|“Welcome to Yang's Haunted Temple, the historical landmark and former home of Sensei Yang, the notorious sensei without a pupil, infamous for creating the lost martial art of Airjitzu. Unfortunately, we can't take our tour groups inside, for rumors say anyone trapped inside its walls at sunrise, will be turned into a ghost permanently. But, if you listen closely, maybe we'll be able to hear the ghost of Sensei Yang himself looking for his lost pupils.”|
|— Patty Keys to the Ninjago tourists and the Ninja in "The Temple on Haunted Hill"|
The Temple of Airjitzu (formerly known as Yang's Haunted Temple and also referred to as the Temple of the Airjitzu Master) is a building dating back to the Edo period and is currently floating in the skies of Ninjago. It was the home to the spirits of Master Kodokuna Yang and his students. A strict teacher, Yang grew insane in his efforts to teach his pupils the art of Airjitzu, leading him to lock his students in his temple. Sometime later, Yang and his students were said to have died out, their spirits have haunted the building since. There also exists a curse, in which a person who does not leave the temple before sunrise will be transformed into a ghost.
When the ninja sought to enter the temple and claim the Scroll of Airjitzu, antics ensued as Yang tormented them. Despite gaining the scroll, the ninja dropped it on their way out, prompting Cole to retrieve it. Incidentally, he failed to escape the temple before sunrise and was transformed into a ghost. Several months later, when Nadakhan was recreating his home realm, he lifted Yang's temple into the sky. Yang confronted Nadakhan, who had the temple cleansed with water—forcing Yang and his students to leave. The temple was destroyed when Misfortune's Keep crashed into it, but after Jay made his final wish, recent events were undone and the temple was left unscathed. However, as a result of an anomaly in Nadakhan's time reversal, it was left floating in the sky.
On the Day of the Departed, Yang sent Cole a message, leading him to go to the temple and confront Yang. While doing so, Cole accidentally opened the Departed Realm, freeing the spirits of the ninja's past villains. Yang took the Yin Blade from Cole and used it to open the Rift of Return, which he planned on using to resurrect himself. As Cole fought Yang's students throughout the temple, Yang stood on the roof of the building and opened the rift shortly before his fight with Cole began. Towards the end of their fight, Yang's students crossed through the rift and the Yin Blade was destroyed. Yang realized his wrongdoing and ascended towards the rift with Cole, but let go of him upon realizing the temple's curse required someone to stay behind. After the rift closed, the Temple of Airjitzu was restored to its original condition.
After Cole became human once more, he and the other ninja decided to move into the newly renovated temple as their new dojo. After Wu's disappearance following the encounter with the Time Twins, they spent most of their time over the course of the next year searching for him and did not return to the temple due to the circumstances of the following adventures.
After Lord Garmadon's defeat, the ninja moved back into their original monastery, once it was rebuilt.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Possession
- 1.2 Skybound
- 1.3 Day of the Departed
- 1.4 The Hands of Time
- 1.5 Way of the Departed (non-canon)
- 2 Areas
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
At an unknown point in time, Master Yang acquired the temple, taking residence within and using it to teach his martial art, Airjitzu. Attracting students, Yang taught them within his temple, gaining infamy for his harsh methods. However, upon discovering the mystical Yin Blade, Yang became enamored with its restorative abilities, and seeking immortality, performed its magic upon himself. However, the attempt horribly backfired, instead trapping Yang and his students in a state of limbo as ghosts, trapped between life and death and placing a curse on the temple, so that one soul must always reside as Master of the House, and that those who entered and failed to leave by sunrise would likewise be trapped as well.
Trapped within the temple, which was now connected to the Ethereal Divide every night as a result of the Yin Blade's reality-splicing abilities, Yang and his fellow students were unable to leave, only appearing at night. As a result of the students never being seen again following their arrival at the temple, rumors circulated concerning their fates. Due to its dark history, the Temple of Airjitzu eventually became a tourist attraction.
In an attempt to get a Scroll of Airjitzu to find the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, the ninja headed to the Temple of Airjitzu, introduced to it by Patty Keys, their tour guide, who explained the supposed 'legends' behind the temple. Undeterred, they snuck into the temple at night, only to be confronted by the ghost of Yang himself, who assaulted them with their worst fears. In an attempt to escape, the ninja discovered the temple had connected itself to a portal, trapping them within. Ultimately, the ninja overcame their fears and were rewarded with a Scroll of Airjitzu; However, Yang immediately attempted to trap their souls with him forever, even as the sun began to rise. Realizing they risked being turned into ghosts, the ninja fled, only for Cole to stay behind to pick up the scroll. Although he managed to escape before he was trapped, Cole was turned into a ghost as a result.
While rebuilding Djinjago, Nadakhan removed the Temple of Airjitzu from the ground, connecting it with the floating landmass, to the awe of Patty Keys and her group. Angered by his trespassing, Yang came out to personally confront the Djinn; However, unimpressed, Nadakhan ordered Dogshank to blast the temple with a water cannon, simultaneously cleaning it and forcing Yang and his students to flee.
To prepare for the wedding, Nya was placed in the Temple of Airjitzu, where she was guarded by Bucko and Sqiffy. After being placed inside her wedding dress by Doubloon and Clancee, with the help of Dogshank, Nya soon afterward met up with Jay, who had found her. Before he could free her and wish for Nadakhan to no longer become a Djinn, Jay was interrupted by several Sky Pirates. Even as Nadakhan began to take Nya to the wedding ceremony, Nya succeeded in convincing him to leave behind the Djinn Blade, allowing Jay to retrieve it and free his friends' souls.
In an attempt to stop the ceremony, the ninja broke into the Temple of Airjitzu, fighting off Cyren and a few pirates. Despite their attempts, they failed to stop the wedding, and with Nadakhan's newfound powers, he chased them, Flintlocke, and Dogshank away, while banishing Clancee, Doubloon, and Monkey Wretch. Taking Nya back to her room, Nadakhan placed Delara's resurrected soul inside her body, and the two reconciled in the temple. However, their reunion would be cut short when the ninja, having hijacked the Misfortune's Keep, crashed the ship into Yang's Haunted Temple, completely demolishing both structures and throwing Nadakhan and Delara out into the courtyard.
After Jay made his final wish, the temple was rebuilt and returned to its decrepit state prior to Nadakhan's cleaning. However, as a result of the imperfect time-reversal performed by the Djinn, an anomaly left the temple floating in the skies near Stiix.
Formulating a plan to escape his cursed temple and his status as Master of the House, Yang used the catalyzed magic of the Yin-Yang Eclipse to contact a fading Cole in the Ninjago Museum of History, goading the panicking ninja into bringing the Yin Blade to him. Paranoid and uncertain, Cole complied, discovering the floating temple and using Airjitzu to access it, entering the temple. Confronting Yang, Cole attempted to kill him in vengeance, only to instead be tricked into tearing an exit from the Departed Realm located in the temple, releasing the souls of Samukai, Kozu, Cryptor, Chen, Morro, Eyezor, Zugu, and several Nindroids.
Ambushed by Yang's students, Cole was imprisoned within the temple, only to escape and chase after Yang, battling with his students along the way as the master made his way to the roof of the temple. Using the energy of the Yin-Yang Eclipse to catalyze the Yin Blade's power, Yang tore open a rift of return above his temple that would allow him to escape its confines once and for all. However, Cole, confronting him, succeeded in eventually shattering the artifact, causing the rift to disappear.
Making amends with Yang, Cole attempted to escape with him in tow, but with the curse of the temple still intact, Yang chose to stay behind as the Master of House, sacrificing his own freedom for Cole's. With Yang having made amends with his past, the Temple of Airjitzu was thus restored to its previous state, prior to the curse. Recognizing it as a potential base, Cole convinced the rest of the ninja to settle in the Temple of Airjitzu, remarking afterward at a campfire at how well it functioned as a new home.
In the Temple, the ninja asked Wu about who they fought at the Monastery of Spinjitzu.
In the temple, the ninja try to find out who the Vermillion Samurai was by examining the helmet it left behind. They went to see Wu ask for answers, but he was too tired to answer.
As Wu rested, he told Misako about Acronix's Time Punch and that it will age him one day every hour.
Outside the temple, the ninja trained, but Lloyd told them he was going to be a substitute Master. The ninja reluctantly followed Lloyd back inside to make a plan.
Ronin and Dareth came in to tell the ninja that the Vermillion soldiers are stealing all the metal. They left to fight them.
Later, when Lloyd figured out he needs to fight with his teammates, he left the temple to join them.
Meanwhile, Lloyd tries to tell Wu about what happened, but he's resting.
The temple was attacked, and the Vermillion Army finally gained possession of the Slow-Mo Time Blade.
After the ninja agreed to find the location of the Time Blade, therefore the Army's base, they left the temple to try the scanner on the Bounty and clues in the museum.
Way of the Departed (non-canon)
- Due to an anomaly caused by Nadakhan's imperfect performance of Jay's final wish, the Temple of Airjitzu was left floating in the air and is thus presumably the last remnant of Djinjago.
- It is the only base of the ninja to not be destroyed, as well as rebuilt, unlike the Monastery of Spinjitzu or Destiny's Bounty.
- While the set's instructions showed the temple as being more on toward the edge of the island, Tommy Andreasen stated it is more central.
- Pictures of a mud monster, a Stone Warrior bobblehead, Wu's Academy, and the cave in the Caves of Despair where the Scythe of Quakes formerly was can be seen in the temple in Episode 48.
- The "Meet the Ninja" video series takes place at the temple.
- According to Tommy Andreasen, the temple's fate will be covered in Way of the Departed.