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The Rise of Avatar Singi
General information
Genre

Action, adventure, fantasy, drama, romance

Rating

PG-13 (for graphic violence)

Creator(s)

DragonGirl028

Chapters

Thirty-eight
Book 1: 12 chapters
Book 2: 12 chapters
Book 3: 14 chapters

Country/Language

English

Production
Writer(s)

DragonGirl028

Editor(s)

DragonGirl028

Chronology
Channel

Avatar Wiki fanon portal

The Rise of Avatar Singi is a fanon trilogy set in the Avatar universe, spanning thirteen to twenty-five years after the death of Avatar Wan.

Factoids can be provided and questions can be answered on the author's official Tumblr blog (created April 5, 2017).

**CURRENTLY ON HIATUS, WILL RESUME IN FALL 2017**

Plot

Thirteen years after the death of Avatar Wan, in 9,750 BG, an innocent and quiet teenage Air Nomad named Singi, discovers that she is the next Avatar. Upon this revelation, she sets out on a journey to master the other elements, and along the way, prevent the annihilation of the spirit-friendly Air Nomads, proto-Water Tribe, and the spirit-lenient proto-Earth Kingdom, by two vicious, spirit-hating warlords from the Fire Islands. With the weight of both the mortal world and Spirit World on her shoulders, and a legendary legacy left behind by her predecessor, can Singi perform her duty as the Avatar without buckling down under the pressure?

Characters

Protagonists (Team Avatar)

  • Avatar Singi: The titular and main protagonist of the trilogy, Singi is a female Air Nomad, and the Avatar immediately succeeding Wan. Her name is written 申志 in Chinese, and is pronounced "SIN-gee."
  • Monk Jamyang: Singi's mentor, airbending instructor, and close friend. One of the few to have forged a friendship with Singi's previous incarnation, he accompanies Singi on her journey. His name is written 嘉木样 in Chinese, meaning "gentle voice" in Tibetan, and is pronounced "JAHM-yahng."[1]
  • Jiefeng: A female cranefish and Singi's animal companion. Hand-raised by Singi as a chick after being found abandoned by the Avatar while waterbending training along what will be known as the Mo Ce Sea, the two forge a close bond. Her name is written 婕风 in Chinese, meaning "graceful wind" or "beautiful wind," and is pronounced "Zhee-eh-FAWN".
  • Guilin: An earthbender and the son of General Dao and Ta Ying, Guilin aids Singi in her earthbending training alongside his father in Book 2 as a secondary character. In Book 3, he returns as a main character, and is one of the earthbenders to be seen retaliating against the Fire Islands warlords. His tactic however, is espionage, resulting in his capture before being freed by Singi and accompanying her on the rest of her journey. He also establishes a romantic relationship with Singi, resulting in one of, if not the first inter-cultural relationship in the Avatar world. His name, written 桂林 in Chinese, is also the name of a prefecture-level city in the northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, which translates to "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", and is pronounced "Gway-lin."
  • Qiú: A male armadillo hare and Guilin's childhood pet. His name is written 球 in Chinese, is the Chinese word for "ball", and is pronounced "Chee-OH."
  • Lychee: Jamyang's flying bison and close animal companion. Found by the 26-year-old monk-in-training when he was merely a flightless baby, Jamyang found himself drawn to him and his family to the point where he would visit them from a safe distance daily for weeks on end. Eventually, after a plethora of visits (as well as many offerings of buckets of lychee berries, among other foods) the creatures got used to his presence to the point in which they accepted him as a member of the family, and gave him an intimate view of their lives. Eventually, when Lychee was ten months old, the curious animal wanted to accompany Jamyang on his daily routines, and miraculously, his parents trusted the human enough for him to take care of their offspring.

Antagonists

  • Maku: A Fire Islands warlord who forges an unlikely partnership with fellow warlord Gaza. Believing the Avatar has failed humanity as a result of the spirits' ability to transcend to the mortal world during and the days prior to the solstices, even after Wan ordered the spirits back to the Spirit World and subsequently closed the spirit portals, he and Gaza set out on the warpath to enslave or kill those of the other nations, who are more accepting of the spirits. He is considered the "brawn" to Gaza's "brains". His name is written 马库 in Chinese, and is pronounced "Muh-KU".
  • Gaza: A Fire Islands warlord who sets aside his typical hostility towards fellow warlord Maku, and partners with him to wreak havoc upon the other nations as per their shared disdain of the spirits, hostility towards the other nations for their leniency towards the spirits, and belief that the Avatar is a failure to human-kind. He is considered the "brains" to Maku's "brawn", and harbors a particular hatred towards Guilin after the latter's failed espionage and subsequent escape from his encampment's prison in the southeastern Fire Islands, which resulted in the former being incapacitated for several months. His name is written 加沙 in Chinese.

