[RP]Pandaren RP Basics!

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The Basics of Pandaren Role-playing

Hello! This is a Role-Playing guide from your friends in The Shado Pan Offensive. The guide will cover the basics of how a Pandaren acts, and what their lives are like. It will also include tidbits of Lore that are not exactly ‘open’, meaning that it’s not obvious just by questing and raiding, where you have to dig deeper, like in the books and Archaeology.

Written by “Meihua”, edited by “Bobohan”.

Personality Archetypes
Pandaren generally are not an aggressive race. They are usually more relaxed, and easy-going, and are overly fond of the simple pleasures in life.
However, depending on where the pandaren is raised, or what faction he or she may be part of, their behavior may change. The list below will give you a good idea as to the various character archetypes for pandaren.

Mainlanders (Those born and raised in Pandaria) tend to limit their negative emotions: Doubt, Despair, Anger and Fear. The reasoning behind this is simple. The Sha, when they used to be around they would ‘taint’ a mortal who had a negative emotion feeling, and would grow more powerful by feeding off of it, which is something that nobody wants. More on the Sha later.

Islanders (Born and raised on the Wandering Isle) tend to be more free with their emotion, not having to deal with the Sha. Islander Pandaren are definitely the “Easiest” to role-play. They aren’t as strict as the other archetypes.

Golden Lotus pandaren are quite a strict archetype. They have -zero- negative emotion, because they have been blessed by the Celestials. It is impossible for them to feel negative emotion. They are champions of Pandaria who spend all their time protecting the Vale. They are very skilled warriors, archers, etc.

August Celestial pandaren are defenders of the sacred Temples. They defend the temples from any threat that may come their way. Sha, Mantid, etc. They have no special attitude, they follow the same personality as an average Mainlander.

Shado-Pan pandaren are probably the most strict to Role-play. They are very good at limiting their negative emotion compared to the average Mainlander, however, it is not nullified. Shado-Pan are very very skilled in combat. Some, such as the Shado-Masters are at peak experience. If you enjoy character development, which is 95% of the role-play community, I would avoid role-playing a Shado-Pan.

Pandaren Culture
Pandaren are heavily influenced by China, which is quite obvious if you remember your elementary school Social Studies. It also has a small influence from Korea! This is why you see the Jade material being used pretty much everywhere in the Jade Forest! Pandaren have many traditions and past-time events to enjoy. They will be listed below!
Cooking plays a big part. They are the finest cooks in Azeroth.
Brewing is another part of their culture. From making brews to enjoy, to brews that have magical properties to enhance their combat abilities. Note that pandaren rarely ever over-imbibe, even if they intake ridiculous amounts of alcohol.
Fishing is a sport and an essential profession for pandaren to aid their recipes for cooking!

Class Archetypes
Pandaren warriors are typically classified as ‘Wardancers’. This does not mean your character must be a Wardancer, but it is a good basis from which to build off of. Pandaren warriors fight with grace and skill rather than rage and recklessness. The following is an excerpt from an article on Wardancers.
“Pandaren are by all accounts graceful and skilled warriors. Their wardancers epitomize the pandaren art of warfare — and for the wardancers, battle is indeed an art. Their title does not come coincidentally. Their movements are precise and fluid; they appear to dance through a battlefield, their blades flashing silver, blood spraying into the air, and bodies toppling as they move. While wardancers are deadly, they, like all pandaren, are inherently peaceful. The greatest hope of the wardancer is to not have to use his skills. However, in Azeroth’s current age, the wardancers’ skills are needed more than ever. Wardancers move out to confront demons, undead and other horrid creatures, their hearts lightened by the thought that, through their battles, other creatures will live — perhaps, other creatures will never know battle.”

Pandaren rogues are not necessarily any different than traditional rogues. How your character goes about learning the art of stealth and developing the cunning required to be a rogue is up to you.
Pandaren priests do not use the Light. They draw their power from Chi-Ji, the Red Crane, and call his radiance ‘Hope’. Isle Pandaren Priests also use this power, though until recently, they assumed they got their power from the sun, due to misconceptions developed over the long years that the Isle Pandaren were separated from the Mainland.

Pandaren shamans are not particularly common, but are not particularly different than traditional shamans, as the commune with the spirits of Earth, Storm, and Fire. A subtype of Pandaren shaman would be ‘Geomancer’, who befriend the spirits so that they may use their power, but Geomancer is something found exclusively in the tabletop RPG and so is not considered canon.

Pandaren monks are perhaps the most common type of character. There are many different types of monks, many of which adhere to the teachings of a certain August Celestial more than the others, as they may find greater meaning in it.
Tiger Style Monks
Followers of the White Tiger. Also known as “Windwalkers”. They favor a more aggressive combat style oriented around powerful kicks and jabs, similar to Long Style boxing.They are very agile, and often appear to move with the wind, hence the name.

Ox Style Monks
Followers of the Black Ox. They favor a more defensive combat style, allowing their enemies to come to them and then reacting accordingly. They are trained to withstand powerful blows.

Crane Style Monks
Followers of the Red Crane. Crane style monks, more often than not, double as Priests. They favor a balanced fighting style whilst offering a variety of supportive abilities to their compatriots, aiming more to protect their allies.

Serpent Style Monks
Followers of the Jade Serpent. Serpent style monks are usually Mistweavers, favoring a combat style similar to Tai Chi.

Brewmasters are masters of fighting while totally drunk, and wander the world in search of ingredients for their next brew. They are often Ox Monks.

Mistweavers not necessarily combatants, focusing their skills on healing via the Jade Mists, which are a boon from the Jade Serpent. They are also highly trained in traditional medicine and alchemy, and herbal remedies, among other things. They are often Serpent Monks, but can Crane Monks.

Pandaren hunters are not necessarily any different than traditional hunters, though most would be more focused on being in tune with their companion, and would not care so much about trophies. This does not mean that all would think this way, but many do. Subclasses include Hawkmasters and Quilen Tamers. Hawkmasters specialize in avians, using them for combat and to deliver messages, while the name Quilen Tamer is self explanatory.

Pandaren magi are quite rare. Those that exist traditionally only use either Frost or Fire magics, shying away from the Arcane because of the lessons their ancestors learned when observing the Night Elves, and the Well of Eternity so many years ago. This does not mean they cannot use the Arcane, but it is very uncommon.

Death Knight
Pandaren death knights are virtually nonexistent. There is one recorded example of a Pandaren Death Knight, known as Gravewalker Gie. I do not advise attempting to RP a Pandaren Death Knight.

Paladin is traditionally a term used for a devout follower of the “Light” or something similar, and so it would not be appropriate for a Pandaren. However, it is feasible that a Pandaren could use the same power that their Priests do: Chi-Ji’s Hope, and wear plate.

Pandaren would never willingly involve themselves with anything related to demons. Attempting to RP a Pandaren warlock would likely cause you to be shunned by much of the community. As friendly advice, I advise avoiding this entirely.
Tushui and Huojin

The Tushui and Houjin are two “mini-factions” that started and developed on the Wandering Isle. Pandaren that classify themselves as either “faction” adhere to the philosophies of that group. In terms of gameplay, the Tushui sided with the Alliance, and the Huojin sided with the Horde, because their respective leaders made that choice. This does not mean a follower of the Huojin philosophy cannot be in the Alliance, and vice versa.

The Tushui philosophy is focused around deep, introspective thought. Followers of the doctrine believe that any and all situations can be met by first stopping, examining all of the potential options and routes, and then acting. They are led by Aysa Cloudsinger.

The Huojin philosophy is focused around the belief that the greatest injustice is not to act. Followers of the doctrine often act purely on instinct, living in the heat of the moment without thinking about the consequences of their actions. They are led by Ji Firepaw.

Pandaren Ancestry

Pandaren on Azeroth predate the Sundering as most races do, however, their history is quite different from their neighbors. The pandaren were slaves to the Mogu, for many long years, until their eventual rebellion. Thus, we begin the story by touching on the Mogu.

Mogu were originally created for one purpose: to kill the Old God, Y’shaarj. The titans created them and left one of their constructs to watch over them and lead them. This construct was named Ra-Den, who had absolute dominion over storm, and lightning, much more so than any Shaman could ever hope to achieve.

The Titans and Ra-den worked with the Celestials, whom were present on Azeroth even prior to the Titans’ arrival. The Celestials exist as spirit-like animal deities, whom taught the pandaren four key traits that would carry them through even the darkest of times. From Xuen, the White Tiger, they learned how to muster their inner strength to face any trial. From Yu-Lon, the Jade Serpent, they learned Wisdom, to understand themselves and the world around them. From Chi-Ji, the Red Crane, they learned hope, to persevere even in the darkest of times, and in the bleakest of circumstances. Finally, from Niuzao, the Black Ox, they learned Resolve, and how to continue moving forward, regardless of what may try to hold them back.

The Mogu and pandaren lived in uneasy peace, until Ra-den, whom had been charged as a “Watcher” or “Guardian” by the Titans, abruptly went quiet. Not wishing to disturb their master, the Mogu did not approach the mountain upon which Ra-Den resided. This continued for many years, until his silence proved too concerning. The Mogu, lacking an overall leader, began to squabble amongst themselves. These conflicts would escalate, over the years, until eventually the once-unified Mogu were separated into several different clans, all of which believed in different ideas.

These conflicts went on for many years yet, until a child was born amongst the Mogu, who had a great destiny ahead of him. His name was Lei Shen, and as he grew, he epitomized Mogu values, becoming a natural-born prodigy. It was no surprise that when he came of age, he became the leader of his clan, eventually becoming so bold as to declare his intention to ascend the Mountain of Thunder, to speak to Ra-Den, and end the silence. He took his clan with him, but when he arrived at the bottom of the mountain, his warriors did not wish to travel to the top. Lei Shen cared not, and ascended the mountain alone. For several days, not a word was heard from Lei Shen, as his troops waited anxiously. There was nothing save for a great thunderstorm, boiling over at the top of the mountain, until finally, Lei Shen returned. He would not speak on what transpired there, but the results were clear. Lei Shen had slain Ra-Den, and taken his immeasurable power. It was then that he declared: “If the masters will not speak, I will speak for them!”. With his newfound power, he took his clan and ventured back to the mainland. He called for the other clans to meet him, and declared that he was now their supreme ruler. Many were wise enough to concede to his great power, but others chose to fight, and were eradicated from the face of the continent with barely so much as a second thought from Lei Shen, whom took up the mantle of “The Thunder King”.

Lei Shen then turned his attention to the pandaren. He viewed them as an inferior race, and so subjugated the entire population. There was nothing they could do, for the pandaren at the time had no army at all, and barely any way to defend themselves. He enslaved the pandaren, and then, to prove a point, he went to destroy the Celestials.
Naturally, the Celestials did not take kindly to the Thunder King’s actions. Xuen challenged him to a duel, the terms of which were this: if Xuen won, Lei Shen would relinquish his dominion over the pandaren. But if Lei Shen won, Lei Shen would do what he saw fit with them. The duel went on for thirty days and nights, but on the final day, Xuen was struck a grievous blow by Lei Shen. The White Tiger had lost. But Lei Shen did not allow him the peace of death- instead, he bound his soul to a prison high in the mountains of Kun-Lai, so that he would be forced to watch the consequences of his failure for the rest of eternity. With this, Lei Shen hoped to break the pandaren’s Strength. He struck down the Jade Serpent, showing them their Wisdom was useless, and he chained the Red Crane underground, to prove that they had no Hope. Finally, he captured the Black Ox, and kept him under torture for an untold amount of years, to try to prove to the pandaren that any Resolve could be broken.

It was then that Lei Shen decided that he needed more, for his Empire, as the Sha and Mantid were still present. He returned to the Mountain of Thunder, and took Ra-Den’s blood, calling it “Anima”. He used this blood to create the magic of “flesh shaping”. With this flesh shaping, he created the Saurok, transforming them into large, intelligent, bipedal lizards from snakes. He enslaved them, just as he did the pandaren, and used them to fight the Sha, and Mantid. It was thus that Lei Shen enjoyed a long, prosperous rule. Nobody could stop him, and he was free to do whatever he pleased. But no king rules forever…

Lei Shen eventually passed away, dying of old age long after most Mogu were supposed to live. The Empire was uneasy, as not a soul among them could even come close to the raw power of the Thunder King. Thus, it existed in limbo for a good, long while.

Eventually, the pandaren became restless, though they were still slaves… until a worker simply called “Kang”, decided he had had enough. He told his brothers and sisters to strike him, to attack him, and the moves he used to defend himself would eventually develop into a fighting style of it’s own. Kang taught this fighting style to the other slaves, but they did not believe it could help them. Kang knew he had to prove there was still Hope, and so one day, he challenged one of the Mogu Overseers. As the Overseer approached, Kang launched into action, and dispatched the Mogu using nothing more than his hands and feet. The other pandaren looked on in awe, and were thus inspired by his act. The Pandaren Revolution had begun.

It was at this time that the other slaves of the Mogu, the Saurok, and Grummles, among other beings, realized what was going on. They, too, rebelled, throwing off their shackles to attack their former masters. They were not unified in this effort, but the combined effects of multiple uprisings was enough to shatter the once-powerful Mogu Empire created by Lei Shen.

It was a long, bloody conflict. At the end of it, however, the Saurok dispersed across the land, and the Pandaren began to rebuild their society. They reached out to the Night Elves, who taught some of them how to control their mystic powers, and how to use them effectively. Unfortunately, this was also around the time that the Well of Eternity had begun to boil over, thanks to Queen Azshara, and the pandaren, sensing that nothing good could come of that, disentangled themselves, returning to their lands.
The pandaren enjoyed many years of peace, afterwards, sometimes dealing with Sha or Mantid, but overall living quietly. There were many Emperors, that did not conform to a dynasty or Shaodin, that all ruled with benevolence. Eventually, though, a great calamity loomed on the horizon. It was at this time that Shaohao came to be emperor. He went to the Jinyu waterspeakers, to see a vision of his future, and to hope for long life and prosperity for his people… but he saw only fire, and flames. The exact details of Shaohao’s journey are detailed in the miniseries “The Burdens of Shaohao”. Google it. It is a very good read. But, the ultimate result of Shaohao’s journey was that he attained the power to become one with the land, after defeating the Prime Sha, and locking them away, thus purging himself of negative emotion. He did many things, to the benefit of his people, after this. He created the Shado-Pan, an order of elite warriors, to defend his people in his inevitable absence, and passed on a manuscript of all his teachings to the first Lord of the Shado-Pan.When the day of the Sundering finally came, Shaohao was ready. He faced the demons alone, and held them off, preventing them from ever setting foot in Pandaria. But as Shaohao looked on, to his people, he knew they were not prepared for what was to come, and so with his last act, he broke Pandaria off from the main continent, and sent it adrift, shrouding it in the Mists so that it would not be discovered by outsiders until the time was right.
That concludes this guide! I was over-excited to actually put it out after a week of work! If anyone has any questions or feedback. Don't be afraid of doing so! :)
This is a spectacular guide that not only is very detailed, but is extremely helpful towards Pandaren players who want to RP as a certain class.

The background information on their lore is also very helpful for people who is completely new to Pandaren RP, and wants to know the backstory to their lore.

Great job putting this together.
You should've seen Mei's "english" before she asked me to edit it. Hoh.
01/23/2016 09:06 PMPosted by Bobohan
You should've seen Mei's "english" before she asked me to edit it. Hoh.

Sorry that my first language is not English. :(
You aren't forgiven. <3
Kiyo was here and approves of this message.
At least I got a sneak peek, regardless of it being fully edited and what not. Good work though, Mei. Maybe you aren't such a fluffy little butt after all. <3
This post is so detailed! Love it :)
So what you're saying is that island pandas are the best? Got it.
It's also pretty cool that the island pandaren view most of the wandering island pandaren as "Wild Dogs"; a negative stigma associated.
Great read! I love how much lore was packed into MOP, and you really gleaned an organized a ton of it. Makes me want to roll a pandaren...
You guys really have no idea how much it means to me that you all liked this Guide. I put a lot of work into it and re-read War Crimes and Shadows of the Horde to make sure I was 100% accurate. I've also re-read all of the other details in game.

I do truly enjoy Pandaren RP and It saddens me to see that people bash it all of the time because of the past communities in MoP expansion. I plan to make Pandaren RP just as good as any other RP. One step at a time. :)

01/24/2016 12:30 PMPosted by Skullcrusha
It's also pretty cool that the island pandaren view most of the wandering island pandaren as "Wild Dogs"; a negative stigma associated.

Yep! Because of their emotions ran free due to them not having to grow up with the Sha. Yu'lon has unique text if you are a Pandaren in the Jade Forest questlines.

01/24/2016 12:49 PMPosted by Aureton
Great read! I love how much lore was packed into MOP, and you really gleaned an organized a ton of it. Makes me want to roll a pandaren...

Again, I absolutely love the feedback. It really makes me feel like my time was not wasted doing something I love, helping everyone enjoy RP and getting off some lore. For I love talking about lore. If you do happen to roll Pandaren, SPO (The Shado Pan Offensive) will be opening recruitment again this Friday.
Very well written, and a good read. I am thoroughly impressed with the work you put into this!
thx fam
Let's print this out, bind it as a book, and slap a picture of Meihua on the cover. This is amazing

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