Avatar Aang failed to defeat Firelord Ozai during the Comet. Ozai was contested by The Order of The White Lotus at Ba Sing Se, and was thus unable to decimate the city and massacre its denizens. Nonetheless, he incinerated much of the Earth Kingdom en route to the capital. Fire and chaos reign.
Aang survived the battle and receded into the shadows. For the rest of his life, he allied with various resistance forces to undermine the Fire Nation’s total victory. He lived to the age of 65 (as he does in the canon universe).
Katara and Zuko managed to defeat Azula, yet fled in search of Aang upon hearing of Ozai’s return. They joined Aang’s resistance. Katara and Master Pakku defended the Southern Water Tribe. In place of a city, they built a fortress in the South. Zuko and Iroh, undercover in the Fire Nation, coordinated anti-Fire Nation rallies.
Toph and Bumi retook Earth Kingdom lands. Omashu functioned as the Earth Kingdom’s central military base.
War nonetheless continued for 70 years. The Water Tribe, bolstered by the Avatar and renewed efforts to subvert the Fire Nation, expanded its influence.
Out of balance, the world careens towards a battle of Water and Fire.
Korra is born to Tonraq in the South (as his backstory remains in tact). Unalaq, Chief of the North, avails in joining the young Avatar’s legion of masters. Unalaq (as in the canon) conspires to fuse with Vaatu as a means to an end of The Endless War (i.e. The Hundred Year War after Aang fails to end it). Unalaq believes he can manipulate the Spirit of Darkness and manifest his design for a new world order.
With his obvious allegiance to the Water Tribe and his aims to overthrow Firelord Azula (now 85), Unalaq convinces teen Korra to train with him and unlock her true spiritual potential by the time of Harmonic Convergence. She masters Water, Earth, and Fire.
Tenzin refuses to train the Avatar. Unalaq is unfazed, and continues to pervert Korra’s mind. He manages to manipulate Korra’s Spiritual energy to unlock the Avatar State.
Katara, having trained Korra since she was a child, observes this exercise in horror. She severs ties with the Avatar.
Having learned of Avatar Wan from Unalaq, Korra is indoctrinated to the point where she sees Unalaq’s plan as the only resolution. Resistance forces have dwindled too long to muster the kind of force necessary to invade the Fire Nation and upend the Firelord’s reign.
Heaviness weighs in her heart as she parts with Katara, yet she stands unerringly by her uncle’s side.
The moment for change arrives. During Harmonic Convergence, Unalaq bonds with Vaatu.
Korra and Unalaq, Avatars Light and Dark, rain destruction upon the Fire Nation. Avatar Korra decimates the Fire Nation Capital, uprooting its underground stronghold. Firelord Azula confronts Avatar Unalaq, while Avatar Korra makes quick work of the Fire Nation’s military bastions. Azula, advanced in age as she is, stands her ground for an impressive display of fireworks. Yet she is no match for Unalaq. Her death is brutal.
Korra and Unalaq castrate the Fire Nation. Firelord Zuko assumes the throne as a figure head. All power issues from the Water Tribe. Winter too creeps down from the North, and Unalaq affixes Water Tribe military posts in the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation. Unalaq’s vice grip on the South all but strangles Southern tribe members.
Years of unstable “reconstruction” pass. Complicit in Unalaq’s repositioning of power, Korra is riddled with guilt. She has supplanted the volatile, chaotic reign of the Fire Nation with a new, chilling Water Tribe fascism.
Avatar Aang visits her in a dream, instructing her to seek out The Order of The White Lotus.
After the failed Reconquest of Ba Sing Se, the former Order reinforced its underground network in the Earth Kingdom. In the 70 years after Sozin’s Comet’s return, the Order spread to the Fire Nation and the Water Tribe. Members in both these latter nations opposed military expansion and sought to loosen their respective nations’ holds on the world. After the Glorious Liberation, as Avatar Unalaq so called his and Korra’s assault on the Fire Nation, efforts doubled.
Korra joins the Order, underground in the Ptola Mountain Range of the former Southern Air Temple. Upon reuniting with Katara, she breaks down. Her experience is humbling, a visceral expurgation of angst. In this moment of emotional stress she enters the Avatar State as a trigger for the first time. She wreaks havoc on the Order’s secret base. Master Katara, guarded by her Waterbending, reaches Korra and heals her mind. Aang manifests before Korra and Katara and Tenzin. He beseeches that they stop Unalaq.
Korra begins her training with Tenzin. Finally, she recenters on inner peace. Raava unveils herself to Korra and the two foster a bond unlike the Avatar had seen since Wan’s time.
Tenzin and Korra, in cooperation with Master Katara, Sifu Toph Beifong, Firelord Zuko, Special Operatives Leader Lin Beifong, resurface the organization and publicly declare opposition to Avatar Unalaq.
A new battle ensues as Order members emerge in the thousands. Water Tribe forces endure the tides of battle as numbers surge. Yet, the global revolution overwhelms Northern troops in the Southern Water Tribe, the S. Earth Kingdom, and the Fire Nation.
The Order of the White Lotus storms from the South to the North in its fleet of Airships. Master Katara dispatches hundreds of Waterbenders. After troubles with Northern strongholds in the N. Mountains of the Earth Kingdom, The Order arrives at the Northern Water Tribe. In an impressive display, Master Katara unmakes the Walls of the Northern Water Tribe citadel.
The Order storms the city. Elite as the Water Tribe’s domestic forces prove to be, The Beifong’s, Zuko, Katara, and Tenzin subdue them with ease. The Order’s highest members escort the Avatar to Unalaq’s throne room.
Korra and Unalaq engage in a Clash of The Two Avatars.
Korra emerges victorious and kills Avatar Unalaq, freeing Vaatu. Vaatu, seeing no escape from the Avatar and her allies, dissolves into the Universe to be reincarnated and begin a line of Dark Avatars.
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Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Eleven: Night of a Thousand Stars
Location: Pro-bending Arena, Republic City▲17 | reblog
Book Two: Spirits, Chapter Eleven: Night of a Thousand Stars
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Ozai & Unalaq
"You’re right, I do have the power. I have all the power in the world!”
"Now a new era for Spirits and humans will begin, and I will lead them all as the New Avatar.”
There is much in common between the two super villains of the Avatar universe. It isn’t just presentation that sets them apart from all others. (Megamind anyone?) Notably, each seeks to dominate the world. This is textbook. What interests me in the analysis of these villains is how they go about enacting their plans. What are their methods to madness?
Firelord Ozai and Chief Unalaq represent perversions of their native elements.
I take it readers and viewers won’t have much difficulty swallowing what I have to say. After all, when the writers grant these characters lines such as those quoted above, an audience gathers impressions of these characters and their respective dogmas.
Firelord Ozai avows to reap from The Great Comet every ounce of power it may hold. As his grandfather before him, Ozai abuses the Spiritual gift of the Comet. By Ozai’s time, however, the mantle of Sozin’s dream for a new world order has been erected, insofar that Ozai’s plan to annihilate the Earth Kingdom is for the sole purpose of indulgence in power. And his power is consummate. In its consummation, Ozai’s power is impure, out of balance, disfigured from its beautiful, celestial form.
Chief Unalaq hopes for revolution. Learned and sage as he is, Unalaq is also blinded by the alluring promise of change. Drinking from the spring of sacred knowledge in his Tribe, his vision clouds. Spirits are all that he sees. He poisons himself with dark energy, in which he steeps waiting for his moment to effect change unlike ever before. He becomes a Dark Avatar. This becoming signifies the singular, greatest cosmological shift since the dawn of The Age of The Avatar. So enamored with history and philosophy and change, Unalaq divests himself of concern for his body, yet in doing so he loses himself, consumed by Vaatu.
Point being, these two are markedly different, opposites even! In their abuse of the elements power and change, Ozai and Unalaq embody one of Avatar's fundamental premises. No one element is inherently predisposed to villainy; misfortune befalls all who disregard the philosophy of balance.
I was going to go into how I think it’s interesting that these two are opposed by Avatars connected to the opposite elements. Essentially, Aang has weathered the change of 100 years of war, and this is what directs him, quite fatalistically, to his confrontation with Ozai. Aang must change the course of the Fire Nation if he hopes to restore balance. He must welcome the restorative capacity of the element of change. So, Ozai stands for distorted power, Aang stands for restoring change.
Conversely, Korra’s nature centers on the element of power. She is unshakable in her ownership of the Avatar’s unique endowments. Fond as she is of her identity, she is leery of change. She must oppose Unalaq by upholding the power she holds as the Avatar, sole manipulator of all four elements and vessel of the Spirit of Light. So, Unalaq symbolizes revolutionary, drastic change, Korra symbolizes hallowed, revered power.
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Water Tribe Children and The Avatar
"Magic trick, do it again!"
"You’re the worst Avatar ever!"
I’ve begun rewatching the original series for the umpteenth time (actually it’s probably the 20th time no lie) and I noticed this parallel.
Astonishing to see that with the return of Waterbending to the Southern Water Tribe returns the politics of the Water Tribes and of the world. Korra is not only of the reestablished Southern Water Tribe, so dependent upon the North. She bears the honor of the Tribe, guiding the nation reborn, especially now since the events of Book Two! This is why, in the escalation of the Water Tribe Civil War, all Tribesmembers review her actions with critical acuity. The conflict was such that even the youngest Waterbenders hone in on the Avatar.
For me this is so important to the development of culture in the Southern Water Tribe. The return of Aang, his victory over the Fire Nation, and the reconstruction of the Southern Water Tribe by its Northern sister reinstantiated the potential of the Southern Tribe. Katara’s successful reinvention of the Southern Waterbending style, her tutelage of the masses, and the reappearance of a viable genetic strain for Waterbending, further facilitated this.
I love the Water Tribes and this example is just so perfect. The end.