Chapter Fifteen: Bato of the Water Tribe

Sokka, Aang, and Katara find a seemingly-abandoned Water Tribe ship that belongs to their father’s fleet. Camping out by the boat, Sokka and Katara are overjoyed when they are soon joined by Bato, an old friend of Katara and Sokka’s father, Hakoda, and a fellow member of the Southern Water Tribe. Bato had been injured in battle and temporarily left behind by the rest of the Water Tribe soldiers while he heals. While they reminisce about the old days, Aang feels left out. A messenger arrives with a message from Sokka and Katara’s father for Bato, with instructions to find him. Aang intercepts it and keeps it to himself, fearing Katara and Sokka will abandon him. Later he comes clean about the message, but Sokka, furious at Aang for keeping it from them, is insistent on leaving to find his father, with Katara joining him. Meanwhile, Zuko finds a bounty hunter, June, to help him track down the Avatar, utilizing a large mammalian mount (shirshu) with a powerful sense of smell, using Katara’s necklace as the scent. This leads to a skirmish, with Katara and Sokka returning to rescue Aang and resume their collective journey to the North Pole. Aang returns Katara’s necklace to her after recovering it from Zuko during the fight.

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