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|By DragonGirl028||Part of thecontinuity.|
|"You claim that your predecessor prevented the spirits from entering our world again, and yet, they interfere with my business during the solstices. How can you claim to be the bridge between man and spirit when you cannot even uphold your promise? The Avatar is not a bridge, but a liar and a failure!'"|
|— Maku disparaging the value of the Avatar to.|
6'7" or 2.01m
|Weapon of choice||
Fire, Dao (sword)
, Fire Islands troops
|Chronological and political information|
Jamieson Price (if animated)
Maku (pronounced: Muh-KU) 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 result of frequent conflicts with rivaling Fire Islands warlords, 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. Consequently, both warlords wageagainst the other nations, intending to enslave or kill those who are more sympathetic towards the spirits. Ultimately, it is who vows to defend the spirits and other nations from the wrath of the onslaught.
Whereas Gaza is considered the "brains" of the warlord duo, Maku is considered the "brawn". He is temperamental, energetic, manipulative, and irascible, with a deep and booming voice. He also makes up for his lesser intelligence (compared to Gaza) with his physical appearance—tall, stocky, and a rugged beard completely covering his chin—as well as his rage-fueled, dangerous firebending skills and swordsmanship.
Whereas Gaza bears a particular grudge towards, Maku typically seems to target Singi.
Not much is known of Maku's past and upbringing. By the time he makes his first appearance in Book 2, Maku had conquered a considerable 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 afterwards, Gaza would do 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 mainly present during the summer and winter solstices, in addition to the days prior to the phenomena, 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.
Book 2: Conflict
Introduction to Singi
- Maku's appearance is heavily based on both the huntsman and Toz.
- Were Maku an actual animated character, he would likely be voiced by Jamieson Price, who is well known for voicing the military general and warlord, Lü Bu, in the Dynasty Warriors video game series.
|Warlord (one of many)|
| Succeeded by|
Unknown; position eventually voided by first Fire Lord
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