Wikia

Avatar Wiki

Desna and Eska

Talk5
9,966pages on
this wiki
128px-Padlock-olive.svg Waterbending emblem Water Tribe emblem
Desna and Eska
Desna and Eska
Biographical information
Nationality

Northern Water Tribe

Ethnicity

Water Tribe

Age

16[2]

Born

155 AG

Physical description
Gender

Male (Desna) and female (Eska)

Hair color

Black

Personal information
Allies

Asami, Bolin, Korra, Mako, Unalaq (formerly), Northern Water Tribe, their mother

Enemies

Bolin (formerly), Korra (formerly), Varrick

Weapon of choice

Water

Fighting style(s)

Waterbending (Northern style)

Chronological and political information
Position
  • Children of the former Chief of both Water Tribes
  • Cousins of the Avatar
  • Princess of the Northern Water Tribe (Eska)
Affiliation

Northern Water Tribe

First appearance

"Rebel Spirit"

Voiced by
Desna and Eska are the twin son and daughter of the late Chief Unalaq and the first cousins of Avatar Korra. Eska is the current Princess of the Northern Water Tribe. They were very loyal to their father, heeding his every order up until the moment he merged with Vaatu to become the Dark Avatar.[3]

History

Meeting Bolin

In 171 AG, Desna and Eska accompanied their father to the South Pole for the Glacier Spirits Festival, and they stood silently by as their father and their uncle, Tonraq, curtly greeted each other.

As the children of the Chief of the North, they sat at the table of honor during the royal banquet that was thrown in honor of their father. There, they attentively listened in on the conversation Unalaq was having with Korra, though remained silent the entire time.

Eska likes Bolin
Eska claimed Bolin as her own.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

After dinner, they attended the festival carnival, where they stood solemnly, gazing with disinterest at the passersby, before Eska was approached by Bolin, who was trying to charm her. Eska intently stared at him, causing the earthbender to become unnerved, and Desna monotonously stated that he thought Bolin was trying to establish a bond with his sister. Amused by the idea of spending time with someone of such a different cultural background, Eska promptly stated that he now belonged to her. However, when Bolin asked if she wanted him as a boyfriend or a slave, she remained ambiguous and ordered him to win her prizes.[1]

Journey to the South Pole

Bolin drives Desna and Eska
Desna and Eska hitched a ride on Bolin's snowmobile to the South Pole.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

Some time later, the twins accompanied their father, Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Tonraq to the center of the South Pole, where Avatar Korra would open the Southern Water Tribe's dormant spirit portal to stop the dark spirit attacks. Desna and Eska were set to travel on an arctic camel, though when Bolin arrived on a snowmobile with a side car, Eska inquired whether or not the side car had the capacity for two passengers. Bolin eagerly told her that it sure did, interpreting her question as Eska wanting to ride with him, though she had intended it as Bolin driving both her and her brother as passengers, much to Bolin's chagrin.

As the party later made their camp for the night, Korra asked Unalaq if he had a theory as to why the dark spirits were attacking. Bolin, growing frightened, scooted closer to Eska and put his head on her shoulder. She dryly stated that he did not need to worry as she would protect him, dubbing him her "feeble turtle duck".

Desna and Eska saving Bolin
Desna and Eska saved Bolin from crashing into the mountainside in his snowmobile.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

As the group moved on again, they were ambushed by dark spirits, one of which entered the snowmobile's engine, causing the machine to go haywire, sending the twins and Bolin speeding toward a mountainside. The twins grabbed Bolin and hopped off the machine before it crashed. They let Bolin slide down the slope on his own, while they used their bending to create some ice shoes and skate down the mountain in perfect control, stopping with the rest of the group. As Bolin came to a halt there too, his snowsuit was entirely inflated, and Eska helped him to deflate by puncturing his coat with three ice spikes. The twins rode the rest of the way on Mako's arctic camel, dragging Bolin, who remained seated in the now wrecked snowmobile.

After Korra managed to restore the southern lights and emerged from the forest unscathed, Bolin was the first to hug her. However, Eska broke it up by waterbending an ice wall between the earthbender and the Avatar, sliding the former back to her, demanding to know why he was initiating physical contact with another woman. Bolin nervously smiled, and Eska released him, before walking away with her brother.[4]

The Northern invasion

Desna and Eska laughing
Desna and Eska laughed uncharacteristically at a joke made by Eska.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

As the Northern forces began to occupy the South, Desna and Eska were traveling through town in a rickshaw pulled by Bolin. In an attempt to joke around, Eska stated that she would hate to leave the "quaint" Southern Water Tribe. When Desna inquired whether she was sincere, she immediately expressed her relief over leaving the South, as she immensely disliked it. As the twins started chuckling dryly, Eska commanded Bolin to laugh at her joke as well. As they halted before a building, Eska descended from the rickshaw on a makeshift stair that Bolin bent for her. When Bolin expressed how sad he would be when she left, she corrected him by stating that he would accompany her to the North to live out the remainder of their lives in "icy bliss".

