|By DragonGirl028||Part of thecontinuity.|
|"I understand your reluctance, but you know as well as I do that the Avatar must learn firebending. My culture sees fire as a source of life; it is not just a source of power and destruction, as used by the warlords of these islands."|
|— Ra Sho explaining tothe Sun Warrior philosophy of fire, as opposed to being an element of rage and hate.|
25-29 (Book 3: Resolution)
Unknown (eventually Jeong Jeong)
6'0" or 1.83m
|Weapon of choice||
Fire Islands warlords, Fire Islands troops
|Chronological and political information|
Tatanaka Means (if animated)
Ra Sho is a Sun Warrior and Avatar 's firebending instructor. He lives in the Sun Warriors' ancient city, alongside the rest of his tribe, initially as a warrior-in-training. In 9,738 BG, he confronts dragons and firebending masters, Ran and Shaw, alongside Singi, and afterwards is declared a true Sun Warrior.
Being one of the younger members of the Sun Warrior tribe and having not yet confronted Ran and Shaw, Ra Sho is somewhat timid and unconfident in his abilities as a firebender, instructor, and Sun Warrior. Unlike his student, however, Ra Sho understands the concept of fire being a source of life and not just an element of destructive power, and fervently conditions Singi on this philosophy so that she can learn to accept the art of firebending, and ultimately, master it.
Not much is known of Ra Sho's personal upbringing, but he discusses to Singi the rise of the Sun Warrior civilization during the era of Raava. Initially living on the back of a fire lion turtle, the forebearers of the civilization occasionally went out into the Spirit Wilds to forage for food, being granted fire by the lion turtle for protection against the spirits. Over time, they grew to appreciate the landscape and the life it contained more than what they had atop the lion turtle. During one of their foraging missions, the group decided to abandon life atop the lion turtle, and eke out a living in the Wilds. While living in the Wilds, they maintained as much distance and peaceful relations with the spirits as they could in order to avoid conflict. During this time, they also encountered dragons and observed them from a safe distance, all the while working to enhance their firebending based off of the dragon's movements. Over time, the creatures grew accustomed to their presence, and taught them how to perfect their firebending abilities. This mutual relationship grew strong, to the point where the humans would highly respect and worship the dragons, and the dragons would spend extended periods of time with the humans.
Upon the onset of the era of the Avatar, the Sun Warriors often found themselves caught in the middle of conflicts between combating Fire Islands warlords. The Sun Warriors sought refuge by establishing a settlement of their own in the northern Fire Islands, where they would protect two of the dragons that had taught them firebending—Ran and Shaw.
Book 3: Resolution
Meeting Singi and Her Companions
Upon Singi,, and 's arrival in the Sun Warrior city, the trio is ambushed and captured by members of the civilization, Ra Sho among them. Immediately after capture, the visitors are brought before the civilization's chief, Wahkan, and questioned as to their reasoning for arriving in the city, believing them to be spies for the Fire Islands warlords. Singi identifies herself as the Avatar and explains that she and the others sought out the Sun Warriors after learning of their unique method of having learned firebending by observing the original firebender—the dragons—and how it may aid her in mastering the element.
When assigned to train the Avatar in the art of firebending, Ra Sho quickly points out that he is not yet a master (merely a warrior-in-training) and suggests for one of the older warriors to train Singi. Chief Wahkan responds that by training the Avatar, Ra Sho will also be training himself further, with the intent of confronting Ran and Shaw in the future to prove his own worth.
- Ra Sho is the instructor who makes the fewest appearances within the trilogy, only appearing in eight of the fourteen chapters of Book Three: Resolution, and of the 38 chapters of the trilogy.
- This is compared to General , who appears in a total of 17 chapters. , who appears in 16 chapters total, and
- Were Ra Sho an actual animated character, he would be voiced by Tatanaka Means, best known for his roles in A Million Ways to Die in the West, Saints & Strangers, and Tiger Eyes.
- Tatanaka is the son of Oglala Lakota activist and actor Russell Means, the leader of the American Indian Movement in 1970, whose credits include The Last of the Mohicans, Natural Born Killers, and providing the voice of Chief Powhatan in the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas as well as its sequel, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
- Based on the dating of the Chinese zodiac, Ra Sho was born in the Year of the Snake in 9,767 BG.
|Avatar's firebending master|
9,742 BG – 9,738 BG
| Succeeded by|
Unknown; eventually Jeong Jeong
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