“You’ve heard, of course, the story of the waterbender Hama, who lived twenty years as a prisoner of the Fire Nation inside an iron cage. Some will tell you she went mad.
Yet it was this same isolation, this thirst, that led her to discover what every waterbender is capable of doing, if they possess the willpower and have felt the requisite desperation and pain.
Do you understand any of that, boy?”
…Or, Why Tarrlok’s House (Where He May or May Not Have Been Raised by His Father) Had That Oddly Convenient One-Man Prison In Its Basement.
Yakone does not strike me as the type of man who was regularly nominated for Dad of the Year. Probably just used it as a punishment.