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Wenyan is the campaign manager for President Raiko's reelection campaign in 174 AG.[1]

History

Concerned with President Raiko's bad image with the people of Republic City, Wenyan ordered several campaign posters that depicted a heroic Raiko punching Kuvira's enormous mecha suit while sporting the slogan "Vote Raiko—He'll wallop tyranny with a knockout blow!" To convince a skeptical Raiko, who was concerned that the poster sent the misleading message that he was the one defeating Kuvira rather than the Avatar, Wenyan pointed out that Raiko needed to project an image of strength and fearlessness to offset the people's belief that their president was a coward who abandoned them in their time of need.

Their conversation was interrupted by Avatar Korra, Asami Sato, and Zhu Li, who came to discuss the poor housing accommodations of the people left homeless after the invasion of the United Republic of Nations. When Raiko refused to fund their project, reasoning that the city had no additional money to spare, Wenyan took the president aside and pointed out that the three women might have been on to something. With Raiko's approving rate at a negative three percent despite running unopposed, he reasoned that, if the president managed to give all the refugees a home again, the people's hate for him would shift to appreciation, which would translate in them voting for him for a second term in office. Wenyan's theory resonated with Raiko, and the president gave the green light for the housing project.[1]

Wenyan and Raiko usurped Asami and Zhu Li's housing project as their own to gain votes from the homeless evacuees.

In order to further improve Raiko's approval ratings, Wenyan and Raiko visited Asami and Zhu Li's construction site with a group of refugees, usurping Asami and Zhu Li's housing project to serve their own political agenda. When the evacuees asked when the construction would be completed, Wenyan took over from Raiko to promise the crowd that they would be able to enjoy a life of safety and security at the "Raiko Residencies" by the end of the month. He deflected the attention away from Asami and Zhu Li, who desired to have a conversation with the president, by inviting the press to take a picture of them all. Since the two women continued to confront Raiko about his usurpation of their housing project, Wenyan led the president away while thanking the crowd for their attendance and reminding them that "a vote for Raiko [was] a vote for the future."

When Korra and Tenzin arrived on Oogi before they could leave the construction site, asking for an audience, Wenyan told the president that he would deal with the Avatar. Approaching her, he told Korra that Raiko was extremely busy and that, if she desired to speak with him, she needed to make an appointment with him like everyone else. Before he could truly finish his sentence, however, Korra shut him up by bending a metal slap over his mouth and left him to struggle to remove it.[2]

When Raiko reads Zhu Li announcing her candidacy for president in the morning newspaper, he began to lament that the election was over before it could start, Zhu Li would likely win for her work with the evacuees and fighting against Kuvira. Nonetheless, Wenyan began to put a spin on her actions, claiming it was all for personal gain and that her aiding the fight against Kuvira was reckless and irresponsible, to boost Raiko's confidence. Suddenly, they were interrupted by a council page, who announced that a new crisis had arrived in the form of airbenders showing up to protest at the spirit portal, but Raiko declared this was merely "an opportunity to change the narrative", prompting Wenyan to commend him for his initiative.

Wenyan accompanied Raiko to the spirit portal, where the standoff was then joined by Zhu Li leading a crowd of citizens. Wenyan noted that she brought a camera crew with her, remarking that it was a cunning move on her part. Everyone's attention then focused on Zhu Li, as she declared that the spirit portal should not be held hostage by politicians or businessmen.

As the protests continued, Tokuga flew over in his airship and declared that Republic City would be his dominion. Though Raiko initially dismissed the "hoodlum" as delusional, Wenyan showed respect for the Triple Threat Triad leader's talented public speaking and suggested they steal his "metropolis" line for his next speech.

As Tokuga threatened to unleash poison gas from his airship if Raiko did not permanently withdraw the United Forces, Wenyan cautioned that his next move will determine the outcome of the election. Determined not to back down again like he did with Kuvira, Raiko ordered General Iroh to comply with Tokuga's demands to buy time so he can call in a squadron of biplanes to force the airship over the bay and destroy it. Despite Iroh protesting that Tokuga was holding Asami and Wonyong Keum as human shields, he reluctantly complied with the president's order.

As Asami directed the airship into the portal, Tokuga managed to release the gas before it passed through. In the chaos, Wenyan fled with Raiko via car, though this very act ultimately cost his client the election, as Varrick managed to film his cowardly retreat while Zhu Li stayed behind to help those who were in danger.[3]

He later attended Kuvira's trial.[4]

Appearances

Graphic novels

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Piekos, Nate; Blambot (letterer), Campbell, Heather; Bak, Jane (cover), Ng, Killian (colorist). Turf Wars Part One (July 26, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Piekos, Nate; Blambot (letterer), Campbell, Heather; Ng, Killian (cover). Turf Wars Part Two (January 17, 2018), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Piekos, Nate; Blambot (letterer), Campbell, Heather; Ng, Killian (cover). Turf Wars Part Three (August 1, 2018), Dark Horse Comics.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Wong, Michelle (artist), Ng, Killian (colorist). Ruins of the Empire Part One (May 21, 2019), Dark Horse Comics.
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