MMO-Champion - Mists of Pandaria
Update - For the record, the international codes 009 and 041 only seems to appear on Blizzard's online games trademarks. This isn't a book or anything like that. It appears incredibly likely based on previous trademarks obtained by Blizzard that this is the next expansion.


Mists of Pandaria
Blizzard just trademarked a very interesting "Mists of Pandaria".

This article was originally published in forum thread: Mists of Pandaria started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Drii's Avatar
    Some attribution for the original poster wouldn't hurt: www . mmo-champion.com/threads/949761-Mists-of-Pandaria-!
  1. bregtann's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Essenji View Post
    I wonder what the new Horde race will be... Because Pandaren are known to have a connection with the alliance.
    Pandaren will not be a playable race. Pandaren will be an NPC race.

    Also, people stop assuming this will be all about the race pandaren. it is called "Mists of PANDARIA", not "Fury of the Pandas" or anything like that. The word there is the name of the CONTINENT. Pandaria, like Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms and Nortghrend will be a vast continent filled with all sorts of stuff, a wide variety of zones and races, sentient and non-sentient ones.

    Remember when WOtLK was leaked (also through a trademark registration)? Lots of people prematurely facepalmed saying "LOL how can they make an entire xpac based on a continent that is just ice ice ice". Yet when it came out there was tons of variety. Same thing now, Blizz can do anything they want with the CONTINENT named Pandaria, and they will.

    That would be kinda cool I also wonder where we find Pandaria... Since it's said to be an island, but I don't know if a new island can fit on the current world map... Perhaps to the south of Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms?
    It is located on the "other side of Azeroth", east of Eastern Kingdoms and west of the west coust of Kalimdor.
  1. Tronk's Avatar
    @Dblbaconator: thank you
  1. UR1L's Avatar
    Ok....So we went from killing Nefarian/C'Thun/Kel'Thuzad into Outland and killed Illidan. Then we went to Northernd and killed The Lich King. Now our goal is to kill Deathwing.Next target will be....Pandas?At which point did Blizzard turn into pussies and retards?Lets at least hope we can kill and fucking skin the pandas to extinction.
  1. lekein's Avatar
    Wasn't Pandaren against Chinese policy? Or has Blizzard plans to skip this exapansion there, like they almost did with WotLK?
  1. Arridor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dblbaconator View Post
    (post cut out because of length)
    Man, so true. We need more people like you.
  1. Duallegend's Avatar
    I find it Low that you do not give credit to the guy who found it first.. :PBut pandas seem really cool indeed, anybody care to link me some lore about then?
  1. alleksi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dblbaconator View Post
    Get ready for a GIANT post.
    BEST post in a long time :3
  1. ashblond's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lekein View Post
    Wasn't Pandaren against Chinese policy? Or has Blizzard plans to skip this exapansion there, like they almost did with WotLK?
    why people still think of chinese policy here? Warcraft 3 has been out for almost 10 years, there are pandaren monk hero in it, and china has the best WC3 progamers. And movies like Kung Fu panda is also very popular in China, and not banned. Why would you think China will do something that would actually promote the image of its local animals?
  1. Lazerbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Duallegend View Post
    I find it Low that you do not give credit to the guy who found it first.. :PBut pandas seem really cool indeed, anybody care to link me some lore about then?
    Pandaria is a legendary place of bambus forests and the mysterious pandaren of the Pandaren Empire.Pandaren hail from the distant island nation of Pandaria, which non-pandarens have never seen or ever visited to this day.[1][2][3]

    The Pandaren Empire was founded before the Great Sundering of the world, and is believed to be just as old as the kaldorei civilization. It shared and traded resources, goods, ideas and mystic knowledge with the haughty night elves of central Kalimdor in the years before the War of the Ancients. As the night elves' obsession with the forces of magic drove them to the brink of madness, the gentle pandaren severed ties, withdrew and closed their borders,[4] and left the night elves behind forever.

    The pandaren clans, or shao'dins, traveled far across the seas and established crude but beautiful cities of stone and sturdy bambus reed on an island they named Pandaria.[5] In time they built a new empire on the island. For ten millennia, the world had forgotten pandaren. Shortly after the Third War, though, a few reappeared — perhaps roused from their isolation by the Burning Legion, whose catastrophic coming shook the world.[6]

    Pandarens have chosen to keep the location of their island a secret and most are content to remain there, with only the rare few pandaren choosing to leave and see the outside world.

