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Harrowing 2014 Banner

This year’s Harrowing is finally here! The promo page reveals a new trailer, a huge sale and a new featured game mode – Hexakill Twisted Treeline.

 

 

The Harrowing Promo banner

 

The announcement comes with a new trailer from Riot, titled Tales of the Black Mist: The Harrowing.

 

 

And here is the breakdown of the new content and sales:

 

 

The Haunted Hoard Harrowing sale


 

 

Wizardcrab New PortraitHiding amongst the specters haunting the Black Mist are surprises both new and newly returned from Harrowing past. From October 24 to November 4, a host of deals and offers will be up for reaping:

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Flash deals

 

In an unprecedented phantasmic phenomenon, a group of skins’ regular prices are reduced for six hours before resetting in favor of a new slate of skins. Early research into ectoplasmic evidence has yet to uncover a way to predict which skins will go on sale–or even the discount rate. All we know for sure is that skins go on sale for six hours at a time and then it happens all over again. Happily, you can check the “On Sale” box in the skins tab of the Store to see what skins are on tap.

Disclaimer: Riot won’t be held responsible for the actions of ghosts so we aren’t offering retroactive refunds for these sales.


New skins and icons

 

Traverse the abyss with Underworld Wukong for 1350 RP (on sale for 975 RP through October 28th).

Enslave the shadows with Ravenborn LeBlanc for 975 RP.

Pledge your soul to the Shadow Isles with the Crest for 1500 IP during the Harrowing, or 250 RP any time afterward.


Bundles

 

 

Harrowing 2010 Bundle – 20% off at 4316 RP (7004 RP if you need the champions)

 

Skins included:

  • Lollipoppy
  • Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks
  • Nosferatu Vladimir
  • Mundo Mundo
  • Kitty Cat Katarina
  • Zombie Ryze

Champions included:

  • Poppy
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Vladimir
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Katarina
  • Ryze

 

Harrowing 2011 Bundle – 20% off at 2392 RP (4568 RP if you need the champions)

 

Skins included:

  • Bewitching Nidalee
  • Definitely Not Blitzcrank
  • FrankenTibbers Annie
  • Haunting Nocturne

Champions included:

  • Nidalee
  • Blitzcrank
  • Annie
  • Nocturne

 

Harrowing 2012 Bundle – 20% off at 3900 RP (6840 RP if you need the champions)

 

Skins included:

  • Haunted Maokai
  • Headless Hecarim
  • Headmistress Fiora
  • Pirate Ryze
  • Underworld Twisted Fate

Champions included:

  • Maokai
  • Hecarim
  • Fiora
  • Ryze
  • Twisted Fate

 

Harrowing 2013 Bundle – 20% off at 1860 RP (3420 RP if you need the champions)

 

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Skins included:

  • Haunted Zyra
  • Officer Vi

Champions included:

  • Zyra
  • Vi

 

Harrowing Ward Bundle – 20% off at 2560 RP (2560 RP if you need the champions)

  • Bat-o-lantern Ward
  • Haunting Ward
  • Widow Ward
  • Deadfall Ward
  • Tomb Angel Ward

 

Legacy Skins

 

  • Definitely Not Blitzcrank: 520 RP
  • Haunting Nocturne: 520 RP
  • Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks: 520 RP
  • Bewitching Nidalee: 975 RP
  • FrankenTibbers Annie: 975 RP
  • Haunted Maokai: 975 RP
  • Headless Hecarim: 975 RP
  • Headmistress Fiora: 975 RP
  • Kitty Cat Katarina: 975 RP
  • Lollipoppy: 975 RP
  • Mundo Mundo: 975 RP
  • Nosferatu Vladimir: 975 RP
  • Pirate Ryze: 975 RP
  • Underworld Twisted Fate: 975 RP
  • Zombie Ryze: 975 RP
  • Zombie Brand: 1820 RP

 

Bewitching Nidalee – 975 RP


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Definitely Not Blitzcrank – 520 RP


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FrankenTibbers Annie – 975 RP


