Yori is very sympathetic and generous to those of lower social status than himself a trait he inherits from both of his parents. However, his uncle’s joking habits helped Yori form a sarcastic and sometimes callous way of replying to those who start off on the wrong foot with him. Yori enjoys showing off his combat prowess, so rarely will he back down from a challenge. Yori also has a natural affinity for animals, especially birds.
Yori is Neutral Good; he essentially aids people simply because he feels it is right. Knowing the sinful home life his uncle lived makes it quite easy for Yori to relate to those who do seek solely money and self-pleasure, although he also shows little pity for those who stubbornly try to defend such pursuits.
Yori was born to Yoshiro and Hikari Daiki in a small Earth Kingdom village. Yoshiro was one of the fire nation’s finest general’s, and Hikari was a well-known diplomat for the fire nation. They settled in the Earth Kingdom when Yoshiro went AWOL from the army after a horrific incident. However, Yori was orphaned only a few days days after he was born when Yoshiro and Hikari were assaulted by a small group of rogue assassins, too many for even Yoshiro and a few fellow villagers to handle. One dying villager managed to bring Yori to Yoshiro’s uncle Gorou, who was visiting his brother secretly to let him know the Fire Nation had finally agreed to drop his charges. Gorou took Yori back to his enormous palace not far from the fire nation capital. Gorou never had his own children, so he took in Yori as his own.
Unlike his brother, Gorou never fought a day in his life. Gorou was a famous scribe for the royal family, having written several speeches for them and giving many inspiring talks himself. Gorou lived a lavish life in his personal palace, with hundreds of servants and show girls to be with him daily. Being a very intelligent man in terms of academia, Gorou self-taught Yori in reading, writing, mathematics, history, high class manners, public speaking, etc. Gorou even hired one of the best fire bending teacher in the nation to train him. Gorou also hired a sword teacher for Yori, telling him “an extra skill never hurt anyone.” However, while Gorou was a good influence in regards to academics, he was a very poor influence for Yori socially. Yori was often spoiled by his uncle in wealth, riches, and women, having to work very little for any of them. Yori comfortably enjoyed his lavish lifestyle for 13 years, until something happened. One day, Yori’s curiosity caused him leave the palace alone, something he had never done without some sort of aid. Yori’s vision was notably worse than many people Gorou knew; even glasses did not help much. As such, Gorou did not want to chance having Yori wander off and stumble somewhere he should not be. Yori ended up in an incredibly poor part of the fire nation, seeing several sick and poverished people. Despite his poor vision, he could still make out their suffering. As he watched one old woman die in front of his eyes, Yori felt so sick that he passed out. When he awoke, Yori saw nothing but darkness. He was blind.
Yori wandered aimlessly for a while, using his sword as a sort of walking stick, barely managing to find enough food and water to survive thanks to his lack of sight. While wandering, Yori walked into a cave. Several wolfbats swarmed Yori, causing him to fire random blasts of fire in hopes of hitting one. He managed to hit one, causing it to fall and be unable to fly. Yori walked toward the injured wolfbat as it screeched angrily. Yori had developed a love for animals since he was little; he always loved when his uncle brought animal trainers for his birthday parties. As such, Yori attempted to bandage the wolfbat by wrapping a piece of cloth on its wing. The wolfbat screeched as he kept trying to find its wing. However, Yori noticed something: the wolfbat was not screeching in anger; it was trying to direct him whether the injury was. It would screech loud when he moved away from the injury and lowly when he got closer. Yori finally managed to bandage the wolfbat’s wing, causing it to fly around, even landing on Yori’s shoulder and nudging his cheek gently. Yori named the wolfbat Fireball in honor of how they met.
Fireball was able to help guide Yori around during the night. However, Yori still had no good method of getting around during the day since Fireball was nocturnal. One night a few days later, Yori’s now-heightened hearing let him hear people in the distance. Fireball guided him to the people, who turned out to be hunters. Yori attempted to ask them for help, but they attacked him instead. Yori fought them off for a while with Fireball’s aid in screeching them out, but one of them caught the wolfbat and silenced him, giving them a chance to catch Yori off guard. It looked like the end for Yori, until a mysterious traveler road his eel-hound into the hunter’s caravan of caged animals. The traveler single handily took down all of the hunters and tied them up. The traveler helped Yori up and freed the group of animal the hunters had trapped. One of them, an iguana parrot, took a liking to Yori and went with him. Yori decided to call him Hunter.
