With the Jade Forest closed to players, we headed back into questing by diving into the Valley of the Four Winds. Unlike the Forest, this is a neutral zone, and the vast majority of our interactions are with the local pandaren. The Valley serves as an agricultural center for Pandaria, many of the giant crops within the Heartland fed by waters cascading from the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The local farmers are beset by virmen in the east, while those in the west are rapidly losing their lands to the mantid swarming over the Great Wall from the Dread Wastes.
First, a few vistas to get us off on the right foot:
Upon first stepping foot into the Valley we meet with the most well known pandaren: . He is taking a small break from travels with his niece, , right at the first crossroads. After a brief interaction, we join him in taking a short walk up the road to Pang's Stead, where we meet the head of the pandaren family that owns much of the eastern lands, . We find that his family's crops and livestock are being and all manner of beasts. With Chen deciding to take (another) break, we take some time to help Pang out. This involves slaying a few of the pests, , and then helping out down at Thunderfoot Farm.
After gathering a few food supplies, we by mushan to Thunderfoot Ranch. This is a small pig sty run by , who has issues of his own. Not only does he need meat for his pigs, but some of them have into the hostile fields. A few mushan and turtles later, and we have the required meat; the three little pigs take a bit longer to track down, but are mercifully unharmed.
We do such a good job, in fact, that Liang sends us to check up on , bringing back to him. It seems that Francis's flock is under constant attack by , but he's too frightened to do anything about it. Fighting them away is no small task, but we gladly do so, and then contend with the and a . , Francis's master, isn't too pleased with the boy's cowardice, but we are invited to meet him at his place just down the road.
- Continue to Valley of the Four Winds Part II
- Go back to Vale of Eternal Blossoms: Screenshots and Video
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