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Brave Soldier boy by Ceshira Brave Soldier boy by Ceshira

Reblog on Tumblr here: [link]

I’ve been meaning to draw this. I know that other people have probably done this, but it’s been in my mind for a long time now…

Headcanon: At the anniversary of his uncle’s birth, Zuko always takes a day off to visit a certain tree in Ba Sing Se. He would just talk about current situations, and sing his favorite childhood song to the picture of his uncle. It was almost like he was there in spirit listening. It was a secret for a few years, but the gang eventually found out. They felt that they owed a visits as well. So it became a tradition. No matter if the person was at the opposite end of the world, or if political issues came up, they would meet on that one day of the year to be together and share a song, a picnic, and a cup of tea in honor of Iroh.

Are you shocked that something mildly serious just came out of me? Usually I’m all giggles and jokes, but I’ve been wanting to try out some serious moments. And I’m glad that I’m trying to take that chance.

This came to me while listening to “Brave Soldier Boy” (because Tumblr just had to keep putting that on my dash…it was a sign I swear…) And it got me thinking of parallels. How Zuko handled the death of his Uncle.

And dear lord, I’m crying inside because I just thought of something…. Oh my god. When the others start to die off they burry them under that tree so that they would still be together on that day… and as of ‘legend of korra’ time. Katara and Zuko are the only ones left who still have to travel to ba sing se to meet…. OH MY I’M CRYING MYSELF TO SLEEP TONIGHT.


Avatar: The last air bender/Legend of Korra © Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
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steffie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Wonderful callback to that scene with Uncle Iroh.
theADHDkid101 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But did you see that episode of Korra?
AntigoneBlack Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Just watched this episode a couple days ago. That scene always gets me. And the dedication to original-Iroh-voice! Really Sad 
sharksang Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student Artist
This is so amazing, I love the sentiment, great now I'm getting feels!
JamesCranmer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, now I'm crying.
EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not cool... soooo not cool :iconsadplz:
Sapphire-Toothiana Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why would you do this to me? :,( so many feels
Novactus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excuse me... *runs off sobbing loudly*
1999MarvelTeen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am crying so freakin hard. Iroh best uncle in the world
JASON9000 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Oh...right in the feels!
RenagadeRexRider Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man.... it hurts when i hear Zuko actually singing it.... it hurts:tears:
FollowedMyHeart Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I'm not crying you're crying
NightlessSleeper Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   General Artist
OMG. So you're the one who drew this. Okay I worship you now. 
StreamSecret Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aw. poor zuko
MystyrNile Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Even if you're lost you can't
lose the love because it's in your heart

daa da daa daaaa
VenVen432 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well Toph might be alive because they said she went out into the world but idk :/
alctrnx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
the so real...
clockworkporcelain Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
in what universe is that okay
Lisa372 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This almost made me cry! But the words are a not very visible. The first time I saw this, I didn't even notice them. 

But still a tremendous emontional artwork :D
Drahaka Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Not that song,anything but that song!
That was the song that taught me tearbending.
Punkkis-chan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Heartbreaking!!! :'(
ramenlovingfox Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
the feels...
zhugebeifong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

It reminds me of the time my grandfather passed away 2 years ago...

How I miss him.
Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a creative and touching tribute to a man many of us have a deep connection to by watching him though events that include what was your inspiration for this art.
HowlingGuardian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I feel like I got punched in the gut... Damn these tears
Grabarc8492 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Dam...feels...damm ninja..cutting...ahue T-T
0Rose0blood0 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEADCANON ACCEPTED. I love how you tied this in with that one episode when Iroh commemorated the birthday of his deceased son.  Oh the feels. THIS IS ALL GETTING MY TEARY-EYED. Amazing work.
worldends4me Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student
Years later, he visits it again, w/ Iroh II behind him
JacquelineFrost1220 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
OMG brb tearbending feels :icontearbendingplz: :iconcryforeverplz:
Bluerosethehedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh the feels Really Sad 
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Amazing detail,colour,story,drawing and amazingly great show
jkphantom9 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cry forever Cry forever Cry forever Cry forever Cry forever Cry forever Cry forever Cry forever 

Goddamnit the feels got to me... T_T
girlgirls123 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
When Iroh appeared in Korra living happily in the spirit world like he never died I just felt so happy inside .. knowing he's not truly gone forever  Happycry revamp 
Jaeger-Bom-bastic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
might as well just throw my heart into a fire pit because it can't take anymore feels
Ryo-chan-wolfgirl Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I imagine that when Iroh died that this is how Zuko would handle it. He would take a portrait of his beloved uncle to the same tree in Ba Sing Se that Iroh would go to on his son's birthday and performs the same ritual. 

Beautiful work... Oh there I go, now I'm starting to tear up.
NightwingIsAwesome Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
this is so amazing. its sad but its like, you're making a little monument for them in this. its beautiful
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
:iconcryforeverplz: So sad and beautiful!!
AnimeGeek15 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sad and beautiful...Iroh is my favorite character, so now I'm crying ;_;
DeamonMaid Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Would it be okay if I posted this to tumblr? I would credit you of course :) (my followers deserve a bit of sadness now and again ;) )
Rangerlou Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
This is a much better version to go with this portrait.…
otakusenpai Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I heard this song on the youtube page, so sad T_T
DarkNightlitMoons Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Friends forever, will always stick together :D
Taranko Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
oh the feels!
FireSong-49135 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Beautiful. Very creative and sad
paramoregirl42 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Leaves from the vine
Falling so slow
Like tiny, fragile shells
Drifting in the foam
Little soldier boy
Comes marching home
Brave soldier boy
Comes marching home
megaknux Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Wonderful piece, I still can't watch the Iroh scene without shedding a tear.
GleamDragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
NOOOOO not the feels ;_;
shadamy20 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I am crying right now
hannikka Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
its really sad
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