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Kirima was a criminal and the waterbending teacher of Avatar Kyoshi. A long-time member of the Flying Opera Company, a daofei outlaw group operating in the Earth Kingdom, Kirima was a highly experienced fighter and performer. Shaped by a life of hardships in the criminal underground, she was a confident, sarcastic, and tough individual, but also very loyal to her friends.

When the Flying Opera Company began to decline, Kirima wound up as one of its few loyal members, and along with her remaining comrades came into contact with Avatar Kyoshi, daughter of their former bosses Jesa and Hark. After a series of tribulations, Kirima agreed to teach Kyoshi waterbending.

History

Early life

Kirima's exact origins are unclear, but she had no notable bending lineage[1] and lived in the Earth Kingdom from an early point in her life. She joined the Flying Opera Company, the crime group of Jesa and Hark, at some point after 307/306 BG. Kirima experienced the organization's high point, when it had numerous branches and was able to force Earth Kingdom officials to do their bidding.[2] In accordance of the Flying Opera Company's disguise as a theater troupe, she learned to perform like an actor.[3]

After Jesa and Hark's death she and the rest of the group fell on hard times, especially after Jesa's flying bison Longyan's abandonment of the group. They reduced to a handful of members in a single village and ended up in debt to more unscrupulous figures in Chameleon Bay, and to protect themselves chose to be affiliated with the Autumn Bloom Society of Hujiang as their elders.

In 296 BG, while they were stationed in Madam Qiji's Teahouse, they got visited by Kyoshi and Rangi, who were on the run and looking for allies. Soon after the two sides started talking and the group deciding to accept the duo among themselves Governor Deng's men busted the teahouse and a chase began. Kirima ran outside the town, to Kyoshi's flying bison Pengpeng, to get away. The group decided to go to the secluded daofei hub of Hujiang in the Taihua Mountains, and Kyoshi took the shortened version of their oath on the way.

When they arrived, Kirima and the others were summoned and called in on a job by the Autumn Bloom, to whom the Flying Opera Company were indebted after they saved Lek's life. The job was to free a prisoner from the house of an Earth Kingdom governor named Te. Mok, the leader of the Autumn Bloom, told the Flying Opera Company they would be free of their debt to his group once the job was complete.

After parting Mok's company, Kirima attempted to heal Lek's hand after Mok's right-hand man, Wai, injured it for speaking out of turn, and offered the same for Rangi for the injuries she sustained in the lei tai but was declined. Though certain the firebender could handle herself, Kirima encouraged Kyoshi to chase after Rangi.

The next morning, Kirima discovered Kyoshi and Rangi sleeping together by the beach, and began teasing them with amusement over their newfound relationship. Kyoshi came out to her and revealed that the two were dating. Though Kirima had no issues over who her companions chose to romance, she warned that she would give them a tremendous amount of grief for dating within their own brotherhood. Kyoshi defended that she and Rangi had known each other long before they met the Flying Opera Company and reminded that her own parents were madly in love when they found their gang.

As the trio returned to town to rouse the rest of the company, a shirshu sent by Jianzhu tracked them down. The group managed to escape and quickly deduced that Kyoshi must be important, which led her to reveal herself as the Avatar, a statement that was not initially believed by the company, save for Lao Ge, until Kirima spontaneously bent a pellet of water at Kyoshi, which she stopped in mid-air, proving her claim true. Afterward, they tried to disconnect themselves from her, as they believed the Avatar should not associate with criminals like them, however, Kyoshi surprised them by deciding to stay with them. The members then took it upon themselves to train her to bend the four elements and Kirima became her waterbending instructor, though friction remained between her and Rangi since she did not want her girlfriend to be trained in waterbending before airbending out of fear it would damage the Avatar Cycle.

Later, Kirima and the rest of the group successfully rescued a prisoner, apart from Kyoshi and Lao Ge who split up to assassinate Governor Te. They returned him to Mok and the Autumn Blooms, only to find out that the prisoner was Xu Ping An, the thought-dead leader of the Yellow Necks. The Autumn Blooms promptly revealed that they had been the remnants of the Yellow Necks the entire time, functioning under a false name to avoid detection.

