Li Li Stormstout
Li Li Stormstout
|Location||Various in Valley of the Four Winds|
|Relative(s)||Chon Po, Xiu Li (parents)
Shisai (brother) Chen (uncle)
Mab, Liao (ancestors), Mei (grandmother)
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When Li Li was born, her uncle Chen took an immediate liking to her. Chen often spoke to Li Li of his interests in the world outside Shen-zin Su. When Li Li was young, her mother Xiu Li died in a fishing accident and then Chen left the island, leaving Li Li's father Chon Po to watch over her and her brother Shisai on his own. Li Li would often read letters from Chen during his adventures in the outside world. Chon Po did not approve of her wanderlust.
Li Li and her brother Shisai were students of Strongbo, the Wandering Isle's most proficient martial artist.
Li Li's Travel Journal
Because of her wanderlust, she began writing a travel journal where she wanted to note all her explorations. So she began with observing of the Temple of Five Dawns, asking question Master Xi and then following of Shu to the Wu-Song Village where she lost his trail. In the village she met Ji Firepaw and Aysa Cloudsinger who advised her how to find Shu. Li Li was not successful in finding him so she returned to the Temple, where she crossed with Lun, a cart driver, who was heading to Dai-Lo Farmstead.
She convinced him to go with him to the Farmstead. She learned from Lun that hozen stole food and farmers did nothing. Because of this, Li Li ventured to Singing Pools to catch the monkey thieves. Near the Pools, Strongbo was teaching cubs and gave Li Li the evil eye. Finally, she found the thieves playing in the magic pools, so they did not noticed her when she sneaked past them. She found the stolen bags but to her surprise, she found two hozen babies in it. She left them but to get revenge, she hurled a stolen pumpkin to the Hozen and fled.
Her next stop was Pei-Wu Forest, the forbidden area in the Isle. She returned to Mandori Village, which is the home of Stormstouts. During the next night she ventured to the banned forest and got followed by a Pei-Wu tiger. When the tiger attacked, Strongbo appeared and rescued Li Li. She was then brought home and as a punishment, Chon Po decided that Li Li will train under Strongbo's eyes in the Singing Pools. Before attending to training, Li Li ventured to one more location - Wood of Staves, where she met Elder Shaopai who gave her a worry stone. After this she returned home to read Chen's letters and hoped for her own adventure beyond the Isle.
Pearl of Pandaria
After Li Li ruined a musical she was participating in by sleeping behind the curtains, she got into an argument with her father Chon Po about how the pandaren of the Wandering Isle had forgotten the lessons of Liu Lang: that life was an adventure. Chon Po ordered Li Li to never again enter the island's library, but Li Li stormed off and ran away to find her Uncle Chen.
Li Li arrived in Booty Bay, which Chen had told her about in his letters as a place where many of his adventures had begun. In the Salty Sailor Tavern, a gnome privateer recognized her as a pandaren and said he hadn't seen one since he met Chen Stormstout. Li Li bought the gnome drinks if he told her the tale; he was part of a crew that attacked a ship from Stormwind that Chen happened to be on. While Chen fought them all off, the gnome stole a small box from him which he still had. Li Li demanded the gnome hand it over to her, threatening to knock out his teeth and also promising to buy him another beer. As she turned to leave with her prize, Strongbo appeared and told her to return to the Wandering Isle. Li Li, having expected him, told a pair of goblin bruisers that he took her rocket mount. As Bo fought them off, Li Li ran off into the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale on her way to Stormwind and the ship Chen was on.
That night, Li Li sat in a small camp near some troll ruins and opened Chen's box. Inside was a small slip of paper reading "Thunderbrew". As she was wondering what that meant, Bo appeared having found her by the light of her fire. Bo told her they were going home immediately, but Li Li convinced him to at least try some of the tea she had brewed first. Bo agreed, but after one sip he fell unconscious from something Li Li had slipped in the drink.
The next day found Li Li in Westfall, picking when Bo caught up to her. Li Li said that nothing he did would convince her to go home. As they walked through the fields, she noted the smell of sulfur and fireworks. Focusing on Bo once again, she told him that she wasn't going home and so far hadn't been hiding from him either. What if she actively avoids him next time? What would he tell Chon Po? Li Li told him he'd have to return alone and ran off into Elwynn Forest. Bo followed, telling her he'll accompany her until she realizes what a harsh and dangerous place Azeroth really is and begs him to return home. As the pair made their way to Stormwind, they were watched by the goblin Rumblefitz, the source of the smell Li Li had noticed earlier, and his ogre partner Blokk.
In the Cathedral of Light, Li Li was reading up on the Light. Bo made a joke that perhaps the Light could shine on Thunderbrew so they could leave, catching the attention of a nearby priest. He told them of the Thunderbrew ale and Brewfest, which was currently going on. While waiting for the Deeprun Tram, Li Li asked Bo why he was always so grumpy, especially whenever she talks about Chen. Bo told her that he and Chen used to be friends, but didn't continue on the subject. As they boarded the tram, Li Li smelled the same scent from earlier, the scent of sulfur and "the stuff Granny Mei drinks to help her sleep." This time, Bo smelled it as well.
On the tram, Li Li was preoccupied by how fast they were going though Bo was paying more attention to the scent. He found the source was Rumblefitz, and realized the goblin had been following them all day. Rumblefitz tossed a potion which caused an explosion, sending passengers flying and knocking Bo onto the car behind them. Li Li fought off Rumblefitz, knocking him off the car and onto the tracks. However, Bo told her they should have questioned him. Li Li wanted to know why it matters what he wanted, and Bo said this was just another reason the world was dangerous.
In Ironforge, Bo complained about how the carved out city was harming the earth elementals in the area. Li Li told him how the dwarves evolved from the Earthen, created specifically to dig out the crust of Azeroth. Bo replied that the earth was in distress, and he could feel the pressure building. Li Li replied that that didn't mean it was the fault of the dwarves. The subject turned more lighthearted as the two of them found a group heading out to Dun Morogh for Brewfest. Li Li decided that dwarves were suddenly her favorite people.
At Brewfest, the two of them ran into Daran Thunderbrew, who was shocked at seeing pandaren and thought they were figments of his grandfather Grimbooze's imagination. He told them the story of how Grimbooze Thunderbrew and Chen once had a drinking contest that would be recognized as the original Brewfest. Daran told them that after that day, Chen had moved on to Kalimdor and the Stonetalon Mountains to find hops for his brews. The Dark Iron dwarves attacked Brewfest then as they always do, and Bo and Li Li aided in the defense of the kegs. King Magni Bronzebeard himself appeared then, saying that Chen helped him during the Third War and any friend of Chen's was a friend of Khaz Modan. Li Li requested transportation from Magni, and he provided them with a zeppelin and two ram mounts.
Li Li wrote a letter to her father and sent it to the Wandering Isle as a magic-powered origami crane. As Li Li continued to want to know Bo's history with Chen, he told her the story; how Chen and Bo were great friends fated to duel to decide who was Geomaster, and Chen left the island the day of their fight. Li Li thought it was a stupid reason for Bo to hate her uncle. Their zeppelin flew over Orgrimmar, and Li Li told Bo a very brief summary of the story of Thrall.
The goblin pilot told them that because of Venture Co., the Windshear Crag was cleared out and therefore a nice open spot for them to land. Bo asked for an explanation, and upon finding out that they dealt in natural resources he declared goblins parasites and a disease. Having landed in Stonetalon, Bo used his shamanistic powers to communicate with the earth spirits and find a hidden valley in the north where the plants Chen had looked for grew. Li Li decided to have a race, and Bo's ram grew excited at the prospect, storming off at an incredible speed.
However, the valley was seemingly empty, despite Bo sensing the plant there. Keeper Orremin, along with two dryads, appeared and declared that nature's gifts were elusive. Orremin told the tow of them his meeting with Chen, working with him to fight off goblins from the valley though in the process the rare plants were largely destroyed. Orremin removed the illusion on the valley, revealing the hops and offering some to Bo and Li Li as friends of Chen. Orremin pointed them to Azshara next, saying Chen was going there to reflect on the past.
On the road again, Li Li brewed the plants into a beer which she declared her very best work. Bo declined her offer, stating he doesn't drink, and so she saved a large amount to give Chen later. The two soon came across the Ruins of Eldarath, where Li Li recounted a legend that once the ancient pandaren delivered a gift to the Highborne said to contain all the arcane magic the night elves would ever need. Li Li believed it could be found in Eldarath, but inside the temple, the pandaren-made chest she found was empty. Bo commented that that was the message the pandaren left the elves, all the arcane magic they would ever need... nothing. They didn't need arcane magic. He wondered what Li Li had been expecting, and she had hoped for a clue from her uncle.
