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Swamp monster grabs a tank

Huu controlled the water inside seaweed to create a plant monster.

Seaweed is a type of underwater algae found throughout the World of Avatar; the waters around the Fire Nation Capital, Republic City, Ba Sing Se, Jang Hui, and the Southern Water Tribe are all sources of the plant. In both the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, seaweed is an important food source, but the tribespeople also use it in a variety of non-culinary ways.

History

While Katara was receiving a palm-reading from Aunt Wu, Makapu Village's famous fortuneteller, Wu made note of her unusually soft palms. Katara informed the fortuneteller that she used a special seaweed lotion that softened her skin,[1] though it did not have the most pleasant of aromas.[2]

Tangle mines

Hakoda explained to Sokka that seaweed was used in tangle mines as a means of disabling Fire Nation warships.

Later on, Chief Hakoda taught his son, Sokka, how to make tangle mines. He gathered seaweed from the Eastern Sea near Ba Sing Se and used it to fill his mines, along with skunk fish. Intended to be used on Fire Nation warships trying to enter the Earth Kingdom capital, the seaweed in the mines would tangle the ships' propellers and render them dysfunctional, with the repulsive stench of the skunk fish forcing the soldiers to abandon their ships.[3]

During the invasion of the Fire Nation on the Day of Black Sun, Huu used waterbending to gather seaweed and create a giant monster. He controlled the behemoth from the inside with a technique known as plantbending, waterbending the liquid within the seaweed. The monster stayed close to the harbor and protected the invasion force's submarines from tundra tanks, as the submersibles were the invaders' only way out of the capital. The monster was eventually destroyed by a bomb dropped from a Fire Nation airship, leaving Huu unable to protect the submarines from harm and resulting in their subsequent destruction.[4]

Following the rescue of Hakoda from Gilak's clutches, Team Avatar prepared a celebratory feast featuring foods from all four nations. Katara prepared seaweed stew, a Northern Water Tribe dish.[5]

Aloe lotion infused with seaweed is a component of the "tea-leaf skin wrap", an elaborate spa treatment offered in Republic City. The treatment was a favorite of Prince Wu's, and he recommended it to Buttercup Raiko.[6]

Description

Seaweed is green in coloration and has a high water content. Both soft and smooth in texture, single strands of seaweed can be long, though they vary in size and thickness.

Huu's seaweed monster was gigantic in size and somewhat humanoid. It had a torso and two arms, but did not have legs or a head. Huu controlled the beast using waterbending from its core, which had a small wooden mask placed over it as a replacement for a head. The mask was triangular and had two carved-out, pointed eyes.[7]

Trivia

Bolin eating seaweed noodles

People in Republic City can enjoy a bowl of authentic Southern Water Tribe seaweed noodles at Narook's Seaweed Noodlery.

  • The Water Tribes also use seaweed to make bread, sprinkles, and cookies.[8]
  • Sokka was draped in seaweed after pulling himself out of a river, into which he fell while trying to teach Bosco how to fish.[9]
  • The riverbed of the Jang Hui River is filled with seaweed, which often accumulates within clams.[10]
  • Sokka used seaweed in conjunction with clams and sand in order to mold a sculpture of Suki.[11]
  • Narook's Seaweed Noodlery is a popular restaurant in the Little Water Tribe neighborhood of Republic City.[12] Bolin and Korra once dined here, where they ate authentic Southern Water Tribe seaweed noodles. At a pro-bending match some time later, Bolin vomited these noodles when an earth disk hit him in the stomach.[13]

References

  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. Avatar Extras for "The Fortuneteller" on Nicktoons Network.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (December 1, 2006). "The Guru". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  4. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 30, 2007). "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). North and South Part Three (April 26, 2017), Dark Horse Comics.
  6. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 3, 2014). "After All These Years". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 14. Nick.com.
  7. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (April 14, 2006). "The Swamp". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  8. The Lost Scrolls: Water, page twenty-eight of The Lost Scrolls Collection.
  9. Hamilton, Joshua; Matte, Johane (writer), Matte, Johane (artist), Dzioba, Wes (colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "It's Only Natural" (September 18, 2007), Nick Mag Presents: Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  10. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.
  11. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  12. The Legend of Korra—The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air, page 78.
  13. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (May 5, 2012). "The Spirit of Competition". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.

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