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Gaoling is a large town located within a mountain range in the southern Earth Kingdom. An old and well-established town, Gaoling has a broad spectrum of citizens residing in it, ranging from the very rich, such as the Beifong family, to the very poor. It was also the location of the Earth Rumble VI tournament.[1]

The town was untouched by the Hundred Year War due to its lack of strategic importance, which was made evident by the relaxed attitude of many of its residents. However, following Earth Queen Hou-Ting's death and the fragmentation of the Earth Kingdom in 171 AG, Gaoling became the center of the State of Gaoling. It subsequently fell under the control of the Earth Empire, and following the latter's collapse, was chosen as the location of the first democratic elections in the Earth Kingdom.

History

Gaoling street

The marketplace in Gaoling contained a number of shops and businesses.

Aang, Katara, and Sokka visited this town in the spring of 100 AG and attended an Earth Rumble tournament hoping to find an earthbending master for Aang. The search was successful, and Toph Beifong joined the group to teach the Avatar earthbending, defying her father and mother's wishes by doing so.[1]

After 171 AG, Gaoling became the capital of its own state.[2] Sometime before 174 AG, Gaoling was annexed by Kuvira, and became part of her self-declared Earth Empire.[3] Following Kuvira's surrender in 174 AG,[4] the State of Gaoling was chosen for the first democratic elections in the Earth Kingdom. Mayor Rhee consequentky prepared Gaoling town for the democratic transition, and voting booths were set up in the City Hall.

The town was visited by Earth King Wu and Team Avatar in 174 AG to oversee the elections and prevent an Earth Empire holdout under Commander Guan from interfering. Shortly after their arrival, Guan's forces marched into the town, resulting in a tense standoff until the Earth Empire commander revealed that he wanted to peacefully enter the elections.[2]

Layout and description

Gaoling lies in a valley surrounded by steep, rocky hillsides, and is located near the Foggy Swamp.[5] Most of Gaoling's residents are middle-class people whose families have lived in the town for many generations. The center of the village features a bustling marketplace with ornately decorated buildings. The area serves as the village's center of commerce, and as such, it is filled with shops, merchants, barkers, and shoppers. On the outskirts of the settlement are large, expansive estates where the wealthiest families, such as the Beifongs, live.[6]

Locations

Master Yu's Earthbending Academy

Main article: Master Yu's Earthbending Academy
Master Yu's Earthbending Academy

Master Yu's Earthbending Academy was located in Gaoling.

Built by Master Yu as a school for his students, the Earthbending Academy is a large building with a walled central courtyard. Before each class, Master Yu placed different sized rocks in the courtyard to be used by the students to practice earthbending. This large courtyard is an ideal place for the young earthbenders to train, as here, they can sling rocks around without accidentally hurting any passersby.[1]

Beifong Estate

Beifong estate

The Beifong Estate was owned by the wealthy Beifong family.

The Beifong Estate is a large home owned by one of the richest families in the southern Earth Kingdom. The estate is surrounded by a large garden, with a symbol of a flying boar over the front gate. It is guarded by at least two guards whose uniforms are similar to an earthbending soldier's, save that they are colored with white and green instead of the usual green and brown.[1]

Earth Rumble stadium

Earth Rumble VI cave entrance

The cave entrance to the underground Earth Rumble VI stadium was located in the surrounding mountains of Gaoling.

A large underground wrestling stadium, known as Earth Rumble VI, is owned by its host, Xin Fu. It consists of a large rectangular stone platform on which earthbenders battle. Surrounding this are rows of seats in which spectators may sit, though many seating areas are dangerous due to the rocks that are occasionally hurled into the audience. The rest of the stadium is lit with glowing green gemstones hanging on the ceiling. Residents pay admission to see powerful earthbending masters fight in a ring for the title of champion.[1]

Notable figures

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (May 5, 2006). "The Blind Bandit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Wong, Michelle (artist), Ng, Vivian (colorist). Ruins of the Empire Part One (May 21, 2019), Dark Horse Comics.
  3. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 3, 2014). "After All These Years". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 14. Nick.com.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (December 19, 2014). "The Last Stand". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 26. Nick.com.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante (October 23, 2014). Legend of Korra Live Community Q&A: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Avatar Wiki. Retrieved on October 23, 2014.
  6. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.
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