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The First Avatar: Nubia by Avield The First Avatar: Nubia by Avield
Water... Earth... Fire... Air.
Long ago, there lived a single nation bound together in harmony and peace.
Then everything changed during The Purging.
Emerging from the darkness was the Avatar, the creator and teacher of the four bending elements.
But when The Purging was over, he vanished.
Split in ideals, but united in cause, the single nation divided into four, each reflecting a single element of their choice.
And while the nations believed the Avatar to be no more, his teaching continued to shape the world and its history.
But while many thought the story of the Avatar had ended, it really, had only just begun.

This is the tale of the first Avatar, Nubia, and like Aang, what he did to change the world forever...



In the beginning, there was single nation, a large traveling tribe of nomads. The dominant race on the planet, the world was their kingdom. Bound together by their natural curiosity, the nomads traveled the planet, learning all they could; its secrets, its mysteries, and its stories.

In time, the people learned that the various animal races could manipulate the elements of nature to their advantage. The dragons could push and pull fire to cook their food, the badgermoles could push and pull the earth to dig, the koi fish could push and pull the water to swim, and the sky bisons could push and pull the air to fly.

The people studied the animals, curious and jealous of their powers. They couldn’t fly, they couldn’t swim, they couldn’t dig deep into the earth, and they certainly couldn’t create fire. Hearing their prayers, the Great Spirit demanded from the nomads a single human, someone to represent humanity and its worthiness of such power. The nomads argued for a while as to who could handle such as responsibility, but eventually they settled on a pure child named Nubia.

Proving to the Great Spirit of how worthy humanity was to receive such splendid gifts, the Great Spirit gave Nubia the ability to manipulate the elements, but not the knowledge. Before returning Nubia home, the Great Spirit warned him of its terrible power and that while he had the ability to manipulate the elements, he would have to learn from its original users of their benefits and consequences. Returning home, Nubia told the tribe of what the Great Spirit had told them. With the permission of the elders, Nubia set out on his own.

In time, Nubia learned to control the elements by mimicking and learning from the animals the Great Spirit spoke of. Learning air bending from the sky bison, the sky bison allowed Nubia to domesticate them. Learning water bending from the koi fish, Nubia was taught about the push and pull of the moon and its effects on the world. Learning earth bending from the badger moles, Nubia was shown the secrets of the earth and its plentiful bounties. Learning fire bending from the dragons, Nubia was given The Eternal Flame so that mankind could learn of its many uses.

Capable of manipulating air, water, earth and fire, Nubia returned to his tribe. Doubtful of his power, the elders demanded he prove his abilities. Telling them to follow, Nubia led the tribe to large barren wasteland.

Calling it Bending, Nubia made many swift and powerful motions with his entire body allowing him to wield god-like power, just as he had learned. He raised mountains and cultivated the earth, split the continent to create rivers and lakes, used the wind to bring seeds from the surrounding areas, and used fire to light up the night sky.

The entire tribe was speechless, but Nubia broke the silence with a mighty speech. He called this new land Kwadzo, after his father, and declared it their new home. Grateful, the tribe gave Nubia their highest honor possible. From then on, Nubia became known as the Avatar.

For 20 years, life was good and the tribe prospered in this new land. In that time, Nubia married and to the delight of the tribe, his wife gave birth to four healthy boys. However, to Nubia’s surprise, each boy could only bend a single element. The first son could only bend air, the second son could only bend water, the third son could only bend earth, and the fourth son could only bend fire.

Radically different from one another, the sons soon also married, passing on their abilities to their sons and daughters, just as Nubia had done to them. Soon, the tribe was divided into air benders, water benders, earth benders, and fire benders, each believing themselves to be superior than the other three.

In a horrific event known as The Purging, the four families set out to cleanse one another so that only one bending family would remain. Non-benders chose sides and soon an all-out war erupted. Thousands were killed and it looked like no side would gain the upper hand. Disgusted by the war, Nubia preached to each side about how war was not the answer and how peace brought them together in the first place.

Hearing his words, the heads of four families decided to end the war, but it was too late. Exhausted and badly injured after fending off an attack from all four of the families, Nubia succumbed to his injuries and died at the age of 211.

