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Baby it's cold outside.
No playing. It's cold down here and in the South, we just aren't used to these low temps like you tough-skinned Northerners.
But the cold weather did finally inspire me to finish my design for my Avatar TLA OC.
Her name is Penumbra. She is the eldest daughter of the Chief Councilman of the Northern Water Tribe and she has a twin brother named Buldeo. He's taller than her and calls her Penny (both of these things annoy her). He also likes to boss her around, another thing that annoys her since she is
actually older than him ... by about three minutes.
Penumbra and Buldeo are sent to the Southern Water Tribe when they turn 17 to study waterbending from waterbending Master Katara. This takes place approximately two decades following the end of the Hundred Years War. Penumbra is one of the first girls in memory from the Northern Water Tribe allowed to learn waterbending.
Her father, Chief Kota (the brother of the late Princess Yue), is highly paranoid of the Fire Nation and doesn't trust Fire Lord Zuko's truce. He fears the Fire Nation might try to take over the Northern Water Tribe again. He believes the Northern Water Tribe is wasting its resources in forbidding girls to learn waterbending and permits his daughter to learn.
Penumbra's Gran Gran is staunchly against this and protests. She isn't the only one, so Penny and her brother are sent to the distant South Pole to learn. (Plus, they get the best waterbending teacher in memory.)
Penumbra almost instantly falls in love with Katara, though she doesn't tell her beautiful teacher of her love for her. Observing Katara and Aang's strong affection for one another and their happy family (Kya is a toddler at this time and Bumi an infant), Penny doesn't want to be a homewrecker and keeps silent.
(In the years to come, however, Penny again meets up with her waterbending master and eventually confesses her love.)
During her stay in the South Pole and during a visit from Fire Lord Zuko, Penumbra rescues the Fire Lord from an early spring thaw and a simultaneous attack from a giant Tundra Hare. The hare, roughly the size of a polar bear dog and just as formidable, is protecting her kittens and mistakes Zuko for a threat.
Penny manages to save both Zuko and the hare family from the thin ice. The Tundra Hare becomes her best friend and spirit animal whom she names Saxifrage after a plant common to the tundra. Aang, fascinated by someone other than the Avatar obtaining a spirit animal, fashions a saddle for Saxifrage so Penny can travel on the hare comfortably.
Zuko is so impressed by Penumbra's skill that he invites her to join in a joint mission by all four nations to restore the diminishing polar glaciers whose snowmelt are flooding Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom ports. She accepts and travels to the Fire Nation Capitol where she meets a very handsome and young Fire Nation General named Ivana. Ivana is smitten with her, but she prefers to keep him solely as a friend.
This may or may not have to do with her arranged marriage to a Northern Water Tribe boy named Bakkar.
Penny has great potential as a waterbender, but can be timid when it comes to fighting. She'd much prefer to read her books or play with animals, though she can surprise even herself in a pinch. She's short which irks her and tends to allow herself to be bullied into believing what others think is best for her.
Penumbra likes to keep the peace (even if that's to her own expense) and fears displeasing her family which could have influenced her decision to submit to an arranged marriage to Bakkar while declining the handsome General Ivana.
Prepare to hear more from her in the future.
Art and character, me
Avatar: TLA characters and universe, Nick