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I changed the tittle of this post to make it less spoil-ish....

First, i know this is not Korra related. I'm submitting this "theory" because this "Zuko is a bastard son" has been bothering me since the release of The Search Part 1

Second, this is not a theory that i came up it, i found it in a forum from Avatar Wiki; it was submitted by an Anonymous User, do i don't know who to thank about it (if you're this anonymous user, or know who submitted it, please tell me in the comments below :))

Third, sorry for my crappy grammar :)

Fourth, you can download The Search Part 1 here…

Forum question

How do you feel about the whole 'zuko is not Ozai's son theory'?

Personally, I think it is a big misunderstanding. I actually want it to be one . Because if it proves to be true, then it contradicts a  lot of things established about Zuko's character in the series. I will be very disappionted if it happens. Also, do you think azula's and zuko's relationship will be on good terms by the end of the trilogy?

Anonymous User
I think it is as misleading letter... Ursa probably knew the letters she wrote to Ikem were never actually sent to him and she wanted Ozai to think that Zuko were not his son.

First of all, why I think it would be incoherent Zuko not being Ozai's son:

Iroh stated in the episode "The Avatar and the Fire Lord" that zuko carries the burden of the strifle between the Avatar and the Fire Nation Royal Family because he was a descendant of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin... so he must be Ozai's son to that be true. Besides, when Ursa was taken by Fire Lord Azulon and Ozai, she had just accepted Ikem's proposal, wich could mean they had never had sex, and thus she could not be pregnant of Zuko when she left her hometown.

Second, why, then, would Ursa want Ozai to think Zuko is not his son?

Maybe Ursa was trying to get herself AND Zuko expelled from the Royal Family, so she could return to Ikem and her familly with her son. Ursa expressed painful feelings when Ozai said she had to serve all conections with her past life, and she had to leave the love of her life to marry him, so I think it is only natural that she would try to do anything to leave the Royal Family and return to her old life. But, as Ozai made clear, she, from the moment she maried him, was "detached" from her entire past, so only somethin big could break the vows and bounds she took when she maried Ozai. And she wanted to take Zuko with her as she knew that Ozai was a cruel and horrible person, someone not suitable as a father. If she knew that her letters were never taken to Ikem, but to Ozai instead (ot that the attendant would read the letter and show it to Ozai due to it's content), she could had mislead him into thinking that Zuko was a bastard son, which could get them both banished. It seems a rather good plan to me.

Now, what could have gone wrong?

We will find out why Ozai, thinking that Zuko was a bastard son, did not banish him and Ursa from the Fire Nation when Part II and III come out, but my guess is that he didn't do this because he already had plans to become Fire Lord instead of Iroh, and this scandal could make the chances of him rising to the throne quite slim. Then, when he had the chance, he banished Ursa (presumably for killing his father) and started to make Zuko's life a living hell, fulfilling his revenge AND ascending to the throne (I theorize that Ursa murdered Azulon because of the evidence given when Ozai said she did vicious treason that night, but it would make sense since she probably hated Fire Lord Azulon for destroying her life with Ikem). Maybe Ozai only proposed to his father to remove his brother birth rights after the lost of his son because he knew his father would punish him by ordering him to kill Zuko. So, Zuko would be sacrificed and Ursa would sufer for the rest of her life for the rest of her life or Ursa would do the only thing that could save Zuko: to kill Fire Lord Azulon, which would get her banished and would give Ozai to punish Zuko. Either waym he would have his revenge.

Anyway, my point is it makes sense Ozai to THINK that Zuko is not his son. Maybe Ozai never knew the truth about Zukos being his son or not, and that is why he treated Zuko so bad and prefferd Azula. Zuko stated in "The ember Island Players" that his family has "actally been happy". Maybe what drove the Royal Familly into ruins in terms of family relationship was exactly this: Ozai thoght that Zuko was not his son because Ursa wanted him to think that. Besides, Ozai was unthinkably mean to his son: he scared him, humilhated him, banished him from his country and even tried to kill him. Twice (in "The Day of the Black Sun, part II" and was clearly going to sacrifice him to gain back the respect from his father, as shown in "Zuko Alone"). But his treatment towards Azula was much more soft, and he clearly preffered her, because he thought she was his legitime offspring.

