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Maliq was an architect and engineer from the Northern Water Tribe and the brother of Malina. After the end of the Hundred Year War, he and his sister traveled from the Earth Kingdom, where he had spent most of his life, to the Southern Water Tribe, where the two came into the employ of Hakoda; he and his sister collaborated in the design and construction of newer, modernized structures in the tribe, as part of the Southern Reconstruction Project.
Maliq was born in the Northern Water Tribe sometime during the last half of the Hundred Year War. Some time later, he and Malina moved to the Earth Kingdom. By the time they moved to the Southern Water Tribe, they had spent more time in the Earth Kingdom than they had in the North Pole. When they arrived in the South Pole, they became the leaders of the Southern Restoration Project. Under Hakoda's supervision, they began the process of modernizing the tribe by creating newer, larger buildings, intended to show the other nations that the tribe was keeping pace with the post-war being made by the rest of the world.
On the day Katara and Sokka returned to the South Pole for the first time since the end of the war, Maliq happened to be standing in Hakoda's office with Malina. After Hakoda greeted his children with a hug, Maliq excitedly shook Sokka's hand, telling him that he and his sister had been following the news about them for a long time, dating back to the saving of Tui and La during the Siege of the North. At the end of the conversation among Malina and Katara, Sokka, and Hakoda, Maliq offered to take them to dinner, and Sokka enthusiastically accepted.
At dinner, when his sister stated her inability to adjust to Southern food, Maliq countered her assertion, stating that he loved the food; he even cited Ashuna, who manned a food cart on the main boulevard in the city, as a prime example. Moments later, a server boy spilled a large vessel of soup on their table. While Maliq was distracted, another server snatched the briefcase he had brought with him to the restaurant. When he realized what was happening and tried to take it back, the server girl hit him in the face with the briefcase, knocking off his glasses, and made a run for the exit. He retrieved his glasses in time to watch Malina be knocked unconscious by the server boy, who hurled the large, heavy soup vessel at her. As Katara and Sokka gave chase, Maliq stayed behind with his injured sister.
When Katara and Sokka returned to the tribe that evening, Maliq was standing watch outside Kanna's hut, where Malina had been taken to rest. Upon learning they had failed to recover his briefcase from the spies, he kicked the snow at his feet, upset by the Southern Water Tribe's lax security, and claims that the Northern Tribe has better laws and regulations along with police to enforce them. Maliq also expressed uncertainty when assured by Sokka that Hakoda would catch the spies. He was shocked to discover that Sokka believed Malina to be his wife and remained outside while Katara and Sokka entered the hut by themselves.
- Malina (sister)