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- This article is about the animated statues. For the Kun-Lai Summit mob, see Terracotta Warrior. For the Shadowlands gargoyles, see Stoneborn.
For many ages, the mogu used flesh as a weapon: warped, bent, and twisted to their malevolent will. But after their failures in creating the saurok race, and having exhausted their options for enslaved mortal warriors, the mogu sought to create another weapon, this time forged with total obedience. They turned their attention to creating armies of animated constructs to do their fighting for them.
Their ancient research delivered to them methods of turning flesh to stone, and back again. Lifeless rock could be animated, providing a willing (or unwilling) soul could be captured within. These dark rituals created the Stoneborn, soldiers of jade and dark magic forged from the living essence of conquered victims. These creations were powerful, terrible to behold, and above all else, completely loyal to their mogu masters. These terracotta warriors would sometimes sit dormant for centuries.
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over. "Terra Cotta" is latin for "Baked Earth".