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My entry to the OC creation contest [link] for the avatar fans club

While Aang and Sokka run after that strange new creature, Katara stays behind and looks curiously upon the statues in the inner sanctuary. Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. Men and women with different expressions...and she finds that one statue seems to smile as if it had been laughing for a thousand years.

Name: Avatar YiLin

Age: Lived up to Age 32, previous airbender avatar before Yangchen. 800-900 years before Aang.

Gender: Female

Nation: Air

Likes: Playing and goofing around with children, nature, ancient Air Nomad folklore, flight, freedom, her fellow 'sisters' at the Eastern Airtemple, and...perfume? ;)

Dislikes: (when she was quite younger) her old strict, dogmatic and overbearing airbending teacher; Master Eunhee, embarrassing/awkward romantic situations, violence and injustice against innocent people, having to put her duty as the Avatar above her own personal feelings.

Background History: More than 700 years ago, In a time of relative peace, the reincarnated spirit of the Avatar was born in a girl from the Eastern Airtemple. YiLin thought she would be destined for the mundane life of an airbender priestess, spending the rest of her days doing repetitious bending exercises, temple chores, and saying endless prayers and chants. Then, of course, came the day when her true destiny was told to her. YiLin started out being a shy, somewhat prudish child. But because of the stern, but fair, tutilage of her master; Eunhee, YiLin eventually grew to be a wise, open-minded and generous, (though still somewhat naive) woman. Seeing life beyond the mountains during her training, YiLin eventually learned to greatly enjoy traveling the world, meeting all sorts of people, giving help and protecting the small and weak.
Avatar YiLin is not known historically for being as brave and beautiful in battle like the honorable Avatar Kyoshi, as dignified and respected like the legendary Avatar Roku, or even as spiritually intune with the supernatural as Avatar Onsui. But these days, she is remembered for establishing a small abbey in the Northern Earth Kingdom, a sanctuary for refugees and the orphaned, an abbey that stands to this day.
She was sadly killed in an attempt to save that abbey,and its inhabitants from the attack of renegade benders from the west. Some consider her death as foolish and not at all fitting for a powerful being such as the Avatar, but YiLin would not have had it any other way.

Extra Info: As one of her earlier duties, Avatar YiLin was once called upon to look after the five-year-old daughter of the FireLord; Princess Hiashi, after an assassination attempt on the FireLord's palace. The child was sent away with YiLin to the Air Temple for safety. Hiashi was a spoiled, sullen girl who did not take to living with lowly AirNomads very well. It took a while to get over the little princess's temper tantrums 9__9;;;, but because of YiLin's patience, sensible amount of discipline and kindness with her, Hiashi grew to love YiLin as her own mother, and YiLin herself (who had dreamt of having children) grew attached to the child.
Ages later, Aang cannot help but sense the spirit of something vaguely familiar in Prince Zuko...even though he is not sure what it means.

(Yeah, I know it seems bombastic to create an AVATAR >__> but I've had this character in my head for a while and she wants to get out. ^^...and I apologize for the lengthy bit of extra info)

