: Maokai, vladimir or gp ?
Follow your heart {{sticker:vlad-salute}}
: Is there going to be updated Noxus Lore arriving with Swain Update?
With the amount of Vlad lore requests by numerous people on these boards it would be a bit mean of Riot not to include him.
: How old did you estimate he was before, out of interest? Because he looks a lot like my uncle aged ~55 in the old splash art...
Reav3 said early 40s once so we all agreed to that.
: Riot, what is new Swain's age?
I think he's well past the 50s now, with hair such a stark white. Also, is his natural hair color still (raven) black?
GreenLore (EUW)
: There are only 2 champs related to blood magic Vlad and Sion. That doesn't mean that its especially widespread.
Rhaast and Aatrox too. There's also the two blood mages in the Varus comic which seemed to function as DPS/Cleric for a small military party. That, and Riot WHREN saying the worldbuilding team has been working on expanding and defining the role of blood mages in Noxian society and armies(so presume it's widespread). Overall I think it's fairly fitting for an ambitious young mage to dabble in the sanguine arts.
: My tangent take "blood magic" is actually advanced waterbending.
It's either that or pure warlockery. Here's the DnD definition of a warlock: >Warlocks in 3rd edition receive their abilities through the influence of some unearthly being such as a Demon or Fey. They are either born with these powers or receive them through a fell pact, which turns their soul into a dark font of eldritch powers. Here's the thing though 1) Blood magic originates from the Darkin (so higher being check) 2) Vlad's passive is called "Crimson pact" so what sort of pact are we talking about here? 3) Additionally, warlocks have to offer tributes to their patrons, e.g. Swain uses souls to feed the demon. But blood sacrifices are common in hemomancy, e.g. Sion was created via a blood sacrifice. I honestly lean on the warlock side of blood magic because it's cooler. However, it doesn't make perfect sense that blood mages have a cult around the Darkin since all five of them are imprisoned and forgotten. I hope future updates clarify this. EDIT: Maybe blood mages and the Darkin bow to the same god? https://i.imgur.com/OlvOKOT.png
GreenLore (EUW)
: Well the thing is that Noxus has a red,black and dark grey color scheme,so it makes sense that they recolored his abilities into red.
Blood magic is also a bit of a national hobby in Noxus, so that might be bound to the red colour scheme in some way.
: Oh hi I'm still here, don't worry. I'm not going anywhere. <3 EDIT: I did have to go to bed though cuz it was like late o'clock so I didn't want people to think I had ragequit the mostly productive conversations that were happening in that thread. :)
My deepest wish is for the story/worldbuilding guys and gals to attend the boards more often. There really is no other place one can discuss the lore (certainly not reddit). Lore hints or a Rioter (for example Bobo) sharing the research they've done to write something are my absolute favorite types of red posts.
Rioter Comments
: I see blood magic...
What are the chances of Swain being involved in a blood cult?
: > [{quoted}](name=Blood Magicks,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=bARUoBhy,comment-id=00000000,timestamp=2018-01-18T18:57:06.420+0000) > > I&#x27;m sure the excitement for the torches and bonfires caused him to casually give himself a majestic speech and transform. > > Also, fires in a southern province in broad daylight? You can also hear battlecries in the beginning. https://universe-meeps.leagueoflegends.com/v1/assets/images/factions/noxus_splash.jpg What about these fires? Street torches and bonfires for signalling, for example.
The light is dim so that's city torches, you can't see massive pillars of smoke like in the video, that seem to be coming from random places in the streets. https://i.imgur.com/mMSDY4Y.png
: Should darius have been at swain's right hand side?
The video is of a battle in Noxus. Darius is down below storming the city probably, or trying to maintain peace.
: Do you know a thing about torches and bonfires and lack of electricity in medieval cities?
I'm sure the excitement for the torches and bonfires caused him to casually give himself a majestic speech and transform. Also, fires in a southern province in broad daylight? You can also hear battlecries in the beginning.
Rioter Comments
Doozku (NA)
: Swain Teaser in English
This is my emperor right there.
Reav3 (NA)
: Vlad is totally a blondie
High-quality concept art and new splashes and model or it didn't happen.
Gvt1 (EUW)
: Swain Teaser on the official League weibo
Now please drop English version before I watch it 10 000 times in Chinese. Also: * White Hair * Red particles * Battlemage RIOT?{{champion:8}}
Lumiose9 (NA)
: Ideas For 2018 Events and Skins!
Noxus event. All the Noxian champs get really well-written lore. All the non-Noxian champs get Noxus skins. This makes them infinitely more awesome. Happiness ensues. https://i.imgur.com/ILi1vtR.png
: Saying "vlad needs a skin" is useless. It's easy to tell which champs need skins, but coming up with ideas is the valuable part.
