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Azir Azir was a mortal emperor of Shurima in a far distant age, a proud man who stood at the cusp of immortality. His hubris saw him betrayed and murdered at the moment of his greatest triumph, but now, millennia later, he has been reborn as an Ascended being of immense power. With his buried city risen from the sand, Azir seeks to restore Shurima to its former glory.

AzirSquare.png"Shurima was once the glory of Runeterra. I will make it so again."  Azir
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  • Ascended: Azir is an Ascended, also known as God-Warriors or Sunborn. The Ascended are mortals that were empowered by The Sun Disc into immensely powerful demigods. Each Ascended has unique powers depending on the individual they were prior to the Ascension.
    • Immortality: The ascended do not age, and do not need to eat or sleep. Barring beings of similar power, the Ascende cannot be killed.
    • Sand Magic: Azir can control the sands of the Shuriman desert to his desires, creating almost anything that he desires. He mainly uses this to create his mighty Sand Soldiers, powerful constructs that serve as his personal army. The Sand Soldiers are completely under his control, are far more powerful than a normal human and don't need neither sleep nor food.

Relations

  • Xerath's Xerath's treachery made Azir furious at his former soul brother betraying his trust to become an Ascended being and destroying Shurima in the process.
    • He can't let go because he truly loved his nation, however much his ambition may have led him astray. He can't accept responsibility for what happened to his kingdom - he blames Xerath, but was it really Xerath's fault...? Or was it the emperor who couldn't see the cruel intent of his most trusted advisor - and friend? And yes - for the moment, he is an emperor without an empire. An emperor without a people. He has nothing - but he'll do everything with his newfound power to change that, and rebuild Shurima into the thriving, powerful empire it once was.
  • Given Ezreal's Ezreal's exploration of the Shurima Desert and robbing of artifacts from its tombs, it's likely Azir won't be entirely fond of him.
  • Azir dislikes Sivir's Sivir's graverobbing but does not resent her. She is family after all, and saving her from Cassiopeia's Cassiopeia's backstabbing meant everything at the time of his revival.
    • He would hold his hatred for Cassiopeia for almost ending his bloodline forever.
  • When he was young, Azir was taught ancient knowledge from Nasus Nasus and combat from Renekton Renekton. The Ascended brothers' teachings will prove useful for the trials ahead.
    • Azir is disappointed that a mighty warrior such as Renekton Renekton has been reduced to a rabid beast after being tortured beyond insanity for imprisoning himself with Xerath.
    • On the other hand, Nasus Nasus might be the only remaining Ascended that can help the Emperor.
      • Azir deeply respects Nasus, though the Curator looks down on him for his arrogance and for what his hubris did to Shurima.[1]
  • Azir doesn't seem to be aware of Amumu's Amumu's existence as of yet.
  • Azir would welcome Yordles and their furry enthusiasm, provided they directed it toward expanding Shurima's greatness.

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Biography

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The Emperor of the Sands

By Graham McNeill

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Arisen

By Anthony Reynolds Lenné

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

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Descent into the Tomb

Scroll after scroll in Noxian libraries chronicle the power buried within Shurima. Now Cassiopeia thinks she's found the key. Learn how the saga began.

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Fall of the Empire

By Numerous creators

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Rise of the Ascended

Discover the tale of Ancient Shurima, where the fates of Azir and Siver intertwine.

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Water and Shade To You

By Graham McNeill

For the first time Khari could remember, flowers grew on the street leading from the town square to the Cut.

Mentioned Champion

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Bloodline

By Graham McNeill

Taliyah had almost forgotten how much she'd missed the furnace heat of Shurima – the sweat and crush of hundreds of people pushing, cursing, haggling and speaking with such passion and speed that outsiders often thought they were fighting.

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Darkness Renews

By Graham McNeill

Am I a god?

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Echoes in the Stone

By Ariel Lawrence

Taliyah was outrunning the sandstorm when she first noticed the water. In the beginning, it was faint, just a cool dampness she felt as she lifted the stones from deep beneath the sand. As she drew closer to old Shurima, wet streaks dripped from each new stone as if they were weeping. Taliyah knew the rock had stories to tell as she sped across the desert, but she didn't have time to listen, to hear if they were tears of joy or sadness.

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Feast of the Prophet

By Jared Rosen

Meir follows a crowd of cultists out of the prophet’s tent city, and down into a low valley at the edge of the desert.

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Hollowspun

By Dana Luery Shaw

Kai’Sa peers out from the mouth of the tunnel and feels like she’s standing at the edge of the world.

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Homecoming

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Ouroboros

By Ryan Verniere

Nasus walked at night, unwilling to face the sun. The boy followed in his wake.

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Roots of a Poisoned Tree

By Graham McNeill

Dust hung in veils as Shoorai followed the mechanical-limbed form of Tunnel-Chief Hewlett deeper into the mine shaft.

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Sai Kahleek (Short Story)

By Odin Austin Shafer

Six boys and a camel, and the boys were cheaper to replace. Some were orphans and escaped slaves, but most were off casts — teenagers abandoned by families too poor to keep them. When Shahib offered him the work, Jaheje hadn't eaten in days.

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The Bird and the Branch

By Ariel Lawrence

A young stone mage from Shurima encounters an unlikely mentor in the mountains of Ionia.

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The Faceless God

By Graham McNeill

I watch the worm wriggling its way up from the sand.

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The Legend of the Darkin

By Graham McNeill

The darkin are thrice-cursed - once by the ancient enemy they faced, again by the fall of their glorious empire, and finally by the betrayal that has damned them for all eternity.

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The Stoneweaver

By Ariel Lawrence

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The Unforgiven

By Ariel Lawrence

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Twilight of the Gods

By Graham McNeill

They came to a dead city in the mountain's shadow under cover of night.

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Unbound

By Anthony Reynolds Lenné

This was the moment.

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Water

By Odin Austin Shafer

Sivir's throat felt like it was coated in a layer of broken glass. The cracked flesh of her lips burned. Her eyes refused to focus. I've given them more than enough time to move on.

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With Teeth

By Graham McNeill

Firewood was precious in the desert, but the blackened ruins of Vekaura offered a plentiful supply of charred timbers to hurl on bonfires.

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Ao Shin's Adventure

Every little dragon has a destiny.

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Make History

In this battle of regions, one will conquer all others to make history.

