So is Avatar Korra related to Princess Yue?
I mean her father Tonraq is the brother of Chief Unalaq and their father must have been Chief prior, following Arnook (Princess Yue’s father) who was Chief during Aang’s time. Unless of course after Yue became the moon spirit, Arnook’s line was broken and the rule of the Northern Water Tribe was transferred to a different family. I wonder. Or am I just confusing my ancestral tree here.
"We're going to delve into the back story of these brothers and kind of how Korra's fate ties into her whole family and the Northern and Southern Water Tribes."
— Michael Dante DiMartino in regards to Korra’s father and uncle during the concept art reveal at Comic-Con.
I don’t know why, but I found this line very interesting and revealing. Specifically the part about Korra’s fate.
KORRA BOOK 2 SPECULATION
Tonraq, Unalaq, and Yakone are all brothers to each other, making Yakone Korra’s uncle, and Tarrlok and Noatak her older cousins. This links Korra to Yakone’s strong line of bloodbenders spoken of in Book 1. Throughout the show, we’ll see Korra struggle against the dark side of
the force waterbending, and how she ultimately redeems her seemingly unholy bloodline.
“So when are you going to carve my niece a betrothal necklace?” Unalaq asked. Mako spit out the mouthful of stewed sea prunes he was already trying to force down.
He sputtered and felt his face turn as red as his scarf. ”I, uh, well Chief Sir, I mean-” he fumbled over his words.
“You two are as good as engaged already. I’ve seen the way you two look at each other and see you running off when you think no one will miss you.” If anything Mako felt his face grow hotter. Anymore heat and he’d have to breathe fire.
“Well, see, I don’t know about betrothal or anything, I mean I love her-“
“You better be talking about me,” Korra interrupted as she sat down next to Mako. He relaxed now that she was here.
“Of course I am,” he reassured her before kissing her.
Unalaq smirked. ”You can come to me if you need any help carving, my brother is crap at it.”
“Carving?” Korra asked.
Mako just put his head in his hands and tried to think of how he could explain this to his girlfriend.
Unalaq/Yue I SHIP IT ALREADY
Oops, I drabbled… [unedited, sorry for typos and stuff]
~Favoured by the Moon~
It’s crack-shipping time!
Ever since I was a little boy, I could feel her watching over me, protecting me. Most children cling to their stuffed toys or their blankets to protect them from the unknown monsters that lurk in their closets, but not me. A crack in the curtains was all that was necessary, just enough to reveal her glow. I would curl up in that blue strip of light, knowing that she would protect me from all that would harm me.
Sometimes she would visit me in my dreams, and I daresay her beauty imprinted on me in my formative years. She would teach me about the spirits, about our people’s history. “You have a gift,” she would say. “Where other mortals are closed to the spirit realm, you are open.” I was an attentive student, and by day, I began to show signs of these gifts as well. I was taken under the wing of an old hermit named Karik, who had shunned our city life for more traditional, shamanistic ways.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but if somebody asked me, which character I was most excited to see, I would say that I’m most excited for Unalaq, Korra’s spiritual adviser. I have this huge headcanon where he is very formal and traditional. (Just because, I always connected “spiritual” to religion. And most religions are very customary, conservative, and unchanging) Thus, when he finds out that Korra was dating a firebender, he’d be a bit off-put. A bit angry, that she didn’t date a waterbender. I feel like he would really dislike multicultural families, just because they are something different. Also, this would be another way on how Bryke could explore the deeper themes of “racism.” (I guess that would be a word for it) Since, they always do a great job at exploring deep themes in a kid’s show.
Korra’s struggle in opening all of her chakras was letting go of her earthly attachments…. including Mako.
Unalaq explained that letting go of Mako doesn’t mean no longer loving him. Letting go means that Korra put his well being first above her own desire and need to be with him. Letting go means access to cosmic powers available as the Spirit of the World.
And then Korra remembered that she had already let go of Mako before: when she told him that Asami needs him more (although she needs him too).