However, Ozai thinking that Zuko is not his son doesn't mean this is the truth. I dont think that Ozai THINKING that Zuko is not his son changes anythingin the series. It just endorses everything that has happened to Zuko (remember that Ursa, before leaving the Fire Nation, said that everything she had done, she had done for Zuko - even if, in the end, it backfired to Ursa: she had to leave the Fire Nation without her son, and his life bacame as miserable as it could be after that).

I think people are just overreacting so much about this "Zuko is not Ozai's son" that they did not stop to think and realize that the end of Part I DOES NOT contraditcs the entire series uo to this point, but only reinforces it. I personally think th "The Search" will be great, and I like it very much up to this point. They have developed a dense backhistory for Ursa, Ozai, Zuko and Azula, and the end was thrilling, to say the least.

I think people should stop freaking out and wait for Part II and III to come. I personally can't wait till June 10th!

I dont think that Azula's and Zukos's relationship will get any better... Azula is too messed up because she knows that her mother preffered Zuko, and she will hatehim for having the love of her mother foverer. I personaly think that Azula will die in the end of "The Search" and will finally find her redenption.

Now, just a theory:

Come to think of it, what if Ursa is long dead, and it is her spirit Azula's been talking to? Maybe Ursa's spirit i trying to show how she loved Azula, because she was never able to show it when she was alive! Maybe Azulas has never been halucinating at all!

But I have nothing to back this theory up lol. Still, I think that would be great!

This theory DOES make sense. We all know that Ursa would make anything for her son, even make her husband and biological father of her son THINK that his son is a bastard, just to make Ozai exile both Ursa and Zuko...
Yeah, i do like this theory, a lot!
A lot of thanks to that anonymous user that came up with this ;)

You guys what do you think about this?
What is your theory?

Another thing that i would like to discuss is Zuko and Azula's relationship, but that will happen in another post ;)
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Aryie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Yeah, I support this theory wholeheartedly.
If it is true, then I REALLY want to see Ozai's face when/if he finds out it was a trick. XD
Pocky-Japan-Ai-epic Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait a minute- this was meant to be like a historical shows then there is no possible way to find out who zukos biological father is. DNA tests didn't exist I that world either. Ursa just wants to think Zuko is Ikems son because she probably doesn't want zuko to end up like Ozai. Plus would they really go this far for a comic also mentioned for freakin 7 year old kids?
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Samhand315 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait a minute! Has more Avatar stuff been released? I'm confused. What is going on????? I've been so into school I haven't been doing much with television....
Thoralmir Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Anon here can't spellcheck worth a damn. :P
Rilawa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
i think Zuko is ozai's son coz if not Ursa would have had to cheat on Ozai and i don't think the creators would add that when so many little kids follow Avatar
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually have no problem believing that Zuko isn't Ozai's son. Yes, Iroh states that Zuko's connection to the former avatar and past firelords is important, but that doesn't invalidate anything. Iroh is operating on what he KNOWS. As far as he knows, Zuko is Ozai's son. He (as far as WE know) has no reason to think otherwise. We have to remember that characters never know as much as we know, so while it may seem like Iroh should know it's very easy to imagine that he doesn't.

And I'm guessing the idea of Zuko not being his son wouldn't be something Ozai would want to advertise. Zuko was, after all, his heir once he succeeded in his plan of becoming firelord. He couldn't banish Ursa and Zuko. What logic could he have to banish a child? He need a good reason, something that would work to get rid of Zuko without ruining what his people thought of him. That way the illegitimate heir is out of the way, and Ozai can continue with his plan of world domination with Azula as an heir. I'm pretty sure he was looking for a way to get rid of Zuko for YEARS until he finally managed to banish him.

