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The Way that can be experienced is not true;
The world that can be constructed is not real.
The Way manifests all that happens and may happen;
The world represents all that exists and may exist.
To experience without abstraction is to sense the world;
To experience with abstraction is to know the world.
These two experiences are indistinguishable;
Their construction differs but their effect is the same.
Beyond the gate of experience flows the Way,
Which is ever greater and more subtle than the world.
-Chapter 1, Tao Te Ching
Who understands the world is learned;
Who understands the self is enlightened.
Who conquers the world has strength;
Who conquers the self has harmony;
Who is determined has purpose.
Who is contented has wealth;
Who defends his home may long endure;
Who surrenders his home may long survive it.
-Chapter 33, Tao Te Ching
What is Temple of the Tiger?
Temple of the Tiger is an Alliance-based, communal, character driven guild that will focus on heavy, immersive and story-based roleplay, as well as eventual end-game content such as heroic dungeons and raids. We are, in many ways, a character driven guild. Characters and their stories are the backbone of our out-of-character philosophy.
Who is Temple of the Tiger?
The core basis of Temple of the Tiger is that it is a guild based on the life within the monasteries of Ancient China, such as the Shaolin Monastery, and the communities that form around them. As a community of Pandaren citizens and martial warriors and poets, it will reflect Pandaren lore and culture, as well as their inevitable mysticism. Naturally, the martial arts will factor heavily into the guild. Aspects of real-world martial arts that are relevant to Pandaren lore will be carefully inserted, as well as the philosophies of Ancient China, notably Taoism (in the form of the canon philosophy known as Tushui.)
What does Temple of the Tiger do?
Temple of the Tiger will strive to provide many opportunities for roleplay and communal gameplay. Our events will include:
As of this posting, Temple of the Tiger will only accept Pandaren of any class. After we have successfully garnered a core Pandaren member base and discussed with current members, we may open up recruitment to the following classes of any race after an intensive series of discussions and interviews:
Warriors, Priests, Monks, Rogues, and Shaman
The allowed classes may be altered in the future should we find a need for it.
Who leads Temple of the Tiger?
Temple of the Tiger will is lead by the Pandaren Monk, Sifu Shaoje, a Tushui Sage, Martial Philosopher, and Master of the White Tiger Claw style. In addition, there is a small team of carefully selected senior officers, who will hold the titles of Sihing (male) and Sije (female).
Who should I contact to inquire further about Temple of the Tiger?
Interested parties should contact Shaoje through in-game mail or whisper. Further questions can also be posted in this thread, or you may contact any of the officers listed above.
Does Temple of the Tiger have a website?
Yes! We have an offsite forum. Feel free to sign up and inquire within!
Edited by Shaoje on 10/2/2012 10:56 AM PDT
What is the ranking structure of Temple of the Tiger?
Temple of the Tiger follows a strict ranking structure based on lineage terms used in Chinese martial arts and education, as well as some general terms for those who do not intend to play a martially focused character. Ranks are subject to change.
The structure is as follows:
Temple of the Tiger is currently recruiting. If you wish to join, please go to our website and apply. You will be contacted after your application has been reviewed.
Do I need to be a Monk to be a Sihing/Sije or a Sidai/Simui in Temple of the Tiger?
No, these ranks may be of any class who demonstrates the proper drive and understanding, as well as maturity level and reliability.
Will Temple of the Tiger have any guild holidays or festivals?
Yes. Temple of the Tiger will have four guild seasons inspired by the four Pandaren celestial animals, and one representing Shen-zin Su. Each will correspond with a calendar season and an element, and four shall have a festival symbolizing the start of the season.
The seasons are as follows:
Season of the Jade Serpent: The Jade Serpent represents the season of Spring and the element of Wood. The Spring Serpent Festival shall be held in March. It represents Expanding, the Eastern direction, and the Sprouting stage of development.
Season of the Red Crane: The Red Crane represents the season of Summer and the element of Fire. The Summer Crane Festival shall be held in June. It represents Ascending, the Southern direction, and the Blooming stage of development.
Season of the Black Ox: The Black Ox represents the changing of seasons and the element of Earth. There is no festival as this season occurs every three months and should always be remembered. It represents Stability, the Center direction, and the Ripening stage of development.
Season of the White Tiger: The White Tiger represents the season of Autumn and the element of Metal. The Autumn Tiger Festival shall be held in September. It represents Contracting, the Western direction, and the Withering stage of development.
Season of the Azure Turtle: The Azure Turtle represents the season of Winter and the element of Water. The Winter Turtle Festival shall be held in December. It represents Descending, the Northern direction, and the Dormant stage of development.
Will Temple of the Tiger have any guild martial styles that are taught ICly?
Yes. Temple of the Tiger will have five 'core' styles based around the Five Animals of the guild seasons.
The styles are as follows:
Jade Serpent Fist: Jade Serpent Fist is a style that incorporates many whipping and rattling motions of the hand and arm. It also exemplifies the Mistweaver and healing arts of the Monk. The favored weapon is the one-handed sword.
Red Crane Boxing: Red Crane Boxing is a style that incorporates close range fighting and the pecking and flapping motions of the crane. The favored weapon is the one-handed axe.
Black Ox Fist: The Black Ox Fist is a style that incorporates absorbing damage utilizing chi and then returning it in a blinding flash. The style incorporates aspects of Pandaren Brewmasters and utilizing the difficult technique of drunken fighting. The favored weapon is the one-handed mace.
White Tiger Claw: White Tiger Claw is a style that incorporates the ferocity and power of a tiger. It exemplifies low stances, acrobatic kicks, and the unique 'tiger claw' style of striking. It represents the Windwalker and offensive might of the Monk. The favored weapon is the fist weapon.
Azure Turtle Boxing: Azure Turtle Boxing is a style that incorporates the patience of the turtle with its power. It features short range, powerful attacks and a rooted stance. The favored weapon is the staff.
Further information can be found in posts #5-#7.
What type of events will Temple of the Tiger guild storylines be?
Guild storylines in Temple of the Tiger will be a series of events that will fit together to make one complete, flowing storyline. They can be run over the course of a single week or up to three months and beyond. These events will mostly be /roll events and the officers will run these events much like a DM runs a tabletop RPG session. Over time, other members will be allowed run storylines provided they have been approved by the officers.
Will Temple of the Tiger guild storylines and other events be open to those not part of the guild?
Yes. Temple of the Tiger is not wholly exclusive. While certain events will be for Temple of the Tiger members only, we will have a great many events that are open to any and all who wish to attend. The seasonal festivals are perhaps the events that will draw the most attention and player curiosity.
Will Temple of the Tiger actively engage in PvP?
No. The focus of Temple of the Tiger will be primarily on RP, with PvE as a secondary focus. Individual members are certainly permitted to PvP as they wish, however. We will never discourage the personal choice of activity of any member, so long as it does not reflect poorly on the guild.
WU SI XING QUAN (Pandaren Martial Art)
In setting out to ferment Temple of the Tiger's guild philosophy and core beliefs, I created a martial art that is the primary one taught by Temple of the Tiger. I utilized what lore is available to create something that I feel will be a solid contribution to Pandaren and Monk roleplay.
Temple of the Tiger teaches its disciples a style of Pandaren martial arts known as Wu Si Xing Quan, roughly translated as "Five Temple Element Fist".
Created nearly 10,000 years ago by the Pandaren warrior monk and folk hero, Xuenlao Ironpalm, Wu Si Xing Quan is a martial art that teaches a balance between body and spirit and "external" and "internal". It is both a combative art and an extension of Pandaren philosophy known as Tushui, which preaches meditation and careful introspection. The style features both rooted and loose stances, closed fist and open palm strikes, as well as power, speed, and agility.
During his travels on Pandaria, Xuenlao witnessed the movements of four animals as he made pilgrimages to the temples of each of the Pandaren celestial animals. He saw the usefulness in the animals movements and began to mimic their movements in creating Wu Si Xing Quan. These movements were used to build upon Wu Si Xing Quan's core movements to create four distinctive styles of fighting based on the snake, crane, ox, and tiger.
When the ancient scholar Liu Lang set out aboard the turtle known as Shen-zin Su, Xuenlao would observe that each time he returned to Pandaria bringing stories of distant lands. Xuenlao, struggling to find the spiritual balance to his art, realized that Shen-zin Su exemplified such balance. Thus, Xuenlao created a fifth style based on the movements of the turtle.
Xuenlao realized that in order to fully complete Wu Si Xing Quan, he could not remain on Pandaria, as harmony with life could not be achieved without experiencing it. Thus, he set out upon Shen-zin Su and never returned to Pandaria, fermenting his place in Pandaren folk lore. His art was not lost, however, as he began to understand how each animal style exemplified the principles of many Pandaren beliefs, such as the five elements and the celestial seasons. Xuenlao, wishing to pass down his knowledge, began to train his descendants and willing disciples in the art, creating a lineage that would endure for over 10,000 years.
Jade Serpent Fist (Yu She Quan)
Favored Weapon: She Jian (Snake Sword)
Governing Element: Wood
The serpent form is important for developing chi within Wu Si Xing Quan. Because the snake is a calm animal, it has more relaxed energy. When the disciple cultivates this energy, the combination of relaxation is mixed with quick, piercing strikes. There are no closed fists within the snake form. Instead, the hands are open and used for penetrating chops and finger strikes. The snake's spirit is calm and deliberate and once the disciple develops the proper energy, their strikes are focused and lightning-fast.
Red Crane Boxing (Hong He Quan)
Favored Weapon: He Ge (Crane Axe)
Governing Element: Fire
The crane is known for its longevity. It is believed that the crane lives such a long life because its body contains a large amount of jing, or essential energy. A calm, meditative animal, the crane can stand on one leg for hours, without shifting its weight or growing restless. The crane form helps the disciple hold their internal energy, which develops strength while building bones and muscles.
Like the turtle, crane techniques are circular in nature. However, the crane is always soft and relaxed, but strikes with penetrating speed and force. The crane form is known for using the "beak" to strike to targets such as the temple. It is also known for its long, extended strikes that mimic outstretched wings. The crane form allows the disciple to deliver flowing, relaxed power as well as sudden and focused attacks.
Black Ox Fist (Hei Niu Quan)
Favored Weapon: Niu Bangzi (Ox Club)
Governing Element: Earth
In Pandaria, the ox's fierce and ferocious power yields only to that of the tiger. Being a larger animal, however, it is believed to be, pound for pound, stronger. The ox relies on a lightning-fast, powerful force that is produced from relaxed, whip-like techniques. It is important for the disciple to develop a flexible waist, which allows them to develop quick footwork and explosive strikes, and a hardened body to allow for the absorption of attacks through chi.
Since the ox form focuses on quick movements, there is little internal energy training. But the internal strengths of the turtle and serpent blended with the speed and force of the ox make a devastating combination. The main technique used in the ox form is an ox fist that penetrates vital areas of the opponent's body, such as the throat, solar plexus and groin. There are also elbow and forearm techniques. The ox's footwork is quick and short, which helps the disciple develop strong stable stances.
White Tiger Claw (Bai Hu Zhao)
Favored Weapon: Hu Quan Zhao (Tiger Fist Claw)
Governing Element: Metal
In Pandaria, the tiger is said to be the king of all land beasts. Xuenlao adopted the spirit of the tiger for its courage, strength and power. Because its energy is external in nature, the energy of the tiger is different from the other animals in the form. The tiger's strength comes from hard-pressing attacks. Developing a strong back and neck is essential for strong stances. The primary technique in the tiger form is the tiger claw, which targets the opponent's face, neck, groin, arms and wrist. The tiger form also utilizes palm strikes, fists and special kicking techniques, such as the tiger tail kick (fu mei geuk). Like the turtle, proper breathing is important for developing power and force. The disciple produces certain sounds to expel carbon dioxide and replace it with the oxygen necessary to deliver the proper energy within their strikes.
Azure Turtle Boxing (Lan Gui Quan)
Favored Weapon: Gui Gun (Turtle Staff)
Governing Element: Water
The Pandaren turtle, more specifically Shen-zin Su, represents internal strength. Contrary to popular belief, there is no relation to the common turtle or tortoise. Instead, according to Xuenlao's writings, Shen-zin Su is a mystical creature that has reached the highest levels of enlightenment, thus explaining his constant growth. To Xuenlao, Shen-zin Su represents the oceans or large bodies of water and helps to produce rain.
The turtle form combines internal and external energy to produce awesome and devastating strikes. Turtle techniques feature circular movements that can penetrate with sudden explosiveness. Though the claw is the primary hand technique used within the turtle form, there are also various palm and fist attacks that add to the turtle form's effectiveness. However, using the waist in a slow whipping action to generate power is essential to the development of proper turtle energy. The turtle form uses internal conditioning through proper breathing techniques to develop chi. This is done by using the lower body to pull in air with relaxed breaths. The breathing develops flexibility, strength and power.
The Three Stages of Wu Si Xing Quan Training
Once the Wu Si Xing Quan disciple has mastered the pattern within the form, the disciple practices the three stages of training. In the first stage, the disciple performs the whole form slowly, mimicking moving meditation. The slow and soft movements massage the organs and lead to health and longevity. The disciple also learns the essence of their chosen animal by moving slowly and methodically. Breathing is deep and from the abdomen to improve the circulatory system and build the disciple's chi.
The second stage of training is practiced with external power. The emphasis is on conditioning the bones, tendons and muscles, while developing speed and power. This type of training helps the disciple build strong stances while increasing stamina and external strength.
The Wu Si Xing Quan disciple puts all their skills together in the third stage of training. The emphasis is on the spirit and strengths of the animal - both internal and external energy are intertwined to give each animal life within the form.
The serpent and crane forms are performed with relaxation and soft, or internal, energy until explosive power is released at the moment of impact. The tiger and ox produce devastating, lethal attacks that are performed with quick and powerful, yet relaxed, external energy. The turtle combines both internal and external movements to deliver powerful techniques.
Wu Si Xing Quan training not only provides the disciple with the strength and power for devastating fighting techniques, but also teaches the disciple to remain calm and relaxed in even the most dangerous combat situations.
While Temple of the Tiger does have a focus on martial growth and philosophical development, it is by no means exclusive to Pandaren who have a devotion to the martial arts. The Temple is a Pandaren community that seeks to promote growth and development in all aspects of life, and the Disciples of the Temple exemplify this philosophy. The following is an overview of some of the other paths of life that Disciples of the Temple might follow.
Pandaren are renowned for their skill in the art of brewing, and the Temple of the Tiger maintains its own brewery as a way of generating income for maintenance of the grounds. The Temple's brewery, known as the Hei Niu Brewery, is famous for it's Black Ox Brew, but it produces a number of other brews, potions, elixirs, and other types of drinks and herbal remedies.
Pandaren may be known primarily for their brewing abilities, but they are equally as skilled in the art of cooking. Just as the Temple maintains a brewery, it also has an eatery on the grounds, where both disciples and other Pandaren alike go to enjoy meals. Five Flavors Eatery, as it is formally known, is famous for its dumplings and noodle bowls, as well as its careful use of the five essential flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty.
In addition to brewers and chefs, some Disciples of the Temple find themselves more inclined to pursue a life of crafting and become artisans. These Disciples often produce the tools used throughout the Temple, as well as the weapons utilized in the instruction of Wu Si Xing Quan. These Disciples are valued highly by the rest of the Temple, and by other Pandaren, as their creations are used almost daily and necessary for certain other professions.
Surrounding the temple grounds is fertile land that the Temple has cultivated into various farms for growing crops and raising livestock, including yaks and chicken. Much of the crops grown in the fields and pounds of meat from livestock are sent to the Five Flavors Eatery. Wheat, hops, barley and various fruits are sent to the Hei Niu Brewery for use in brewing. The remaining crops and livestock are sold at market, or traded to traveling vendors for goods from far off locations.
Pandaren also have a long tradition of scholarly study and theurgy. Amongst the Pandaren, historians known as Lorewalkers are well-respected and sought on by younger Pandaren for tutelage. The Temple maintains its own tradition of scholarly disciples, and encourages the study amongst all its members. Within the Temple is a secretive library, filled with scrolls and books documenting Pandaren history, practices and rituals from the ancient times.
Pandaren have a long tradition of mysticism and ritual practice, and much of this is exemplified in the healing arts. The Temple has a long tradition of teaching ancient healing practices and rituals to its Wu Si Xing Quan Disciples, and some go beyond this to become full-fledged healers. The Temple maintains an infirmary for its disciples, and some become wandering healers that seek to provide for others of the world.
Edited by Shaoje on 9/27/2012 10:23 AM PDT
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