The traveler was walking with Yori to the nearest village the following day when they ran into one of Gorou’s men. Gorou’s servant took Yori back home, the traveler departing before receiving a proper thank you. Yori told Gorou what happened and explained how he could no longer see. Gorou hired several healers, but none could restore Yori’s vision. Yori, noting Hunter and Fireball, told his uncle that he could “use them as his eyes.” Yori worked with Hunter and Fireball daily the next two years to learn how to move as normally as he could despite having no sight, even learning how to use his firebendering safely without risk of hurting unsuspecting people. During those two years, his uncle constantly told him not to worry and that “all he needed was in the palace” and he could stay there forever due to his lack of sight. However, Yori did not listen, wanting to venture out again, remembering the poor he saw. One day, around Yori’s 16th birthday, an enormous scandal about Gorou broke. While it was relatively common knowledge Gorou invited “scandalous” female entertainers regularly for his and Yori’s benefit (even if Yori nearly always refused), word got out that Gorou had been bribing several news outlets to not publish news about it. As such, people began protesting Gorou’s palace regularly. To make matters worse, Gorou fell incredibly ill after eating tainted food snuck into the castle. Gorou became so ill that he was unable to leave his bed. During one visit by Yori, Gorou told his nephew that he was “getting what he deserved” for living so selfishly, pleading Yori to not make the same mistakes he did. Gorou dyed shortly afterwards of a heart attack.
Yori then traveled around various areas of the Fire and Earth Nation the next three years helping citizens of lower status, using his uncle’s wealth to help the impoverished. One particularly long venture occurred in the Si Wong Desert, where Yori assisted in a Sand Bender tribe for 6 months. While Yori’s uncle’s money was not as useful here, his firebending assisted them in repairing and refining an irrigation system. The tribe gave him immense thanks (much of Yori’s wardrobe came from them). Yori then got notice of the poor in Republic City and desired to travel there next to help out. With Fireball and Hunter at his sides, Yori sailed off to Republic City.
Yori utilizes his firebending, although he has a far more defensive style due to his lack of sight. His highly-sensitive hearing has helped him gain extremely quick reaction times. Yori also does know some swordplay, but he never really uses, using his sword as a walking stick more than as a weapon.
- Fire Arcs
The user's punches and kicks will automatically create small arcs of fire from them as they strike that spills forward in the direction of the attack.
The user is able to shoot small blasts of fire in rapid succession toward something.
- Fire Whip
The user is able to create a belt of flames which they can use to strike and burn with.
- Heat Control (Passive)
The user is able to increase the heat of the air, objects and liquids.
- Fire Blocking (Passive)
The user is able to, if timed correctly, break away or deflect other fire attacks.
(Note: Once a power is chosen, it cannot be changed.)
- Fire Stream
The user is able to create a large semi-dense stream of fire in a given direction from a physical attack that can strike and even topple something hit by it. (Achieved after 1 week)
- Size Augmentation (Passive)
The user is able to disperse their flames and increase their size temporarily; however, the overall heat of the flame is weakened. (Achieved after 2 weeks)
Fire Sage(Achieved after 1 month)
- Fire Blades
The user is able to create thin blades of fire from their melee attacks which are capable of cutting objects as well as burn them. While performing this technique, the user cannot use any other form of firebending techniques.
- Shield of Fire
The user is able to create a small wall of flames which can block attacks as well as burn objects. Some sharp or dense objects cannot be blocked by these flames.
- Fire Breath (Exclusive to Fire Sage)
The user is able to create powerful torrents of flames from their mouth by simply igniting their breath. They are also able to maintain the torrent for as long as they can breathe outward. The torrent can only be used from close to mid range, but serves as a rather wide blast. Coming from deep within the body, these flames are also much hotter than normal flames and are nearly inextinguishable. This is said to be very similar to a dragon when it is breathing fire.
- Flame Vortex (Exclusive to Fire Sage)
The user launches a fiery burst that spirals in a cone shape in the direction it's launched. The burst is rather narrow but can reach up to long distances.
(Note: Once a power is chosen, it cannot be changed. Also, Master level powers can only be achieved after 7 months and require 2 open power slots.)
- Pressure Control (Passive)
The user is able to pressurize their flames in order to make them semi-dense and have a sort of tangible force when they strike something. (Achieved after 2 months)
- Combustion (Passive; requires 2 open slots)
The user is able to send a burst of thermal energy in a general direction. At any point during its motion, the user may ignite it via the trail left behind in its wake. If it is not ignited, nothing will happen, therefor the user may disengage the use of this power at any time. This power requires a high level of focus while using it and forces the user to remain standing until detonation occurs. It is also possible for someone else to ignite the thermal energy trail left in the wake and send it rippling back toward the user. NOTE: This power is illegal to use. (Achieved after 7 months)
Yori was a talented writer before he became blind, although he has transitioned to vocal speech to better suit him. Yori is also an incredibly talented pipa player and vocalist, two skills he learned on his own without the assistance of one of his private tutors.
Yori really has no set plans. He just goes with the flow and helps people.