Katara: “These pictures tell their story. They met on top of the mountain that divided their two villages. The villages were enemies, so they could not be together. But their love was strong and they found a way. The two lovers learned earthbending from the badgermoles, they became the first earthbenders. They built elaborate tunnels, so they could meet secretly. Anyone who tried to follow them would be lost forever in the labyrinth. But, one day, the man didn’t come. He died in the war between the two villages. Devastated, the woman unleashed a terrible display of her earthbending power, she could have destroyed them all. But, instead, she declared the war over. Both villages helped her build a new city where they would live together in peace. The woman’s name was Oma and the man’s name was Shu. The great city was named Omashu as a monument to their love.”
Except Republic City wasn’t named Kataraang (or Kataang)…
BK: I feel like he’s archetype manly man that you tend to draw.
JdS: He’s like the dude that when I was a 12-year-old kid drawing barbarians, “This is the coolest guy ever.”
TH: James Remar does the voice and he’s really into thinking of this as him.
MDD: He’s an awesome actor. He brings a great gravitas as Tonraq.
JdS: You totally believe he’s about to mess you up.
BK: I think I had heard that Gina Carano’s dad was in the NFL or something and she was this MMA fighter. And definitely, Korra was inspired by female MMA fighters. Joaquim and I are big MMA fans and when I had heard that her dad was this linebacker or something, that gave us the idea for Korra’s dad. It makes sense. She’s this really athletic person. One of her parents would be this big, brawny athlete-type dude but we wanted to give him this sensitivity. He’s not just this oaf who hands and fists everything. He’s a tender guy. And he really cares about his daughter. He just wants her to be happy and take care of her.
TH: He just wants a quiet life down here in the south.
BK: It’s not his fault he's SO handsome and buff.
.-TLOK 2.02 with Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Joaquim dos Santos, & Tim Hedrick