SickAnto (EUW)
: Ashe: Warmother vol. 2 is awesome!
Thanks!{{sticker:sg-ahri-2}}
The Iceborn (EUNE)
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=7AVXxNMa,comment-id=00040000000000010000,timestamp=2019-01-16T22:29:20.890+0000) > > Correct. It would be rare for a women not to pass the traits. Odin, will I find the answer to the remaining questions/answers in the incoming comics? Or are you signaling me that you cant answer the others (I need a subliminal message help me out here :P)
They are good questions! But.... The remaining questions are at this point... left to be questions. They are intentionally left open. If i revealed answers it would telegraph some of the plot and give the reader information that Ashe herself doesn't have. So, I'm not even gonna say when, which, or if they will be answered. IMHO stories are often motivated by the audience's questions and a sense that there is an underlying logic and momentum towards something greater. Iceborn, knowing your focus on Lissandra I will say you may have to wait a while for some of stuff you want-- but there is a plan and personally I think it will pay off for you.
: Ohh I see, interesting ! Is the Ursines (Volibear devouts/adorators) are also managed on a matriachal social organization or its completly different ? In my mind, I see them as warlike-bears humanoids (maybe vastayans origins) but I don't think you can speak about them until Voli rework happen.
The ursine are called a tribe or the lost tribe-- but really they aren't organized like one. they are... something different. I think you'll be seeing more of them. And yes they are strange.
The Iceborn (EUNE)
: > [{quoted}](name=RyzeTheSmurfMage,realm=EUNE,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=7AVXxNMa,comment-id=000500000000,timestamp=2019-01-16T19:07:16.398+0000) > > If Maalcrom is dead I still want a Draklorn character in-lore that uses Dark Ice magic like him. I want to see more of average Dark Ice magic usage (I want to see more of Lissandra using True Ice/Ice/Dark Ice magic too tho) I would love to see Lissandra use Dark Ice too, I want o see her power using it.. The thing is even if we dont see it, we know that she is the most skilled at it, she has had thousands of years to perfect it and it is Lissandra who teaches her warriors how to use it (or if she doesnt teach the she taught the most skilled and now they teach the rest).. Dark ice is her thing,it comes from the Frostguardand, I would find it amazing if she would use it or show her strength in comics, if not her as you said Id love some more Draklorn using it
there will be more, and more powerful frost priests than Maalcrom. And while he is definitely gone (for now.) Keep in mind he was not very high ranking in the organization. Lissandra is capable of some DBZ level stuff-- destroying whole armies by herself.
: Were Rygann's Reach and the other Freljordian village with a World Rune in Ryze's short story examples of #2?
I didn't write that but yep. That was a poor tribe struggling. Brand's mom must have done something really bad to dishonor herself which removed her from candidacy. (also she seemed to be more of a traditional mage rather than iceborn, stormborn, warrior etc...)
333lom (EUNE)
: > Because you can't be sure he will have magical children. Does this mean the Iceborn trait is certainly passed down the mother's line but not always down the father's line?
Correct. It would be rare for a women not to pass the traits.
: What is a skarthane ? Warmother title but for a man ?
No another title for women. A high level retainer to a Warmother. scar reflects you've earned your rank in battle-- and are trusted to lead a fairly large number of warriors without supervision for long periods. Sometimes the leader of clan within a tribe. Somewhere in the greve to markis level of european traditions. (count to marquis)
Nylisa (EUW)
: Hello Odin, nice work on the Comic it was a great read! since a warmother died in this issue, i had some questions about that! if a Warmother dies and has no daughters or sisters (adopted or otherwise) how would the tribe proceed? 1- can a woman from the tribe steps forward for it? if yes,can people reject her? is there any process she has to go through in order to be the next Warmother, aside from defeating any challengers? 2- if Warmother, has a son and they *marry* or her Bloodsworn (in case they survived) for the sake of choosing that woman as next Warmother is that possible? or all status of the current Warmother family ceases as soon as she dies? i'm asking this, in case of warmother's sudden death and not having anyone to replace her. I appreciate any answers and understand if you cant provide any. thank you :)
1. Yes. And yes, though this is usually settled between the candidates. Another woman from the tribe will usually step forward. Often as it is blood relatives, this is settled peacefully or with a non-lethal duel. Unhappy members of the tribe might offer themselves to another tribe as kin or thralls. But remember that ultimately magically gifted warriors are so much more powerful than a normal people, and the freljord is so dangerous that everyone wants to live under the protection of people with magic. So really your mostly looking for who will keep you and your children safe. Also people have noted that magical ability is usually passed from mother to child. --so female magical warriors are a better long term investment for your children's and grandchildren's survival. 2. It's not uncommon for a male to lead a tribe if they lack any female magical warriors-- but it's considered a tenuous position, and often a short term solution. Because you can't be sure he will have magical children. If the male leader is strong (and magical) he will usually look for a strong warmother, or skarthane to pledge his allegiance too-- thus the tribe he is in will become a clan under a larger tribe.
TacoBrain (EUW)
: I'd always figured Braum was a being akin to Janna myself, a folk hero spirit given life by the stories and oral tradition about his feats.
In a world with trolls and dragons you better hope there's real heros! Yep he's a real guy... but also real famous and capable of doing some crazy level 18 hero stuff.
: Two things: 1) It's probably not canon anymore, but in Ashe original lore, she was guided to the Ice Bow by a hawk, so I personally interpreted her E ability as a nod to that part of her lore. 2) I agree with TacoBrain above about Braum nature. I always saw him as a folktale hero whose actual existence was undetermined, à la Robin Hood or King Arthur.
1) Issue 2 out now. Anivia/Icehawk present.
The Iceborn (EUNE)
: Ashe: Warmother Comic Nr. 2 Feedback and Character Discussion; SPOILERS!!
Q1. Good questions... and I'm not sure Ashe knows at this point. Q2. Dark ice has slightly different from properties and enhances abilities somewhat differently than true ice. --though it is a derivative.
: Could I also ask if there's a narrative reason behind her E ability, her hawkshot
I've thought about this alot actually. The comic strongly hints at a spiritual connection between Ashe and Anivia. So personally I would retheme it around Anivia. This would create a greater parity with Braum being an iceborn from a tribe with strong ties to Ornn (and hence having his magic take the shape of the ram ). Thus you can understand elemental magic as related to, but not synonymous with, the animal spirit gods of the Freljord.
Nylisa (EUW)
: When you already have, over half of those on your playlist! Didn't think we have similar taste!
: Hey Odin is there a connection between the Ornnkaal Rocks and the Forge God himself
Well it’s volcanic, and a place were tribes come to build things (and hunt together) so yeah. But if your asking if he hangs out there, drinking cherry wine, no. He’s reclusive, he is given form and worship by great works.
  Rioter Comments
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=FtY2pgyR,comment-id=00000000,timestamp=2019-01-09T05:19:03.733+0000) > > He is magical in nature (at least half)-- and he makes magical things. But as the freljodian god of the forge --he's also _**about people**_ of making things-- i.e. craftsmanship, civilization, self-reliance. -So he's not a fan of people using pure magic-- that's kinda cheating-- and implies a connection to something beyond yourself. Does he believe that friendship is magic?
All ponys believe that. And yes 100% canon. Ornn is a brony. This is undeniable because only his beard hides his “Twilghtsparkle” tattoo. {{sticker:slayer-jinx-wink}}
: A different question, can you share what Aatrox was doing in the Freljord to fuck up Trynd's tribe
I will say that he’s been traveling around the world for looong time. Looking for a better host(s)—and indirectly, perhaps only subconciously, he wanted to get away from his homeland and headed towards the location of the only other major void incursion.
: Considering he's a demigod, he's probably magical in nature
He is magical in nature (at least half)-- and he makes magical things. But as the freljodian god of the forge --he's also _**about people**_ of making things-- i.e. craftsmanship, civilization, self-reliance. -So he's not a fan of people using pure magic-- that's kinda cheating-- and implies a connection to something beyond yourself.
: Aatrox ult music
I literally worked on him, and I don't know. If you get answer let me know. {{sticker:zombie-brand-clap}}
: About the comics
The confusion is the difference between this year (2019) and next year (2020). (and that we use 6months in several different ways) This year: All comics are released digitally for free on League of Legend's Universe page. They are also simultaneously sold as a premier edition with bonus content - released on Comixology's and Marvel's readers. (The premier edition also takes advantage on Marvel and Comixology panel zoom functions, page structure, collection structure, etc...). Then 6 months after the digital comics are released marvel will release a physical collection, combining all of the previous issues into one book that will be for sale at local shops, amazon, etc. (Aka a Trade Paperback.) BUT... Starting in 2020: The books are sold as physical, floppy comic-books in stores, on Marvel reader, and on Comixology. Then 6 months later, only when we are selling the Trade Paperbacks will the comics go up for free on League of Legend's Universe's website. Make sense now?
: Do other cultures have totally different representations of death (e.g., grim reaper, river styx ferryman, etc), or do they all have a different look for Kindred? If some variation of Kindred is depicted in several different and virtually unrelated cultures, does that lend credence to the idea that they are a real entity, and not just a myth?
The theory was various cultures in runeterra have various depictions of Death, but as a whole it is depicted as a spirit with 2 parts (peaceful vs violent) . I think in a magical world you can assume they and things like Tahm Kench are “real” BUT (and this is a big but) they are not governed by same laws of reality we are in (i.e duality or multiple manifestations are possible, time space is flexable etc...). A better question is how and what they need to manifest in our plane of existance).
: Is it possible that a champion change name when reworked like Volibear ? I would really like that his name fit more ''norse mythologesque''.
For a variety of boring corporate and legal reasons no. Sad face.
: Can i also ask about Frosted Ezreal and why he might dress like that, since CK confirmed it as a canon skin
He’s dressed warmer??? No idea sorry. I suggest messaging him.
TacoBrain (EUW)
: If you're able to answer a few questions about elements in League: - would you say ash or lava are full blown elements? We know Ice, for example, seems to stand distinct from water. - were the examples you gave a while back (sand, mist) canonical? Or are there still details to be worked out on what does or doesn't constitute an "element"?
Not canonical but also not non-canonical because my basic philosophy on world building favors rules (logic based) instead of categorization. Categorization just creates an endless list and endless exceptions— like french verbs. ;) So in this instance, the question (when roleplaying, writing etc..) is : does that culture see a distinction between those possible elements? And is it possible to assign an separate emotional and symbolic value to them. Is ash a part of fire? They are probably related but probably not the same —if you live anywhere near a volcano. ((An example would be Anivia as a demi-god representing the first frost and changing of the seasons vs the Volibear with storms, lighting, and blizzards. Both can relate to a snow storm and can relate to true ice... but what kind of snow storm? The one that might kill your tribe, or the one that freezes the rivers and marshes thus making you free to travel?)) Basically the requirement for sand or mist to be a core element is for some culture to perceive that to be true— which is very likely in any enviroment that experiences it. (So shurimans probably don’t have mist mages or even know that type of magic exists, but Ionians probably do— though conversely -sand based magic would seem odd or impossible to Ionians.)
