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This article is about the board game mentioned in the series. For the Nick.com video game reinterpretation of the game, see Pai Sho (video game).
Pai Sho game

This is the initial layout of a game of Pai Sho.

Pai Sho (牌數)[2] is a two-player game that is popular throughout the World of Avatar, appealing to people of all ages. Dating back to the era of Raava,[3] legend has that it was invented by the spirits,[4] and the game has remained popular among people all over the world since that time. It is a game of both strategy and chance, with each culture having developed its own rules and variations of the game.[2] Prior to the group's existence being publicly revealed at the end of the Hundred Year War, the Order of the White Lotus used Pai Sho to identify its members by forming a lotus flower with the tiles.[1]

Rules

Playing Pai Sho

Here is an overhead view of a Pai Sho game.

Pai Sho is played on a large, circular board split with twelve sections and divided into an 18x18 grid of colored squares. Round tiles are used as pieces, with each tile having a different image. Players receive a certain number of tiles which are placed and moved around the board.

Over the years, the rules of the game varied from culture to culture; for instance, some consider to game to be a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat game of chance, whereas others see it as a slow, methodical game of strategy.[2]

White lotus tile

White lotus tile

The white lotus tile, like all Pai Sho tiles, is a round, black, circular piece about one-and-a-half inches in diameter. It is identified by the image of a large white flower that takes up most of the tile. According to Iroh, many underestimate its importance. Iroh once took time away from Zuko's search for the Avatar to pick up a new tile at the seedy merchants pier.[5] A white lotus tile was also given to Sokka from Master Piandao after the former was successfully trained in swordplay.[6]

Order of the White Lotus

In a bar at the Misty Palms Oasis, Iroh played a game with another White Lotus member, Fung, as a way of identifying himself as part of the society. The key to recognition between members includes scripted dialogue revolving around the opening move of placing a certain tile, the white lotus, in the center of the board, followed by the rapid placement of pieces in an exact pattern that mirrors the central piece.[1]

Notable players

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Desert". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (August 1, 2014). "The Stakeout". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 9. Nick.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 18, 2013). "Beginnings, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  4. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (November 8, 2013). "A New Spiritual Age". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 22. Nickelodeon.
  5. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (April 29, 2005). "The Waterbending Scroll". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.
  6. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 12, 2007). "Sokka's Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (June 3, 2005). "The Storm". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  8. 8.0 8.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 28, 2012). "The Voice in the Night". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  9. Throughout Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  10. 10.0 10.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  11. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch, Hedrick, Tim (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 14, 2008). "The Western Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.

See also

External links

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