Campaign of the Month: November 2011
Avatar: Conquest of the Imperial Order
Southern Air Temple
outhern Air Temple
The Southern Air Temple is one of the four temples of the Air Nomads, and one of the two exclusively housing male Airbenders, the other being the Northern Air Temple. The Temple is famous for being the home of Monk Arhat, one of the greatest Airbenders in the world.
Located in the remote Patola Mountain Range (Air Nomad Territory), the Southern, Jong-Mu Air Temple is only conventionally accessible by Sky Bison. However, the Lotus Alliance built a temporary bridge from the temple to the mainland so as to be able to defend Patola Valley from the Imperial Order and give the Alliance land troops access to the temple. It is here the first massive battle of the Lotus Alliance and the Fellowship of the Imperial Order would take place. The temple is large and peaceful, has an Air Ball arena. It also has an Air Temple Sanctuary in which reside numerous statues of past Avatars. The temple itself primarily serves as a training ground for Airbender students. Inhabited by Flying Bison and Winged-Lemurs. As a result of being built for and by the monks, several of the temples’ doors and mechanisms are operable only through means of airbending. Unlike the other three temples, the Southern Temple’s spires are blue, instead of green.
The Air Nomads are led by the monks of the Air Temples. The Air Nomads are the only nation composed entirely of benders, due to the highly spiritual nature of their lives. Meditation is an important part of the Airbenders’ daily routines, as it helps them to focus their energies and understand the potency of their element.
The arrow on an Airbender’s head signifies that he or she has mastered Airbending. This is an emulation of the natural arrows on the heads of Flying Bison, animals revered by the Air Nomads who can naturally Airbend and are believed to be the inspiration for the first Airbenders.
The Air Nomads are a tranquil and environmentally friendly race of people and do their best not to leave a mark on the land. Any industry that they engender, such as farming and gardening, are powered naturally. They also produce their own food.
Air Nomads are also vegetarians, as are the modern monks of Tibet.