|"This defeat is the gateway to many victories."|
|— War Minister Qin on the Fire Nation's loss after the battle for the Northern Air Temple.|
War Minister Qin was the overseer of the Fire Nation military's technology, and despite the many failures of his inventions, his technological expertise ensured he remained a valuable member of the Fire Lord's cabinet.
An emissary of the Fire Nation for many years, Qin oversaw the creation of all the Fire Nation's war machines and had several secret weapons in the works in an effort to bring victory to the Fire Nation, and an end to the Hundred Year War.
When the Fire Nation first threatened to burn down the Northern Air Temple, Qin was able to secure the services of the mechanist, who offered to help the Fire Nation in their war effort in exchange for the preservation of the temple. Qin visited the temple regularly to check on his inventions, and their partnership led to the creation of destructive tanks and warships.
When an impatient Qin visited the Northern Air Temple in early 100 AG, he was forced away by Avatar Aang, but before exiting, he warned them that the Fire Nation would burn the temple to rubble. The Earth Kingdom refugees that lived in the temple put up a brave fight, and with the mechanist's latest invention - a hot air balloon - they managed to push the invaders back completely. During this battle, however, Sokka and the mechanist were forced to abandon the balloon which crashed in the nearby valley. Qin discovered the balloon and quickly learned its importance, stating that "this defeat [would be] the gateway to many victories." After the discovery of the hot air balloon, Qin turned it into a frequently used war balloon, enabling the Fire Nation to control the skies, as well as the land.
During the invasion of the Fire Nation Capital on the Day of Black Sun, Qin was strolling down the halls of Fire Lord Ozai's secret bunker, where he came across Aang, Toph, and Sokka for a third time. When threatened by them, he quickly gave them directions to Ozai's chambers, where not Ozai but Princess Azula awaited them. After this encounter, Qin resumed his stroll down the hall, whistling as though nothing had occurred. When the eclipse ended, the fruition of Qin's hand in the engineering, manufacturing, and improvement of war balloons was revealed as massive metal airships successfully bombed the invaders' submarines, preventing the majority of the invasion force from escaping.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Book One: Water (水)
- 117. "The Northern Air Temple"
Book Two: Earth (土)
- 213. "The Drill"
Book Three: Fire (火)
- Qin appeared in exactly one episode per book.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (November 4, 2005). "The Northern Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Drill". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 30, 2007). "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.