The purpose of this post is primarily to continue the discussion regarding the naming of this particular character: see here, here, and here for previous posts related to this.
Why should this character be named? Simple. Everybody has a name. She represents the idea of a person that should be dignified with a name. Nyah. ;p
What should she be named? The ideas that I’m seeing thus far (and the pros behind each):
Sesi - “snow” :: it’s simple, sweet, easy to remember, and water-tribey
Nuliajuk - “an extremely powerful and revered sea goddess to the Netsilik Inuit” :: it has appeal in its mythological references and would make an ironic but cute play on Mom’s personality. Also, can’t overlook its connection to the names Sedna/Senna which would give us some nice Tarrlok/Korra parallels lol
Sura - “green leaf; new life” :: it’s simple, would connect her symbolically to Yakone’s ‘new beginning’
Here’s mah deal. I’m really digging Sura (and not just because I suggested it, lol), not only for the reasons listed above, but because I want to think of this woman in terms that contrast with what Yakone represents for me: blood, violence, destruction. Her name evokes the spring, growth, hope - themes which directly counter Yakone as a character – someone frozen in revenge, caught in a neverending self-imposed winter. ;_; Nerdy tears, I apologize.
I will say that I really like Nuliajuk. (Though… how do you pronounce it?) Hmm… Nuliajuk would even be cute as 'Nuli’ or 'Nulia’ if nicknames are considered. I love the 'insider’s joke’ with regard to the mythological figure’s inherent characterization vs. the seemingly sweet person of Mom; there’s room for some great jokes, whether from others or in self-reflection <3 And, like it’s been said, I really like the Korra/Senna & Tarrlok/MOM connection. Haha.
WHALE. What does everyone think? Anyone else have any ideas/input? Oh, and sorry I put this in a bunch of loosely-relevant-but-not-quite-irrlelevant tags; I beg your patience.
Really my purpose for wanting a name for her is solely so that I can make pretty pictures of her and definitively tag her as something other than someone’s mother or wife. FEMINIST RAGE
OH MY WORD JUST SAW TARRLOK’S MOM. I WISH I COULD’VE SCREENSHOT THE MOMENT BUT I’M ON PUTLOCKER.COM SO THAT’S NOT POSSIBLE. :(
HIS MOM IS TAKING PART IN ONE OF THE HEALING LESSONS. ONE OF THE HEALING LESSONS.
DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK IT’S POSSIBLE THAT YAKONE LOVED HER BECAUSE SHE HEALED HIM, INWARDLY AT LEAST? AND THEN SHE PASSED ON HER GENTLENESS TO HER YOUNGEST SON? BOTH OF HER SONS, COME TO THINK OF IT NOW, MUST HAVE WANTED TO HEAL LIKE HER IN SOME WAY. TARRLOK WANTED TO HEAL REPUBLIC FROM THE STAIN LEFT ON IT BY YAKONE, AND NOATAK WANTED TO ERASE BENDING TO HEAL THOSE - LIKE ZUKO, ANOTHER INSTANCE OF ABUSIVE BENDER FATHERING - WHO HAD BEEN AFFECTED BY IT.
(MUST STOP TYPING IN ALL CAPS) (BUT IT’S TARRLOK’S MOM)
/IS ABOUT TO DROWN FROM THE FEELS A ONE-SECOND FRAME OF ANIMATION OF THE LITTLE GIRL GAVE ME :’(
So my sister and I were talking about how certain problems that a lot of adults can deem ‘too abstract’ or 'too complex’ but need to be addressed to a young audience can be seamlessly slipped into a story aimed towards children and teenagers, where it’s most needed. So then I decided to make this. The quote is from Chapter 79 of Fruits Basket.