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=9ejcikoq,comment-id=000500000001,timestamp=2018-12-30T21:38:47.928+0000) > > To clarify. > > {{champion:2}} > Olaf’s position was a “what if” scenario. I.e what if we were to vgu him. (He’s due for at least a VU but isnt slated yet). > He could be put into any of the camps of freljordian magic— But personally i would tie him to storms and lightning. Maybe as an ursine, a shaman of the volibear, or just stormborn (not aligned to the volibear) > > {{champion:77}} > With Udyr there is/was a lot of alignment to move his base more closely to frelordian myths, so his ability forms would be more tied to the freljordian gods. ( So his bear form would become volibear like, eagle become anivia-like etc..) > > BUT with all things— we would need gameplay clarity first so nothing is locked. And then we would do some survey data to figure out what players are actually, truly attached too. Olaf was described as weilding True Ice axes in the Harrowing tho. If you retcon him into being something else than an Iceborn, are you gonna edit the Harrowing or give an explication about why Olaf can weild them? Just curious sorry if you interpeted my tone as hostile.
Probably retcon— again he’s not yet slated. But he’s kinda in crappy place currently. He needs an overhaul. (Brolaf is perfect however!) The larger gameplay thematic needs and lore needs would almost certainly trump rewriting a few paragraphs in that story.
: Hey WAAAARGHbobo would you still think the Zilean Volibear beef is still canon
Is not. (Change is coming for zilean too). But I’ll leave something for the meme lords in the VO.
: if i may ask, do you work on lore for all the regions? or is the lore team split up based on in lore regions? ###### is surfer singed canon?
The narrative team isn’t split by regions but over time certain writers have sort of become experts at particular areas.
: I wonder what a Freljordian inspired Kindred would look like with Wolf being the centerpiece rather than Lamb because of the Freljord's culture
Actually. Easy-peasy. Kindred is depicted as it appears in southern frelordian myth. Though some northern versions make lamb more baby elnuk like. (The southern frelord does have goats and visually it’s more of a ”kid “than a lamb btw)
: I noticed the use of "the volibear" instead of just Volibear to refer to him. Really nice way of making his name actually sound cool and not just a jokey pun of a Rioter's name. That Udyr ability theming idea sounds really cool too. Turtle form could also be transitioned into a ram to fit Ornn. Tiger is the hard part since there we don't really have any freljordian gods left that match (that we know of) and the Seal Sister is left hanging. Another idea could be Bear -> Ram (Ornn's CC matches well), Tiger -> Bear (Volibear's warlike ferocity), Turtle -> Seal (Seal Sister, idk), Phoenix -> CryoPheonix (Anivia, self explanatory)
Lol. yeah, “The Volibear” was the first thing i did for the freljord 4+ years ago. I would put tiger into Wolf.. aka Kindred so with a wierd mask and smokey.
: Honestly Idk if his Axes are True Ice weapons, they just look like Normal wood and Iron/Steel Axes to me, and his W and E have electricty when he uses them that even his fanart has a lot of it in them. So no I don't think he is an iceborn. Which is why I think if they rework him He's most likely a stormborn instead. And he's basically Norse and into though with his ult being Ragnarok and all that.
To clarify. {{champion:2}} Olaf’s position was a “what if” scenario. I.e what if we were to vgu him. (He’s due for at least a VU but isnt slated yet). He could be put into any of the camps of freljordian magic— But personally i would tie him to storms and lightning. Maybe as an ursine, a shaman of the volibear, or just stormborn (not aligned to the volibear) {{champion:77}} With Udyr there is/was a lot of alignment to move his base more closely to frelordian myths, so his ability forms would be more tied to the freljordian gods. ( So his bear form would become volibear like, eagle become anivia-like etc..) BUT with all things— we would need gameplay clarity first so nothing is locked. And then we would do some survey data to figure out what players are actually, truly attached too.
: Quick question, how did the sales on the first issue do in comparison to expectations?
donno yet. ( Also I'm on vacation! ) {{sticker:vlad-salute}} I think the overall + combined book with physical release is important too.
The Iceborn (EUNE)
: I read my comic on comicology on my phone and I was absolutely able to zoom in so try the phone
Comixology has panel view and better zoom tech we don’t have. (As does Marvel’s reader i believe). Its a better experiance on those readers— than universe imho.
