The faction known as the Wu Lin is made up of warriors from ancient China, who now travel west seeking vengeance from war, betrayal, and personal tragedies.
After The Cataclysm, China descended into hundreds of years of civil war. Of all the factions partaking in the civil war, the Wu Lin have begun to rise to the top. But even they have begun to splinter after so many years of conflict. Many of their warriors have begun to travel west, each with their own reason ranging from honor and glory to exile and disgrace.
When the Cataclysm hit, China was not prepared for the civil war that would break out. Even when a ruler was established under a prestigious dynasty, kingdoms would fall from unrest and rebellions. As a result of all this conflict and misery, a number of warriors have chosen to venture West, finding themselves in Heathmoore. Whether or not they will find peace or a resolution in this new land is left up to question, but they have chosen to join the faction war as the foreign fourth group of miscellaneous warriors.
Due to a lack of a webpage for the Wu Lin's page describing their Emblem, the following is speculation:
- Purple - Divinity
- Gold - Wealth and Nobility
|Tiandi||Vanguard||The Tiandi are loyal protectors to Kings, Queens, and Emperors. They are masters of the Dao blade, the weapon of choice for these Royal Guards.|
|Jiang Jun||Heavy||The Jiang Jun are generals among the Ancient Chinese armies. They are wise leaders who have mastered the Guandao.|
|Nuxia||Assassin||The Nuxia are trained bodyguards and assassins who often disguised their talents through dance. They are deadly artists of the hook swords.|
|Shaolin||Hybrid||The Shaolin are fierce warrior monks known for their athletic, monkey-like fighting style, and their prowess with a staff. They hold their written prayers close to them at all times.|
|Zhanhu||Hybrid||The Zhanhu are ruthless servants to whoever they pledge servitude, duty-bound to follow their every decree without a single motion of hesitation. They are mobile with the long, single-edged Changdao blade, while wreaking torrents of flame on their enemies.|
Their armor typically consists of decorated lamellar or metal plate armor, combined with or hidden under their ornate cloth uniform.
- Dao - Chinese broadsword that can slice apart enemies in a few elegant cuts.
- Hook swords - versatile weapons that have blades at the bottom of their handles, bladed guards, and hooks at the end to ensnare enemy weapons.
- Guandao - a Chinese halberd with a long wooden shaft and a large blade at its end.
- Staff - a long flexible pole that can pummel enemies in a flurry of strikes.
- Changdao - a single-bladed Chinese greatsword that requires great skill and patience to wield, but rewards prowess with devastating strikes.
Notable Wu Lin
- Shidou - a former Tiandi who gave into his conceitedness, causing the death of his family and the fall of the kingdom.
- Ying - a Tiandi who guarded the Queen closely, but later was disgraced by a crime she had not committed. She acts as the Wu Lin's Wyverndale Ambassador.
- Lin Yao - a former Nuxia assassin who hides no more her lethality after being betrayed by the empire she swore fidelity to. Recruited Holden Cross into her mercenary guild, and later became the Wu Lin Representative of the Chimera Alliance.
- Guan Yu - a legendary Jiang Jun who seeks the thrill of battle, as well as his swan song.
- Wei Chang - a Shaolin monk who survived his monastery's massacre, now fighting to preserve lost prayers and honor his brothers.
- Sun Da - the son of a rebellious warlord, now an honor-bound Zhanhu who chose to execute his entire family to ensure loyalty to the emperor.
- Fu Huo - an alchemical pariah, outlawed as a witch by her own people, but sought out by the empress. She now serves in the Wu Lin army as a Zhanhu, a means to an end for her endless experiment in mastering gunpowder. Led the Wu Lin warriors of the Order of Horkos.
- Gao Lei - a warlord who invaded Chinese lands, destroying kingdom after kingdom. Eventually, Gao Lei's army became what is known as the Wu Lin army.
- Empress Dou - an Empress of the Wu Lin provinces who found interest in the Zhanhu, Fu Huo.
- The Wu Lin's emblem of a dragon holding a pearl is a common sight in Chinese culture, as it is often associated with a number of concepts, including but not limited to wisdom, prosperity, power, immortality, thunder, spiritual energy and the moon.
- Depending on the reading of the name, Wu Lin can be read as Wǔlín (武林) which is the Wuxia term for the orthodox Martial Arts society.
- The Chinese localization of the game does use the above reading for the faction's name.