- This article is about the location. For the episode, see "The Western Air Temple".
|Western Air Temple|
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At the start of the Hundred Year War, the Western Air Temple's population was killed by the Fire Nation during the Air Nomad Genocide and its aftermath. For the next hundred years the temple lay uninhabited, until Aang and his friends headed to the Western Air Temple for a safe place to stay after the unsuccessful invasion. It was there that Zuko began his search for the Avatar following his banishment. Ironically, after following the remnants of the invasion force here, Zuko decided to join Aang, pledging to teach him firebending.
Combustion Man attacked this temple in hopes of eliminating the Avatar and his gang. Thanks in part to Zuko's intervention on their behalf and Sokka's expertise at using a boomerang, Combustion Man was defeated and killed when his own firebending caused the explosion of the building he was on, which fell into the nearby canyon. The temple suffered extensive damage from the attack, but is still largely intact. The group spent several nights there.
Azula led an attack on the temple thereafter, battling her brother and forcing the rest of the group to flee. After one of her blasts clashed with an equally powerful blast from Zuko, both of them were thrown off the airship. Zuko was saved by the group, who was flying on Appa, and Azula used her firebending to propel herself toward the cliffside, using her hair piece as a hook to slow the fall. The attack resulted in quite a large amount of damage, including the complete destruction of the fountain's remnants.
The temple was built on the underside of a cliff, causing all of the buildings to appear to hang upside down. There are steps built into the side of the cliff to allow for movement between tiers of the temple and different buildings.
The temple's design allows wind to flow into even the deepest chambers, which made the Air Nomads feel quite at home. Although its interior has not been shown, Teo mentioned seeing a hall of statues. The temple features some interesting recreational spots, such as a giant Pai Sho table, an all-day echo chamber, an air bison obstacle course, and a racetrack.
Another interesting feature is a series of metal doors used as shields that are located within the fountain area.
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- Until Combustion Man destroyed part of the fountain structure and blew up one of the temple's inverted towers, this seemed to be the only temple untouched by other parties; the Southern Air Temple had Fire Nation corpses from the battle with Fire Lord Sozin's forces, the Northern Air Temple was modified and damaged by Earth Kingdom colonials, and the Eastern Air Temple was cleaned up by Guru Pathik. The Western Air Temple is only known to have been visited by Iroh and Zuko a week after the latter's banishment.
- This is the only original air temple not to be located on the very top of a mountain.
- According to Avatar Extras, Aang's airbending is enhanced due to the windy environment of the Western Air Temple.
- The Western Air Temple is the largest of the five temples.
- ↑ "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". Aaron Ehasz (writer) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 30, 2007. No. 11, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Western Air Temple". Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick (writers) & Ethan Spaulding (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 14, 2008. No. 12, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "The Southern Raiders". Elizabeth Welch Ehasz (writer) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 17, 2008. No. 16, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ Avatar Extras for "The Western Air Temple" on Nicktoons Network.