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So, obviously there are all sorts of correlations and/or borrowing from RL cultures to wow classes and NPC groups, like tauren=native american, pandaren = drunken chinese ninja, grummies are tibetan sherpas, the mogu are mongols, and so on and so forth. Even beyond that, Im pretty sure that there are probably a few geographical name borrows in Pandaria from the far east. Has anyone really noticed much of a historical context in the game? like was Li-Shen the name of some tyrannical mongol 12th century conqueror or something?
just kinda one of those things that you like notice in the periphery of your mind, as you play. (at least mine)
looking forward to some seriously conspiracy-filled rants
How is it conspiracy?
Wrath clearly and amazingly borrowed from Nordic mythology/Culture (As cultural as the Vikings were)
We are inspired by what we love. That kind of sums it up for me.
I think the game draws from humanity, part of the reason it is so successful, Take for example all the pop culture references we all delight in.
the mogu are mongols
Actually, the Mantid would be a far closer corollary to the Mongols; being highly mobile raiders who launch periodic assaults from beyond a great wall.
I do think Entropy is correct, though, in that the game is simply influenced by our own history and stories.
The Yaungol are the Mongols of course.
Well a quick wiki search reveals the chinese Shang dynasty (Shang, Shen, not dissimilar), and there was an actual Li Shen, who rose from a minor court official to the position of Chancellor.
Everything is inspired from something. There hasn't been an original thing under the sun for ages (bar genetic tinkerings in laboratories).
The Mogu are Japanese. Yuangol are Mongols.
Just based on the dialogue the Trolls are modeled after the populations of the Caribean islands, Jamaica, etc.
A small of piece of WoW lore and history, In The Barrens there is The Shrine of the Fallen Warrior. Which is a dedication to a Blizzard employee, an artist, who died unexpectedly very early in WoW's developemnt.
so one reference I found, in addition to Eccentrica's tidbit, is that Lei Gong, or Lei Shen (different dialects maybe?) is the name of the Taoist Thunder Diety, and that he has a little helper named Xiang, probably not a huge coincidence...
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