Azula vs. Ahsoka Tano
CrystalFire7: So, Anything else before I say the big words?
Nightmare Rarity: Well all we can say is that we have looked each of the combatant’s both strengths and weaknesses and there is no missing details. With that said, you can say the magic words.
CrystalFire7: LET THE REAL DEATH BATTLE BEGIN!
Location: Palace of Ba-Sing-Se, prior to the Sozin Comet time.
Here is Ba-Sing-Se, the Earth Kingdom’s capital. Inside his palace, there was its throne room. In said location, the Earth King was the one who lived inside. But now, it is a 14 year-old girl. But not like any other girl. She was escorted by a pair of guards. But they were no mere guards. They were Dai Lee Agents, who were loyals to the Earth Nation.Actually, they were once loyal. But their alliegance was In the Palace’s Throne, there was Azula. She is the younger daughter of FireLord Ozai and Former FireLady Ursa. Her hair color was Black hair and her eyes were Brown as her main appearance, followed by her iconic evil smirk, she always shows. As a way to prove her own way of superiority to anyone who dares to stand against her. She is in fact, the Princess of the Fire Nation, as well as, the future Phoenix Queen. Once the rebellious Earth Kingdom is down for real. Once every enemy of the Fire Nation no longer exists, the entire Earth shall be surrounded by the Fire Nation as a whole. A world purely surrounded by fire and nothing else than that. For someone like Azula, the simple thought of ruling a world as such made her purr on the inside, like she was some contended dragon after destroying an entire civilization on his own. In order to achieve such thing, there was one little thing that would provide enough help to get it. It’s answer was a comet called the Sozin Comet. This comet was used by FireLord Sozin, 100 years ago, to destroy the Air Nation and named the comet itself with his name. Now it was going to be used by FireLord Ozai, by the time the comet appears. When it does, the countdown for inevitable destruction will not only come for the irritant Earth Nation. The same will go to the rabble of the Water Nation and it’s pitiful tribes from both North and South. Once it is done the Fire Empire will rule eternally.
As Azula moved to the window to look at the red sky, she was saying to herself “It will be the greatest delight when it is done”. Though, she was saying them to herself. The palace’s doors opened and a Dai Lee agent entered, gasping for air as he said “My Princess, you should go outside!”
Azula turned around to say “For what?” as she walked away from the window, as the rest stepped back as she was coming. Azula was not really convinced for what the agent said first “Is The Avatar and his pathetic Friends coming? Or is Uncle Iroh with his peasant Friends of the White Lotus coming here?”
“Not exactly, My Princess.” The Agent responded.
“Then what is it?” Azula asked back.
“It was in the sky. Flying things with very weird designs. They were very big by the looks of it.”
“They landed on the ground and there was a little group here. It had some men wearing white armor and strange blasters and their leader was a strange individual. It was a “she” and it had orange skin, White tattoos and strange horns on her head. Her attire was revealing and carried two strange things around her belt”.
“Are they coming here?”
“Y-Yes, My Princess”
She sighed “You are dismissed.” She later said to the other agents “Leave the place. I’ll deal with the suppose phenomenon myself. NOW GET OUT!”
Meanwhile, a group of Republic Troopers, coming from the 501st Regiment, under the leaderships of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and it’s second in command, Commander Ahsoka Tano. The Little group of troopers was led by Tano. As for the rest, they were away from the Earth Nation, as they were planing for a posible Separatist Invasion on this planet. Or prepare themselves for a stand against the Fire Nation, if they were under attack by them. All they could is to wait and see what Commander Tano has got to inform them, in regards to their current situation which is now entering to the Ba-Sing-Se Palace.
This is Ahsoka Tano. A 16 year-old Togruta, hailed from a jungle planet called Shili. She is currently a Jedi Padawan to the famed Chosen One of the Jedi Order, Anakin Skywalker. She aspires to be one of the greatest of the Order because she calls herself The One with Enthusiasm. Just like her master, she doesn’t believe in the impossible. Until it’s proven that is.
Just as Ahsoka entered to the palace, she could contemplate the place well. She could hear herself saying “This is indeed a good place”.
As she finished her line, the Young Padawan Heard someone else saying “But sadly it won’t last very long”.
“Not while I am here.” Ahsoka answered.
“That’s what the fools always say before they die.” Azula countered in a mocking voice. She later added “Besides freak show, I don’t think you will ever amount to anything by doing so, you know”.
