We just want to put a little PSA out there – the next few pages have a strong mature rating and might be difficult for some readers.
In Nima’s attempt to flee the temple, he sees the brutality of war firsthand. It’s obvious the teenager is shellshocked even this early on; he’s just had to say his final goodbye to his father figure and seen atrocity far greater than anyone ever should.
Tristan and I had several different ideas about how to depict this chapter and how to show what happened during Sozin’s Comet. In the end, we both decided that it was important to show at least some of the horrors that haunt Nima’s mind and impact his mental state (and decisions) later on. Survivor guilt plays a major role in later chapters.