And as for the whole "no-premarital sex" thing, we don't know the exact standards of Firenation society. We know what they're BASED on, but not what they actually are. Besides. It's not like every single person listens to societal rules.

And besides, Zuko was nothing compared to his sister in many of the battles. Azula was technically much more powerful, but she didn't think things through and eventually went nuts and lost. Zuko is, honestly, a pretty average firebender.
helenavampire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It would make alot of sense if Zuko isn't really Ozai's son, but i still feel sorry for much trauma can they put one child through.
Seems a bit unfair.
So when the next book come out ?
yourmom10 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
It's like Jon Snow all over again.
KateriTekakwitha Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
zuko is MOST DEFINANTLY ozai's son. they have the same eyes. even iroh and zuko have the same eyes, and you've probably noticed how surprisingly wonderful and believable Team Avatar is with designing genetically related characters to look genetically related. even that picture we saw of eska, if she had not been announced as korra's ousin, bryke and that crew make it beatifully evident that they must be related. thats why i knew amon was either tarrlock or his brother or first cousin. they had the same eyes, the same way about them, even similar voices (bryke does that too; look at the voices of iroh and zuko, both huskish very unique voices)
ShuiYue Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
I prefer this therory
MagicEve Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I don't like the entire story, it seems like drama for the sake of drama.

I like the idea of Ozai and Ursa's relationship, from watching AtlA I liked to think that Ursa was a lot like Yue, caring, loyal and selfless. If loving the Fire Nation meant marrying Ozai then it meant marrying Ozai, she was happy with her position, respected her husband and would do anything for her family.
Ozai was distant from his family, however he seemed to care about their well-being up into Ursa was banished then he became abusive towards Zuko, perhaps he blamed Ursa's banishment on Zuko.

The Search is even more of an asspull then the Promise.
XxCherokeeRosexX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't believe Ursa would try to make Ozai think Zuko was not his son, she probably knew that was a huge risk. Even if the plan was for them to be banished, she could have concluded it was too dangerous. And I don't think Ursa killed Azulon. She wasn't that kind of person. Even if she suggested that Azulon could be killed so Zuko could be saved, she wouldn't be able to do it herself. You can see that she was a loving mother and a kind person and she just wanted the best for her son, but I don't think she could have taken someone's life herself. And if she had done it, her punishment would've probably been much worse.
lotuspie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
yeah true and Ursa in the flash back did say. "No matter how much things change, know that everything she did was for him,"
Nine-By-Eight Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Azula and Ozai forged the letter and purposely let zuko find it so that Azula can have the evidence to take the throne as the only "legal" heir. Why else would ozai tell her the location of the letters?
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Ooooo. This is a fun theory!
flummo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Writer
I really hope this is true.
EpicPseudonym Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can we not use terms like "bastard son"? It's kind of dated and a derogatory term used to degrade the value of someone whose parents were not married. In a semi-historical cultural/fantasy context, where royal families are douchebags who still place value on bloodlines. Sure, someone might use the word bastard to indicate the user's position as a jerk, but outside of that, it's not necessary.
NightOfTheAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a name people have used for years, Bastard, does and should always mean, child of unmarried parents, child born out of wedlock, or illegitimate child. Though, I suppose we could call him that, Zuko;child of unmarried parents or Ursa and Ikem's Illegitimate son, but that is still a way of saying they are a not legal child or child of unwed parents. It means the same thing. Also, it's much longer, imagine seeing that a hundred times instead of bastard son. I guess Illegitimate Son would work and I guess it sounds nicer. :) Still, if people had morals anymore there would be no need for calling them, Bastard Children or Illegitimate Children. Kids would have married parents, a mother and a father. :)
EpicPseudonym Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Morals and marriage have nothing to do with one another. It's a social contract that has been claimed by religion. Further, a child can have two parents who are living together and not married and just because someone's parents were not married or later together in life, it doesn't mean their parents are bad people. :)