From that moment on, Eska continuously threatened to ice Bolin up and feed him to dolphin piranhas whenever the earthbender attempted to break up with her. That night, Desna and Eska accompanied Bolin, Mako, and Korra on a date.[5]

The breakup

After the news about Varrick being the leader of the rebellion against their father, Desna and Eska set out on a search for the businessman in order to bring him to court. One stop they made was the entrepreneur's house where Mako, Bolin, and Asami were waiting for him. The three soldiers that accompanied them searched the entire room while the twins explained to the gathered threesome what was going on. As the search proved to be futile, Eska proposed to her brother to continue their hunt elsewhere. He promptly left the room, though as Eska was about to do the same, she turned back to Bolin, snapping at him that he should, as her boyfriend, bow when she left a room. As the earthbender instantly complied to her command, she affectionately commented that he was cute when he groveled.

Eska engaging herself to Bolin
Eska engaged herself to Bolin.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

During the trial of the Southern Water Tribe rebels, Eska was in a room somewhere in the courthouse. During the judge's recession, Bolin cautiously asked her whether or not they could talk. She granted him permission to talk freely and listened to how he told her that he felt the spark between them had faded. She agreed to his assessment of their feelings, though as opposed to taking it as a breakup like it had been intended, she took it as a reason to engage herself with him, seeing a marriage as the only thing that could save their relationship. The princess promptly tied a betrothal necklace with a skull and spikes on it around Bolin's neck, announcing they would be wed at sunset that evening and that he had permission to express his joy through tears. She subsequently led him away, guiding him by the necklace, and gave him and Pabu a new attire and style, so that he would match her own long regal robes of the Northern Water Tribe.

After Eska found herself stood up at her wedding by Bolin, she learned of his escape together with Korra, Mako, and Asami on Varrick's yacht. Enraged and hurt, she gave a chase, propelling herself through the water with a powerful wave in order to keep up with the fast moving ship.[6]

Tracking the Avatar

After Team Avatar successfully managed to flee the South Pole, Eska, who was still wearing her wedding dress, and Desna met with their father, who charged them with the task of retrieving Korra, informing his children that she was the only one able to open the Northern spirit portal. Desna inquired to Unalaq as to why he had told Korra her services as the Avatar were no longer required, and Unalaq responded them that he had lied to Korra, telling her what he "thought she needed to hear". Eska determinedly told Unalaq that she would find Korra, blaming her for "stealing" Bolin, and agreed with some reluctance to her father's request that she be captured alive.

Desna and Eska attacking Korra
Desna and Eska attacked Korra in order to capture her.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

The twins managed to catch up with their cousin as she was traveling to the Fire Nation by speedboat and launched several attacks at her with their bending. Eska blamed Korra once again for ruining her wedding, and after dodging Korra's counterattack, they pulled up either side of the speedboat. Eska jumped into the air and directed a stream of water at Korra's boat, causing it to break in two, and throwing Korra into the water. Korra rose into the air on a water spout and begin firebending at the duo, but they were able to dodge her attacks and fired another stream of water at Korra, knocking her into the air. Korra subsequently formed a much larger water spout, which enveloped the two siblings. Desna and Eska attempted to defend themselves against the effect of Korra's bending, but after spotting a glowing green light below the water, they ceased their pursuit and pulled back. The light was revealed to be a massive dark spirit, which attacked Korra, eventually pushing her beneath the surface of the water. The twins watched from a distance as their cousin disappeared and subsequently fled the scene.[7]

The twins returned to the South Pole, where they discovered their father emerging from the spirit portal. As Unalaq remained silent about what he had been doing in the Spirit World, the twins reported that they had failed to capture the Avatar, believing her to be dead.[8]

Eska tends to Desna
Eska defied her father's orders to leave Desna and resume attacking the spiritual barrier in favor of tending to Desna's well-being.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

A week later, they journeyed into the Spirit World with their father in an attempt to open the Northern spirit portal. As they drew near to the closed portal, Desna and Eska questioned their father's belief that there was another way to open the portal, considering how the spirits had failed to do so in the past ten thousand years. Unalaq explained to them that, by entering the Spirit World through the Southern spirit portal, they still had their bending, something the spirits never had. On their father's insistence, Desna and Eska waterbent at the portal. However, the attack caused energetic friction to occur, and Desna was injured from the backlash. Concerned about her brother's well-being, Eska tended to him, announcing that he needed a healer immediately. She ignored her father's command to leave Desna and resume her attack on the portal's barrier and took him back to the physical world.[9]

Routing the rebels

When the Southern Water Tribe rebels launched their attack on the Southern capital and managed to push back the Northern defenders, Desna and Eska led numerous dark spirits into battle, tipping the scales in their favor. With quick water strikes and by working together, they managed to push the rebels into a retreat. They were temporarily forced into defense themselves by their Uncle Tonraq, though when he charged their father, the twins thwarted his advance with an ice block to his side. Before they could proceed with a follow up attack, however, they were ordered to leave Tonraq for their father to deal with, and they retreated to a nearby ally.[10]

Harmonic Convergence

Several hours prior to the start of Harmonic Convergence, Desna and Eska approached their father in his tent at their encampment surrounding the Southern spirit portal, questioning why they remained at the South Pole when they had defeated the rebels and opened both portals. Under the impression that balance had been restored, they outed their desire to return home. However, they were told that Unalaq's biggest achievement had yet to take place and were subsequently ordered to ready the troops for an incoming Avatar.

Desna has complete faith in Unalaq
Desna claimed to have complete faith in Unalaq, believing him to be "the wisest man in the world".
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

Desna and Eska participated in the defense, managing to take down the biplane Mako, Asami and Bolin were on with their waterbending. They oversaw how the shackled threesome was thrown into the tent where Tonraq, Korra, Kya, and Tenzin were already held captive. Although they were surprised to hear their father's plan of fusing with Vaatu during Harmonic Convergence, they did not object and obeyed his order of guarding them all, while he left for the Spirit World. As Korra attempted to convince them to help her instead of their father, Eska quickly silenced her by stating that they would never turn on their father. When their cousin continued her plea, Desna angrily stepped forward and announced his belief that Unalaq was the wisest man in the world and would, therefore, take him on his word. Soon after, the twins were knocked off their feet by Bumi, who slid into the tent intending to rescue his family and friends. However, as they wanted to take out the unwanted arrival, Desna and Eska were knocked out cold by Naga. They regain consciousness to an empty tent, though before they could reach the Southern spirit portal, they were knocked down by the energy impulse released by the start of Harmonic Convergence.[11]

Eska kisses Bolin
Moved by Bolin's love declaration, Eska kissed and released him.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

After Unalaq was cast out of the Spirit World, Desna and Eska incapacitated Mako and Bolin, who were guarding the portal, in order to help their father reenter. As they dragged the brothers away from the portal, they were knocked back by them, enabling them to escape. However, they quickly recovered and chased the brothers down into the Spirit World, where Eska halted their escape by encasing them in a blocks of ice. With Unalaq merged with Vaatu and locked in battle with Korra, Mako pleaded with the twins to release them, though Desna commented his persuasive effort to be pathetic. However, when Mako pointed out that their father did not care for them, Desna started to doubt their position, as he recalled Unalaq's indifference to his injuries sustained while trying to open the Northern portal. Eska firmly told him to ignore Mako, though was intrigued by Bolin's subsequent outburst of emotion in which he revealed he had always loved her and had merely been scared when he had left her at the altar. Moved by his declaration of love, Eska kissed him while melting the brothers' icy prisons. While Eska watched them run off with a blissful smile on her face, thinking of spending eternal darkness with Bolin, Desna dryly commented that the brother would certainly perish, though did nothing to stop them. When they exited the portal themselves, they witnessed their father take on enormous proportions as Vaatu manifested himself in their father's features.[3]

Desna, Bolin, and Eska
After Vaatu manifested himself through Unalaq, Desna and Eska turned on their father and sided with Team Avatar.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

Desna and Eska returned to the Spirit World in time to save Bolin from a horde of dark spirits that were attempting to get to Korra's body inside the Tree of Time. Claiming to be done with spirits, they joined the defenders. However, as the number of the spirits was too great, they were forced to retreat with the others to inside the Tree of Time. On the verge of being overwhelmed by the spirits, they were saved by the return of Korra's astral projection, who dissipated all the dark spirits at once. They subsequently witnessed their cousin fuse with Raava, recreating the Avatar Spirit.