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=luKNAK3m,comment-id=,timestamp=2018-12-19T19:56:53.904+0000) > > Please, Please Please give it a read! > > and tell your friends! > ... please!!! > > Also avail with bonus concept art on Comixology and Marvel reader. > > > ThanX! > > > Also > I'll try and answer questions here on the forums and the reddits. Hey where can we buy this comic? I want to support this new direction.
You can buy digital on comixology ot marvel app. The physical book releases may
: AAtrox /taunt sounds like it should be /joke. Meanwhile, his /joke is completely silent. Why?
So post Tahm Kench most champs "jokes" are mimes. (i.e. not actually a verbal joke -- instead a purely physical/ animation gag.) The "Taunts" are where most verbal jokes have gone. There was a miscommunication on Aatrox (who was made on experimental shortened timeline) and I didn't know we weren't redoing the joke animation (pre-tahm Kench VO model) into something bigger (like a normal current champ) until after I had already recorded and placed the audio in buckets. BUT ALSO This the first character to try "First Encounter" lines which are meant to replace the original intention of Taunt lines. (Which no-one used that way). Taunts still exist -- but based on observation-- they are mostly used while waiting in bush with a jungler-- or waiting in bush preparing to invade. This is a place/time in the game where people spam laughs and do other silly things-- so AAtrox's taunts are intentionally silly and outside of the normal bounds of his personality and character. TLDR my fault. I think we briefly put a line from another bucket in there-- but then it felt weird (As it was just a taunt in the wrong place) There was talk of having him hum or whistle. It's currently unresolved. When I do my next champs VO session, I'm gonna make something and then steal some time from my sound guy to fix it.
: Will we ever get a team of Runeterra's greatest warriors to stand epicly against a giant swarm of void monsters while the Avengers theme plays? >Jayce as Thor Dr. Mundo as The Hulk Viktor as Iron Man Evelynn as Black Widow Varus as Hawkeye Braum as Captain America >And, of course, the badass Ryze reprising his role as Nick Fury. Um... you don't have to answer that if you don't want to.
I want to. But personally I feel we need to do a lot of character building to get there first. Many, if not most, of our characters are still just 2d archetypes, and we as an audience don’t have a strong sense of who these characters precisely are. (This is where some of the pain of reworks comes from). Until we arrive on a team of characters that you, our audience, understand and care about, I’m not sure that story would be successful. And constructing these real personalties will have some misses and require (like marvel characters) retooling. — or second tries. Eg. Personally i want to do some work with a sassy, smart-alek, chip on her shoulder Akali— but maybe that’s wrong and she should be edgelordy and brooding. We won’t know until we try it— and you connect (or fail to connect) to it. Which is why i think comics are so important an experiment for us. Ramped up and at speed we could produce a lot of content to figure this stuff out rapidly.
: I'm fine with logical systems, but I think I'm asking if those systems apply to all types of magic, or specifically elemental magic?
So I don’t want to pre-empt a teams possible lore release with too much detail. But yes. If you look at orn and zoe its the same rule. If you look at shadow magic and ice magic its same rule. If you look at elemental magic and celestial magic it’s the same rule ( in this case a personal transcendental connection to another plane and its power)
: Hey, Odin. Seems like my questions got lost in the depths of this thread, so my apologies for directly replying, but I am wondering: 1.) Will the issues be similar in size for other series or will it depend on a story? In general, are there any plans to make epic series that spans many issues? I like to think that one day we'll see separate communities entirely focused on lore and characters of Runeterra! 2.) Speaking of longer stories, are novels a possibility? I like comics, but I love novels even more since they can dive (IMHO) deeper into a character's inner thoughts and help us connect to them more. Thank you for the great work you've done! Can't wait for the next issues.
1. The Ashe series are generally about 24 to 25 pages I think?. Ashe was written before the marvel deal. The other books are generally around 20(normal marvel lenght). Ashe has one less issue than the other tradevbooks but because of math ends up being about the same number of total pages. Generally trade paperbacks are all roughly the same lenght. We will probably fit into the longer side of the normal marvel book. Ashe is hopefully an epic ongoing series about the freljord (not just Ashe) but that depends on readership, sales etc... etc... (Hence me begging people to give it a read) I’ve actually already outlined the story for the second trade book — working title “Oathfather” but it has not been greenlit. Two. leave this for Thermal kitten to announce. But... nope. Can’t say.
