Yu'lon

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NeutralYu'lon (Fei)
Image of Yu'lon (Fei)
Title The Jade Serpent,
the Great Serpent,[1]
the Celestial of Wisdom,[2] Spirit of Wisdom and Foresight[3]
Gender Female[4]
Race August Celestial
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) August Celestials
Occupation Leader of the August Celestials[5]
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Yu'la (broodling),
Yu'lei (daughter)
Student(s) Emperor Shaohao
Yu'lon in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms during one of N'Zoth's assaults.
There is but one certainty - every end marks a new beginning.
Pearl of Yu'lon

Yu'lon the Jade Serpent is one of the four creatures known as the August Celestials who watch over Pandaria. Yu'lon watches over the Jade Forest. She is the spirit of wisdom, but also represents spring, youth, growth, and nurturing.[6] She occasionally disguises herself as a pandaren girl named Fei.

History

Main article: August Celestial#Early history

Fu Zan

Long ago, the titanic watcher Keeper Freya gifted her walking stick, fashioned from one of the branches of Fu Zan the first tree, to the August Celestials, and Yu'lon vowed to keep the staff safe. For thousands of years, even during the dark reign of the mogu empire, she did just that. Yu'lon suspected that, if Fu Zan would pass to someone, it would go to a jinyu or a pandaren since she considered the hozen to be too innately violent to be trusted with such a gift. They were often selfish and shortsighted, unable to work together long enough to build a proper civilization of their own. But as time passed, Yu'lon questioned her assumptions. There were different forms of wisdom and courage. It was easy to see the short-lived, short-tempered hozen as troublemakers, but they lived full lives-wild lives-in the years they had. Yu'lon felt Fu Zan begin to awaken. It needed a new companion. The Jade Serpent knew that soon she would honor Freya's wishes and allow a worthy mortal to carry Fu Zan. And she was becoming certain that it needed to be given to a hozen.

Freya's words became clear the moment Yu'lon laid eyes upon one exceptional and uniquely clever hozen. He called himself the Monkey King. Yu'lon could see the Monkey King's motivation. It was simple: he disliked the sight of blood. At the most fundamental level, this was a creature who loathed battle and loved peace. And from that, he had achieved what no other hozen ever had. Yu'lon needed to know how deep the Monkey King's cleverness ran, so she visited him in disguise. All the Monkey King saw was another hozen, but this one did not call him king or bow before him. He demanded that she show respect. Instead, the newcomer asked him a riddle, telling him that a true king would have no trouble answering it. He snapped out the correct answer in seconds. She gave him another. He answered again. On and on they went, for three days and three nights. The Monkey King grew enraged, but even in his anger, he continued to answer her questions. Yu'lon was convinced. Violence and tyranny were not in the Monkey King's nature, or he would have tried to shut her up with force long ago. She revealed her true form-which caused considerable chaos in that hozen village-and presented him with Fu Zan, the Wanderer's Companion. The Jade Serpent told him the story of Freya and how the staff had come to be. Then she warned him: she sensed that, one day, his cleverness would not be enough to stop evil. When that day came, he would need to act decisively. The Monkey King did not believe her.[7][8]

The mogu empire

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During Lei Shen's conquest of Pandaria, he and the mogu overpowered the four August Celestials. Yu'lon was the last Celestial to remain uncaptured, and she spread wisdom to the pandaren of the Jade Forest during their time under the mogu empire. During a visit to one of the slave camps, Lei Shen sent a bolt of lightning streaking across the sky that pierced Yu'lon's body and sent her crashing to the earth. Yu'lon awoke underground, where the pandaren had secreted her away to a hidden cave built in honor of the August Celestials. The Jade Serpent, so moved by what she saw, imbued the place with her magic to help the miners find the wisdom, hope, fortitude, and strength they had lost in life. But she was dying, and so she requested that the pandaren build a statue of her.

For a hundred years, generations of miners toiled. All the while Yu'lon, still wounded from the Thunder King's attack, drew closer to death. At the moment when the work finished, she breathed her last breath. The miners wept that they'd failed to save her, but the statue moved and its eyes opened; Yu'lon had been reborn through the statue, and to this day she still must reincarnate through a new statue when she grows weak.[9]

The Burdens of Shaohao

When Shaohao climbed up Mount Neverest, the Jade Serpent appeared before him. Shaohao needed to know how to keep his land and people safe from the Sundering. She told him to go to the center of Pandaria and find the answer within.[10]

Mists of Pandaria

Yu'lon as Fei.
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Fei is a pandaren girl illusion used by Yu'lon to test the adventurer in the Jade Temple,[4] and later in the Serpent's Heart after completing the main storyline of Jade Forest and takes the adventurer to Valley of the Four Winds.

Every hundred years, an enormous jade state is built in the temple grounds, so Yu'lon can transfer her life essence into the sculpture, which would then turn into a new being. This cycle has been going for generations.[11]

Yu'lon and the other three Celestials opened the gate to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.[12]

She also granted her powers to the Golden Lotus warriors when the mogu invaded the vale after the death of Zhi the Harmonious.[13]

Temple of the Jade Forest

Main article: Liu Flameheart

During the encounter with Liu Flameheart, roughly around 30%, she summons Yu'lon to defend her. After Yu'lon is defeated, she frees the priestess of all doubt, killing her and flying off.

Escalation

As part of Wrathion's legendary journey, he and an adventurer visited the Jade Serpent in order to receive her blessing.[14]

Timeless Isle

The trial of Yu'lon.

