The Seven Burdens of Shaohao – World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Achievement
The Seven Burdens of Shaohao is one of the achievements that unlock a quest turn-in. Lorewalker Cho will send to your mailbox an item that starts a quest. Upon turning it in, Lorewalker Cho reenacts the story via a hologram. Below is the video that shows this, and information on how to find all the scrolls throughout Pandaria to complete the achievement.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 1
The scroll can be found in the Jade Forest at the Dawn’s Blossom. Look it up within the water pond. There’s a bell on a small patch of land. The scroll sits there. Coordinates: [47.06 – 45.16]
Ten thousand years ago, the day Shadohao was crowned Emperor of Pandaria, he followed the tradition of all the emperors before him and sought the counsel of the great Waterspeaker of the Jinyu. With a light heart the young emperor stood before the prophet and awaited to hear what he presumed would be good news.
The Waterspeaker listened to the song of the great river, but his eyes widened with terror.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 1:
“And the Waterspeaker saw before him a kingdom of sorcerers surrounding a great well, and from this well they called forth a host of demons. Green fire rained from the skies, and all the world’s continents shattered.”
Terrified by the vision presented before him, Emperor Shaohao realized that he was not to live a life of luxury. From the humble town of Dawn’s Blossom, his journey to save Pandaria began.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 2
The scroll can be found in Kun-Lai Summit at the Seeker’s Point next to Lorewalker Cho — this location is at Mount Neverest. Coordinates: [43.78 – 51.25]
It was at this location ten thousand years ago that Shaohao, the last Emperor of Pandaria, sought out the counsel of the Jade Serpent.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 3:
“Forlorn and without hope, the Last Emperor ascended the sheer slope of Mount Neverest. Daggers of cold sliced through his silken robes, and the biting wind heaped scorn on his journey.”
“Only at the very peak of the mountain did the Emperor find quiet and solace, and here he spoke with the Jade Serpent, the spirit of wisdom.”
The Jade Serpent urged Shaohao to divest himself of his burdens, to purify his spirit, and to become one with the land.
The Emperor was perplexed by the Jade Serpent’s counsel, but no further answers were to be found atop the frigid peak. Dejected, Emperor Shaohao trudged back down the mountain to consult his companion, the Monkey King, and determine his next move.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 3
The scroll can be found in the Jade Forest to the left side of the Temple of the Jade Serpent’s zone-in portal. The scroll sits against a bell. Coordinates: [55.89 – 56.68]
It was at this very location ten thousand years ago that Shaohao, the last emperor of Pandaria, defeated the Sha of Doubt and imprisoned it within the land.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 5:
“Shaohao mediated for three days and three nights, for the counsel of the Jade Serpent was unclear. How could one purge oneself of all doubt?”
“Weary of waiting, Shaohao’s travelling companion the Monkey King whittled a strange grimacing visage out of bamboo. He urged the Emperor to place the mask of doubt on his face …”
While mischief was the Monkey King’s motivation, the mask worked. As Shaohao pulled the mask away, his doubts took on a physical form. For seven hours they fought, until the Sha of Doubt was buried.
From that day onward, the last emperor had no doubt that he would save Pandaria from the Sundering. He became a creature of faith.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 4
The scroll may be found in Krasaran Wilds at the Temple of the Red Crane. It’s on the second floor sitting next to a giant Crane-shaped gong. Coordinates of the temple’s entrance: [40.42 – 50.43]
It was at this very location ten thousand years ago that Shaohao, the Last Emperor of Pandaria, defeated the Sha of Despair and imprisoned it within the land.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 9:
“After his success in the Jade Forest, Emperor Shaohao was filled with courage but fretted over an uncertain future. He sought the counsel of the Red Crane, the spirit of hope, deep within the Krasarang Wilds.”
