Sato massively helped with technology and funding. The Equalist movement was strong but still pretty covert when Avatar Korra arrive, its presence only allowed to make a few waves. With her arrival ahead of schedule, Amon decided to accelerate his plans. His people stopped a bender gang war by capturing its leaders and major key players, and using them to publicly show that he could remove bending, permanently. Tarrlok started a task force against the Equalists, first raiding a chiblocking training camp. Amon is ready to fight his adopted brother on this, though he’s reluctant over it. Amon’s feelings have changed since their falling out, no longer completely angry; he harbored regret over Tarrlok, and wished to make him understand that he should stop what he was doing to Republic City. Then he accommodated Avatar Korra's challenge to a duel, just receiving it but not accepting it. He simply tells her the basic ground rules, then lets her go, bending intact. He later went to Avatar Aang Memorial Island to meditate, where he found something (a window).


Point in canon: after ep. 4 "A Voice in the Night"

Window Location: at the top of Avatar Aang memorial Island (Amon does sometimes go there to meditate)

Universe: http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/The_Legend_of_Korra and http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Republic_City and http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/United_Republic_of_Nations

Abilities: A master at chiblocking or striking the pressure points to temporarily paralyze or otherwise physically manipulate an enemy's body in another way (i.e. strike the right pressure points, block a person's bending, or manipulation of the elements).

Skilled martial artist/hand-to-hand combatant.

Can resist bloodbending.*

Quite the tactician/strategist and orator. Able to remove bending itself/energybending.**

*My stance on that is that there are still bones and muscles to work against the manipulated blood. There are certain muscles that are particularly suited to resisting bloodbending when trained. There are ways to train to slow the heart rate so that blood flow is slowed, messing with a bloodbending grip.

** My stance that Amon is able to energybend is based on the Lion-Turtle's line: "In the era before the Avatar, we bent not the elements, but the energy within ourselves . To bend another's energy, your own spirit must be unbendable. Or you will be corrupted, and destroyed..." So the Lion Turtle suggests that not only is energybending older than the Avatar, but that it was more widespread practice, probably accessible to everyone. So Amon could learn. When he was younger and the point of desperation, he managed to enter the Spirit World to find his deceased family. He could not, but he met the Lion-Turtle, who thought him worthy of learning energybending. The Lion-Turtle is only interested in worthy students, not issues of human morality. Amon's training is longer as he is not the Avatar and doesn't have that power boost, but Amon manages to learn a different variation of energybending from the Lion-Turtle. Part of that is because of Amon's own differences, i.e. can't unlock the chakra connected to grief due to an inability to let go of his grief over his family's death. It is my theory that energybending involves the chakras, given that Aang could do it at a point when he had dealt with his chakras.


Possessions: mask and his clothes

Personality:

Given the AU where Amon really is a nonbender who lost his family and his face to firebending, this Amon is more upfront about things than his canonical counterpart. As such, there is a certain honest streak to him that's absent in the other. He is very controlled in his actions and his emotions. This has less to do with canon's bonus motive of deception, and more to do with just the responsibility to his Cause as their leader. Not to mention that life continued to be harsh to him after his family's death, and thus such an emotional mask became an important survival tactic. It's implied that Amon actively tries to make himself into more of an Idea than a man. As such, a side-effect of this tight control is that his own feelings are typically unknown to others; his goals and methods are known, but not what he truly thinks of them. For all his belief and consideration of the inequality around him and his Cause, his family's death will always be an underlying motive to all he does, though he only brings them up in rallies to make a point (and to lessen the fear that they'll just be forgotten). Given his nonbender family's murder at the hands of a bender, Amon works very hard to avoid being at the mercy of a bender again, striving to be at his physical peak and exercise all his cunning to get whatever necessary edge. Amon is a Determinator with a capital 'D,' adding to his fearlessness when going against benders throwing fire and lighting at him.