"Immortal magic guy" is an incredibly broad theme and I can come up with at least 5 good ideas on the spot.
: > [{quoted}](name=Blood Magicks,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=vLV7Rv80,comment-id=00030000,timestamp=2018-01-17T11:23:21.781+0000) > > Because one of the screenshots says Swain? > > https://i.imgur.com/YKWxjIN.png > > Sure, making 8 new models for a VGU is a bit much, but Riot has been killing off memes recently. Could be a fancy PR trick. Are there going to be more skins revealed soon or something? In that case, is the freaking roadmap almost here? RiotJag literally told me on twitter that it's an ADC so I don't understand what is taking a million years to show them. https://twitter.com/RiotJag/status/953337605642338304
WyveXin (EUW)
: A new vladimir skin.
He deserves a full update because with his current horrid VO, animations and FX not many skins will look good. Btw, if what Reav3 said a year ago is true, he's already somewhere on the VGU list so that's what may be preventing him from getting skins.
: Why would that have anything to do with swain though? Also sorry to burst your bubble, but vgu's never get skins to launch with. edit: Well i'm not going to say never because I don't work for riot, but i'm fairly certain.
Because one of the screenshots says Swain? https://i.imgur.com/YKWxjIN.png Sure, making 10 new models for a VGU is a bit much, but Riot has been killing off memes recently. Could be a fancy PR trick.
Rioter Comments
: We haven't confirmed that any other Noxian characters are being worked on, stop trying to trick me into revealing things, lol!! I will say that Ant in Oz is our local expert in all things Noxus. Also, that we know you guys miss the constant faction updates, unfortunately we have limited resources at the moment (I think FauxSchizzle alone is working on four champs). But there are definitely things coming we can't talk about that you can therefore not look forward to! {{sticker:slayer-jinx-wink}}
Thanks! This is plenty of info already, and l thank you for all of it! I didn't mean champs were getting worked on as in VO and etc, but I thought there would be lore updates like with the Demacia/Vastaya updates recently? Sorry to hear you have limited resources. I completely agree well done lore is more important than quickly done lore, so not delivering all the Noxians together with Swain is perfectly understandable. ~~I know it doesn't mean anything but if it's my glorious homeland of Noxus I'd contribute any amount of work, blood, sweat, tears and resources to helping.~~ Anyway I know Swain is going to be awesome. Also send my regards and admiration to the rest of the team for their work since what we've seen from Noxus so far has been stellar!
: It would only be logical.
Interloc, sorry to ask an unrelated question, but it's been eating me for ages. Which of the narrative guys are writing which characters in Noxus? I know you're doing Swain, but the rest interest me just as much. Will be so happy if you at least give hints. I swear on my honour I won't pester anyone.
: All the new skin bios on the PBE
> Varus Swiftbolt: Two archers cursed by an ancient, evil monster, Varus is roleplaying one archer cursed by an ancient, evil monster. It's not much of a departure for him, but Varus is way better at hunting Noxians than playing tabletop games. https://i.imgur.com/14COhR2.png
: Getting bored of playing a champion for only a few months? Pathetic.
As I said. >Most people get bored But we, we are special, my tincan fam.
: Why suddenly Riot seems to have changed her poster girl Katarina for Miss Fortune?
Riot should be changing their main characters every once in a while. Most people get bored of playing the same champions for months, so why would we want to stay with the same cast for our entire involvement with the game?
Fasmodey (EUW)
: Can you link please?
https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/developer-corner/PuIkmwIR-im-riotmemememememe-ama-about-championvgu-development?comment=00070000
: The Best Moves Ever in this Animation!
I absolutely adore the transitions between scenes. The flow of the entire thing is so satisfying.
Sharjo (EUW)
: The Climb: League of Legends Cinematic
Best cinematic so far. Love it. I can't even begin to imagine the hard work and talent that went into this.
FeeNeeX (EUNE)
: New Riot Cinematic: The Climb
Oh it's stunning. Thank you so much, Riot.
: The Vandal Biker Gang
One day there will be a VGU and we'll get muscles, blonde hair, tattoos, thick stubble and black leather, and the very sound of his motorcycle will cause nosebleeds in a twenty-mile radius. But not anytime soon{{champion:8}}
: Source?? if its real my new theory would go like this(see below) because august and wrekz VGU is back-to-back too. August champ is a female while wrekz will be a minor VGU which means it is the Angelic sisters. Destroying my first theory. And to support this, Morgana is the only one that doesn't need a lot of change in the tier 1 roster of highly VGU's so its likely to be her VGU. **Old Theory** CertainlyT - {{champion:80}} Xenogenic - {{champion:20}} August - {{champion:84}} Wrekz - {{champion:82}} **New Theory** CertainlyT - {{champion:80}} Xenogenic - {{champion:82}} / {{champion:20}} August - {{champion:10}} Wrekz - {{champion:25}} BTW, nunu and akali are in the wad files leak so it means they will have new skins and their VGU will be prolonged. But those wad files can also be chromas as well. I'm really hoping that nunu can be rework this 2018 and its not impossible to hope too. I always pray that nunu could get the next VGU position after irelia too.
