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15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Earth Kingdom

List RulesVote up the most interesting bits of Earth Kingdom trivia.

The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is filled with rich history, and the average viewer can tell the four nations draw heavily from our own world. The Earth Kingdom stands out in a lot of ways, the most important being the amount of time spent there between both series. 

Whether you're an expert in Earth Kingdom trivia or not, these Avatar facts will deepen your appreciation for the world. Take a look below and vote up the most interesting bits of trivia about the Earth Kingdom!

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    Toph Detected Other Metalbenders Through A Meteorite Bracelet

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    The meteorite Toph was gifted during the gang's Fire Nation days remained pretty special to her as she grew up. The metal was shaped into a bracelet that she wore on her person at all times, and came in handy when finding new metalbending pupils. 

    In the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel The Promise Part Two, Toph's meteorite bracelet would rattle around an earthbender with strong metalbending instincts. The idea was that they were subconsciously bending the bracelet, since the metal was particularly easy to manipulate. Suyin Beifong reinstates this practice with Korra, having her start out with large chunks of the same foreign metal.

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    Avatar Szeto Was The First Recorded Lavabender

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    Lavabending appeared a second time in Avatar: The Last Airbender during the brief introduction of Avatar Szeto. In a vision guided by Avatar Roku, Szeto is seen lavabending the magma from four volcanoes (above). This was done through the Avatar State.

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    Avatar Kyoshi Wasn’t Immediately Accepted

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    Kyoshi was an interesting Avatar, for plenty of reasons as seen in The Kyoshi Novels. Another Earth Kingdom boy, Yun, was actually thought to be the Avatar after Kuruk. Kyoshi wasn't around to go through the traditional Avatar test given by the Earth Kingdom sages because she was an orphan, unfortunately raised in poverty. As fate (and plot) would have it, Kyoshi and Yun crossed paths, becoming his servant no less.

    Her true identity was discovered soon after, but that created a new world of problems. People had already accepted Yun as their new Avatar, so Kyoshi wasn't welcomed overnight. 

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    Avatar Roku Used Lavabending Through Avatar Aang On Crescent Island

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    Lavabending definitely looked flashier in The Legend of Korra, which is why it's interesting that it wasn't even discussed in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Lavabending is actually first shown on screen in Book One, "Winter Solstice: Part Two: Avatar Roku." Avatar Roku, through Avatar Aang, destroyed the Fire Temple by bending the lava underneath the volcano. 

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