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This article is about the pond located deep within the Northern Water Tribe capital city. For other similar uses, see Oasis (disambiguation).
Spirit Oasis overview
Spirit Oasis
Physical information
Location

Northern Water Tribe; North Pole

Government
Position

Spirit World gateway

First appearance

"The Siege of the North, Part 1"

Location on map
Map of Water
Marker
The Spirit Oasis is a lush garden and pond located in a cove deep within the Northern Water Tribe's capital city at the North Pole. It was created by the Moon and Ocean Spirits.[2] Although the landscape surrounding the pond is perpetually frozen, the Spirit Oasis itself is warm, verdant, and inviting. It is the most peaceful and spiritual place in all of the Northern Water Tribe.

History

Spirit Oasis

The Spirit Oasis is a pond on an island located within the Northern Water Tribe capital.

Near the beginning of time, Tui and La, the Moon and Ocean Spirits, crossed over from the Spirit World to the mortal world. They created the Spirit Oasis and assumed the form of two koi fish swimming in the pond, circling each other in a continual dance of push and pull.

Many years after this, Avatar Kuruk intended to marry a Southern Water Tribe woman, Ummi, inside the Spirit Oasis. However, on their wedding night, Ummi was traveling across the bridge above the pond of the Spirit Oasis when she was kidnapped and taken to the Spirit World by the Face Stealer, Koh, to punish Kuruk for neglecting his duties as the Avatar. Kuruk gave chase, but he could not catch Koh and Ummi. Koh subsequently took Ummi's face. For the remaining years of his life, Kuruk journeyed to the Spirit Oasis on the anniversary of the wedding and searched for his lost love.[3]

Chief Arnook and his wife visited the Spirit Oasis soon after their newborn daughter was deemed terminally ill. They placed their infant daughter in the pool and prayed to the Moon and Ocean Spirits, begging them to save her life. When the spirits complied, Yue's hair became white and she began to cry.

When the Fire Nation began its assault on the Northern Water Tribe, Princess Yue brought Avatar Aang and Katara to the Spirit Oasis so that Aang could cross over into the Spirit World. Aang successfully traveled over but as he was meditating, the banished Prince, Zuko, sneaked into the oasis and attempted to kidnap him. Katara made an effort to stop Zuko and had the upper hand, but was defeated when the sun rose and Zuko knocked her out. The prince subsequently kidnapped Aang's body and took off across the frozen tundra outside the oasis.[1]

Though Aang was taken, he eventually came out of his trance and was discovered near a weakened Zuko. He traveled back to the Northern Water Tribe with the identity of the Moon and Ocean Spirits. Admiral Zhao and the former General Iroh eventually made their way into the Spirit Oasis with several firebending soldiers. There, Admiral Zhao explained that he had known about the identity of Tui and La for some time, after having found the information in a vast library. He revealed that he intended to kill the Moon Spirit, which would strip waterbenders of their power.

Koizilla is born

Koizilla formed itself in the waters of the Spirit Oasis.

Upon learning this, Iroh warned the admiral that his actions would cause great damage, not only to the waterbenders, but to the whole world, and that he would return whatever Zhao did to the fish tenfold. Zhao appeared to have listened and released the fish back into the water; however, he abruptly launched a fire blast at the spirit, killing it. The moon subsequently disappeared and all waterbenders in the city lost the power to bend. Aang, however, had not lost hope. His tattoos began to glow and he walked into the pond. There, he fused with La and they began to devastate the Fire Nation war ships.

Meanwhile, General Iroh had suggested that Yue give up her life to Tui because since the spirit had given life to the princess, she might be able to give it back. Yue agreed, but Sokka did not want her to. Yue said that it was her duty to give up her life, and the two kissed and said goodbye just before she disappeared. Tui and La were restored and began once again to encircle each other in a continuing cycle as the moon reappeared. Admiral Zhao was killed by La in revenge for his actions in the Spirit Oasis.[4]

A few weeks after, the waterbending master, Pakku, presented his former pupil, Katara, with a vial of water from the Spirit Oasis. He said it had "special properties".[5] Katara kept this vial throughout the team's adventures in the Earth Kingdom and would later use the water in order to heal the fatal wounds that Princess Azula had inflicted on the Avatar.[6]

Description

Physical

Tui and La

Tui and La, the Moon and Ocean Spirits, circle one another in an eternal dance of push and pull.

The Spirit Oasis is a secluded cove located at the base of a waterfall behind the chief's temple. This unusual place is a lush, warm, tropical oasis and the center of all spiritual activity in the entire North Pole. The tribe believes that the energy of the Moon and Ocean Spirits keeps the oasis constantly warm and flourishing. There is a small pond and a spirit gate located on the grassy island. During each full moon, the tribe makes an offering to the spirits in thanks for their protection by placing food and objects beneath the oasis gate.[2]

In the pond in middle of the Spirit Oasis swim two koi fish, one black and one white, who appear ordinary but are in reality the Ocean and Moon Spirits, Tui and La.

Spiritual

The Spirit Oasis is the most spiritual place in the Northern Water Tribe. In fact, the Moon and Ocean Spirits themselves reside in it in the form of two koi fish. The Avatar may enter the Spirit World through this location via meditation. It is strongly implied that the bottom of the pond is an entrance to the Spirit World, as Koh traveled through from the other side to retrieve Ummi.

Trivia

  • According to DVD commentary for "The Siege of the North", this is a place where the Spirit World overlaps with the mortal world. This would further support how Koh was able to travel between the two planes.
  • Spirit Oasis water was shown to be far more proficient at healing than ordinary water, as it was capable of resurrecting Aang after he had been killed by Azula's lightning.
  • A similar oasis whose waters also had healing properties existed in the Spirit Wilds.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 1". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  3. Escape from the Spirit World, Online game
  4. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 2". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  5. Ehasz, Aaron, Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch, Hedrick, Tim, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (March 17, 2006). "The Avatar State". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  6. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & DiMartino, Michael Dante (director). (December 1, 2006). "The Crossroads of Destiny". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  7. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 18, 2013). "Beginnings, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.

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