Bo asked if she had seen enough by now, but Li Li was determined. She was hoping to find some clue to find Chen, but Bo got angry then, declaring their entire journey a waste of time. Li Li yelled at him that this entire journey he had been pessimistic despite all she tried to show him, all because Chen left him in a duel years ago that she was confident Bo would have lost anyway. Bo told Li Li that all Chen cared about was beer and his travels, not his friends or family, and Li Li ran out of the temple.
It was raining in Azshara now as Li Li begged Chen to come back. Someone called out her name, and a hopeful Li Li looked for her uncle - only to be kidnapped by the fel orc Rahjak. She awoke on an unnamed island, and the naga Zhahara Darksquall was demanding she reveal the location of Wanyo and the pearl he had. Li Li hadn't seen Wanyo since he went missing years ago, but Zhahara was convinced she knew where to find him. Li Li's magic was suppressed by one of Rumbletiz's potions, and she was helpless as Rahjak chained her up and left her with Blokk, giving her a telescope so she could see Bo die once he arrives to save her. Rahjak told Li Li she could stop the fight at any moment if only she revealed where Wanyo was. Li Li made a bet with Blokk, challenging him that the ogre couldn't drink her entire bottle of brew from Stonetalon. Blokk took up her challenge, as he began deciding it was the best drink he ever had.
Bo arrived at sunrise, fighting Rahjak to free Li Li. After they had fought for some time, Blokk finished off Li Li's brew and fell unconscious from all the alcohol he had consumed. Li Li stole the keys from him, running off to reach Bo. Rumblefitz tossed a potion at her, but Li Li reflected it back with her staff. The bottle shattered and the potion froze Rumblefitz into a statue. Zhahara caught Li Li again, demanding to find the pearl and when she once again said she didn't know where it was, Zhahara told her they'd watch Bo die together. However, at that moment a streaked across the sky, and Chen Stormstout arrived on the island.
Chen took over the fight from Bo after he had been mortally wounded, and Li Li gave her uncle an opening when she smashed one of Rumblefitz's potions in Zhahara's face. Chen took the moment to steal Rahjak's sword, tossing it into the naga and piercing her torso. Bo then got the finishing kill on Rahjak, stabbing him from behind with a broken fragment of his staff. Bo told Chen to take Li Li home, since he was dying and could not do it himself. Li Li began to cry and told Bo he was coming with them, but Bo said that she can't always have what she wants. Li Li said this was all her fault, if she had never left Bo would have never died. As Bo passed away watching the sunset, Li Li and Chen returned to the Wandering Isle on her uncle's rocket.
Chon Po was happy to see his daughter rather than angry that she had gone, and she told him about how Zhahara was looking for the missing Wanyo. Li Li asked her uncle if some day they would go and find Pandaria. Chen decided that would be a great adventure, but for now he was just happy to be home.
Quest for Pandaria
On the Wandering Isle, Li Li is found along with her uncle Chen telling stories to the cubs on the turtle, something that her father disapproved of greatly. The children preferred to have tea listen to Chen's stories rather than hers which she repeated constantly. That night, a feast was held were the invited were Chen, Chon Po Stormstout, Shisai Stormstout and Li Li. All was calm until Chen's adventures came up and an argument aroused between the two brothers. Chon Po spoke about how it was safe to remain here and Chen spoke about how there was nothing wrong in wanting to be an adventurer. They talked about Xiu Li Stormstout's death and how they were also dangers found on the very island, like the disappearance of Wanyo. They talked about Bo's death and Chon Po's fear that his daughter would have missed her brother wedding, like Chen missed his.
After a night of torment, she got up and left for the Wood of Staves. The Guardian of the Elders let her pass since she defeated him long ago. The approached the Stormstout shrine and knelt in front of it, telling her mother how much she missed her as she placed a small bouquets across the altar. She expressed how she couldn't stay on the island forever and wanted to leave at all costs. As she paid her final respects, she walked by the other shrine and noticed she was close to the Strongbo's family shrine. She wished she could bring him back to life or tried to avoid what had happened. After leaving the wood, she want to see her uncle Chen and told him about having adventures together. Chen at first refused, saying that this home on the Wandering Isle was more of an adventure to him because he never had a home of his own.
