: I _like_ you. You can stay. {{sticker:galio-happy}}
He is our people... :-)
: @ Riot writing team: what’s your preferred laptop?
At work, I use a Macbook Pro, and at home, I work on either my Desktop iMac or MacBook Air. Haven't used a PC in, like, 18 years... For word processing, I'm not sure it makes much of a difference going higher-spec, so for me, it's all about the functionality of the OS, how well my docs sync between my different devices and the comfort/scale of the keyboard. I love the tactile feel of Apple keyboards (on the machine and Bluetooth one), so that's the most important part for me, something that can keep up with my typing speed and feel 'natural'.
: Maybe it's to let the weaponsmitshs to learn how to make other weapons, similiar to the crossblade, that can kill and capture Darkin. The heart? one of two options: to learn how to dissolve and merge a heart into a weapon, or use it a homing device for other Darkin, like the heart in Dishonored. Like Myshia said, " It knows your kind now". The different approach she mentions? The creation of the trick to find and capture the Darkin.
: Hey Graham
Thanks, Malicious! Yeah, it was a fun piece to write, and folk seem to have been enjoying it. Up with this sort of thing! Cheers, Graham
: What is "True" Varus like?
Seeing true Varus would be like looking into the Ark of the Covenant, I suspect.... :-) https://media.giphy.com/media/L4caiF7GTkgJa/giphy.gif
: Darkin questions
Good questions... A great many of the Darkin were humanoid in appearance (though not all...) and the forms they have in Runeterra, are the best approximations of their original forms they can craft with the crude matter of mortal flesh as a canvas. The bodies of their hosts degrade over time as the weak, human flesh rebels against this transformation and new ones must be found. I imagine Varus's original form to be so stunningly incredible that it would hurt to look upon him, and that, yeah, you might very well see the ideal form of what you desire reflected back at you. As to their relations, I think the Aatrox/Rhaast use of 'brother' is a figurative one, though who knows about the 'sister' part. Are they truly siblings or does Varus mean that in a comrade-like way? Time will tell... All three of those wars are separate events, and we hope to explore them in future stories! Thanks for the questions. Graham
: Well... If you think about it... Varus still a creature that wants to take revenge for the death of his familly, but he is now a Darkin instead of a Human, and he wants to kill humans instead of Noxians (but noxians are human... at least most of them). After all, he is the only Darkin that we know of that actually cares about his familly (since it is confirmed that he has a sister) Who knows? Maybe the Darkin Varus HAD a wife and kids. And the human being of the lore of Varus in both versions is an Ionian who used a Bow as weapon and gained a new power that corrupts during the Noxian Invasion in the Pit of Pallas.
> [{quoted}](name=Ebonmaw Dragon,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Jumtus1c,comment-id=0011,timestamp=2017-11-30T17:43:49.871+0000) > > Well... If you think about it... Varus still a creature that wants to take revenge for the death of his familly, but he is now a Darkin instead of a Human, and he wants to kill humans instead of Noxians (but noxians are human... at least most of them). After all, he is the only Darkin that we know of that actually cares about his familly (since it is confirmed that he has a sister) > > Who knows? Maybe the Darkin Varus HAD a wife and kids. > > And the human being of the lore of Varus in both versions is an Ionian who used a Bow as weapon and gained a new power that corrupts during the Noxian Invasion in the Pit of Pallas. Exactly... The Darkin as a race were all but wiped out, so it's entirely reasonable to assume they had a semblance of kinships in their civilization. The darkin's lust for vengeance amplifies Val's, and it hopes to use that as a way to overwhelm the souls it used to make its flesh. Kai is the moral brake on that.
Arcyvilk (EUNE)
: Riot, I want to thank you for the new VIktor bio.
: Two mechanical thumbs up for Viktor's lore.
I'm glad me and Jellbug made you happy with Viktor... Long game is where it's at. :-) mmmm...melty marshmallow...
  Rioter Comments
: Is Graham Mcneill the guy who writes all the stories?
We have a team of dedicated writers and editors in the Narrative Discipline, not just me, but I'll take a hug any day of the week!
: Caitlyn's short story has her expressing disdain for sugared pastries. Declaring not canon right now.
> [{quoted}](name=TheCosmicKid,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Kz5Eo5MK,comment-id=0006,timestamp=2016-12-08T01:27:42.501+0000) > > Caitlyn's short story has her expressing disdain for sugared pastries. Declaring not canon right now. Ah, but it's disdain for _someone else's_ pastries... :-)
: Neat, but Homeworld will always have a special place in my heart. It's just such a great game.
> [{quoted}](name=Yousosmart,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=s0pE0pRr,comment-id=00020000,timestamp=2016-06-02T18:16:10.154+0000) > > Neat, but Homeworld will always have a special place in my heart. It's just such a great game. True, dat. Don't have the original Homeworld OST, but I have Homeworld 2 OST, and that's great mood music for writing.
: Appropriate music for reading Bloodlines
I mostly wrote it to the Titanfall soundtrack by Stephen Barton or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare by Harry Gregson-Williams...