“The Red Crane told the Emperor that hope was within all of us, if we looked deep enough. With that, the Monkey King presented Emperor Shaohao with a mask of Despair, a forlorn visage of terrible sadness. The Emperor donned the mask and drew out his own hopelessness…”
The battle against the Sha of Doubt lasted four days and five nights in a pouring rain, but with the help of the Red Crane and the Monkey King, all of Shaohao’s despair was extinguished.
From that day forth the Emperor knew the future was bright. He became a creature of hope.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 5
The scroll may be found in Townlong Steppes at the Niuzao Temple near the Commander Lo Ping (Justice Quartermaster) and Commander Oxheart (Valor Quartermaster). [37.69 – 62.91]
It was at this very location ten thousand years ago that Shaohao, the Last Emperor of Pandaria, defeated the Sha of Fear and imprisoned it within the land.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 14:
“Although purged of doubt and despair, Emperor Shaohao was still overcome by fear. He sought the counsel of the Black Ox, spirit of bravery and fortitude, who lived in the steppes beyond the wall.”
“The Black Ox, Red Crane, Emperor, and Monkey King was inspired to act. A mask of fear was created, terrifying to behold. With trembling hands, the Emperor donned the horrific mask, so as to draw forth his own fears …”
The battle against the Sha of Fear lasted a week and a day, during which time legend has it that the sun never rose. When the Sha was at last defeated and imprisoned in the earth, Emperor Shaohao was forever changed, for he no longer felt his own fears. He became a creature of courage.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 6
The scroll can be found in Kun-Lai Summit at the Temple of the White Tiger. The scroll sits next to a bell located near a bridge closest to the main temple. Coordinates: [67.93 – 48.35]
It was at this very location ten thousand years ago that Shaohao, the Last Emperor of Pandaria, defeated the Sha of Anger, the Sha of Hatred, and the Sha of Violence.
From the Book of Burdens, Chapter 19:
“Confident and fearless, Emperor Shaohao thought nothing could stop him. But at the urging of the Red Crane, he sought out the counsel of the White Tiger, the spirit of strength.”
“The White Tiger saw in Shaohao a dangerous recklessness that often accompanies those with no fear. He gathered together the greatest warriors of Pandaria to test the Emperor.”
“Emperor Shaohao was given a ten-foot pole, and was challenged to strike one of the warriors. For hours they fought, but the warriors were too quick and too nimble for the untrained Emperor. He grew angry, he cursed, and finally, broke the staff over his knee.”
Humbled, the Emperor asked the White Tiger what was wrong, and learned that his own passions made him weak. To save Pandaria, Shaohao would have to combat his own anger, hatred, and violence.
The Monkey King sprang into action, and carved three masks. The Emperor wore each mask in turn, and with the help of his friends, as well as all the greatest warriors of Pandaria, the Sha of Anger, the Sha of Hatred, and the Sha of Violence were defeated and imprisoned beneath the ground.
The Emperor was forever changed, and as he set forth on the final leg of his adventure, he was a creature of patience, love and peace.
The Emperor’s Burden – Part 7
The scroll can be found in Kun-Lai Summit at the Shado-Pan Monastery. The scroll sits against a bell at a miniature terrace located northeast of the Shado-Pan Monastery and west of the Peak of Serenity. There’s a housing icon next to the Shado-pan Monastery representing the location of this terrace in the map. The champion Ahone the Wanderer spawns there. Coordinates: [41.12 – 42.46]
The Shado-Pan order was founded ten thousand years ago under a charter from Shaohao, the Last Emperor of Pandaria.
Emperor Shaohao knew that the dark energy of the Sha – the physical embodiment of negative emotions like anger, fear, hatred or doubt – represented a great threat to the pandaren if allowed to fester beneath the land. He tasked the greatest warriors of Pandaria with the duty to restrain and control the Sha.
On this very location, mere hours after Emperor Shaohao bested his own anger, hatred, and violence, the first of the Shado-Pan took their knee and spoke an oath to the Last Emperor. The same words have been spoken by every Shado-Pan initiate ever since, for the last ten thousand years.