Alternatively, you can say biological or nonbiological child and avoid calling someone by a common insult (bastard) or claiming they aren't a legitimate human. :)
NightOfTheAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh, yes it does, statistics show, people who are married tend to stay together after the birth of their child/children. If your not married and have kids, they tend to leave each other, then other men get with their moms, other women with their dads and the next thing you know, the child has four parents, instead of two. I didn't say the parents were bad, they could love each other dearly, never break up, and be wonderful parents to their children. But if they live together, have kids, and love each other then they should just get married. It would simplify a lot of things. And if it truly is up to religion, then it should be accomodated to the religion, like oh, gay marriage is wrong. But that has nothing to do with what we are addressing. Bastard was used as a term for illegitimate children before it was used as a rude insult. Thus, its meaning should remain. I am not saying we have to call a child/adult that but, in all reality, that is its meaning.
EpicPseudonym Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Last I knew, the nuclear family exploded, resulting in an increase in the divorce rate because people who were happy when they initially had kids were no longer happy know, because human relationships aren't static (and they'd be damn boring if they were). What married couple has 2.5 kids anyway? And people staying together post-baby doesn't address your original accusation of people who don't marry being immoral:

"Still, if people had morals anymore there would be no need for calling them, Bastard Children or Illegitimate Children. Kids would have married parents, a mother and a father."

Back up your claims with some data, like thus: [link]
From the article:

"Sociologist Kelly Musick of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., who studies cohabiting couples with children, says she's noticed women with more education starting to have children outside of marriage. She says cohabiting used to be more common among women who didn't graduate from high school but it's becoming more common for those with a high school degree or some college.
You have women in that middle-educated group who want to start families and potentially don't find themselves in a stable enough economic position to want to make the move into marriage," she says. "They're kind of starting their families in a two-parent context, but outside the bounds of marriage."
NightOfTheAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't change the fact, co-habiting without marriage is wrong. A couple of decades ago, they would have been looked at bad. They still should, honestly, why not get married if you live like a married couple. Its so if they decide they are tired with the other, they can separate without the complications of divorce. Yes, co-habitating is on the rise, while marriage is falling, that is one of the many reasons people are having less morals.

Link~ [link]

Link~ [link]

"Mountains of research tell us that children reared outside of intact marriages are much more likely than other kids to slip into poverty, become victims of child abuse, fail at school and drop out, use illegal drugs, launch into premature sexual activity, become unwed teen mothers, divorce, commit suicide and experience other signs of mental illness, become physically ill, and commit crimes and go to jail. On average, children reared outside of marriage are less successful in their careers, even after controlling not only for income but also for parental conflict.

Yes, marriage protects children. And yes, marriage therefore protects taxpayers and society from a broad and deep set of costs, personal and communal."

Thus, creating less criminals and what-not. Have you noticed in recent decades, kids have become more violent, do not listen to their parents, get sentenced for murder, have higher school-dropout rates, higher teen pregnancies, higher suicide rates, and such. In the end, despite personal beliefs, it leads to the parents, not all the time, but most of it.

I work at a daycare, almost all of the kids have unwed/cohabiting/or one night fling parents. They are more violent then the others, call the other kids names, hit more, bite more, fight more, and refuse to listen. Also, they(at the mere age of 5) think its okay to have sex with whoever they want, have kids, and treat others bad. Especially when their parents are cohabiting or are one night fling parents. They also think its okay to call their own parents names. I feel bad for them, but in all honesty, the kids with married parents are well-behaved, play nicer, and think its important to love someone and be married before you have kids(usually around ages 8-10). Think how scary it is for a five year old to say, I can have sex with him and have kids without being married or in love with him.