EDIT: I'm not sure if FEMALE airbenders are actually all bald. Though I do know that there are some buddist sects that have female monastics shave their heads as well as the males [link]
AND wear cute headresses ^w^ [link]
But perhaps if the female airbender isn't a priestess/nun/whatever she could have hair. :P
Like Malu the ghost witch (aka the new avatar character as seen in upperdeck avatar card trading website) [link]
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JJ-11 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
I really like this Avatar and her backstory! Where would you say her and Onsui fit in the Avatar line-up?
Evaron Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want her to be real
flowingcurtains Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks awesome !
0Fenika Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely oc ! :D
Miku-chanKawaii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Loved it xD
pizzawizz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
EEEKK!!!!!! LOVE THE OC!!!!!!!!!!!! FAVE!!!!!!
Genorix Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Is that Katara there?
DieHardMusicMan9125 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
this is a great oc's going in faves!
Rhytri Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ElweArFeiniel1st Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting Character!
Hearts-Are-Cold Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
You know, I know people keep harping on the "female airbenders don't shave their head" thing, but I like it. I think it's cute, and I think as long as at least part of the arrow is obscured, the girls can do whatever with their hair that they want. So she went ahead and shaved herself completely bald? I think it's kind of neat.
Fanatic-About-It Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Air Nomad nuns shave their foreheads to reveal their arrow just to clear your conundrum up.
0cean0eep Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's aware. This art was made several years ago, before anyone knew that.
AnarchyPride Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student
oh my gosh this is so beutiful i say on a scale between one and five its defenitly a 98 n.n
requiem-at-saturday Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the pic up right is brilliant!
Skullbego Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Avatar YiLin sounds SUPER COOL!!! also, i think that some of the female airnomads did that renaissance thing (is it renaissance) where they pluck their hairline so they have like a huge forhead, like Avatar Yangchen
winn-chan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
This is amazing! I've always loved drawing and looking at illustrations of the Air Nomads. And I absolutely love your character design. ^^
CandyAxe Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
This seals it. I'm watching you.
Fickleminded Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Ahaha you must be getting tired of all the "female airbender hair" comments. Like it would kill them to read the description or like a few comments before posting...
Anywho I love YiLin's design! I don't think i've seen /any/ airbender OCs that i've actually liked before, but this is just amazing. And your artist description " statue seems to smile as if it had been laughing for a thousand years." is really inspiring~ <3
snowpatrol89 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Your Avatar fanart is so beautiful-I really like the background you give to your characters :)
loveableeve Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Isaia! I was looking through your older artwork and this one caught my eye because of the style and the name. Just wondering, did you make up the name? Keep up the great work! (btw, Yilin is also my chinese name, coincidence eh? :P)
TallestCrimson Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Female Airbenders don't fully shave their heads. They just shave a little bit off. If you watch one of the episodes(It's in season 3, I forget what it's called), Aang summons one of his past lives to give him advice, which was a famale Air Nomad. You can see that she has a little bit of her head shaved off. Hope that helps.
Isaia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
I know that, bro.

This old art is old.
Hence the update in the artists's comments :3
Bacon-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They have hair but no bangs
Isaia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Yup, I know that.
This pic is old. Check the artist comments.
Bacon-Lover Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh but i still like it
DarkApocalyspe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Epic Fail xD
Isaia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Why lol?
DarkApocalyspe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
The wind blew the hat thing away to reveal a shiny bald head
hanan109 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Oh! The abbey! That's why she likes perfume! I knew it had SOME tie in to Airbenders!
koofball Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
THIS IS GREAT. i have been searching the web for years, trying to find made up avatars. and not only did u make an avatar, u made a great one. please make more, from all the nations. these are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
colormadness Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I love your background story! Together with this picture: AWESOME!
33k7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
please make another new avatar character.
love the pic.
jrowe-234 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
i love how you have her plating with that propeller that aang chose when he was a baby. Its cool how you brought life to the avatar relic. Great work!!! :D
Apple-Fruit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Oooh~ She looks cute! Awsome pictures of her! Well dtailed too!
avatar-sonic11 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Female Airbenders are not bald... Look at Avatar Yangchen... [link] and the air Nuns... [link]
Isaia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Student General Artist
lol I know. :3
It's in the artist's description. ;)
avatar-sonic11 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
hehehe sorry... i didn't see it.
avatarfangirl55 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Female air nomads did have hair but they shaved the front as not to hide their arrow
Isaia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Student General Artist
I know, ;D
It's in the artist's description. :3
avatarfangirl55 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o. ^^; i dont read carefully
avatarfangirl55 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks like a nun!! she seems like a nice lady!!
emmy-a Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
thats cool that you maed up your own avatar
vajrasana Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love your character. I'm such of a big fan of your artwork (I really admire you.)

I just really adore her character design.
kittymccourt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's awesome!, I love her :D
Macarina Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
aj! I love everything avatar related, specially oc's and airbenders, and she looks like a very interesting and nice character
I loved your picture ^_^
EdenandDeon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
The headdress reminds me of Tripitaka. Very cool I like you character a lot.
gummybug24 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
-steals- ME WANTS.... :D
can i haz ur talents?
Isaia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student General Artist
But it comes with lulz and bad luck. D:
gummybug24 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
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