Reav3 (NA)
: I said that we don't currently have any in development, not that we will never do them anymore. We are just currently prioritizing Champions that also need gameplay updates, as there is more value in that at the moment. This isn't to say that we won't ever do things like that in the future if it's the right opportunity
surely theres a very{{champion:8}} good{{champion:8}} opportunity{{champion:8}}
Reav3 (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=C0NCH0BAR,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=u95tmZGx,comment-id=0001000400000001,timestamp=2019-08-16T12:57:17.480+0000) > > I just love how open you are with us. I know you have to keep things under tight wraps, which I also appreciate, but you find a way to answer what we ask. Thanks Reav3! <3
Dear Hero Group of Civil Unrest, I long for you. {{sticker:vlad-salute}}
: I think Riven discovered Noxus wasn't really a meritocracy. What it professes to be and believe in and its behavior don't always line up. Believing in strength and merit based advancement has to be _balanced_ (hint) with a level playing field and honorable conduct.
I think there's a lot of plot potential in exploring the lies within the Noxian dream. A few questions that immediately arise from looking at the faction: 1. Swain claims the empire is a melting pot of cultures where diversity is cherished - yet Noxus doesn't really _look_ like a functioning multicultural society. The enormous capital in particular has only one aesthetic, that is the uniform triangular machismo we are used to associating with Swain and Darius. If all these creeds and culture coexist, why aren't they allowed to express it in the city's architecture and presentation? 2. Speaking of the Trifarix, Noxus takes immense pride in weaponizing magic, and yet **there is no mage scholar on the Trifarix **- indeed, there are no mage scholars in power anywhere in Noxus. (Swain has no academic knowledge of magic, Darius, well... and Faceless might be a puppet on strings as far as the people who do the heavy arcane lifting are concerned). Are mages oppressed in Noxus too? The lack of political representation certainly points that way. 3. Women on the Trifarix/Occupying important positions of power? Even Putin's Russia has more women in important roles. It kind of looks like Swain is making some big promises and not working very hard to keep them. The slogan-y, propaganda-y manner of speaking and presentation on his side, combined with the obvious Surveillance Ravens speaks to the possibility that the Demon of Secrets might be keeping a bit too many...
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: No. I'm pretty sure they won a writing contest or something. Least, that's what I heard. Edit: Nope, I'm wrong.
That too, it lead to the commission
zounet (EUW)
: wait, you wrote vladimir bio but you do not work for riot !? ( are you a secret rioter?){{sticker:slayer-pantheon-rainbows}}
I was commissioned as a freelancer, a lot of the lore and art gets outsourced :)
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Socholo (NA)
: Bard Origins: A Journey Through Africa? [THE UPDATED VERSION]
To me Bard resembles [European pagan rituals](https://www.messynessychic.com/2016/09/13/the-pagan-wild-men-of-europe/) involving men dressing in oversized hairy suits and masks, pretending to be powerful spirits in order to scare away other evil spirits from the land: https://static.messynessychic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0006_krampus.jpg https://static.messynessychic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0042_babugeri.jpg https://static.messynessychic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0013_mamuthone.jpg https://static.messynessychic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/charles_freger_wilder_mann_2010-2011_0044_surovichkare.jpg The part about Bard which particularly resonates with this theme is that in many European countries this custom involves wearing a multitude of bells and chimes and ringing them constantly, as well as playing various music and folk instruments. You're likely to hear them way before you see them.
Wygol (EUW)
: A Couple of Shortstories Based on My Hopes For Fiddlesticks' VGU
This boye is ridiculously talented, he needs more recognition.
: How strong do you think Vladimir is compared to the other champions based on lore?
There's a guy on Reddit who does champ power rankings, he did Vlad when his lore came out. I mostly agree. https://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/9sq3z7/lore_power_level_analysis_vladimir_the_crimson/
: Thanks! Me too!
Big same, I sense something Fiddlesticks-y inside you, waiting to break free and haunt us all...
: You can be sensual and seductive without looking like you're about to whip out giant peacock feather fans and start kicking your heels to kinky music though.
: Why does LeBlanc still dress like a dancer in Las Vegas to conduct espionage?
I heard this theory a while ago and it's growing on me. With the Black Rose being a group of self-centred immortals used to living like gods it makes some sense that hedonism/seduction is a recurring theme in all three known Black Rose champions. While with LeBlanc I would prefer if they bring the theme of cunning, subterfuge and power to the forefront I can completely understand them giving her a sensual side because why live forever if it's not as enjoyable as it can be?