Kirima and the rest of the group were shocked about this revelation as Xu and his Yellow Neck rebels were infamous because of their fanaticism and the atrocities they had committed during their past rebellion. Though her and the other Flying Opera Company members were treated cordially by Xu, who appeared thankful for their help, the Avatar immediately recognized that Xu's friendly demeanor thinly veiled an underlying madness. Having absolved themselves of their debt to the Autumn Bloom Society, the group thus excused themselves and retreated from the Yellow Necks' camp. Afterwards, however, discussions erupted about what to do next: On the one side, they did not want an insane mass murderer like Xu to go free, but at the same time they could not defeat him and the rest of his small army in an open battle. Eventually, Kyoshi decided that they should monitor the Yellow Necks before intervening. Just as they had feared, however, Xu immediately ordered his followers to resume their rampage, attacking a nearby civilian family. Fearing for the family's safety, Kyoshi decided on a whim to challenge Xu to a duel per the daofei code of conduct, to halt his reign of terror before it could truly begin anew.

Kirima watched as Kyoshi dueled Xu, who turned out to be a firebender with lightning generation abilities. Xu struck Kyoshi with lightning at the start of their fight, incapacitating her in seconds and continued to fire several more blasts of lightning at her seemingly lifeless body while accusing her of ungratefulness. Kirima watched in shock as her friend, who she thought to be dead, entered the Avatar State and lifted Xu up in a tornado of air and fire with glowing eyes and let him fall to his death. She and the rest of the group, who were very anxious at this point, got greeted by Kyoshi afterwards, assuring them that she was still the same before falling unconscious for three days.

The group then took her to a nearby village where Kirima and an Earth Kingdom healer attended to her. When Kyoshi eventually awakened they once again got attacked by Jianzhu, who this time used shirshu-spit darts, and kidnapped Rangi while Lek allergically reacted and died. After burying Lek the group hatched a plan according to which the Avatar would confront Jianzhu while her friends saved Rangi.

After saving Rangi with Wong and Lao Ge they made their way to the Avatar estate in Yokoya, where Rangi reunited with her mother who had also just gotten poisoned by Jianzhu. Following Kyoshi's arrival after witnessing Jianzhu's death in Qinchao, everyone decided to part ways, as the Avatar wanted her friends out of harm's way when she revealed her identity to the world. Kirima and Wong opted to lay low while Kyoshi decided to reveal herself as the Avatar to the world.

A year later, Kirima and Wong came to Yokoya for Kyoshi's final confrontation with Yun after Jinpa contacted them to let them know of their obligation to defend their sworn sister, and gifted them with a lot of money to make sure they showed.

After Yun liquified the stone floor and used it to encase Kyoshi, Kirima surprised Yun by lashing down a water whip, only just missing Yun and allowing enough time for Wong to earthbend Kyoshi free. She rained water down on the false Avatar while he protected himself with a slab, sending it flying at Kirima, which she only just missed. Yun angrily asked if the "daofei scum" were truly Kyoshi’s companions, and Kirima quipped that they did not socialize enough to be called that.

Kirima sent a fresh torrent at Yun, and Wong managed to deflect his shield. Wong and Kyoshi's earthbending attacks against Yun failed. Rangi, on the other hand, unleashed an attack on Yun, leaving all members of the Flying Opera Company, Kirima included, surprised at the sheer ferocity of her flames. When Yun began to liquify the foundations of the mansion, Kirima was forced from the roof, attempting to use mist-stepping but crashing to the ground instead. Kirima and Wong got up and made their way to Yun's blindspot, but he created great pitfalls, and their legs were broken by their own momentum.

Kyoshi eventually managed to kill Yun with an advanced healing technique, and brought Kirima, Wong, Rangi, and Jinpa to the infirmary where they could recuperate. The older members of the Flying Opera Company were not given anything for their pain, as Jinpa more urgently needed the medicine, but were told that Atuat would be arriving to see to their injuries.[4]

Physical description

Kirima was a lithe young woman with piercing, sapphire-blue eyes and wolf-like features. She dressed in an Earth Kingdom tunic with a fur skirt over her trousers.

Appearances

Kyoshi novels

Preceded by
Unknown
Avatar's waterbending master
296 - unknown BG
Succeeded by
Roku's waterbending master

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 16, 2019). Chapter Twenty, "The Avatar's Masters". The Rise of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 16, 2019). Chapter Fourteen, "The Introduction". The Rise of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  3. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 16, 2019). Chapter Sixteen, "The Agreement". The Rise of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  4. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty-Six, "Home Again". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
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