Secondary Characters

  • Gekkō: A waterbending master and Singi's waterbending instructor within the settlement of Kunatuk. Cold and gruff for much of his life, he opens up about his stressful past to Singi one night when training and the two bond, softening the instructor's heart to an immense degree. Their time together training would result in a bond so strong, that Gekkō would come to consider Singi as a daughter. His name is written 月光 in Chinese, and is the Japanese word for "moonlight."
  • Dao: A proto-Earth Kingdom general and Singi's earthbending instructor. He has one child, a son named Guilin, whom he raises as a single parent after the death of his wife, Ta Ying, when Guilin was four years old. Upon the end of the War of Spirituality, he succeeds Gaogui as leader of the city of Gai Chan. His name is written 道 in Chinese, and his role as a general was inspired by that of his name, which also the name of a type of single-edge Chinese sword known as "The General of All Weapons."
  • Ra Sho: A young adult Sun Warrior and Singi's firebending instructor. Unlike his student, Ra Sho understands the concept of fire being a source of life and not just an element of destructive power, and fervently conditions Singi on this philosophy so that she can learn to accept the art of firebending, and ultimately, master it.
  • Wan: The first Avatar, and the Avatar immediately preceding Singi. A good friend of Jamyang, Singi often consults with Wan when faced with difficult decisions or questions while on her journey.
  • Raava: The spirit of peace and light, and, after fusing with Wan, the Avatar Spirit. She consults with Singi on a single occasion with regard to the latter's primary conflict.

Minor Characters

  • Dema: Singi's mother and an airbender. Her name is an Arabic name meaning "the cloud that brings rain to the crops after a drought"[2] and is pronounced "DEE-ma."
  • Rabten: Singi's father and an airbender. His name is Tibetan for "steadfast", and is pronounced "RAHB-ten."[1]
  • The Pirates: A band of six pirates from the Fire Islands who serve one or more warlords in their home village by pillaging from other communities. On one occasion, they steal multiple items from Kunatuk, including Jiefeng, only to be found by Singi on an island south of the settlement, defeated, and the stolen goods returned. The only named members of the group are Haja, the de facto leader, and Koji, one of his subordinates. Despite their occupation, they are not necessarily evil—they simply serve the warlords who rule over them in order to protect their lives and those of the others back home.
  • Koda: A resident of Kunatuk who runs a joint shop and trading post. Often enthusiastic, and with an "infectious" laugh, he happily engages in small talk with Singi when the opportunity arises.
  • Nenana: The warm, wise, and sometimes sassy elderly shaman-woman of one of many independent tribes in the North Pole, who specializes in the waterbending sub-skill of healing. She teaches Singi the female-exclusive sub-skill, much to Gekkō's jealousy. She is also one of the only people Singi meets who had lived atop a lion turtle, and can recall the events in the material world during the Harmonic Convergence of 9,829 BG. Her name is also the name of a river and a nearby city in Alaska, the latter of the two best known for being the starting point for the 1925 serum run to Nome to combat an incipient diphtheria epidemic.
  • Gua: A fruit vendor and resident of the earthbender settlement of Bianji in the northwestern proto-Earth Kingdom. Like everyone else in the settlement, he is generally lenient towards the spirits, but has a wavering tolerance of the entities, which occasionally cause a bit of ruckus in the residence in the days of and prior to the solstices. He has a kind heart, nonetheless, and remarks in front of Singi and everyone else in the settlement hours before the spirit skirmish there, that he does not believe that Singi has failed as the Avatar, despite the spirits' ability to move between worlds. His name is written 瓜 in Chinese, is the Chinese word for "melon", and is pronounced "Gwah".
  • Aye-aye spirit: One of many spirits Singi encounters and befriends in the trilogy, and a good friend of Avatar Wan. The aye-aye spirit continues to care for the now-relocated spirit oasis within the Spirit World, and upon first meeting Singi, is hostile, not immediately knowing Singi is the Avatar until Wan calms him and he is able to sense Raava from within her. Despite his friendly relations with Wan and Singi, he still harbors a rather biased disdain towards humans in general.
  • Dao's soldiers: General Dao's group of 20 subordinates. They loyally accompany their leader on most of Singi's earthbending training sessions, and serve as sparring partners with each other, Singi, and Guilin during these sessions. The only named individuals are Sen (森), Dan (pronounced "Don", 担), and Xin Bo (新波).
  • Ta Ying: Guilin's mother and Dao's wife. Having died from illness when Guilin was four years old, she is mainly referred to in the trilogy. She does however, make one appearance as a vision to Dao when he is locating ingredients in the Foggy Swamp to cure Jamyang of an illness. Guilin notes at one point that he does not remember much about his mother, other than that she had a warm, gentle voice, hair "as black as the night sky", and her eyes were "as bright as the green tea she brewed with love". Additionally, Dao still greatly misses her, and for much of Guilin's early life upon her death, questioned his abilities as a single parent having to contend with a (then) rambunctious, friendless child. Her name is written 塔影 in Chinese.
  • Baoshi: Dao's father who works as a crystal miner in Old Ba Sing Se. While mentioned once in Book 2, he makes his only appearance in the trilogy alongside his wife and younger son at Dao's inauguration as the City Leader of Gai Chan after the War of Spirituality. His name is written 宝石 in Chinese, and translates to "gem".
  • Qianbei: Dao's mother, and a housewife residing in Old Ba Sing Se. While mentioned once in Book 2, she makes her only appearance in the trilogy alongside her husband and younger son at Dao's inauguration as the City Leader of Gai Chan after the War of Spirituality. Her name is written 谦卑 in Chinese, meaning "humble" or "modest", and is pronounced "Chee-en-BAY".
  • Han: Dao's younger brother, who, after being mentioned once in Book 2, makes his only appearance in the trilogy alongside his parents at Dao's inauguration as the City Leader of Gai Chan after the War of Spirituality. His name is written 韩 in Chinese, and is based on the Chinese dynasty of the same name, during which the dao sword was popularized.
  • Gaogui: The well-revered leader of the city of Gai Chan and a non-bender. Upon being taken hostage by Maku and Gaza in a strategic ambush, he is executed by the two in the siege of Gai Chan, compelling the proto-Earth Kingdom to take up arms against the warlords and join in the War of Spirituality. His name is written 高贵 in Chinese, is the Chinese word for "noble", and is pronounced "GOW-gway."
  • Huaban: The elderly herbalist of Dao and Guilin's settlement and a non-bender. After sending off Singi, Guilin, and Dao to fetch a few missing ingredients for one of her medicinal recipes, she manages to heal Jamyang of a serious illness. Her name is written 花瓣 in Chinese, is the Chinese word for "petal", and is pronounced "Hwah-bon."
  • Leihua: An elderly resident of Omashu who is kind enough to donate her supply of royal purple scallops—an uncommon ingredient needed to heal Jamyang of his illness—to Singi and Guilin. Her name is written 类花 in Chinese, and translates to "kind blossom."
  • Ashaa: The leader of a small tribe living underneath the Si Wong Desert. He and the other members of his tribe don the hollowed out exoskeleton of a certain type of beetle in order to ward off any attacks from the giant gilacorns that reside in the desert, finding the beetles sour taste disdainful. His name is pronounced "Ah-sha".
  • Wahkan: The chief of the Sun Warrior tribe. Wanting to protect his tribe and Ran and Shaw from the Fire Islands warlords, he instructs Singi, Jamyang, and Guilin to maintain the secrecy of the tribe and not speak of them outside the ancient city. Wanting to boost Ra Sho's confidence as a Sun Warrior to the point of firebending mastery, and to teach Singi their philosophy of fire being a pure and uncorrupted element, he instructs the young adult to train Singi in their philosophy and the art of firebending so that in due time, they may confront Ran and Shaw to prove their worth. His name is a Sioux name meaning "sacred."
  • Chan: Maku's father, and one of the first and most notorious warlords of the Fire Islands. Despite his infamous reputation, Chan was a loving father to his son. One day, when Maku was four, Chan was out scouting lands when Maku's home village was attacked by a rival warlord and his army, his mother killed in the process. Upon Chan's return and driving off of the rival men, he was devastated to learn of his lover's death, and began training his son in both firebending and swordsmanship. Ten years later, while the two were engaging in battle against a warlord, Maku recognized the warlord as the one that killed his mother. Infuriated, Chan fought aggressively against his lover's murderer, only to eventually be killed himself, leaving his teenage son heartbroken and hellbent on revenge. The death of his parents by this warlord was what led Maku to train vigorously and eventually become a full-fledged warlord as notorious as his father. His name is written 陈 in Chinese, and is pronounced "Ch-ON."
  • Kaz: A Fire Islands soldier who was a subordinate under Gaza's "adoptive father"—a warlord himself. After Gaza murdered the warlord in 9,770 BG in fear that he would go back on his word that Gaza would succeed him, Kaz stepped in to succeed the warlord, due to his older age. Gaza agreed to this, so long as he could take the men in their early-to-mid twenties for himself, which Kaz accepted, much to the shock and discontent of the selected men. Years later, Gaza stumbled upon Kaz's encampment and manipulated his men by reminding them of Kaz's betrayal by giving them away like objects. That night, Gaza and his men attacked the encampment, and subsequently murdered Kaz and took control of the survivors, sealing Gaza's reputation as a formidable warlord due to his intelligence and tactical behavior.
  • Ran and Shaw: Two dragons revered by the Sun Warriors as the original masters of firebending. Originally teaching the Sun Warriors firebending within the Spirit Wilds during the era of Raava, upon the onset of the era of the Avatar, the Sun Warriors found themselves caught in the middle of conflicts between rivaling Fire Islands warlords. Wanting to seek refuge from the constant battles, the Sun Warriors established a settlement of their own in the northern Fire Islands, where they would protect Ran and Shaw from harm. In 9,738 BG, Ra Sho and Singi confront the two dragons to prove their worth as firebending masters, similar to Avatar Aang and Zuko's encounter with the duo millennia later.

