During Zuko's days back to the Fire Nation's capital city (and Iroh's imprisonment), Zuko finds a scroll telling him the location of a "Secret History" about his great grandfather's demise. Eventually we find out that it was Iroh the one who sent the scroll.

Iroh was imprisoned.

Of course he could break out anytime he wanted, but the time it takes to find a scroll, write on it, put it in front of Zuko's bedroom, and come back to the prison, is bound to be enough for anyone to notice that something's off.

So maybe someone else delivered the scroll on Iroh's command? I suppose that he had some allies (White Lotus members?), but I can't remember anything about that.

So the question is, how did Iroh manage to get that scroll in front of Zuko's bedroom while imprisoned?


Also consider that Iroh had a royal artefact hidden in a hole in the wall, which he later gives to Zuko. Where did he get it from?

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    I have nothing to back this up, but there is a canon example of at least one sympathetic guard (the one he told to take the day off). I just assumed that she, or someone similar had decided to help him. – phantom42 Jun 13 '13 at 2:18
  • @phantom42: I had thought of her too, but since I don't have much background info on her I'm not sure if she'd be willing to help that much. – Voldemort Jun 13 '13 at 2:55
  • @DVK: He's badass and you know it >:) – Voldemort Jun 13 '13 at 2:55
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    @DVK: Well, just keep in mind that the movie is a huge spit on the actual series and must never be mentioned. – Voldemort Jun 13 '13 at 3:57
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    Any answer to this will be conjecture, as the show itself doesn't supply an answer, and I suspect that it is too minor a point for the show staff ever to have commented on. I would assume that he used some White Lotus connection, as he is one of their Grand Masters, but that is still just conjecture. – evilsoup Jun 13 '13 at 16:28

Iroh was a suave and well-connected guy [see: entire series]. He probably just asked a friend to do it. As you mentioned, he had allies in the White Lotus, who were quite sly and tended to be conveniently placed. Then there's his female guard, who he seemed to have developed a rapport with. Any of them could have reasonably had or gotten access to Zuko's quarters on Iroh's behalf. There don't seem to be any solid clues in the episode as to how it actually wound up there, but after all it was just a letter delivery.

In the real world, prisoners - even political prisoners like Iroh - tend to have access to correspondence with the outside world. Think of Nelson Mandela, or the Apostle Paul. It's not much of a stretch to assume that Iroh was simply allowed to write letters, and asked someone he trusted to deliver it for him.

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    +1 for a good answer, and if I could give you another just for "[see: entire series]", I would. – Nerrolken Jan 9 '14 at 23:15

Maybe the lady guard who was very polite and kind to Iroh gave it to Zuko

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    Do you have any reference or citations that can back this up ? As it stands, this answer is just an opinion. – Stan Jun 13 '13 at 12:11

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