After the trauma of his family’s death, Amon eventually focused on the difference in bending and the lack of it, and concluded that power difference meant a vicious inequality for nonbenders like him (and the reason his family died). Given his goals and his family history, Amon is sensitive to the underdogs and such power discrepancies, and probably would apply that same instinct and vigilante streak to help in other similar situations. And Amon does have a vigilante streak, and a revolutionary one too--given what he suffered and the culprit never caught or punished, and the darker side of Republic City, Amon has issues with established authority in general. Though he has found that as a revolutionary leader he needs an air of his own authority, and part of the larger goal is to replace the corrupt authority with a fairer one.
Amon is a study in contrasts when it comes to privacy and publicity--his movement needs him to speak, needs advertising to get the word out, needs to create an image for him, but he still hides his face behind a mask. Unlike canon where it really is all a constructed story and needs to be preserved, this Amon both takes advantage of his past and must adapt to it: he shares his true story because it really is at the root of his motivations and it is a commonality with all his followers, who are unsurprised at his story at a public rally. But he’ll never willingly take off his mask, the scars are really that bad and not something he wants to share. And other than that trauma, what does Amon really share? Barely anything really, there's no more word on what happened to him in between his family's murder and his current revolution, and again, he speaks much on the movement, but very little on what he truly feels. Deep down, Amon is a private man.

Amon is a Well Intentioned Extremist that still retains lines he apparently won't cross unless absolutely necessary. In light of his world's history of genocide with Fire Lord Sozin slaughtering the air nomads to the point of near-extinction and Fire Lord Ozai's attempted massacre of the Earth Kingdom, Amon stands out for not following their lead. He really could simply try to kill all benders. But instead he ostensibly employs Avatar Aang's relatively nonviolent technique (or a variation of it) of removing one's bending. He has not killed or physically maimed anyone. If removing bending is a form of spiritual maiming, it has never been explicitly shown. And even if it were, Amon still has his own ruthless streak; he would deem it acceptable for equality, for bending truly is the only difference in his mind, something that must be removed, and he would still consider it better than outright killing. This nonviolence is both a point toward his dangerously genre savvy nature and his moral ambiguity. Depending on how he approaches his goal, Amon wants to convince the people, not turn them against him, and such violence would probably be a turn-off. But there's always the implication that this is a sign of Amon's more personal feelings, honor code and moral ambiguity--he himself sees death as a last resort and not necessary in this case. He does call bending an "impurity" and his bending removal "the solution," thus undoubtedly thinking bending as a curse/disease to people that must be treated, benders must be purified and made well again.

At the time of "A Voice in the Night", Amon has left Korra in his rather morally ambiguous and dangerously genre savvy style. He spares her bending, knowing it'll make her a martyr against his Cause, a powerful tool. He leaves her, promising her ruin and knocking her out. But compared to what he could've done, just knocking her unconscious seems rather minor. He said he received her invitation to a duel, but never accepted it; he merely came to tell the Avatar what were essentially the ground rules. There's no real stain on his honor. That, and he undoubtedly knew the Avatar did have Tarrlok's bender task force on reserve to back her up, so more a strike against their honor than his. Amon acts practically, but there's still the hint of his honor code. Amon as of "A Voice in the Night" is acting very carefully, given the Avatar's ahead-of-schedule arrival and his attempt to accelerate his plans in response to that, but even that still must be handled carefully. Amon is on the verge of accelerating his revolution, something that must succeed.

Thread Sample: http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/3231298.html

Prose Sample:

"What is it, Lieutenant?" Amon calmly asked while he studied the documents at his desk.

"What are you working on now, Sir?" Amon finally turned around, showing a blueprint.

"Reviewing Hiroshi's revised mech tank plans--come take a look, Lieutenant, he's made such interesting improvements--"

He passed the document to the Lieutenant, then picked up another.

Amon noted the Lieutenant making a half-fascinated, half-impatient grunt.

"Is this all?"

"Yes. What, it does not meet your exacting engineering standards--?"

"Not what I meant, and you know it." Still the Lieutenant passed the blueprint back to Amon. "When was the last time you took a break?"

"I did remember to eat--"

"Other than food and drink."

Amon made no comment, still examining the blueprints, focusing on the cockpit design now.

The Lieutenant sighed. "Sir, I know you like technology, but this is still pretty much work-related--don't you think you need to take at least a few hours for yourself away from the Cause?"

"You're not letting this drop until I go, are you?"

"It's been exactly two weeks since you've taken anything that remotely resembled a break."

"Very well, Lieutenant. I know when to submit."

After making the proper arrangements and giving the Lieutenant instructions while leaving him in charge, Amon left in his civilian disguise. It consisted of just a long scarf wrapped tightly around his face, with enough of it left to leave a piece of it hanging over his overlarge coat. All of it over his typical uniform, just in case. The mask was settled in an inner pocket pressed against his chest. He still wore the coat's hood over his head.

It was evening, and Amon made his way to Avatar Aang Memorial Island. He bartered with the usual late-night ferryman, who provided him the same passage he'd done nights before. Once there, he skipped admiring the architecture like he sometimes indulged in, instead beginning the climb up the statue. It was an exercise that calmed him in how much it demanded his complete focus; after a certain point, if he slipped, the fall would be painful or lethal. Once at the top, a pleasant sheen of sweat layered on his skin, the perspiration cooling in a sudden night breeze. Alone at the top of the statue, Amon unbundled himself, shucking off the coat and the scarf. Now just in his usual armor, he slipped his mask out from the coat and replaced it on his face. The brief moment of nothing on his face in between removing the scarf and putting his mask back on had been foreign and somewhat nice, but he was too used to something shielding his face now. Feeling more like himself, Amon sat cross-legged on the top of the statue, and began meditating.

For a time he succeeded in meditation, but that soon faded as he remembered the last time he was at Avatar Aang Memorial Island. It hadn't been for himself, like before, but for the Cause, the Cause always came first. Amon had been surprised that the current Avatar had enough awareness to recognize that her victory at the site of her predecessor's statue would carry much symbolic weight. Still, it did not erase how foolish and misguided she was. Could she honestly think it was all about her and her birth status as the Avatar? The only reason Amon paid attention to the Avatar was due to how entrenched it had become as a symbol, uniting benders, and having very little for nonbenders, despite Master Sokka's and Master Suki's contributions to Avatar Aang's victory. The last time Amon was here, he had to at the very least start reminding her of that cold hard fact. There was no one to hear, to listen, it was just Amon and his own head, and he disliked ignoring his very thoughts. That did not mean he translated every thought into action. That would be pure foolishness. And so Amon somewhat reflected on the Avatar's eyes. They'd been so terrified, stirring something deeply uncomfortable in the pit of Amon's chest. She was a 17-year-old girl. He was frightening a 17-year-old girl. Surely she had feared for more than her bending, alone and in an enclosed space with he and all his people--what she surely suspected made Amon's stomach sink, so distasteful and unnecessary such an action would've been. He disliked the thought of even inspiring such fears in the girl, making her think she was in that sort of peril. But she was the Avatar. Whether she wanted it or not, she was a symbol of the Enemy, an Idea he had to tear down.

Plans: (OPTIONAL) Huh, I have sort of more characterization arc ideas. Like Amon essentially being a defrosting Ice King in some fashion. Learning to deal with some of his emotional issues, reconnect with being more human again instead of just an Idea. Perhaps softening his stance against benders a little (my headcanon being he once thought benders and nonbenders could get along, then snapping and deciding bending just had to go.) I think it'll help that he'll have a daemon to interact with, in regards to getting in touch with his emotions. I'd like Amon to get somewhat trapped, or more like his world is locked to him at the moment, and he has to stay in Cittàgazze and work with the Company and travel to other worlds, except his own. But eventually he can return to his own world, but decides to keep his contract with the Company, so his home was just added to world hopping. I think if this AU Amon isn't initially trapped, he'd immediately want to return home to lead the revolution and possibly try to dismiss the whole thing or put it way on the back burner until he felt his mission was complete. And I would like to have his Daemon to eventually be able to travel longer distances without him, given that she'll be able to fly, and would make for a good sort of scout.

Notes: Can't think of anything at the moment.

