Minipost: A surprising and familiar sight


I was idly flying around Pandaria one night when I happened across the Serpent's Spine wall/gate leading into the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Like most of us, I'd done the entry quest where the four August Celestials let you into the Vale, as well as committed all sorts of Mogucide on the other side for the Golden Lotus. But I'd never really stopped to look at the wall itself before.


Hey, that's interesting, check it out - a doorway on the battlements. I wonder what's inside? Some kind of chamber or room or something.


???


Well this is curious. Just a big-ass door inside? And that symbol looks awfully familiar...

Oh, that's right. That's the symbol of the Scarlet Crusade.


The Crusade uses this symbol on virtually all their trappings, but as we've explored before, the Stormpike dwarves of Alterac Valley also use it on their banners. And now, we find it being used in Pandaria? Atop an ancient wall built by the Mogu thousands of years ago?


Now, it's pretty likely that this is simply a case of recycling artwork. But then again, the only possible association I could think of previously between the Scarlets and the Stormpikes was a mutual belief in the Light. But the Mogu, they don't believe in the Light, so where's the connection there?

Well, we all remember what another word for Light is, right?

SHA.

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    Pelt

    Easy there Red Shirt Guy. You are going to get some poor artist fired for being lazy ;)

    December 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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    Anonymous

    Huh.

    Except for the Sha of Fear, all of the sha and sha-touched beings have black centers and blindingly white outlines. I always suspected there was some symbolism in this - the true power of the Sha is still partially held in check when we 'defeat' them, except for Fear.

    I'm pretty sure we haven't seen the last of them. And I'm still pondering that seventh Sha.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:59 AM

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    Cygnia

    I'm hoping it's called the Sha of Deceit and it's corrupted Varian (who has then tricked everyone on his side that he's so "rational" -- "The greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing everyone He doesn't exist") . Seriously, I play Alliance and the blatant villain-idiot-balling holding of Garrosh has me cringing in its blatancy. There NEEDS to be a counterpoint here; not "Alliance Right Always, Horde WRONG!". And the Sha working its corrupted mojo on both sides would be so perfect...

    December 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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    Navimie

    Cool keen eye you got there Rades. LOL I really hope it was supposed to be there and not some lazy artist!

    December 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM