It's one thing to find Toruk; it is quite another to mount the
creature, make the bond with it, and ride it! Sheer madness! No Na'vi
has ever even dreamt of doing this!
In order to catch an Ikran, even one the size of Toruk, one has to
lasso it. This catcher is fashioned from the highly durable leaves of
the Razor Palm Tree and weighted at one end by stones. Mastering the
art of the Ikran catcher has become an indispensable skill. The Ikran
catcher is also an integral piece of a highly dangerous rite of passage
where a life-long bond is formed with it. This creature is an airborne
predator that lives in Pandora’s mountainous territory.
The catcher was
invented by Taronyu, an Kekunan clan legend. He was the first to successfully
form a bond with a wild Ikran he named Rotalyu. Each day, Taronyu would
look to the sky to admire the soaring beasts. A deep desire to someday fly
among them stewed inside him. With each tremendous flap of the wing,
Taronyu was drawn to the graceful creature. He believed someday the Ikran
and Na’vi would move through the sky as one. And he wanted to be the first to
do it. How to catch the wild creature was the challenge. Taronyu went to work.
Braiding durable leaves to form a tightly wound rope, he fashioned a lasso to
secure the beast’s neck. Three long strands weighted by rocks would knock the
beast on its head with no long-lasting harm. Climbing high into the mountains,
Taronyu relentlessly studied one specific Ikran for eight days. On the eighth
day, with four flicks of the lasso, the catcher caught the snout and soon the
beast fell calm. Taronyu triumphantly returned to his clan on the back of
Rotalyu and earned the title of Ikran Makto (Banshee Rider).
Guided by the Clan Chief of the
Kukunan, Ralu, Entu, and Tsyal climb up to the Floating Mountains. As
they cross a rope bridge, Ralu blows into the Palulukan bone to attract
Toruk, who responds right away, looming in the sky above. But the force
of the massive scarlet and yellow striped predator's wings in flight
makes the bridge shake violently; Tsyal barely manages to chase Toruk
away with her Tranquil Seed. As the bridge comes apart, Ralu is badly
injured in the fall and is forced to entrust Entu with his vital mission.
Young Entu immediately takes off in pursuit of Toruk.