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Samson : Note 1

I was born in a test tube. Can’t say I feel any particularly way about it, maybe some base distaste for being a crime against nature from the day I was slated to be conceived.  I have no brothers and especially no sisters, for I am a clone and the term brother couldn’t begin to describe what it feels like to be around one of me. Humans talk about love, love for family, love for strangers. But they don’t know respect, understanding, knowing someone not by word or action but by smell and thoughts unspoken. This “respect” is fostered in the litters in which we were born. 24 man-made souls, from 872 capital ships, raised over a period of 14 years, and taught all the basic essentials of life, mostly what we are, what we are meant to do, and the meaning behind doing so. The meaning is the most important, not because having a purpose in life is important, but because that’s what you’re suppose to understand to avoid being weaned from the litter. Out of 24, seven of us are bound to wash out and those bound to wash out rarely turn the age of 10.

“For we are the glory of mankind.

We fight in their footsteps and through the mouths of angels.

We bring the rains of hell upon the foul things that pollute the motherland with their very existence.

We make life short and bleak for those who fester under the sun and below rocks and even under the sea if there is yet more evils to be found there. ”

And so on and so forth until our lives are ground into dust by the reclaimer protocol that claims our corpses when the enemy has finally slain us. It is, as we like to say, a brutish existence not becoming a softer toned men. Softer tone being that of our human handlers, some too anxious to join the battlefield in glistening armor and flaming sword. We try to discourage the spirit the best we can in those that seem a bit too, “into it”, as the softy’s would say, so at least only those fully trained and ready in body and soul can stand in the darkness and freedom as we do, as we have been born for.

Some of our a soft tone handlers, most from divisions not considered to be part of Noah but part of a greater slice of the government with many branches that my kind are vaguely privy to, would often go through great pains to personally ask why us Samson’s, lauded for our great intelligence, seem content with our “grim fates.” Why we don’t rebel? Which even now, several years into this war, is a primary concern of those who distance themselves from the institution that is Noah.

I have answered this question a few times. Usually with a wizened laugh, stating their concerns are drowned under several facets and sufficiently buried underneath several layers of reasons and understanding. The soft tones have misconceptions about the nature of intelligence, inherently so being very much far removed from what is necessary for survival. For humanity intelligence is merely the sum of facts gathered purposely under a keen mind. In mans natural habitat, the universe simply yields results and the only wall to overcome is the ignorance of the unknown. But for the rest of us, archiving facts means little, and nothing “yields” unless savagely broken. To know, to study, and to ultimately overcome an intelligence keen enough to evade your pursuit, or better fight back, is the greatest show of mental prowess. So they (not all) inherently misunderstood what it means to have a firm head on ones shoulders, at least from our perspective.

Now you can blame our ‘nature’ on the weaning, or our indoctrination from a young age. Maybe its the genes, though no one can deny we were bred to be aggressive, if not eager to spill and cause mayhem. Each layer of reasoning has its toll, though I’ve never meet a Samson to complain about it. The assumptions that we’re either happy to be used or seething with bitterness, is a misconception. To rephrase, we are tools, that much is obvious, but we do not take orders for the love or hate of it. It’s not the adrenaline that rides our veins, or any particular high or thrill that ultimately allows us to swallow the heavy pill of our fates. As a Patriarch is a man, not of science, math, or reading, but of necessity, if not mere students of disciplines long forgotten to time and the Exodus, we Samson’s are students of war. And like any good student, it is not the pleasure, or the ease that drives us, but the necessity of the subject in question. Because someone must learn it, we are merely the volunteers.

Can anyone imagine? Full war-time production of Samson’s can reach, 20928 at any given time, with a six-month delay between batches for each ship can only contain at max 3 litters of potential troops. Not including the ones who are weaned, this method of thinking, some may call even twisted, is shared by each and every one of them. Through potentially 20928 life experiences, or 62784 souls at max capacity. This is why we are clones, not brothers. Clones can differ in behavior, temperament, thought process, and can even deal with variations in environment, but eventually…. you are what you are. And if the core is right, ultimately they’ll avoid getting weaned, and the soft tones will declare another victory for the glory of man.

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WuzzDate: Avatar Roku’s Greatest Failure.

Avatar Roku said his biggest failure was not dealing with Sozin when he had the chance. But knowing what we know now, I can say with 200 years worth of foresight that Roku was wrong. Again.

Avatar Roku’s greatest failure was not working with Sozin. A failure Aang fixed 100 years later, not by beating Ozai but by working with Fire Lord Zuko and creating republic city, a dream Sozin had for the world 200 years ago.

First look at the parallels.

Fire Lord Sozin, 200+ years ago had a problem. The fire nation had evolved past being badass version of the air nomads and fully into a industrial and imperial economic power house. Prosperity never seen before brought on a population boom, massive changes in quality of living and a new era of peace and prosperity. Sozin saw all this and thought “why only the fire nation has to live this good.”

Keep in mind that Sozin was no more of a bad guy than season 1 zuko and even then his motivation taken at face value is far more nobler than zuko’s quest to restore his honor. It was Utopian, a utopia rejected by Roku out of principle and tradition.

Fast forward 200 years later. War has left many areas of the Earth kingdom colonized by the fire nation. At first Fire Lord Zuko declared his intentions to restore the traditional model of the world, completing his promise to the avatar. Unfortunately things weren’t that simple. Under colonization the combined earth kingdom and fire nation citizens actually prospered , just as Sozin predicted they would 100 years ago. Zuko faced with this new “society” chose to preserve it and ultimately asked the avatar to agree. Aang accepted Zuko’s vision and Republic City stands as a beacon of light and true unity for the 4 nations (technically 5 but meh).

Roku in his failings to trust a friend prevented Republic City from being built 200 years earlier, denying the world what would have been 200 years of technology and societal progress.

But to understand how deep this failing goes there is even more parallels to follow.

Roku and Sozin were friends, close friends. Roku said some friendships transcends life times. Roku should have known Sozin and trusted his intention. He should have saw past the dogma and saw the fire nation as more than an imperial force waiting to happen.

Now lets take Aang and Zuko 100 years later. Zuko did bad near ruthless and reckless things to obtain the avatar. Despite that Aang recognized back in season 1 that Zuko was not really a bad guy and they could have been friends a 100 years ago.

Now wait. When Aang said this, we thought he was talking about his fire nation buddy he had 100 years ago. It was almost a generality for “the fire nation can’t be that bad”. Fast forward to when Roku showed Aang that he was good friends with a happy and playful Prince Sozin I don’t think anyone made this critical connection. When Aang said “he and zuko could have been friends in another time” the authors were talking about Roku and Sozin and how their friendship transcended time and even nationalities (just as Aangs relationship with Monk Gyatso transcended Gyatso relationship with Roku).

Can it be thus easily said that the relationship and partnership between Avatar Aang and Firelord Zuko should have also been what have happened between Avatar Roku and Firelord Sozin 100 years ago?

Now look at Sozin and Zuko.

Sozin was a good man and a good firelord. He inherited and over saw the fire nations industrial age. He was an idealist that believed in spreading the wealth around. Though incapable of seeing the perceived fault in his actions he thought it was his and his nations destiny to lead the world to the next age. When Avatar Roku, his friend rejected him not once but twice, the second time leading to a pride crushing bitter defeat, Sozin went down a dark path. Having been forsaken by his brother and de-fanged by the Avatar, Sozin had 25 years to harbor darker and darker feelings. Which all came to a head when given a choice between saving a friends life and for filling his dream…he chose his dream. He spent the last years of his life being consumed by the search for the avatar, even wiping out the air nomads to ensure the cycle is broken.

Zuko was rejected by his father and humiliated before his entire nation. He was a good kid but ultimately felt forced to do very wrong things in pursuit of his dream. He was nearly consumed by his search and later the promise of capture of the avatar. He even sacrifice the hope of removing his scar in order to fight Katara and the Aang in hopes of finally pleasing his father.

Roku found contempt for Sozins ideals, choosing his duty as the Avatar over his own brother which ultimately cost him his life, his brother, and his legacy as an Avatar. If Roku had stuck by Sozin, taking his fire nation point of view and using his experience traveling the world and being a part of every people group in the avatar world to refine Sozin’s ideals…who knows what the avatar world would look like 200 years later in Korra’s time.

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