Trivia

  • Based on the timeline in Realms of Runeterra and his lore, Azir is between 3000 – 3050 years old.
  • As suggested by Taliyah's Taliyah's quote     "Close to the ground, the sparrow flies faster than the falcon.", his Ascended form resembles that of a falcon.
  • Azir's mother was born in Vekaura. Xerath Xerath later destroyed the city during the events of Bloodline.
    • Azir originally intended to destroy Saikhal, Xerath's Xerath's birthplace, for revenge but was convinced not to as he was reminded that it would make him the same thing as what Xerath has become.
      • Azir knows a lot of secrets about Xerath's Xerath's past that are only known to the two.
  • As stated by Riot Opeli in Azir's Q&A thread, Azir was a benevolent leader, a kind dictator devoted to his people's well-being and prosperity. Though he got a little ahead of himself with the over-enthusiastic Ascension ritual, even that was done with good intentions, for he saw Ascension as a means to have Shurima grow and influence the entire world.[2]
    • This desire was never derived from conquest, as Azir truly believes Shurima was the pinnacle of civilization and could only continue to prosper.
    • Azir put off abolishing slavery because doing so in a short period of time would likely lead to massive protests and possibly a coup. As power went to his head, however, he forgot that others also had worthwhile ideas.
    • Azir currently wishes for the other city-states to join his empire so that they may benefit from Shurima's culture and way of life. This might prove difficult after being trapped in limbo for millennia, given the likes of Zaun are the antithesis to Shurima.
      • So for now, Azir's motivation is to restore Shurima's glory.
    • Back in the empire's heyday, Azir was popular with the ladies.[3] This charisma might help him restore his people to greatness.
  • As stated by Gem 'Lonewingy' Lim in Azir's Q&A thread, Azir's gauntlets have ribbon-like tassels to emphasize his regal status and to resemble embroidered robes which in turn represent feathers, cementing the bird-like appearance.[4]
  • Xerath's Xerath's Ascended power was stolen from Azir, but manifests in the wrong way due to its not being intended for him.
  • At the end of Twilight of the Gods, the Chalicar the Chalicar had absorbed the - for want of a better phrase - Darkin DNA essence, which, combined with Ta'anari's heart, would allow humans to craft the weapons tailored to trap the remaining Darkin at a later date.[5] Tomb of Emperors is Shuriman, but the events of the story imbued the Chalicar with a resonance to the Ascended, so it acted as a channel between Sivir Sivir and her distant ancestor, Azir which allowed her blood to revive him. As the Alchemists of Old said, "Like attracts like...".[6]
  • Azir's Q&A (Creative) by Riot Narrative team: (Note: In case people question the authenticity of the contents above, the copy-and-paste version of the orginal text is added here: )[7]
    • 1. What kind of a ruler was he?
      • Riot-Opeli: He was a benevolent leader. Still a dictator, but a kind one, and he was interested in his people's well-being and prosperity. He got a little ahead of himself, though - hence the over-enthusiastic Ascension ritual - but even that was done with good intentions. He wanted Shurima to grow and influence the entire world.
    • 2. Why can't Azir just let go his lost empire? What he gonna rule there anyway, sands? Though I can somehow see him modeling his whole empire with sand then play empire in his head. Now I kinda got sad for him...
      • Riot-Runaan: He can't let go because he truly loved his nation, however much his ambition may have led him astray. He can't accept responsibility for what happened to his kingdom - he blames Xerath, but was it really Xerath's fault...? Or was it the emperor who couldn't see the cruel intent of his most trusted advisor - and friend? :O And yes - for the moment, he is an emperor without an empire. An emperor without a people. He has nothing - but he'll do everything with his newfound power to change that, and rebuild Shurima into the thriving, powerful empire it once was.
    • 3. Does Azir plan to rebuild Shurima?
    • 4. Does Azir wish to just peacefully rebuild Shurima and see if people join his ways? Or will he do it with force?
      • Riot-Opeli: He wishes to do it peacefully, but he's not afraid of using force. It will only happen if he's forced his hand.
    • 5. What's the CURRENT state of Shurima? We've heard that it's been swallowed by the desert, and that Xerath, apparently, blew up the city, but...An empire isn't just one city. What about the rest of Shurima? What did they do for the world around them when they were at their prime?
      • Riot-Runaan: We talked about Shurima as a place with a really thriving culture - a place with not only a strong military and a powerful emperor, but a place with a sense of personal identity (art, music, literature, trade, magical technology etc). Azir's motivation to bring the golden light of Shurima to other nations was/is not really a "conquering" aim - it's that he truly believes that Shurima was the height of civilization, and could only continue to grow more wonderful. After Xerath's corrupt ascension, everything was more or less buried beneath the sands and left to ruin, but Azir definitely doesn't think that's the end of things.
    • 6. Did Azir have any inkling that Xerath was going to betray him, or was he blind to that possibility?
      • Riot-Opeli: He was blind to it. He totally trusted Xerath. :(
    • 7. Did Azir rule alone, or would there have been a...Mrs. Azir?
      • Riot-Opeli: It's safe to say he was... popular with the ladies.
    • 8. What does Azir think of Nasus? Does he respect him or dislike him?
      • Riot-Opeli: Azir deeply respects Nasus. Although Nasus views him as a little arrogant because he got to see what happened to Shurima as a result of Azir's hubris.
    • 9. What does Azir think of Yordles? Does Azir know Anivia at all or have any relation to her? Did Azir ALWAYS love birds?
      • Riot-Entropy: Azir would welcome their furry enthusiasm, provided they directed it toward expanding Shurima's greatness. Azir was once human, so he's a great deal younger than Anivia. Nasus on the other hand... Birds soar to great heights. I can't help but think Azir would admire that.
    • 10. Does (Ascended) Azir sleep in a bed or a nest? If it's a nest, what's it made of?
    • 11. Given the fact that the Shurimans aren't the only sun revering culture, what does Azir think of Mount Targon and the Solari?
      • Riot-Entropy: At the very least, intrigued. Though one can't help but wonder if once the whole "You like the Sun? Me too!" phase passes they might have some serious differences to sort out.
    • 12. How much of Runeterra (regions, city states etc.) does Azir know/remember from old-Shuriman days? How much has changed for him?
      • Riot-Opeli: For some people, Shurima is like an Atlantis to them - they believe it's only a myth (although, obviously, they will be proven wrong). For others, like the people currently inhabiting the desert of Shurima, they knew it existed a long time ago and there are believed to be no "true" Shurimans remaining. Even Renekton and Nasus were stories for them. A LOT has changed for Azir. He has a lot of catching up to do.
    • 13. Was he always so...birdy? I mean he has fabulous legs but I wonder were they like that when he was young and...alive?
      • Riot-Opeli: No, he was human originally. But I also think he has fabulous legs. :P
    • 14. Now that he is returned, what are his views on the other City-States like Noxus and Piltover?
      • Riot-Opeli: Azir believes that the other city-states would benefit from Shurima's culture and way of life. He'll try to get them to join his empire and conform to his ideals. HOWEVER, he is in for quite the culture shock because so much has changed while he's been... away. I think Zaun would boggle him the most. But he wouldn't let anyone see that.

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