When Korra approached them and apologized for being unable to save their father, Desna and Eska were unmoved by that news as they would not miss him at all since he had become a deplorable man in the end. However, Eska did express concern about how to break the news to their mother. Before they could dwell any longer on that comment, they were approached by Bolin, who asked Eska to move with him to Republic City. She declined his offer stating that she and her brother needed to return to the Northern Water Tribe. She explained to the earthbender that, with eternal darkness upon them, she had become caught up in the moment. Stating he would always have a special place in her heart, she said her goodbyes to Bolin, emphasizing that she would always think of him fondly.[12]

Personalities

Desna and Eska show very little emotion except for boredom, which is attributable to their shared distaste for most people, places, and things.[13] This distaste extends to Korra, whom they look down on due to her Southern Water Tribe heritage, despite her being the Avatar and their paternal first cousin.[2] They speak in a very monotone and matter-of-fact fashion and seem to over-analyze whatever situation they are in. Whenever they do show humor, their laughs are awkward and choppy.[5]

Despite their disinterest and apathy on most occasions, Desna and Eska have a close relationship with one another and share many sentiments, particularly in their dry sense of humor. Eska cares greatly for her brother and his well-being, enough to openly defy Unalaq's orders and desert him to ensure Desna's safety.[9]

Eska

Enraged Eska
Although generally composed, Eska can lose control when put in severe emotional distress.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

Eska has also demonstrated herself as possessive, as she dragged Bolin away from Korra while the earthbender was embracing the Avatar.[4] She also told him that he would come with her to the Northern Water Tribe, where they would live out their lives together in "icy bliss" and threatened to freeze him and feed him to dolphin piranhas whenever he tried breaking up with her.[5] She also tried to forced Bolin to marry her and gave him a restyling so that he matched her more in appearance. After she was stood up, she broke her characteristic emotionless state by crying and tracking Bolin down in a fit of rage.[6] Later, when she and Desna caught up with their cousin, Eska was ruthless in her attacks, blaming Korra for stealing her husband-to-be away from her.[7]

Desna

Desna had also indicated that he is not without emotion; he has shown himself to be occasionally sarcastic, like when he mocked Mako during the investigation to find Varrick,[6] as well as stoic and analytical, like when he questioned his father about his lies[8] and activities in the Spirit World.[9]

Abilities

Desna and Eska skating
Desna and Eska were able to skate down a slope on ice shoes.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

The twins are very powerful waterbenders, able to cooperatively accomplish incredible feats of waterbending, such as launching entire icebergs at opponents.[2] Individually, they also possess immense prowess, as Eska displayed the ability to create a fast moving wave that could easily propel her through the water to track down a fast moving motorboat.[6] They both display a great deal of agility, as they were able to leap from a snowmobile and slide down a hill yet remain unscathed,[4] as well as performing acrobatic flips and twists to avoid incoming objects[3] while bending simultaneously.[12]

The twins have also demonstrated that they are capable of driving jet skis.[7]

Relatives

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Senna
   
   
Tonraq
   
   
Unalaq
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Korra
   
   
Desna
   
   
Eska

Appearances

The Legend of Korra

Book Two: Spirits (神靈)

Trivia

  • They are the third pair of twins shown in either series, the first being Poi and Ping, and the second being Lo and Li. However, they are the first set of twins to be not only fraternal, but also of different genders, as well as the first to both be benders.
  • The twins seem to be able to communicate without saying a word to each other.[2]
  • Eska is the only known female waterbender from the Northern Water Tribe to freely use combative waterbending, as the tribe considered the idea taboo until 100 AG, limiting female waterbenders of the tribe to the practice of healing. Ironically, Eska does not know how to heal.
    • Eska is also the only known female from the Water Tribe to present a male with a betrothal necklace, where it is usually customary for the female to receive a handcrafted necklace from a male admirer.
  • Throughout the entirety of Book Two, each twin only spoke Korra's name once: Desna in "Peacekeepers" and Eska in "Light in the Dark", every other time referring to her as simply the Avatar.
Preceded by
Unknown, eventually Yue
Tribal Princess (Eska)
155 AG – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 13, 2013). "Rebel Spirit". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Sims, Chris (2013-07-01). The Legend of Korra: Enhanced Experience Reveals New Characters From Book 2. Comics Alliance. Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (November 22, 2013). "Darkness Falls". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 25. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (September 13, 2013). "The Southern Lights". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 20, 2013). "Civil Wars, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (September 27, 2013). "Civil Wars, Part 2". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 4, 2013). "Peacekeepers". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (October 11, 2013). "The Sting". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (November 1, 2013). "The Guide". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  10. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). "Night of a Thousand Stars". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 23. Nickelodeon.
  11. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (November 15, 2013). "Harmonic Convergence". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 24. Nickelodeon.
  12. 12.0 12.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (November 22, 2013). "Light in the Dark". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 26. Nickelodeon.
  13. Eska and Desna. Nickelodeon (August 28, 2013). Retrieved on August 28, 2013.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Desna and Eska

Advertisement | Your ad here

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki