Volume 5?

TRANSITION FROM WONDER WORKS

  • The last page of Wonder Works is actually 2 years later.
  • Enwalta senses he’s barely alive and takes him to Chiselgrip (which had expanded a bit)
  • Allphys (Dement09) is able to bring him back but he has amnesia and can’t recollect how he got there
  • What little he does recall leaves him unsettled having missed an exciting campaign against the Legion
  • Enwalta’s unit is summoned by an urgent request and portals into the Battle of Lordaeron

BATTLE FOR LORDAERON

  • Ironwolf Clan is in the middle of the fight and tasked with taking out siege towers approaching to breach the wall (not the one in the cinematic)
  • Many non-current Ironwolves die
  • Saurfang is repulsed by the use of plague and pulls the Ironwolves back for defense. “There is no honor in this”
  • Guldanna, stunned, hesitates for a moment between loyalty and honor and fails to see an assassin approaching
  • Lohn’gosh dies stopping an attack meant to kill Guldanna
  • Siege towers go down in a blaze but one collapses on the wall giving way to Alliance forces
  • Ironwolf Clan, elements of Screaming Bees, regroup with other remnants of units

FEAR AND LOATHING IN KUL TIRAS

  • Songhammer is meeting with Khadgar and talks about returning to Kul Tiras in protest of the growing conflict between Horde and Alliance, refusing to join either side.
  • Khadgar mulls over his own frustrations and seclusion. He encourages them to seek out Jaina and give her a message believing she hasn’t given in to all this madness
    • Side comment about “isn’t that what he thought about Cordana”
  • They board a merchant ship and head to Kul Tiras and meet Jay the Tavern Bard along the way who fills them in on what has been happening at home. Jay himself tried to tour about the lands but with the growing hostilities feels home might be safer or at least the lesser of two evils.
    • Comments about something feels off at home; can’t put his finger on it

16. All War is Based on Deception

When it seems that Yao is losing ground in the fight, you sense…something, as if forgotten or misplaced. An unease that saps your resolve. Yao glares at you with fel-flamed eyes, “A Jing Xi is about choice…you sense it, don’t you. The Shado Pan should be rounding them up right about now…”

Make your choice:

16A.) Finish Yao and bring back the scrolls

Pushing past the pangs, you overwhelm Yao’s defenses. For a fleeting moment, you almost see surprise…astonishment on his face. Was it your decision and focus or the sheer power of chaos and shadow you bore down on him. That council echoes in your mind like dripping dew in a cave. You retrieve the scrolls from the urn – they appear unusually durable, the writing ornate. Packing it carefully you return as discretely as you came to find the village in flames. The grassy landscape pocked with charred eruptions and smouldering felfire. Farmhouses and buildings turned to rubble with only bits of wall jutting up from the ground like an ancient semi-toothless smile.

This was not the work of the Shado Pan. As you survey the ruins closer, you begin to find the bodies: Shado Pan…Jing-Xi…and demons. Not the kind that you are accustomed to summoning, OTHER demons. A fallen Wrathguard’s body furrowed with precise cuts and scorched with felfire lay face-down in the blood-soaked mud.

A whispered groan leads you to a pile of rubble and collapsed roof under which your master lay dying. His wounds are severe, his form partially crushed from a nearby fallen Infernal’s remains. “We…can…work together – Shado Pan and Jing-Xi…ag-against the Legion. Go…take the scrolls to the monastery…Zhen Hu…”

With all speed you rush to the monastery and find some wounded Shado Pan there. If it weren’t for the business all around you would have been stopped and questioned: couriers shouting their reports, armsmiths equipping soldiers, monks tending to the wounded.

“All this- from Stoneplow?”, you mutter unconsciously.

“Where have you been? Demons have been falling from the sky all over – you…you were at Stoneplow?!”

“No…my master sent me with a message to Zhen Hu. Do you know where I can find him?”

“Lord Sergeant Zhen? Yes, he was one of the survivors.” lowering his voice in an almost shamed tone, “They say the Jing-Xi were there…and that they fought WITH the Shado Pan. What nonsense!”

Half-smiling, you ask again for Zhen’s whereabouts.

16B.) Withdraw and try to help the other Jing-Xi

Sensing the urgency building, you roll back narrowly dodging a shadow strike from Yao. As you race towards the village, the echo of Yao’s cackling roar haunts you. A Shado Pan sentry causes you to take a more guarded approach. In the shadows of one of the outlying buildings, you hear a Shado Pan officer sternly addressing several Jing Xi rounded up in the center of the town.

“We have reason to believe from a reliable source that you have practiced sorcery – specifically the forbidden arts of the Jing-Xi.” Several villagers gasp or back away in fear.

“We no longer need be adversaries Zhen Hu. Can you not sense the change; the imbalance?”

“Nonsense! Jing-Xi seek imbalance from harmony-”

“Is that what you think or what you are told? I thought the ways of the Shado Pan were to watch and contemplate, not be a bureaucrat with a sword.”

“I am not here to debate philosophy but uphold the law. We will -”

A Pandaren farmer shrieks as a loud rumble shakes the ground. Looking towards the disturbance, you see several more infernal meteors land with the thud of a drumbeat across the landscape.

Zhen Hu staggers back as he sees the shadow forms of other demons scrambling over the hillside, “Shado Pan – form a perimeter on the northwest face! Get the civilians out of here!”

“We can help you! Take off these restraints. Hu! Look at them! We are already outnumbered, only together do we stand a chance.”

A soldier looks expectantly at Zhen Hu in the silence pregnant with indecision. Your senses tingle with electric alarm as you see the air shimmer behind Zhen Hu. The moment is broken as your chaos bolt sears overhead striking a demon behind Zhen Hu from its stealthy position. It falls back smoldering as Zhen’s blade awakens crossing from shoulder to hip, cleanly cleaving his diabolic foe.

Looking back at you coldly, his eyes narrow for a moment, “Cut them loose!”

17. Harmony is the Storm of Chaos and Choice

14. Dread Man Walking

Darkmaster Viu’s brows furrow and the flames of his eyes flicker violently, “We should disperse, the Shado Pan will notice if we gather for too long. Meet together here at twilight in seven days when the moon waxes full.”

“Come with me”, Viu growls with a demonic echo.

As the others leave, some taking the form of a mountain goat and others simply walking up the narrow rocky paths, Viu motions for you to stop.

“The Shado Pan have been watching and all of our members are under some degree of suspicion, but you…let us have some tea.”

Journeying to the shore, he ignites a fire and prepares a pot of strong tea with a hint of orange blossom, roses, and peppery spice. “This will quicken your wits. Have you heard of Li Bao Yun?”

Your stare answers and he continues, “Li Bao Yun was the last Jing-Xi hunted down and executed by the Shado Pan almost a thousand years ago.”

As you take a breath to ask, Viu seems to know before you speak, “How are there Jing-Xi then? He wrote his teachings and knowledge into a book – a book that was supposedly captured by the Shado Pan, erroneously called the Book of Beizhing..the Forbidden. They felt if they could keep his secrets under their guard they could extinguish us like a candle. He wrote a shorter version called the ‘Parables of the Razor’. At first glance, they appear as fables, poems but in the writings he hid the teachings if one knows how to read them. I fear Yao will try to steal the scroll from where it has remained a secret in order to purge us. We have come…so far to return to the Chaos and imbalance.”

Viu looks at you intently, “The others would arouse suspicion but you…you have been called to stop him. Journey to the Dread Wastes to the Lake of Stars. In the center you will find an island and there a narrow crevice. You will fit, don’t worry, that leads to a natural stairwell to a chamber. Take the scroll and bring to me for safekeeping. If Yao challenges you, you have been trained in the arts – we will see if Chaos or Choice rules today.”

15. Possession is 9/10ths of the Law

11. The Second Step

Sing nods thoughtfully, “With practice, you will find the Soul Gate a most potent tool. On to Master Viu whose specialty is Fel.” You walk back into the Hollow and you notice it seems almost tranquil; the shadows seem more like a shelter than an ominous threat.

Master Viu rises and bids you to follow him back into the crevice for training. “The fel is dangerous – only ignorant fools think otherwise. It must be respected, cautiously handled – not with fear but determination. Treat it as you would teaching a ferocious pet. You must channel your chi around the fel. Let it build but do not embrace it – torment it; evade it as a coy lover until the moment is right. You will need to be still and concentrate to maximize your potency. Once ready, release with the roar of a dragon at your target. Doing do will take some of your chi so be careful, we sometimes loose a few exuberant students to the fel.”

  • Channel and release 4 Golden Fel Bolts 0/4
  • Do not die 0/1

[Golden Fel Bolts use 35-50% of your max health and mana but do more damage than a Chaos Bolt. Casting one creates a debuff (Felstruck) absorbing any healing by 50% for a short time but increases the damage of the next Fel Bolt.  Casting 2-3 bolts in succession will kill the caster.]

12. The Third Step…

10. Soul Stepping

As you follow Seedbearer Sing, she takes you to a spot up the ridge in plain view yet out of direct sight. “Positioning is critical to act decisively,” she gestures towards the goats in the field. “You must focus your chi to shape the shadow. Reach out and take hold then…Snap!”

