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Arnook was the chief of the Northern Water Tribe during the final stages of the Hundred Year War. He was born and raised in the North Pole, where he trained as a warrior. Following his father's death more than twenty years prior to Team Avatar's arrival at the North Pole, Arnook assumed the role of the chief. Though he was not a waterbender, the other men respected him, and he grew to become a great leader. Chief Arnook married the daughter of a tribal chieftain and fathered a daughter, Princess Yue. He was a noble, brave leader who always put the concerns of his citizens first.[2]

Nominally, Arnook was also the formal chief of the Southern Water Tribe, but by the time of his reign, the North had already lost contact with the South Pole region for decades. When Team Avatar reestablished these relations, Arnook sent waterbenders and resources to the South in order to help rebuilding the devastated Southern Water Tribe. By doing so, he not only saved the South, but also restored the union of the Water Tribes.[4]


Early life[]

Arnook and his wife

Arnook and his wife rejoiced after Yue was saved by Tui.

In his youth, Arnook trained to be a warrior, and he later became the chief of his tribe after his father passed away around 80 AG. He married the daughter of a tribal chieftain, and in 84 AG, they had a daughter together.[2] However, their daughter was gravely ill, and desperate to save her life, Arnook prayed to the Moon Spirit. He took his infant daughter to the Spirit Oasis, where the mortal form of Tui, the Moon Spirit, dwelt along with the Ocean Spirit. He placed his daughter in the water under the full moon, and her hair turned white as she was revitalized by a measure of the spirit's own life force. In honor of Tui's intervention, his wife named their daughter Yue, for the moon.

At Yue's birth, Arnook had a spiritual vision of his daughter; he learned that when she grew to maturity, she would become the reincarnation of the Moon Spirit.[1]

Arrival of the Avatar and the Fire Nation[]

Chief Arnook

Chief Arnook tasked Sokka with protecting his daughter.

When Aang and the rest of Team Avatar arrived at the Northern Water Tribe's capital of Agna Qel'a, Arnook was happy to have the Avatar present as an ally. He introduced him to Master Pakku, his waterbending teacher. Katara hoped to learn from Pakku as well, but he refused, as it was not customary for women to be taught combative waterbending in the Northern Water Tribe. Later, Pakku refused to teach Aang after catching him teaching Katara waterbending. Katara begged for Arnook to have Pakku teach Aang again, to which Arnook said it was Pakku's decision alone whom to teach. However, this problem was resolved when Pakku agreed to teach Aang and Katara after he found out that Katara was the granddaughter of Kanna, the love of his life.[5]

When the Fire Nation attacked the threshold of Agna Qel'a, Arnook asked for volunteers for a dangerous mission; Sokka was the first to rise to the occasion. After briefing everyone on the mission at hand, Arnook entrusted Sokka, who had experience fighting the Fire Nation, to share his knowledge with Hahn, the leader of the mission and Yue's fiancé. After the two young men got into a fight over "Yue's perks", Arnook took Sokka off the mission and appointed him as Yue's bodyguard instead.[6] Even though Sokka carried out his bodyguard duties, he was unable to prevent Yue's fatal fulfillment of her destiny during the Fire Nation siege. She became the new Moon Spirit after the previous was slain by Admiral Zhao. Later, Arnook spoke with Sokka and revealed the vision he had when Yue was born: a beautiful, brave, young woman would one day become the Moon Spirit.[1]

Chief Arnook still governed the Northern Water Tribe by 102 AG.[7]


Younger Yagoda and Arnook

Arnook and his wife were distraught over Yue's condition.

Arnook was a gentle, wise, and passionate leader who cared deeply about the welfare of his people. He was a spiritual man who deeply believed in the power of the Moon and Ocean Spirits, pleading with them to save his ill daughter and calling upon them to aid the Northern Water Tribe after realizing the Fire Nation would soon lay siege to the tribe.




Avatar: The Last Airbender[]

Book One: Water (水)[]

Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game[]


  • Arnook did not appear in The Last Airbender, with his role as ruler of the Northern Water Tribe being taken by his daughter, Princess Yue.
Preceded by
His father, eventually Skiri
Chief of the Northern and Southern Water Tribe[4]
c. 80 AG - unknown
Succeeded by
Unknown, eventually Tonraq and Unalaq's father[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 2". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Character: Chief Arnook.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Legend of Korra - mobile trivia game (September 10, 2013). Retrieved on September 10, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Legend of Korra—The Art of the Animated Series, Book Two: Spirits, page 23.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 18, 2005). "The Waterbending Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  6. O'Bryan, John (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 1". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  7. Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game. Core Book, Version 1.0, 2022, p. 72.