|The racial crest of the mogu.|
Throne of Thunder (original)
|Other major cities|
|Theater of operations|
Possessed of immense size and strength, the mogu built an empire based on might, in which the weak – other races – were subjugated, and the strong – always mogu – ascended to power. So brutal was their regime that its name is never uttered aloud: pandaren call it either the "Old Kingdom" or "First Dynasty". It is known that the mogu empire was a meritocracy, where the previous regime and/or dynasty must be overpowered and executed. It was also known as the Mogu Dynasty.
Power and downfall
Imposing stone monuments and titanic siege engines displayed the power of the mogu to the rest of the land. They turned their strength on the lesser inhabitants of Pandaria, shaping flesh to their whims as they shaped rock.
When the mogu still ruled over Pandaria, they were allied with the Zandalari, who assisted them against the embryonic pandaren empire. Eventually they were overthrown in a desperate revolution led by the pandaren, but their legacy persists in thousand year-old ruins too immense to fall. Despite being defeated and pushed from the island now called Pandaria, the Zandalari, just like the mogu, remained in pandaren lore, and slowly turned into pandaren children's "bogeymen".
After the mists collapse, the Zandalari, curious about Pandaria and their mogu allies, send out their forces to Pandaria, appearing to wish to re-connect with their ancient allies, the mogu. It seems they want to help them retake the land from the pandaren and once again bring it under mogu rule. However, the Zandalari seem too desperate to acquire pandaren territory and appear to have motives beyond just helping out their ancient mogu allies.
Rise of the Thunder King
There’s a storm brewing on Thunder Isle in the form of the newly risen Thunder King: Lei Shen and the invading Zandalari forces who support his bid to regain his seat of power over Pandaria. Once more the heroes of the Horde and Alliance are being called forth to take on this threat, but they do so in the midst of their own dark and bloody war reignited by the decimation of Theramore and the betrayal that split the Kirin Tor. Waging war on two fronts isn’t easy and the Shado-Pan have no interest in anything more than using the power of both factions to put down a more clear and present danger.
The Horde and the Alliance will be working for some familiar faces as they make their way through the island. Each faction's finest are spearheading the assault: the Kirin Tor Offensive led by Jaina Proudmoore and the Sunreaver Onslaught led by Lor'themar Theron.
Emperors and Kings
Despite the name "First Dynasty" or "Mogu Dynasty", the mogu empire was ruled by several different dynasties over the years.
- Queen Monara (last queen, possibly pre-empire)
- Emperor Lei Shen, the Thunder King (first emperor)
- Emperor Dojan
- Emperor Dojan II
- Emperor Kang
- Emperor Tian
- Emperor Lao-Fe (last unified Mogu Emperor of Pandaria)
- Emperor Tsao
- Emperor Wai
- Shen dynasty
- Wai dynasty
- Qiang dynasty
- Guo-Lai dynasty
- King Meng Sharpfang, the Mad King
- King Qiang Steelskin, the Merciless Warlord King
- King Subetai Swiftfoot, the Bandit King
- Zian of the Endless Shadow, the Sorcerer King
- King Xin, the Weaponmaster (King of the Mogu clans in Mogu'shan Palace)
- Emperor Lei Shen, the Thunder King (resurrected)