|By DragonGirl028||Part of thecontinuity.|
40 - 45 (Book 2: Conflict)
5'9" or 1.75m
Black olive with dim gray highlight
|Weapon of choice||
Fire, Niuweidao, bolas
, Fire Islands troops
|Chronological and political information|
"Summer Solstice, Part 4: Two Worlds and One Bridge"
Hugo Weaving (if animated)
Gaza is a Fire Islands warlord and one of the primary antagonists of the trilogy. Initially hoping to conquer lands within the proto-Earth Kingdom as a combined result of year-round conflicts with rivaling Fire Islands warlords, coupled with the spirits around the solstices, he eventually forges an unlikely partnership with a fellow warlord named . This partnership is the result of their mutual dislike of and hostility towards the spirits, for having the ability to transcend into the physical world both during and the days prior to the solstices, even after Wan ordered the spirits back to the Spirit World and closed the spirit portals.
This anger extends towards the other nations, who are more lenient towards the spirits, as well as the Avatar, whom they believed failed human-kind by not being able to prevent the spirits from crossing over around the time of the solstices. Consequently, both warlords wage against the other nations and , intending to kill the Avatar, and enslave or kill those who are more sympathetic towards the spirits. Ultimately, it is Singi who vows to defend the spirits and other nations from the wrath of the onslaught, despite being a target herself.
Whereas Maku is considered the "brawn" of the warlord duo, Gaza is considered the "brains". He is intelligent, incredibly tactical, and (somewhat) calmer in demeanor compared to Maku. Oncein his temporary Fire Islands encampment with the aid of Singi, he begins to harbor a disdainful grudge towards the earthbender in particular, displaying more anger than he usually demonstrates, other than on the battlefield.
Early Life and Rise to Become a Warlord
Gaza was born in 9,787 BG to unknown parents, who abandoned him when he was five years old. Whether this abandonment was with malicious intent, a difficult but merciful decision, or simply [a case of] parents who were unable to care for their child with the looming threat/fear of the warlords, is unknown. Gaza spent the next three years living in the wilderness as a feral child before being discovered by a warlord and some of his men. The warlord threatened Gaza, ordering him to tell him where he came from, and who his family is, to which Gaza responded that he "has no one". Unconvinced, the warlord threatened him again, after which Gaza delivered the same response, and threatened the warlord himself, much to the former's mild amusement, impressed. The warlord adopted him and trained him in his ways, with the intent that Gaza would fight alongside him, and someday, take his place. At the age of seventeen (after having engaged in a fair amount of battles alongside the warlord and his men), fearing that the warlord would go back on his word of succession, Gaza slit the warlord's throat in his sleep, killing him. The morning after, the teenager demanded his subordinates follow him from now on, and the men, understandably, scoffed at him, stating that they cannot and would not follow the orders of someone [much] younger than them. Gaza pointed out that the warlord told him that he would succeed him, before an older man, named Kaz, stepped forward, decreeing that as he was the oldest one in the group, he would step up as leader. Gaza agreed to this, but demanded that he take the men in their early-to-mid twenties for himself, to which Kaz accepted (much to the young adults' shock and discontent).
Years passed, during which Gaza strategically took over land, until he stumbled upon Kaz's encampment one day. Playing with his men's' minds, Gaza tormented them, reminding them that Kaz willingly abandoned them so that he could lead his own army and conquer lands without them—making them feel inferior, betrayed, and enraged. Later that night, Gaza and his men attacked and killed Kaz and some of his older men. Afterwards, he demanded that the survivors now follow his lead, to which they accepted, leading to Gaza's establishment as a formidable warlord with a sizable army as a result of his intelligence and tactical behavior.
Book 2: Conflict
The Confrontation at Kunatuk and the Declaration of the War of Spirituality
Like Maku, by the time he makes his first appearance in Book 2, he had conquered a fair amount of territory in the Fire Islands. However, due to multiple conflicts with opposing warlords, in addition to hassles with the spirits around the time of the solstices, he and his army moved east to attempt to settle in lands within the main proto-Earth Kingdom continent. Not long beforehand, Maku did the same for the same reasoning, leading to the two warlords forging their unlikely partnership. Unlike the proto-Water Tribe and Air Nomads, who held friendly relations with the spirits, and the proto-Earth Kingdom, who viewed the spirits with relative respect (so long as conflicts did not erupt), the warlords viewed the spirits with hostility. Although the spirits were only present during and the days prior to the solstices, the warlords were regardless, angered that the spirits were able to transcend to the physical world, even with the spirit portals closed by Wan. Finding the spirits a nuisance to their common goal of conquering land, they believed that the spirits should remain within the Spirit World, and that the Avatar has failed humanity as a result of the spirits' ability to cross between worlds, despite the closing of the spirit portals.
The Siege of Gai Chan
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Book 3: Resolution
The Capture, Arrest, and Liberation of Guilin
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The Battle at the Fire Lion Turtle Valley
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- Were Gaza an actual animated character, he would likely be voiced by Hugo Weaving, who is known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, and the title role of V in V for Vendetta.
Unnamed warlord (intended)
|Warlord (one of many)|
Unknown – c. 9,738 BG
| Succeeded by|
Unknown; position eventually voided by first Fire Lord
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