The sounds of horse hoofs clanking against the hard stone roads of Caldera could be heard as a band of horses along with there driver were seen carrying a load of supplies in a wagon. Amongst these supplies was Zian, lying down in the back of the wagon with his bamboo conical hat over his face with his bag slouched over on a stack of hay. Zian removed the hat from his face and placed it on his chest as he stared up into the blue sky, watching the clouds pass by. He reflected on the day that his mother was murdered by his father and how he spent day and night hunting down his father before he murdered him. Just these very thoughts made Zian's blood boil, but he gained composure of himself and quickly thought of something else. He wondered what the Avatar looked like and if he would ever meet her, considering that she was from the Water Tribe and that his little raggedy one manned boat would never survive the travel to either Water Tribe. Suddenly the wagon stops. Several heavy footsteps could be heard coming from the front of the wagon, with sounds of armor clanking with each step. Zian turned over on his side, placing his hat back over his head, as if he were sleeping. The footsteps came from several Fire Nation guards who had spotted Zian in the back of the wagon as it rode by.
The guards walked over to where Zian was lying and nudged his leg. "Fire Lord Vlace would like to see you at the Royal Palace.. We are here to escort you there." said the lead guard. Zian exhaled before he sat up in an indian styled position. Zian looked at them all and noticed that their armor had changed since he had last been home. None the less he didn't want anything to do with war or politics anymore, which is what pretty much destroyed his family. "Fire Lord Vlace?.. What happened to Fire Lord Lei?" asked Zian to the guards. The guards all thought that Zian might have been a drunk for not even knowing that Fire Lord Lei had committed suicide. "The former Fire Lord, Lei, had committed suicide. Now are you coming with us or do we have to take you by force?" said the Lead Guard. Zian took his hat and placed it on his head before standing up, grabbing his bag, and jumping off the wagon. He then looked to the lead guard and smiled. "Tell Fire Lord Vlace, that it would be nice to have a little sit down chat and tea with him, but I really need to be going. My place isn't in that palace. So now if you would excuse me..." said Zian, before slinging his bag over his shoulder and walking past the guard bumping shoulders with him. The guard gritted his teeth under his helmet and turned around towards Zian, walking briskly to his backside.
Zian expected a forceful visit to the palace. Just as the guard prepared to grab Zian, the ex-Fire Nation soldier quickly lowered his body position and spun around, extending his leg out for a sweep. Zian swept the guard off his feet and down to the ground. He then followed up by slamming his bag down onto the guard's chest. "Mind holding that for me? Thanks you're such a life saver." said Zian before he began walking towards the other guards. One of the guards would make an attempt to punch Zian in the face, but Zian uses his quickness to sway out of the way of the attack, grabbing his opponent's arm. He then flips the guard over down to the ground with a take-down. "Guys.. I seriously don't want to do this." said Zian before continuing on to the next guard. This guard would attempt to use his staff against Zian but once again, Zian evades the attack by parrying the attacking end of the staff and spinning around giving the guard a hard sidekick to the chest, taking the staff away from him in the process. Zian then twirls the staff around a few times before taunting the guards once more. "Geez, the guards have really softened up since the last time I've been here.. Y'know Fire Lord Vlace should really invest in getting some better guards." said Zian. By this time the guards had already started to recover from the attacks from Zian as they slowly began to ascend to their feet. One guard started doing a few motions recognized in Fire Bending forms. The other two guards took notice of this and began to join in. Knowing that the guards were preparing to fire bend, Zian smirked a bit. "This is going to get really interesting.." said Zian, twirling the staff around a few more times.