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Hira'a is a village located in the Fire Nation and the hometown of Princess Ursa.[1]

History

The village of Hira'a is where Zuko's mother Ursa grew up, as well as where his maternal grandfather, Jinzuk, was the magistrate. Its theater featured the play Love amongst the Dragons in which Ursa and Ikem were cast for the roles of the Dragon Empress and Emperor, respectively.

Fire Lord Azulon and his son, Prince Ozai, traveled to Hira'a to seek out Ursa as they desired to add Avatar Roku's bloodline to the Fire Nation Royal Family. Ozai successfully proposed to and married Ursa, which meant she moved to the Fire Nation Capital and had to cut all ties with her previous life in this village.[1]

After being banished, Ursa returned to the village she had once called home. When she was there, she discovered that her parents had died, and she visited the stage she had once acted in. While on stage, she met Noren, who introduced himself to her.[2]

Notable residents

Trivia

  • Hira'a has been described by Gene Yang as "someplace remote, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the Fire Nation capital city."[3]
  • Hira'a takes inspiration from the Japanese-settled Hawaiian villages of the early twentieth century, continuing the cultural parallels between Japan and the Fire Nation. True to form, its name is a contraction of "Hirahara"; Hirahara Zenmatsu was one of the first Japanese people to become a Hawaiian settler.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part 1 (March 20, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part 2 (July 10, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Library Edition (February 5, 2014), Dark Horse Comics.

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