Lorewalker Cho says: "But thunder. Thunder! Thunder proclaims the coming of the storm."
Lorewalker Cho says: "I learned that we work and toil on our little farm, but that the hozen have the whole world as their garden," the cub said. "I learned that we squint by the light of a single candle, but that the hozen enjoy the light of the stars. I learned that I go to school every day, but that the hozen learn by doing."
Lorewalker Cho says: "I will be... The Thunder King."
Lorewalker Cho says: "It is thunder that sends animals cowering and fills the hearts of peasants with dread. Let thunder be my herald, so that my power is felt throughout the land."
Lorewalker Cho says: "Lightning strikes in an instant and is over in a flash," he said.
Lorewalker Cho says: "Our backs are hardened by the whips of the mogu," he told them. "Our arms are powerful from building their fortresses. Our minds are sharp from working alongside our enemy. You think the mogu are stronger? I say we are their strength!"
Lorewalker Cho says: "Thunder quakes the skies long before the lightning strikes, and thunder echoes in the hills long after lightning's power is spent."
Lorewalker Cho says: "We cannot help you," said the Bronzebeard dwarf, "For if we turn our back on the Dark Irons, they will defeat the Wildhammer and take over Ironforge!"
Lorewalker Cho says: "We cannot help you," said the Wildhammer dwarf. "For if we turn our back on the Dark Irons, they will defeat the Bronzebeard and take over Ironforge!"
Lorewalker Cho says: ...and was no longer afraid.
Lorewalker Cho says: Afterwards, the father asked his cub what he had learned.
Lorewalker Cho says: Ah! You wish to learn of our last and greatest emperor, Shaohao? My friend, I do not have the time here to recount all of his adventures, but his actions ten thousand years ago resonate to this very day.
Lorewalker Cho says: Ah, but such terrible works!
Lorewalker Cho says: Ah, but there is a problem with creating a living weapon. Do you see?
Lorewalker Cho says: All that matters is what you do with it.
Lorewalker Cho says: And his visions DID come to pass.
Lorewalker Cho says: And so it was a human king who helped to unite the dwarven clans so long divided.
Lorewalker Cho says: And so Moira and the High King set out into the snow to save the city, leaving the others to think about their actions.
Lorewalker Cho says: And that is the lesson of Liu Lang, my friend. Everyone always laughs at the explorer. They always laugh... until he returns.
Lorewalker Cho says: And the cub concluded, "I should very much like to live like a hozen!"
Lorewalker Cho says: And they created a magical cradle of life in a hidden valley that we now call the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
Lorewalker Cho says: And when they rose... they rose as warriors.
Lorewalker Cho says: As the empire grew, the mogu began to experiment with the secrets of the Vale. They crafted terrible weapons of living flesh and stone. And my people were afraid.
Lorewalker Cho says: But as the centuries passed, one young explorer decided to see what was out there. His name was Liu Lang. And he set out to discover the world... on the back of a turtle!
Lorewalker Cho says: But eventually the titans fell silent. And their creations were cursed with flesh.
Lorewalker Cho says: But I want you to imagine standing in this very valley on the day he returned from his journey. Imagine being here when the gates opened for him. By then our emperor was a creature of pure light: No doubts, no fears, no hatred...
Lorewalker Cho says: But Lei Shen did not agree.
Lorewalker Cho says: But what the king did not realize is that the dwarves did not trust one another!
Lorewalker Cho says: By the titans' command, they fought the terrible servants of the old gods. They shaped the mountains and carved the rivers of the land.
Lorewalker Cho says: Each time he returned, more and more pandaren answered Liu Lang's call, and joined him on his growing turtle. They were the bravest among us: The explorers. The adventurers.
Lorewalker Cho says: Every few years, he returned - with tales of mysterious cities in the sand, nomadic people living on endless grassy plains, a great empire under the ice, and a magical kingdom gilded in gold.
Lorewalker Cho says: Every generation, the mantid swarm the Serpent's Spine wall in great numbers. They murder many pandaren, so we kill many times their number in return. Yet each generation, they attack once more. Why do they do this?
Lorewalker Cho says: Fate is like fire; it can shape or destroy us.
Lorewalker Cho says: Fathers and sons. Mothers and daughters. As parents, we pass our legacy on to our children.
