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The legend of Korra: Kaori OC by Nekoshiba The legend of Korra: Kaori OC by Nekoshiba
EDIT: added bio
Kaori and Mizu reference sheet

Based on the sketches I made earlier, now with color!! So this took longer than I expected, but I went with the big Polar leopard! She just looked so sweet and precious. But I gave her a short tail instead of a long one.

I tried my best to make Kaori original, and make her look different from Katara and Korra. But all waterbenders look the same! They're so hard to be creative with. I did so much research and I studied main and background characters. So this was the best I could do.. It's normal for people from water tribe to have K and AW sounds in their names, so now you know why all water benders sound so alike! yays.

Mizu is just based on my love for big cuddly animals whom also can be used as transport! I wanted something adorable and believable canon-ish, and Sokka once mentioned having a pair of Polar leopard boots- so ta-da!


ABOUT
I decided to make this finally, I didn't want to in the beginning since I wanted to make a comic- but then I realized that would never happen.
Name: Kaori
Nickname: Kao
Age: 17
Nationality: Southern Water Tribe
Bending: water

Psychical traits: slim with regular musculature(no Korra man strength ! haha), agile, light on her toes, tiny.
Personality: sweet and friendly, she talks way too much way too often and she lacks basic feminine traits and etiquette. She can get very sarcastic and likes to poke fun at people.
Flaws and skills:
She is a rather skilled waterbender and can't imagine life without her bending, living in a small tribe at the south pole it's necessarily for survival. She never bothered to learn healing properly because she found it too hard and boring.

She is very agile and light on her feet, which combines in a interesting way with her bending. In combat she looks more like dancing air bender than a sturdy water bender.
She is totally helpless if she can't move her arms and if she is incapable of bending. which is why she wears a waterskin .

Background:
She comes from a tiny tribe far away from any other civilization on the south pole. Her father was the tribe chief who was left by her nonbending mother from the earth kingdom who wanted to go back to Ba Sing Se. It had little influence on Kaori who never really got to know her and had a stronger relationship with her father.

Her father always wanted a son to take over the role as chief when he passed, but he only got a daughter. At first he was angered by the girl he was given, but as she grew his love did too. And instead of keep complaining to the moon spirits about the lack of a son he decided to raise his daughter as one. It never bothered Kaori, her father also called her only by Kao- because it was more manly.

Kaori liked living a boys life and being taught fighting, hunting and bending with the 'other' boys in the tribe. People in the tribe also saw her as a boy, and she looked like one. It wasn't before Kaori reached her teens and went on her first trip to the earth kingdom she realized she was not like the other boys. She slightly turned more feminine in her style but kept her tomboyish personality and interests.

One of the reasons she decided to embrace her feminine part was because she broke a girls heart. As everyone else her childhood best friend thought she was a boy. In their early teens Kaori always felt weird because she didn't feel the same way about girls as the boys did, in fact she felt that way about the boys. Her best friend, a year younger non bending girl, developed a crush on her and confronted Kaori with her feelings. Unfortunately Kaori didn't feel the same way, and some time later her best friend had to move away to republic city with her family.

fuck I can go on forever

She met Mizu as a child when fishing outside alone. She was far away from the tribe on a kind of test her father had for her. It was about surviving for a x amount of time on her own without water bending. It's not really important why, the point is that she was fishing without any luck. She was hungry and tired, then she finally got something. A big juicy fish popped out of the hole in the ice and Kaori jumped in happiness. Before she could enjoy the moment any further a tiny Polar leopard cub jumped up and stole her dinner. It was thin and tiny and looked as hungry as her. Kaori was just a child in the end, and started to cry as the hunger growled. The Polar leopard felt bad and gave her the rest of the fish. Since Polar leopard cubs are never alone, she figured it was orphaned somehow and slowly but surely they became the greatest of friends by the time her quest was over.

She brought it home to the tribe, her fathered was furious about it and wanted to kill it. But Kaori didn't give in and in the end she got to keep it if she could guarantee everyone's safety and provide herself for food for the beast. ( It was still small, her fathered was worried about it growing up to a man eater. ) She is not the first to tame a polar leopard though, only in her tribe. They're very friendly and naive as cubs.

fucking hell I'll stop now before someone gets a heart attack from all this text.



