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Know Your Lore: Pandaria's great oppressed


Know Your Lore Pandaria's great oppressed
The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

Let us talk for a moment about the oppressed. The victims of systemic abuse, land theft, and general disregard for millennia. Yes, this group of sapient beings have been the victims of harsh dispossession since their first encounter with the peoples of Pandaria. These hardy survivors have endured through mantid invasions, mogu oppression, the upheaval of the revolt that placed the pandaren atop the social order, and the hozen and jinyu conflicts.

They are the common clay of the Pandarian earth. They are the tunnel makers, warren keepers, humble munchers of carrots, haters of the vile turnip. They are the virmen, and this is their world. We're all merely trampling on it.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore, Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria: Dungeons and challenge mode

Mists of Pandaria will launch with nine heroic dungeons, four of which were previewed to one extent or another at last week's press event: Temple of the Jade Serpent, the Stormstout Brewery, the updated Scholomance, and the updated Scarlet Monastery.

Temple of the Jade Serpent

Blizzard is taking a new approach with its introductory dungeon of the expansion. Rather than starting you off in instances that are entirely secondary to the expansion's story arc and saving the dungeons that tie closest to the plot of the expansion for the level cap, the very first dungeon you run in Mists of Pandaria will set the story's tone. The Temple of the Jade Serpent will display the expansion's villainy right up front.

The sha, as you've heard by now, are the core external villains in the land of Pandaria. They are the manifestation of negative emotion. The Temple of the Jade Serpent will be your introduction to the sha. The Temple is where, once upon a time, an old emperor of Pandaria beat down the Sha of Doubt and saved the entire empire. Unfortunately, the war that the Horde and the Alliance have brought to Pandaria's shores has rekindled the Sha of Doubt and the temple has fallen under its influence.

We did get to tackle the Temple hands-on at the press event, so we can provide a few concrete details about the bosses within and their abilities.

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