[Telling Time]
This is the Year of the Dragon.

It is currently November in Hou Tian.
It's Autumn of year 108 ASC

(It is currently 176 ASC in Korraverse)

So, you're new here?
First of all, welcome! We're so glad to have you.

This box should be one of your first stops on the site: there are a couple of things we'd like you to know before you start full steam ahead on our forum. For an extended breakdown on How To Join, check the pull out sidebar to your left. If you're ever confused, don't hesitate to ask a mod! We'll be happy to help.

Isn't it cool? Here on Hou Tian, you'll find the characters that you love from the Avatar franchise, whether they're in the "past," hanging around with the gAang, or in the "present," chilling with the Krew.

However, please keep in mind, we are not playing era clash. Our two timelines are separate and divided entities and will remain that way. A good way to envision the set up is as two different universes altogether: characters and events can develop differently in each universe. When it comes to roleplay settings, we're basically two websites in one!

Some crossover characters are inevitable -take Katara, for example, who canonically exists in both AtLA and LoK- but in general, unless a character lived into the Korra's time in canon, they will not pop up in Korraverse. Original characters are an exception, living as long as their creator decides. (Additional information can be found in the Library, under the "Playing a Character in Both Eras" header.) For this reason, when you apply, the registration form will ask that you designate which era your character will be playing in for the majority so we can sort them accordingly.

How does it actually work, you ask? Simple. We've created a landscape for you here; we've got the places (the "forums," if you want to talk actual hardware) and you get to fill them with whatever threads you want, in whichever era is applicable. You will see Korra and company posting alongside Sokka and Aang in Republic City board forums, just not in the same threads. Players from either era can begin threads in the location boards: we'll differentiate by usergroup. When your character is sorted, their name will be bolded if they're in one era, or not if they're in the other. We trust you as players to be fair and not cheat time by bending time and space.

If you still really want the fun and silliness of an era clash, guess what? You can! But only in our alternate universe forum, and you'll have to follow the additional rules of that board. We may also incorporate era clash-allowing events in the future, but we'll play that by ear depending on interest.

Loosely Canon
Also playfully known as "AU-ish".

Both of our eras have distinct "break off points"-- points at which our storytelling deviates from established canon and our universes become AU. Roleplay in the Gaangverse begins eight years after the series finale, in 108 ASC. Korraverse roleplay initially began in 171 ASC-- prior to the announcement that the show would continue beyond the original twelve episode book. Now that LoK has ended, Korraverse roleplay has moved to 176 ASC, placing our jump off point two years beyond the year finale took place.

This is where "ish" part of AU-ish stems from!

Once upon a time, during the years our Korraverse roleplay was living alongside a constantly developing show, Hou Tian hosted a cherrypicking thread after the end of each Book finale in order to choose what we as a board wanted to weave into our forum canon, and what could be left behind or went against what had already occurred within our threads.

Nowadays, we like to leave a little wiggle room for the tradition to continue as circumstances dictate. Since the narratives of both AtLA and LoK are being continued in various forms -comic spin offs, creator editorializing, etc.- our goal is to leave space for our members -canon character players especially- to decide to pull something of relevance from say, comic-canon, into our AU worlds. (Giving our Gaangverse canon characters the space and freedom to live and breathe and do their own thing is part of the reason our "dual era" universal streams don't cross. The past era can, will, and probably already has deviated from canon, but that's the beauty of roleplay!)

In short, AU-ish means that both our eras are free to develop organically, with the door to cherrypick and incorporate certain developments (in part or in total) open. If and when the opportunities present themselves, we'll integrate and tailor as we see fit!

With that, we welcome you to Hou Tian!

Hou Tian latest news: Congratulations Meg!
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No New Posts The Library
A collection of resources for players to better understand our interpretation of the Avatar world and its current state. This is not considered required reading but is full of helpful information!
15 43 Jul 8 2018, 09:35 PM
In: Swingin' Seventies Life...
By: Jhenne
No New Posts Rules & Regulations
They are what they are.
6 0 Aug 9 2016, 07:09 AM
In: Hou Tian Cbox Rules
By: Panda Express
No New Posts Announcements
Occasionally, we post threads that are important to the board as a whole. Post them here and simply post the corresponding url where required.
87 415 Jun 15 2018, 05:07 PM
In: Congratulations Meg!
By: Meg