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:iconblubird74:
Blubird74 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I really love this.

Reminds me a little of my Korra Oc, Illsie.
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Si-Fisz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
That is a bit too close to korra, try and making it look more like you!
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karma-dreyar16 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
such detail, i like it
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:iconmelodyofthewolf:
MelodyoftheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey hey! My name is Navy! Love your character. : ) A very neat design she is.

Would you be open to our characters being friends? :heart:
[link]
If you are even interested, perhaps a roleplay too? If you roleplay that is!

Just really admire your character! Thank you for your time!
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DeiKohai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love the hair. And the Polar leopard.
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bluepolarbears Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ahhhh this is so good *u* do you use a tablet? if so what one coz i really wanna do stuff like this and using ma mouse is waay too frustrating D':
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you *V* Yes I do <: I got a wacom intous 4, but any tablet will do- practise makes perfect! <:
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Haventide Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
But.. I was having such a fun time reading all the text..

srsly. interested in backstory am i. :iconyodaplz:
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yay :la: at least someone does *V*
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:icontsukatsujin:
TsuKatsujin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Awesome chara! Though the symbol for water bending is [link] ...the one you have up is Katara's :P
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No you're thinking about the water tribe symbol,
but this is the waterbending symbol [link] (scroll down)
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:icontsukatsujin:
TsuKatsujin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I stand corrected :]
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:iconvayvayviolencewolf:
VayVayViolenceWolf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how much would a comish like this be ? haha
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure eVe
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:iconathdlg:
athdlg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I really like the design.

Although she reminds me too much of Korra...
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So i've heard
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:iconathdlg:
athdlg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Ah, well the comment box was there for a reason.
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I bet
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MizumiiHigoroshi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...mizu,eh..XDDD IMMA FLUFFEEH ANIMAL NOW!~;D
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:iconkittykawaiix3:
Kittykawaiix3 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a GREAT design! love it!!
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconkittykawaiix3:
Kittykawaiix3 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem! (and she isn't too much like korra, but i'm sure you knew that) ;)
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:iconzahzah-chan:
ZahZah-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy noodles this chara is perfect abvdajsvdjah
*w*
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:iconalphaorange:
Alphaorange Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oooo i want a chara like this ^^
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
then make one <: !
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:iconalphaorange:
Alphaorange Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i will ^^
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:iconwhisperimaginary:
whisperimaginary Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love Mizu ^0^ I also love how you did her hair ^^
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you *v*
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HappyLilFairy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her nickname means "face" in Japanese I think. xD
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hahah, that makes no sense for her I guess xD
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TTh1rt3en Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, awesome. she looks like a description of a oc of my fanfiction o; wish i could draw like you.
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool! There's nothing stopping you, just keep practicing ;v;
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:icontth1rt3en:
TTh1rt3en Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, but i will never be as good as you that's for sure.
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:iconducie:
Ducie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool :)
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks <:
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:iconnicoflare:
nicoflare Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg do you rp xD i really really want to rp with you x3
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Of course I do ;v; I'm just bad at having time for them- haha.
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:iconnicoflare:
nicoflare Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awww i hope you feel better ^^
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carolijn10 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist
cool, i think she is more prety than korra
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aww man, thanks ;v;
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:iconkysan:
Kysan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great *-*

maby you're interestet :iconlegend-of-korra-oc:
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!

Not atm, sorry
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Shiryobukai-Uta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg mizu is sooooooo cute!!!
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you >U< <33
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MarieBlack07 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your Character is so cool! Just had to make one for myself !!!!!
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Awesome :la:
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miyumicat Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
okay, thats reallllyy creepy. i made a bio for the charcter i made, and that was weeks ago. and her mother is water tribe, and her father is earth kingdom.. O.o
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:iconnekoshiba:
Nekoshiba Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Silly coincidence then <:
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:iconmiyumicat:
miyumicat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student General Artist
haha, thats funny.

i still have to upload that.. yay, something to do.
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Inghelene Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks so awesome!
Srsly.
Your designs are flawless. 8I
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