peace sign: genderbending (surprise, haha)
Hiroko grew up a poor non-bender among other poor non-benders, often homeless, and disregarded by everyone outside her community, until some of her plans happened to catch the attention of a rich investor. He recognized her genius and was quite happy to loan her the start-up money for R&D and then a full fledged business of her own (and never had cause to regret the investment).
During the early phase, when Future Industries was barely a blip on the industrial map, she met a handsome young engineer with wavy black hair and clear green eyes. He believed in her vision and helped with the factory, often for no pay; they fell madly in love over engine parts and grease.
Future Industries was turning a very tidy profit by the time they married, and Hiroko had built an immense mansion for them by the time she got pregnant with Asami a few years later. She wanted her daughter to have all the advantages Hiroko hadn’t, comfort and education and security, never worrying about where her next meal was coming from or how she’d ever turn her dreams into reality or how to protect herself from angry Agni Kais. But when Asami was a little girl, a firebender broke into the mansion and murdered Hiroko’s husband. If Asami had been there, and not following Hiroko around the factory, she would have died too.
It would be years until before Amon showed up in Republic City, and years more before Hiroko tracked him down and made certain propositions—but that was the day that she promised herself that someday, she would get her revenge on all the benders of Republic City. She would do her part to create a better, safer world for non-benders, whether they were as poor and desperate as the young Hiroko, or like Asami, sobbing inconsolably in her arms.