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熊猫人
pandaren
类别 中型人型生物
阵营 熊猫人帝国独立土水派联盟),火金派部落
角色职业 酒仙
MoP 战士猎人萨满祭司武僧潜行者法师牧师
The RPG Icon 16x36.png 影踪派战舞者Geomancer, Pikeman, Transcendent
种族主城

部落 奥格瑞玛
联盟 暴风城

模板:中立 潘达利亚
种族领袖 部落  季·火掌
联盟  艾莎·云歌
坐骑 IconSmall DragonTurtle.gif 龙龟
IconSmall CloudSerpent.gif 云端翔龙
故乡 艾泽拉斯
环境 任何环境
分布地域 潘达利亚迷踪岛
母语 熊猫人语魔古语[1]
其他语言 通用语兽人语
战火为何而燃,秋叶为何而落。天性不可夺,吾辈心中亦有惑。 怒拳为谁握,护国安邦惩奸恶,道法自然除心魔。 战无休而祸不息,吾辈何以为战。

—— 陈·风暴烈酒

高深莫测的熊猫人pandaren) [pænˈdɑɹən]是艾泽拉斯最神秘的种族之一。他们来自坐落于潘达利亚熊猫人帝国,是一种热爱大自然与烈性麦芽酒的人型生物

很久以前,熊猫人是残忍而强大的魔古人的奴隶,直到他们成功进行了一场革命,在此过程中建立起了自己的帝国。大灾变之时,末代熊猫人皇帝令自己的故土隐逸到一片迷雾笼罩之中,潘达利亚从此与世隔绝,在不受外界影响下发展出自己的灿烂文化。

尽管在《《魔兽争霸III:冰封王座》中就有一名该种族成员陈·风暴烈酒出现,熊猫人第一次正式登场是在《魔兽世界》第四部资料片《熊猫人之谜》中。

历史

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对艾泽拉斯世界的其他种族来说,熊猫人的一切都是谜——除了传说和神话里的只言片语,极少有人真正见过熊猫人,更不要说打交道了。这个高贵种族的历史可以回溯到千万年之前,在最古老的人类帝国诞生之前,甚至在世界大分裂之前,熊猫人就已经建立了自己的文明。[2]

布莱恩·铜须推测熊猫人为某个未知上古守护者的后代。如果其传说记载可信,他们大约出现于卡多雷熊怪之前[3]。一些德鲁伊声称熊猫人是超能浣熊的远亲,但没有熊猫人同意他们的说法。[4]

即使在旧帝国之前的年代,有证据表明热爱学习的熊猫人已经创造了史诗,农业与医学。[5]

魔古之奴

远在大灾变之前,潘达利亚饱受魔古族无休止的内战之摧残。强大的魔古军阀带领追随者们各自为战,战火遍布这片土地,令其它凡间种族生活在恐惧之中。[6]百王时代雷电之王雷神召集他的追随者,以“魔古之道(the mogu way)”得势崛起,一个接一个消灭了对手们。[7]魔古人聚集到雷电之王的麾下并遵从他的旨意,因为他奴役了熊猫人一族,他们相信——如雷神所做的那样——“低等”种族应该服侍魔古族,正如魔古族曾经服侍他们的主人一样。[1]雷神帝统一了语言,建立起一套单一货币体系,并标准化度量衡。[1]他也制订了第一套用统一语言写成的法典。法典第一条就规定, 暴动,起义与叛乱将受到当众开膛的惩处。[8]

雷电之王看到了熊猫人巨大的潜力,也因此无法信任他们。在他征服这片土地之后,熊猫人被禁止学习读书与写字。他们的领导者与思想家均被处死,所有的熊猫人艺术与文学作品都被烧毁。[5] 魔古监工禁止他们的奴隶持有武器。熊猫人数量渐渐减少,沦为奴隶种族。一些幸运的熊猫人则扮小丑供他们的魔古主人娱乐。这些熊猫人居住在石头宫殿里,过着相对奢华的生活。但一旦一个笑话触怒主人,这种奢华就走到终点,只有折脊碎椎与身首异处才能激起魔古人更多的欢笑。[9]在这段黑暗的时期,熊猫人武僧努力鼓舞着他们困厄中的兄弟姐妹们。他们是说书人,是酒仙,是治疗师,帮助着自己的种族在黑暗之中紧紧团结在一起。

熊猫人革命

详见:熊猫人革命 随着魔古帝国渐趋腐朽,熊猫人看到了革命的机会。因为他们没有武器,所以训练普通人赤手空拳地战斗。他们掌握了一种正面的能量——或称——的运用,来增强自己的力量。革命本身是血腥的,在毁灭帝国的同时,也带来了可怕的伤亡,无论是战士还是平民,但最终魔古帝国被推翻,一个新的帝国建立起来。尽管熊猫人武僧后来把武器的运用纳入他们的攻击之中,但他们依旧注重把气当做一种力量来源,在空手搏击时仍极具毁灭力。一万两千年前[10],熊猫人凭借着坚韧不拔的抗争,秘密的外交手段,以及独特的空手搏斗术掀起了一场成功的革命,终结了魔古族的统治,并建立了繁荣千年的帝国[11]尽管魔古族的统治被熊猫人领导的革命推翻,他们的遗产仍然在屹立千年的遗迹中被保存下来。

赞达拉巨魔战争

详见:赞达拉巨魔战争

革命后不久,魔古族的同盟赞达拉巨魔袭击了新生的熊猫人帝国以帮助他们的盟友。[12]赞达拉部族数量众多,而且他们的蝙蝠骑士的作战方式令熊猫人无法反击,直到一位叫的熊猫人女孩驾驭一条云端翔龙从天空中打击他们。赞达拉的攻击持续了数年,甚至把他们令人畏惧的恐龙投入了战斗。在赞达拉入侵翡翠林期间,越来越多的云端翔龙接受训练供骑士们骑乘,而新成立的云端翔龙骑士团则扭转了战局。[13]

