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Author Topic: Plot Bunnies and Fic Ideas: Discuss!  (Read 122252 times)
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« Reply #1950 on: Mar 03, 2016 10:09 am »

Thanks, though they aren't lovers. I was using the word relationship non romantically.  Lao Tzu is more of Yuandao's adviser/"campaign manager".

I was actually thinking that Yuandao knows he's being used to further Lao Tzu's personal project, but he becomes invested in this whole ordeal anyway because the truth about the Fire Nation royal family's involvement in his provinces's domestic situation makes it personal, so he tolerates having an obvious scam artist around.

Lao Tzu isn't really that caring of a person though. He isn't meant to be complex, just dangerous enough to shake things up. I'll also reveal that he didn't intend things to erupt into a full out civil war, but when it does, he sees it as an opportunity to rise even higher in the FN social ladder. The guy is a con man after all, he is looking out for himself.

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« Reply #1951 on: Mar 03, 2016 10:27 am »

Lol OK scratch the gay shipping then Tongue

Still, there could be that symbiotic relationship where both their independent actions influence eachothers scams in an unexpected but beneficial or even ironically nasty way, and even have some butterfly-effect on the larger scale.
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« Reply #1952 on: Mar 04, 2016 11:12 pm »

Yougo has some good ideas, but just to throw something out-of-the-box into this box, but does Yuandao need to be a shyster specifically, or just a rogue of some kind? He can be a criminal without necessarily being savvy. He could be naive but skilled, in over his head.
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« Reply #1953 on: Mar 04, 2016 11:27 pm »

I guess rogue is a better word. You are right that he doesn't need to be savvy. I mean, I use the fact that he's been banned from his home province due to the fact that he's incurred so many debts (implying, he's been caught ripping people off) as a way to introduce him.

I was just kind of nervous that despite having a reputation in-universe as being a scam artist, he doesn't notice the biggest one in the story. I though him being the one that takes Lao Tzu down would be a good character moment, but someone else gets the honor.

But thanks for the advise.
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« Reply #1954 on: Mar 04, 2016 11:40 pm »

Some real world parallels - not everyone is clever, and big players do get fooled. Take World War II, Operation Barbarossa. Stalin was absolutely devastated when he heard that Hitler was attacking him, and if I remember my history right refused to believe it at first. So one person who's "clever" getting taken by another isn't necessarily unbelievable, especially if one of them is very, very arrogant, self-confident, or possibly "a bit" crazy as well. Overthinking can sometimes lead to ignoring realistic possibilities - real people aren't always playing their A game, after all.

And, there's one incidence of scammer and scammed, things turned upside down in A:TLA already as well - Long Feng getting outmaneuvered by Azula for control of the Dai Li. But Long Feng didn't seem dumb or stupid to have fallen for some trick to me - just that he was outplayed.
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« Reply #1955 on: Mar 06, 2016 04:21 pm »

Okay, so I was thinking about my next (uhm... next-next) Kyoshi Warrior story and decided that since I always wanted to try a High School AU, the story would be a High School not!AU. In this story, the Kyoshi Warriors would infiltrate the Ba Sing Se University as exchange students in order to steal a book from the library of the establishment. They would have to spend some days with mingling though, until everything is set for the op. During this time, High School shenanigans would ensue.

Here are the seven Kyoshi Warriors from my previous fanfics:
- Suki, the brave leader we all know and love
- Okako, the motherly second-in-command
- Nirmal, the sober and level-headed healer
- Pema, the crafty temptress
- Kei, the team bully and spiritbender (she bends her own energies, turning herself super-strong, super-fast, or super-tough)
- Kitara, the comic relief and weapon specialist
- Asha, the youngest and the wildest of the group

My idea is that each of these characters will attend a different class, and each chapter will be about such a class. Examples include:
- Suki and the cooking class: she has to deal with a teacher whose confidence is only matched by her traditional views on female roles.
- Nirmal and the medicine class: her knowledge of healing vastly surpasses everyone in the class... including the teacher himself.
- Pema and the architecture class: the vamp spreads her wings over this class of geeks, resulting in a hilarious reverse-harem.
- Kei and the literature class: things quickly gets interesting when Kei gets on the wrong side of the local bully squad.
- Asha and the performance class: the class is ferociously preparing for a performance to a high-ranking noble and his family. Asha drops into the middle of this, and while she is an exceptional dancer, her classmates only have potential, but no real talent.

I don't know what to give to Okako and Kitara. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1956 on: Mar 06, 2016 04:41 pm »

Maybe some kind of government class for Okako?

For Kitara, I'm amused by the thought that she gets stuck with some kind of history class, but then the relics they're studying happen to be weapons that she's familiar with, and she corrects some of the historians who have completely misjudged how and when the weapons were used.
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