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During the time of Avatar Kyoshi, a warlord known as Chin the Great conquered the entire Earth Kingdom with his armies, Ba Sing Se and Kyoshi's home peninsula being the sole exceptions. When the warlord marched his armies down to the neck of the peninsula, Avatar Kyoshi avoided a battle and managed to keep her people safe from invasion by using a combination of different bending techniques to separate their peninsula from the mainland and form an island.
As the island held no significant military advantage and was home to only a few earthbenders, the region was not attacked at all during the early and intermediate stages of the Hundred Year War. However, Oyaji's village suffered considerable damage in late 99 ASC, when Prince Zuko and his men invaded the island in search of Avatar Aang. The inhabitants of the island had no intention of inviting unwanted attention, and as a result were often hostile toward outsiders, fearing Fire Nation spies. However, inspired by Avatar Aang's arrival on the island, the citizens gained new hope and adopted a more welcoming attitude. Additionally, the Kyoshi Warriors left to join the war effort in hopes of making a difference.
A year later, Kyoshi Island had taken on a more active stance in politics. Upon Mai's request, the Kyoshi Warriors took on the role of becoming body guards for Fire Lord Zuko after several attempts to assassinate him.
Kyoshi Island is led by a governor, but hosts minimal connection to the Earth Kingdom imperial government. The village visited by Team Avatar was led by Oyaji, who served as a local judge and a sort of overseer to the Kyoshi Warriors, though the group was directly instructed by Suki. Many other villages are scattered across the island, all of which have a local leader and a band of female warriors to provide protection.
Due to their isolation, the inhabitants of Kyoshi Island have a less refined culture than those of other Earth Kingdom settlements, such as Ba Sing Se, which has a very strict culture. Their homes are made of wood and have steeply pitched thatched roofs to prevent the accumulation of snow. The inhabitants of Kyoshi Island wear primarily blue clothing, unlike most Earth Kingdom citizens, who wear green.
The Kyoshi Warriors are several all-female groups of fighters that are fiercely protective of the island and its people, with the most notable group led by Suki. While each village has its own forms and traditions, their fighting style with metal fans and clothing generally mimic those of Avatar Kyoshi. Their fighting philosophy emulates that of waterbenders, as it is based on the principle of using their opponents' force against them. The female warriors do not take kindly to training outsiders, especially men, in these unique methods.
Due to their home's isolation, the islanders grow and catch most of their own food. Rice forms the staple of the Kyoshi Island diet, as well as fish; various kinds of sushi are available. In the nearby sea, there are elephant koi, which serve as the island's main source of commerce, and a giant eel known as the unagi. In the market of Suki's village, cucumbers, eggplant, wild nuts, taro root, apples, scallions, and daikon radishes were available.
They also had an assortment of desserts, varying from cakes to iced pastries, indicating the existence of wheat fields and sugar canes.
Kyoshi Day is the most important holiday on the island. This celebration commemorates the day Avatar Kyoshi created the island in defense against Chin the Conqueror. A famous mural of Kyoshi at sunset was painted on the first Kyoshi Day and now resides in a shrine to the Avatar on the island. Kyoshi Day coincides with Avatar Day.
- Kyoshi Island is largely reminiscent of Japan, as it is part of an archipelago separated from the larger main continent. The warriors also wear armor similar to ancient Japanese armor, along with face paint similar to the face paint used in Japanese Kabuki. Furthermore, their food is based on traditional Japanese cuisine, they have Japanese-sounding names such as Suki and Oyaji, and use Japanese terms like kimono.
- Kyoshi Island is the first known landmass created through man-made means, as Kyoshi forcibly separated it from the mainland using her bending abilities.
- A recurrent problem in Kyoshi Island is the drunk traders and travelers who wander from the port of Kyoshi to the small villages and cause disorder. Around 99 ASC, this issue was so disruptive that the primary task of the Kyoshi Warriors was to deal with these carousing individuals.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 O'Bryan, John (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (April 28, 2006). "Avatar Day". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Malis, Nick (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (March 4, 2005). "The Warriors of Kyoshi". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Serpent's Pass". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Part 1 (January 25, 2012), Dark Horse Comics
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 20, 2013). "Civil Wars, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ Avatar Extras for "The Warriors of Kyoshi" on Nicktoons Network.