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Haunted Maokai – 975 RP


 

Haunting Nocturne – 520 RP


 

Headless Hecarim – 975 RP


 

Headmistress Fiora – 975 RP


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Kitty Cat Katarina – 975 RP


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Lolipoppy – 975 RP


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Mundo Mundo – 975 RP


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Nosferatu Vladimir – 975 RP


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Pirate Ryze – 975 RP


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Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks – 520 RP


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Underworld Twisted Fate – 975 RP


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Zombie Brand – 1820 RP


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Zombie Ryze – 975 RP


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Legacy Ward Skins

  • Bat-o-lantern Ward: 640 RP
  • Deadfall Ward: 640 RP
  • Haunting Ward: 640 RP
  • Tomb Angel Ward: 640 RP
  • Widow Ward: 640 RP

 

Mystery Gifting

 

The Mystery Gift swirls with every skin of Harrowing’s past and present! Better yet, Harrowing content bursts out of the chest at a 2x rate!

 

 

New Summoner Icons

 

Three new Summoner Icons will be available for the duration of the event. One you can purchase in the store and the other two can be earned by partaking in the new featured mode – Hexakill on Twisted Treeline.

 

Shadow Isles Crest Icon

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“Pledge your soul to the Shadow Isles for 1500 ip during the Harrowing or 250 RP any time afterward.”

 

 

Mark of the Betrayer Icon

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“Win three games of Hexakill: Twisted Treeline”

 

 

Harrowed Puppet Icon

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“Give a gift of any kind to a friend before the Harrowing ends”

 

 

 

Ravenborn LeBlanc

 

From the official announcement:

 

Cloaked in ebon feathers, a figure glides through the black mist, ghostly tendrils recoiling before every step. The raven atop her staff quavers. A shriek pierces through the vapor, halting Ravenborn LeBlanc. Her dark lips break into a malicious grin. The Black Mist looms.

Enslave the shadows with Ravenborn LeBlanc, available now in the League of Legends store for 975 RP.

 

 

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Ravenborn LeBlanc Model

Ravenborn LeBlanc Recall

For her recall, the raven on LeBlanc’s staff comes to life and lands on her arm. She then dissipates in a puff of teal smoke.

 

Ravenborn LeBlanc Basic Attack

Basic Attack

 

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Sigil of Malice [ Q ]

 

Distortion

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Underworld Wukong

 

From the official announcement:

 

The black mist grasps at Underworld Wukong, clinging to his staff as he explores the Shadow Isles. A circlet holds back his mane of wild hair to reveal gleaming emerald eyes. His bladed tail swats away a particularly annoying tendril of vapor as Wukong chuckles softly to himself. He twirls his staff and prances further into the darkness.

Traverse the abyss with Underworld Wukong, available now in the League of Legends store for 1350 RP (on sale for 975 RP through October 28).

 

 

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For his recall, Underworld Wukong spins his staff around and ghosts come off it.

 

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Crushing Blow [ Q ]

 

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Decoy [ W ] 

 

Wukong E

Nimbus Strike [ E ]

 

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Cyclone [ R ]

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com

 

 

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PBE 23/10:


[ Reminder ] The PBE is a testing ground for changes. What you see here may not reflect what you see in Patch Notes. Remember that developers want your feedback so if you disagree with a change, you can always submit your thoughts on the PBE Community Forums.

 

PBE Content from Patch 4.19 Cycle:

 

 

New Splash Arts

 

Graves

 

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Gragas

 

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New Summoner Icons

 

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Singed Updated Ability Icons

 

From left to right: Passive, Q, W, E and R.

 

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Champion Changes
 

Ryze Final Portrait

 

Overload New IconOverload [ Q ] 

Base damage decreased from 60/85/110/135/160 to 40/60/80/100/120
 

 

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Heightened Learning New IconHeightened Learning [ Passive ]

Now grants 8% bonus to experience in an area, changed from global (same range as Janna’s passive)

 

 

Kayle also got her new in-game portrait updated:

 

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New

 

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If you want to check out the new splash arts on the PBE, click here.

 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com

 

 

Champion Skin Sale October 27 Banner

The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 27th:

 


Champions


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Panda Satan – 487 RP


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Temple Jax – 375 RP


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Totemic Maokai – 260 RP

 
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Dignitas Players Out

Zion Free Agent

ZionSpartan has announced that he’s become a free agent, not resigning with Dignitas in a recent Tweet:

Interesting to note that he considers himself capable of playing any of the three non-bottom lane roles, seeing as he’s been a top laner with a definitive Flame-esq style his whole career. This comes after news that he was allegedly almost poached by CLG. Right now there would be numerous options for him to go to, namely CLG if they choose to move or replace Seraph, or EG should they decide Innox won’t be good enough for them.

 

Imaqtpie Retires (For Now)

In a statement from Team-Dignitas, long-time AD Carry player Imaqtpie has decided to step down. He cites lack of drive for competitive play, and rather him having the drive to play for fun is why he’s decided to step down. He stated that when scarra chose to leave the team, he had to rethink why he plays competitively. The original Rock Solid roster that was picked up by Dignitas, consisting of names like Imaqtpie, scarra and LCS Caster Jatt is what he’s described in the past as a “rag-tag team”, and that’s the way he’s always seen teammates. They’re his friends, and he enjoys playing because it’s fun. As such, Imaqtpie will look to become a full-time streamer for the foreseeable future.

The Dignitas team on the other hand, need to look for a Top Laner and an AD Carry.

Snoopeh is a Free Agent

After officially leaving the Evil Geniuses organization and relinquishing his substitute position, Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis has stated he is now a free agent with this Facebook post:

We don’t currently have the details on the situation, however that would indicate he wants to return to pro play after stepping down for Helios in the Spring Split of 2014.

 

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Samsung White’s World winners bundle can be yours for 4220 RP. Scroll down to see its contents:



World Championship Bundle

World Championship Bundle 2

 


Champions


Corki Final Portrait

Janna Final Portrait

Kassadin Final Portrait

Orianna Final Portrait

Rengar Final Portrait


 

Bladecraft Orianna


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Frost Queen Janna


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Hot Rod Corki


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Harbinger Kassadin


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Night Hunter Rengar


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The following Champions will be free-to-play until October 28th:

 


Champions


Braum Final Portrait

Corki Final Portrait

Lux Final Portrait

Malphite Final Portrait

Maokai Final Portrait

Orianna Final Portrait

Sivir Final Portrait

Udyr Final Portrait

Vladimir Final Portrait

Zed Final Portrait

 

 

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Champion Skin Sale 24 October

The following Champions and Skins will be 50% off until October 24th:


Champions


Elise Final Portrait

Malphite Final Portrait

Trundle Final Portrait


Full Metal Rammus – 487 RP


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Heartseeker Vayne – 487 RP


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Renegade Talon – 260 RP


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After being tested in multiple grueling series, Samsung White has emerged as the victor over Starhorn Royal Club. The Best of 5 went to four games, even when many expected a one-sided stomp for the Korean team. SHRC, and Uzi namely had his second chance at the World Title, and even when he fell to the Koreans once again he proved himself as the one of the best AD Carry players in the World.

 

Too Lazy ; Didn’t Watch

This series started out with two decisive wins for the Korean team, and many thought that Game 3 would be the end of Royal Club’s run, once again. They came up huge in Game 3, taking their chaotic fights and creating a lead that White failed to surmount, even though they took back many fights in their favor. While Game 3 shocked the World, no one expected White to give up another game. Even though SHRC started off with two simultaneous early kills, White did what they needed to and closed out the series.

 

Gaps Closing?

Only two teams throughout the tournament took individual games off of Samsung White, those being Team Solomid and Starhorn Royal Club. Neither team was Korean, with White taking down their sister team Blue in a clean 3-0. With NaJin White Shield even falling in the Quarterfinal, some would argue due to more Globalization throughout the 2014 Season has caused this. OMG dismantling White Shield during the Quarterfinals plants a seed of doubt within those that believed the Koreans were by far the strongest at the World Championship. The Koreans are still definitively the best, however other regions are doing everything they can in order to push forward, but their efforts will likely be thwarted until they manage to put together teams with both World-Class individual players and teamplay.

Others would argue that Samsung Blue may have been the second best team at the World Championship, which would solidify Korean dominance. While I do believe that Korea has the best teams overall and the best infrastructure, with more Korean players moving out, bringing their experience regarding how Korean Coaches run teams, that could continue to close the gap. We’ve seen this with TSM, who after bringing in Locodoco, who has personally played under NaJin coaches was able to bring TSM to the top of North America.

 

Lastly, Skins!

In an Inven article, Samsung White players stated which skins they’d like for their team skins. Note, that last year Faker wanted an Ahri skin, but due to Popstar Ahri’s release incoming, SKT Zed was chosen.

  • Looper (Top): Singed or Kassadin
  • DanDy (Jungle): Rengar
  • PawN (Mid): Talon, surprising that it’s not Jayce
  • Imp (ADC): Twitch
  • Mata (Support): Thresh, however he did prepare support Zed for the finals. This from the man who brought support Lee Sin to OGN, and stated support Gnar had potential to be good.

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Here are the new stories for Xerath and Azir! I’ve also added some discussion with Narrative Editor Jaredan on Shurima’s developing story.

 

 

Jaredan Final PortraitHey all,

As a member of the Narrative discipline that works on ideation & story, I’d like to follow up with you about where we currently are with champ bios and backgrounds.

Previously, we’ve communicated two main ways in which the presentation of champ backgrounds is changing: format & location. A while back we started moving away from the older style of ‘historical’ bios in favor of character stories (think Braum & Gnar), but we’ve found that issues like character limits and formatting constraints are preventing us from really pushing things further in the in-client lore tabs. Given that the lore tab is also intended to give players a quick feel for a champ’s thematic and identity, we’ve decided to morph it into more of an introductory space that links to deeper story experiences on the website’s champ info pages.

That said, we’re frankly behind on all of this. We recently released in-client champion intros for Shurima champions without having their deeper story pieces ready to go. We know this is frustrating and we’re working to get them all out as soon as possible.

Additionally, as I mentioned last week, we’ve run into some tech issues preventing us from de-linking the champ info pages from the lore tabs. We hope to have this fixed very shortly, but for now we’re actually unable to deliver completed stories in the way we’ve promised.

Because of this, we’ve taken the interim step of stickying the new Azir and Xerath short stories on this board. We hope you enjoy them, and deeply appreciate your continuing patience as we work to bring you the stories you want and deserve.

I’ll be hanging out in this thread for a bit, so feel to leave any questions you may have and I’ll do my best to address them.

Azir

Xerath

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When will you show us this new Shurima narrative

Jaredan Final PortraitOur aim is to bring you stories with much more regularity than we have in the past. We’re learning and leveling up, but we want to deliver stories to you. While we’re working out a few things, including tech issues, it’s not gone as quickly as we would like, hence putting these first two stories here on the boards while we sort things.

More will be coming.

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If Azir emancipated Xerath, why did Xerath kill him

Jaredan Final PortraitIt was already planned out, wheels that had been in motion for years were set to bring Azir and Shurima crashing down. Xerath couldn’t stop what he had started.

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Did Xerath show sadness in the end

Jaredan Final PortraitI think sadness is one of the many emotions that Xerath was feeling at that moment. Part of him meant it, but how much of him is full of regret is something we’ll have to explore.

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Will we see new lore about Sivir

Jaredan Final PortraitWorking on it!

Sivir was left in a very interesting and precarious place by events in Shurima, we will definitely be following her story further to show the immediate aftermath.

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If Azir's family was killed, who did Sivir descend from

Jaredan Final PortraitThat’s an excellent question—that I will in no way, shape or form answer right now. I’ll leave that tale to play out.

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What are you plans for Kayle

Jaredan Final PortraitThere are no immediate plans for Kayle.

