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The term "Merchant town" has not been confirmed by official sources.

The merchant town is a minor trading settlement located high in the mountains of the northwestern Earth Kingdom.[1]

History

As Team Avatar neared the end of their journey to the Northern Water Tribe in 99 AG, they visited the merchant town to gather supplies for the remainder of the trip. Aang was intrigued by his discovery of an Air Nomad pendant, and was soon informed by a merchant that it was traded for medicinal herbs two days prior by a man from the mountains. Curious, the Avatar ventured out on his own during the night to uncover the truth about this man, whom he believed might be an airbender.[1]

Following Earth Queen Hou-Ting's death and the fragmentation of the Earth Kingdom in 171 AG, this town became integrated into Kuvira's empire sometime during her three-year rule of the nation[2] and remained under her control until she was arrested in 174 AG following her failed attempt to annex the United Republic of Nations.[3]

Description

The merchant town is situated on a level portion of a mountain, between the tree line and the snow-capped peak. Below the level area, the land drastically slopes downward and above it, ascends sharply. This topography provides a sweeping view of the surrounding mountain terrain. The settlement itself is built upon bare brown earth which bears minimal vegetation, though a few grassy fields and shrubs are found sporadically in lower and higher elevations, respectively.

The primary construction material used in the town is white stone, making the structure of the buildings more rigid than in traditional Earth Kingdom architecture. Most buildings are prism-shaped and low-rise, extending no higher than four stories. Though for the most part they have a level roof, a wavy trimming lines the edges. There are several small windows on each face of every structure, though these do not have panes and can only be blocked through the use of a blue curtain that is attached to the interior of the buildings. The only structural features in the village that do not use stone are doors and their overhangs. Overhangs are more commonly found on smaller buildings, though many of these solely have an open entryway at their facade and therefore lack a door. While the vast majority of the settlement's structures are geometrically designed, select ones situated at lower elevations are more circular and irregular. The merchant town's economy prospers through the livelihood of its traders, who run numerous shops and stalls across the region. They sell a wide variety of products and goods, ranging from textiles to daggers. Merchants who sell rare ornaments generally do not own a store, but instead display their items on the street.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hamilton, Joshua; Matte, Johane (writer), Matte, Johane (artist), Kim, Hye-Jung (colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "Relics" (May 7, 2011 [Free Comic Book Day edition]), Nickelodeon.
  2. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 3, 2014). "After All These Years". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 14. Nick.com.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (December 19, 2014). "The Last Stand". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 26. Nick.com.

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