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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 exacerbated 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 too much to handle, he traded the flying bison to some beetle-headed merchants who planned to take him to Ba Sing Se and sell him on the black market. As the sandbenders split from them, 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 attacked by a swarm of buzzard wasps, scaring the flying creatures away. When Sha-Mo 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 Appa, believing she was 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. During the argument, however, Toph recognized Ghashiun's voice, identifying him as Appa's kidnapper. Aang furiously confronted Ghashiun, demanding that he tell them what he did with his bison. Ghashiun cowered back in response to the Avatar's anger but maintained his innocence, even as Aang destroyed several sand-sailers. He was forced to give up his act when Toph stated that he had ordered his group to muzzle Appa, a revelation which only infuriated 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, claiming he did not know the bison had belonged to the Avatar. After Aang demanded to know his 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 an escort out of the desert and whatever help they could give. As the Avatar's rage grew, Sokka urged Ghashiun and the other sandbenders to flee, a warning which they heeded.[1]


In addition to being a dishonest and amoral man, Gashiun was a practiced liar, thief, and con man, traits that would lead him to steal a sand-sailer that belonged to another sandbender tribe and to ultimately cross Team Avatar, setting his sights on Appa and subsequently tricking merchants into buying the captured flying bison. However, when threatened by someone more powerful than himself, especially with the prospect of imminent death, his demeanour quickly changed, as he admitted to kidnapping Appa and offered Team Avatar safe travel through the desert, cowering in an attempt to save himself after an enraged Aang entered the Avatar State.[1]




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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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 2.2 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. 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.