Forum Topics Replies Last Post Info
No New Posts Beginnings
New? Come and say hi. Say a little about yourself, let us get to know you! We promise we don't bite.
Subforums: The White Pages, Ends

319 2118 Jun 30 2018, 01:43 AM
In: Omae wa mou shindeiru
By: Lance
No New Posts The Chat Circus
A place to talk and relax among HT-peers. Play games, share photos, and discuss the whole of the universe to your heart's content.
Subforums: Spamelot

314 3196 Jul 12 2018, 11:49 PM
In: Name that River!
By: Kashi
No New Posts Arts & Literature
This board serves as an entire archive of members' artwork. Feel free to post images, manipulations, poetry and other works you consider "art" here. (Yes, even photography!)
Subforums: The Gallery, The Bookcase

59 1259 Dec 18 2017, 07:57 PM
In: Kestrel's Art Stuff
By: Jhenne

Forum Topics Replies Last Post Info
No New Posts The Classifieds
Meet other members to roleplay with ease! Create Help Wanted ads, For Hire ads, Personal plotters, or notices of Open Threads for your characters. If you just want to know who might be in your neck of the woods, you can ask that here, too.
Subforums: Junk Pile Listings, Adoptables

140 1545 Jul 17 2018, 05:17 AM
In: Jhenne's Strays
By: Jhenne
No New Posts The Character Index
Want to meet our cast of characters? You'll find them all here. And if you're ready to apply, head on over to the Drop-Box to post your profile for us!
Subforums: Application Drop-Box, Bending Opposition, Original People of the Flame, Groupless, Bending Crime Syndicates

59 105 Jul 2 2018, 05:15 PM
In: Arata Mazino
By: Jhenne
No New Posts Extra Applications
Prospective shop and canon-character owners should apply within - just be sure you're up-to-date on the forum's guidelines!
Subforums: Shop Applications, Canon Applications

20 22 Jan 16 2018, 05:26 AM
In: Nobu's
By: Jhenne

Forum Topics Replies Last Post Info
No New Posts The Northern Water Tribe
Resting on the shores of the Northern Sea, behind high walls of ice, lies a large and bustling monarchic nation-state: The Northern Water Tribe.
9 133 Jun 10 2016, 08:45 AM
In: Window of Opportunity
By: Sinra
No New Posts Central North
This massive stretch of arctic tundra covers most of the North Pole - a region of nothing but ice, ice... and more ice.
Subforums: The Tundra, Arctic Ocean, The Northern Air Temple

2 43 Oct 17 2016, 12:40 PM
In: From bad, to worse
By: Toukta

Forum Topics Replies Last Post Info
No New Posts Northern Villages
A cluster of villages resting north and northwest of the Si Wong Desert.
Subforums: Seedy Merchant's Pier, Makapu Village, Gaipan

4 51 Oct 16 2016, 08:42 AM
In: Moving North
By: Hama
No New Posts The Grand City of Ba Sing Se
Ba Sing Se is the titanic capital of the Earth Kingdom, encompassing nearly all of the northeast corner of the country. It's built in three concentric rings and cushioned by a lavish agrarian zone and its world famous zoo.
Subforums: Underground, Lower Ring, Middle Ring, Upper Ring, The Earth King's Palace

19 148 Jul 15 2016, 03:02 AM
In: Airtight and of the Color o...
By: Teo
No New Posts The Si Wong Desert
Otherwise known as the "Desert of the Dead", the Si Wong Desert holds the driest, hottest environment of the world and is really nothing more than miles of barren sand. The Misty Palms Oasis rests on its edge, but there's nothing else to see but sand for miles. Beware: not all sandbending tribes are friendly to outsiders.
Subforums: The Labyrinth

53 500 Feb 23 2017, 07:11 AM
In: I Told You So =/= I'm S...
By: Srai Tan
No New Posts Heartland
At the heart of the Earth Kingdom lies various terrain and among that, various cultures. The villages that dot the inlands are small in nature, but the outer lying nature, itself, is a wonder to behold.
Subforums: The Eastern Air Temple, Forests, The Foggy Swamp, Badlands, Countryside Villages, Bodies of Water

19 174 Aug 31 2017, 05:12 AM
In: Take the long way home
By: Toph
No New Posts Omashu
Omashu is the second largest city in the Earth Kingdom and the capital of one of its provinces, second largest only to Ba Sing Se which dwarfs it. It is located in the Kolau Mountain Range in the southwestern Earth Kingdom. Its mail delivery system is one-of-a-kind.
Subforums: Bumi's Palace