The trial of Yu'lon is a test of wisdom and faith. With omens of a bleak future floating through his mind. Emperor Shaohao climbed to the summit of Mount Neverest to seek the counsel of the Jade Serpent. Yu'lon urged Shaohao to cast off the dark emotions that plagued him, and through his trials, Emperor Shaohao would become one with the land. To pass the trial of the Serpent, warriors must be wise in their choices.[15]

Siege of Orgrimmar

During the quest N [90] Why Do We Fight?, the celestials alongside the ghost of Shaohao, Lorewalker Cho and adventurer gathered around to begin to heal the Vale. She flies around in a circle after the tree was planted upon the ground to begin the process of healing Pandaria.

After some time, the Monkey King sensed that his travels with Fu Zan were nearing their end. So, he traveled to the temple of Yu'lon and passed the staff back into her care so that one day it can again be given up to another who is worthy to wield it.[7]

War Crimes

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Yu'lon and other Celestials chose to hold a trial involving the members of the Alliance and Horde rather than sentence Garrosh Hellscream among themselves. During the trial, Yu'lon took the form of the Panda cub from the Jade Forest as a show of respect to the gathered races.[16]

The Jade Hunters

Yu'lon and Fenella Darkvire.
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Disguised as Fei, she led Fenella Darkvire, Carrick Irongrin and Fendrig Redbeard to the same 'mine', of which none where happy with.

Later on, the dwarves learned of how Yu'lon inspired the pandaren miners to seek knowledge and escape the mogu's grip, and of the hidden refuge the pandaren had built underground to worship the Celestials in secret. After Emperor Shaohao's teachings and the Great Sundering, the miners' descendants would build the great temples in honor of the celestials and founded the order of the August Celestials to uphold their teachings. The three masons realized that the 'mine' Fei had sent them to was the very refuge that Yu'lon experienced the death of her natural body.

When they returned as friends from their journey, Fei revealed her true form to them and they watched her fly away until she was a vein of jade in the diamond sky.[9]

Warlords of Draenor

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Yu'lon can be summoned by an item called  [Scroll of Invoke Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent] during Ashran battles.

Legion

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Yu'lon fends off an attack from the Burning Legion on the Temple of the Jade Serpent.[17]

Battle for Azeroth

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During the Assault in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms by N'Zoth's forces, Yu'lon is seen patrolling the skies.

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Jade Forest 90 11,494
Temple of the Jade Serpent 87 - 92
55,374,625
5H10,539,800
N [90] Celestial Blessings 100 20,481
Yu'lon (tactics) ?? 2,704,063
Vale of Eternal Blossoms ?? 11,494
Ashran 101 151,845
N Monk [98 - 110] The Trial at the Temple 98 - 110 6,752,710
Broken Isles 111 1,075,123

Quests

Quotes

The Burdens of Shaohao Part 1—Doubt
Yu'lon: What troubles you, young emperor?
Shaohao: Countless demons will soon pour over Azeroth! What must I do to save my kingdom?
Yu'lon: Seek out the heart of Pandaria, for the answer lies within.
Shaohao: But how can I find it?
Yu'lon: Your emotions cloud you. Free yourself of these burdens, let the land be your teacher.

Mists of Pandaria

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Gossip

Main article: Why Do We Fight? (quest)#Notes
As Fei
Hey there!
<The little girl squints at you.>
I overheard you talking to the Elder Sage. He's pretty serious, isn't he?
Well you're in luck, because I hear just about everything that happens around here.

On-click

Greeting
  • Greetings, little one.
  • May joy be in your heart.
  • I will guide your way.
  • A new day is upon us.
  • What do you seek, my child?
  • Spring will bloom.
Farewell
  • May your journey be joyful.
  • Wisdom guide your path.
  • Farewell little one.
  • The cycle always turns.

Dialogue

Main article: The Jade Serpent#Notes
Main article: Moving On#Notes
Main article: A Witness to History#Notes
Main article: The Might of Three#Notes
Main article: Celestial Blessings#Notes
Main article: Yu'lon (tactics)#Quotes
Main article: Time-Lost Shrine

Warlords of Draenor

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Ashran
Come close heroes, and let me heal your wounds.

Legion

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Main article: The Trial at the Temple#Notes

Notes and trivia

  • During Legion, she could be summoned using the  [Sheilun, Staff of the Mists] artifact trait [Blessings of Yu'lon].
  • Like the Dragon Aspects, the August Celestials have the ability to take on mortal forms. Yu'lon's mortal appearance of choice is a young pandaren girl named Fei, used in the Jade Forest and at the trial of Garrosh Hellscream.
  • A master sculptor devoted her life to creating an incomparably beautiful statue, inspired by her love and reverence for Yu'lon. When the sculptor passed away, Yu'lon breathed a fraction of her essence into the statue, bringing Yu'la into the world.[18]
  • The  [Jadefire Spirit] is thought to be a living embodiment of Yu'lon's own jade breath.[19]
  • Fenella Darkvire noticed that in either form, Yu'lon has strange red eyes, which the dwarf described as "eyes ancient like elementium."[9]
  • Yu'lon (玉龙, pinyin: yù lóng) is Chinese for "jade dragon".
  • In the early Mists of Pandaria beta, Fei used a female pandaren adult model placeholder.
  • In the original four symbols of Chinese mythology which the August Celestials are based on, the dragon in the East is blue instead of green. However, it should be noted that Classical Chinese lacked distinct terms for blue and green, using the term qīng (青) for both colors. (Modern Mandarin Chinese uses lán (藍) for blue and (緑) for green.)
  • Yu'lon is voiced by Alyson Reed.

Speculation

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The  [Pearl of Yu'lon] Archaeology artifact used to refer to Yu'lon as male. While it's possible this was simply an error by Blizzard, it may have suggested that Yu'lon may get reincarnated as either male or female, even if her current incarnation is female. This was eventually corrected in patch 6.0.1, so presumably it was the former rather than the latter.

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