It all has to do with the cohabiting/one night fling parents.
EpicPseudonym Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your sources are bias and I'm not wasting any additional time explaining how narrow-minded you are, so I'm just going to let you think the big paragraph made you win. I'll just return to my forsaken life full of unmarried parents and let you be on your merry, seemingly neoconservative, way. *drops the mic*
NightOfTheAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I offended anyone, I apologize, I was simply stating what I saw and heard from personal experiance, and of the data I researched. Have a nice day, everyone!
NightOfTheAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, you had to announce it on the mic, I was speaking only to you(despite the fact we are online). Kayla(thats my name too, only mines Kaela), I know marriage is right, but, its your choice if you want to get married or not. You, my friend, are the narrow-minded one who thinks marriage is simply a piece of paper and is out of use. I stated what I knew, based on truth and what I have seen. If you don't like it and want to drop your little mic, thats your fault. A win can happen even if the paragraph was short or a few simple words could win a battle. By the way, I am in no means a neoconservative, for those are for liberals and progressives, which I am neither. It would have been correct if you stated I was conservative, not neoconservative. Have a nice day!
spongekitty Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, and no. I think it's a misunderstanding, but not like that.

I don't think that Ursa was trying to play Ozai at all, I think she legitimately thought that Zuko was her son with Ikem. She also believes in earnest that her letters are reaching Ikem-- why would she put Zuko in that kind of danger, implying that he's not Ozai's in order to get back at Ozai? She clearly loves her children, even if she is more distanced from Azula.

The way I see it: There is a time lapse between Ikem's proposal and Ursa's return home. They wanted to start their life together right away... so they probably got it on in this time. Ozai was quick to marry, and surely consummate, so when she got pregnant she had no real way of knowing who the father was. As she grew more and more upset that she'd left her love for this (which she had no choice in, you can't just turn down the fire prince's proposal) which likely happened through her pregnancy (even when Ozai was "nice" he was a little tactless, like advising her to give fond memories to her parents before she /never saw them again/) she believed more and more that she was carrying her true love's child. Since she could never see Ikem again, this was all she had. It was her coping mechanism to keep face and avoid complete depression.

Obviously there was no chance Azula wasn't hers, and there was just a natural difference in the way she cared for the boy she believed looked like Ikem, and her daughter with Ozai. This was likely all the proof Ozai needed that her letter had been true and he was not Zuko's father. After that /his/ love for his children fluctuated, he started showing Azula all the affection, treating her like the golden child, and a huge rift formed.

I mean, it's canon that Zuko is the fire lord until he gives the throne to his daughter, so if he were really illegitimate, it's really unlikely that he would continue to hold the throne. I think the books are going to focus a lot on Azula finding the truth about her mother and coming to terms with it all. I foresee Azula having a change of heart.
NightOfTheAssassin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you have a good theory, I like yours better, the other one makes Ursa sound cruel and is against her love for Zuko. Yours makes perfect sense. :)
kunoichimistress Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like your theory. It's certainly possible that Ursa just THINKS Ikem is Zuko's father. I can't wait for this to all boil down.
sokkas-boomerang Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's a very interesting statement. In it's own way. :iconkyoyaplz:
ditto9 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's exactly what I think. When I saw people kicking off on Tumblr about it I thought it was going to be this HUGE revelation about it, and it only turned out to be a letter. If it was going to be soooo vital and true it would probably be held off till later - it was a very early plot in the three part comic, so there's plenty of room for change.
Asbebers Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Sup, same guy analysing the theory here.

Reading it again, it isn't all that bad. My big critique is on the first point.

Still, there are a couple of funny things on the rest of the argument.

I think that using this old lady to show Ozai the letters is, in reality, a very bad plan. A VERY bad plan. And it is very bad because the one that has the grip on the power is Ozai, not Ursa.

Making Ozai grow to hate Ursa and Zuko would give him reasons to eliminate them, not to be considerate to them (we all know that Ozai IS a monster). And he doesn't need any means to do it: he could just poison them in their sleep, and then make a political movement to frame anyone from the other nations. simple as that. After all, Azula was already alive, and he already HAD the successor he wanted (I'm assuming he planned to claim the throne since before marrying).

Letting him know of the real origin of his firstborn (or just making him believe his firstborn is a Bastard) puts Ursa in a clear disadvantage to me. And puts her son's life in danger.

This is my analysis of point 2 of the theory. Same as before, comments with logic, not feels, please.

BTW, IMPORTANT TO NOTICE: I'm not actually defending the "Zuko is Ikem's son" theory. I'm just dissecting this theory, because I think that it fails to defent the "Zuko is Ozai's son" theory.
Asbebers Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
About point three, it is pretty vague, but I agree that we should wait for part II and III of the Search.

Besides, I must quote something in the third part of the argument that actually makes me... I don0t know. Please, watch:

"Ozai thoght that Zuko was not his son because Ursa wanted him to think that. Besides, Ozai was unthinkably mean to his son: he scared him, humilhated him, banished him from his country and even tried to kill him. Twice..."

So, Usa planned for Ozai to know that Zuko WAS NOT his son. As I said earlier, Ozai is a monster, and it is not unthinkable for him to actually harm Zuko if he wasn't his offspring.

My question: WHAT KIND OF MOTHER WOULD PLAN THIS FOR HIS SON? The very same argument said it: Ursa plan almost killed his sontwice. And if she can plan something so long winded... how could she not have seen that coming?

Sorry, but I sincerely can't think this is correct.

It would be very illogical to think that Ursa planned for these letters to reach Ozai instead of Ikem (that is, of course, if we keep assuming that Ursa loves Zuko; if she actually hated him, of course this movement would be logical).

Well, I'm finished. Your opinions?
Asbebers Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I remember answering this theory on the Avatar Forum. I wish to start debate, so here I go again.

I think there are several fallacies in the argument, and I'll point them one by one (PS: please, let's keep it civil. Just a logic playground here).

"First of all, why I think it would be incoherent Zuko not being Ozai's son"

In this section, he mentions that it is incoherent for him not to be Ozai son, because of two reasons. The first one, is the strife about his two bloodlines. Iroh said that the strife in his mind is because he carries both bloodlines in him. But that is what Iroh said, because that's what Iroh believed. Just because Iroh says so, doesn't mean it is exactly true. Iroh is a wise man, but he is not an omniscient character in the Avatar Universe.

The strife could be explained simply by this two conflicting parts: the first one, his inheritance from Avatar Roku's (made stronger by the presence ad love of his mother, Ursa), and the strong fatherly figure of Ozai (made stronger by the personal comparison with his sister, his rights as the firstborn, the glory of the fire Nation, etc.). Sincerely I think that having this weight on his shoulders, was indeed the drama Zuko had during the whole series. And him not being Ozai son doesn't really destroy it.

The origin of it changes; the essence is untouched.

About Ursa not being pregnant from Ikem before marrying, We are not sure, but I must agree with this. Still, this doesn't mean she had not any window of opportunity to meet Ikem. It's hard, but she presumably had years to do so.

That's about the first question. I'll keep analysing the following ones.

BTW, IMPORTANT TO NOTICE: I'm not actually defending the "Zuko is Ikem's son" theory. I'm just dissecting this theory, because I think that it fails to defent the "Zuko is Ozai's son" theory.
xMezMezx Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ursa isn't dumb enough to not know that her letters were being intercepted. I always thought that she purposefully said that Zuko was an illegitimate child, but I didn't get past Ursa just wanting to get back at Ozai lol. It just doesn't really make sense that Zuko wouldn't be his child. And same thing with Ursa killing Azulon, suspected it, just didn't know why >.<

