Pandaren: Split Decisions 2
Based on my idea in Pandaren: Split Decisions, I finished my preparations. I created my Monks Shanjo (Horde) and Shânjo (Alliance), using the alt code â. I am hoping it will minimalize the sometimes aggravating alt code complications, while keeping the names 99.99% “linked” ICly.
I ran them both trough the Wandering Isle starting area. I will have to say the flavour and feel was well done overall. I’m going to touch on a few things you will find and maybe miss if you steamroll through the content.
The Tushui and the Huojin
I found these hanging scrolls in the Shang Xi Training area, inside the Temple. Just go inside and you will see one on each side of the door. This gives you some idea of what makes each Path tick.
At some point you enter the Temple of the Five Dawns and come across the statue of Lui Lang. There is a placard at the base. This gives you some lore on Lui Lang, the first Pandaren explorer.
The Lorewalker Lesson
This is another awesome bit of flavour and lore to view as you adventure. Not far from the Temple of Five Dawns is The Dawning Span. You must pass through this bridge on your questline, so you’re not going to miss it. However, there’s Lorewalker Zan who will flag you down and tell you of a lesson just down the stairs. Lorewalker Amai gives the lesson while Lorewalker Roulin sings the Song of Lui Lang.
Lorewalker Lesson (via WowPedia): http://www.wowpedia.org/Dawning_Span#The_Song_of_Liu_Lang
Here’s the transcript of the lesson in case you miss it.
At the end of your adventure, the questline leads to a choice of joining the Alliance or the Horde. That’s when the idea hit me to maybe have a third option: The Neutral Pandaren, putting the game mechanics to the test vs role-playing.
Most Pandaren are simple people, but with great heart and spirit. Lui Lang sought what was beyond, it would be Shanjo’s choice now to stay or go out into the world.
My option ICly was to ally with both Ji Firepaw and Aysa Cloudsinger, despite their different views – they were good Pandarens, wanting to help the outside world. The Alliance and the Horde at that point seemed like good people as well, even though there is this huge conflict. Shanjo, in the spirit of Lui Lang, will take a chance and see what lies beyond…
TIP: Keep your starter gear from the Wandering Isle! You may need it!
Next, some thoughts on the consequences of leaving home…
Pandaren: Split Decisions is a collection of articles about the concept of a Cross-Faction and/or Neutral RP Character in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion.