- 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: "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: ...and was no longer afraid.
- Lorewalker Cho says: Afterwards, the father asked his cub what he had learned.
- 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: I do, for I wield the sword!
- 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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 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: 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: 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 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 Kang, the Fist of First Dawn, opened our eyes.
- 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 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: 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: Who, now, wields the power?
- 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: 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.
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