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Yue Bay is a broad inlet of water located in the United Republic of Nations. It connects Republic City to the Mo Ce Sea and leads directly to many of the capital's landmarks.[1]

History

Lady Tienhai stands in Yue Bay, tending to the shoreline under General Old Iron's protection during the era of Raava.

The Yue Bay was first settled by humans during the era of Raava. The local guardian spirit, Lady Tienhai, allowed humans to stay and protect them from harm, including from other spirits. Over millennia, the settlement grew into a powerful monarchy that had become the greatest city in the world by the lifetime of Avatar Yangchen. Around the lifetime of Yangchen, Lady Tienhai fell in love with the king of the city and took a mortal form to be with him. Then she eventually passed away, which enraged the powerful General Old Iron. Yangchen came to an agreement with the spirit that the city would be abandoned, and the bay was reclaimed by nature.[2][3]

Shortly after the end of the Hundred Year War, Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation industrialists discovered that the bay was home to the largest crystal deposit in the world outside Ba Sing Se. The Earthen Fire Refinery was established in the area and a small industrial town started to spring up in the region. The area also began to become polluted by a nearby iron mine.[4] In response, General Old Iron began to resurface and demanded that Avatar Aang destroy the human settlements.[2] The spirit was defeated by the Avatar and retreated from the area, acknowledging defeat. Despite this, Aang sought to bring back spirituality to the area by celebrating the Spirits' Friendship Festival.[3]

The urban settlement continued to grow rapidly into a small city known as Cranefish Town. With no official government in the area due to the ambiguous status of the nearby Fire Nation colonies, turf wars between bender gangs erupted on the streets and the social divide between benders and nonbenders began to widen. The Cranefish Town Business Council was established to oversee the laws of the town.[5] After a bender supremacist uprising was foiled by Avatar Aang and his allies, they decided to stay in the town and help it prosper.

Eventually, the settlement was renamed Republic City, becoming the capital of a fifth nation, the United Republic of Nations, founded by Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko.[6][7] The body of water made Republic City easily accessible for trade by water, and it was instrumental in the growth of the city. The bay was home to several conflicts during the 170s AG, including the naval battle between the United Forces and the Equalists in the Battle for Republic City; the duel between Avatar Korra and Dark Avatar Unalaq during Harmonic Convergence, and the United Forces' battleships being destroyed by a spirit energy cannon during the invasion of the United Republic of Nations.[8][9][10]

Landmarks

Yue Bay leads inland toward Republic City, directly connecting to numerous areas and districts within the mainland. Within its waters are several small islands on which landmarks have been established. In addition to this, several large suspension bridges connect the city center to outlying districts at many points.

Air Temple Island

Main article: Air Temple Island

Air Temple Island is where Tenzin and his family live.

Located in Yue Bay, Air Temple Island is the home of Tenzin and his family, and is therefore the residence of one of the most powerful governing figures of Republic City. The temple was originally built by Avatar Aang himself.[1] Air Temple Island was also home to the young Avatar-in-training, Korra, and the Air Acolytes, as well as becoming home to the new airbenders that arose after Harmonic Convergence.[11]

Pro-bending Arena

Main article: Pro-bending Arena

Official pro-bending matches are held in Republic City's Pro-bending Arena, a large glass-domed structure located at the end of a pier that extends into Yue Bay. As a testament to the sport's popularity, the arena's exterior has a golden appearance and is lit at night, making it a prominent city landmark.[12]

Aang Memorial Island was constructed in honor of Avatar Aang, co-founder of the United Republic of Nations.

Aang Memorial Island

Main article: Aang Memorial Island

Aang Memorial Island features a massive sculpture of Avatar Aang commissioned by the Fire Nation some years after the end of the Hundred Year War for display in Republic City. It stands as a symbol of peace and goodwill.[13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Painting of Yue Bay. Korra Nation (March 17, 2012). Retrieved on March 17, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Rift Part Two (July 2, 2014), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Rift Part Three (November 5, 2014), Dark Horse Comics.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Rift Part One (March 5, 2014), Dark Horse Comics.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Hicks, Faith Erin (writer), Wartman, Peter (artist), Hill, Ryan (colorist). Imbalance Part One (December 18, 2018), Dark Horse Comics.
  6. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 14, 2012). "Welcome to Republic City". The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  7. The Legend of Korra Press Site - Character descriptions. Viacom International Inc. (March 2012). Retrieved on March 17, 2012.
  8. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (June 23, 2012). "Skeletons in the Closet". The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  9. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (November 22, 2013). "Light in the Dark". The Legend of Korra. Book Two: Spirits. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
  10. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (December 12, 2014). "Kuvira's Gambit". The Legend of Korra. Book Four: Balance. Episode 11. Nick.com.
  11. Hamilton, Joshua and Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director). (August 22, 2014). "Venom of the Red Lotus". The Legend of Korra. Book Three: Change. Episode 13. Nick.com.
  12. Painting of Pro-bending Arena. Korra Nation (March 7, 2012). Retrieved on March 17, 2012.
  13. Development art of the Avatar Aang statue.. Korra Nation on Tumblr (February 29, 2012). Retrieved on February 29, 2012.

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