迷雾

暗夜精灵沉迷于奥术魔法并把燃烧军团召唤到艾泽拉斯之前,熊猫人是他们的亲密盟友。一些熊猫人甚至和暗夜精灵们生活在一起,并见证了永恒之井的力量。然而由于暗夜精灵过于沉溺于永恒之井,熊猫人决定断绝与他们的联系,并关闭了潘达利亚的边界。[14]

熊猫人临走之前决定送给上层精灵一件礼物——一件熊猫人设计的宝箱,据说里面藏有他们需要的所有奥术魔法。精灵们接受了这件礼物,并将其藏于埃达拉斯辛玛洛神殿的一间皇家墓穴之中。然而,箱子被打开时,里面却是空空如也。原来熊猫人的礼物就是给上层精灵的一条智慧的忠告:他们需要的所有奥术魔法不存在,换句话说,他们根本不需要任何奥术魔法。箱子以及其所传递的信息在一万年以后仍继续保存于这间墓穴之中,然而就像历史所记载的那样,熊猫人的智慧被当做了耳边风。 [15]

在世界大灾变前夕的黯淡岁月里,无数恶魔如潮水一般涌入艾泽拉斯,整个凡间世界处在危险边缘,此时,熊猫人的末代皇帝发现了保护家园免受破坏的方法。他把自己的故土笼罩在一片无法穿越的迷雾之中长达数万年之久,但这样做的代价是潘达利亚从此神出鬼没。曾经,驶入这片迷雾里的船只会失去方向,原地打转,直到回到开阔水域。对于熊猫人而言,他们眺望着迷雾笼罩的大海,很多人都以为外部世界已经在大灾变中被毁灭。

少昊帝消失后,潘达利亚的权力下放到地方级。随着所有威胁都被长城阻隔开,皇帝也就没有存在的必要了,少昊便成为了潘达利亚的末代皇帝。[16]

刘浪

详见:刘浪 大灾变过后数千年[17],一位叫刘浪的勇敢熊猫人乘在一只巨大海龟神真子的背上出发去探索迷雾外的世界。海龟越长越大,刘浪探索世界的渴望也渐来越强。更多的人加入了他,最终在大海龟的背上形成了一处由熊猫人探险者组成的移民聚落,在大海中穿行,人称“迷踪岛”。尽管迷踪岛已经多年没有到达过陆地,生活在岛上的熊猫人们仍然被探险精神所激励着。

第三次大战

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WC3RoC logo 16x32.png 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽争霸III

熊猫人流浪者十分罕见,但近代也有少量他们的踪迹被记录下来。其中勇敢的一位彪炳着艾泽拉斯史册,他便是传奇酿酒大师陈·风暴烈酒。《魔兽争霸III》玩家可能会回想起来,在游戏附加任务中他曾与雷克萨会面,帮助萨尔杜隆塔尔建立新的兽人家园。陈从不在一个地方久驻,很快开始了新的旅程,去寻找酿制完美啤酒的新配方。[18]

大灾变

Cataclysm 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:大地的裂变

大灾变降临之时,潘达利亚的迷雾突然消失了。由于新任大酋长的进攻而在世界各处交战的联盟与部落海军舰队,突然在某处原来海图上显示是外海的海域发现了一块新的大陆。随着双方阵营把他们的世仇升级成一场全世界范围内的冲突,艾泽拉斯的战争朝新的方向发生着变化。[18]

憧憬探险

那些憧憬探险的熊猫人总是望眼欲穿地等待着刘浪神真子的归返。直到今天,当有人出于某种原因凝视海平线时,仍会有人问他们是否在“等待海龟”。[19]

陈·风暴烈酒来自于迷踪岛,所有选择创建熊猫人角色的玩家也会诞生于这个岛上。比起潘达利亚本土上那些与世隔绝消失多年的亲缘们,迷踪岛熊猫人是更稀有的种群,总体来说更富冒险精神。当大海龟面临威胁,整个飘荡的家园处于被大海吞噬的危险边缘,年轻的英雄们不得不加速训练,马上行动起来。[18]

熊猫人之谜

MoP 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽世界:熊猫人之谜

紧接着迷踪岛故事线的事件,迷踪岛上的火金派土水派熊猫人们前往部落与联盟的首都,相应地,承诺效忠于他们新的“皇帝”。

加入各自阵营后,两边的熊猫人们开始以武僧之道训练他们新的盟友。除了驻留在各自阵营的首都,一些个别的熊猫人也前往其他地区(例如试炼谷北郡修道院)去训练他们所在阵营里其他种族的年轻成员。除此之外,这些熊猫人也起到与他们的新盟友进行传统与知识交流的作用。[20][21]

文化

熊猫人帝国的荣誉纹章。[22]
拥抱当下的熊猫人寻求内心的安宁与和谐。他们珍视每一寸呼吸,正如珍视每一顿饭,每一壶酒,每一声笑,而每一场战斗都被视如殊死。他们的命运与潘达利亚的沉浮紧紧联系在一起,将会终其一生去保卫自己的生存方式与故土家园。[23]

如果熊猫人的文化能一言以蔽之,那便是他们“活在当下”。他们热爱生活,对待一切事物都充满活力,专注与热情。家庭的每一刻都十分珍惜,工作的每一步都无比投入,每一餐都当作大事,每一盹都视若长眠。熊猫人勤劳工作,努力玩乐,像动物去战斗,以全心去爱人,胡侃荒诞不经的故事,豪饮真心至情的美酒,睡起觉来如同死人一般。

