: Series 3 Kayle Figure
If you ever make a figure that doesn't look like it was made for 5 year old girls, I might buy one.
: Thanks for the invitation. I could go on for days about his design but I'll try to start with some reasoning around how we ended up where we did. Off the bat your instincts are correct Aphelios' design had to be simple to support the weapons he carries as they need to be fairly clear at all times. I tried to fuse the robes of a religious priest with the classic look of a secret agent (tactical turtleneck!) to create a clear aesthetic that drives his theme. Comparing him to Diana I actually tried to carefully replicate the same materials seen in her design, but arranged very differently. She is a Rakkor raised by the Solari who found the ancient armour of the aspect of the moon - a warrior-avatar of the forgotten Lunari sect. By contrast Aphelios is a monk of sorts, equal parts minimalist utilitarian (the black suit) and divine ritualist (the holy robes). He's not dressed to take a hit, he's dressed to perform a ceremony. He is also dressed in the way of the modern Lunari which have likely made changes particularly because they are few and living in hiding. When they walk amongst the Rakkor they must hide their true selves so when they are free to wear what they want rich forbidden colours are on display. Were Diana welcomed to the modern Lunari I could see them dressing her similarly to Alune for a religious event, celebrating the return of their scion. I'll also just point out that LoL champions represent the most extraordinary characters in the world of Runeterra. They are the ones that really stand out from a background of fantasy tropes. LoR is a great example of what the rest of the world look like but in LoL we are focused on the exceptions to the rules. The weapons were a much longer journey, being designed and redesigned over and over. Originally they were wholly moonsilver like Diana's blade. Diana's blade seems to be able to launch out beams of moonlight, so it's not at all a stretch to see that honed into a projectile weapon, but Aphelios is so different to the rest of the Lunari (and the Rakkor in general) we felt it needed a unique material. Something rare and potentially fragile, something only wielded by him, held and empowered by his sister's magic, something once enervated would be useless to allies and enemies alike. Shaping the moonstone was then a careful balance between the Lunari theme and the gameplay requirements. For each weapon I imagined how he would hold it and tried to connect them to weapons other marksman wield as a way to ensure that if you play LoL, playing as or against Aphelios you'd immediately have some idea of what was going to happen next (oh it's like Caitlyn's rifle, oh it's like Gnar's boomberang etc). Every day I'd have people come by and I'd ask them to guess what each weapon did until I was reliably getting correct answers. On top of that each one was tied to a celestial phenomenon - this served to further reinforce gameplay (Black hole has a CC effect) and give them a colour identity to support gameplay learning and recognition. I imagined the Lunari sort of like the Eldar in 40k, sculpting these smooth graceful shapes inspired by the phases of the moon, swooping crescents and curves of the phases, orbits of the moon, flow of the tides. The one additional element, a flourish added when they were weaponised, the carved ridges present on 4 of the 5 that mimic the shape of the flower 'moonbloom' from which Aphelios' tonic is drawn. The weapons are very sci-fi, his whole aesthetic is quite future-fantasy, but that is a side of Mt Targon; at the base you have the hardy and Hellenistic Rakkor, but the higher you go up the mountain the more alien things become until you reach the top and touch a wholly unnatural space. Each character has different amounts of these two elements but bringing them together is what sets Mt Targon apart from other fantasy locales.
Thank you for taking the time to explain your thought process. It's very helpful to understanding the character.
Rioter Comments
: SENNECA AND ADC
I pick Seneca because she partners really well with Marcus Aurelius Sol.
HalexUwU (NA)
: Any way to combat enemy tanks?
Easy. Just buy {{item:3151}} and {{item:3135}}
Reav3 (NA)
: Fiddle and Volibear are still planned for next year. We have 3 New Champions currently in production and all ahead of both Voli and Fiddle.
> [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=JsmKpOUA,comment-id=0000,timestamp=2019-08-21T22:24:52.563+0000) > > Fiddle and Volibear are still planned for next year. We have 3 New Champions currently in production and all ahead of both Voli and Fiddle. If that's the case, can you tell us when we can expect the new champion roadmap?
Reav3 (NA)
: We do have a non-human in development right now, though it's still pretty early. Should, most likely, be sometime next year, assuming we don't ice box it since it's still so early in development
> [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=u95tmZGx,comment-id=0001,timestamp=2019-08-15T18:06:59.449+0000) > > We do have a non-human in development right now, though it's still pretty early. Should, most likely, be sometime next year, assuming we don't ice box it since it's still so early in development Wow, awesome. Is it reptilian? Please say it is. We have too many furry mammals in the game, viva la cold-blooded scaly creatures!
: What's your favorite champion artistically/design-wise?
Aurelion Sol is thematically the best champion, but mechanically the worst. His visuals and sass are what got me into the game. His awfully boring gameplay is what killed my interest in the game (I only read these forums out of hope for a gameplay update for him).
MeHawk11 (NA)
: Dark Star Aurelion Sol. Why is that skin not available by now?
Because no one plays Aurelion Sol due to his incredibly boring and one-dimensional playstyle, so Riot making a skin for him would be a waste of resources.
Nhika (NA)
: Aurelion Sol went from a cool unique champ, to a Q stun reliant champ.
Aurelion Sol is the least played champ in the game because he's mind-numbingly boring and one-dimensional. He needs a complete rework.
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: June 20
Hey Meddler, Aurelion Sol is currently the least played champ in the game (according to League of Graphs), which is extra shocking considering that he's a relatively recent champ. Visually and thematically, he is my favourite champ, but despite my best efforts I cannot bring myself to play him because I find his gameplay so boring and one-dimensional. Do you have any plans to rework him at some point? Please say yes.
: Who is the biggest threat to Runeterra?
The biggest threat to Runeterra is Riot Games.
: Instead of Ryze's 6th rework, can we get a rework for Aurelion????
Aurelion's appearance and lore are what got me interested in League. Aurelion's mind-numbingly boring gameplay is what destroyed my interest in playing League. Now I just do the odd Aram and occasionally scour the boards for rework news, but I'm not invested in the game at all. The only way I'll start playing regularly again is if they rework Aurelion so he plays like an actual cosmic dragon and not a lethargic hula-hoop dancer.
Reav3 (NA)
: Can't make any guarantees or anything, but we are definitely interested in bringing some of her sisters into the game as Champions someday
> [{quoted}](name=Reav3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=TjgMG5GF,comment-id=0000,timestamp=2019-06-11T16:14:55.687+0000) > > Can't make any guarantees or anything, but we are definitely interested in bringing some of her sisters into the game as Champions someday Humans are getting oversaturated and making the world feel very one-dimensional, Reave. How about a new jungle race from Ixtal? Maybe we can get a species of lizardmen with tribal tattoos and bone necklaces, casting prehistoric voodoo to manipulate the warm-blooded upstarts who usurped the jungle while they were slumbering? Just a suggestion.
Naalith (NA)
: So I'm guessing Yuumi is the non-humanoid champion Reav3 said was in development?
I keep hearing people say that monster champions are unpopular because people don't like playing as them. But so far, I've found no evidence that this is the actual reason. And it doesn't explain why some monster champions, such as Kha'zix, are in fact popular. It seems to me that the real reason monster champions tend not to be popular is that Riot gives them boring or unintuitive kits. Case in point: Aurelion Sol has one of the most awkward, boring, and uninteractive kits in the game (you do 99% of your damage with a toggled ability, repetitively hitting enemies with revolving stars), and he is also among the most unpopular champs in the game. Coincidence? I think not.
: The cat is out of the bag.
Except, someone *has* already said this. https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/yuumi-the-new-support-champion-was-leaked-and-its-absolutely-adorable
: ARAM Alt-Accounts probably have a disproportionately high rate of Skin transactions.
> [{quoted}](name=Wolfalisk318,realm=NA,application-id=3ErqAdtq,discussion-id=nZXgQId5,comment-id=,timestamp=2019-04-18T17:41:29.463+0000) > I don't like throwing around unfounded stuff like this, so downvote if you must, I don't disagree with you. I am just severely irked by the removal of bans from ARAM, and as far as I'm aware no official explanation as to why has been offered. Given that, what do we have besides speculation? A quick glimpse of the home page would have saved you a lot of trouble. https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/2019/04/dev-aram-changes-wrap-up/
: What champs would u want to see this year?
Yes, I'd love another dragon, preferably one that actually plays like a dragon, unlike Shyvana or Aurelion. A skeletal/zombie dragon from the Shadow Isles that belches out rolling clouds of necrotic miasma would be pretty awesome. I'd also like to see some new races of Runeterra, maybe a reptilian race from the jungles of Kumungu.
: Was Veigar part of the Black Rose?
I think the reason that LeBlanc and Veigar are related in lore is that LeBlanc was serving Mordekaiser when he captured Veigar. I suspect she may even have been the one who tortured him to insanity, turning him into the Tiny Master of Evil. If this is true, then she may have had plans to use Veigar in some way to further her own schemes. So perhaps Veigar did become part of the Black Rose, albeit unwillingly.
Rioter Comments
Naalith (NA)
: What kind of lore do you hope to see when Mordekaiser releases?
All I hope for is all I ever hope for with League's lore: for it to make sense. I'm not holding my breath, though.
: It's grammatically acceptable in English, but English is a nonsense language and translates poorly almost everywhere. If it wasn't grammatically accurate I doubt I'd ever have been hired, as I use them.... quite a bit.
> [{quoted}](name=Carnival Knights,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=OA692TuW,comment-id=00020000,timestamp=2019-03-21T19:42:48.014+0000) > > It's grammatically acceptable in English, but English is a nonsense language and translates poorly almost everywhere. If it wasn't grammatically accurate I doubt I'd ever have been hired, as I use them.... quite a bit. Professional editor here. Usage of dangling modifiers is widely considered poor form as it leads to confusion and thereby breaks the most basic rule of good writing: clarity. If I were you, I wouldn't presume that your being hired means that your grammar is perfect, as you seem to imply. Even good writers can have bad habits.
SSmotzer (NA)
: Any Chance for an Ezreal Style VU for Lulu?
How the hell did this get so many upvotes? Even if we're only talking about yordles, Corki, Veigar, Kennen, and Rumble are *far* more in need of an update than Lulu.
Lunio (NA)
: Why are all of xerath’s skins terrible
The problem is Xerath's base design. There's only so many ways you can dress up a pile of rocks held together by lightning. Personally, I'd love for him to have a visual update so that his Shuriman Ascended provenance is more apparent.
: @Riot Unpopular "Monster" Champions - Defining a Monster, are they really unpopular?
Excellent post. I've never been convinced by the idea that League's non-humanoid champions are unpopular *because* they're non-humanoid. Seems to me that it's more a case of League's non-humanoid champions tending to have awkward or boring playstyles (the perfect example being Aurelion Sol - let's not forget that the League community was crying out for a proper dragon champ for a very long time, so it's not like people didn't want to play as a dragon -- they just tried Sol's kit, realised he was one-dimensional, uninteractive, and played nothing like one would expect a dragon to play, and so rejected him).
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: March 15
Hey Meddler, I recall you mentioning that you were considering some ARAM-specific balancing of champions to reduce the prevalence of dominant champs like Ziggs and Lux in team compositions. Can you tell us any more about what kind of timescale we are looking at for such changes?
: Aurelion Sol
I've been saying this for years. For some reason, the player base have just convinced themselves that Sol is like some galaxy-sized omnipotent god when nowhere has Riot claimed this. In fact, his story doesn't make sense if he's that powerful. It only makes sense if he is small enough to fly the skies of Runeterra, naive enough to be fooled by the Targonians, and weak enough to be imprisoned by them (and humiliated by Zoe). He may create stars, but nowhere is it claimed he makes them with a snap of his fingers. More realistically, he gradually nurtures a star into being over many centuries (which is why he is so heartbroken when the Targonians destroy one of his stars).
: > [{quoted}](name=Crow Nebula,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=WERstcR9,comment-id=0001000200000000,timestamp=2019-03-03T14:03:43.778+0000) > > I wouldn't read too much into promotional art. That's a stylization rather than a depiction of "reality", just as Veigar in this promo art is the size of a mountain: https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/veigar-color-story/ Well considering it's a feat he's shown repeatedly he'd need to be atleast large enough to create a small star within the palm of his hand so it's probably the closest thing we have to a canon hight so far
No, that would make him too big to occupy Runeterra. The glowing ball in his palm need not be an actual star; it could just be an ember that will eventually form the core of a newborn star.
: > [{quoted}](name=Crow Nebula,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=WERstcR9,comment-id=00010002,timestamp=2019-03-03T12:52:09.594+0000) > > Can you provide a source for Aurelion Sol being "bigger than galaxies"? Because everyone always says this, but I've never found any official material from Riot that actually claims this. In his color story, Sol is small enough to fly through the skies of Runeterra without causing alarm, and he even remarks that the sun disc is massive, which means it must be bigger than he is. Based on his depiction in that story, he seems more like the size of a jumbo jet than an entire galaxy (which would just be stupidly OTT, imo). Could be massive based on the things he's seen humans build. Also in terms of size I can't say anything about being galaxy sized but in his Trailer we can see that his Hand alone dwarves the mountains of Runeterra so there's at least that.
I wouldn't read too much into promotional art. That's a stylization rather than a depiction of "reality", just as Veigar in this promo art is the size of a mountain: https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/veigar-color-story/
Rioter Comments
: {{champion:136}} He is bigger than entire galaxies, he can create stars, he is more powerful than we can imagine. He's Zoe's puppy
Can you provide a source for Aurelion Sol being "bigger than galaxies"? Because everyone always says this, but I've never found any official material from Riot that actually claims this. In his color story, Sol is small enough to fly through the skies of Runeterra without causing alarm, and he even remarks that the sun disc is massive, which means it must be bigger than he is. Based on his depiction in that story, he seems more like the size of a jumbo jet than an entire galaxy (which would just be stupidly OTT, imo).
Naalith (NA)
: I'm guessing he means Volibear isn't cosmic horror in the "official" definitive sense. As I understand it, true cosmic horror is completely non-understandable and basically the threat cannot be overcome because it's so incredibly powerful and ancient. Lots of Lovecraft-inspired things take a lot from the visuals, but at the end of the day there is some way to stop the threat at the end which is unlike Lovecraft's original work. One of the only big "victories" in Lovecraft's work is that they run over one of the monsters with a yacht and it temporarily knocks them out for a while or something, but they can't permanently be killed. It sounds like Volibear's morphing and overall demeanor are supposed to be horrifying, but true cosmic horror in League would likely require a god born with the universe like Aurelion Sol but malicious, evil, and bent on breaking mortal minds. Volibear is locked to Runeterra, is extremely powerful, but is not so powerful that he could never be truly defeated. It sounds like Ornn already beat his ass a few times, and if all of Runeterra were to be destroyed which is feasible the demi-gods who live there would be just as screwed as everyone else as far as I know. However, Swain's quote for Aurelion does hint at Aurelion having "siblings" of some variety and if the Watchers ever get out and attempt an assault on the universe so they can have nappy time that would probably be close to cosmic horror, so maybe we'll see it in the game one day.
True cosmic horror should not contain anything "evil" or "malicious". The actual point of cosmic horror is that it contains threats that are utterly beyond human comprehension, and therefore not subject to trivial human concepts like evil.
: By that logic, if the writing team learned how to code, they could join the balance team, and fix champions much faster.
> [{quoted}](name=Chromatic Eagle,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=3xLpEqie,comment-id=0004000100020000,timestamp=2019-01-17T22:50:17.778+0000) > > By that logic, if the writing team learned how to code, they could join the balance team, and fix champions much faster. Sorry but that's a moronic comparison. Writing stories for alternate universes utilises the same skillsets (and therefore the same human resources) as writing stories for canon universes. Coding doesn't.
: Separate writers, separate resources. Skin lore will never impede or “slow down” development of main-canon lore. And yeah, Eclipse/Coven is uh... requested a lot. A whole lot.
By definition, the fact that you're working on alternate storylines when you could *potentially* be working on the main storyline impedes the progress of the main storyline. If Riot had the good sense to assimilate your team into the main storyline team, you'd collectively be able to flesh out the canon lore at a faster rate.
Meddler (NA)
: What are your concerns with this approach?
I think many of us would like to see Sol completely overhauled. Of course, there are a vocal minority of die-hard Sol players who are adamant that nothing about Sol must be changed, and they will probably downvote this post, but the truth is, Sol's kit is fundamentally awkward and boring, with limited options, little interactivity, and no ability to make flashy plays. Circling an enemy while your stars repetitively bump into them is just not an exciting way to score a take down. It's a shame because Sol is visually and thematically one of the most appealing champs in the game. I only wish his gameplay reflected the fantasy of controlling a celestial god-dragon rather than a hula-hoop dancer.
Meddler (NA)
: Quick Gameplay Thoughts: December 12
Hey Meddler, could you please tell us what buffs you have planned for Aurelion Sol?
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: My humble cover of Neeko's theme with piano & violin ≧◡≦
Incredible. Sent shivers down my spine. You have extraordinary talent.
I7A6X2v2 (NA)
: {{champion:58}} ?
Crocodiles may be reptiles, but they are certainly not lizards. It'd be like me asking for a cat champion, and you replying with {{champion:75}} .
: This makes me kinda disappointed about what Neeko could have been
Yup, I've been waiting for a proper lizard champ for years now, and when I heard Neeko was a chameleon, I was so happy, and thought I'd found a new main. Then I saw that she was yet another cute anime girl wearing a few minor reptilian features like fashion accessories, and, well, I've never been so disappointed to see a new champ.
: next champion vs champion event prediction
{{champion:126}} {{champion:112}} This is a perfect time to do this as Viktor is currently one of the most popular champs, and both he and Jayce are in need of a legendary skin.
: What is the song on the PBE launcher log in screen right now?
: The teaser. Isn't it some male dude with a flower in his hair?
> [{quoted}](name=Witchy Wench,realm=NA,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=RwBrOdg9,comment-id=0001,timestamp=2018-11-19T13:41:00.102+0000) > > The teaser. Isn't it some male dude with a flower in his hair? No. It's a generic anime girl with a lizard tail called "Neeko". https://i.imgur.com/RfmRA2j.png
: So the new mage champ is a dude and not female? wtf
How did you come to that conclusion?
: I hope the new mage is a male
In the Brazilian champion roadmap, the new champ was referred to as a "maga", which is the feminine form of mage. So, it's highly likely to be a female.
: Anyone else want another reptile champ?
This is what I want more than anything. I wrote a thread about it a while back. https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/general-discussion/kbcqOLTc-a-distinct-lack-of-reptilian-champions
: My kneejerk reaction to the 'Shield Bash' rune in the 8.22 PBE Cycle.
Bultz (NA)
: Aurelion Sol needs to be changes
Riot really dropped the ball when they gave such a cool character such a boring and awkward play-style. Ghostcrawler wanted to rework Sol but he chickened out after the small but extremely vocal Sol player base screamed at him to keep things as they are, even though Sol is one of the least popular champs in the game, and has so many ways that he could be made more fun and less matchup-oriented.
DeusVult (NA)
: Patch 8.21
What makes me laugh is that they claimed that buffing Aurelion's HP regen by 0.1 would help out new players. As if regenerating 1 point of HP every 10 seconds would make any difference whatsoever. I can handle that Riot suck at balancing; they're just average human beings after all. But what I hate is when they insult our intelligence with the most stupid excuses for their changes.
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