: Is there some internal data that allows you to see how popular this comic is?
: Hearthbound is like what a muggle is in the harry potter world ^^
Yeah good comparision. (Doh! Why didn't i think of explaining that way!)
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=luKNAK3m,comment-id=001a0000,timestamp=2018-12-20T21:00:43.197+0000) > > Funny, some people are like "Why are you over explaining the Hearthbound in exposition?!" and other people are like, "Wait what exactly are the Hearthbound?" .... Sometimes as a writer you can't win. > > Hearthbound are regular humans, you and me. > > As opposed to Iceborn, spiritwalkers, fireborn (aka Hearthborn), stormborn, etc... i.e. the superhuman, magically gifted folk. > > Hearthbound speaks to the fact that we (regular humans) need fire to survive in harsh Freljordian winters. While spiritwalkers, Iceborn etc... can survive in climates we can't. Yeah, descriptions are a tough thing to work out in writing. It’s tough to get the right amount of balance for both (experienced that with a recent Star Wars side story I wrote from my roleplay group and my wife proofreading). While tricky in a comic format, perhaps a brief glimpse in the actual writing, and an appendix of sorts (could just be a link on Universe) for more in depth. That way, those who want more info on a group can find it. That’s really interesting. I wasn’t sure if it was mostly just a name or if there was something behind it after Ornn’s lore, like ancient descendants, but your explanation makes a lot of sense. Clever use to build the name.
Sadly there is a glossary, and the issues were always intended to ship with it. But it’s currently only in the comixology and marvel premium versions. I think, in theory, universe will have the glossary eventually. But theres some “data scaling, organic-mational publishing thingy mer-bob” ( that i didnt understand) holding it off.
Caithresh (EUW)
: I see... Now since they are probably linked, the question is... Can Syndra's magical fallout affect Elemental Magic as well? Seriously though, thank you. I think that taking your time to answer every question is remarkable. You're doing a very great job, you're amazing, and you created something that allowed many people from around the world to communicate and and make new friends. You guys get a lot of backlash, but I think you deserve a lot of love, so thank you for all that you've done for us, you and all narrative team.
Sorry, I’m not sure what’s happening with Syndra. I feel like she’s the big bad, after Jhin. .... Aw shucks. Thanxs.
: How many types of magic are there currently? Would Shadow/Demon be its own class, or is it shared with Spirit?
I don’t think anybody has counted. As i meantioned someplace else. (Maybe this thread). I’m a big proponent of logical systems rather than catalogs for world building. A having rules allow people and teams to build out the world infinitely— but at the same time the longer you look at them the more they “feel” natural.
: I would love it if we had ONLY lore connected characters from now on. Pretty much since the large retcon that removed SR from the lore, I know that I've felt a real disconnect from characters in the game. I just pick kits, not champions. Just the IDEA of this priest from the comic in the game gives me some of that old feeling back. I'd love League to feel like a connected universe in AND out of game! <3
Yeah, for a while I've been hoping they would do theme months/events. So with a desert summoner's rift-- you can only make teams with Shurimans. etc..
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=EY77nwq8,comment-id=0004,timestamp=2018-12-20T22:23:38.061+0000) And its only by saying loudly -- &quot;Make Maalcrom playable!&quot; That papa rito will hear you. Does it mean that if i shitpost long enough you will give Marcus/General du couteau an actual story?
