By The Ultimate Waterbender Part of the When Air Nomads Walked the Earth continuity.
"You know I can read you like a book, Syra."
— Tyla talking to Syra in What Next?
Biographical information

Air Nomads; Eastern Air Temple



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Syra, Min, Master Yangsu, Air Nomads


Jia, Mika

Chronological and political information

Air Nomads

First appearance

Two Separate Lives

Tyla is Syra's best friend and attends the Airbender school at the Eastern Air Temple. She is a tough cookie who stands up for what's right and is deeply loyal to her friends. She is a character in When Air Nomads Walked the Earth.


Tyla was born to two unnamed Air Nomads who gave her to the nuns of the Eastern Air Temple. She was placed under the care of Sister Laanga and was loved and cared for deeply by the nun. Growing up, Tyla was shy and timid. She was very silent in the presence of strangers and was strongly independent which worried Sister Laanga who feared she would not grow friendly with other children when she was to attend the local Airbender school.

Fortunately, when the time came for her to attend school, Tyla seemed much more open and social. When she was six years-old, she befriended Syra, another student of the same age, and the two became best friends instantly. Syra was always more rambunctious and fiery than Tyla who still remained more calm and reserved. However, eventually Tyla opened herself up even more and pushed her shyness away. Her naturally warm, amiable personality won her the respect and friendship of many other students except for Jia and Mika.

Tyla and Syra's friendship continued to grow and flourish. The two shared many wonderful days together and just as many secrets as well. She was also extremely loyal and defensive of Syra; whenever Jia and Mika would tease Syra, Tyla would always be there to stand up for her friend with quick remarks.


Originally withdrawn and shy, Tyla has extraordinarily opened herself up to others most likely due to being in the company of the rambunctious Syra for so long. Although delicate in appearance, she is strong willed. Her loyalty to Syra is very strong to the extent where Tyla will outright berate the two cliques in her class, something not many people in their class are willing to do. Friendly, carefree and compassionate, she, like Syra, is well-liked by teachers and classmates alike. Being a vegetarian, she also has a strong respect for life.


Tyla is an Airbender though rarely utilizes her abilities, preferring only to Airbend during practice. She will sometimes engage in brief Airbending matches or Airball games with Syra. She struggles a bit with Airbending training.


  • Tyla was the original name of the main protagonist in the story. The name Syra was later given to the main character and Tyla became the name of her best friend.
  • Tyla, like all other Air Nomad children her age, has a Sky Bison. Her bison's name is San.

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