World of Warcraft: Recurring Nightmares
Description: Denizens of a wondrous and fertile land, the pandaren once laboured under the oppressive thumb of a monstrous race of ancient warlords known as the mogu. Through tenacity, diplomacy, and a unique form of unarmed combat, the pandaren staged a successful revolution that deposed the mogu and established a pandaren empire that would prosper for thousands of years.
Honourable and filled with a love of good company, good food — and every now and then, a good friendly brawl — the pandaren have been content to live in seclusion, allowing their culture to flourish and thrive away from the influence of the outside world. However, every now and then, a pandaren is born with a thirst for adventure that rivals his or her thirst for a strong drink, and he or she strikes out to explore beyond Pandaria’s shores.
If a single trait could sum up the pandaren culture, it’s that they live in the moment. They embrace life with gusto. A pandaren does everything with vigour, focus, and intensity. Every meal is an event. Every moment with the family is cherished. Every project or work of art demands their full attention. Every nap is treated as if it will be the last! The pandaren work hard, play hard, fight like animals, love with all their soul, tell impossibly tall tales, drink like they mean it, and sleep like the dead.
Appearance: Pandaren are round shouldered, with a stocky build and blunt, ursine face. All pandaren have a short-furred, soft white pelt with black markings around eyes, ears and nose, as well as dark fur “sleeves” marking their arms and legs down to the prehensile paws they have for hands, and their feet. They favour garments of finely wrought silk or cotton, with pandaren ascetics often wearing canvas cloth robes made from rice flax. The typical pandaren male is between 5 feet and 6 feet in height and weighs between 200 to 300 pounds. Pandaren females are similar in stature, with slighter, more feminine builds, being from 160 to 240 pounds.
Faith: Pandaren have a fierce and deep belief in the connection of the material and spiritual worlds, and follow the teachings that as the land is a reflection of the spirits, so too are the spirits a reflection of the land.
As a society they have adopted a philosophy of reacting, instead of acting first. They claim to be the water that flows around a rock: The water does not push the rock out of the way, it merely goes around it. They use this uncomplicated way of thinking in their everyday life.
Names: Pandaren naming practices are similar to those of humans: each pandaren has a given name and a surname. The names themselves, of course, are different.
- Male Names: Chen, Jinto, Kesha, Masha, Mushi, Polo, Sinjo.
- Female Names: Huan, Jiang, Lian, Mei, Ping, Shui, Zi.
- Family names: Earthsong, Greentouch, Honeybrew, Lightgrace, Reedwine, Sweetbarrow, Swiftpaw.
+2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma, -2 Intelligence: Pandaren are thoughtful and quite friendly, but their isolated culture has limited their exposure to intellectual stimulation.
Medium: Pandaren are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Pandaren have a base speed of 30 feet.
Bouncy (Ex): Pandaren are always considered to land on their feel even when they take lethal damage from a fall. Furthermore, they gain a +1 bonus to their CMD against trip attempts. Additionally, because of their rotund physique, pandaren gain a +1 natural armour bonus to their Armour Class.
Gourmand: Pandaren gain a +2 racial bonus on Profession (cook) checks.
Quaking Palm (Ex): Pandaren receive Stunning Fist as a bonus feat at 1st level, even if they does not meet the prerequisites. A pandaren may attempt a stunning attack once per day.
Languages: Pandaren begin play speaking Common and Pandaren. Furthermore, pandaren with high Intelligence scores can learn any unrestricted languages they want.
Favoured Classes: Alchemist, Barbarian, Bard, Cavalier, Cleric, Fighter, Monk, Oracle, Ranger, Rogue, Wizard.