- This article is the character with treelike features in The Legend of Korra. For the character from Hama's village in Avatar: The Last Airbender, see Yao (vendor).
|"No, don't get banished! You don't want nothing to do with those spirits. They'll get inside you, scramble up your mind, turn you into this! A monster!"|
|— Yao urges Wan not to risk being banished.|
Yao was Wan's friend, who possessed some tree-like qualities after a spirit possessed him, making him a social pariah. He was one of the first people in the Avatar World to voluntarily leave the safety of a lion turtle city for the hazards of the Spirit Wilds. Along with the other impoverished citizens from his city, Yao ventured into the wilds to start a new life and escape the tyranny of the Chou family.
At some point in his life, Yao encountered a woodlike spirit that possessed him, causing his features to adopt a similar woodlike appearance. Shamed and afraid, Yao retreated from society and lived with his friends in a tree house on the outskirts of the city that was built on top of a lion turtle who could bestow the ability to bend fire. Like Jaya, he was originally resigned to his fate as a commoner, depending entirely on food that Wan stole in order to survive. He warned Wan to be wary of his actions as to avoid banishment into the Spirit Wilds, recalling how a spirit once possessed him and caused his disfigurement. Wan later returned, revealing that he had stolen firebending from the lion turtle, much to Yao and Jaya's astonishment, as use of the element was forbidden in the city.
After a raid on the Chou palace which led to Wan's detainment, Yao and Jaya witnessed Wan's banishment into the Spirit Wilds, and lamented over his fate, under the belief that he would die within a day. Sometime later, Yao was alongside Jaya when a survivor of the expedition of hunters returned and confirmed that Wan had been living among the spirits and protecting the Spirit Oasis. Shortly afterward, deciding to follow Wan's example, Yao joined Jaya's mass exodus from the city.
In the time he spent in the wilds, Yao engaged in several conflicts against hostile spirits, one of which led to his death.
The Legend of Korra
Book Two: Spirits (神靈)
- 207. "Beginnings, Part 1" (flashback)
- Yao is the first known human to have been possessed by a spirit, the others being a hunter who got possessed by the aye-aye spirit and, ten thousand year later, Tokuga.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 18, 2013). "Beginnings, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (October 18, 2013). "Beginnings, Part 2". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Nate Piekos; Blambot (letterer), Heather Campbell, Jane Bak (cover). Turf Wars Part One (July 26, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.