: I am not *completely* sure of that. The symbolism of the piece is quite interesting, with Nasus obssesing over how the present-day Shurimans can ony build shoddy imitations of the old glorious days, and Xerath going all Dresden on Vekaura plus personally killing that priest dude. They are still fighting the conflict that was born on old Shurima: Nasus a protector of the empire, and Xerath doing his best to undo it. Also worth noting: Nasus wielding *slave* as a slur against Xerath. The Curator of the Sands is supposedly one of the wisest people of Ancient Shurima, yet he enjoys telling Xerath that being chattel is on the same ballpark as being a traitor. Xerath is not the only monster among the Ascended.
> [{quoted}](name=Pyrodinium,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=kaLOLWJk,comment-id=00140001,timestamp=2016-06-01T15:29:21.814+0000) > > I am not *completely* sure of that. > > The symbolism of the piece is quite interesting, with Nasus obssesing over how the present-day Shurimans can ony build shoddy imitations of the old glorious days, and Xerath going all Dresden on Vekaura plus personally killing that priest dude. They are still fighting the conflict that was born on old Shurima: Nasus a protector of the empire, and Xerath doing his best to undo it. > > Also worth noting: Nasus wielding *slave* as a slur against Xerath. The Curator of the Sands is supposedly one of the wisest people of Ancient Shurima, yet he enjoys telling Xerath that being chattel is on the same ballpark as being a traitor. Xerath is not the only monster among the Ascended. Perceptive... :-) Yeah, Nasus is a lover of lore and learning, fighting against Xerath and his destructive designs etc., but let's not forget that Nasus served an emperor and empire that took and used slaves on a daily basis. So while he certainly isn't the (as he sees it) villain of the piece, he has some questionable morals in play if that seemed okay to him...
Fasmodey (EUW)
: I'm too excited for '' Bloodline ''
Trust me, we're as excited about Bloodline as you guys... Really hope you dig what's coming...
: Tilted no bloodline today :(
Man, I can't wait for you guys to finally get to grips with Bloodline. Stoked to see what you think...
Spection (NA)
: Hi! Love the stories. The amount of work you guys put into fleshing out these characters is really palpable. Keep up the good work! 1. Is it possible that Renekton's mental trauma and the intense hatred brought on by it could be cured by some form of ionian healing magic? I'm thinking someone like Soraka or Sona might be able to have some positive effect on his condition. What are your thoughts on this? 2. How aware is Azir of the other prevalent city-states? If he is aware of these city states, does he currently have any plans for establishing relations with other nations? What type of relations might he establish? 3. Do you think Noxus might ever attempt an Ionian style invasion if they determine that Shurima has abundant natural resources to be exploited? Is Azir strong enough to counter a threat of this magnitude? 4. If given an ultimatum, would Azir ally with Piltover/Demacia or Noxus/Zaun? Why? 5. Does Azir have any plans for dealing with the void infestation? 6. What is the process for creating these stories? Thank you!
> [{quoted}](name=Spection,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=HAPgkkIY,comment-id=0026,timestamp=2016-05-12T21:38:11.579+0000) > > Hi! Love the stories. The amount of work you guys put into fleshing out these characters is really palpable. Keep up the good work! > > 1. Is it possible that Renekton's mental trauma and the intense hatred brought on by it could be cured by some form of ionian healing magic? I'm thinking someone like Soraka or Sona might be able to have some positive effect on his condition. What are your thoughts on this? > > 2. How aware is Azir of the other prevalent city-states? If he is aware of these city states, does he currently have any plans for establishing relations with other nations? What type of relations might he establish? > > 3. Do you think Noxus might ever attempt an Ionian style invasion if they determine that Shurima has abundant natural resources to be exploited? Is Azir strong enough to counter a threat of this magnitude? > > 4. If given an ultimatum, would Azir ally with Piltover/Demacia or Noxus/Zaun? Why? > > 5. Does Azir have any plans for dealing with the void infestation? > > 6. What is the process for creating these stories? > > Thank you! Hi Spection, Thanks man, and these are good questions... 1 - I think Renekton is still in there, just somewhere deep down, and maybe he could come back, but only with the right motivation... It's touching how much people have the feels for Renekton's madness... 2 - I think Azir would view any nations and states that arose in his absence as upstart places he'd want to destroy or reabsorb back into the empire. 3 - I think Noxus already has a foothold in Shurima, but whether they'd ever attempt a full-scale invasion...maybe, if they ever decided there was worth to be gained by undertaking such a dangerous, costly effort. 4 - Maybe. Depends on what he thinks he could gain from it. 5 - Probably in time. It's like waking up to find your house is on fire and that there's rats in the basement. Which one are you gonna deal with first? 6 - Getting a bunch of writers together and thrashing out some ideas, then dividing them up between the team.
Tamuut (NA)
: What would have happened if Nasus was locked in with Xerath instead of Renekton? Would he have been able to retain his sanity, or would he turn out like his brother?
> [{quoted}](name=Tamuut,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=HAPgkkIY,comment-id=0027,timestamp=2016-05-12T21:41:02.112+0000) > > What would have happened if Nasus was locked in with Xerath instead of Renekton? Would he have been able to retain his sanity, or would he turn out like his brother? Hey Tamuut, Good question.... I suspect Nasus might have held out longer than Renekton, but that he'd have broken eventually. It was Renekton's passionate nature that saw him make that ultimate sacrifice, so I'm not sure the more scholarly Nasus would have made that call... yet another reason for him to feel guilty for shutting his brother away. And what torments Nasus as well is not knowing whether he'd have held out or not...
Fasmodey (EUW)
: > [{quoted}](name=Dinopawz,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=HAPgkkIY,comment-id=00120000,timestamp=2016-05-12T21:08:15.926+0000) > > I'd be very surprised if Nasus and Xerath don't meet at some point. Whenever that is, it'll be more than just Nasus killing a few of Xerath's hired swords. Well, Nasus couldn't even defeat Xerath with Renekton, what does give him this courage?
> [{quoted}](name=Fasmodey,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=HAPgkkIY,comment-id=001200000000,timestamp=2016-05-12T21:11:13.512+0000) > > Well, Nasus couldn't even defeat Xerath with Renekton, what does give him this courage? Courage born of desperation, I guess... :-)
: Was it difficult to write for any of the shuriman champs? Like trying to find what excites you about skarner for example? Not really a question but usually bounty hunters and mercs, like miss fortune, are portrayed as overall good people, I liked that Sivir doubled down on her not so heartofgold morality I gotta admit I'm worried that taliyahs bio won't cover as much ground on azir and shurima as id like, how much do you have follow up stories planned for shurima and other stories that were left ready for sequels? Ie gangplank/mf, jhins story When you started doing these bios did you guys sit down with every champion to find the qualities that excited you or the story beats you were interested in or is the process more piecemeal or organic? How do you avoid writing 2 champs too similarly in terms of motivations or personality etc? Lastly, do you guys already know where we're going after shurima? Any hints? Is it difficult to tackle large regions like ionia or demacia?
- When we started off the Shuriman champs, we chose ones that already excited us, so it was pretty easy to get into that headspace to write them. I loved the interplay between Xerath and Azir and how their story was a tragedy of pride and vaunted ambition. And what's sad is just how easily it could have been avoided if hubris and bitterness hadn't got the better of them. - Yeah, I think it's absolutely fine to have characters who aren't good. We need a broad spectrum of characters in our champ roster, so having a character who is unashamedly 'morally questionable' is sometimes necessary. And though she might not have a heart of gold, I don't think Sivir is a 'bad' person. She's been moulded by the life she led and did what she did to survive and her ruthlessness came out of what was neccessry to survive as a mercenary. - Taliyah's bio covers what it needs to to tell her story, and though Azir and rise of Shurima is certainly part of her story, it's not the meat and gravy of it. And as far as following up previously released stories, such tales will be told in time. - I think that's just a matter of personal taste. Each of us gravitates to different things in a champ, whether it's a redemption arc, a revenge story, a love story or whatever. So it was pretty easy for us to divide up the work. It was a very organic, natural process and there weren't any pistols at dawn to decide who wrote what. As far as working out the stories, we each share our work as we go and talk a lot about what themes we want to hit, so it all comes together nicely as a team effort. - I don't know about the others, but after Shurima I'm going to Harry Potter's Wizarding world...
Fasmodey (EUW)
: > [{quoted}](name=Dinopawz,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=HAPgkkIY,comment-id=0008000000000001,timestamp=2016-05-12T20:52:35.804+0000) > > Not as such. I think the shards help him control his power and when Nasus and Renekton put him in it, they hoped it would seal him away forever. No-one had ever seen a being like Xerath before, so no-one knew what to expect or how to deal with it. Yeah, maybe if they'd just left him he might have just 'exploded' but how were they to know that, and what damage might that explosion have done, taken out the world...? Do you think Xerath would learn to control all of his power and reach to his %100 potential? Without experience, it is unlikely. But Xerath seems like a super intelligent being, even when he was human, he became master of dark magic without anyone's help. He made plans and destroyed Shurima as slave, I think he is clever enough to know his limits and try to avoid the fatal ending. Also, in two of his quotes, he says, '' I'm the will of man unbound by flesh '' and '' Emotions are only distraction. '' Does he still have a human mind? Does he have emotions like mercy, love (ofc not in the sexual way), hate, anger, sadness or whatever?
With enough time, yeah, I'm sure Xerath could control his power, but time may be the one thing he doesn't have, what with Azir gearing up to fight him. I'm sure he does know how volatile his power is and is actively taking steps to limit this vulnerability. And, yeah, he is indeed prone to hate, bitterness, anger etc.... But any emotions would play much more towards the negative end of the spectrum...
Fasmodey (EUW)
: A rioter said wait until Nasus and Xerath meet, did it happen or is it going to happen? If it was Nasus' killing Xerath's men, it was disappointing then.
I'd be very surprised if Nasus and Xerath don't meet at some point. Whenever that is, it'll be more than just Nasus killing a few of Xerath's hired swords.
Kjarik (EUNE)
: Is the Sun Disc a reason why Shurima became powerful or it was built after Shurimans estabilished their empire? What else purposes than Ascension serves the Sun Disc? Eg. does it make ground more fertile in some way?
There was certainly a Shuriman people before the creation of the Sun Disc, but they certainly weren't the empire it became after they were able to harness the power of the sun in their rituals and wield its magic to make their land more bountiful. Quite how the Shurimans discovered (or were gifted with) the Sun Disc is part of their ancient history (which is pretty ancient to begin with...) and cloaked in legends. The Sun Disc is the centre of Shuriman culture, it permeates every aspect from religion, to icons, to dress and so on. What power it had back in the day is the stuff of legends, but what power it might have now....well, maybe we'll find out in the strife yet to come.
