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Ghashiun was a member of a sandbender tribe who resided within the Si Wong Desert. He was the adolescent son of Sha-Mo and his late wife Yulduz. Ghashiun normally spent his days riding around the desert on sand-sailers with his gang of friends, usually getting into trouble and stealing anything that was not well guarded.[2]


Ghashiun had been somewhat adrift emotionally ever since his mother, Yulduz, died of skin cancer, a common affliction for people living in the sun-drenched Si Wong Desert. His relationship with his father was distant at best and Ghashiun's lying and stealing only added to the schism between the two.[2]

While Toph was preoccupied trying to keep Wan Shi Tong's Library from sinking with the rest of Team Avatar still inside, Ghashiun and others from his tribe arrived, seizing the opportunity to kidnap an unguarded Appa.[3] After Appa proved to be too much to handle, he traded the flying bison to some beetle-headed merchants who were planning to take him to Ba Sing Se and sell him on the black market. As the sandbenders began to take off, Appa started shaking the merchants' transport trailer, to which Ghashiun mockingly replied that he was now the merchants' problem, laughing as he and his group left.[4]

Sha-Mo and Ghashiun

Ghashiun and Sha-Mo were shocked to learn that they were dealing with the Avatar.

Ghashiun's tribe came to Team Avatar's rescue when they were being attacked by a swarm of buzzard wasps, scaring the flying creatures away. When Ghashiun's father inquired as to why the team was traveling through the desert on a stolen sand-sailer, Ghashiun took offense at Katara's explanation that the team had found the sailer abandoned and were trying to get to Ba Sing Se to find their stolen bison, Appa, taking it as her accusing his people of theft. He pointed out that they were the ones piloting a stolen sand-sailer, but he was promptly silenced by his father. The argument, however, caused Toph to recognize Ghashiun's voice, and she identified him as Appa's kidnapper. Aang furiously confronted Ghashiun, demanding that he told them what he did with his bison. Ghashiun cowered back at the Avatar's anger but persisted in his innocence even as Aang destroyed several sand-sailers. He was forced to give up his act when Toph stated that he had ordered a muzzle be put on Appa, but his admission of guilt did not calm Aang, who entered the Avatar State and destroyed the last of the sailers. Desperate to avoid being killed by the furious Aang, Ghashiun confessed his crime and frantically apologized, as he did not know the bison had belonged to the Avatar. After Aang demanded the bison's location, Ghashiun told the group that he had traded Appa to merchants who intended to sell the bison in Ba Sing Se. To further appease the enraged Avatar, he offered safe passage out of the desert and whatever help they could give. As the Avatar's anger continued to increase, Ghashiun and the other sandbenders were urged by Sokka to flee.[1]


Ghashiun was not a particularly kind young man, having no qualms about taking the belongings and possessions of others when they were not guarded. He also demonstrated little sympathy for others, as he took off laughing at the beetle-headed merchants when they had problems with Appa. However, when faced with someone more powerful than himself, his demeanour quickly changed, as he admitted to kidnapping Appa and offered Team Avatar safe travel through the desert to save himself after an enraged Aang triggered the Avatar State.[1]




Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Two: Earth (土)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Desert". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Character: Gashiun.
  3. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Library". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  4. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 13, 2006). "Appa's Lost Days". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
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