I’m sure you’ve heard—literally, because the disaster area is still smoking—that the Fire Nation capital is no longer standing. The Fire Sages supposedly began to suspect that something was amiss some few days prior to the explosion, and have safely evacuated as many as they possibly could, within the shortest timeframe.
…Although I’m sure you also heard that many didn’t survive. The ships are overcapacity with refugees, and we’re running out of resources quickly. My senate has been in talks for the past couple of days as we were sailing on our way back from the North Pole… Which I should tell you, was a pointless endeavor on our part. The Avatar’s been deceased for a long enough time, and there still is no successor. It might be in the Earth Kingdom’s best interest to peek in on the Swamp Tribes, just to make sure.
A lot has been going on, these past months. I haven’t been a very consistent ruler, and I blame myself for that.
Anyway, this letter goes out to our world leaders. We’re alright in our efforts to rehabilitate the people, but it’s going to be a long process. Foreign vessels are always welcome through our territories. If you want to help, send them with supplies, and fly your flags so that our guard can identify you.
Although it might seem wise to 'check in' on the swamps, I have never met a man willing to delve too far into them for any reason other than enlightenment, which I find to be a bit dubious. I fear losing lives to the swamp, and at the moment, Master Toph believes Aang may still be alive. She has journeyed southwards in the hopes of finding him. I do not know what she'll find.
As for help - I fear that any aid we might supply will be a long was in the coming. Tsunamis have devastated several major ports along the west coast, and what hasn't been wrecked has been flooded further inland. To send supplies - or any aid - we would need ships, docks, and our own supplies, which are currently being used to repair things as quickly as possible. Several of the towns alongside major rivers have been washed out, and I'm afraid the effects here are only marginally better than they are there. While your capital city is wiped clean from the land, entire stretches of the coast have been wrecked. The most direct route from Ba Sing Se to the Fire Nation has flooded and is now much more difficult to navigate given the debris.
When things improve, we will again consider helping you. Until then I have no means to send aid, though I wish I could.
- His Royal Highness, Earth King Kuei.
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Having been on route to Kyoshi Island at the time of its arrival, I have just received your letter, through my Second. He informs me that our Tribe would have been blind to the disaster if not for the letter - not even a high wave, though we felt some turbulence on our way here.
You will receive this reply before you spy our ships on the horizon, but you will see them nonetheless. We are indeed still small, but I have sent word back to Bato instructing that he send whatever is available in your direction. We have been fortunate; we will do whatever is in our power to help. I've also instructed him to recruit a few good Healers in the hopes that they may be of assistance.
The ships will remain, take on as many passengers as they can hold, and sail with the Fire Nation fleet until no longer needed, or until needed at home (a possibility I do not foresee).