Stricken with grief in what they had become, the families decided to break up, each settling in different parts of the globe. Using the original four son’s beliefs as guidelines, each elemental family set up their own separate nation, each with its own set of beliefs and culture. United in peace, but divided in ideals, the world prospered under this new system, but grieved at the loss of their Avatar.

Worshiping the gifts he gave to humanity, the four nations thought they would never see some one worthy of the title “Avatar’ ever again.

That is, until Shiya of the water tribe was born... fav.me/d503cmj


(To address the issue of energy bending, that was even before the time of the wandering nomadic tribes, when mankind first appeared)
(Also, to address the issue of Oma and Shu, as we have seen with a lot of tribes in the real world, folklore was their way of explaining things too dark or unexplainable. While Oma and Shu were not the first benders, they were the first born in their villages with the capability to earth bend, as we see that not everyone can be born with the ability. Take for example, the loveable Sokka, who cannot water-bend, even though his sister can.
Also, as we have seen in the show, a lot of history is unrecorded. Thus, like the real world, we can safely assume that word of mouth has skewed the Avatar's history besides his direct involvement with the world. We do have to remember though, that this is all fictional and speculation.)


(Picture belongs to :iconpugletz:
pugletto.tumblr.com/post/22389… and was great inspiration for these stories)
(i.imgur.com/MtGLLZw.png)
(Editing would be appreciated)
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:iconschild100:
schild100 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Wan small problem with this...
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DarthDestruktor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Do you even see when this was posted? Think next time.
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jmalfonso7 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So Avatar Nubia started as an airbender? I just want to correct myself...
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well their were no airbenders at the time. They were a bender-less nomad people. Nubia sided with the airbenders on numerous occasions, but still condoned their actions.
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jmalfonso7 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thank you! I just want to be clear on that...BTW great Avatars like Nubia and Del you made...I am also making my own Avatar OC after Korra, but leaning towards our present year.  His name is Qing, please feel free to look at my gallery.
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Avield Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
My best advice is to focus more on the story and less on the character.
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:iconjmalfonso7:
jmalfonso7 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's just that I am bad or sloppy at making stories..  Trust me, I keep running around with essays and plot points.

I am more of a visual learner, but I will take that advice to heart!
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Triumpha Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a great story and very deep one. I do love the story of Wan and although I gotta admit that my approach toward movies, TV shows, etc. is less critical than that of many people and I haven't even thought about all those plot holes, he's still my favorite Avatar. Anyway, I just randomly ran into this art and the story and my jaw dropped. Awesome work! +fav 
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Avield Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yah... while I liked Wan as a character, it really didn't explain ANYTHING. All it did was add more plot holes. I'm glad you like the story though! Chow.
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bleachcrater Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
avatar wan whas number one
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Normally I don't respond to stupid questions, but you seem like you need this.
This was written before Legend of Korra was even an idea in Nickelodeon's head.
This was created as a result of the original show and its lack of historical information.
I kindly advise you next time to look at the other comments of people asking the same question before you do the same.
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Yavannie-Winter Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I love your design >O<... really cool. The only thing that I donīt understand is the age of Nubia, Why he lived so long? Does everybody lived that long in ancient days? [sorry for my english .__. ]
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Avield Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
In the show, Avatar Kyoshi is stated to have died at the age of 230. That's double the longest anyone has ever lived with 122 being the current record. As of today, the average lifespan is about 75, which is still nothing compared to how long Kyoshi lived. Also, if we compare our current technological and medical advances, with the current technology and medical advances of the show... it could mean that in 30 years, the average lifespan will be roughly 300. So in a way, Avatar Nubia's age could be considered abnormal in that he died quite young. Also, throwing in any avatar based science throws all of this out the window... so I'm just doing it based on my previous assessment.
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AduroTri Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
While in reality, the oldest living person might have only lived to 122, in the Avatar World, Guru Pathik was the oldest living person we ever saw onscreen. He lived to 150 years old. That makes him the second oldest living person in the Avatar World overall next to Kyoshi and possibly the third oldest living being as of the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender. (Before we even knew about Raava.)
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Nitasu987 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I kiiinda like him better than Wan now :D 
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Avield Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
His story is definetely more than deep than Wan and it really fix a lot of plot holes Avatar had. Wan had some good moments, but I feel like season 2 of korra a big disappointment compared to the original series.
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DarthDestruktor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
What about other seasons of Korra? I thing both 3 a 4 are amazing.
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Avield Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
3 was good, but I wish the ending was better. 4 was interesting and definetely a good up turn, but I still liked season 3 more. It had potential on multiple levels, but again, it was very rushed. I would have liked more detail on the former prisoners.
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DarthDestruktor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
I agree, "change" was the best season. But for me, I only disliked season two. Season one has great climate of the city and good villain, and season four make Korra more human - not badass fighter, but scared woman, fighting with her body and sanity.