Pale Mask (EUW)
: Mordekaiser Special Interactions
What is this? A meaningful Vlad taunt? OwO The way he pronounced Vladimir is exquisite. Thank you, Narrative.
: LeBlanc color story: Thorns of the Black Rose
This lore update, it feels so good, how lovely!!!
Reav3 (NA)
: > [{quoted}](name=Èpicwyvern,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=yQNMhiKd,comment-id=00040005000000000000000000000000000200000003,timestamp=2019-05-25T02:51:43.103+0000) > > necro reply but wintersuns debut album "wintersun" is one of the best melodeath albums ive listened to. Yean, I LOVE that album
On the ancient topic of Ihsahn, have you heard his project with his wife? It was way ahead of its time when it comes to post-black/prog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDJ1wFtoJZ4
Rodsquad (EUW)
: What colorstory is your favorite?
Have a feeling a certain _tiny little_ story is going to be mentioned a lot here...
The Iceborn (EUNE)
: Happy Birthday Lissandra!
Happy birthday to the coolest battlemage, top quality ice waifu and easily my favourite Freljordian, may you bring many more years of stupidly fun teamfights! Edit: I swear playing only battlemages alters your brain structure
: Honestly I'm still holding out for that infected spacesuit black goop one, that thing was calling to my soul.
Yeah that thing was begging for a short story about the horrors of deep space...
: Personally I've always wanted a candy Illaoi with a jawbreaker and giant gummy worms. I'll never get it, but you know. A guy can dream.
Is it actually never? Seems like a legitimately good skin idea and Illaoi's love for the pleasures of life makes her perfect for a sweet skin.
: What's that? We should ship Ahri and Bard, you say? Hrm. It might just work. {{champion:432}} {{champion:103}} Anyone else got some _super serious_ shipping requests, while we're here on this most special of days?
Zoli Ben (EUNE)
: Don't get me wrong, I want {{champion:8}} VGU, but these champs need it more: {{champion:80}} {{champion:106}} {{champion:56}} {{champion:9}} {{champion:36}} {{champion:42}} {{champion:77}} right now. If we are lucky though, most of these should be done by the end of 2020 if we assume that the 2 VGU in development is both this year and we get 5 next year.
Voli and Nocturne are both newer and better looking than Vlad.
: Why 2020 would be the best year to VGU Vladimir
Great thread, I also don't have much to add except perhaps offer an alternative to two of the design pillars: * _Seductive, Twisted Aristocrat_ - no one can dispute this, it's the most obvious but also the most tired and basic one. You need to base Vlad far above and beyond it to get a truly unique character, and I think there is plenty of uniqueness in Vlad's original concept to build from. * _Crude, Brutal Blood Arts…refined into elegant Craft_ - I think a far more intriguing take on this would be **Biology as black magic** since this is what blood magic essentially is. There is a sort of primal fear coded into most humans, an instinctive revulsion to blood, unexplainable maladies and the signs of disease, a terror so base and powerful I think we just have to play with it. Furthermore toying with nature, "playing God" is a wonderful link to the Darkin for the man who envied them. * _Power not meant for a Mortal_ - I guess some of the above falls here, but I'd like this to be closer to **Flawed immortality** as this is essentially what Vlad is - a broken, incomplete self-made demigod who has to put constant intellectual and magical effort into maintaining the mastery of his craft, and staying alive and young and sane through it all. There is a fair bit of philosophy and speculative fiction territory to tread with Vladimir, because his magical efforts mirror the efforts of modern science to make humanity (or at least those wealthy enough) not unlike the gods themselves. I think it's all fairly unique to the League IP for the time being, so it's a wonderful opportunity to seize. Also isn't Code Vein coming too? Not sure if I'm hyped but still. EDIT: The research I've done to write Vladimir is nothing short of ridiculously extensive and intriguing, I'll start dropping threads about it.
: >Oh boy. That paradox sounds hella hokey. It wants us to legitimately believe that we're "the chosen ones," a sentient society that has somehow evaded killing ourselves or having our planet's shifting climate accidentally kill us. Thats not what its saying. The paradox makes no mention of Us being exempt from killing ourselves. Its saying it simply hasn't happened yet. Nowhere does it say humans won't kill themselves off. Plus there is also the idea of the "Malevolent Alien Patrol" that makes it so life can't expand. Its doesn't just say every other race has killed themselves off. Its saying there could be more factors at play preventing that spread. If you want to take it as "Chosen ones" that can be argued as well. If you think of everything that has to go right for life, let alone a society to develop, its quite miraculous humans are the way we are. Not only does life have to develop, then intelligent life, then that intelligent life has to not kill itself off or be hunted out or simply die to some unpreventable scenario, then it has to reach out. Its not saying were alone just because there is no record of contact, its saying we might be alone because of how difficult it is for life to even get to that stage. The Great Filter idea is not only about surviving, its living in the first place. And all the steps required in between the two. >I also think that applying this paradox to the Void is a fallacy. The Void is primarily based on the monsters and unknown eldritch horrors in HP Lovecraft's work, since they're also monstrous entities from the space between dimensions in the great unknown the mind cannot perceive. Given that Lovecraft mostly preceded Fermi, and that knowledge and information wasn't as easily spread in those days as it is now, it's a pretty safe assumption to say that Lovecraft probably didn't base his works off of Fermi. So I think you're making a coincidental correlation here. I agree, I dont think Riot was intending to apply the paradox to the Void. I think they wanted to fit Lovecraft in. Which is fine, Lovecrafts works are remembered for a reason. Because he fills that niche, that gnawing insignificance, the unpreventable doom, that definitely has a place in Leagues lore and I think Lovecraft was the inspiration for it, not really this paradox.
> I agree, I dont think Riot was intending to apply the paradox to the Void. I think they wanted to fit Lovecraft in. Which is fine, Lovecrafts works are remembered for a reason. Because he fills that niche, that gnawing insignificance, the unpreventable doom, that definitely has a place in Leagues lore and I think Lovecraft was the inspiration for it, not really this paradox. Nothing stops them from applying both. Lovecraft is not all there is to cosmic horror, while the grand evil that represents doom in his work is some sentient elder gods, in Ito and possibly Ligotti's work it's just as likely to be a cold, hard principle of the Universe that doesn't have the capacity to judge or understand.
: > [{quoted}](name=Small PP Player,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=0oM4LuIH,comment-id=00030001,timestamp=2019-03-26T14:08:56.008+0000) > > Thats not what its saying. The paradox makes no mention of Us being exempt from killing ourselves. Its saying it simply hasn't happened yet. Nowhere does it say humans won't kill themselves off. Plus there is also the idea of the "Malevolent Alien Patrol" that makes it so life can't expand. Its doesn't just say every other race has killed themselves off. Its saying there could be more factors at play preventing that spread. > I did a quick digestion of the paradox, and I'd have to say it is pretty based in human centrism to believe that we can't locate or find extraterrestrial life simply on grounds that it would have killed itself off for whatever reason or simply not developed at all - I will agree that yes, it doesn't mention us being exempt, but I think it's flawed in the logic that it assumes all intelligent is somehow thwarted from expanding, dead, or otherwise unable to reach interstellar travel when the probability of life occurring and reaching intelligence is almost a given in an infinite universe. In my quick research, I also didn't see any mention of a "malevolent alien patrol" either, not in the more scientific based aspects of the paradox. I think that aspect of the paradox may be on the outrageous end of things, like a fan theory as opposed to a scientific proposition. I'm not sure it's an aspect of the theory that should be taken seriously at this point in time, it's very much a comic book or sci-fi approach to the theory.
> In my quick research, I also didn't see any mention of a "malevolent alien patrol" either, not in the more scientific based aspects of the paradox. There is an abundance of proposed sentient-extraterrestrial-related-solutions to the Fermi paradox and you are correct in saying they are mostly the stuff of science fiction, because, of course, there is no proof of alien life yet.
: Oh boy. That paradox sounds hella hokey. It wants us to legitimately believe that we're "the chosen ones," a sentient society that has somehow evaded killing ourselves or having our planet's shifting climate accidentally kill us. I would say that the reason we perceive ourselves to be alone is that we can't detect other societies yet, AND the math is simply against us in that the probability of the same science happening that spawned life here would be pretty small. The paradox assumes that we should have been visited by aliens already in the billions of years the earth has been around, and cites no evidence for it. Yet it can't know this, mainly because it wasn't until extremely recently that we've been able to properly document things. Plus, we are also unaware of HOW alien technology works, so we could have been visited without leaving evidence, especially if they treat us like how we treat nature preserves - leave only footprints, take only pictures. I also think that applying this paradox to the Void is a fallacy. The Void is primarily based on the monsters and unknown eldritch horrors in HP Lovecraft's work, since they're also monstrous entities from the space between dimensions in the great unknown the mind cannot perceive. Given that Lovecraft mostly preceded Fermi, and that knowledge and information wasn't as easily spread in those days as it is now, it's a pretty safe assumption to say that Lovecraft probably didn't base his works off of Fermi. So I think you're making a coincidental correlation here.
I'm not going to discuss whether the paradox is legitimate or not, this is outside of the scope of this thread. Mostly concerning your last paragraph: I am basing my assumptions on the new Void canon that only came out last year - so I think it's perfectly legitimate that GM and AR might have considered Fermi when worldbuiliding this (not spoken about the Void to either of them).
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: KAYN
Speculation: In one of the upcoming musical skins Rhaast will be a guitar.
: I love the Dragon Prince. Harrow and his putz of a wizard damn near perfectly mirrored a friendship I held with a friend/former friend of mine. It was ironically the last show we ever watched together.
Dang... hope you're both ok even if you went your own separate paths.
Pale Mask (EUW)
: Should I watch the show for Aaravos? He seems like a ~~powerful~~ ~~definitely not evil~~ pretty cool guy.
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Galiö (NA)
: I imagine he would not only use demacians as weapons/human shields... He can blood mind control them to 'ask for help' typically a lot of demacians and ox need to be mobilized to haul Galio... that's a lot of blood to work with for an offensive AND If that blood isnt enough.. maybe adding some Noxian blood to the mix can help ;) I doubt Vlad would think much of it I get so pumped thinking about how they would fight.
Oof it's super awesome the way you describe it. A blood mage on the battefield must be quite the sight.
Galiö (NA)
: I'm sure if I was able to direct a comic between the battle I can make a few more cool moments between the two and tricks vlad can pull to help him in a fight. Ultimately he would still lose, but while Galio looks like a monster... Vladimir IS a monster and that can help him out ;) But alas I dont have the resources to pump that action out haha.
I think the main tactic Vlad can use here is throw people at Galio, especially innocent ones the Colossus wouldn't want to hurt.
Galiö (NA)
: Cant draw blood from a stone
Can we take a moment to appreciate Vlad's armor and the glorious flowing silver mane? Brilliant redesign, whilst preserving the iconic white hair + red cloak which have come to mark blood mages.
: Thanx!
Same on this side, still feeling bad I got salty at Riot as a whole and involved you in it when you set such a great example.
Moody P (NA)
: it was a week ago because I said volichad
Strange, I've seen versions of it in even the tamest subreddits and no one bats an eye. Three months ago Tharizdun was memeitng about it in the lore tournament thread and all was fine. Mods can you shed some clarity?
: I HEARD ART. {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}} {{champion:202}} {{item:3637}} {{item:3637}}
Impressive! Come to my tower sometime {{sticker:vlad-salute}}
Moody P (NA)
: you're not allowed to say Chad I got banned twice for using "incel" terminology
This meme has risen above its sad origins and transcended into pure art.
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Sukishoo (NA)
: Cats vs Dogs - Rengar, Yorick, Fizz and Corki!
Finally, the Rengar skin we needed.
: {{champion:266}} This guy is raw emotion and breaks my heart every time.
Have to agree, in some ways deeper than Jhin.
: Most character depth?
{{champion:50}} is deep enough to drown a fish
: The Black Rose..?
Vladimir never left the Black Rose. Swain was never part of it.
: Who do you think needs VGU or VU’s?
{{champion:8}} VU will cure my crippling depression
GreenKnight (EUNE)
: I hope none of the reworks, i actually want to buy those skins. Dog Walker Thresh would be awesome.
> Dog Walker Thresh https://media.giphy.com/media/wZYgi8EXon9qE/giphy.gif that sounds cruel
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Dinopawz (NA)
: Hey folks, I've just seen this image/post today, and I have to say I'm blown away... Blown away that you all liked the story, and that it's had such a great piece of art commissioned to immortalise it in so awesome a way! I love it! Thank you to everyone who read my story and to everyone involved with this picture's creation, especially the artist, Alexander Vincent, for bringing the Void and Saijax so vividly to life! Thank you all so much. Now, back to the keyboard, I have stories to write! Graham
The Lochaber axe was my friend's idea (he does Scottish historical martial arts and he loves your stories, despite not being a fan of League).
: 2018 Lore Tournament - Winner's Artwork
##We are hoping to do the same thing next year, hopefully with even more competition for the first place, even more community participation in the voting and discussions, and a larger donations pool. On a side note, since graduating I must have spent $500+ on League artwork. It's a lovely way to both celebrate the game and what you love about it and sponsor great less known artists. There is a kind of twisted pleasure in seducing an artist and killing them with kindness {{sticker:vlad-salute}}
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