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|The Rise of Avatar Singi|
Adventure, action, drama, romance
Three Books, 12-14 chapters each
Thirteen years after the death of Avatar Wan, in 9,750 BG, an innocent and quiet teenage Air Nomad named , 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 the vicious, spirit-hating warlords of the Fire Islands. With the weight of both the physical 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?
Protagonists (Team Avatar)
- : 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".
- 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", and is pronounced "Jom-YAN". : Singi's mentor,
- 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". : A female
- General , 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 is written 桂林 in Chinese, and 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". : An earthbender and the son of
- Qiú: A male and Guilin's childhood pet. His name is written 球 in Chinese, is the Chinese word for "ball", and is pronounced "Chee-OH".
- 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". : 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 physical world during and the days prior to the
- : 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 Gaza being incapacitated for several months.
- waterbending master and Singi's waterbending instructor. His name is written 月光 in Chinese, and is the Japanese word for "moonlight". : A
- general and Singi's earthbending instructor. He has one child, a son named Guilin. His name is written 道 in Chinese. : A proto-Earth Kingdom
- 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. : A young adult
- 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 occasion with regard to the latter's primary conflict.
- 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", and is pronounced "DEE-ma".
- Rabten: Singi's father and an airbender. His name is Tibetan for "steadfast" or "faithful", and is pronounced "ROB-ten".
- healing. She teaches Singi the female-exclusive sub-skill, much to Gekkō's jealousy. 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. : 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
- 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 down and he is able to sense Raava from within her.
- Gaogui: The well-revered leader of Gai Chan Village and a non-bender. His name is written 高贵 in Chinese, is the Chinese word for "noble", and is pronounced "GOW-gway".
- Sun Warrior chief: The head 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.
- 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.
Book 1: Tension (应力)
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|101||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||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||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||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, Jiefeng is 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 Gekkō's settlement 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 bend and 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 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 head south.||December 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 2016|
|112||Winter Solstice, Part 2: Taming the Skirmish||Tensions reach a boiling point between the spirits and one earthbender settlement 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 2016|
Book 2: Conflict (冲突)
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|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 2017|
|203||The Declaration||On a day off from training, the trio and Guilin visit Gekkō's settlement, 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.||January 2017|
|212||The Catalyst||After years of rigorous training, Singi masters earthbending. Meanwhile, Maku, Gaza, and their troops storm the Village of Gai Chan and set off a horrific spark that provokes the proto-Earth Kingdom to declare war on the warlords.||Date|
Book 3: Resolution (决议)
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|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.||Date|
|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.||Date|
|303||The Recruitment Effort||After receiving permission to take a day 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.||Date|
|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.||Date|
|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.||Date|
|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.||Date|
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 1: 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 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)
- Chapter 11 - Entering the Spirit World/"I Told You You Could Find Me Here" (Track: "Breakout!" from Disney's Dinosaur, composed by James Newton Howard; 1:05 - 2:43)
Book 2: Conflict (冲突)
- Chapter 1 - Enter Maku (Track: "Dark Ages", composed by Thomas Bergersen, 0:17 - 1:17)
- 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 12 - Gaogui's Execution (Track: "The End of Our Island" from Disney's Dinosaur, composed by James Newton Howard; 0:28 - 1:31)
Book 3: 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 - 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 14 - The Death of Jamyang (Track: "Frozen Clearing", composed by Jeremiah Pena)
- Chapter 14 - The End (Track: "Homecoming", composed by Thomas Bergersen)
- Singi's Theme (Track: "Oogway Ascends" from DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda, composed by Hans Zimmer; 1:58 - 3:57)
This sequence, narrated by Jamyang, is only "shown" once in the trilogy, at the start of Book 1 Chapter 1: Dreams:
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 the small building where the wooden statue of Wan and Raava stands, 13-year-old Singi's back to the camera, 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, Jiefeng standing beside the entrance, before she 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 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.
"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."
- 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.
- "Book 1: Tension" spans four months, "Book 2: Conflict" spans five years (picking up three years after the events of Book 1), and "Book 3: Resolution" spans four years (picking up immediately after the last chapter of Book 2).
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