Do we have any lore on the Pandaren and the Light? After all, they can be Priests (but not Paladins). I've seen some NPCs named Priestess of the Dawn or similar but not sure about their background or any overarching organization. Maybe they're sun based like the Tauren?
The pandaren do not worship the Light. They do, however, respect the power of light and shadow, and their priests tap into magics that concern themselves with these concepts. In a way, with their tendency towards seeking balance in things and unity of disparate forces, the pandaren are the most coherent and logical to have both light and shadow spells in their repertoire. But the philosophy of The Light that humans, dwarves and draenei share (although differently) is not the same as pandaren spirituality. While the pandaren respect the sun's power (as the myth of the champion of the five suns
indicates) they're also not particularly heliocentric in their attitude. Pandaren priests do their own thing. The fact that they use the same spells as other priests from other races and cultures is a game balance issue, not a lore issue.
Why are the Zandalar and Mogu allies???
Well, they originally were allies because they shared attitudes about superiority and conquest, but weren't close enough to each other to come into conflict - they had separate spheres of influence, and common goals and enemies. Their alliance was strong enough in the distant past that the Zandalari even took part in the civil war when the pandaren overthrew the mogu, and it was to the Zandalari that the secret for returning Lei Shen the Thunder King was entrusted.
As to why they're allied now
, partially it's an alliance of desperation. When Vol'jin helped stop the Zandalari efforts in Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub, they had to go with plan B. There are several statements from Zandalari in the Kun-Lai quests that indicate that the Zandalar have fallen on some very hard times and need the mogu alliance
I'm weird, but I like the idea of playing the dungeons in the "correct" place as I level, i.e. if there are quests leading up to the story of the dungeon outside I'd like to do them first. Does anyone know where each leveling dungeon fits in the storyline (like, which quests lead up to them), or are they completely independent?
This is purely
my opinion, but based on my questing experience I'd argue that Temple of the Jade Serpent is first, following the destruction of the Serpent's Heart, then Stormstout Brewery as you finish following Chen around the Valley of the Four Winds. Shado-Pan Monastery is next, as it comes at the end of your quests in Kun-Lai Summit but before you quest alongside Taran Zhu and the Shado-Pan in Towlong Steppes. After that comes your raid into Mogu'shan Palace, since that's part and parcel of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and the mogu invasion. As for the heroics, the two Scarlet Monastery heroics aren't particularly rooted to this time frame, they are whenever you go there, essentially. Clearly they both take place after Cataclsym
, since a certain undead lady makes an appearance. Siege of Niuzao Temple and Gate of the Setting Sun feel
like they come before Dread Wastes, since they would motivate your excursion therein, but again that's just my opinion.
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