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Recap: Avatar The Last Airbender The Puppetmaster

Still traveling through the Fire Nation in disguise, our heroes take shelter in a forest for the night; however, a kindly old woman discovers them, as she knows of the mysterious disappearances in the woods, and doesn't want anything to happen to the young group. Something seems decidedly odd about the lady (Hama), however, and the Gang begins to investigate - and Hama's dark secret is revealed. She's from the Southern Water Tribe.

She explains how she was a little girl when the war was relatively young, and she spent her early life in the Southern Water Tribe as a warrior. The Fire Nation had been fearful of the Avatar's rebirth into the Water Tribes, however, so one by one they captured the Water Benders, taking them away, leaving them in horrible Prisoner Of War camps, with virtually no water to bend or space to move. Hama broke out years ago, and has spent the rest of her life trying to forget her painful imprisonment.

Gleeful at having met water benders from the same tribe, Hama and Katara immediately bond, and Hama accepts to teach Katara, as she knows how dangerous is can be for a Waterbender in strange lands. She has a variety of skills to share - the ability to form water out of vapor, or suck it out of plants.

Something is still out in the woods, making people disappear, and the rest of the Gang investigates what must surely be spiritual phenomenon, even though there seems to be nothing to upset the spirits in such a beautiful town. However, they come across a hidden cave in the woods, where Fire Nation citizens have been imprisoned - controlled by their own bodies at the full moon, like some puppetmaster was controlling them. The gang realizes that Hama has discovered the darkest art of Bloodbending, controlling the fluids in another living thing, and has been using her abilities to wreak revenge on the nation which imprisoned her. But how are you supposed to fight someone who can control your body?

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