Chapters

Book One: Tension (应力)

Singi B1 Title Card
# Chapter Title Summary Publication Date
101 Dreams On an otherwise normal day, Singi experiences a few dreams involving a mysterious figure riding an unknown creature. Singi and her parents also touch upon the legend of Avatar Wan (without mention of his name).     September 16, 2016
102 Revelation After a bewildering experience at the communal water well, Singi visits Monk Jamyang, where she learns of the person in her dreams, and a discovery is made that will change her life as she knows it. September 23, 2016
103 New Additions Traveling west, Singi and Jamyang find a waterbender settlement home to Gekkō, a gruff yet skilled waterbender, who agrees to train Singi in mastering the element. While training, Singi finds an abandoned and injured cranefish chick and vehemently nurses it back to health before adopting it as her animal companion. September 30, 2016
104 The Night Session After a couple of weeks of training, Gekkō instructs Singi to train with him at night. During their first session, Gekkō opens up about his personality, and the two bond. October 21, 2016
105 Piracy Late one evening, multiple items in Kunatuk—including Jiefeng—are stolen by a band of pirates, leading to a search-and-rescue mission by Singi, Jamyang, and Gekkō. October 28, 2016
106 Typhoon One week after rescuing Jiefeng from the pirates, a powerful storm strikes the bay. Wanting to prove herself as a skilled waterbender, Singi is determined to continue training in the midst of the typhoon, with dire consequences. November 4, 2016
107 Spiritual Workings Despite her intense spiritual training prior to becoming the Avatar, Singi encounters difficulty connecting with Avatar Wan's spirit. Jamyang teaches Singi what he knows about the deeper spiritual connections relating to the Avatar, as well as the Avatar State. After integrating Jamyang's knowledge into deep meditation, Singi finally manages to connect with Wan. November 11, 2016
108 The Full Moon Festival With the arrival of the full moon, the residents of Kunatuk celebrate the Ocean and Moon Spirits with a lavish festival, where Singi and Jamyang witness first-hand the waterbenders' admiration of the spirits. November 18, 2016
109 The Northern Fringes Wanting to teach her how to manipulate ice, Gekkō takes Singi to the North Pole for a few days. There, they train, witness the northern lights, and visit the now closed Northern spirit portal. December 9, 2016
110 The Art of Mending On the morning of their scheduled departure from the North Pole, a sudden and powerful blizzard overwhelms Singi and Gekkō. After being rescued by the hunting party of a local tribe, the duo meet Nenana, the tribe's elderly shaman-woman, and a specialist in the waterbending sub-skill of healing. Much to the envy of Gekkō, Nenana teaches Singi the sub-skill, which can only be taught to females, before the storm calms and the visitors can return south. December 16, 2016
111 Winter Solstice, Part 1: The Spirits Arrive With the winter solstice approaching, the spirits are able to transcend into the physical world, much to the delight of Singi, Jamyang, and the other waterbenders, but to the discontent of one proto-Earth Kingdom settlement. The question is: How can the spirits transcend between worlds with the spirit portals closed? December 24, 2016
112 Winter Solstice, Part 2: Taming the Skirmish Tensions reach a boiling point between the spirits and the residents of Bianji on the day of the winter solstice, and it's up to Singi to resolve the issue. As a master airbender and only proficient in waterbending, however, will she be able to remedy her first skirmish as the Avatar? December 31, 2016

Book Two: Conflict (冲突)

Singi B2 Title Card
# Chapter Title Summary Publication Date
201 Introduction Three years after the events of Book 1, Singi passes her waterbending mastery exam, after which she meets an intimidating person. Traveling southeast to find an earthbending instructor, the trio come upon a battlefield where Singi confronts a grim chapter of her past.    January 13, 2017
202 Substance Singi begins her earthbending training with difficulty, having to contend with her natural opposite, as well as having to train rigorously alongside General Dao's men, with very few instances of one-on-one training. Luckily, Guilin accompanies Singi on her training periods, bringing some much-needed encouragement and reassurance to the earthbender-in-training. January 20, 2017
203 The Declaration One month since beginning training, Team Avatar visit Kunatuk, only to have Maku, a fellow warlord named Gaza, and a faction of their troops also drop by. Ranting on about the spirits ability to cross into the physical world around the time of the solstices, their admiration by the Air Nomads and proto-Water Tribe as "pointless", and the Avatar being a "failure" for not keeping them in the Spirit World despite the spirit portals being closed, Maku and Gaza declare war on the spirit-friendly cultures and the Avatar. January 27, 2017
204 Angst and Neutrality With the War of Spirituality begun, Singi grows increasingly anxious over her abilities as the Avatar in order to settle the onslaught. After asking Dao and the other earthbenders to help defend those targeted, her request is denied, and Dao teaches her about the concept of neutral jing. After their discussion, Singi also confronts Wan about her mounting concerns regarding the war and her aptitude as the Avatar. February 3, 2017
205 One-on-One Singi and Dao have a rare instance of earthbending training without the latter's other men and Guilin. Meanwhile, ever-curious Guilin notices Jamyang meditating, and asks the elder to teach him the spiritual ways of airbenders. The boy's active and boisterous personality, however, gets in the way of Jamyang's teachings. February 10, 2017
206 Earthquake When a rare and massive earthquake strikes the group's training site near the Eastern Sea, everyone becomes separated, and most members, including Jamyang, buried underneath the rubble. A search-and-rescue mission commences, with the risk of being seen by Fire Islands soldiers, as well as losing daylight. February 17, 2017
207 Love and Lost Two years have passed since Singi began earthbending training. One day, while Dao visits the proto-Earth Kingdom city of Gai Chan to meet with city leader, Gaogui, Guilin takes Singi to a cavern not far from the village. After a mishap involving Qiú, the duo become trapped in the complex, and struggle to find a means to free themselves. February 24, 2017
208 Descendants After Guilin passes his earthbending mastery exam, Singi grows slightly jealous and—combined with the strain of the ongoing war—vigorously continues training to hone her abilities. Jamyang reassures Singi that she does not need to be as legendary as Wan was to be a worthy successor to him. March 3, 2017
209 The Cure One day, Jamyang falls gravely ill, and the local herbalist is missing a few key ingredients for treatment. Singi, Guilin, and Dao split up and travel to the Foggy Swamp and the city of Omashu to find the items needed to heal the ailing airbender. March 17, 2017
210 The Desert, Part 1: Uncharted Territory Wanting Singi to train in a more extreme climate, Dao takes Singi, Guilin, and a portion of his men into the Si Wong Desert for a few days. There, Singi grapples with not only the tough environment, but learning how to properly manipulate the loose sands of the desert. March 31, 2017
211 The Desert, Part 2: The Beetle Tribe On their way back to the earthbender village, the group is ambushed by a giant gilacorn. After an arduous chase, they are rescued by a small tribe living underneath the desert who mimic the appearance of sour beetles to drive away the enormous creature. The group spend time with the tribe before heading back home at sunset. April 7, 2017
212 The Catalyst After five years of rigorous training, Singi masters earthbending. Meanwhile, Maku, Gaza, and their troops storm the city of Gai Chan and set off a horrific spark that provokes the proto-Earth Kingdom to declare war on the warlords. April 14, 2017

Book Three: Resolution (决议)

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Note: Dates as of June 23, 2017 are inaccurate, and further chapters will be published at the author's convenience

# Chapter Title Summary Publication Date
301 The Lore and the Quest With the Siege of Gai Chan underway, Dao urges Singi to escape the carnage and master firebending so that she can bring the now global war to an end. Singi learns of the lore of the dragons and their worshippers, the Sun Warriors, and sets off to find them.    May 12, 2017
302 The Sun Warriors After stumbling upon the Sun Warriors' city, Singi is assigned a firebending instructor in a young adult named Ra Sho, a Warrior in-training, but enlightened in his peoples' philosophy of fire. Singi grows more reluctant at having to learn the element of those against her and the rest of the world, seeing it only as an element of rage and destruction, but nonetheless, begins training. May 26, 2017
303 The Recruitment Effort After receiving permission to take a couple of days off from training, Singi visits multiple commoner settlements in the Fire Islands, urging them to join in the war effort, but with little success. Despite this, Singi learns that not everyone from the Fire Islands is as uncaring towards the spirits, nor as cold-hearted as the warlords. June 2, 2017
304 The Warlords One night in the wilderness of the proto-Earth Kingdom, Maku and Gaza open up and share their respective pasts and what led them to becoming warlords. June 16, 2017
305 Pressure and Obligation While continuing her firebending training, Singi still grapples with the difficulty and strain of having to master the element used by those against her and the other cultures, as well as of the War of Spirituality as a whole. Stressed and doubtful, she consults with not only Wan, but Raava on her mounting concerns with her duty as the Avatar. June 23, 2017
306 Liberation Two years have passed, and while camping out one night on the Islands, Singi, Jamyang, and Jiefeng recognize a figure who leads them to a warlord encampment. There, they find a familiar friend being held prisoner by an even more familiar, and dangerous enemy, and Singi conducts a prison break. June 30, 2017
307 Title Summary Date
308 The Dancing Dragon On the winter solstice, Ra Sho leads Singi into the sunstone chamber within the city. There he teaches her the Dancing Dragon firebending form by the two mimicking the steps shown by the twenty statues from within the chamber. After multiple repetitions of the traditional firebending form, Singi finally softens her views of firebending as a whole. Date
309 One With the Wind On an afternoon off from firebending training, Team Avatar visit the Western Air Temple. There, Singi and Jamyang happily integrate themselves back into Air Nomad communal society, while Guilin is introduced to it, and also truly confronts his aviophobia. Date
310 Judgment Day After four years of firebending training, Singi and Ra Sho confront firebending masters and dragons, Ran and Shaw. The duo are deemed worthy by the dragons, and Singi is decreed a firebending master, while Ra Sho is declared a true Sun Warrior. Date
311 Summer Solstice, Part 1: A Call to Arms With the summer solstice two weeks away, Team Avatar travels across the proto-Earth Kingdom continent to rally members of the proto-Earth Kingdom and proto-Water Tribe to join forces against the incoming battle on the summer solstice. Date
312 Summer Solstice, Part 2: The Spirits After gathering a massive force of human allies to combat in the upcoming battle, Singi travels to the Spirit World to gain the support of the spirits in the event that could very well determine the fate of the physical world. Date
313 Summer Solstice, Part 3: Final Calming Breaths On the day before the summer solstice, there is an air of tension among Team Avatar and their compatriots. Singi looks back upon her journey as the Avatar thus far and receives words of support from all of her major allies. On the morning of the solstice, everyone steps onto the battlefield to see Maku, Gaza, and their men racing towards them, ready to battle for the fate of the world. Date
314 Summer Solstice, Part 4: Two Worlds and One Bridge The battle at the fire lion turtle valley commences with significant results for both parties. Will the world fall into the hands of two ruthless Fire Islands warlords, or will the second Avatar manage to put an end to their unmerciful campaign, and retain her title as the bridge between the physical world and Spirit World? Date

Soundtrack

SPOILERS BELOW!!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

Being an imaginative person, many of the scenes and/or dialogue I come up with are based not only on the storyline, but also any music I listen to that simply seems to "enhance" the experience. Below is a tracklist containing not only certain pieces of music that helped me shape a particular moment, but also the corresponding scene to which each track was used to create. I own NONE of the tracks used, and all rights go to their respected owners.

Book One: Tension (应力)

  • Chapter 1 - The Girl in the Trees / The West Lake (Track: "Main Titles" from Warner Bros. Pictures Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, composed by James Newton Howard; 1:42 - 2:50)
  • Chapter 1 - The Plains Crossing / The Figures (Track: "Longing For You" from Jeffery Lau's A Chinese Tall Story, composed by Joe Hisaishi)
  • Chapter 1 - The Blizzard / The Figures Return (Track: "Farewell..." from Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, composed by Danny Elfman; 35:41 - 37:14)
  • Chapter 2 - Wan and Jamyang (Track: "Trail of the Angels", performed by Chen Yue; evening segment: 0:00 - 1:51, morning segment: 2:43 - 4:42)
  • Chapter 3 - Tending to Jiefeng (Track: "First Love", composed by Joe Hisaishi)
  • Chapter 4 - The Night Session (Track: "Inside the Case" from Warner Bros. Pictures Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, composed by James Newton Howard; 1:42 - 4:21)
  • Chapter 6 - Breaking the Tidal Wave (Track: "Aang and Korra - The Avatar State Themes (Remixed Together)", remix by YouTube user "aviation142", both tracks originally composed by Jeremy Zuckerman; 0:11 - 0:56)
  • Chapter 7 - Connecting with Wan (Track: "The Burning Bush" from DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt, composed by Hans Zimmer; 0:00 - 4:32 or 6:03; pause at 3:16 for Singi's excited tangent before starting at 3:17 once her composure is maintained)
  • Chapter 9 - The Northern Spirit Portal (Track: "Three Eyed Raven" from HBO's Game of Thrones, composed by Ramin Djawadi; 0:00 - 1:13)
  • Chapter 9 - The Northern Lights (Track: "Solitude", composed by Thomas Bergersen; 0:35 - 1:20)

Book Two: Conflict (冲突)

  • Chapter 1 - Enter Maku (Track: "Sailing Into The Storm", composed by Richard Beddow)
  • Chapter 1 - The Battlefield and the Skeleton (Track: "The Tiger" from Porchlight Films' The Hunter, composed by Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira, and Andrew Lancaster)
  • Chapter 1 - Paying Respects / Identity Revealed (Track: "The Way" (instrumental), composed by Zack Hemsey; walking around the battlefield: 0:00 - 2:23 and 3:11 - 3:22; encountering the skeleton: 3:23 - 3:28 and 4:52 - 5:01; the vision: 5:49 - 6:04; Singi composing herself/everyone leaving: 6:05 - 7:04)
  • Chapter 3 - Jiefeng's Flight (Track: "Flight Over Alps", from BBC's Planet Earth II, composed by Jasha Klebe and Jacob Shea; 1:25 - 2:17)
  • Chapter 4 - The Racing Avatars (The Beauty of the Spirit World) (Track: "Singing Indri" from BBC's Planet Earth II, composed by Jasha Klebe, and Jacob Shea)
  • Chapter 4 - Singi's Worries / Wan's Reassurance (Track: "Life In The Canopy" from BBC's Planet Earth II, composed by Jasha Klebe, and Jacob Shea)
  • Chapter 11 - The Giant Gilacorn / The Beetle Tribe Rescue (Track: "Raptors / Stand Together" from Disney's Dinosaur, composed by James Newton Howard)
  • Chapter 12 - Gaogui's Execution (Track: "The End of Our Island" from Disney's Dinosaur, composed by James Newton Howard; 0:28 - 1:31)

Book Three: Resolution (决议)

  • Chapter 1 - The Siege of Gai Chan (Track: continuation of "The End of Our Island" from Disney's Dinosaur, composed by James Newton Howard; 1:32 - 3:59)
  • Chapter 6 - Discovery of the Encampment / Guilin's Espionage (Track: "Home To Dragons" from BBC's Planet Earth II, composed by Jasha Klebe, and Jacob Shea; discovering the encampment: 0:13; donning the shinobi shozoku: 1:07 - 1:12; knocking out a guard: 1:27; entering the encampment: 1:49)
  • Chapter 6 - Unmasked / Capturing Guilin (Track: "Three Brothers" from Disney's Brother Bear, composed by Mark Mancina and Phil Collins; 4:16 - 5:25)
  • Chapter 6 - Freeing Guilin / Escape! (Track: "Clash of Empires", composed by Thomas Bergersen)
  • Chapter 10 - Confronting the Masters (The Dancing Dragon) (Track: "Planet Earth II Suite" from BBC's Planet Earth II, composed by Hans Zimmer, Jasha Klebe, and Jacob Shea; 3:01 - 4:23)
  • Chapter 14 - The Death of Jamyang (Track: "Frozen Clearing", composed by Jeremiah Pena)
  • Chapter 14 - The End (Track: "Homecoming", composed by Thomas Bergersen)

Other Tracks:

  • Singi's Theme (Track: "Oogway Ascends" from DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda, composed by Hans Zimmer; 1:58 - 3:57)
  • End Credits (Track: "Inside the Case" from Warner Bros. Pictures Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, composed by James Newton Howard; entire track)
  • Post-credits scene: Reunited (Track: "Epilogue" from BBC's Planet Earth II, composed by Jasha Klebe, and Jacob Shea)
    • Jamyang appears in the Spirit World after his death and looks around at the scenery. At 0:41, a figure, revealed to be Wan (at 39 years of age) appears. Tears form in Jamyang's eyes, and he smiles broadly before the two walk up to one another and embrace, during which Jamyang "reverts" to his nine-year-old self. The two release from their embrace and walk off together.

Opening Sequences

Were this trilogy to be made into an animated television series, this sequence, narrated by Jamyang, would be shown:

Sequence

The trilogy opens at sunset to a view of a forest canopy, rushing forward to reveal an 18-year-old Wan leaving a fire lion turtle city, a flame dancing in his left hand. The scene shifts to a 20-year-old Wan separating Raava and Vaatu, followed by Vaatu rising into the air, laughing as he does an aerial backflip towards the ground and rushes towards the camera, joined by various dark spirits, before Vaatu obscures the camera into black. The next scene shows Wan, Mula, and Raava traversing the world in the background, while still images of Wan bending each element individually (in the order of the Avatar Cycle) are revealed in the foreground. The camera quickly pans up to the sky and descends down to the Spirit World, with a frontal shot of Wan in the Avatar State, as he traps Vaatu in an elemental sphere and seals him in the Tree of Time. The scene then shifts to stills of Wan at multiple ages (20, 39, and 87, respectively) intervening in conflicts between rivaling armies before going black. The scene then changes to a daytime view of the mountain range leading to the Northern Air Temple, as the camera once again races towards the temple in construction, maneuvering down and into Jamyang's study, where the wooden statue of Wan and Raava stands. Thirteen-year-old Singi's back is towards the camera, the teenager sitting in front of the statue in meditation. A frontal shot of Singi pans upward, stopping when a small gust of wind blows from within the building and out the entrance, upon which Singi opens her eyes. She steps out as the camera pans outward slightly, revealing Jiefeng to be standing beside the entrance of the study. The cranefish turns her head towards Singi, and, as the wind continues to blow, takes flight as the camera continues to pan out. Singi enters the Avatar State (during which the statue of Wan and Raava glows as it did in "The Southern Lights") and ascends on a column of air, before the camera suddenly zooms in to Singi's face before panning up to the sky to reveal the title card.

Narration

"Long ago in the era of Raava, when spirits roamed the wilderness and humans first appeared, there was a young man named Wan, who was banished from his lion turtle city and ended up defying the odds. Living in the Spirit Wilds alongside the spirits, wielding the element of fire, he eventually made the grave error of separating Raava, the spirit of peace and light, from her counterpart, Vaatu, the spirit of chaos and darkness, unleashing chaos upon the world. With aid from Raava, Wan gained the once unthinkable ability to bend the additional elements of air, water, and earth, and on the onset of Harmonic Convergence, defeated Vaatu for the fate of the world, ushering in a new era—the era of the Avatar. With Vaatu and the spirits locked away in the Spirit World, and the lion turtles relinquishing their roles as protectors and element-granters of mankind, Avatar Wan spent the remainder of his life trying to maintain peace and balance between the many human cultures of our world, but eventually his time came to an end. Upon his demise, Raava sought out a successor to the one who would guide the world toward peace, and found one in an airbender named, Singi. With a legendary legacy left behind by Avatar Wan, Singi has much ahead of her, but like the currents of the air, I know Singi will rise to the occasion and be a worthy Avatar."

Secondary (Shortened) Sequence

Were the opening sequence shortened (i.e. for all "episodes" besides episode one), no narration would be provided. Rather, the final moments of the original opening sequence would play out:

A daytime view of the mountain range leading to the Northern Air Temple is shown, which would slowly draw in closer to the mountain range before shifting to the interior of Jamyang's study, panning down to reveal the wooden statue of Wan and Raava. As the camera begins to pan back, thirteen-year-old Singi would be seen walking forward and out of the building. As the camera continues to pan out, Jiefeng would be seen standing beside the entrance of the study, before the cranefish turns her head towards Singi and as the wind strengthens slightly, takes flight. Singi enters the Avatar State (during which the statue of Wan and Raava glows as it did in "The Southern Lights") as the camera continues to pan out. Singi ascends on a column of air, the camera following the ascent, before the camera quickly zooms in to Singi's face before panning up to the sky to reveal the title card.

The music to be playing in the shortened sequence is the same as episodes 2-6 of BBC's Planet Earth II, which is itself a shortened version of the series suite featured in the first episode, lasting 30 seconds.

Theatrical Trailer

Were this trilogy to be made into a feature film, this would be the following sequence for the first trailer (music used: "Reborn", composed by James Minas and Lydia Davies):

0:00 - 0:06: Reveal of the Nickelodeon Movies logo, followed by any supporting companies (e.g. Paramount Pictures)

0:07 - 0:16: Singi emerges from the forest by the West Lake and contented, lies down and drifts to sleep; cut to black

0:17 - 0:24: Cut to reveal Singi's first dream with Avatar Wan, as Wan, riding Mula and his head cloaked underneath his scarf, moves off, with Singi reaching a hand out and exclaiming "W-Wait! Come back! Who are you!?"

0:25 - 0:36: Cut to black before transitioning to Singi entering Jamyang's enclave within the Northern Air Temple, stating "I'm sorry for visiting you so early, Monk Jamyang. I came to you this morning because—" before cutting herself off upon seeing the wooden statue of Wan and Raava (0:30). Singi exclaims, nervous and shocked "Th—that person! He's been appearing in my dreams recently!" as the scene momentarily transitions to Singi seeing Wan and Mula in the distance before her in the first dream, as well as Wan entering the Avatar State in the second dream, the quote becoming a voiceover.

0:37: Fade back to present day, where Jamyang asks, "You've been having dreams about Avatar Wan?" to which Singi responds, dazed, "Who?" Jamyang states (using various cut-and-meshed lines of dialogue from Book 1 Chapter 1): "Wan, the first Avatar. He was a young man who hailed from a lion turtle city that granted the element of fire, and was banished to live in the Spirit Wilds. The Wilds were dangerous during his time, as the spirits inhabited them. Luckily, Wan managed to befriend and live with the spirits for two years. Eventually, he was deceived into freeing Vaatu—the spirit of chaos and darkness—from his counterpart, Raava—the spirit of peace and light—and spent the next year learning the elements of air, water, and earth, with aid from Raava. Together, Wan and Raava defeated Vaatu.... and while Wan has passed on, Raava lives on, I'm sure in another person... Wan's successor to maintain peace between the people of this world by yielding the ability to manipulate the other elements."