Leaving her uncle to wonder, she sat on Shen-zin Su and told him of how king Magni showed her around Ironforge. Then suddenly the turtle beneath her shifted violently and threw her onto her side. The reason was that Shen-zin Su had coughed and pushed Wanyo out of him. The two of them returned back home and the elders had a meeting with him, Li Li eavesdropped on it. She could hear her grandmother Mei talk about the pearl he brought back with him. Wanyo simply state in was great for pointing out fishing spots. In the end it was decided that this was the Pearl of Pandaria and it was going to be kept in the Great Library. That very night, she slowly left the house and went to the library to see the pearl for herself. She grabbed it in her hand and asked it what it could have shown her. It showed her a vision of Pandaria under the fog, she had to find it. As she was returning back to the library, she grabbed the pearl and took it with her back. She began to pack and before she left, she left a letter for her father and uncle to find, claiming she was leaving for Ironforge. Blowing up her whistle, her crane landed on the ground and both left for Dun Morogh.
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Li Li made her way to Ironforge, but she couldn't have an audience with the king because he became a diamond. She didn't believe Muradin at first and Moira was angered by the fact that she was calling them liars. In the end, she left for seeing they were of no help. Li Li later went to the Stonefire Tavern where she was startled by her uncle's appearance. She told him about the pearl and the vision.
Li Li's Travel Journal
Mists of Pandaria
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Li Li is to be following Chen Stormstout around at the beginning of adventurers' trips in the Valley of the Four Winds, generally annoyed at his slow pace.
- What's up?
- Whacha doin'?
- Oh, uh, uh-huh?
- (Sighs) My Uncle Chen traveled all over the world... on foot. And he's still fat!
- Uhh, okay...
- Is it just me, or are you being kind of weird and dumb?
- (Speaking rapidly) Okay, so, I'm all like, "Hey, what's up?" and you're like, I'm gonna poke you and I'm all, "Whacha doin'?" and you're like, I'm gonna keep poking you and I'm like, "Seriously?" an' you're all just like poking me? Like, what's your deal...
- 'Kay, see ya 'round!
- All right, let's go!
- Whaaat? You've gotta go already?
- (Whining/pleading) Take me with you!
- Bye now.
- Wow, incredible! Look at all the lights!
- What's going on do you think? Who's that guy on the turtle?
- Waaaaaiitt - is that Liu Lang?
- That turtle must be Shen-zin Su. It IS! That statue is of a tiny baby Wandering Isle!
- We're home, Uncle Chen!
- Well, sorta.
"Neilson: Li Li is the window or the lense through which we see not only the Pandaren culture, but Azeroth as well. One of the many interesting things about Li Li is that she is young, and she is unbiased, and she is unprejudiced, and she has this wonderful innocence about her — especially when it comes to venturing out into the big bad dangerous world of Azeroth, and she's certainly a bit naive as far as that goes, but she's also experiencing everything to the upmost, and one of her earliest purposes and goals of this book was to serve a little bit of a travel guide to Azeroth.
Especially for folks who maybe haven't played the game, or they haven’t played it in a long time, to be able to see the world of Azeroth through the eyes of Li Li; and she's really the physical embodiment of the theme of the book.
There are a couple of themes:
1. Life is an adventure. 2. Acceptance for other cultures, beliefs and religions.
And so, we get to see all that through Li Li."
Li Li was even based a little bit on Micky Neilson's daughter. He added: "My daughter is age 9, and Li Li’s character is supposed to be kinda a tween age, but I certainly did model her behavior and some of her dialogue after my nine-year-old daughter."
- Li Li Stormstout is voiced by Lauren Tom.
Patches and hotfixes
Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria – Blizzplanet Interviews Micky Neilson & Sean Galloway
- ^ Tom, Lauren 2012-10-02. twitter.com/LaurenTom9000. “@erictbar: That’s great! My monk sounds great. :) Did you happen to do Li-Li, a young girl in The Valley of the Four Winds, as well? @LaurenTom9000: Yep! Glad you had fun with the Monk! :)”