And she successfully did it again.
book 2 headcanon: tonraq and unalaq's relationship
this time in the avatar world, we get to see the avatar’s family dynamic, specifically the water tribe!
Michael: “We’re gonna kinda delve into the backstory of these brothers and how Korra’s fate ties to her own family and the northern and the southern water tribe.”
Bryan: “…and the relationship between those tribes.”
this has always bothered me since we first heard about tonraq’s brother, unalaq, back from SDCC
something bad probably happened between tonraq and unalaq because they’re not living in the same tribes. unalaq became a chief of NWT, and tonraq lives in SWT. however, we don’t know tonraq’s exact role in SWT.
i’m guessing they fought after unalaq became chief of NWT. though there could be many headcanons how unalaq became chief of NWT. he married into the position, or he’s currently in line to be the chief of NWT and he seemed like a very good candidate to be chief considering his closeness to spirituality. i’d like to think unalaq is the mature, older brother whereas tonraq is more adventurous, reckless little brother (kinda like korra). unalaq wanted more for his brother, to have a high rank amongst the NWT and settle down, but tonraq was satisfied with a more simple life, being a strong warrior. fortunately for tonraq, he met senna at NWT, fell madly in love with senna, and married her.
since unalaq is very spiritual, i’m thinking he’s so in touch with the spirit world, he predicted/discovered when the next avatar will be born (this will tie into how we will learn how the avatars are reborn, the avatar cycle, etc. because somehow unalaq figured that out - maybe pulled an uncle iroh and visited the spirit world???). and it just so happened that tonraq and senna were already expecting their first child, so unalaq strongly believed senna would give birth to the next avatar. since tonraq is not as spiritual as his brother, he refused to believe that his future child would be the next avatar yet if his child was the avatar, he didn’t want him or her to be under the constant, controlling eye of his chief brother because unalaq has something in mind for the next avatar born in NWT. or maybe the whole spirits thing freaks out tonraq. ultimately, tonraq wanted to protect his child, regardless if he or she is the next avatar. so tonraq and senna moved to SWT, away from unalaq.
yes, that doesn’t explain why tonraq would let korra be taken away by the white lotus yet not be okay with unalaq taking korra under NWT’s wing, but i think he would rather have korra nearby in a compound in SWT than under his brother’s control in strict confinements of NWT, assuming that NWT has not changed its structure much in the past 70 years (refer to atla book 1, episode 18).
unalaq probably leaked to the white lotus that korra is the avatar.
plus, i think unalaq and tonraq’s relationship might parallel to mako and bolin’s relationship. we have seen them have a little fight over korra (oh hey unalaq and tonraq fighting over korra’s future, if my above headcanon is true!). we haven’t seen them have a major disagreement which causes them to not stand each other’s presence (i think anyone with siblings understands this). but i think mako and bolin will take a lesson from tonraq and unalaq’s relationship, that they shouldn’t fight to the point where they have to move away from each other, especially since they’re the only family they have.
tonraq and unalaq’s current relationship? most likely amicable. it could also parallel with the relationship between the NWT and SWT. NWT has successfully worked in rebuilding SWT, thanks to pakku and other NWT members. and unalaq and his children are visiting the SWT for the festival so it must be a good relationship.
however tonraq and unalaq’s relationship is portrayed, it could possibly reflect how korra treats her uncle (find my headcanon on korra and unalaq’s relationship here and how she may deal with the dark spirit).
I'm confused: when you say Korra's spiritual advisor, do you mean Aang or Tenzin? How come you don't like that he is male?
I mean Unalaq, Korra’s uncle, who was described as a very spiritual man who acts as Korra’s spiritual mentor.
and I don’t like that he’s male because the spiritual advisor character is ALWAYS MALE. I would kill to have a character who is mentored by an older woman in any way, shape or form, be it for better or for worse or for completely irrelevant advice. But no, only older men are capable of dispensing worthy or valuable advice to our strapping young heroes, apparently. Why couldn’t Kya be Korra’s spiritual advisor? Shit, why couldn’t Tenzin have been a woman in the first place? What about Amon or Tarrlok? Uggghhhghgh I am cry