总而言之,熊猫人不轻易动怒,更喜欢寻找问题的解决方法,但在那份彬彬有礼之下,却不失熊类的战力。当一个熊猫人专注于战斗时,每一击都凝聚着全身的力量。活在“当下”也意味着沉浸在战斗的狂怒之中。一个战斗中的熊猫人武僧,双拳似铁球,长啸达天际。

然而,要惹恼熊猫人却要费点功夫。在潘达利亚大陆上,一些消极的情绪,比如恐惧愤怒或者绝望都能转换成实体的形态,挑起麻烦。正因为如此,熊猫人崇尚平和的心态,并且逐渐形成了和谐与专注的宁静生活。不管多么充满仇恨的冲突,一旦问题解决了,几杯酒就能让它们把不快抛在脑后。熊猫人的平和观念以及热爱生活的态度很有感染力。与熊猫人待上一段时间,你也会融入这样的气氛。[24]

高尚的熊猫人乐于结交朋友,分享美食,以及偶尔的友好争吵——他们满足于与世隔绝的生活,并在不受外部世界的影响下发展出自己的繁荣文化。然而,常常有熊猫人生来就充满了对冒险有渴望,一如他们对烈酒的渴望,这些冒险者想要探索潘达利亚海岸之外的世界。这些流浪者中最著名的一位当属传奇酿酒大师陈·风暴烈酒,他为了酿造出特别的麦芽酒四处寻找着独特的配方,并在部落建立的过程中,扮演着非常重要的角色。[2]

熊猫人并不崇拜他们的祖先,不过崇敬先人传承下来的记忆与智慧。[25]

接天桥是一种仪式器物,用来形成一座“连接现世与彼岸的桥梁”,让灵魂得以安息。该仪式需要一个碗、一支蜡烛和一块玉琮来举行。[26]

陈·风暴烈酒,传奇酿酒大师

外貌

熊猫人是人型熊类,约5到6英尺高,从头到趾均布满毛发。每个熊猫人都有两种发色,一种总是白色,但另外一种可能为黑色,棕色与红色。[27]他们手足皆生爪,有三根手指,一根拇指和根个脚趾。每根指头或趾头尖端都长有黑爪。他们直接把自己的手称作爪子。该物种生有尾巴,不过有两种不同的形态。常见形态是毛茸茸的小短尾,另外一种形态则是长尾,并在末端变厚变粗,仅在红白相间色的雌性熊猫人中出现。

熊猫人通常是圆滚滚的,这在他们的族群中是一件值得骄傲的事情。(见饮食部分)

习俗

  • 永恒岛原来是某种比赛的场地,在伟大的至尊天神面前举行智慧希望力量坚韧的试炼。来自潘达利亚各地的战士们会通过跟随末代皇帝少昊的步伐,展现自己的实力。[28][29]
  • 对于一些年轻熊猫人来说,骑上脾气暴躁的穆山兽被认为是一种成人礼。[30]
  • 在准备出远门之前,熊猫人都会按照传统捕捉一只明镜水黾,然后将其安全放入其他水域。[31]

饮食

熊猫人以热爱麦芽酒与美食著称,大陆的熊猫人时常挂念联盟部落的其他种族看起来太“瘦”。[32][33][34]

熊猫人有着悠久的饮茶史。尽管他们十分注重酿酒,正确享受茶道的秘密也一样被重视。[35]

法律

谚语

  • 要叫醒老虎时,你最好用一根长棍子。更好的办法是,让你的朋友去叫醒老虎。[38]
  • 自卑者忧难;怯懦者畏难;勇者克难而后怕。[39]
  • Fear is not a criminal we must lock away. It is a teacher we must seek to understand.[39]

传说与信仰

Our people's lore is a woven quilt of rich stories.

—— 历史学家冬皮

Pandaren lore is filled with various stories and fables. The Lorewalkers is an organization dedicated to preserving pandaren stories and culture. According to Lorewalker Stonestep, the works of a thousand pandaren storytellers is stored within the Scrollkeeper's Sanctum in the Temple of the Jade Serpent.[40]

  • According to the legend, long ago, there were five suns that burned brightly in the sky. When the winds blew, their intense heat caused great wildfires. Crops wilted, villages burned, and families wandered endlessly to seek refuge from the flames. Great fires would sweep through the lands of Pandaria until the day that Zao Sunseeker, Champion of the Five Suns, shot a defiant arrow into the sky, bringing down 4 of the 5 suns.[41]
  • The Trial of the Yaungol tells of how a young yaungol — Osong, the Yaungol Wanderer — faces his own Strife and Peril. He must find a balance between the two to set his soul free.[41]
  • Pandaren pass the stories of the great pandaren book of fables on to their cubs — stories of the cricket and the hawk, or the slow-moving turtle — to teach them lessons that they will find useful in life. What few cubs know is that these creatures actually exist in Pandaria. Though the stories of their travels are made up, they are powerful denizens of the world.[42]
  • In the ancient fables, the first Tolai hare strode across the gulf between the stars before it upset them and they tumbled from the heavens to the world below.[43]
  • Other stories include:
  • Following the defeat of the Zandalari trolls during the Zandalari Troll Wars, and the eventual forming of the mists and Pandaria's separation from the rest of the world during the Great Sundering, the Zandalari became regarded as little more than mythological savages in superstitious stories; a tale used to scare children and ensure compliance with the instructions and requests of parents.[12] Because of this, both mainland and Wandering Isle pandaren knew of trolls even prior to the mists' collapse,[44][45] and trolls were described as evil in pandaren story books.[46]
  • Azure cloud serpents are believed by the pandaren to be harbingers of good fortune.[47]
  • The Jade Forest's pandaren consider temple snakes to be distant relatives of the revered Jade Serpent, Yu'lon.[48]