1 0 Mar 31 2012, 04:24 AM
In: Pan's Works
By: Wai-Xing Pan
No New Posts Southern Villages
Spread along the southern rim of the Earth Kingdom is a variety of villages, both small and large with their own stories to tell.
Subforums: Senlin Village, Kyoshi Island, Gaoling, Chin Village

8 80 Jun 21 2016, 11:26 AM
In: Supplies for Senlin
By: Bolin
No New Posts Zaofu
Home of the Metal Clan, Zaofu is an autocratic City-State located within (but independent of) the Earth Kingdom. With citizens hailing from all nations, the society hinges on loyalty, candor, innovation, and progress as core guiding principles. It is the first settlement created entirely from metal, and is a relatively young union, having been founded in 141 ASC.

Please Note: Only Present Tense characters may post in this sub-forum.

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No New Posts Republic City
Comprised of a cluster of former Fire Nation colonies, this small city was founded initially as a relief effort from the plague in Ba Sing Se back in 105 ASC. Ever since then it's been growing, from a handful of huts and scattered farms to an organized network of roads and buildings taller than those ever seen before. The crown jewel is the most recent addition of all: the United Republic Square.
Subforums: The Downtown, The North Bank, The South Bank

347 2996 Jul 11 2018, 11:53 AM
In: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
By: Rajani
No New Posts Surrounding Countryside
Grassland, farm tracts, and even some mines dot the landscape directly surrounding the border of Republic City and are included in the umbrella known as the United Republic of Nations. Most of what's produced here remains locally, but there has been talk of trade routes opening in every direction. For now, it merely remains a safe plane for travelers of all kinds.
2 38 Oct 2 2015, 03:40 PM
In: Haunted
By: Iroh II
No New Posts Air Temple Island
Located just off the coast of Republic City, this island is home of Master Tenzin and his family and, of recent, the Avatar herself. It's a tranquil solace from the rest of the world for those who would devote their lives to the study of airbending--and all the spirituality that entails. It's also marked by a colossal statue of the founder of the metropolis across the water himself: Aang.
18 184 Jul 17 2018, 11:57 AM
In: Clouds in a Windy Sky
By: Hyun

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No New Posts Outlying Islands
Most of the outer islands are crowded by mountains and dormant volcanoes, but a few are home to some important places.
Subforums: The Western Air Temple, The Boiling Rock, The Sun Warrior's Ancient City

2 27 Jul 4 2018, 10:54 PM
In: Not Hatching Anything Excep...
By: Suki
No New Posts The Open Sea
Being an archipelago, the Fire Nation is surrounded by water - namely the ocean. It's hard to avoid the more aquatic end of travel.
Subforums: Checkpoints & Bases, Hina, Scattered Villages

13 77 Jan 26 2017, 12:37 AM
In: Paradise Found?
By: Suki
No New Posts The Capital
The continent is the homeland, inhabited by the Fire Lord himself, and housing thousands of locals - as well as war refugees.
Subforums: Caldera Bluffs, Caldera City, The Fire Lord's Palace, Harbor City

41 270 May 31 2018, 09:41 AM
In: Sorry to leave, Happy to go
By: Korra
No New Posts Isles of Prominence
The innermost Islands of the Fire Nation are considered the hotspots - and are home to the majority of the nation's population. They're also a tourist's dream come true.
Subforums: Ember Island, North Chung-Ling, Jang Hui, Shu Jing

1 4 Jan 1 2015, 06:35 PM
In: Where Palm Trees Are Just T...
By: Irka2

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No New Posts Central South
The southernmost part of the world is home to many arctic animals and peoples accustomed to the snowy tundra. Due to the secluded human habitations, it's hard enough to keep in contact with the various tribes mottled over the area.
Subforums: The Tundra, Arctic Ocean

3 35 May 17 2015, 03:58 AM
In: When Glaciers Attack
By: Bolin
No New Posts The Patola Mountain Range
An island just north of the South Pole - the Patola Mountains hide a very precious secret among the clouds.
Subforums: Ruins of the Southern Air Temple

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No New Posts The Southern Water Tribe
At the very edge of the pole lies a secluded little village led by Chief Hakoda. This is known as the Southernmost Watertribe, sister to the Northern Tribe. Since the war ended, it's been rebuilt but still lacks the grandeur of its northern counterpart. Expect a homey welcome and some of Gran-Gran's sea prune stew if you decide to visit.
42 448 Mar 31 2016, 04:58 AM
In: The More Things Change
By: Zuko2

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No New Posts Republic City Newspapers
The Moe Ce Journal, The Tsungi, and Republic Daily are just a few of the many newspapers, magazines, and periodicals available in the street corners of Republic City. Besides the radio, this medium is considered to be the best way to spread the word within the city.