0:50 - 1:06: Show Singi with a nervous expression, quietly exclaiming "Monk Jamyang...?" before fading to black to then reveal the fountain at the Northern Air Temple, where Singi demonstrates her waterbending to Jamyang's amazement. Jamyang briefly lowers his head, processing what happened, before turning his head to Singi and exclaiming "My pupil... I believe Raava has chosen you as Wan's successor." The camera focuses on Singi's face, her eyes widening and the camera ever-so-slowly zooms in to her shocked face as Jamyang states the final sentences of Book 1 Chapter 1: "We must inform your parents immediately. You have an incredible journey ahead of you, as you, are the new Avatar."

1:07 (beat #1): Cut to text reading "From an adaptation of Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino's Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra..."

1:09: Cut to Singi using her enhanced agility to dodge multiple attacking spirits (Book 1 Chapter 11), followed by scenes including:

  • Singi rocketing into the air before using two water whips to knock three pirates off their feet (the whips hitting at beat #2 at 1:11; Book 1 Chapter 5)
  • Posterior shot of Singi, Jamyang, Guilin, Dao, and some of the latter's men standing before some of the large earth coins in the battlefield where Wan passed away (Book 2 Chapter 1)

1:15 (beat #3): Cut to text reading "Witness the journey of the second Avatar..." followed by scenes including:

  • Side view wide-shot of the mass prayer during the Full Moon Festival, the full moon in view (Book 1 Chapter 8)
  • Faraway shot of Dao and Guilin's village as Jiefeng—carrying a note addressed to Gekkō—quickly flies into the camera's view, the camera swerving to show her flying off into the horizon (Book 2 Chapter 3)
  • Wide shot of Singi and Ra Sho ascending the stairs towards Ran and Shaw's caves on each side of the bridge (Book 3 Chapter 10)

1:23 (beat #4): Cut to text reading "And her quest to bring peace between two worlds..." followed by scenes including:

  • Singi and Gekkō witnessing the northern lights (Book 1 Chapter 9)
  • Singi and Wan standing atop a hill overlooking a vast meadow and forested area teaming with spirits in the Spirit World, the camera behind the duo zooming out and above them at a leisurely pace to reveal the landscape (Book 1 Chapter 11)

1:28 (beat #5): Cut to Singi in the Avatar State using firebending to break down a tidal wave (Book 1 Chapter 6), followed by other scenes, including:

1:40:

Trivia

  • People refer to one another as "benders" in the trilogy, as upon Wan's establishment as the Avatar, there have been interactions between different tribes of people.[3]
  • "Book One: Tension" spans four months, "Book Two: Conflict" spans five years (picking up three years after the events of Book 1), and "Book Three: Resolution" spans four years (picking up immediately after the last chapter of Book 2).
  • The trilogy incorporates elements from Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel trilogies (specifically, The Rift and Smoke and Shadow).
  • The author refers to this trilogy as the "graduate school side-project". The fanfic was first conceptualized in the summer of 2016, during which the author was taking part in an internship for academic credit. Book 1 was written and published throughout the Fall 2016 semester; Book 2 was done during the Spring 2017 semester; and Book 3 was done during the summer of 2017 and into the Fall 2017 semester, during which the author also worked on her Master's thesis.
    • The trilogy did not start at the very beginning of the author's graduate school career, though. She began attending graduate school in late August 2015.
  • In order from oldest to youngest character, this is the Chinese Zodiac animal associated with those whose exact ages have been established (noting that Wan was born in 9,850 BG - Year of the Dragon, and that the trilogy begins 100 years later):
    • Nenana (born 9,834 BG) - Year of the Monkey
    • Jamyang (born 9,820 BG) - Year of the Dog
    • Gaogui (born 9,810 BG) - Year of the Monkey
    • Gekkō (born 9,800 BG) - Year of the Horse
    • Gaza (born 9,787 BG) - Year of the Goat
    • Dao (born 9,782 BG) - Year of the Rat
    • Maku (born 9,781 BG) - Year of the Ox
    • Ra Sho (born 9,767 BG) - Year of the Snake
    • Singi (born 9,763 BG) - Year of the Goat
    • Guilin (born 9,756 BG) - Year of the Tiger
  • A shorter sequel to the trilogy has not been entirely ruled out by the author. As of March 15, 2017 (when the idea was first proposed), no storyline has been developed. However, there are a few noteworthy facts about the potential fanfiction:
    • The fanfiction would likely be up to twenty chapters total.
    • Roshan—Singi and Guilin's son—would be introduced and featured.
    • Some minor characters (Nenana, Huaban, Leihua, Dao's soldiers), secondary characters (Ra Sho, possibly Gekkō), and main characters (Maku, Gaza, and possibly Jamyang) from the original trilogy would NOT be [physically] featured, and only mentioned at most.

Reception

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Some Common Tibetan Names and Their Meanings. Kadampa Center (2015). Retrieved on November 3, 2016.
  2. Dema. Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on November 3, 2016.
  3. The Legend of Korra—The Art of the Animated Series, Book Two: Spirits, page 102.

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