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A promotional poster for Love amongst the Dragons depicts two dragons embracing to form the image of a heart.

Love amongst the Dragons is a popular Fire Nation play about the Dragon Emperor who is cursed by the Dark Water Spirit to live in mortal human form.

Plot

The final scene of Love amongst the Dragons: after defeating the Dark Water Spirit, the Dragon Emperor and Empress are reunited.

The play features the Dragon Emperor, bound to mortal form by the Dark Water Spirit, and forced to adopt the alias of Noren. The humble experience results in Noren falling in love with a mortal, and through this love he is able to break free of his curse. The play concludes with Noren defeating the Dark Water Spirit and embracing his mortal girlfriend, revealed to be the Dragon Empress.[1]

Characters

  • Dragon Emperor/Noren
  • Dragon Empress
  • Dark Water Spirit

Trivia

  • In the comics, the title is consistently written as Love amongst Dragons.
  • Ikem, after gaining a new face, adopted the name of Noren for himself.[2]
  • Love amongst the Dragons was Ursa's favorite play, and she took her children to see the Ember Island Players perform it every year during the summer.
    • Zuko, however, claimed that the Ember Island Players always "butchered" the play.[3]
    • Afterward, Zuko and Azula usually re-enacted the final duel of the play at the beach. To his frustration, Zuko normally had to take the role of the Dark Water Spirit, while Azula was the Dragon Emperor.[1]
    • As princess, Ursa secretly had a set of masks from Love amongst the Dragons made and kept them hidden in her quarters behind a painting of her and Ozai to remind her of her old life, the Hira'a Acting Troupe, and particularly Iken with the Dragon Emperor mask.[4]
  • Love amongst the Dragons was highly popular with the Ember Island Players and the Hira'a Acting Troupe.
    • Ursa won the audition for the role of Dragon Empress when she and Ikem were 21, but she never got to perform as Fire Lord Azulon and Ozai showed up in Hira'a that evening.[4]
  • The Dark Water Spirit mask was later used by Zuko to adopt the blue spirit alias.[5]
  • The Dark Water Spirit or a character with the same face/mask also appears in an Earth Kingdom opera.[6]
  • The masks used for the play are based on those worn in Southeast Asia.[7]
  • In the first episode of Aaron Ehasz's The Dragon Prince, the character Claudia can be seen reading a book entitled Love Amongst The Dragons.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part Two (July 10, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part Three (October 30, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Josh, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 18, 2008). "The Ember Island Players". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part One (March 20, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (June 17, 2005). "The Blue Spirit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  6. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan & Hedrick, Tim (August 14, 2007). "Lake Laogai" commentary. Book 2: Earth, Volume 4 DVD.
  7. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Library Edition (February 5, 2014), Dark Horse Comics.
  8. The Dragon Prince (August 7, 2018). Meet Claudia, a dark magic prodigy who can never quite remember where she put her spell book... But she knows a spell to find it! Oh wait, that's in the spell book too.... Twitter. Retrieved on September 20, 2018.
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