Morde currently isn't planned for a VGU. Malicious asked in an AMA.
: League Lore
https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_GB/ {{sticker:vlad-salute}}
: We’ll when you main weapon is blood it’s kind of hard to find themes that won’t have red. It’s a tragedy some champions have to deal with: they’re not fluid enough to escape their main themes. That’s why we’ve yet to have a {{champion:77}} skin outside kung fu master and {{champion:112}} had a similar problem whereby all his skins were robotic in some way. It takes some serious creativity for some of these champions to be outside their ‘box’ as it were
He can have literally any sort of particles and it will fit. Electricity, fire, water, magical runes, you name it. A champion's name has never been a problem either, especially since "Vladimir" is just a generic Eastern European name and your average Vladimir can be found chilling in a tracksuit eating sunflower, drinking vodka and playing Dota 2.
: Who shall hunt on the blood moon next?
I wouldn't count on Vlad getting a skin either. Especially not another red skin. I mean come on, all his skins but one are red-ish with red particles.
Ifneth (NA)
: Here's Hoping for Better Star Guardian Lore
I mostly agree with you but can you make a full list of sentences that made you uncomfortable? I think it would be fun to analyse.
Rileý (NA)
: Aristocrat Vayne
It's a rather pretty skin and the model's aged relatively well. I agree it could use more love.
Epicurus (OCE)
: That's a cool theory. I'm still not entirely sold on the idea of Vlad being an ancient being, but giving him brief but influential appearances throughout Noxian history (sort of like old-lore Aatrox) would be a great way to flesh out his story. Speaking of which, if Vladimir is "as old as Noxus itself" that may very well mean he has met Mordekaiser. I wonder if those two were allies or enemies?
I wasn't very sold either because it completely changed his character and motivations, but now I think they can tell a very good story this way too. >"as old as Noxus" Well, the short bio says he's influenced the empire since it's earliest days. That means he was either born in those early days or is even older. The latter implies he may have indeed met Morde and regarding whether they were friends, well, your guess is as good as mine. I'm more inclined to go for enemies since Vlad's old story had the banishment from his kingdom/exile motif.
: Hi Twiskies! I'm an illustrator on the Champions team. First thank you for your kind words, and you ask a good question! Its pretty standard to use Adobe Photoshop - I use CC 2016, at home and at work, with a Wacom tablet. I also think a program called PureRef is really helpful for organizing reference materials. There are dozens if not hundreds of reference images for each splash - from pose and character model to materials and lighting. Sometimes I like to sketch on my iPad with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. When it comes to polishing, Photoshop is just too powerful to use anything else. I think the 'magic' comes from studying things like film, movies and environments and replicating believable effects like depth of field, atmosphere, dust motes, vfx, etc. It's not dissimilar to photo processing in Photoshop. Check out some youtube videos about really cool things like the color lookup and selective color tools. Hope that helps! :)
Hey, I just wanted to let you know you are my favorite Riot artist [(This is you, right?)](https://www.artstation.com/jessibean). Apart from perfectly executing really technically challenging things (the extreme perspective on Cowgirl Miss Fortune splash for example, wow) your splashes have so much soul to them. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
Keyru (NA)
: RESOLVED [01/11/2018] Boards Content Embedding and Discussion Creation Issues
: Even If he knew and it meant more, I feel like he'd leave such teasers for Reav3.
He's writing Swain, he may be rewriting some of the materials to do with him :3
Rioter Comments
: @Riot can you please fix the problem with picture display on Boards
[They're working on it.](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/community-moderation/zQnoOTgG-trying-to-add-image-to-post)
Rioter Comments
: [THEORY] We might still see SWAIN in 8.2
[We won't. Meddler just confirmed.](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/developer-corner/K9zRyuEe-quick-gameplay-thoughts-january-10?comment=000f0000)
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: January 10
Some champions need to use targeted spells in order to stay in lane {{champion:8}} Crimson Q, so this might be a bit harsh?
: So confused about major contents for 8.2 and 8.3.
Necrozard (EUW)
: When is the official Universe website gonna be canon again ? (because it currently isn't)
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