    A splinter group of pandaren arrived on Kalimdor in the aftermath of the Third War and has established a settlement in the Stonetalon Mountains ofKalimdor,[1] but the location remains as secret as that of their island homeland.
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    Pandaren societyEdit

    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 shodopans, who ensure that Pandaren culture survives.

    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 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.

    Gems of PandariaEdit

    Pandaria is apparently known for its gems (which are apparently magical). The red dragons believed that three crushed gems from Pandaria are one of the components needed to rejuvenate the Sunwell.[7]

    Mists of PandariaEdit

    28.7.2011, Blizzard Entertainment registered the trademark "Mists of Pandaria", with international codes 009 and 041 which appear on online games. Nothing else is known about the title as of yet.
  1. Fraza's Avatar
    Hmm, the Pandaren expansion can only mean one thing..

    ..the Care Knight hero class!
  1. ashblond's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UR1L View Post
    Ok....So we went from killing Nefarian/C'Thun/Kel'Thuzad into Outland and killed Illidan. Then we went to Northernd and killed The Lich King. Now our goal is to kill Deathwing.Next target will be....Pandas?At which point did Blizzard turn into pussies and retards?Lets at least hope we can kill and fucking skin the pandas to extinction.
    /facepalm hard... Adventuring into Pandaria =/= killing pandas.

    when you are adventuring in kalimdor/EK, you are not killing all the local habitants.
  1. Dblbaconator's Avatar
    First off, thanks for the positive response. Makes writing that whole thing feel not in vain. <3 you guys already.

    Second, I wanted to add on an additional thought I had, relating to my third point. We don't know exactly what Pandaria is, right? Pandaria could refer to the entire collection of the South Seas islands, in much the same way that Oceania refers to the large collection of islands in the Pacific. Thus, Pandaria could very well be more massive than some people are giving it credit for.

    And a quick edit: Yes, Pandaria does refer to the Pandaren homeland. Doesn't stop place names from meaning multiple things, in real life and in game (Kalimdor refers to both the original supercontinent and the current continent, for example). So yeah, just a thought.
  1. Duallegend's Avatar
    @lazerbrain thanks man
  1. owenz's Avatar
    Sounds more like a patch to me than an expansion. You know... sort of like "Rage of the Firelands". All I'm saying is don't get your hopes up. Panderan are unlikely to be playable characters simple because which ever faction doesn't get to play them will moan and rage and cry relentlessly.
  1. Sparklelord's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sparklelord View Post
    Did anyone suggest that this might actually be an Online version of the TCG? Similar to Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers.
    I've yet to see this said unless I just missed it.
  1. leewillzy's Avatar
    My major concern is the fact that if this is the expansion and its due for release next summer as hinted, then are we only expecting one more Raid.. i.e. Deathwing this expansion?
  1. pandaman's Avatar
    It's more likely Warcraft 4. Why would Blizzard name an expansion after one faction's new race? Unless Pandaren are neutral, and there is no new race at all
  1. Myzou's Avatar
    I already expect the way we'll get to Pandaria (if this turns out to be the expansion) is going to be a patch surrounding an attack on the Pandaren in Stonetalon, who reveal themselves and reach out for aid, then mention that Pandaria is in trouble too.

    I believe the "Mist" could mean that the Kvaldir could be the main adversaries of the expansion. Maybe they're working for Azshara now, (as we know in the past, the naga killed a large amount of them, they may work for Azshara as a way of slavery).

    So essentially, we'd save the Pandaren in stonetalon who are under siege by the Kvaldir, and during one of the quests, the leader of the Kvaldir there will shout something that insinuates that Pandaria is next, so the Pandaren let the alliance/horde know where Pandaria is so that they can go help, on the promise they won't attempt to conquer the land for themselves.
  1. bregtann's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dblbaconator View Post
    Get ready for a GIANT post. ETC...
    Thank you Dblbaconator, you just summed up most of the things I've been trying to say for quite a while to all the kids that just won't listen. I'll refer to your post.

    I agree with pretty much everything you wrote, except that I think Pandaria is a vast continent the size of Northrend and it is located on the other side of Azeroth (in the Veiled/Forbidding Sea). It has been magically shrouded from the known world, hence the "Mist" (and hence the "Forbidding" and "Veiled" in the names of that sea). Cataclysm broke something, either the cloaking function of the Mist itself, or an Old God broke out of its entrapment underneath Pandaria, and now threatens all the races of Pandaria so they will seek help from the Alliance and the Horde.

    I also think the South Seas expansion is a different expansion that will happen, but it will be XPAC 5, not this one.

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