Chapter Eighteen: The Waterbending Master

The group finally reaches the Northern Water Tribe, where they receive a hero’s welcome. Sokka meets Princess Yue, the daughter of the chief of the tribe and is immediately attracted to her. Aang and Katara seek to learn waterbending from a master named Pakku, but he refuses to teach Katara, as women in the Northern Water Tribe are only trained to use their waterbending for healing, with combat training reserved for men. Katara refuses to be bound by the custom and challenges Pakku to a duel, demonstrating her considerable skill and potential. Taking notice of Katara’s pendant, given to her by her mother, Pakku realizes that Katara is the granddaughter of his ex-fiancée, who also could not tolerate the Northern Water Tribe’s customs and had left to start a new life with the Southern Tribe. He relents and agrees to train her. Sokka finally talks to Yue about how he feels about her, but she tearfully admits that she does have feelings for him too, but is engaged to be married. Meanwhile, Admiral Zhao hires the pirates from “The Waterbending Scroll” to assassinate Zuko after deducing that Zuko is the Blue Spirit who freed Aang. Iroh helps Zuko fake his death and feigns loyalty to Zhao. With Iroh’s help, Zuko sneaks aboard Zhao’s lead ship as his fleet departs for the North Pole.

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