- For the creatures, see August Celestial. For the achievement, see .
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The August Celestials defend the temples of Pandaria from the evils of the Sha and mogu. This faction includes the four celestials and their respective servants. In the absence of any major authority since the last emperor Shaohao, the Celestials appear to have taken up general leadership of Pandaria.
The Thunder King's conquest
During the reign of Lei Shen, the Mogu Empire would seize Pandaria from the celestials. Xuen attempted to protect the people of Kun-Lai Summit from the Thunder King's rule. The battle ended with Xuen's defeat and imprisonment. Niuzao also faced the Mogu in combat, but failed was imprisoned as well. Chi-Ji was captured and used to mock the despairing Pandaren slaves. Lastly, Yu'lon was struck down by Lei Shen's lightning, only surviving by transferring her essence into a jade statue of herself in Serpent's Heart.
The celestials would build temples to train monks in their respective styles after the Pandaren revolution. Niuzao emphasized fortitude in his teachings, the strength to endure any hardship. Xuen taught strength and how physical prowess was not the same as true inner strength. Chi-Ji espoused the importance of hope, even in the darkest of times. Yu'lon spoke of the wisdom of knowing when, and when not, to act.
The Burdens of Shaohao
After being crowned ruler of Pandaria, Emperor Shaohao received a prophecy from a Jinyu Waterspeaker that showed a disasterous future for the world. Shaohao then traveled to the four corners of Pandaria, receiving wisdom from each of the Celestials that would help him overcome his negative emotions, become one with the land, and save his people. He learned to conquer his doubt from Yu'lon, his despair from Chi-Ji, his fear from Niuzao, and his anger, violence, and hatred from Xuen. Believed to now be a being of complete harmony by all, including himself, he used his new found power to withdraw Pandaria from the world before the Great Sundering could destroy it. However, even the Celestials did not know this was all the doing of the Sha of Pride, who cloaked Pandaria in mists, isolating it and ensuring a future of stagnation for all who lived within. The Celestials would continue doing their best to protect Pandaria from the Mogu and Mantid armies for 10,000 years before the Sha of Pride's mist would dissipate following the Cataclysm.
The Sha of Pride's mist disappeared as the Alliance-Horde War was continually intensifying under Warchief Garrosh Hellscream and King Varian Wrynn, with the former becoming more prideful and tyrannical and the latter becoming more fair under the influence of his son. As General Nazgrim and Admiral Taylor led their forces against each other in the Jade Forest, the Sha Primes began to erupt across the continent.
The Sha of Doubt attacked the Temple of the Jade Serpent, corrupting her servants and priests until killed by adventurers, as Yu'lon believed they would. Yu'lon proved kind and forgiving toward the outsiders and guided them toward the Valley of the Four Winds. The heroes would eventually come across the Temple of the Red Crane, where Chi'ji had succumbed to the Sha of Despair. Aided by Anduin Wrynn and Koro Mistwalker, the Sha of Despair was vanquished and Chi'ji thanked the brave heroes, promising them his support. He would later allow adventurers to participate with his monks in training at the Cradle of Chi-Ji. Later, Xuen would become convinced by the Horde and Alliance that the sha must no longer be contained, but faced and defeated, and that the Vale of Eternal Blossoms should be opened. After the four celestials united and opened the gates of the Vale, the Shao-Tien Mogu rushed the vale as well, stealing the three treasures of the Thunder King. The celestials would later grant their blessings to the heroes and the Golden Lotus to drive them back and kill their leader Zhao-Jin the Bloodletter. As the Sha of Fear continued to use the Mantid and their empress as his puppets against the Pandaren, Niuzao was besieged by the Shan'ze Mogu led by the Thunder King's herald Shan Bu. The Shado-Pan receive aide from the heroes, free Niuzao from Shan Bu's grasp, and force the Mantid and Mogu back. The celestials (or at least their essences) aided in the fall of the Thunder King during the Twin Consorts battle. After the remaining Sha Primes, not counting Pride who had yet to reveal itself, are killed, the young black dragon Wrathion sought wisdom from each of the celestials in his quest to better understand how to prepare the world for the coming conflict with the Burning Legion. Finally, after the Siege of Orgrimmar had ended, the August Celestials joined the heroes and Lorewalker Cho to witness Emperor Shaohao planting a magic tree in the Vale of Eternal Sorrows, providing hope that the vale would one day heal. Speaking with Yu'lon afterward, the player finds that Pandaria will no longer have to live in fear of the seven breaths of Y'Shaarj, declaring the threat of the Sha to be over.
- Captain Huan <Celestial Guard>
- Celestial Guards
- Sage Lotusbloom <The August Celestials Quartermaster>
- Sage Whiteheart <The August Celestials Quartermaster>
You cannot obtain this reputation before Level 87 except via championing/bind to account items.
From Level 87 to 89, there are only 300 reputation points available in quests:
At revered, you can buy from / <The August Celestials Quartermaster> for 50 to grant you a 100% bonus reputation gain on all characters on your account.
You can "Champion a faction" with The August Celestials in your Reputation Panel to enable some champion reputation points. This will allow you the following
- +300 reputation for your first Random Dungeon of the Week (Expansions counted separately, excluding Pandaria)
- +300 reputation for your first Random Mists of Pandaria Dungeon of the day (85-89 only)
- +300 reputation for your first Random Mists of Pandaria Heroic of the day
- +200 reputation for your first Random Scenario of the day
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Shado-Pan and The August Celestials daily quests no longer have a faction prerequisite to be Revered with the Golden Lotus.
- Hotfix (2012-10-16): "Fixed an issue that caused the August Celestials quest hub at the Cradle of Chi-Ji to always be available."
- Hotfix (2012-10-01): "The reputation requirement to purchase Valor Point bracers has been reduced from Revered to Honored."
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.