Fasmodey (EUW)
: > [{quoted}](name=Dinopawz,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=HAPgkkIY,comment-id=00080000,timestamp=2016-05-12T20:30:41.679+0000) > > - Xerath's power is a simmering reactor, hand-grenade with the pin half-pulled. He keeps it in check with his own will, his mental discipline (and possibly the binding chains and shards of sarcophagus help him, they were, after all, something that kept another vastly powerful being contained). The 11 comment was a Spinal Tap reference, not literally saying he's more powerful than any other champ. > > - I think someone with the power of dark magic would take steps to ensure his mind couldn't be read or if it was, it'd be read as having only benign, faithful thoughts. > > - The Ascension Ritual takes a long time and Xerath kept it going far longer than was normal (hence his body was all but obliterated...) so that gave time for Nasus and Renekton to get back (and a day for mortals, might only be a few hours for Ascended beings...). Well does it mean he would explode without sarcophagus? Because your reference is exactly saying this. If it is like this, it means Nasus and Renekton saved him unintentionally. Why couldn't Xerath fight with Nasus and Renekton in his Unbound form? Why did he fall to floor?
Not as such. I think the shards help him control his power and when Nasus and Renekton put him in it, they hoped it would seal him away forever. No-one had ever seen a being like Xerath before, so no-one knew what to expect or how to deal with it. Yeah, maybe if they'd just left him he might have just 'exploded' but how were they to know that, and what damage might that explosion have done, taken out the world...?
: Isn't it a lot out of character for Xerath to want to become a ruler? Wouldn't it be more fitting for him just wanting to destroy the arisen Shurima? Will Xerath be able to "redeem" himself in the eyes of Ascension (and make Guardian of the Sands Xerath skin sort-of-canon)?
I think that's part of Xerath's tragedy, that in his assumption of power he's become the very thing he hated... As to him being redeemed...? I think he's gone too far for that and done too many horrible things, but he might have a moment of clarity towards the end of his arc that sees him at least maybe regret what he's done...
: What's your definition of a curse? Because I'm really trying to convince myself that Cassiopeia's transformation is a "curse".
It's a curse in that, 'one man's poison is another man's meat'. Most people transformed into a hideous snake beast would probably be a tad upset by their monstrous new form, and while Cass probably was probably somewhat put out by being unable to go out normally, she's probably learned to embrace her monstrous side now. And revel in it now...
Gandlos (EUW)
: With most of the storys up i questioned myself if we will get some more lore around the connection between all these characters. We were told that we would get some. For example between Nasus and Sivir. Also what about connections with Skarner?
With all that's happening in Shurima, the stories of each of these characters are, I feel, bound to collide, overlap and clash at some point.
: What drove Xerath to go basically mad with power and become completely evil (manipulating Renek, etc.)? Prior to him getting locked up, he didn't seem like a great guy but at least felt regret over killing Azir. If the League isn't around in the new lore, what's preventing another Rune War?
Xerath was tipped over the edge when the maddening promise of freedom that was dangling over him all his life (after meeting Azir) was never realised. Everything he did - heinous as his acts of murder were - were all done out of a twisted sense of loyalty to Azir. The young emperor was, in his mind, his friend, and he did what he could to protect him, even if that meant doing horrible murders along the way. So it was when, even after all this, freedom _still_ wasn't his, that was the final straw for him... What indeed...?
Fasmodey (EUW)
: * Would Xerath explode if he didn't have sarcophagus? A rioter said his power goes beyond than a out of 10 scale, and hinted he would explode. Is it true? If it is, is Xerath aware of it? What would he do to avoid exploding? Even the most impotant one, can he avoid it? * _And for this sin, Xerath had been punished with a horrible, maddening promise: Freedom. Unobtainable. Forbidden. Should the thought even dart through a slave’s mind, it would be punished by death, as the Ascended could gaze past flesh and bone, deep into one’s very soul, to see its dim traitorous glow. And yet, there it was, spoken by the young princeling he dragged from the embrace of the mercurial mother-desert. Azir, the Golden Sun, vowed that he would free his savior and new friend._ How couldn't Nasus and Renekton understand the real purpose of Xerath then? * Xerath's story says Renekton and Nasus were there when Xerath just finished his ascension. They imprisoned him without any reaction and fought with Bound Xerath. But When I read the story of Renekton, it says when the shockwave shows up they were 1 day away from the Capital. Does it mean Xerath's Ascension was for 1 day? Dıd Xerath just dry up the Sun Disc's power?
- Xerath's power is a simmering reactor, hand-grenade with the pin half-pulled. He keeps it in check with his own will, his mental discipline (and possibly the binding chains and shards of sarcophagus help him, they were, after all, something that kept another vastly powerful being contained). The 11 comment was a Spinal Tap reference, not literally saying he's more powerful than any other champ. - I think someone with the power of dark magic would take steps to ensure his mind couldn't be read or if it was, it'd be read as having only benign, faithful thoughts. - The Ascension Ritual takes a long time and Xerath kept it going far longer than was normal (hence his body was all but obliterated...) so that gave time for Nasus and Renekton to get back (and a day for mortals, might only be a few hours for Ascended beings...).
: -Is Xerath planing to create a rival empire in order to start a war? -Is it true that Xerath is the emperor of a new epire? -If an ascended met Ammumu, whould he die?
- I think Xerath wants what he never had while a mortal, he want to take Azir's empire and become master of all he surveys... - I think that's the story that's going ahead of him, and given that he's likely already gathered warriors to him, it's not a bad comparison. - Who knows? Perhaps Nasus might be immune...
: I kind of like how renekton isn't just a mad dog as much as he seemed before. It at least seems like he has some memory and sanity. That makes him less binary and flat = good. Any chance Nasus can actually get through to him?
> [{quoted}](name=UltimoMark3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=YvXNUk5l,comment-id=001d,timestamp=2016-05-10T23:02:52.904+0000) > > I kind of like how renekton isn't just a mad dog as much as he seemed before. It at least seems like he has some memory and sanity. That makes him less binary and flat = good. > > Any chance Nasus can actually get through to him? Only time will tell...
: First off, I am absolutely loving the new stories and lore! You guys completely refreshed my motivation to play Renekton (and not go 4 11 like I just did :P) I also had a queastion about Renektons insanity and body shape; If you take a look at Nasus and Azir, they seem to be around 70% human 30% animal (visually) while Renekton seems to be 70% crocodile with only 30% human Did Renekton always look like that (was that how his ascension made him), or was he more human-like? My theorie is that when he became crazy, his state of mind also took it's toll on the way he looks, making him a lot more animal and a lot less human? to represent the mind behind those scales.
> [{quoted}](name=SwHc Fenris,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=YvXNUk5l,comment-id=000900010001,timestamp=2016-05-10T21:56:30.919+0000) > > First off, I am absolutely loving the new stories and lore! > You guys completely refreshed my motivation to play Renekton (and not go 4 11 like I just did :P) > > I also had a queastion about Renektons insanity and body shape; > If you take a look at Nasus and Azir, they seem to be around 70% human 30% animal (visually) > while Renekton seems to be 70% crocodile with only 30% human > Did Renekton always look like that (was that how his ascension made him), or was he more human-like? My theorie is that when he became crazy, his state of mind also took it's toll on the way he looks, making him a lot more animal and a lot less human? to represent the mind behind those scales. Ascension is, despite what the Sun Priests might say, not an exact science... the rituals have become debased over time, the magic not quite what it once was, and thus a person's odds of survival are in the balance. Plus, I always imagined that an Ascended's final form owes a great deal to the person doing the ascending, so their personality etc. will shape what the magic does with them.
: Wait the fire spirit went east, does it mean Brand went through Ionia before he ended up in frejord.
> [{quoted}](name=Beyond Legends,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=YvXNUk5l,comment-id=0006,timestamp=2016-05-10T19:05:47.316+0000) > > Wait the fire spirit went east, does it mean Brand went through Ionia before he ended up in frejord. I suspect the being of eternal fire had a while to wreak burning mayhem before he met his match in chillier climes...
Jabalor (NA)
: I looooooooooved Renekton's lore so much!! Being he my main sisnce his released I could not be more happy with how his story is developing! Here are some questions: 1. I thought Ascendants were inmortal beings? Has this been changed? Is Even Xerath bound to die too? 2. Do Ascendants find power through purpose? Like Renekton being in the brink of death was because he had failed procting Shurima, but now that his objective is killing Nasus he has been renewed? 3. Ascendants can get sick?
> [{quoted}](name=Jabalor,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=YvXNUk5l,comment-id=0012,timestamp=2016-05-10T20:03:04.961+0000) > > I looooooooooved Renekton's lore so much!! Being he my main sisnce his released I could not be more happy with how his story is developing! Here are some questions: > 1. I thought Ascendants were inmortal beings? Has this been changed? Is Even Xerath bound to die too? > 2. Do Ascendants find power through purpose? Like Renekton being in the brink of death was because he had failed procting Shurima, but now that his objective is killing Nasus he has been renewed? > 3. Ascendants can get sick? Cool, thanks man, Ant in Oz will be stoked to hear you loved Renekton's story. 1 - Ascended beings are not immortal - they CAN die - but it might take a whole lot to actually kill one. 2 - They gain power from the ritual, but where it continues to come from is a mystery, even to them... 3 - Nasus got very sick before he Ascended, and it was the ritual that saved his life and turned him into an Ascended being.
: I like these new stories, but there are a couple of questions that I have, specifically in regards to Nasus: 1. While I'm sure Nasus knows about his brother escaping the tomb, does he wish to confront him, and if so, free him? His in-game taunts to Renekton hint a general anger at him and disassociates him as his brother, yet his bio showed some potential signs of hope for releasing him from madness. So is he looking for Renekton, and if so, why? 2. What exactly did Nasus do after the fall of Shurima? We know Renekton spent his wonderful time listening to the corrupted words of Xerath, but how about Nasus? He wandered, sure, but did he like, go and collect knowledge or help people out or something? Or did he literally just walk back and forth in the desert for several centuries? It felt a little like we were cut off there, and we sort of just jumped from "failed Ascension" to "Shurima's rise from the grave" (other than that, it was awesome, keep up the good work).
> [{quoted}](name=dragonspiral147,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=YvXNUk5l,comment-id=0009,timestamp=2016-05-10T19:07:38.878+0000) > > I like these new story, but there are a couple of questions that I have, specifically in regards to Nasus: > > 1. While I'm sure Nasus knows about his brother escaping the tomb, does he wish to confront him, and if so, free him? His in-game taunts to Renekton hint a general anger at him and disassociates him as his brother, yet his bio showed some potential signs of hope for releasing him from madness. So is he looking for Renekton, and if so, why? > > 2. What exactly did Nasus do after the fall of Shurima? We know Renekton spent his wonderful time listening to the corrupted words of Xerath, but how about Nasus? He wandered, sure, but did he like, go and collect knowledge or help people out or something? Or did he literally just walk back and forth in the desert for several centuries? It felt a little like we were cut off there, and we sort of just jumped from "failed Ascension" to "Shurima's rise from the grave" (othr than that, it was awesome, keep up the good work). To quote the great Iron Maiden, "Questions are a burden, And answers are a prison for oneself"... 1 - Yeah, Nasus has felt the Tomb of Emperors break open and knows his brother is free. He knows he must face his brother sometime, but he has mixed feelings about that. Part of him welcomes it as a means to purge his guilt, but he doesn't yet know what the outcome will be. Will he be able to fight his brother if he comes at him with fang and claw? Should he? Could he bring himself to kill his brother if that's what it came to? Is there anything left of Renekton to try and bring back? A confrontation between them seems to be inevitable, but his emotions on that score are mixed to say the least... 2 - Renekton didn't corner the market when it came to insanity. Centuries alone in the desert, bearing a terrible burden of guilt won't do much for your sanity, and while Nasus didn't go as batshit kill-crazy as Renekton, he's still haunted by what he was forced to do and what his actions (albeit for good reasons) have done to his beloved wee brother... He's been keeping out of the way of people as much as possible, trying to let Shurima forget about him and the past, but now the past has caught up with him and he knows he won't be allowed to sit this one out. Cheers, and keep coming back for more bios and stories!
: So, wait, Azir goes from telling Xerath he thinks of him as a brother and is going to free the slaves, to putting off freeing the slaves and yelling at him for daring to speak up against him, to treating him like a brother again and freeing the slaves? That's...inconsistent.
> [{quoted}](name=Hellioning,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0055,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:53:15.608+0000) > > So, wait, Azir goes from telling Xerath he thinks of him as a brother and is going to free the slaves, to putting off freeing the slaves and yelling at him for daring to speak up against him, to treating him like a brother again and freeing the slaves? > > That's...inconsistent. Well, he puts off freeing the slaves because that's not the sort of thing you can do in an instant without a major coup happening and getting deposed... And as power went to his head, his hubris blinded him to the prospect that other people might have good ideas and points about the whole thing. People change as they get older and the promises made a young man can't always be fulfilled later on. Just ask any crusading politician who gets into office with high ideals and then has to compromise them time and time again as the system grinds them down...
: 1. What does Taliyah think about Sivir and Nasus? 2. What does she think about Xerath? Could he be interested in Taliyah's powers? 3. How old is Taliyah? Does she have siblings? 4. Did she met some new "masters" along her back-to-home-journey? (apart from Yasuo) 5. What does she think about Malphite? 6. Are Amumu's curse and Rammus's intelligence related? 7. If Xerath, Sivir and Taliyah had an Ascendant Animal Totem, which animals would be?
> [{quoted}](name=javiermetal66,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=004b,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:42:06.590+0000) > > 1. What does Taliyah think about Sivir and Nasus? > > 2. What does she think about Xerath? Could he be interested in Taliyah's powers? > > 3. How old is Taliyah? Does she have siblings? > > 4. Did she met some new "masters" along her back-to-home-journey? (apart from Yasuo) > > 5. What does she think about Malphite? > > 6. Are Amumu's curse and Rammus's intelligence related? > > 7. If Xerath, Sivir and Taliyah had an Ascendant Animal Totem, which animals would be? 1 - She's never met either of them to form an opinion yet. 2 - Xerath - if she's even heard of him - would be a figure of dark myth, a legendary betrayer from history to her. 3 - She's a teenager, so around 16 or 17. As to siblings, possibly, though I don't think any are specifically called out... 4 - She was certainly looking for one, but that part of her life is a whole area of fertile area of potential stories... 5 - Did I get drunk last night and make you...? 6 - I don't think so... 7 - Vole, Weasel and Badger.
: Is Azir considered a bad ruler? , because according to the merchant in Taliyah's lore story he seems to be trying to re-enslave his people, according to the merchant, but right before his (failed) ascension he released all the slaves of shurima. or is it just a rumor by heard by a merchant which is taken the wrong way by taliyah?
> [{quoted}](name=II Emrys II,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=004c,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:43:33.950+0000) > > Is Azir considered a bad ruler? , because according to the merchant in Taliyah's lore story he seems to be trying to re-enslave his people, according to the merchant, but right before his (failed) ascension he released all the slaves of shurima. or is it just a rumor by heard by a merchant which is taken the wrong way by taliyah? I think, in his day, Azir was seen as a generally pretty good ruler (as much as emperors of a slave owning culture can be...) but as far as 're-enslaving' goes, no-one outside of Azir and Xerath know that the slaves were actually freed in the first place, as it was only said between the two of them on top of the temple. I think the re-enslavement thing is an embellishment brought to the table by gossiping merchants.
: blessed isles or shadow isles?
