|"You have a good eye. That's an original from Piandao, the greatest swordsmaster and sword maker in Fire Nation history. He lives in the big castle up the road from here."|
|— The weapons store shopkeeper to Sokka.|
The weapons store shopkeeper was the proprietor of one of the biggest vintage weapon stores in the Fire Nation, having the best selection of used weapons and armor for sale. He took pride in his unique and extensive variety of spears, giant axes, maces, and other battle gear, but his most prized weapon for sale was an original Jian sword made by the great Piandao; he claimed that the story of how he acquired the sword was so incredible that if he told anyone, he would have to kill them.
Katara, Sokka, Aang, and Toph came upon the shopkeeper's store whilst visiting the village of Shu Jing. The group amused themselves by trying on and using the merchandise the shopkeeper sold. Sokka in particular enthusiastically tried out various weapons and injured himself several times attempting to use them, before spotting a gorgeous sword on display. At this point, the shopkeeper complimented Sokka on his taste and informed the group about Piandao, a local swordsmaster, and explained that he was willing to teach those whom he deemed worthy of the way of the sword.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Book Three: Fire (火)
- 304. "Sokka's Master"
- He had a similar build and appearance to Iroh, as well as a very similar voice and a friendly attitude.