World of Avatar

Backstory (The Legend, The Avatar, and the Bending Arts)

Description: A brief primer on how we got here and what the World of Avatar is all about.

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Written by Nick.Com

Creatures

Description: The World of Avatar is full of diverse and incredible creatures. Here is a guide to the Creatures of Avatar, including images, descriptions, and thoughts on what 'real-world' elements inspired them.

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Written by Staff

Games & Sports

Description: Often we see the characters in Avatar participating in games, sports, or challenges of many kinds. Some are for fun, some are to the death. Jade of Distant Horizon has done a wonderful review of these on Distant Horizon and I link to her excellent review here.

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Written by Jade

Geography

Description: Avatar takes place in a world rich with geographical references, logical since the show is about a journey. The creator of another site which shares our passion for Avatar, Jade of Distant Horizon, has developed an excellent review of the geography of the World of Avatar.

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Written by Jade

Items

Description: Items about in Avatar, many of them very creative and different from what we see in real-life, others quite familiar. Jade of Distant Horizon has produced a great listing of these items and we feel it deserves to be shared. Enjoy!

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Written by Jade

Martial Arts of Bending

Description: The different bending disciplines in Avatar are based on four very real martial arts. Here is a review of these connections and why each martial art makes sense for each element. Produced by a user on ASN!

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Written by Psycho Silver

Peoples of Avatar

Description: The people of the World of Avatar have stong affiliations along elemental lines. Here is a guide to the four peoples of the world - Water, Earth, Fire, and Air.

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Written by Staff

Timeline

Description: Avatar: The Last Airbender has a rich history. The creators have given clues to the timeline of this history in the episodes and this is a table summarizing these events.

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Written by Acastus

Weapons of War

Description: Avatar is a world at war. Every episode brings more examples of how the different peoples of Avatar have faced this reality over the past 100 years. Here is a guide of the various weapons seen in Avatar: The Last Airbender. (56K warning- lots of images)

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Written by Acastus

World at War

Description: Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place during a time of terrible conflict, and the war defines and drives the actions of Aang and his friends. This document is a quick summary of where the war stands at the time of Avatar Aang's return to the world.

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Written by Acastus

Writing/Calligraphy

Description: Chinese calligraphy is used throughout Avatar. The show staff includes an expert on classical chinese writing, Siu-Leung Lee, Ph.D. Another site which shares our interest in Avatar, Distant Horizon, is fortunate to have a member who contributes a fantastic review of the use of Chinese writing in the show. Additionally, our own Icy_Ashford has a thread on ASN's forums with additional translations of the Chinese texts.

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Written by KT Chong, Icy_Ashford