: > [{quoted}](name=WAAARGHbobo,realm=NA,application-id=6kFXY1kR,discussion-id=luKNAK3m,comment-id=001c0000,timestamp=2018-12-20T21:41:50.997+0000) > > Some of the comics (namely the next two series will move the world&#x27;s timeline forward.) > > &quot;Ashe: Warmother&quot; is instead written in the margins and between the lines of the lore you know. It basically says the lore you know about Ashe is what most people in the Freljord _believe_... but that myth is something Ashe has allowed to grow... while the actual truth is more complicated and complex. > > &quot;Destiny&quot; and &quot;Good vs Evil&quot; aren&#x27;t something you should trust blindly. I would be worried what this could imply, but, I trust you to make it good quality and to preserve my character as a good person.
In part because I think the world is a complicated place. I guess it would be best explained that I see a lot of value in doubt. Specifically moral doubts. I think it's good for a person to question their own motives and to be questioned and challenged, and uncertain. Uncertainty can be a bulwark against the ego, cruelty, tradition, mental laziness, and selfishness.
: Don’t know where else to leave this, but.... Sir Odin! The physical copies of the comics are available in May... and Megacon in Florida is in May (it’s a pretty huge affair every year)... it would be amazing if you would be available for a panel, and/or *drumroll* signing session???!
Sounds fun. But totally depends on my schedule at riot. But I'll look into it.
Caithresh (EUW)
: Mmh... I got another question actually. You said that Iceborns are _spiritually_ connected to the magic of their land... And we also know that the Spirit-gods are affiliated to elements (so far)... Is it safe to assume that elemental magic is related/originates from the Spirit Realm? If yes, can you tell us more about the relation between these two? Magic has always been one of my favorite worldbuilding subjects :D!
I was using spiritually as generic word in that instance. BUT Spirit magic is I think deeply (and perhaps intrinsically) connected to elemental magic (Which is logical as both are affected by the environment.) This is also shown by the fact that all of our spirit gods and spirits tend to have a element they are associated with. (Fire, lighting, ice, mist, water etc..)
: @Riot Are any Characters in Warmother being considered to become Champions? [Minor Spoilers]
It could happen! I suspect for development reasons, it would be easier for LoL to make a new Champion _inspired_ by Maalcrom than him personally. (Meaning if they don't make exactly him-- they have more leeway with silhouette, gameplay kit etc...) That said, we are riot. Anything is possible. And these sorts of posts absolutely raise awareness that players would like Grena or Maalcrom as playable champs. And its only by saying loudly -- "Make Maalcrom playable!" That papa rito will hear you.
: Going to ask an obvious question, but having -born in the name means that person has innate elemental magic? Are there a standard amount of elements (fire, water, earth, air), or are there more abstract ones?
Putting on my worldbuilding hat. The assumption of elemental magic ruleset is that it is infinitely scalable and malleable. i.e. Most of what we've focused on for worldbuilding is logic systems rather than classifications. This way the many teams at riot and many products can build whatever they need... provided they follow the internal logic of the systems. So we can assume wind, fire, Ice, water, but it's possible to assume lighting, earth, sand, mist, etc.. etc... If we are making a new Champion or character for a comic book we want a simple system that doesn't require huge exposition. So the core idea is that some people and creatures have a transcendental connection to the elements (and the elemental plane). They are empowered by contact with this element (esp pure versions of that element), and they have the ability to wield that element as magic. We don't want to make classifications that limit teams. We want rules that people can "feel" beneath the construction of the world going forward. (I.e. If you know what an Iceborn is, how much time do I need to spend explaining Stormborn? Not much right?)
: Fantastic! I love the characters already! I can even imagine the voices of all these characters in great detail. Very great tone set here, and I'm excited for Issue 2! Rock on, guys! Quick question, though. Will we ever see lore overwrites with these comics or are these strictly for filling in the gaps?
Some of the comics (namely the next two series will move the world's timeline forward.) "Ashe: Warmother" is instead written in the margins and between the lines of the lore you know. It basically says the lore you know about Ashe is what most people in the Freljord _believe_... but that myth is something Ashe has allowed to grow... while the actual truth is more complicated and complex. "Destiny" and "Good vs Evil" aren't something you should trust blindly.
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