In a moment Sing switches places with a goat in a puff of purplish-gray smoke. A faint thunderclap echoes as if a storm was approaching. “You see? We use chi, theirs and ours to bridge the distance. In time you can even use it as a weapon.”

Looking down, you notice the goat is quite dead. “Don’t worry,” Sing says cheerfully, “that was a real goat. Now you try.”

  • Use Soul Gate on 3 goats 0/3

11. The Second Step

9. The First Step

Finishing the tea ritual, the figure rises. “I am Darkmaster Viu. The others will be waiting to begin your training.”

“Others?” You ask in an uncontrollable outburst between a gasp and a mutter.

Master Viu looks over still walking, “did you think you were some special snowflake. The last or only one? We are few but more seem to question in these exciting times.”

As you exit the crevice, you find where several of the goats stood, now Pandaren silently watch.

“The Shado Pan are not the only Watchers,” Shing Song remarks coyly. “With your permission Master Viu”, she bows and gestures for you to follow her. Turning around, you find the Pandaren appear as goats calmly separating and shadowing you along the hollows.

  • Complete the Tea ritual 0/1
  • Talk to Seedbearer Sing

10. Soul Stepping

7. The Second Gate…

Having gathered the Lantern Blossoms you take a moment to catch your breath – exhilarating! Your pulse still racing from the near death experience you sense you are being watched. Squinting, you see a still form, eyes glittering in the shadow like golden flames.

“Death is a precarious consort: seductive and fickle. You have passed the second gate – sacrifice.”

You take a step closer when the voice calmly speaks from beside you, “Come, we must see whether you possess the fire or you are merely smoke upon the wind.”

You follow through the verdant green branches as they become thicker, almost solid. A small, crumbled opening – very old looking, sits in the side of the hill where it slopes upwards sharply.

“Here… it is easily overlooked as most things of great power should be”, the hooded Pandaren says echoing slightly as he disappears into the dark crevice.

Down a short winding way it opens to a stone clad room. A few lanterns sit flickering full of fireflies bathing it in an eerie yellow green glow.

You lay the lotus offering before him and the lantern blossoms which still glimmer with their own light. “You seek that which the Shado Pan call forbidden – the penalty is death. I wonder why you would risk your life; what do you hope to find down this path?”

“Harmony…” you reply. The word almost echoes in the silence.

The figure stops and eyes you carefully – strange considering you cannot see any natural eye; only the slow, pulsing gout of a flame from each socket as if he was tasting the words with them.

“You could have joined the Shado Pan for that. Hunted down our kind as they have for centuries, ensuring ‘Harmony’. I judge you with your word – what IS harmony?”

“To work together, compliment one an-”

The figure grumbles, “Does ONE voice make harmony? Can ONE come into agreement with ONEself? That is for children and fools. Let us see which you are!” The figure’s hands light up with golden-green fel flame.

  • Survive 0/1

8. The Third Gate…

6. Illuminating the Way

The tea is bitter at first, it feels as though something grabbed you by the face and the world twists for a moment. Your vision clears and you head to the dark bamboo forest of the Paoquan Hollow. It was light out but now it seems night is falling. Larger, dangerous Zijin Hornets hover near stalks of dimly flickering ball-shaped flowers – the Lantern Blossoms. You will have to fend them off somehow unless you feel confident in your martial prowess.

  • Gather 6 Lantern Blossom stalks 0/6
  • Use your minion to taunt the Zijin flies and stay alive 0/1

7. The Second Gate…

4. Shingled Out…

q4

Returning, you find Seedbearer Sing is nowhere to be found, although one of the villagers makes a point of saying she left something for you with Spicemaster Jin Jao…
if you returned.

Jin Jao seems pre-occupied with a new bundle of goods and, barely paying notice to you, grunts as he motions to a note on the table. His icy stare hints that you should probably read it elsewhere – privately.

Finding such a spot, you carefully unfold the parchment which reads:
“I’m headed out to get things prepared. Assuming you were able to gather what I asked, head towards Stoneplow near the base of the mountain. There is an altar there – I’ll find you.”

  • Find the Altar near Stoneplow 0/1

5. The First Gate…

3. No Turning Back

q3

The Pools of Purity cascade serenely, their waters sparkling with an almost otherworldly quality. The lotus blossoms in the pool closest to the waterfall seem ideal for Shing Sing’s request. As you approach, you notice the other lotus farmers inconspicuously keep their distance. As you reach for the first glistening flower you find it seems stuck in the water until, looking up, you are met with an evil gaze.

  • Kill the Guardian Nofu-de-xin

4. Shingled Out…