We’re trying to do better, frankly I’ve just been a really busy bloke, but just speaking personally I should be able to hop on more regularly in the coming weeks.

We want to do stories for all of our champions; events give a good focus for a cluster of them, but we do want to explore those characters who exist outside of specific factions.

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Azir Arisen


 

 

Azir walked the gold-paved Emperor’s Way. The immense statues of Shurima’s earliest rulers – his ancestors – watched his progress.

The soft, shadowy light of predawn seeped through his city. The brightest stars still shone overhead, though they would soon be snuffed out by the rising sun. The night sky was not as Azir remembered it; the stars and the constellations were misaligned. Millennia had passed.

With every step, Azir’s heavy staff of office struck a lonely note, echoing through the capital’s empty streets.

When last he had walked this path, an honor guard of 10,000 elite warriors had marched in his wake, and the cheers of the crowd had shaken the city. It was to have been his moment of glory – yet it had been stolen from him.

Now, it was a city of ghosts. What had become of his people?

With an imperious gesture, Azir commanded the sands beside the roadway to rise, creating living statues. This was a vision of the past, the echoes of Shurima given form.

The sand figures looked forward, heads tilted toward the immense Sun Disk hanging above the Dais of Ascension half a league ahead. It hung there still, declaring the glory and power of Azir’s empire, though no one remained to see it. The daughter of Shurima who awakened him, she who bore his lineage, was gone. He sensed her out in the desert. Blood bound them together.

As Azir walked the Emperor’s Way, the sand-echoes of his people pointed up at the Sun Disk, their joyful expressions turning to horror. Mouths opened wide in silent screams. They turned to run, stumbling and falling. Azir watched this all in despairing silence, bearing witness to the last moments of his people.

They were obliterated by a wave of unseen energy, reduced to dust and cast to the winds. What had gone wrong with his Ascension to unleash this catastrophe?

Azir’s focus narrowed. His march became more resolute. He reached the base of the Stairs of Ascension and began to climb, taking them five at a time.
Only his most trusted soldiers, the priesthood, and those of the royal bloodline were allowed to step foot upon the Stairs. Sand versions of these most favored subjects lined his path, faces upturned, grimacing and wailing in silence before they too were swept away by the winds.
He ran, taking the steps faster than any man could, talons digging into the stonework, carving furrows where they caught. Sand figures rose, and were then destroyed, to either side of him as he climbed.

He reached the top. Here, he saw the final circle of onlookers: his closest aides, his advisers, the high priests. His family.
Azir dropped to his knees. His family was before him, rendered in perfect, heartbreaking detail. His wife, heavy with child. His shy daughter, clutching his wife’s hand. His son, standing tall, on the brink of becoming a man.

In horror, Azir saw their expressions change. Though he knew what was to come, he could not look away. His daughter hid her face in the folds of his wife’s dress; his son reached for his sword, shouting in defiance. His wife… her eyes widened, sorrow and despair writ within.
The unseen event blasted them to nothingness.

It was too much, but no tears welled in Azir’s eyes. His Ascended form rendered that simple act of grief forever lost to him. With a heavy heart, he pushed himself to his feet. The question remained as to how his bloodline survived, for it most assuredly had.

The final echo awaited.

He advanced, halting one step below the dais, and watched as it all played out before him, reenacted in the sand.

He saw himself, in his mortal form, rise up into the air beneath the Sun Disk, arms wide and back arched. He remembered this moment. The power coursed through him, infusing his being, filling him with its divine strength.

A newcomer formed in the sand. His trusted bondsman, his magus, Xerath.

His friend uttered a silent word. Azir watched himself shatter like glass, exploding into motes of sand.

“Xerath,” breathed Azir.

The traitor’s expression was unknowable, but Azir could see nothing but the face of a murderer.

Where did such hate come from? Azir had never been aware of it.

The sand image of Xerath rose higher into the air as the Sun Disk’s energies focused into his being. A cadre of elite guards rushed toward him, but they were all far too late.

A brutal shockwave of sand flared out, disintegrating the final moment of Shurima. Azir stood alone among the dying echoes of his past.

