Though not the oldest, Monk Pasang was the senior monk of the Southern Air Temple. He was a wise and patient monk who was very aware of Aang's role as the Avatar, and when forced to, sacrificed Aang's childhood for the good of the world. He was more sympathetic than the other monks, and is therefore well-respected as a decision maker. Because Aang was becoming too close with Monk Gyatso, Pasang made the decision that Aang has to finish training at the Eastern Air Temple. Aang spied on the conversation and ran-away.