DÆMON

Name: Bastet

Sex: Female

Form: Winged Lemur. http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Winged_lemur. It's sort of like the cross between a lemur and a bat--a lemur with membrane-like wings attached to her arms that give her flight capabilities.

Additional notes: Her ears are mangled, reflecting Amon's physical scars and emotional damage. The mangled ears do not impede her hearing, it is mostly just superficial scarring, nothing that impacts her ability. She is named after one of Amon's older sisters killed by the firebender, another reflection of his grief for his family.

Why this form: The winged lemur demonstrates Amon's nimble, stealthy, and swift nature, though he employs it more in fighting than scavenging for food like a lemur, but both do employ such a nature in order to survive. The lemur is observant like Amon, and both share a certain fearlessness--Amon's a bit more obvious, and the lemur's just very determined to get food no matter what. The winged lemur also reflects Amon's ironic connections to the last Avatar, who essentially had a winged lemur as one of his familiars, and whom Amon emulates in removing bending and even when avoiding killing.
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1st AU Amon app pass (if needs fixing, let me know please)

Winter RP app
Player Name: greedyslayer or fannishcodex

Player E-Mail: privatewing@gmail.com

Player Plurk/AIM/DW (optional):

Invited By (new players only): rocksthefailboat

Character Name: Amon

Character Canon: The Legend of Korra

Character Journal: just_a_mask_now

Canon Point Character is Taken From: after ep. 4 "A Voice in the Night"

Importing Game CR (Y/N and Which Game): N

If OC, a brief summary of their history and personality: N

If fan-made AU, what has changed in your character's history? What changes has the AU made to your character's personality? These changes, both to the canon and to the character's personality, must be significant enough to qualify as needing an AU. This Amon employed no deception with his past. He really was born as a farmboy. He really did lose his family and his face to an extortionist firebender. He really is a scarred nonbender. He doesn't have to worry about his revolution being undermined by a faulty leader. His motivations and convictions are more clear. He really does deep down have an instinct to help the underdog given the murder of his family. But he does have the strong issue with power discrepancies leading to abuse of power and inequality. Probably completely unlike his canonical counterpart, there's a point where he can be reasoned with. It helps if you talk to him civilly and there's no fighting. This Amon does try to work for the greater good, and may be convinced to alter his path to accommodate that goal. This Amon does have an issue with authority, given that authority never caught or punished his family's murderer, even if he finds he requires his own authority as leader, and accept that he is working to replace the corrupt authority with a more fair one. Given his nonbender family's death at the hands of a bender, he really is determined to be able to take on any bender and never be that helpless again. And relating to that particular trauma again, Amon does not kill unless absolutely necessary--he has always favored removing bending and leaving the person alive, rather than outright killing the bender. He will not willingly remove his mask and actually show his scars under any circumstances. They are that bad (and he loathes the idea of someone seeing only his scars after spotting them once, being consumed with the idea and never quite seeing the rest of him again).

Character Special Abilities (can be a link to Wiki): Chiblocking/martial arts/hand-to-hand combat. Ability to remove bending entirely/energybending.*

*My stance that Amon can energybend is based on the Lion-Turtle's line: "In the era before the Avatar, we bent not the elements, but the energy within ourselves . To bend another's energy, your own spirit must be unbendable. Or you will be corrupted, and destroyed..." So the Lion Turtle suggests that not onl is energybending older than the Avatar, but that it was more widespread practice, probably acesible to everyone. So Amon could learn. When he was younger and the point of desperation, he managed to enter the Spirit World to find his deceased family. He could not, but he met the Lion-Turtle, who thought him worthy of learning energybending. The Lion-Turtle is only interested in worthy students, not issues of human morality. Amon's training is longer as he is not the Avatar and doesn't have that power boost, but Amon manages to learn a different variation of energybending from the Lion-Turtle. Part of that is because of Amon's own differences, i.e. can't unlock the chakra connected to grief due to an inability to let go of his grief over his family's death. It is my theory that energybending involves the chakras, given that Aang could do it at a point when he had dealt with his chakras.

http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Energybending

http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Chakras#Chakras

Items/Pets Characters Will Arrive With: mask and clothes

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