This is what killed his people.

Azir turned away, just as the first rays of the new dawn struck the Sun Disk overhead. He’d seen enough. The sand image of the transformed Xerath collapsed behind him.

The dawn sun reflected blindingly off Azir’s flawless golden armor. In that instant, he knew that the traitor still lived. He sensed the magus’s essence in the air that he breathed.

Azir lifted a hand, and an army of his elite warriors rose from the sands at the base of the Stairs of Ascension.

“Xerath,” he said, his voice tinged with rage. “Your crimes will not go unpunished.”

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This was the moment.

The singular moment that had cost him so much, that had taken a lifetime of planning. A corrupt empire and its strutting princeling would be struck down under the blankly idiotic sun symbol they both so trusted. The key to immortality, jealously guarded and miserly offered, would be his alone, stolen in front of the entire world. A singular moment of perfect vengeance that would finally free the slave known as Xerath.

Though his master’s helm revealed no human expression, and knowing that the lovingly etched metal could not respond in kind, Xerath smiled up at the soulless hawk’s face just the same, his joy genuine. A life spent in servitude, first for a mad emperor and now a vain one, endless manipulations for and against the throne, a near-damning quest for barely remembered knowledge that almost consumed him—all of it led to this grotesque masquerade of Ascension.

The very word when spoken aloud was an assault: We will Ascend, while you are chained to the broken stone as the sands of time swallow you all. No. Not anymore, and never again. The chosen golden lords will not be taken into the sun’s embrace and made gods. A slave will do this; a simple slave, a boy who once had the misfortune to save a noble child from the sands.

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.

A promise unkept to this day. The words of a grateful child, innocently oblivious to the impact they would have. How could Azir upend thousands of years of rule? How could he fight tradition, his father, his destiny?

In the end, the young emperor would lose it all by not honoring his word.

And so, Xerath was elevated and educated, eventually becoming Azir’s trusted right hand—but never a free man. The soured promise ate into what he was, and what he could have been. Denied a small, simple thing, the right to live his life, Xerath decided to take everything, all of the things denied to him, all of the things he deserved: the empire, Ascension, and the absolute purest form of freedom possible.

With each step taken toward the offensively grandiose Dais of Ascension, positioned respectfully behind his emperor and flanked by the inept sentinels who supposedly protected Shurima, Xerath felt an unknown lightness he was genuinely shocked by. Was this joy? Does vengeance bring joy? The impact was almost physical.

At that very moment, the overwrought suit of golden armor that was his tormentor abruptly halted. And turned. And walked toward Xerath.

Could he know? How could he possibly know? This spoiled, self-obsessed boy? This righteous, falsely benevolent emperor whose hands were just as bloody as Xerath’s own? Even if he did, there was no staying the killing blow that was already in motion.

Xerath had planned for every contingency. He had bribed, killed, out-maneuvered, and plotted for decades—he even tricked the monstrous brothers Nasus and Renekton into staying away from the event—but he had not planned for this…

The Emperor of Shurima, the Golden Sun, Beloved of Mother Desert, soon to be Ascended, took off his helmet, revealed his proud brow and smiling eyes, and turned to his oldest and most trusted friend. He spoke about the love of brothers, the love of friends, of hard fights won and others lost, of family, of future, and finally… of freedom.

At these words, the guards flanked Xerath, moving in, weapons drawn.

So the princeling did know. Had Xerath’s plans had been undone?

But the fools in armor were saluting. There was no menace to them, they were honoring him. They were congratulating him.

On his freedom.

His hated master had just freed him—he had freed them all. No Shuriman would ever wear chains again. Azir’s last act as a human was to unfetter his people.

The foundation-shuddering roar of the assembled masses drowned out any response Xerath could have had. Azir donned his helmet and strode out onto the Dais, his attendants preparing him for the godhood that would never come.

Xerath stood in the shadow of the monolithic Sun Disk, knowing that an empire-destroying doom was but seconds away.

Too late, friend. Too late, brother. Far too late for us all.

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