Ahsoka grunted angrily towards Azula’s compliment and answered by pointing her finger at her opponent “I’m no damn freak show! My name is Ahsoka Tano. The soon Jedi Knight of the Galactic Republic and you are under arrest.”
“Me? Under arrest? Don’t make me laugh. I am Azula. The most splendid Fire Princess in the Nation’s history and the last face you will ever see.” As she got up from the throne and she was now a few meters away from it. She was standing 10 meters away from Ahsoka at that point.
“I doubt that, Your Majesty. Still, you can surrender and save yourself the humiliation or I end up giving you a merciful death. It’s your call.” The Teenage Togruta said in hopes of finding a solution to this, believing that of the Jedi Masters of her Order would do, before she could jump into action.
“I beg to differ. My offer is the part where I see you dead before my firebending might. But anyways I call your pathetic little bluff. Take your best shot while you still can. You may even regret it.” Azula answered as she was preparing herself to fight.
As Ahsoka realized that there was no other way here, she called on both of her weapons. A lightsaber, and a shoto. The first had a Green Blade. As for the second’s blade, it was Green-yellowed, which was quite rare for some of the Jedi of the era, while the short blade revealed the same color. As the sabers were on, Tano opens her stance by holding her weapons in her favorite presentation by using the reverse handed-grip variant of Form V, Shien.
As she stood, the Young Jedi answered “If you insist. But then again, don’t blame me if I cut you down.”
Azula didn’t say anything, aside from making a sneer that gives the impression of her saying “Really? You think you can take me down with those pathetic toys? Hmph. I can get more than those with the pathetic fools I have faced before you” as she showed bot of her hand charged with blue Firebending.
So it was as Azula charging her blasts directed towards Ahsoka, who cuts both blast with her sabers and races after the Fire Princess, wanting to end the fight quickly. Azula doesn’t let up at all as she leaps away by firing more blasts in the process, so that she can buy herself some time to make a more elaborate tactic to take her opponent down. Tano, on the other hand, dodges and deflects the blasts, as she keeps trying to go on the offense, in the hopes of landing a possible blow at the Princess. With not much else to go, Azula realizes that she needs to keep herself away from the lightsabers. The 5 minutes of their battle consisted in dividing their time for taking the offense against one another and using acrobatic evasion at the same, to prevent themselves from getting hurt. Azula then made a hand gesture towards Ahsoka as a signal of “Come and get me”, while she was smirking. Ahsoka was noticing that Azula was up to something with this, she could really feel through the Force some intention in mind. But after clearing herself consciously, she chooses to go on the offensive, hoping to find an option to take her down.
She races after with an Ataru opening, jumping towards her as she prepares to deal a blow to the Fire Princess. As Azula sees this, she uses her fire flight ability to get away from the Togruta Jedi. Now that she was in the air, what Azula can do right now is either tiring her enemy or keeping them at bay, to the point that she will become frustrated and take the opening. No, for the Princess, there is no time to waste on those things. She had to pay attention to how fast her opponent was coming. Ahsoka was launching fast strikes. But none of them seem to deal an injury towards Azula. Now, the Togruta shuts down her sabers and takes a moment to think.
“What’s the matter? Are you giving up now?” Azula asked.
“No exactly. I have a little surprise.” Ahsoka answered by smirking down, as she conjures a telekinetic attack towards her opponent, by hurling one of the corbels towards Azula.
“What?” As the Fire Princess saw one of the palace’s corbels heading for her and jumps away from the object, just in time. But as she lands he sees the bottom of Ahsoka's boot in her face, prompting a kick that throws her down to the ground. Ahsoka doesn't miss a beat as she ignited her lightsabers jumping towards her for a killing blow. In desperation, Azula launches a fire blast, catching the Young Padawan off-guard. Tano gets herself up and in desperation calls on the Force, to prevent herself from getting severe burns in her outfit. But as she desperately gets up, the Young Togruta begins to grow aware of how dangerous her powers really are. A bad move and it will end quickly. All she can do is tiring her opponent. But the question would be “How?”
“So, do you understand that you are no match for me? Or do you want another burn mark to make it clear?” Azula asked.
“Tch, I’m afraid you’ll have to do better than that to take me down” Ahsoka answered.
Azula smirked as she fired from her fingertips a series of fire fissures. However, the fissures themselves were not aiming at the Young Jedi. They were cutting down the palace’s corbels. Sensing this through her use of Force Sense, Tano dodges the falling corbels. As she does so, she decides to push Azula to her backfoot, attempting another offense with her lightsabers. With not many options left, the Fire Princess unleashes a Fire Wall, keeping her opponent at bay, as well as buying some time to get away from the Young Togruta and changing the battlefield.
Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice could at least, sense what Azula was up to. As the fire faded away, she proceeds in chasing her to whatever place, she was going. As for Zuko’s sister, she was carving her way out to the Palace’s entrance. But as she sees her opponent getting closer to her, she launches several blasts to keep the distance. Some of them are Force Pushed away, while others are either cut down by the Jedi’s lightsabers or dodges by acrobatic jumps.
Now the two warriors were outside the Palace. They were now in the Courtyard. They stood still for a while, to see if they could a way to take the other down, as well as gaining some of the energy they lost earlier.
Knowing that they can stand around here, the meet each other in the mid-air. Azula releasing a fire whip with the attempt to lash Ahsoka down. Meanwhile, Skywalker’s Apprentice sees this as she parries the attcks, leaving a serious burn mark on Azula’s right cheek. Azula grunted in pain, but as she contemplated the blood going down from her cheek to the palm of her left hand, all now that Zuko’s sister could thing was only thing. Pay back. That’s right. She will definetly she will make sure that space circus freak pays for this and then she would die.
Releasing an angry scream, Azula released a sudden blast of Lightning Bending. Sensing the danger of such power, Ahsoka manages to over jump over the attack itself, in just a nick of time. As she landed on the ground, the Teenage Jedi Padawan sees Azula all over her blasting a Fire Ball that catches her full on. As she fell to the ground, she let loose her Shoto Saber, whose own hilt gets destroyed by Azula’s Blast.
“I guess you won’t need that little thing after all, huh?” Azula said in a mocking manner, before she continued her overwhelming offense, pushing her Jedi enemy to the defensive.
As for Ahsoka herself, the best she could do was only thing. Delay the inevitable. But the real question, how long? After all, she has been taken serious hits form Azula’s firebending power. Had not been for Force Augmentation, she would be incapable to go on. She was trying to find a way to take her down, but how can she think of some way to do so, while her opponent is keep shooting at her with everything she’s got? Now that’s a good question.
As Ahsoka manages to step back in time, she asked “Do you ever tire sometimes?”
Then Azula answered “I rarely tire. However, what really annoy me a lot are people being truly persistent.” While she released a new Lightning Bending shot towards Padawan Tano, who is able to dodge again. But it was closer than she thought.
Now Ahsoka had another shrink in her disadvantage. Aside from the loss of her secondary weapon, it was her stamina that was beginning to drain. After so much jumping, dodges, runs, employing kicks and fists, yeah that seems to be a serious problem.
Seeing that she was running out of options, she performed a hand gesture that catches Azula at full. The Princess struggles against the telekinetic manipulation, but she is thrashed to a wall.
Yeah. That must have hurt. As Azula tries to get up, Ahsoka jumps towards her for the killing blow. Just before the green blade of Ahsoka Tano’s lightsaber could do so, Zuko’s Sister rolled away. As Ahsoka only hit the floor with her blade, she could only turn to see Azula backing herself, tough with some effort.
Now it was Azula on the defensive, shooting fire blasts time and again, as Tano evade those attacks, though with difficulty on her part, since they were fighting on a tight spot. Azula jumps away and expected Tano to jump after. And so her opponent did and in a quick maneuver Azula dodged the strike and later on, shoots a new fire blast. This time, it was aimed at Ahsoka’s wrist. The young Jedi sees it coming. But it was a bit too late, as she gets hit by the attack, followed by being disarmed from her lightsaber, which adittionaly left her exposed from a new Firebending attack, coming from Azula’s boot, sending flying to the ground and knocking her out in the process.
Now there is one thing that is truly. It was Azula’s eminent triumph, and possibly, the death of Ahsoka Tano.
As she feels the end was coming, Azula starts to charge her ultimate move, in the form of the infamous Lightning Bending. Ahsoka was aware that there was only thing to do. It was all or nothing, at this point. Through the Force Tano, called at her hilt and with her saber ignited she prepared to make her last ditch effort. Azula was waiting for the right moment as she was charging up her lightning to her fullest. She gave a smirk and said “Too bad it ends here for you. I wish it was otherwise, you know”.
Then Ahsoka answered her enemy's compliment by saying "I could say the same for you." As she raised the angle of her blade. Now the Young Jedi jumped after the Firebender, who was waiting for her. As it was happening, Azula unleashed her lightning bending against Tano, was still in mid air. The Padawan of Skywalker attempted to block the attack with her lightsaber. But it was half a second too slow. And too late, as well.
As the lightning bending touched her, Ahsoka let go of her lightsaber hilt and it fell to the ground. While it happened, her world was all stinging in lightning around her. Her world faded like an instant, and then she fell faced down to the ground.
Ahsoka Tano’s body was now lifeless as it seemed.
Azula panted after shooting such a powerful blast of her own, with such precision. To think she would see the opening as quick as she could, was indeed a surprise. Even for her. She now walked to see if her foe was truly dead. And it did. The Princess couldn’t help herself by showing her devious smile of victory, followed by a twisted laughter and later said “Enjoy Spirit World, freakshow! Haha”
Then she turned and sees Ahsoka’s lightsaber hilt on the ground. She picked it up and later ignited seeing the green color of it’s blade.
As a remark, Azula thought that it may not be her color, and added that it was very beneath the power of a Firebender. But her mischievous smirk was telling that she was viewing as some toy to mock her brother Zuko, as well as the Avatar and it’s peasant friends for it.
And so, The Princess of the Fire Nation walked away with her trophy, knowing that the fight was over for good.
Little Azula knows that this event would bring not only dangerous consequences. But also, some unwanted attention.
Ultimate Winner: Azula.
Nightmare Rarity: Oh, the comment section. I can imagine the whole thing.
CrystalFire7: Speaking of comment section thing. We have to say that it was not coming. But I think the fight kinda spoke to itself. Still, while it is understable that Ahsoka did had good chances of beating Azula closely, there are some factors to be considered.
Nightmare Rarity: One thing is their focus.
CrystalFire7: Good point. Azula's focus was in her powers. Basically, both her Firebending and Lightning Bending Abilities, which is supported by her understanding in how to use tactics and win battles. In the case of Ahsoka, she was more geared for lightsaber combat. Which it can be both an advantage, as well as a disadvantage.
Nightmare Rarity: And the question would be, why exactly?
CrystalFire7: In answer to your question, it's a disadvantage because Ahsoka became more confident in the use of dual blades, to the point that her skills with the single blade decreased in the process, which is evident by her defeat at the hands of Barriss Offee. Another point is that Ahsoka's Force Abilities were limited. In other words, she doesn't have a great array of Powers, aside from Telekenisis, Force Augmentation, Force Sense and Force Push, there isn't very much about her skillset. But it is at best useful in some cases.
Nightmare Rarity: That would explain why Azula was aware she needed to disarm her first if she wanted to take her down. But there's still more about this. For example: Their physicalities.
CrystalFire7: Correct. While it is true that Togrutas are superior to Humans, in terms of durability and resiliance. But Azula did also trained herself in the physical aspect to improve herself, in terms of speed and durability. Tano has a competent speed, followed by her capability in hand to hand fights.
Nightmare Rarity: But there's more. Azula's Lightning Bending.
CrystalFire7: That's right. While it is true that Lightning Bending is not like the Sith Lightning that can dislpay Godlike magnitude, like turning people into ash (Examples: Revan, Darth Bane, Darth Sidious and Luke Skywalker, to name). But is still capable to kill or subdue people in a similar fashion, to another power of the Star Wars Universe known as Electric Judgement, which is in short an underpowered version of Force Lightning itself.
Nightmare Rarity: And Ahsoka had practically no defense against it, since she never learned advanced Force Powers, like Tutaminis.
CrystalFire7: That’s exactly another of Ahsoka’s weakness. Lack of variety on her side, followed by her limited tactics and skillset. But on the whole, The Force was not with Ahsoka Tano at all.
Nightmare Rarity: The winner is Fire Princess Azula.
+More variability and creativity in her Bending Abilities
+She is tactically superior to Ahsoka
+Previous experience against sword fighters, like the Kyoshi Warriors.
+Lightning Bending FTEW!
=Competent use of hand-to-hand combat
-Her arrogance can leave her open to attacks
-Defenseless against Force Powers.
-If she got over her head, she would have lost as a whole.
+Physically superior to Azula. Though slightly.
+Echolocation gave her special awareness for a good deal of time to anticipate Azula’s Attacks.
+Force Augmentation boosted her physicality to take Azula’s blows.
+Capable in trading physical attacks.
+Same in her uses of Force Pushes and TK Strikes.
=Competent unarmed fighter.
-Lack of tactical variety
-Susceptible against Firebending/Lightning Attacks.
-Relies too much on her secondary weapon.