|By DragonGirl028||Part of thecontinuity.|
|"Your people, your cultures, should not even exist in a world that no longer should be home to spirits! It is time for adaptation—a world in which you should wiped out, if not enslaved to do the bidding of those who do not need the spirits in order to live in this world! We have come here today to declare war on your cultures, as well as the Avatar, who by failing to prevent the spirits from entering our world after the closure of the spirit portals, has failed humanity!'"|
|— Maku, speaking forand himself, declaring war on the proto-Water Tribe, Air Nomads, and Avatar .|
The War of Spirituality was a major global military conflict that lasted for nine years. The struggle was between two Fire Islands warlords—Water Tribe, proto-Earth Kingdom, and Air Nomads. The war was initiated by Maku and Gaza, who wished to enslave or kill those of the more spirit-friendly cultures (i.e. the Air Nomads and proto-Water Tribe), belittling their cultures as those that "admire entities that should no longer have anything to do with our world". Additionally, the warlords believed that the Avatar has failed humanity, due to the spirits' ability to transcend into the physical world on the day of and days prior to the solstices, despite the closure of the spirit portals by Avatar Wanand —alongside their troops, and the other three world cultures: the proto-
Initially, the proto-Earth Kingdom remained neutral on the situation, not wanting to get involved in a war that did not target them, as they were simply "lenient" towards the spirits. Upon the BG, however, the proto-Earth Kingdom took up arms and declared war against the Fire Islands warlords. Despite being one of the targets by the warlords, the Air Nomads (sans Avatar and ) played no actual combatant role in the war, due to their passive nature and theory of non-violence. Additionally, regular citizens of the Fire Islands did not partake in the war due to their fear of the warlords, but voiced their support for those the warlords targeted. The Sun Warriors also voiced their support for the other cultures [to Singi, Jamyang, and exclusively], but they too stayed out of the war, wanting to dedicate their time to protecting Ran and Shaw from all of the Fire Islands warlords.in 9,742
Prelude (Before 9,747 BG)
Human/Spirit Relations Before the Era of the Avatar
During the era of Raava, the Spirit Wilds encompassed all regions of the world, and, like its name suggests, was home to the spirits. The spirits were often hostile towards the humans, who, as a result, resided on the backs of lion turtles for protection, only entering the Wilds to gather food, in which they would be granted the element by their respective lion turtle. Among the four cultures, the proto-Air Nomads were the only ones known to have held a respectable relationship with the spirits.
Upon Wan's banishment to the Spirit Wilds in 9,832 BG, he eventually became the first human to co-exist with the spirits in the Wilds, living in and protecting the grounds of the spirit oasis for two years before setting off to find other lion turtle cities, during which in a series of events (including one battle between humans and spirits which he and Raava failed to defuse), he became the first Avatar.
Human/Spirit Relations During the Era of the Avatar
Wan's Tenure as the Avatar
Upon Wan and Raava's combined defeat of Vaatu, Wan made it his mission to bring peace to the world while acting as the bridge between spirits and humans to avoid another catastrophe. To do so, he ordered all of the spirits to return to the Spirit World, at which point he closed the spirit portals to ensure that no human would be able to physically enter the Spirit World and release Vaatu. The lion turtles declared that the world had entered a new age, and renounced their position as protectors of humanity and no longer granted humans bending. Wars between cultures of respective bending elements ignited, and Wan attempted to mediate them, a quest which he spent the remainder of his life working toward without ever seeing true peace between the different cultures come to fruition.
During Wan's time as the Avatar, humans began to create settlements around the world. Waterbenders that settled in the polar regions began to notice the spirit lights, which they recognized as being peaceful spirits dancing in the sky that lit up the night when the spirits were in balance. Additionally, they served as a reminder to the people of the proto-Water Tribe of their connection to the spirits. Being peaceful in nature, the Air Nomads continued to maintain their respect for the spirits as well. On the days of and prior to the solstices, the line dividing human and spirit realms became blurred to the point where the two worlds could interact freely with each other during that time, enabling spirits to enter the physical world, despite the closure of the spirit portals.
Early Times of Singi's Life
Through her studies, Singi learned much of the era of Raava and only some details regarding the onset of the era of the Avatar. One evening on 9,750 BG, after experiencing waterbending incident at the settlement's communal well, in addition to confronting Jamyang about her dreams and learning of Wan's rise to become the first Avatar, Singi's identity as the Avatar is by Jamyang., Singi notes to her parents that she has never seen a spirit, and questions them as to the reason for their disappearance from the physical world. At her parents shock that she does not know of the finer details regarding the establishment of the era of the Avatar, Singi reassures her parents that she will visit Monk Jamyang the next day to get the answers she is looking for. On that day, after a
The Spirit Skirmish at Bianji
In the days approaching the winter solstice of 9,750 BG, the spirits managed to cross over into the physical world, appearing in various places around the globe, including Kunatuk, where Singi, her cranefish , and Jamyang were residing. This was welcomed and delighted by everyone in the settlement, given their cultures' admiration of the spirits, albeit, Singi was still particularly confused as to how the spirits were able to cross over. For the time being, however, she brushed it off and enjoyed the spirits' company, delighted to see them for the first time in her life.
On a day off from waterbending training, Singi traveled southeast of the settlement, landing in a clearing just east of a young, dormant volcano. After walking due east, following a path into a forest, she came upon a man—who was trying to carry a bushel of harvested fruit—being hassled by a spirit. Singi confronted the situation, and offered a single fruit to the spirit, who took it and departed, much to the slight annoyance of the man. Nonetheless, he thanked Singi for ridding him of the spirit, to which he added that "It won't be the last time these spirits cause a ruckus for me and the other residents in my settlement". When Singi asked for clarification, the man told her that at the time of the solstices, the spirits appear in his settlement (known as "Bianji"; pronounced: Bee-en-JEE) occasionally, and end up causing a bit of mayhem—fooling around with people's possessions, eating objects (some edible, some inedible), and generally getting in the way of the residents' lives. Singi stated that there must be some good that comes with the spirits visits, to which the man responded that while it is nice to see the spirits, and they are generally lenient towards them, they can only tolerate so much before tensions simmer.
Early Stages (9,747 BG – 9,743 BG)
Confrontation at Kunatuk
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Middle Stages (9,742 BG – 9,739 BG)
Siege of Gai Chan
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Liberation of Guilin
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Conclusion (9,738 BG)
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- The title for the war was coined by Gekkō in his response letter to Singi the day after the confrontation at his settlement—the first event of the war.
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