Book 2 Unalaq Babble
Okay, real talk: I’m going through Book 2 for the recaps now, and Unalaq’s plan is unintelligible to me. I have questions.
So, we know he was a Red Lotus member. And from what I can tell, the Red Lotus wanted to do two things:
- Free Vaatu during Harmonic Convergence (which required kidnapping Korra, preferably at a young age so she’d be willing to open the portals)
- Kill Korra in the Avatar State, ending the cycle and going back to the days of Vaatu vs. Raava rolling around and fighting
It’s possible that #1 wasn’t part of the original plan, but I have to imagine with Unalaq studying the spirits as heavily as he did, he informed Zaheer about it. Plus Zaheer praised Korra’s decision to open the portals, so that would seem consistent with the goals I just outlined.
Unalaq hates his brother and wants power, so he hires bandits like the Grima Wormtongue that he is, knowing his brother’s temperament. Tonraq does legitimately destroy the forest, which is not a good thing to do. And because of him dark spirits do attack the NWT, right? Or did Unalaq summon those spirits? Because that forest was hella ruined so there was reason for them to be pissed:
But yay, Unalaq’s plan works, Tonraq goes to the SWT and Korra never bothers to ask why her dad, who is kind of royalty and older than Unalaq, lives where he does…’kay.
We know Zaheer & Co. get arrested when Korra’s younger. So at some point after that, Unalaq gets the idea that he could still get Korra to open the portals, but this time he’s going to fuse with Vaatu and become a dark avatar. Therefore, heading into B2, Unalaq’s mission is to:
- Get Korra to open the portals
- Fuse with Vaatu
- If possible, be a dick to Tonraq along the way