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The following information is not considered to be part of the main continuity.
This article is about the mechanist. For the firebender, see Lian and Shen.

Lian, also referred to as "The Maker", was a highly skilled mechanist responsible for the creation of havoc-wreaking machines.


At some point in her life, Lian was captured and locked away in prison by the Fire Nation, who forced her to construct her powerful machines for them, machines capable of the most powerful bending ever seen.

She was found locked in her cell by Aang, Sokka, and Katara, who engaged the jail guard who had imprisoned her. She noticed during the battle that Aang was an airbender, which gave her an idea. Using the chaos of the skirmish as cover, Lian escaped her confinement, only leaving a map to an old earthbender training camp behind for the trio to find.

Lian retreated to a secret island where she occupied herself with building machines. When she was eventually found again by the group, now joined by Haru, she admitted that she was not a prisoner of the Fire Nation and built the machines for herself, enough to end this war as she claimed her plan was. Lian offered them a chance to work with her, but Aang turned her down, stating that her machines were hurting villages and innocent people and that he could never be a part of that. She unleashed her prototype dreadnought machine on the group, which bought her enough time to escape.

Ending up at an air temple, Lian programmed several machines to destroy the Avatar statues inside the temple's sanctuary, thinking that it would end the Avatar Cycle. This was just to divert Aang, while other creations of hers captured his friends. Although Aang managed to succeed, the machine brought his friends to Lian's fortress, imprisoning them in different areas. The group managed to escape, however, defeating all of Lian's machines and the finished Dreadnought in the process. Lian retreated to a large room, where she had her Ultimaton, a large, weaponized machine that could "bend" all four elements.

Confronted by the group, she revealed that she was making the machines to replace benders, holding them responsible for the war, and that her latest creation, the Ultimaton, was powered by three benders: Haru's friend, Yuan; a Fire Nation soldier; and Hiryu, a waterbender from the North Pole. She had threatened to sweep them away along with all the other benders of the world if they did not agree to lend their power to her machines. She made Aang the same offer again, telling him that they could end the war together and that she could help him become a fully realized Avatar. Enraged when he once again declined her offer, she declared her machine to be closer to an Avatar than he would ever be, and that she did not need a mindless bender like him. During the ensuing battle, Lian and Team Avatar traded blows, both managing to get in a few hits. When Lian succeeded in hurting Katara, she inadvertently triggered the Avatar State, which Aang used to defeat Ultimaton; the machine toppled over.[1]


Lian was a master mechanist with a hatred for benders. With the Fire Nation about to win the Hundred Year War, and having no confidence in Aang's ability to master all the elements in time, she believed the only way to defeat the Fire Lord and restore balance was through an army of machines built by her. Since she also had no appreciation for the bending arts, she planned to use her machines to eliminate and replace all the benders in the world, calling it putting "thinkers" in charge of the world instead of "magicians," preventing any future war.[1]


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  • Lian's ultimate fate was not the same in every version of the game. In the Xbox, PS2, NGC, and Wii versions, she is last seen after her "mechanical avatar" is beaten, bracing herself to block any debris that may fall her way. In the PSP and DS versions, Lian collapsed in disbelief at the defeat of her ultimate creation, and Yuan vowed that he and Lian would atone for their actions. The GBA version gave no indication of what happened to Lian and she was not present in the PC game.
  • She had what was called bender envy: She envied the capabilities of the benders, and thus made machines since she believed that bending was nothing more than "magic".
  • The "bender envy" displayed by Lian bears similarities to the Anti-bending Revolution of the Equalists in The Legend of Korra.
    • One of the Equalists, Hiroshi Sato, created machines for similar purposes as Lian's.
    • The seal present on all of Lian's inventions bears similarities to the one on Asami's shoulder band and on other things made by Future Industries.
    • Also, Amon's greater speech is somewhat similar to Lian's, stating that bending was the source of every war in mankind, and once they were removed from society, there will be no war.
  • Lian can be translated as , meaning to connect or join.
  • All of Lian's machines are based on the four bending elements: The Soaker correlates to water, The Inferno correlates to fire, and The Tempest correlates to air.
  • The developers of Avatar: Generations expressed interest in implementing Lian into their game at some point in the future.[2]