The Burdens of Shaohao is a series of six animated shorts depicting the trials of Emperor Shaohao in the days before the Great Sundering. The series is narrated by Lorewalker Cho. It is also featured in the official sites as part of the Destination: Pandaria literature.
The Burdens of Shaohao
Ten thousand years ago in the ancient empire of Pandaria, Emperor Shaohao asked the Great Waterspeaker to peer into his future. He was eager to hear of the happiness and prosperity his rule would bring. What did the rippling waters foretell?
- Jade Forest
- Kun-Lai Summit
- Krasarang Wilds
- Dread Wastes
- Vale of Eternal Blossoms
The Burdens of Shaohao art was done by Laurel Austin. Some elements were altered in the transition from the in-game book The Emperor's Burden to the animated piece - the masks like the were considered, but ultimately left out. From a lore perspective, the in-game books and the mini-series are different interpretations of the same legend. The animated series is Lorewalker Cho's interpretation.
While all animated shorts that would come out after The Burdens of Shaohao were part of prerelease material to introduce their respective expansions, The Burdens of Shaohao came out well into the Mists of Pandaria patch cycle, shortly before patch 5.4.0.
- ^ The Burdens of Shaohao on the Official page
- ^ Twitter: @MickyNeilson That is absolutely gorgeous - who did the art for it?
- ^ Twitter: @MickyNeilson Though, what happened to the masks the monkey king made?
- ^ Twitter: @MickyNeilson So are the masks no longer canon, or is this an "abridged version" of Shaohao's tale, or something else along those lines?
- ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter