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This article is for the location. For the village, see Makapu Village.

Mt. Makapu is a large stratovolcano located near Republic City. Team Avatar and the residents of nearby Makapu Village prevented its eruption in 100 AG from causing great damage to the village.[1]

History

Due to the activity of the volcano, the inhabitants of Makapu Village once had a tradition of annually going up the volcano to check the lava level. However, after a fortuneteller, Aunt Wu, moved to the village, the tradition was discontinued in favor of her predictions.

When Team Avatar came to the village, Aunt Wu predicted that the village would not be destroyed by the volcano, and the villagers believed her despite Team Avatar's affirmation that it was on the brink of eruption. The volcano did erupt, but the lava was prevented from reaching the village due to the intervention of Team Avatar and the villagers. They dug a trench to direct the lava into the river, and when it was determined that the trench would overflow, Avatar Aang used airbending to blow the lava away from the settlement.[1]

After the Hundred Year War, Mt. Makapu became a territory of the United Republic of Nations.[2]

Geography

Mt. Makapu erupts

Mt. Makapu erupted in early 100 AG.

Mt. Makapu is located in the coastal mountain range of the northwestern Earth Kingdom and is notable for its very symmetrical, blunted cone. The base of the mountain is blanketed by dense, misty pine forests, which stop about halfway up the mountain. Very few plants grow near the summit; however, the combination of moisture from the sea and the heat produced in the heart of the mountain makes the volcano's crater one of the only known locations where the rare panda lily grows.[3]

Because the volcanic soil in the area is so rich, Mt. Makapu and its foothills are dotted with several small farming villages, including Makapu Village. At the base of the mountain, behind Makapu Village, is a moon gate which marks the entrance to the path up the volcano. The road leading to the gate is lined with two-faced stone totems representing the four elements. Each statue is carved with the elemental symbol and a relevant animal: a fish for water, a badger for earth, a dragon for fire and an owl for air. Both the gate and the statues were destroyed by the lava flow from the volcano's eruption.[4]

Trivia

  • The sculptures lining the path to Mt. Makapu resemble the two-faced Shinto statues seen at the beginning of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ehasz, Aaron, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (September 23, 2005). "The Fortuneteller". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
  2. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Heck, Colin, Zwyer, Melchior (directors). (June 27, 2014). "Rebirth". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  3. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  4. Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series, pages 64-65.

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