游戏

Pandaren love games. One game in particular has been a favorite among the pandaren since the time of the first pandaren emperor.[49] According to Anduin Wrynn, pandaren board games such as Jihui are designed for both players to win.[50]

熊猫人格斗术

魔古族统治的黑暗时期,熊猫人奴隶不得持有任何武器。在进行秘密训练时,熊猫人武僧常常用农具或简单的竹杖来加以练习,同时强化徒手攻击。

相反,深受魔古族青睐的武器多是威慑力大于实用性——硕大笨重,难于挥持。熊猫人武僧反倒占得先机,练就了快速出击和在战场上疾行移动的轻盈身手。体型庞大、动作缓慢的魔古族总是会在野外战斗中被熊猫人武僧的速度搞得晕头转向。

多年以来,熊猫人的作战风格发生了翻天覆地的变化,融合了各类技能、武器、招式等等。但其战斗技法的核心基础从未被动摇——当情势所迫时,赤裸双爪击败体型无论多么巨大的对手。[51]

武僧之祖

魔古族的统治期间,奴隶是帝国的命脉。熊猫人、猢狲锦鱼人终日辛勤地为主人耕地、挖矿、建造强大的堡垒。

为了对抗疲劳、鼓舞士气,也为了能让伤者尽快回到工作岗位上来,魔古族允许某个熊猫人奴隶阶级专攻药剂的研制。他们原本只会制作简单的茶饮和药膏,随着时间的推移,这些专家渐渐成为了治疗者、团队领袖和酿造大师

一种高尚的传统诞生了,而这些早期的“武僧”在熊猫人当中变成了希望与荣耀的象征。

正是这些英雄们,最先学会了如何赤手空拳抗敌作战。武僧们暗地里向其他奴隶传授武功秘法。当叛乱爆发时,武僧们身先士卒加入战斗,引得那些恭顺的农夫、铁匠和泥瓦匠纷纷效仿。[52]

哲学

土水派

迷踪岛熊猫人所追随的两种主要哲学之一便是土水之道。土水派奉行在静默的冥想、严酷的修行和自我的反省中庄严地对待生命。 Aysa Cloudsinger is one of the pandaren that have mastered this way and can be recognized as somewhat of a leader of the Tushui monks. This philosophy is very close to the ways of the Alliance, and Aysa has decided to join this faction along with the pandaren who uphold this belief.

火金派

另一中哲学则是火金之道。火金派声称无所作为就是最大的不讲道义,不计代价地保卫家乡和族人是极其光荣的事。Ji Firepaw is a staunch follower of this way, and the first of them who recognized the similiarities of this way in the races of the Horde, and all that find themselves closer to this belief have decided to follow Ji and stand united with all these Horde races, whose desire is to live free.

流浪者之道

流浪者之道是迷踪岛熊猫人的一种哲学理念,因丽丽·风暴烈酒而闻名。

熊猫人组织

A Shado-Pan representative at the Grand Tournament.

游学者

游学者是一个熊猫人阵营,专注于探索世界,知晓旧事,寻找遗迹以丰富学识。作为潘达利亚秘密的守护者,这些勇敢的灵魂遍布大陆,希望以史为鉴,继往开来。

影踪派

一个熊猫人秘密组织,旨在保护潘达利亚免受螳螂妖的威胁。

金莲教

一个以锦绣谷为基地的组织,旨在一劳永逸地解决魔古人问题。

云端翔龙骑士团

一个空中武士团,训练云端翔龙作为坐骑。

著名人物

Name Role Affiliation Status Location
中立  少昊帝 熊猫人末代皇帝;在大灾变之时将潘达利亚大陆隐于迷雾之中 熊猫人帝国 活跃 Various Locations
中立  刘浪 第一个熊猫人探险者; 他站在Shen-Zin Su的背上离开了潘达利亚去探险世界 熊猫人帝国 死亡 Buried in the Wood of Staves, Wandering Isle
中立   The Fist of First Dawn; the first pandaren monk and leader of the pandaren revolution 熊猫人帝国 Deceased Unknown
中立  陈·风暴烈酒 Legendary wandering brewmaster; helped found Orgrimmar during the Third War Independent Alive Various Locations
中立  丽丽·风暴烈酒 陈·风暴烈酒的侄女与伙伴 Independent Alive Various Locations
中立  游学者周卓 游学者领袖 游学者 存活 Various Locations
中立  祝踏岚 影踪派掌门 Shado-Pan, Shado-Pan Assault 存活 各种地点
中立  尚喜师父 尚喜武院领袖 尚喜武院 死亡 迷踪岛
联盟  艾莎·云歌 Alliance representative, leader of the Tushui Tushui Pandaren Alive Various Locations
部落  季·火掌 Horde representative, leader of the Huojin Huojin Pandaren Alive Various Locations
中立   第一位驯化云端翔龙的熊猫人 熊猫人帝国云端翔龙骑士团 Deceased Unknown
联盟  Mojo Stormstout Strategy guide author and monk trainer Alliance Alive Crash Site, Azuremyst Isle

History of debuts, rumors and controversy

详见:History of pandaren in Warcraft The pandaren started as a creation of lead artist Samwise Didier and an April Fool's joke, but they got a massive response from Warcraft fans.[53] When the expansion to Warcraft III was announced, the Pandaren Brewmaster was added as a 中立 hero, available and playable on nearly every melee map. One Brewmaster, 陈·风暴烈酒 was included as an optional playable hero in the expansion's orc campaign. Due to this popularity, pandaren were rumored to be the new playable Alliance race to be introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion. Their possible appearance in WoW has been hinted at multiple times by Blizzard. On October 21, 2011 at BlizzCon 2011, Blizzard officially announced World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria as the fourth expansion, and the pandaren became the first playable race available to both the Horde and the Alliance.[54] However, the WoW community became somewhat divided over the expansion.[55]