Back to the art - I love the story and look of her, bud - sadly - world of Avatar is mostly asiacentric, so we will probably never see black, african -like Avatar.
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Nitasu987 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Yeah I agree but I still liked it... but Korra really messed up everything imo. 
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Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
It's a good thing you like Wan, but I like your design a bit more.
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:iconadurotri:
AduroTri Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
While I love your design. I also like Wan, I believe he's a good first Avatar as well.
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
They did a good job with him, but it doesn't fill a lot of the gaps within the Avatar's established canon history. That would be like claiming Darth Vader is Luke's father and then never showing the proof.
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AduroTri Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, it was 10,000 years before Korra.

It does make quite a bit of sense and I like him as a character. Hence why I'm going to be Wan for Halloween.
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VvibrantcolorsS Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i was hoping the lok creators would find this and base an episode of of your version, but alas i guess that's too much to ask ;A;
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Avield Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Its ok. I still find their version to be pretty sub par. You know a story is only sub par when someone else writes something everyone else agrees is better.
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VvibrantcolorsS Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea I agree
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Mmmhmmm
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MrAsh96 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I still kind of prefer this version 
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Same. I like the new guy, but I feel they wasted a lot of potential.
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alanfoxwood Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Having seen the first Avatar, I still prefer your take on it. I prefer the more ancient feel. I'm not a fan that the styles in clothing, art, architecture, etc. stayed the exact same from the dawn of the Avatar to the period of Aang, ESP considering the jump after Aang.
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Avield Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I prefer to watch things all at once rather than by episode, but what I have seen and heard, a lot of people prefer my version due to the modern spin they put on it instead of an ancient one.
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xinga40 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
1st is wan (1)
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this was posted before Korra was announced
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:iconxinga40:
xinga40 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
so what
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Wolfsoul36 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You do realize that this was posted before even Korra became a thing right?
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Wolfsoul36 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. your icon is so Werid xD
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Inspector-Milkshake Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Are they like ancient airbenders tattoos? or are they just like tattoos that very ancient avatar had because that would be awesome!
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Avield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
the ancient tribes use to have their male warriors tatooed after a certain age. The air nomads were the only one to continue this pratice and allowed females to be tatooed as well.
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Inspector-Milkshake Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Nice!
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asanteM Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Nice work. I'll post it here:

facebook.com/alkebulanfantasy
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WarSphinx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Is this official Avatar lore or is it just made up?
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
made up
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PouncingPandae Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The art is great, but the story makes no sense to be nit picky. We know it wasnt the avatar who created nor taught bending. It was the dragons, bison, moles, moon that benders learned bending from.
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Avield Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No. If you read carefully into the lore. The avatar learned bending from the animals of the world. His abilities were transferred into his descendents, but his descendents didn't have the knowledge or teachings to harness their power. Thus, the original waterbenders had to learn from the moon (the spirits) itself and how it influenced the ocean with its pushing and pulling motion.
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PouncingPandae Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Can you show me where to find that? I just never heard that before.
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:iconavield:
Avield Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's from the Nubia story.
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:iconpouncingpandae:
PouncingPandae Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah no. The Nubia story is fanon, fictional. Fan made.
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:iconpavender:
Pavender Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you get permission from Pugletz to use their artwork like this?
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