Campaign of the Month: November 2011
Avatar: Conquest of the Imperial Order
Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Land of Earth are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring.
Earthbenders first developed their art by observing and imitating the Badgermoles, large subterranean creatures that use Earthbending to see and interact with the world. Earthbending is generally based on the Hung Gar style of Kung Fu, which features heavily rooted stances and strong kicks and punches. The martial art is based on the movements of animals, among them the Tiger and the Crane. The Tiger represents Hard Power, while the crane embodies Soft Power. Unlike other bending disciplines, Earthbending stresses the aspect of neutral jin, which involves listening and waiting for the right moment to attack. Earthbenders are known to stand their ground.
Many skilled Earthbenders absorb and intercept attacks before overwhelming the opponent with superior force. Some can tunnel through the earth to out-maneuver their foes. Earthbenders have been known to use objects to augment their bending. Earthbending is not limited to rock or soil alone. An Earthbender can additionally manipulate other earth-based substances including mud, slurry, sand, gemstones and coal. Heavily refined metals however, such as tempered iron and steel, are beyond their influence. In order to be in close connection with their element, most Earthbenders choose to be barefoot. The largest concentration of Earthbenders resides in the massive underground city of Ba Sing Se, sometimes called the Crystal City, or the Green City.