|"I don't take kindly to people barging in on me, especially the Avatar."|
|— Jargala to Korra.|
Jargala Omo is an earthbending mobster and leader of the Creeping Crystal Triad. In 174 AG, the turf of her triad was challenged by Tokuga and his Triple Threats, though she managed to hold on to her territory due to the timely intervention of the Republic City police.
Following the destruction of downtown Republic City during the invasion of the United Republic of Nations, the triads lost their territory and scattered, engaging each other in a turf wars over the land that was not ravaged by Kuvira and her troops.
It was during this chaotic time that Jargala led her Creeping Crystals in the defense of their turf against the Triple Threat Triad. Outnumbering their opponents, they managed to push them into a corner. When Tokuga entered the fight, she told him the Triple Threats should give up. Tokuga rose to the challenge, however, and quickly chi blocked all the Creeping Crystals surrounding him, Jargala included. Although incapacitated, Jargala refused to surrender her turf. Just as Tokuga intended to kill her, however, the Republic City police intervened, and Jargala ordered her Creeping Crystals to retreat, while warning Tokuga that the fight was not over.
After construction began on housing for the evacuees, Jargala, alongside two members of the Creeping Crystal Triad, visited Asami at her temporary office during the construction. Upon Jargala's entry, Asami asked the triad member if she could help her, but Jargala, in fact, it was she who could help Asami, whom she addressed as sweetheart. Jargala seemed interested in Asami's construction project, adding that it would be a pity if she would not be able to finish it. In turn, Asami, angrily warned her not to threaten her or call her "sweetheart", provoking one of Jargala's companions to angrily question if Asami knew who Jargala was. Jargala ordered him to stop, as she understood that Asami did not want to offend her and instead continued persuading Asami to accept a small protection fee for herself and the construction from the Triple Threats. However, once more, Asami denied the agreement and showed the earthbender her electrified glove. Unamused, Jargala asked Asami if she knew how to use that "cute weapon", to which she answered that she would be happy to give the Creeping Crystal a demonstration. Jargala said any demonstration would have to wait until later and began walking to the door, to the surprise of her partners. Upon the other members' questions, Jargala answered that Asami was not thinking straight, and it would be better to leave a couple of days that allow the nonbender to reconsider her offer.
The following night, Jargala was playing pool when Korra, followed by Mako and Bolin, burst into the triad's hideout, looking for Jargala. Upon seeing the Avatar, Jargala remarked to Korra that she did not like that people barging in on her, least of all the Avatar. Enraged, Korra ignored her warning and asked her where Asami was. Jargala answered honestly that Asami was not at the triad's hideout, although Korra did not believe her. Jargala encouraged Korra and her friends to search for her in the Creeping Crystal Triad's hideout, and when they did not find her, Jargala reaffirmed herself before warning Korra to disappear from her sight.
Shortly after, the Creeping Crystal Triad was attacked by Tokuga, who came with mecha suits and explosives. Fearing for their safety, the triple threats abandoned their hideout and left their turf to the Triple Threats. They fled to a small abandoned building and continued to conduct business there. Days later, Jargala earthbent a piece of jennamite when a triad member asked her if she was willing to let Korra in, to which she agreed. Korra approached Jargala and said she realized that it had been Tokuga who had kidnapped Asami. Jargala asked if she was there to apologize, but Korra instead said she was seeking a deal. She was looking for help using secret passages throughout Republic City to find Tokuga, Jaragala asked if Korra wanted revenge, but Korra replied that all she was seeking was Asami's location.
Jargala responded by displaying the properties of jennamite, using it to encase a plant in crystal, displaying the way it encased organic matter until there was no escape. She declared Tokuga was going to remember why the Creeping Crystals had once been the most feared triad in Republic City and led Korra out through the passages, using the glowing properties of jennamite as a guide. As they reached Tokuga, Jargala and Korra begun attacking the Triple Threats. Jargala encased a mecha suit in jennamite, as she turned to throw the rock she had used as a guide at him. Tokuga caught the rock, remarking she would need something stronger to throw him off, until the jennamite begun encasing his arm. Jargala stood over him and remarked that it was time he learned not to mess with a creeping crystal. When Tokuga smashed the rock open and fled, Jargala announced to her triad and the Avatar that he was escaping with Asami. Korra began to run after Asami, yelling at Jargala to come with her. Jargala said she was not leaving her turf in the hands of "goons" and continued to fight off the Triple Threats, shouting at Korra to go without her.
Graphic novel trilogies
- Turf Wars trilogy
- Jargala is inspired from South Asian culture, mostly influenced by Bangladeshi and Indian culture.
- Jargala is one of the twelve characters in the Avatar world to have a known last name, the others being the members of the Beifong and Sato family, Shiro Shinobi, Iknik Blackstone Varrick, Zhu Li Moon, and Wonyong Keum.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Vivian Ng (cover). Turf Wars Part Two (January 17, 2018), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Jane Bak (cover). Turf Wars Part One (July 26, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Vivian Ng (cover). Turf Wars Part Three (August 1, 2018), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Lee, Otter (October 8, 2017). NYCC Interview with Irene Koh, Artist Of THE LEGEND OF KORRA Comic. AsianCrush. Retrieved on October 9, 2017.