Avatar: A Tale of Seasons
BeiLin's Journal Entry 13
I had another dream about the masks last night. Just one mask this time, but it looked beaten. It was cracked and worn and missing pieces. The left eye was gone, only it was not gone. Where there had been stone was a real, amber, burning eye. The mask did not address me as they always have before. From the place where the mask had torn into my dream, a tiger followed. It was much larger than any tiger I have ever seen or heard of, and was not a combination of any other animal, which I thought strange. The tiger was silver all over, and each hair on its body was substituted for a tiny metal fiber, yet it still shimmered and flowed like fur. The tiger attacked, and quickly defeated the stone mask, afterwards apologizing for their quarrel spilling into my dream. So this leads me to believe they did not belong in my dream, not this time. I was not the target of the mask, for questioning or otherwise. The tiger and I conversed over the motivation of the mask, and the tiger, who they both are and so forth. Something peculiar (more so than the rest of all this madness) was that the tiger said there was yet no Avatar. There was an announcement at the opening ceremony that the next Avatar had been discovered. Surely the Spirit World would not be mistaken. When I asked the tiger what its name was, it replied that it had many names, and none, but that I was to call it Byakko. It made mention of looking forward to future conversations with me, so I suspect that I have not seen the last of the spirit whom calls itself Byakko. Zero says his great-grandmother told him tales of four spirits, one for each season, one for each element, and the tiger is the spirit of earth and autumn. It is widely known that each element is tied to a season, if just for ceremony’s sake. That is why the Decennial Tournaments are held in different seasons according to which nation is hosting. I have never heard anything of bending coming from a season, though. I should revisit my notes on the Spirit World and see if there is any evidence prior to last night of this Byakko. I’m sure Yuu could help me find more literature on the subject if it is needed.
Also worth note, it appears that our companion Kuruk is not who he says he is, or said he was. He is not from the Southern Water tribe. He is a fugitive from the North, fleeing justice for the crime of murdering his Sifu. He claims that he was in an abusive position and that the death of his teacher was the only answer (I don’t believe this, as I myself have both witnessed and proved that death is never the only answer) to his problem. He openly admits to having no remorse for taking a mortal life, and the team stands divided on whether he is trustworthy or not. After the episode with Zero, I have decided to withhold judgment on Kuruk’s character for the time being, simply because I am exhausted with the whole matter.