Lei Shen, or by his other name: the Thunder King, was the first ruler of the mogu. He was the one who united them all under one banner.
He gained his power by entering the Thundering Mountain, a forbidden and sacred place for the mogu, where he tore out the heart of their god, Ra-den. This act gave him power over stone and wind.
He made the Thundering Mountain his own and built a huge city on top of it.
This new power, the "mogu way", grew under his command. He destroyed or enslaved every other mogu warlord who opposed him.
He built the Mogu'shan Vaults to keep and protect his secrets. The pandarens were considered a threat, and he forbade them access to knowledge. Pandaren manuscripts were burned and their leaders were killed.
Lei Shen soon understood that the mantid will never yield so that's why he ordered the construction of the Serpent's Spine, the huge wall that protects Pandaria against the mantid hordes and which still stands today. Aside from the wall, he also commanded the construction of the Divine Bell during his reign. This great weapon of war boosted his warriors and struck fear into the enemy’s hearts.
We know little about his death. It is told that he found his death fighting against pandaren monks, in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, but nothing is certain.
The Zandalari trolls found the body of Lei Shen and his armies in the Tomb of Conquerors in the Valley of Emperors. They took the body to the Isle of Reckoning and the Thunder King was resurrected by Prophet Khar'zul. The Helm, Axe and Spear of the Thunder King were collected as well.
The Divine Bell was found by Garosh who wanted to use it for his armies. The "fight" between Garosh and Prince Anduin lead to the shattering of the bell, but something tells me that when the bell was struck the Thunder King must have heard it.
The Thunder king is now back in his seat, inside his city, on the Isle of the Thunder.
During our questing in Pandaria we heard about the Thunder King and we actually witnessed his resurrection. We were in the Tomb of Conquerors, in the Valley of Emperors, when the trolls came and took his body. Even if we had rushed towards the Isle of Reckoning we would not have been able stop the resurrection.
Unfortunately, we were the ones who "safely" collected his gear while questing in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. We found the spear, the axe and the helm he was wearing. I think that placing them all in the same place for safekeeping was not such a good idea.
Now, with the launch of the patch 5.2, we will face the Thunder King and hopefully we will put him to rest for good this time. ...or will we?
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