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"I have no choice but to protect my kind."
— The dragon eel spirit to Korra regarding the spirits' involvement in human conflict.[1]

The dragon eel spirit[2] is a chimerical spirit who, by 174 AG, came to inhabit the Spirit Wilds of Republic City.[3]

History

Defending Republic City

When Kuvira's power began to threaten the spiritual life in Republic City, the dragon eel spirit left its home in the Spirit Wilds and retreated to the Tree of Time in the Spirit World. When Avatar Korra arrived at the base of the tree and asked for the spirits' help to defend Republic City, the new home to many of them, the dragon eel told the Avatar that spirits did not get involved with human wars. As Korra reasoned that they had sided with Unalaq, the spirit corrected her by pointing out that the former Chief of the Water Tribe had misused Vaatu's power during Harmonic Convergence to force spirits to fight her. Although Korra argued that she did not wish to force the spirits to do anything they did not want to do and merely hoped they would come to her aid to defend the new world they shared, the dragon eel spirit concluded that she wanted the same as Kuvira, namely to use spirits as a weapon in a human war. Reiterating that spirits would not get involved, he vanished, the other spirits following his example.[3]

After Kuvira's defeat and the creation of the new spirit portal in the heart of Republic City, the dragon eel spirit returned to his home in the metropolis and circled the portal when Korra and Asami approached it to start their vacation.[4]

Defending the spirits

The dragon eel spirit threatening Wonyong

Angry about Wonyong Keum's plans for an amusement park, the dragon eel spirit confronted the businessman.

When Korra and Asami returned to Republic City from their vacation, the dragon eel spirit was circling the spirit portal while monitoring an argument between Wonyong Keum and Jinora about her and the other airbenders' presence there. It kept its distance while Korra and Asami joined the discussion, but when Wonyong told Asami that Keum Enterprises owned the land surrounding the spirit portal and could therefore do with it as he pleased, the spirit angrily flew up to Wonyong and accused him of being "just another human" who refused to respect the sacred. Making it clear to the businessman that the deeds to the land did not give him the right to ravage and plunder the Spirit World, the spirit turned to Avatar Korra and urged her to close the portal as it was never meant to be there and left the Spirit World vulnerable to exploitation. Korra asked the spirit why it was suddenly interested in human conflicts, as the dragon eel spirit had vehemently refused to get involved when Kuvira posed a threat to Republic City, to which it replied that since there now was a portal in the middle of a metropolis, it had no choice but to protect its kind. When Korra refused to follow up on its request, reasoning that the new spiritual energy would have a harmonious effect on the citizens of Republic City, the spirit relented and retreated to the portal, though not before warning her that it would hold her responsible for keeping the portal safe.

Tokuga getting disfigured

Enraged and out for revenge, the dragon eel spirit flew through Tokuga, consequently disfiguring him.

The dragon eel spirit later returned during the Triple Threat Triad's attack on the airbenders and Team Avatar, who were defending the spirit portal. Emerging from the portal with several others, it ordered the spirits, most of whom had turned dark, to protect the portal, upon which the spirits lashed out against the Triple Threats. Defending the humans against the enraged spirits, Korra ordered the dragon eel spirit to call off the others, but it refused to do so, telling her that it had been her responsibility to protect the area and that she had failed. Korra tried to reason with it, saying that while it might believe it was protecting its world, attacking the humans—who were already afraid of the spirits—would only escalate the conflict. Her argumentation further enraged the spirit, however, who turned dark while pointing out that it were the humans who had started the fight and that one of them had to pay. Korra urged the spirit to stop but left it alone when she saw Asami was in trouble. As the now unhindered spirit neared the Triple Threats' leader, Tokuga threw three knives at it, though they flew right through the spirit, and it knocked him over. The dragon eel spirit, rounding on Tokuga, held him responsible for disturbing the portal, an action for which he would have to live with the consequences, and charged again, this time moving through Tokuga, deforming him in the process. Having exacted its revenge, the dragon eel spirit returned to its normal form and retreated into the Spirit World, ordering the other spirits to do the same.[1]

Appearances

The Legend of Korra

Book Four: Balance (平衡)

Graphic novel trilogies

Trivia

  • The design of the dragon eel spirit, which was done by Angela Song Mueller, is one of Bryan Konietzko's favorites.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Konietzko, Bryan; DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Jane Bak (cover). Turf Wars Part One (July 26, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Legend of Korra—The Art of the Animated Series, Book Four: Balance, page 114.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (December 5, 2014). "Operation Beifong". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 23. Nick.com.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (December 19, 2014). "The Last Stand". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 26. Nick.com.

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