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3-22-2012 @ 7:56PM
I know it makes sense, but I never really considered this before reading this article; shouldn't playable pandaren culture be almost ENTIRELY different from the ones on Pandaria? They've been separated for 10,000 years right? I know it's unlikely, but it'd be really cool if this was brought up somewhere. I mean when the Draenei finally see Argus again (in whatever expansion that will be) there will be a lot that remember what the planet used to look like, what with their nigh immortality. For these pandaren, enough time has elapsed that Pandaria could have easily become a myth by now, unless Blizzard throws us a curve ball by making pandarens incredibly long lived as well. All this doesn't even bring up the Sha; if these beings of negative emotion are what haunt Pandaria and keep them pacified, meditative, etc, do they also exist on the turtle? If not, then shouldn't playable pandaren be less concerned with violence and self restraint? If this is the case, then monks from the turtle (and thus all the monks they teach the other races) would have very different ideals from the ones on Pandaria. Then again, all this considered, I guess it might help make it more believable that they would pick a side in the Horde/Alliance conflict.Wow, long winded rant over, I guess I just hope Blizzard has thought of this. I feel like this is really good fodder for some interesting story development between the pandaren themselves.
3-22-2012 @ 8:47PM
I am pretty sure the turtle has not been seperated for 10.00o years, more like for the last few centuries from our present day game time. So with this in mind they have not been blocked from each other as mainland Pandaren who feel the urge to explore go out to the turtle who can, it seems, go back and forth between the mists.Blizz has basically said they are the more adventurous ones, but beyond that the overal culture is the same.When I first heard of the turtle it immediately brought to mind the relationship of Hong Kong to mainland China in respect to cultural differences, only it being wow, it is WAY cooler! ;p
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