Kyoshi was one of the previous Avatar incarnations born in the Earth Nation. A Giant of the woman, she was the longest lived out of any of the Avatars, dying at the age of 230.
Kyoshi was born in the year 312 BSC on a peninsula off the tip of the southwestern Earth Kingdom that would one day become Kyoshi Island, after her battle with Chin. She, like all Avatars, mastered all four elements and the Avatar State
During Kyoshi's life, the Earth King's rule was popular among the populace of the Earth Kingdom. Using this to his advantage, a warlord named Chin attempted to conquer the continent. He was successful until he reached the peninsula where Kyoshi lived. When he refused to listen to Kyoshi, she confronted him and separated the peninsula from the mainland through a combination of all four bending arts, forming Kyoshi Island and thereby protecting her homeland from subsequent threats such as the warlord. An indignant Chin was left standing on the edge of a cliff, which then crumbled beneath his feet, causing him to fall into the sea, where he subsequently drowned. His death ushered the world into a great era of peace.
Because of Kyoshi's act, the people of Chin Village on the mainland founded Avatar Day to vilify Kyoshi, and all the other Avatars after her, for the death of their leader. The people of Kyoshi Island, meanwhile, founded "Kyoshi Day" on the same day as Avatar Day, to honor her creation of the island and the restoration of peace to their village. They also erected a large totem, topped with a statue of Kyoshi in her memory.
Sometime after her confrontation with Chin, Kyoshi was summoned to Ba Sing Se at the request of the Earth King, since his unpopular rule had led to a Peasant Uprising in the city. By the time Kyoshi reached the city, the peasants had already destroyed everything that represented the "old government", including ancient and valuable historical and cultural artifacts. The King demanded that she stop the uprising by whatever means necessary. However, Kyoshi staunchly refused, stating that it would not be right for her to do so. Incensed by her defiance, the Earth King ordered for her arrest, but a display of the Avatar's power and a warning intimidated him into a compromise. The Earth King agreed to give the peasants a voice in his ruling, while Kyoshi in turn agreed to protect Ba Sing Se's cultural heritage from further desecration. She then proceeded to train the Dai Li, though their subsequent corruption weighed heavily on Kyoshi in her afterlife.
During his trip to Kyoshi Island, Aang observed the statue erected in her honor. She thereafter appeared in a vision as the most recent Earth Kingdom Avatar when Avatar Roku was explaining the nature of the Avatar State to Aang. Kyoshi manifested herself through Aang, as Roku had done on the winter solstice, to testify in a trial proving the Avatar's innocence, though she confessed to killing Chin while doing so.
Before the arrival of Sozin's Comet Aang summoned Kyoshi's spirit, seeking advice on how to defeat Ozai without killing him. Kyoshi reminded him that her forceful ending of Chin the Conqueror's war for dominance brought a great era of peace. Aang pointed out that she was not directly responsible for Chin's death, arguing it was a result of his own arrogance. Kyoshi said she saw no difference in this, and told him that she would have done anything to stop Chin. Aang regretted consulting Kyoshi on this complex matter after hearing this.
Kyoshi had a very confrontational and direct attitude, and was willing to do anything achieve what she saw as fit. This included ending someone's life. Her attitude and nature was at a direct contrast to that of Aang's, so much so that he regretted her counsel from the Spirit World when Aang requested advice on how to deal with Ozai. Her struggle with Chin draws some similarities with Aang- both had to deal with a war mongering leader, but they ultimately dealt with the threats in different ways.
Like any other Avatar, Kyoshi had the ability to control fire, air, water and earth. Kyoshi was a very powerful Avatar, and often utilized her fans in conjunction with various Air Bending and Earth Bending techniques. Her most impressive feat was probably separating Kyoshi Island from the Earth Kingdom Mainland using a combination of Air Bending, Earth Bending.
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