Lorewalker Cho says: Finally, mere months before the Cataclysm, Zul returned. Tearing his clothes and throwing his staff to the ground, Zul spoke of earthquakes and tidal waves.
Lorewalker Cho says: Fire is the instrument of change.
Lorewalker Cho says: Fire! It is the most magical of elements. It warms us, it cooks our food. It is the hearthfire that makes a house a home. In the right hands, fire can shape iron into swords or plowshares. Left uncontrolled, fire could destroy a city.
Lorewalker Cho says: Free to trust one another, all three dwarven leaders pledged their full strength to the Alliance cause.
Lorewalker Cho says: From the flames of fate, the yaungol were born. They survive beyond the wall, for they refuse to submit to any law but their own.
Lorewalker Cho says: Great events often have humble beginnings. Consider: a quiet pond. Still. The water is like a sheet of glass.
Lorewalker Cho says: Has fate been cruel to the yaungol? You may as well ask if fire is good or bad.
Lorewalker Cho says: He described the golden capital of Zandalar slowly sinking beneath the waves in the aftermath of the Cataclysm, its once-great people drowning as their mighty works slipped forever beneath the sea.
Lorewalker Cho says: He promised gold and riches to any who could discover for him the hidden secrets of this land that fill Pandaria with such a dark and powerful energy.
Lorewalker Cho says: Here is what the pandaren do know: By massacring our people, by slaughtering tens of thousands of pandaren, generation after generation, they have taught us the value of life. A precious but fleeting gift. Easily snuffed out... in an instant.
Lorewalker Cho says: His followers fell to their knees before him. "We will call you 'The Lightning King,'" they said.
Lorewalker Cho says: How especially true this is, when the parents are gods. And their children - monsters.
Lorewalker Cho says: I do not see any rainbows today. Do you?
Lorewalker Cho says: I do, for I wield the sword!
Lorewalker Cho says: I truly believe now that the mogu thought they were doing the work of the titans. They fought against the mantid and used the powers of the Vale to create new life.
Lorewalker Cho says: In the ancient days before the sundering of the world, the mogu emperors ruled over Pandaria. My people were made slaves, and they were afraid.
Lorewalker Cho says: In the whispering waters, they can hear the future.
Lorewalker Cho says: In their hubris, the mogu never foresaw that their downfall lay in wait, not among their enemies, but among the oppressed. The day that one slave stood...
Lorewalker Cho says: It is said that after the revolution, the Red Crane of Hope placed the rainbow in the sky, so that pandaren would know not to fear the storms any longer.
Lorewalker Cho says: It is said that all the trees in the vale blossomed as he entered, and continue to blossom to this day.
Lorewalker Cho says: It is said that he tore out the very heart of the mogu God. And from that hateful act he gained power over wind and storm.
Lorewalker Cho says: It is said the God King Rastakhan, ruler of the Zandalari, lords over his mighty kingdom from a throne carved of solid gold.
Lorewalker Cho says: It was the mogu who built the Serpent's Spine. The most unlucky of slaves were sent to aid in its construction and defense, to be fodder for the mantid. And my people were afraid.
Lorewalker Cho says: King Rastakhan did nothing.
Lorewalker Cho says: King Rastakhan tired of Zul and his troubling nightmares. To be rid of the prophet, he granted Zul the use of his largest ships, so that he and his followers could seek a new land if his visions came to pass.
Lorewalker Cho says: Let us talk about the nature of power. In my hands I hold a sword. I ask you: Who wields the power?
Lorewalker Cho says: Long ago, a group of sturdy nomad hunters wandered the world. By a stroke of fate, they were here in Pandaria when the Sundering split apart the continents of Azeroth. The wanderers found themselves trapped in the Townlong Steppes, a harsh and dangerous land.
Lorewalker Cho says: Long ago, when my people were slaves of the mogu empire, we were forbidden from carrying any weapon at all. We were not fighters. And no one believed we could fight the mogu without magic and steel.
Lorewalker Cho says: Many thousands of years ago, the mogu held all the power. They ruled this land with fists of iron. But as their empire grew, they needed a way to police and control it.
Lorewalker Cho says: Meanwhile, in the city of Orgrimmar, Warchief Garrosh Hellscream sent goblin dig teams all across the continent of Pandaria.
Lorewalker Cho says: Months later Zul returned, bearing more grim news from his visions. He saw a legion of serpents pouring forth from a gaping fissure that tore open the floor of the ocean.
Lorewalker Cho says: Nobody has ever befriended the mantid.
Lorewalker Cho says: Oh my friend - that awful sound. For a hundred hundred generations the crash of thunder filled the hearts of pandaren with terror.
Lorewalker Cho says: Oh, how the pandaren laughed at him. But Liu Lang was more clever than anyone thought. Sea turtles always return to the beach where they were born. And so, despite the mists that envelop our land, he always had a way home.
Lorewalker Cho says: Oh, my student - you wish to study the mantid? Be warned: the pandaren frontier is littered with the graves of former pupils.
Lorewalker Cho says: Oh... I seem to have lost my sword.
Lorewalker Cho says: Once upon a time - moments ago, in fact - a great king sought the help from a trio of powerful dwarves: The Council of Three Hammers.
Lorewalker Cho says: One day, a father grew tired of his young cub's misbehavior. "You act just like a hozen!" the father scolded. Still, his son misbehaved.
Lorewalker Cho says: One day, the beloved monk issued a challenge to his fellow slaves. "Hit me!" he called out.
Lorewalker Cho says: Only one dwarf offered to help the king. "We will lend you our strength," said Moira, of the Dark Iron. "We will trust our dwarven brothers, and we will show them what loyalty means!"
Lorewalker Cho says: Our ancient writings indicate that the mantid have always been here. They predate even the mogu. Where did they come from?
Lorewalker Cho says: Parents cannot always be assured of the legacy they will leave behind.
Lorewalker Cho says: Parents place their children on a path, but they do not always know where the road will take them.
Lorewalker Cho says: Perhaps, if you were to befriend the mantid, and earn a reputation among them, they would teach you their secrets. But I warn you:
Lorewalker Cho says: So you see - power is easily taken, but should not be lightly given.
Lorewalker Cho says: Soon, they started killing the mogu themselves.
Lorewalker Cho says: Still, King Rastakhan did nothing.
Lorewalker Cho says: Surely, the king thought, if he helped them with their troll problem, they would give him more troops for his campaign against the Horde.
Lorewalker Cho says: Surprised, the beleaguered Pandaren slaves tried to strike Kang. One by one they failed, for he intercepted their blows like a dancer and sidestepped their attacks like a reed in the wind.
Lorewalker Cho says: Thank you, dear emperor.
Lorewalker Cho says: That, my friend, is for you to decide.
Lorewalker Cho says: The farmers, the bricklayers, the shepherds and the smiths... they all bowed before Kang. "Teach us," they said. "Teach us to fight."
Lorewalker Cho says: The heartless saurok, even with their tiny lizard brains, soon realized the truth of their position. They killed the enemies of the mogu.
Lorewalker Cho says: The High King, his champions, and the Dark Iron dwarves worked together to save Ironforge.
Lorewalker Cho says: The hozen are quite lively indeed. A short-lived race, few hozen survive past their 20th birthday. Their leaders are all 14 or 15. How mature were you at 14 years old? Meditate on that!
Lorewalker Cho says: The jinyu also have humble origins. Once primitive creatures, they were fortunate enough to live near the enchanted pools within the Vale.
Lorewalker Cho says: The jinyu and their waterspeakers stand at the very heart of the greatest events in Pandaria's history.
Lorewalker Cho says: The king was furious. "If none of you help, then Ironforge will fall under siege!"
Lorewalker Cho says: The king's scouts had discovered that Zandalari trolls threatened the dwarven capital.
Lorewalker Cho says: The magic of the pools expanded their minds and grew their bodies, until they became one of the great ancient cultures of Pandaria.
Lorewalker Cho says: The mantid are harsh teachers.
Lorewalker Cho says: The mogu emperor then ordered all of the saurok to be purged. He tried to wipe out their entire race, to no avail. They still plague Pandaria to this day.
Lorewalker Cho says: The mogu grew restless. Many generations later, when Thunder King united them, they seized upon their legacy!
Lorewalker Cho says: The mogu tell a legend about Lei Shen, the Thunder King.
Lorewalker Cho says: The mogu were children as well. Children of the titans. They were once a legion of stone, heartless and obedient.
Lorewalker Cho says: The mogu were masters of pain and torture, of dark magics and brutal weapons. No pandaren, hozen, or jinyu could resist the power they held. And my people were afraid.
Lorewalker Cho says: The moment they fail, they cede their power to the one who can.
Lorewalker Cho says: The other dwarven leaders were ashamed of their behavior, and vowed never again to allow fear or distrust to cloud their judgment.
Lorewalker Cho says: The story is still being written...
Lorewalker Cho says: The wisest of the jinyu are very wise indeed - they can speak to the rivers the way you and I would consult our elders.
Lorewalker Cho says: The Zandalari people turned to their King for help, but there was only one Zandalari equipped to help them: The prophet Zul. The prophet, and the mighty warfleet he had assembled while his King sat idle.
Lorewalker Cho says: Their visions built empires, freed slaves, and warned our Last Emperor of the Sundering that shattered Azeroth ten thousand years ago.
Lorewalker Cho says: Then they killed the subjects of the mogu.
Lorewalker Cho says: They used the powers of the Vale, and their own flesh-warping magics, to twist and shape a race of ferocious lizards into a living weapon. They created an army. An army of Saurok. Bloodthirsty savages created to enforce the will of the emperor.
Lorewalker Cho says: Think about it: the smallest voice can change the world. Consider that, friend, the next time you decide to start throwing stones!
Lorewalker Cho says: This is known; and there are temples to mark these most sacred of places.
Lorewalker Cho says: This is what the mantid have taught us.
Lorewalker Cho says: Those noble hunters found a way to survive on their own. Fire was the key. They drew up oil from the ground. They used it to heat their homes, cook their food, and burn their enemies. They grew STRONG.
Lorewalker Cho says: To my surprise, his people have found something! Right here, in the sacred vale! What will happen now?
Lorewalker Cho says: To teach him a lesson, the father dragged the cub out to the forest, to watch how the hozen live. "Do you see what the hozen are like?" he asked. "Do you want to live like that?"
Lorewalker Cho says: Until I throw a stone. Such a small thing - but soon, ripples engulf the whole of the lake!
Lorewalker Cho says: Until Kang, the First of First Dawn, opened our eyes.
Lorewalker Cho says: We celebrate his bravery with statue and song, but if you were actually there on the beach that very day - well, I'm sure he looked quite silly, indeed.
Lorewalker Cho says: We know that he purged his doubts in the Jade Forest. That he cleansed himself of despair in the Krasarang Wilds. That he overcame his fear in Townlong Steppes. And that he defeated anger, hatred, and violence high in the mountains of Kun-Lai.
Lorewalker Cho says: We pandaren do not know.
Lorewalker Cho says: What do you fear most in this world? Have you conquered your fear... or has your fear conquered you?
Lorewalker Cho says: What happens next? I must know!
Lorewalker Cho says: What is the source of YOUR power? Think carefully before you answer. Many adventurers point to their weapons, or their equipment, or to tomes of arcane might.
Lorewalker Cho says: What sort of world will we create and leave behind for our daughters and sons?
Lorewalker Cho says: What values do we choose to instill in our progeny?
Lorewalker Cho says: What will our children learn from our mistakes?
Lorewalker Cho says: When Deathwing rose from the Maelstrom, dark, angry waves crashed into the Zandalari capital. The spine of the land broke in two, and soon, the city and all its riches began to slide into the hungry sea.
Lorewalker Cho says: When the Sundering ripped apart the continents of Azeroth, we pandaren thought that the rest of the world had been utterly destroyed.
Lorewalker Cho says: Who then, was the wiser? The father or the cub?
Lorewalker Cho says: Who, now, wields the power?
Lorewalker Cho says: Would that we could all live like our most sacred emperor. That we could put aside all our burdens and exist in harmony with the cosmos. THAT, I believe, was his message to us... before he became one with the land, and hid Pandaria away from the terror of the Sundering.
Lorewalker Cho says: Years ago, as he sat on this opulent seat of power, he was visited by his most trusted prophet: Zul.
Lorewalker Cho says: You see, the TRUE power of kings and emperors stems from the power to aid their people.
Lorewalker Cho says: Your voice. Your hands. THESE are the tools of true heroes. Use them well... and you can change the world.
Lorewalker Cho says: Zul warned King Rastakhan of a terrible Cataclysm. For Zul had seen a vision of a great armored dragon clenching the world in his ferocious jaws.