Who Were the Jing-Xi?

The pandaren word ‘Jing-Xi’ means surprise; it is believed to have several contexts. Those seeking to shape the power of the spirit were surprised when their search was met with an answer. Other sages believe the word was used as a slur – a shock that some would pursue power and use it in such a ( hindsightedly ) destructive manner. Regardless of it’s etymology, the Jing-Xi became associated with lust, unrestrained power, imbalance, and causing great trouble.

They were always few, either because of the perils in seeking and using such knowledge or that they were killed soon after being discovered. Despite numerous attempts to erase it from history, every few centuries or millennia, another would rise seemingly from nowhere.

The Jing-Xi are first recorded in the 547th Mantid cycle during the 14th year of Wu Shen’s governance over Zouchin province. The Mantid were unusually strong during that cycle and losses among the Shado Pan were such that sections of the Serpent’s Spine were compromised.

According to legend, some Shado-Pan went in search of a way to defeat the Mantid and end their generational cycle. Only one returned and he became the first Jing-Xi master, Leng Ba. Leng Ba rallied an army which drove back the Mantid and threatened to exterminate them completely when he demanded that all of Pandaria kneel in submission to his protection. The Shado Pan recoiled at this selfish abuse of power and were able to defeat his forces at great cost.

Lorewalker Hyongkun was imprisoned for the view that the Jing-Xi was a cycle similar to the mantid; one that demonstrated balance, harmony, and the cycle of seasons. To disturb that balance, even in the name of good, was still an imbalance that brings chaos. As the Mantid challenge the Pandaren to be strong, so the Jing-Xi challenge the Shado Pan to remain faithful to their charge, he surmised.

At the time of his writings though, there had been no evidence of a Jing-Xi for over a thousand years and some wondered that a correction was coming in the balance of the “world chi”. This correction, the thinking went, would see a powerful Jing-Xi rise that might threaten not only Pandaria, but beyond as well. Many scrolls have been written in the centuries since as to what those cryptic ideas could mean.

Little is known about the actual practice of the Jing-Xi other than it is a potent mixture of martial and magical arts – outside of the Aspects or traditional magical disciplines. One such aberration is the “Path of the Golden Fel” which augments Fel magic with chi energy. Why Chi reacts differently to Fel than typical life force is not known; there may be a third, unknown energy which catalyzes the Fel into this ‘golden’ form.

Followers of the Path learn to ‘torment the Fel’ holding it and preventing it’s immediate release while shaping and channeling their own chi energy to provoke a reaction between them. This is felt to violate two schools of warlock discipline – not that warlocks ever had any kind of orthodoxy.

It repurposes life energy unlike the school of Affliction which seeks to use it for fuel and the deliberate restraint of Fel magic is a taboo among the discipline of Destruction.

The Book of Beizhin (Forbidden) is a treatise by the Shado Pan not on what the Jing Xi is but what it is NOT. It indirectly warns and criticizes the practice by esteeming selflessness, discipline, and service.

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