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The Burdens of Shaohao: Following Pandaria’s History

Since I finally reached the newest continent that is no longer shrouded in mists, I’m following the quest lines there with my little mage in the Jade Forest (not that there’s really much choice^^) and in Dawn’s Blossom I found the scroll with the first part of the story “The Emperor’s Burden”. The content of the scroll says:

Ten thousand years ago, the day Shaohao was crowned Emperor of Pandaria, he followed the tradition of all the emperors before him and sought the counsel of the great Waterspeaker of the jinyu. With a light heart the young emperor stood before the prophet and awaited to hear what he presumed would be good news.

The Waterspeaker listened to the song of the great river, but his eyes widened with terror.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 1:
“And the Waterspeaker saw before him a kingdom of sorcerers surrounding a great well, and from this well they called forth a host of demons. Green fire rained from the skies, and all the world’s continents shattered.”

Terrified by the vision presented before him, Emperor Shaohao realized that he was not to live a life of luxury. From the humble town of Dawn’s Blossom, his journey to save Pandaria began.

It’s the same story that the small video series of ‘The Burdens of Shaohao’ is about, which is incredibly well done and just beautiful in my eyes. Personally I really like the art style, and even if not it’s still watch worthy because it’s an important part of the Pandaren’s past.

I know I’m behind and there are more parts of it out already, but I actually like to follow with it while I find the scrolls in the game itself and can read what is written on them. It feels more like properly researching their history and finding old scrolls telling about what happened a long time ago.^^

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