By DragonGirl028 Part of the The Rise of Avatar Singi continuity.

Biographical information

Old Ba Sing Se, proto-Earth Kingdom


Proto-Earth Kingdom


35-40 (Book 2: Conflict)
40-44 (Book 3: Resolution)


9,782 BG


Gaogui (as city leader of Gai Chan)

Physical description



5'11" or 1.80m

Hair color

Chocolate brown

Skin color


Skin type


Eye color


Personal information
Weapon of choice


Fighting style(s)



Baoshi (father)
Qianbei (mother)
Han (younger brother)
Guilin (son)
Singi (future daughter-in-law)
Roshan (future grandson)

Love interest(s)

Ta Ying (wife; deceased)


Singi, Jamyang, Jiefeng, Guilin, Qiú, Gaogui, his troops, Gekkō


Maku, Gaza, Fire Islands troops

Chronological and political information

Military officer
Political official


City leader


Proto-Earth Kingdom
Gai Chan

First appearance


Last appearance

"Summer Solstice, Part 4: Two Worlds and One Bridge"

Voiced by

Kaiji Tang (if animated)

Dao is a proto-Earth Kingdom general, the father of Guilin, and Avatar Singi's earthbending instructor and future father-in-law. At the end of the War of Spirituality (and hence, the end of the trilogy), he succeeds Gaogui as the leader of the city of Gai Chan in the southwestern proto-Earth Kingdom upon being liberated from Fire Islands warlords Maku and Gaza.


Dao is a kind-hearted, yet focused and stern individual, who takes great pride in training his troops, and often has to discipline a young and rambunctious Guilin during the latter's early years.


Early Life

Dao was born and raised in Old Ba Sing Se as the eldest of two sons. His father worked as a miner of the crystals found in the small subterranean city, while his mother was a simple housewife. Upon discovering his earthbending abilities at a young age, Dao was excited, and immediately sought out an earthbending instructor to help him to master the element. Upon mastering the art in his teenage years, Dao wanted to use his abilities for the good of others, and, hearing about the various wars between [three of] the cultures of the world, set his sights on becoming a military general to aid fellow earthbenders in battle.

Book 2: Conflict

Introduction and Confronting the Past

Dao is first introduced when Singi, Jamyang, and Jiefeng stumble upon him, his son Guilin, and his troops out training in the middle of the day. Upon Singi introducing herself as the Avatar, Guilin, excited, begs Dao to be her earthbending instructor, which, after a moment's hesitation, Dao accepts, on the condition that she train most of the time alongside his troops, with only occasional instances of one-on-one-training.

The next morning, the group visit the same field of large earth coins that Singi, Jamyang, and Jiefeng visited the day prior, east of the future plains village. There, Dao instructs his men to take a moment of silence and remember that they are training so that should they ever need to engage in combat, they are doing so in order to uphold the memories of other earthbenders who perished in battle. During this time, Singi once again wanders to the skeleton she saw slumped against one of the earth coins and, upon seeing it, receives a vision of an elderly Wan in combat. Gasping, Singi doubles over, and Guilin rushes to her side, asking if she is alright. While composing herself, Dao and Jamyang make their way over to the duo and kneel beside her. Dao states to his son that it isn't easy seeing the remains of someone who died in battle, and asks Singi if she can walk. Singi simply nods, and the group leaves the scene to go train. Distraught over what she saw, however, Singi requests to only observe for the rest of the day, which Dao accepts before educating her on the interconnectedness between the concepts of war and death and life and peace.

The next morning, Dao aids in the search for Jamyang after having disappeared sometime overnight or at the break of dawn. He, along with Singi, Guilin, and Jiefeng, find a stoic Jamyang at Wan's skeleton. Jamyang requests for Wan to have a proper burial, and the group do so, Jamyang saddened but also at peace now that Wan has had a proper closure.

Training Singi

To be written...

The Catalyst Event

To be written...

Book 3: Resolution

The Siege of Gai Chan

To be written...


Version One (Excluding Dao's Relatives):

Ta Ying

Version Two (Including Dao's Relatives):

Ta Ying


  • Dao (道) is also the name of a type of single-edge Chinese sword, known as "The General of All Weapons". This was what inspired the author to have the character be a military general.
    • Aside from firebending, the dao is also Maku's signature weapon, while the niuweidao—a type of dao—is one of Gaza's signature weapons.
    • Dao's younger brother Han (韩) and their parents, Baoshi (宝石) and Qianbei (pronounced: Chee-en-BAY, 谦卑), are all unnamed until Dao's inauguration as the Leader of Gai Chan in the last chapter of the trilogy.
      • Han is named after the Chinese dynasty of the same name, which was the period in which the dao sword was popularized.
      • Baoshi translates to "gem" in Chinese, which is a nod to his occupation as a crystal miner in Old Ba Sing Se. Qianbei translates to "humble" or "modest" in Chinese, akin to her "simple" occupation as a housewife.
  • Dao's settlement is located in an open valley in the southern proto-Earth Kingdom, just south of the Si Wong Desert and west of where Tu Zin will eventually be.
  • Dao's wife and Guilin's mother, Ta Ying (塔影), is deceased in The Rise of Avatar Singi, having died from illness when Guilin was four years old. Dao refers to her a few times during the series, and notes that he still dearly misses her.
    • Ta Ying makes her only "appearance" in the trilogy as a vision Dao sees in the Foggy Swamp in "The Cure".
  • Were Dao an actual animated character, he would likely be voiced by Kaiji Tang, whose more notable roles include Owain/Odin in Fire Emblem Awakening & Fates, Sima Zhao in Dynasty Warriors 7 & 8, Wingul in Tales of Xilia, and Violet in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
    • Tang's exact voice role which inspired his selection as Dao's voice actor was that of Looker from the Pokémon Generations net animation series.
  • Dao's statement to Singi about the interconnectedness of war and death and life and peace not only reflects Vaatu and Raava's representations of darkness and chaos and light and peace in the yin-yang (Taìjí tú) concept in Chinese philosophy, but it also foreshadows the siege of Gai Chan and the antecedent execution of the city's leader, Gaogui—the catalyst event which compels the proto-Earth Kingdom to join the War of Spirituality.
  • Based on the dating of the Chinese zodiac, Dao was born in the Year of the Rat in 9,782 BG.
Preceded by
Position established
Avatar's earthbending master
c. 9,747 BG – c. 9,742 BG
Succeeded by
Unknown; eventually Sud
Preceded by
Leader of Gai Chan
c. 9,738 BG – Unknown
Succeeded by

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