> [{quoted}](name=Beyond Legends,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0041000000000000,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:33:49.955+0000) > > blessed isles or shadow isles? Different names from different places for the same thing.
Fasmodey (EUW)
: What does Xerath think about Renekton? After all this years, I think he got a little bit better on him. Because Renekton seems like he did same thing on Xerath. I know, I know, Xerath uses Renekton as like a dog, but it would be good to see them as a little bit friendly.
> [{quoted}](name=Fasmodey,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0048,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:39:06.185+0000) > > What does Xerath think about Renekton? After all this years, I think he got a little bit better on him. Because Renekton seems like he did same thing on Xerath. > > I know, I know, Xerath uses Renekton as like a dog, but it would be good to see them as a little bit friendly. Shuriman Stokholm syndrome in the style of "Even the slave learns to love the lash" kind of way... Maybe. While Renekton's madness has hold of him, he'd certainly see Xerath as the lesser of two evils, but would they be friends...most likely not.
Erablier (NA)
: In Xerath's story, it's said that the sarcophagus he was trapped in was used to trap "the spirit of eternal fire". Is that suppose to be Brand?
> [{quoted}](name=Erablier,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=000f,timestamp=2016-05-05T20:13:44.432+0000) > > In Xerath's story, it's said that the sarcophagus he was trapped in was used to trap "the spirit of eternal fire". Is that suppose to be Brand? I wonder how he got to the Feljord... :-)
Fasmodey (EUW)
: > [{quoted}](name=Dinopawz,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0014000000040000,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:19:40.959+0000) > > Well, Nasus has lived for thousands of years. But is he exceptional in that? Only time will tell... Xerath defines himself as eternal and says '' The world may crumble, but I shall remain. '' It is like he is true eternal, can't be killed (because you can't kill energy). So what do you think? Also, what is the bad sides of Xerath's Ascension? It is so different and in wrong way, there should be something that is con.
> [{quoted}](name=Fasmodey,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=00140000000400000000,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:23:21.256+0000) > > Xerath defines himself as eternal and says '' The world may crumble, but I shall remain. '' It is like he is true eternal, can't be killed (because you can't kill energy). So what do you think? > > Also, what is the bad sides of Xerath's Ascension? It is so different and in wrong way, there should be something that is con. Xerath believes he is eternal - as defined by the Second Law of Thermodynamics... :-) - but is he. Can he be obliterated, maybe. Energy can be dissipated so widely that it can never cohere, so maybe that's as good as you can get... The bad side of it...well, I liken Xerath to a nuclear reactor eternally on the verge of critical mass, so he's constantly having to hold himself from going nova. Which must be tiring...
: I have 2 questions 1 How much animosity does xerath have for azir now? He's a bit of a megalomaniac but he also had some regret and you gotta wonder, while azir has a lot of reasons to hate xerath is the reverse even true anymore? 2 while clearly there's a conflict between azirs shurima and modern shuriman tribes I'm curious how people from other nations view the risen city. Is it a geopolitical crisis, are there nations that want to open new relationships with shurima or feel threatened by its rise? Basically do they see it as a new nation to deal with like other nations or more of a wtf mystical threat situation? I also imagine it maybe drew a lot of explorers researchers etc
> [{quoted}](name=Monado II,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0047,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:28:08.771+0000) > > I have 2 questions > > 1 How much animosity does xerath have for azir now? He's a bit of a megalomaniac but he also had some regret and you gotta wonder, while azir has a lot of reasons to hate xerath is the reverse even true anymore? > > 2 while clearly there's a conflict between azirs shurima and modern shuriman tribes I'm curious how people from other nations view the risen city. Is it a geopolitical crisis, are there nations that want to open new relationships with shurima or feel threatened by its rise? Basically do they see it as a new nation to deal with like other nations or more of a wtf mystical threat situation? > > I also imagine it maybe drew a lot of explorers researchers etc 1 - Xerath has ALL the animosity for Azir. Whatever regret he might once have had has been swallowed by the thousands of years he spent below the surface. It's still there, but it'd take something very special to come out. Azir has good reason to hate Xerath - what with being murdered and having his empire smashed - and that burns brightly within him right now, but as matters develop that might change too as he (maybe) comes to understand how much of a part he played in his own downfall...
: 1. I'd like to Ask, Since Renekton seems so enraged at Nasus, and that has become his main focus, is it possible that he would make a deal with {{champion:223}}Two-Coats? I mean, Renekton is seems to be only moving on to defeat his brother Nasus. 2. And also, since the... River... Oasis... whatever ya call it flows again, would ol' {{champion:223}}Two-Coats be interested in Shurima? 3. Since {{champion:12}}Alistar isn't from Targon, isn't from Shurima, where IS he from?
> [{quoted}](name=Zackeryss,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=003f,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:13:18.324+0000) > > 1. I'd like to Ask, Since Renekton seems so enraged at Nasus, and that has become his main focus, is it possible that he would make a deal with {{champion:223}}Two-Coats? I mean, Renekton is seems to be only moving on to defeat his brother Nasus. > > 2. And also, since the... River... Oasis... whatever ya call it flows again, would ol' {{champion:223}}Two-Coats be interested in Shurima? > > 3. Since {{champion:12}}Alistar isn't from Targon, isn't from Shurima, where IS he from? 1 - Renekton flips between bestial and pure rage, and though he'd possibly entertain a deal with the River King, I think he'd view such a creature as beneath him. 2 - I think the River King would view the newly flowing rivers in Shurima as a new market opening up for fresh deals with naive mortals. 3 - We have a good idea of where we want Alistar to be from, but that's a tale for another day.
