In 94 ASC, the Southern Raiders were tasked by Fire LordAzulon to conduct an attack on the Southern Water Tribe in search of a rumored last waterbender, who, unknown to them, was the eight-year-old Katara. During said attack, the Raiders created a diversion to attract the attention of the tribe's warriors, which allowed their commander, then Yon Rha, to interrogate Kya in regards to the last waterbender's whereabouts. She lied in order to protect her daughter, however, and told him that she was the one he was looking for. The commander, unwilling to take her as a prisoner, subsequently killed her. This incident further deepened the Southern Water Tribe's hatred for the Fire Nation and prompted all of the warriors to leave the tribe to help the Earth Kingdom win the War. It would also give Katara and Sokka the desire to help AvatarAang once he awakened.
Two years later, Yon Rha retired from his position, and the Southern Raiders appointed a new leader.
The Southern Raiders were tracked down by Katara and Zuko in the final year of the Hundred Year War. They spotted the Southern Raiders' flagship near Whaletail Island, after which Katara launched a vicious wave of attacks that left the Raiders defenseless. She then interrogated their leader, whom she initially believed to be Yon Rha, subduing him with her bloodbending. However, the terrified eyes of the man revealed to her that he was not the man she was after. The captain confirmed her realization by telling Zuko that Yon Rha had retired four years prior.
The Raiders' helmet design, resembling a bird, differs from that of other Fire Nation soldiers.
The unit also possessed special ships that were smaller and faster than the traditional Fire Nation destroyers. Their warships were perfect for attacking coastal villages as their smaller size and improved maneuverability allowed the ships to pull up close to the shore and surprise the enemy.