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png 本段文字所记述的内容来自魔兽争霸角色扮演游戏,这些设定可能是非官方设定.
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The pandaren are originally from central Kalimdor where they established the Pandaren Empire. They were allies of the night elves until they saw their obsession with magic getting out of control. The clans severed ties and left Kalimdor behind eventually establishing a new home on an island they named Pandaria. After the Sundering, some pandaren returned to the "new" Kalimdor to explore it. "Where once the pandaren were a mighty empire, standing proud beside their night elf allies, now they are a simple people who want only peace and a safe home."[56] Since the Third War, more pandaren have come to visit Kalimdor.[57]

Hailing from their own secret empire, the pandaren are a race of humanoids resembling panda bears. This appearance leads some to underestimate these noble creatures, thinking them harmless and "cute". They may be cute, but they are not harmless. Pandaren have a long tradition of mystic warfare and are exceedingly strong and agile. The traditional pandaren fighting style focuses upon mobility, speed and precision, as well as stunning acrobatic tricks. Many pandaren are skilled at fighting bare-handed.

Only the pandaren know the intricacies of their society, but alcohol is a central feature. All pandaren are connoisseurs of ale and stronger drink, leading to a unique kinship with Ironforge dwarves. A caste of wandering pandaren warriors called Brewmasters is highly respected in their culture. A few Brewmasters have been spotted in Kalimdor, searching for new beverages to sample and ingredients to add to their own brews. Pandaren are affable and noble, trained in battle but always seeking peace. Pandaren philosophy centers on a harmony of opposites — male and female, calm and chaos, existence and non-existence. Pandaren feel a strong link to the natural world and seek to maintain a peace between all races and nature.[58] Very few pandaren ever leave their hidden island homeland of Pandaria, although there is a place called Pandaren Settlement within the Stonetalon Mountains, but those that do have proved themselves to be strong warriors specializing in Drunken Brawling with great command of the elements.

Culture

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Pandaren society

Each pandaren belongs to a shao'din, which is their word for “clan”.[59] Pandaren society has changed from its origins. Where once the pandaren were a mighty empire, standing proud beside their night elf allies, now they are a simple people who want only peace and a safe home. Yet the world is a dangerous place, and only through an acceptance of the violence that comes with life can the pandaren continue to prosper. Pandaren society is, in many ways, compartmentalized. At their core, the pandaren treasure peace and creativity. Most pandaren are poets and singers, and the craftsmen of their culture are truly revered. The danger of their lives, however, has necessitated the evolution of a class of warriors to defend those ideals — it is these warriors, from the simplest pikeman to the great shodo-pans, who ensure that pandaren culture survives.[56]

They mainly speak Pandaren. Many have also learned Common, Darnassian, Dwarven, Taurahe, and Thalassian in their travels.

Pandaren are known for their art of acupressure. Acupressure points such as the one in the right arm, can quicken the heart rate and cause the muscles to contract. Other points on the left arm can calm a user down if needed.[60]

Faith

Pandaren have a fierce and deep belief in the connection of the material and spiritual worlds. In many ways their faith mirrors the ancient beliefs of the night elves, and the tribal beliefs of the tauren, troll, and orc races. However, pandaren veil their beliefs in the trappings of a mystical and ancient method called geomancy. Geomancy teaches that the land is a reflection of the spirits, but that spirits are also a reflection of the land.[59] Like the furbolgs, tauren, and Wildhammer dwarves, the pandaren follow a shamanistic faith, worshiping the Earth Mother and giving passage to their dead. They are true geomancers, drawing their holy power directly from the Earth Mother. They also follow a new philosophy (new to the other residents of Kalimdor, of course); they are a society that reacts, instead of acting first. They claim to be the water that flows around a rock: The water does not push the rock out of the way, it merely goes around it. They use this uncomplicated way of thinking in their everyday life. If they set their minds to a task, and they fail, then they believe they went about it the wrong way and try again. They do not mourn for failures, believing that they simply have mapped out improper ways to do things and they will know better next time. This philosophy seems simple, but the pandaren apply it to every aspect of their lives, from brewing beer to adventuring. They are calm, affable types who will extend the hand of friendship to a stranger on the road — but if the stranger is hostile, the hand of friendship can quickly turn into an excruciating joint lock.[61]

Brewing

What may surprise those who encounter the pandaren most, however, is their unabashed love for beer. Most religious and meditative people on Kalimdor consider alcohol a drink for the masses, a drink whose properties cloud the mind and block contemplation of the gods. The pandaren laugh at this notion. The ideal day for a pandaren begins with meditation and ends with a good drink with a better friend. They love encountering folk who live life to the fullest; they enjoy adventuring; and they are happiest in a tavern swapping stories and buying rounds for the house. Those lucky enough to meet a pandaren and share in his ale will undoubtedly find it to be the best beer they have ever tasted. The down side to this, of course, is that they will no longer enjoy Kalimdor-brewed beer as much.[62] The pandaren are an old and refined culture with many traditions and arts important to their way of life, none of which have influenced the pandaren so thoroughly as the art of brewing. Drink is in every aspect of pandaren life; and because of the craft involved, a tradition of brewing potent fluids has become a cultural institution for the gentle people of Pandaria. The pandaren brewmasters travel the world for new and exotic ingredients and recipes. These affable yet deadly warriors practice a unique combination of healing arts and martial skill. With their knowledge of alchemy, potion-making and brewery, the pandaren have created superb ales and liquors that have become a welcome drink at any adventurers table either before or after a battle. The brews hold magical properties, as plants, berries and fungi that harbor powerful spirits are often included as ingredients in whiskeys, ales and other alcoholic beverages. Distilling these ingredients focuses potent magic.[63]

Little is more revered in the pandaren culture than brewing. These refined soldiers consider brewing as important to their culture as art and traditional ritual. In fact, many of their society’s arts and rituals would suffer if not for the brewing. Although various kinds of alcohol are in every part of life for the pandaren, they are far from a drunken society. Because of the love of drink, the tradition of brewing is considered one of the noblest pursuits, and they revere their brewmasters like other societies honor their priests. The brews, for the most part, carry the hallowed names of the original brewmasters who created them. Chou Ling Sing, Hong Liu, and the brewmaster known only as Xiang are the three most revered brewmasters, and they had a frequent and friendly rivalry. Chou and Hong put their names on their brews, whilst Xiang preferred hers to go anonymous — if she named none of them, she could claim all that did not bear the other two’s names. With these masters long dead, their present day protégés carry on the traditions. Pandaren brewmasters go on long quests in order to find new and exotic ingredients for their drinks, looking for herbs and ingredients to create new recipes. The brewmasters are affable and kind, yet deadly soldiers if crossed. They are proficient in both healing arts and their own form of martial arts. With their knowledge of alchemy, potion-making and brewing, pandaren have created superb ales and spirits that have become a welcome drink at any adventurer’s table.[64]

Rarely a pandaren overimbibes, and suffers the next day. Hangovers can happen, and a pandaren cannot afford to be knocked down with a pounding head and a queasy stomach. There is beer to brew and questing to do and martial arts to practice, none of which are easy when suffering. Pandaren parables say that if someone pulls you, instead of resisting, you should push. So in the same light, instead of fighting the hangovers, pandaren drink the Chou’s Hair of the Dog Ale, a deep red amber ale that has a light taste and leaves the head feeling clear and sharp.[65] While beer is treasured in pandaren culture, whiskey is revered. It represents health and good fortitude and even luck. Pandaren brewmaster philosophy says that the best whiskey can make a pandaren strong enough to face an army. The particular vintage named Wounded Warrior Whiskey has amazing healing properties, plus causes the wounded warrior to become as strong as a lion after drinking.[66]

Martial artists

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They take the same stance regarding their martial arts as they do every other part of their lives. They use what works, perfecting it with terrifying results, and they don't use what doesn't work. If an injured leg won't allow the pandaren to kick very high, he gives up that kind of kick and perfects another. If up against a massive opponent, the pandaren will not waste time trying to match strength with strength, as the opponent represents the rock in the river to them. They find a clever way to best their opponent while expending the least strength necessary. They are formidable monks, following their philosophies to the letter and perfecting their martial arts as they see fit.[67] Even the lowliest pandaren is capable of defending himself, using the fangs and stubby but needle-like claws that are a natural part of his body. All pandaren can use these natural weapons to fight and hunt, as pandaren grow up playing rough and tumble games meant to hone their abilities while learning the admonishments of their elders that such things are a last resort. In general, pandaren prefer to use the weapons they craft, feeling that their natural weapons hearken back to a primal time. Pandaren are bipedal creatures, but their pseudo-ursine forms allow them to move at tremendous speed on four limbs. When a pandaren drops down to all fours, his speed increases greatly. He must have nothing in his hands to use quadrupedal movement.[56]

Pandaren relations

Hero Races by Chris Metzen. A group of heroes that include a pandaren, a furbolg, a gnome and a Wildhammer dwarf.
A pandaren using Breath of Fire.

All of the races that reside on Kalimdor view the pandaren with interest. Claiming to come from an island named Pandaria, which no one has ever visited, these gentle beings bring their love for beer, their quiet contemplations and their formidable fighting techniques to Kalimdor to experience life on the continent. The pandaren are the smallest of the bestial races and seem positively tiny next to the hulking bulk of the furbolgs. However, they seem much less like beasts than their apparent cousins. They value honor, discipline and friendship above all else. Gain the companionship and trust of a pandaren, they say, and you have a friend and protector for life.[68] The pandaren are an independent race and any encountered outside the Barrens are wanderers and travelers, belonging to no affiliation. Their outlook meshes well with the Alliance, and most pandaren in Kalimdor are found in the company of Alliance races. Pandaren are eccentric, however, and some feel more at home around the Horde. In any case, they rarely stay in one place for long. Pandaren friendliness and combat prowess make them good allies and honorable enemies. Pandaren are on good terms with all non-evil races.[69]

Although they have been on Kalimdor a short time, the pandaren have already developed a special bond with the Ironforge dwarves. The dwarves are a race that appreciates good ale and a good story, and they have many tell of their own. The pandaren have enjoyed their stops at Bael Modan and the things they have learned of the Alliance, the Horde and the Scourge there. Being a race that honors their ancestors as well, they aid the dwarves in their search for titan artifacts when they can. They believe knowing where one comes from is an important aspect to living a full life. They have also made friends in the half-elves they have encountered, as the half-elves are beginning to adopt the same life-accepting philosophies as the pandaren, and they find them to be ideal traveling partners. Most pandaren have recently arrived on Kalimdor, but there are some that fought in the recent conflicts surrounding Illidan. A number of pandaren were visiting the dwarves of Bael Modan when the call came to the Alliance to prevent the blood elf and naga army traveling to Northrend. To honor their hosts, the pandaren visitors joined the fight. It was during this battle that they formed most of their opinions regarding the other races.

The pandaren have liked most of the other independent races they have met. Deciding to remain 中立 themselves, they appreciate the other races' reasons for standing safely in the middle. They, understandingly, identify more with the races that they have philosophies in common with. Some pandaren spent many months recently with the furbolgs, learning of their simple life in Ashenvale Forest. They sympathize with the half-orcs they have met, and simply do not understand the goblins. They, like the other races of the continent, do not care for the blood elves and naga (there are exceptions as one was last seen fighting alongside the sin'dorei). The trolls are puzzling, as they practice divine magic, but for evil purposes, which doesn't coincide with the pandaren philosophy. Their fondness for the Ironforge dwarves doesn’t put the pandaren in a likely position to join the Alliance any time soon. They feel the Alliance gives too much weight to politics, treaties, and arcane magic when, really, all one needs to do is step outside one's door, taste the air, feel the earth and take one’s cues from there. Overall, the Alliance is unnecessarily complicated for the pandaren, and although they do enjoy visiting Theramore (especially for the taverns), they don't plan on setting up homes there any time soon.

They have much in common with the Horde when it comes to spirituality, but they are unlikely to join their forces either. The Horde is formed of races in the midst of healing, the pandaren believe, and they need to find themselves before they can allow anyone else to join their fold. Besides, the pandaren are just visiting.[67]

Names

Pandaren naming practices are similar to those of humans: each pandaren has a given name and a surname. The names themselves, of course, are different.[59]

  • Male Names: Chen, Jinto, Kesha, Masha, Mushi, Polo, Sinjo.
  • Female Names: Huan, Jiang, Lian, Mei, Ping, Shui, Zi.
  • Surnames: Earthsong, Greentouch, Honeybrew, Lightgrace, Reedwine, Sweetbarrow, Swiftpaw.

Military tactics

A pandaren brewmaster helps members of the Alliance fight against the Horde.

Pandaren rely on a well-regimented system of battle that uses infantry, archers, and cavalry, with elite units and spellcasters to bolster their forces. Pandaren are strict adherents to the practice of equipping each soldier with the best possible equipment and arms. Even the lowliest foot soldier has a jug of pandaren brew at his side to aid him in combat, and most units use the more powerful magic drinks before a battle. Pandaren are courageous and fearless, and thus their armies have amazing durability and cohesion. A unit of infantry serves under a wardancer, with a host of wardancers serving under a shodo-pan. Each shodo-pan from a shao'din has a host of warriors and wardancers at his command. Pandaren infantry are armed with pan-spears, round bamboo helms, thick lamellar-style armor made from woven bambus reed, and sometimes bear shields made of the same material. Using the spears to fight in regimented ranks, the pandaren infantry use a variety of tactics that involve engulfing, flanking, and leading enemies into a charge.

Pandaren archers often rest just beyond the infantry, using long supple bambus bows capable of taking the eye out of an orc at hundreds of yards. Pandaren archers are equipped with their bows and a variety of arrows with varying heads (broad, leaf-shaped heads for unarmored infantry, sharp, piercing heads for heavily armored opponents, and unusual “U” or “V” shaped arrowheads for dealing maximum damage at close range); they often carry short curved swords similar to shaktani warblades. Pandaren archers are skilled at long-range marksmanship and sniping, although the size of their bows prohibits their use from concealment, for they are almost as tall as a standing pandaren. Pandaren cavalry is almost entirely composed of wardancers riding combat-trained horses. The wardancers wear bambus armor reinforced with metal chain and buckling. Wielding shaktani warblades, the wardancers cut down anyone in their path.[70]

Recently introduced to the pandaren are firearms, which are beginning to take a more important role in the way the pandaren wage war. While only a few of the shao’dins have rifle regiments, pandaren have taken to the rifle like a dwarf to ale. Some pandaren riflemen even go so far as to travel abroad to learn the shooting techniques of other races, and bring best techniques back to Pandaria. These riflemen mark a new evolution in the way the pandaren wage war, a change to traditions that most likely have not altered in millennia.[71]

Pandaren equipment

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The clever pandaren craftsmen have learned to make the most of the sparse building materials found in their environs. Steel is a rare commodity; in fact, most of what steel they have is left from bygone days in central Kalimdor, reforged and reshaped by craftsmen. The rest of what they have is usually taken from the weapons of enemies. As such, the pandaren have developed weapons and armors that rely on very little steel. In fact, only the shaktani warblades are made wholly of steel.[72]

  • Pan-spear
    • These spears are constructed of light yet sturdy bambus and fitted with wickedly edged spearheads shaped to resemble the leaves of the bambus.[72]
  • Shaktani Warblade
    • Shaktani are considered masterwork weapons — It is simply not possible to create the elegant curving blades and precise balance of the weapon without extensive and painstaking craftsmanship.[72]
  • Pikeman Armor
    • Crafted of bambus backed with leather and woven with iron-beaded wire, the heavier pikeman armor is meant for front-line battle. It tends to be heavy, allowing for greater protection for the warrior.[72]
  • Wardancer Armor
    • Likewise crafted of bambus, wardancer armor is similar to pikeman armor, although rare steel-silk replaces the wire and tiny hollow steel orbs replace the iron beads (the orbs make an echoing sound when struck). The armor itself is lighter, but it allows a greater freedom of movement, essential to the wardance.[72]

Notable RPG Pandaren

Others; Mojo Dark-Ale, Sinjo Honeybrew, Kesha Wildbarley, Tatsa Sweetbarrow, Mushi Ale-Hearth, Jinto Reedwine, Masha Storm-Stout, and Polo Barrel-keg.