Thank you for posting this! Whoever wrote this is a freaking genius. It all makes sense!
Terra7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Link much appreciated! :]
fedorapug Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I think Ikem just wanted her to contact him and get some attention from Ursa.
im-a-tumor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist
When I saw that part, I was pretty sure Ursa knew her letters weren't being delivered. I think she would have coded the first few or something like that that would tell her he got her letters or not. So I like this theory a lot, I agree that's it's very plausible.
NicaRox2006 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I like your theory better, but it still wouldn't make sense to me. Zuko looks too much like Oxai for Ozai to think that he is not his son. But then again, it is/was pretty common. In any case, it's going to be interesting finding out.
elfspark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. It just seems too... misplaced for Zuko NOT to be Ozai's son.
Paulax77 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't get the download D;
Still haven't read the search and i can't buy it from Spain D;
Zugoldragon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
what's wrong with the link?
Paulax77 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When i download it, i cant open the file.
I have a mac, could that be it?
Zugoldragon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
ooh now i understand....
i dont know if this works in mac, but you should download "winrar"
that program opens that kind of files
i hope it works :)
ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I think we have our answer.
I doubt that she'd knowingly openly write that leter if there was a chance that it got into fire royalty hands. Such a thing would be suicidal. It would cost both her and Zuko's lives.
AmyTsCreations Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
In a way I'm hoping Zuko not being Ozai's son is a load of bull. Because if he isn't Ozai's son he wouldn't be the true heir to the throne Azula would be (dread the thought..) But we all know he remains Fire lord due to the events in The Legend of Korra. I just think if it is true how is he entitled to be Fire Lord? The only reason I could think Azula couldn't take his place is because she's been condemned and has spent time in the nut house.. but somehow this is all going to be resolved. I'm questioning whether Ursa is actually still alive but we will find out eventually.Concerning Azula and Zuko's relationship, I don't believe Azula will turn into a good guy or anything I believe her and Zuko will still have that bitter relationship but I get the impression from the first volume Zuko seems to be a lot more tolerant and kinder to Azula than he was previously when he was a bit more of a hot head..
Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I like this theory. I also think it's possible that the letter Ozai read was not the same one that Zuko read. Azula or Ozai may have forged it to troll him or de-legitimize him. She wouldn't have left it sticking out of her boot if she didn't want Zuko to read it, I guarantee it.

In any case, I'm convinced that Zuko is Ozai's legitimate son, and the letter will be explained in a way that fits canon.
kasaibou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Seems believable. We'll just have to wait...
Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Or what if Ursa has been dead and her spirit is that wolf spirit that's been showing up? I don't want that to be the case, since I want her and Zuko to have a tearful reunion!

What I'm hoping is that we find that either Ursa was lying in her letter or that either Ozai or Azula rewrote the letter knowing that Zuko would get his hands on it and read it. Someone pointed out that the letter that Ozai holds has two creases and the one that Zuko holds has three. Either this is an artistic oversight or it's not actually the same piece of paper.

I want Zuko to be Ozai's legitimate son because otherwise they have thrown away everything that made Zuko... Zuko. But I wouldn't say no if Ikem wanted to act like Zuko was his actual son, even if he wasn't. Iroh's been a good dad to Zuko, but he also deserves to have a family that is happy and, you know, not batshit insane.
UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm fairly positive that Zuko is Ozai's son, and that the letter was something faked.
Azula may have somewhat lost her mind, but she's still very clever and manipulative. Why would she leave that letter just OUT for Zuko to look at? Clearly it's just to scare him.
NorthernLightsmlpfim Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love everything except for the theory of Azula dying. JUST NOPE. AZULA CANNOT DIE, NOPE NOPE NOPE. SHE WILL NOT DIE, NO ONE WILL!!!
Great theories, i believe in them too! although I prefer to think that Ursa is indeed still alive, but having her long gone would be a shocker. We'll see what happens, I'll still cross my fingers that Azula and Ursa don't die/isn't dead. C:
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