Anything posted here is considered common knowledge, and only Present Tense characters may use this forum.

16 0 Jun 1 2016, 09:45 PM
In: Spiritech Forerunner Launch...
By: Chihiro
No New Posts Letters
Need to send a hawk across the country or a carrier cardinal down the street? Well this is the place. Any and all letters and their responses should be posted here. If the note happens to be delivered by unusual means or accompanied by something, feel free to note that in your post.

All posts in this thread must be In-Character, and must abide to what's already been role-played. This is not an OOC board.

71 98 Jun 29 2018, 12:52 PM
In: To Nabi
By: Nabi Pak
No New Posts Journals
Finally, somewhere to put your junk, eh? This is that place where your characters come to spill out their sob stories. Record your characters' thoughts day by day, week by week, whenever! It's basically where you go when you have nowhere to post. Consider this a place to further develop your character.

All posts in this thread must be In-Character, and must abide to what's already been role-played.

21 111 Jul 3 2018, 06:41 PM
In: Musings of a Firebender
By: Zuko2
No New Posts Alternative Universe
In fandom, there's this little thing called "AU." Our board as a whole is pretty AU already, but there are a million more possibilities out there. If you've a mind to play some of that out, you can do that here. Make sure you somehow indicate what kind of AU you're playing here and abide by forum rules.

These posts do not count toward IC activity. If you want to play here, you must have active threads in the scope of regular play.

5 38 May 19 2015, 12:10 AM
In: There is No War in Ba Sing Se
By: Cree2

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No New Posts Advertising
We all know what this is. If you have your own snazzy site and want to share it, post here. Please make sure to post in the correct place, thank you!
Subforums: First Post, Link Back

Forum Led by: Support Moderator
674 6 Jun 22 2018, 11:08 AM
In: EVENT HORIZON (new member p...
By: EHStaff
No New Posts Affiliation
This is where you go if you want to swap site buttons. Please be sure to read the Affiliation Guidelines within before posting here, thank you!
19 8 Jun 4 2018, 12:17 AM
In: One & The Same: Avatar/...
By: Icarus

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No New Posts HT Events, Class of '18
Coming Soon!
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No New Posts HT Events, Class of '17
With the roster of events starting off with a murder mystery, who knows what else the year will bring!
Subforums: Murder Mystery, Secret Snowflake / Gift Exchange '17

8 61 Jun 20 2018, 02:20 PM
In: Murder at Honor Lake
By: Panda Express
No New Posts HT Events, Class of '16
With Summer comes spirits; HT's past tense is plunged into the "Welcome To The Wilds" Event!
Subforums: Welcome To The Wilds '16, Spark In The Night '16, Secret Snowflake/Gift Exchange '16

20 152 Jan 21 2017, 05:32 PM
In: Welcome to the Wilds
By: Nandireya
No New Posts HT Events, Class of '15
This year HT takes it slow, and caps off the year with the annual gift exchange.
5 15 Jan 2 2016, 05:14 AM
In: [Shipmas] Coal.
By: Jhenne
No New Posts HT Events, Class of '14
It seems this year has brought matchmaking and gift-giving galore!
Subforums: Blind Date '14, Secret Snowflake/Gift Exchange '14

7 34 Jan 1 2015, 06:03 PM
In: [S!S] Nuti
By: Nuti
No New Posts HT Events, Class of '13
Special Events of 2013 - the time tables have turned just in time for an unsuspected Era Swap to flip Hou Tian onto it's head.
Subforums: Era Swap '13, Secret Snowflake/Gift Exchange '13

19 57 Jan 8 2014, 09:35 AM
In: [Random] - Everyone 8D
By: Painted Lady
No New Posts HT Events, Class of '12
Special Events 2012
Subforums: Secret Snowflake/Gift Exchange '12

4 9 Jan 7 2013, 08:35 PM
In: [S!S} Zhu Li
By: Passion

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