Friday, March 11, 2022

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' RPG Shares New Details About the Elemental Nations

Avatar: The Last Airbender is often considered to be one of the greatest animated series of all time - and with good reason! The series that originally landed in 2005 helped introduce heartfelt characters in a world wherein the elements themselves could be bent, with the franchise set to receive a live-action series via Netflix and Paramount currently working on animated projects that will return to the world of Aang and Korra in any new film and television projects.  

When the Nickelodeon series first premiered in 2005, we were introduced to a number of nations such as the Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, and Water Tribe. With the Airbender Clan being lost to the world but leaving the Avatar known as Aang, the bender joined the likes of Katara and Sokka in a bid to stop the progression of the Fire Nation and the evil Lord Ozai from taking over the world. The Role-Playing Game, Avatar Legends, has helped to further explore new mysteries within the world, while also being one of the biggest Kickstarter initiatives in recent history, raising millions of dollars last year and giving fans of the bending world a new opportunity to re-enter the adventure.

In the board game that once again dives into the world of bending, major locales within the Nickelodeon franchise were finally revealed, giving fans of the series a better idea of the different nations and the places that they called home:

  • Northern Water Tribe Capital – Agna Qel'A
  • Fire Nation Capital – Hari Bulkan
  • Southern Water Tribe Capital – Wolf Cove

Below is a rundown of each locale, courtesy of Avatar News:

Agna Qel’a:

  • Northern Water Tribe capital city
  • Etymology: unknown
  • Source: The Shadow of Kyoshi Chapter Two: The Invitation

Hari Bulkan

  • Elite residential district of the Fire Nation capital located in the dormant caldera of a volcano, home to the royal family and other high-ranking nobility
  • Also known as Royal Caldera City
  • Together with Harbor City at the foot of the volcano, it makes up the Fire Nation capital
  • Located on Capital Island
  • Etymology: Most likely Austronesian, where “hari” means king in Cebuano and Tagalog (related to “haji” in Old Javanese, “hadi” in Bikol Central and Waray-Waray, “adi” in Cuyonon, “ari” in Ilocano and Mansaka, and “ariki” in Maori (Polynesian)) and “bulkan” means volcano in Bikol Central, Dupaningan Agta, Tagalog, Waray-Waray, and Yogad, via Spanish volcán (similar etymological path as the “azul-” root of Azula and Azulon, meaning blue)
  • Source: Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game

Water Tribe Sacred Island:

  • A tiny island located near the equator halfway between the Northern and Southern Water Tribes
  • For thousands of years, disputes between the two polar tribes were resolved by meeting here
  • Claimed by the nearby Fire Nation in the leadup to the Hundred Year War
  • Source: Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game

Wolf Cove:

  • Southern Water Tribe capital city
  • Has been through major changes in its history, growing and shrinking between a large city and tiny village multiple times
  • Etymology: Wolves are one of the few non-hybrid animals in the world of Avatar (along with bears, shout out to Bosco!)
  • Source: Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game

Whale Harbor:

  • A prominent city of the Southern Water Tribe in the era of Avatar Roku
  • Illustrates how the Southern Water Tribe is a federation of many smaller tribes/settlements (for example Wolf Cove and Whale Harbor) each with their own local chieftains
  • Etymology: Unlike wolves and bears, whales haven’t been seen in Avatar, but they have been referenced (Whale Tail Island and Whale Harbor) so it’s possible they exist
  • Source: Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game

Most of these come from the recent official Avatar Legends TTRPG, which, if you missed it, also dropped the fact that Fire Lord Sozin had a sister: Princess Zeisan.

Image: Avatar News.

While Netflix's live-action series is currently underway, revealing the core cast of stars that will be bringing the franchise to the world of live-action, Paramount's Avatar Studios has kept the details of its future projects close to the chest. While there have certainly been details regarding the animation style that will be used in the return to the world of bending, with CG animation being touted for the upcoming projects, the studio has yet to reveal what stories these upcoming works will explore.

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