Temple of the White Tiger
|Location||Northeast Kun-Lai Summit|
High atop the frigid northern peaks of the Kun-Lai Summit looms the Temple of the White Tiger (or Tiger Temple), an ancient training ground protected by an elite force of martial priests, along with the spirit of the White Tiger itself.
Near the building holding Xuen himself is The Emperor's Burden - Part 6, providing a small bit of lore about Shaohao, the last emperor of Pandaria. Interacting with the shrine is one of the objectives of , a Pandaria exploration achievement.
The Tiger Temple Tournament takes place on the temple's grounds.
The mogu empire and aftermath
During the reign of the mogu empire, the pandaren Kang believed that the mogu empire's reliance on slave labor made it weak. He learned how to fight without weapons, using the strength of his opponents against them, and taught it to many others. Soon he and his followers escaped to Kun-Lai, where they honed their abilities and philosophies in secret. After finding Xuen atop Mount Neverest, the White Tiger guided Kang and the other novice monks in the ways of strength-not simply the strength of raw power, but the strength of endurance, encouraging him to also find strength in the land. Kang looked and saw scattered, isolated trees growing along the Kun-Lai ridgelines. They were twisted and gnarled, but he soon understood they needed to be. It was those trees that formed the walls of the monks' monastery.
When Kang died, fighting the last mogu emperor and freed all of Pandaria, his staff, Sheilun was brought back to the monastery in the mountains, serving as a quiet symbol of what could be accomplished through the strength of inner harmony. The monastery itself, however, was not quiet at all. Xuen warned the monks that, although they were free, they had inherited the responsibility to protect Pandaria from the evil minds that wished to claim it, such as the mantid. The monks who remained in Kun-Lai dedicated themselves to preparing for this threat. And every one hundred years, pandaren monks lined the top of the Serpent's Spine to face the overwhelming waves of mantid and risk their lives to protect their land. Xuen would always allow one mistweaver to carry Sheilun into this centennial battle. Many years later, during the coronation of Emperor Shaohao, Xuen sent the staff to the young emperor.
The monastery atop Kun-Lai had changed over the years. What had once been the only refuge for free minds was now the training grounds for the most dedicated fighters in the land, trained to fight the mantid and all of Pandaria's other enemies. At the time of the Great Sundering of Kalimdor, shortly after his coronation, Shaohao and the Monkey King came to the temple confidently, demanding that they submit to his authority. Xuen saw that he was carrying his coronation gift-this staff, Sheilun-but that it had been nothing more to him than a walking stick. The White Tiger also saw that the emperor had rid himself of a great many dangerous emotions but not anger. Shaohao's anger toward the Burning Legion made him brash and reckless. Xuen offered a simple challenge, to strike a single one of these monks. Shaohao accepted and swung Sheilun over and over again, but he struck nothing at all. The monks were too skilled and easily evaded him. Shaohao's humiliation and anger built up, and then they exploded. A great darkness burst forth from him, and in his rage, Shaohao broke Sheilun over his knee and lashed out with the power of the Sha of Anger. When he regained his senses, a monk lay dead, the victim of Shaohao's unchecked aggression. Xuen watched the emperor's heart break for the life he had taken. And then Shaohao knelt humbly, accepting his failure, ridding himself of anger forever and becoming wiser. He and Monkey King then departed the temple for the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
Mists of Pandaria
Later, the temple held trials of battle and the Alliance and Horde adventurers came to participate in matches against skilled fighters from all across Pandaria. It was also visited by Wrathion who sought Xuen's blessing.
At some point, Shin Whispercloud was making a delivery of fish from the Anglers Wharf in Krasarang Wilds to the Temple of the White Tiger. He brought Li Li Stormstout with him, but they didn't stay long.
Shadows of the Horde
Shortly before the war against the Zandalari, Li Li spent some time at the temple. However, when the trolls attacked, Li Li led the refugees from Zouchin Village to the temple. Afterward, Vol'jin, Tyrathan Khort, Chen Stormstout, and Taran Zhu reconvened at the temple, before returning to Shado-Pan Monastery.
Following the Siege of Orgrimmar, the trial of Garrosh Hellscream took place in the temple, attended by the Alliance, Horde, August Celestials, and the Shado-Pan. Garrosh was also held captive here. During the duration of the trial, the welcomers were forbidden to carry weapons, and pavilions were designated for both factions. The temple's monks and merchants were asked to stay away from the temple grounds during the daytime.
The new Farseer of the Earthen Ring and Rehgar Earthfury came to the Temple and asked Xuen about The Fist of Ra-den. Others came to the Temple to present their offerings to him, so the tiger prepared a series of challenges for everyone who wanted to possess the weapons of the storm. The other challengers included Sigurd the Giantslayer, and the duo, Chen and Li Li. Upon defeating them, the Farseer proceeded to pick up the Fist of Ra-den. As they did, the elements in the weapons caused the main temple to tremble and boulders to fall. However, as the hero was attuning the weapons, Legion forces led by Lord Kra'vos invaded the temple in order to obtain the storm weapons. His inquisitors entrapped Rehgar, Li Li, and Chen, but the shaman hero defeated the demons. As Xuen was congratulating the heroes, spectators and honor guards entered the main temple, and then Rehgar and the hero departed using an Astral Gate to the Maelstrom.
Battle for Azeroth
Gurgthock and Wodin the Troll-Servant return for the fourth round of their Ring of Blood, er... Amphitheater of Anguish, um... Crucible of Carnage, ah... Arena of Annihilation event, for level-90 adventurers only!
- Big Greenfeather <Flight Master>
- Black Arrow <Repair Vendor>
- Wang Chung
- Full Flask <Grummlegrog and Souvenirs>
- Gurgthock <Fight Promoter>
- Sunwalker Dezco <Dawnchaser Chieftain>
- Master Lao (Innkeeper)
- Wodin the Troll-Servant
- Anduin Wrynn <Prince of Stormwind>
- Zhi the Harmonious <Caretaker>
- Taran Zhu
Flight path connections
- There is a flower that grows in the lakes of the mountain slopes near the Temple of the White Tiger, that only blooms in the presence of someone pure of heart.
- When Lei Shen was conquering Pandaria during the rise of the mogu empire, pandaren refugees came to Xuen who offered the pandaren shelter. Subsequently, Lei Shen dueled with Xuen at a temple as depicted in artwork of World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, which could be the Temple of the White Tiger. However, that happened long before Kang built his monastery per Xuen's advice during the Pandaren Revolution against the last mogu emperor. The sources that refer to the first monks' training and Shaohao's capture of the Sha of Anger differ in the location of Kang's monastery between the Temple of the White Tiger, Shado-Pan Monastery, and the Peak of Serenity.
The Xuen Shield Bearers may come from the temple.
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.
- ^ As evidenced when hovering over the Temple signpost with the mouse
- ^ Zone Previews: Kun-Lai Summit
- ^ The Chronicle of Ages#Sheilun, Staff of the Mists
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 88
- ^ The Burdens of Shaohao
- ^ Li Li's Travel Journal
- ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ File:Xuen vs Lei Shen Chronicle Vol 1.jpg