What happens when you join a psychopath and a hopeless romantic? A total mess. Located in the Earth Republic, there a wild-spin of romance sparked in the travelling Wei circus group. Zhao-Ming, the son of the circus master, found Xie, a equilibristics goddess, beautiful enough to posses; thus, he courted and won her easily. Believing she could change Zhao, the soundbender married the lavabender and gave birth to two children; sadly, Xie was unsuccessful.
Protection only lasts for a while. Nine years have passed; the circus master has died, and Zhao revealed his abusive ruler. The father abusive towards his the 9-year old daughter Xing and 5-year old son Xiang. There was often violence inside the household. Zhao, being paranoid of infidelity rumors, often beat his wife in front of the children. During these times, Xiang was often dragged and stoned; however, by sacrificing herself, Xing had protected her younger brother.
What used to be playtime turned into alone time. While their mother was growing weaker from illness and beatings, Xing, who posed as a airbending child prodigy, had garnered attention as an outstanding object manipulator (juggling, devil sticks, plate spinning, etc.), making their father focus his aspirations on her. Meanwhile, Xiang was left with the rest of the circus team. Since the other performers were also busy, no one -- except a metal bending armadillo and vulture lion tamer -- paid attention to the boy. The tamer, had allowed the boy to occasionally bond with the mammals. After training Xiang in earthbending, the child was left to eat and play with the vulture lions and armadillo lions.
Once Xiang was twelve, more drama happened. His mother was secretly strangled to death by his father, and his sister committed suicide. The apathetic father began to focus on him. The children of places they've visited made fun of him, and interestingly, these children were found decomposing in loamy soil. The circus team slowly disbanded. The tamer tried to heal him. Xiang was changing.
After five more years of such torment, Xiang grew Machiavellian, apathetic, and narcissistic. Upon seeing these drastic changes on the child, the concerned tamer had confronted Zhao, only being scorched to pieces. The rest of the remaining circus team, along with Xiang and the animals, had attacked out of rage and killed the circus master. Sadly, Xiang and only three of the five beasts had survived in the aftermath.
The new tamer had packed his and the dead's belongings (as their possessions were now his). He traveled to Republic City, after hearing so much about it. With how much the high class circus made, the earthbender was able to afford a life of luxury in the High Rise Flats. Currently, he is apart of the Ryuketsu Clan, seeing it as a outlet of his blood lust.