Some are pandaren brewmaster names from Warcraft III. Although, several of the names are referenced in Dark Factions.[59]

Gallery

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轶事

熊猫人[73]
Pandaren were in Garithos' Elite Guard and fought the blood elves trying to escape to Outland. These included a pandaren brewmaster and pandaren mercenaries.
  • 熊猫人的名字来自于单词“熊猫”(panda)与“人”(rén),后者汉语拼音中指“人”(person)。字面翻译的话,熊猫人意思是“熊猫-人”(panda-people)。
  • Pandaren philosophy points indirectly at the Chinese martial Tai-Chi because of its soft gentle nature and powerful attacks. The style also shows the same philosophy as the pandaren religion. However, due to the drinking, it could lean towards the infamous style of Drunken Monkey Fist.
  • Some of their culture is much like the Chinese religion of Daoism.
  • A race of more feral looking pandaren[73] live in Northrend. A few of the more bestial-appearing pandaren were in the command of a pandaren brewmaster, under Garithos' Elite Guard, to try to stop the blood elves & naga from fleeing to Outland.
  • Pandaren have a lifespan roughly comparable to humans.[74]
  • In case you were wondering, yes, they do like to eat bamboo.[75]
  • A pandaren plushie was available at BlizzCon 2013.[76]
  • Pandaren children have the same animations as ogres and moonkin.

Speculation

Questionmark-medium.png 以下为理论推测和演绎,不能被当做官方说明。

Judging by their similar appearances, pandaren are believed to be distant cousins of the furbolgs. It's possible they are descended from furbolgs that migrated south and came into contact with the magical waters of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, much like the murlocs that evolved into the first jinyu.

In the RPG, Brann Bronzebeard believes pandaren are related to furbolgs due to both being big and bearlike. He theorizes that furbolgs may have descended from pandaren who settled in Northrend, forgot their heritage, and became more brutish. Or that pandaren may have descended from furbolgs who settled in Pandaria and became more contemplative. He admits that nobody knows, but wouldn't be surprised if the two races were related.[77]

Alternatively, it may be that the pandaren were created by mogu flesh-shapers, similar to the saurok and grummles. However, this seems somewhat unlikely, since they already had a culture of art and literature, as well as leaders and philosophers, prior to their enslavement.

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  15. Pearl of Pandaria
  16. Dave Kosak on Twitter
  17. Lorewalker Cho states in Quest:The Ballad of Liu Lang that Liu Lang once visited Quel'Thalas, which was only founded some 6,800 years BDP.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Boubouille 2011-10-22. Mists of Pandaria - Blizzcon Day 1 Recap, New Talents, Screenshots / Artworks / FAQ. MMO-Champion. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  19. 等待海龟
  20. Quest:Calligraphed Sigil - I am learning so much - your people have a wealth of knowledge unmatched anywhere I have seen. As much as I am humbled by that fact, I hope that I may teach you of our ways, as well.I hope I can teach you much of our ways, as your people have taught me of yours.
  21. Quest:Elegant Rune - I must say, as much as you learn from me, I think I will learn from your people. Your brews are quite different than mine!
  22. Standard of Niuzao
  23. The Art of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, pg. 124
  24. Medievaldragon 2012-03-19. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria FAQ. BlizzPlanet. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  25. Quest:Peering Into the Past
  26. Quest:Ritual Artifacts
  27. World of Warcraft: Official Beginner's Guide, 37
  28. Quest:The Last Emperor
  29. The Timeless Isle—Take Your Time (2013-08-14).
  30. Mount Journal entry for Furious Ashhide Mushan
  31. 明镜水黾
  32. Quest:Squirmy Delight
  33. Chin
  34. Quest:Dawn's Blossom / Quest:In Search of Wisdom
  35. Pandaren Tea Set
  36. 战争罪行
  37. Quest:原来是水獭
  38. Mount Journal entry for Blue, Red and Green Shado-Pan Riding Tigers
  39. 39.0 39.1 Quest:Fear Itself
  40. Quest:Moth-Ridden
  41. 41.0 41.1 Lorewalker Stonestep encounter
  42. Quest:Beasts of Fable
  43. Tolai Hare
  44. Quest:Lay of the Land
  45. Lorewalker Amai#History lesson
  46. Quest:Dawn's Blossom
  47. Mount Journal entry for Reins of the Azure Cloud Serpent
  48. Temple Snake
  49. Pandaren Game Board
  50. Quest:Secrets of the First Empire
  51. Pandaren Fighting Tactics
  52. The First Monks
  53. First BlizzCast episode
  54. Medievaldragon 2011-10-21. Blizzcon 2011: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Revealed. BlizzPlanet. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  55. Phil Hornshaw 2011-10-24. Blizzcon 2011: Pandaren are ‘Not a Joke Race’ in World of Warcraft. GameFront. Retrieved on 2012-04-02.
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Manual of Monsters, 76
  57. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 9
  58. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 21
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 Dark Factions, 16
  60. More Magic and Mayhem, 182
  61. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 74
  62. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 75
  63. Manual of Monsters, 131
  64. More Magic and Mayhem, 135
  65. More Magic and Mayhem, 137
  66. More Magic and Mayhem, 147
  67. 67.0 67.1 Alliance & Horde Compendium, 74-75
  68. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 73-74
  69. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 22
  70. Dark Factions, 181
  71. Dark Factions, 182
  72. 72.0 72.1 72.2 72.3 72.4 Manual of Monsters, 78
  73. 73.0 73.1 http://classic.battle.net/war3/中立/pandaren.shtml
  74. Chris Metzen on Twitter
  75. Bellmaster Li
  76. BlizzCon® Store Online Sale Open Now Through November 9
  77. Lands of Mystery, pg. 85


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