"The Emperor's Burden - Part 4" is part of a series of in-game books called The Emperor's Burden. The shrine is located at on the landing where the stairs reach the second floor of the Temple of the Red Crane in Krasarang Wilds.
Interacting with the shrine is an objective of the Pandaria exploration achievement .
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 9:
"After his success in the Jade Forest, Emperor Shaohao was filled with courage but fretted over an uncertain future. He sought the counsel of the Red Crane, the spirit of hope, deep within the Krasarang Wilds."
"The Red Crane told the Emperor that hope was within all of us, if we looked deep enough. With that, the Monkey King presented Emperor Shaohao with a Mask of Despair. A forlorn visage of terrible sadness. The Emperor donned the mask and drew out his own hopelessness..."
The battle against the Sha of Despair lasted four days and five nights in a pouring rain. But with the help of the Red Crane and the Monkey King, all of the Shaohao's despair was extinguished.
From that day forth the Emperor knew the future was bright. He became a creature of hope.
- The scroll was also transcribed into a book in the Seat of Knowledge in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.