EricThexD (EUW)
: So let me ask some quick questions before I continue reading through this huge and great Q&A 1. Shurima was the name of the country if I'm not entirely wrong, in "The Bird and the Branch" the merchants said that the capital has risen, clearly they are referring to the city azir brought back to life, but what was the name of the city? It can't be the only city in entire Shurima and just being called Shurima :D 2. Xerath is said to using black magic, but his ascended form uses arcane magic only as it seems, will we getting a black magic Xerath skin, where all his spells are more darker, and less bright and blue? 3. will we be getting another ascended champion like Nasus or Azir? maybe a long lost and forgotten immortal ascended coming to stop the war between Azir and Xerath, or will there be maybe a lore event like back in the days for the war between Ionia and Noxus to decide which side will win lorewise? 4. will Sivir be returning to Shurima as a princess or will she remain as mercenary?
> [{quoted}](name=EricThexD,realm=EUW,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0042,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:19:07.194+0000) > > So let me ask some quick questions before I continue reading through this huge and great Q&A > > 1. Shurima was the name of the country if I'm not entirely wrong, in "The Bird and the Branch" the merchants said that the capital has risen, clearly they are referring to the city azir brought back to life, but what was the name of the city? It can't be the only city in entire Shurima and just being called Shurima :D > > 2. Xerath is said to using black magic, but his ascended form uses arcane magic only as it seems, will we getting a black magic Xerath skin, where all his spells are more darker, and less bright and blue? > > 3. will we be getting another ascended champion like Nasus or Azir? maybe a long lost and forgotten immortal ascended coming to stop the war between Azir and Xerath, or will there be maybe a lore event like back in the days for the war between Ionia and Noxus to decide which side will win lorewise? > > 4. will Sivir be returning to Shurima as a princess or will she remain as mercenary? Hey man, 1 - Shurima is both the name of the country and its capital. Generally I use 'Shurima' for the land and 'Ancient Shurima' as the name for the city. 2 - I wrote that simply to imply that his magic wasn't all fluffy rabbits and daffodils, but the kind that needs terrible deeds to work. 3 - I would love to see another Ascended character, either one newly created if the knowledge of how to do it ever returns to Shurima or if one who was lost could somehow return or be reborn. Very cool... 4 - Think of the Glitch in Wreck it Ralph... :-)
: You say "exceptionally long lived" but how long lived are we talking here? thousands of years? hundreds?
> [{quoted}](name=Solidair3,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=001400000004,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:16:34.261+0000) > > You say "exceptionally long lived" but how long lived are we talking here? thousands of years? hundreds? Well, Nasus has lived for thousands of years. But is he exceptional in that? Only time will tell...
: Exactly how does one become ascended. Do they have to do something heroic and be recognized by the gods, or perform a ritual only royalty and or a religion can do?{{champion:75}} {{champion:58}}
> [{quoted}](name=Armed and Sweaty,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0035,timestamp=2016-05-05T21:02:44.742+0000) > > Exactly how does one become ascended. Do they have to do something heroic and be recognized by the gods, or perform a ritual only royalty and or a religion can do?{{champion:75}} {{champion:58}} It varies from person to person, and generally the Sun Priests decree who has earned the right to Ascend - though their criteria are mystical and governed by ritual and superstition. Generally, yeah, you have to earn the right to be Ascended - though not always by martial prowess - and that's where Azir stepped wrongly in deciding for himself that he was worthy. The royals tell the common folk that it's only for them, but Xerath doesn't believe that and thinks he has evidence that suggests otherwise...
: Is Icathia / The Void still part of Shurima?
> [{quoted}](name=Pool Party Talon,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=001b,timestamp=2016-05-05T20:31:21.345+0000) > > Is Icathia / The Void still part of Shurima? The history of Icathia is certainly interwoven with that of Shurima, but even in Azir's day it was a time no-one spoke about for various unpleasant reasons. The Void isn't 'part' of Shurima, it exists beyond the corporeal world and can break through anywhere...
: So, what IS Shurima? Is it like the Sahara, or is it littered with cities and towns? Does anybody visit the ruins of the old Shuriman empire? Are some of the cities from old still existing? I'm really curious about how the actual city/town structure, and how their civilization worked then and now.
> [{quoted}](name=Melledoneus,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=Ftv5EUdw,comment-id=0033,timestamp=2016-05-05T20:59:50.500+0000) > > So, what IS Shurima? Is it like the Sahara, or is it littered with cities and towns? Does anybody visit the ruins of the old Shuriman empire? Are some of the cities from old still existing? I'm really curious about how the actual city/town structure, and how their civilization worked then and now. Shurima is a desolate land that, yeah, has scattered cities and towns around the few fertile deltas around the coast (as well as a few larger places scattered through the land where the oases still bubble up with water. There are ruins of ancient cities that folk build upon, newer cities and roaming tribes that live a nomadic existence through the land. Folk like Sivir and other treasure hunters certainly visit the ruins in search of treasures, but whether they come back is another matter entirely.
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