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"I dug myself out from the rubble to find a scar seared into the land around me. Smoldering ash lay where my companions had stood, and in the distance a looming form moved on..."
LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Bjerg the Wanderer
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Balestriders, also known as the Wanderers, are a Freljordian legend. A dark omen, these giant beasts are said to roam the Arctic areas around the north of the Freljord Crest icon.png Freljord.

Physiology

"LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png0 Unearthly light flooded the valley as a piercing wail rattled the rocks from the cliffs, my sinews from their bones, the very thoughts from my mind! Then... silence."
LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Bjerg the Wanderer
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LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png10 She Who Wanders, Balestrider

Having body shapes similar to giraffes, their striking features are their giant horns similar in appearance to True Ice, their cycloptic blue glowing eyes, and humanoid arm like protrusions scattered across their bodies like fur. Depictions of these creatures can be seen on the numerous bridges of the Howling Abyss. They were once magnificent and terrible beings before being twisted far beyond their original form and moved at the command of the Three Sisters thanks to the bargain with the Watchers.

Relations

Bjerg

 
   "Will no one listen?"
LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Babbling Bjerg
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"Y-You've gotta believe me! It was huge, I tell you, HUUUGE!"

LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Bjerg the Wanderer was the only traveler that believes he has sighted these creatures in recent memory, though his experience seeing these, along with Yetis, has left him babbling and insane.

Anivia

 
   "As I feared. They've returned."
Anivia Anivia
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According to Anivia Anivia, they are her ominous "strange enemies" who have dark, corrupting magic from the past.[1] Legends say she sacrificed herself against a march of towering Balestriders : "Anvia knew she could not slay these colossal creatures, and so she plunged into the ice beneath their feet, shattering her own body in order to entomb them".[2]

Trivia

  • Balestrider designs were originally concepted to be used for the Watchers. This concept was later altered and used for this new race and introduced in the Legends of Runeterra icon.png Legends of Runeterra card game.
    • It is possible that many intepretation of the Watchers was based on the visible Balestrider. Ancient Frejlordian may have seen the creatures as Watchers, so they build the statues based on them.

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See also

Assassin TFT icon.svg Sapient Species
Main Sapient Species

Ascended · Brackern · Celestial · Dragon · Golem · Human · Minotaur · Spirit · Titan · Troll · Undead · Vastaya · Vastayashai'rei · Voidborn · Watcher · Yeti

Lesser Sapient Species

Azurite Eagle · Bubble Bear · Cat · Chirean · Coral Creature · Dredge Dredger · Fish Folk · Molediver · Pengu · Plague Rat · Poro · Shellshocker · Squill · Vellox · Whump

Sapient Sub-Species
Ascended

Aspect Host · Baccai · Darkin · God-Warrior

Celestial

Aspect · Celestial Dragon

Dragon

Celestial Dragon · Terrestrial Dragon

Golem

Minion

Spirit

Demon · Faerie · Fae Fawn · Luonn Kon · Nixie · Spirit God · Treant · Yordle

Undead

Revenant · Wraith

Vastaya

Besheb · Canghapi · Chyra · Fauhwoon · Juloah · Lhotlan · Khonlui · Kepthalla · Kiilash · Makara · Marai · Ophelis · Ottrani · Oovi-Kat · Raylu · Shimon · Skard · Sodjoko · Strig · Vesani · Vlotah

Dragon TFT icon.svg Sentient Species
Sentient Species

Abyssal Eye · Antlermouse · Argoth · Aurma Fish · Badgerbear · Bahrl Jay · Balestrider · Bellswayer · Bolbo · Bolor · Cat · Celestial · Clam · Cloud Drinker · Crag Beast · Crow · Dragon · Drakalops · Drüvask · Dunpor · Dormun · Eka'Sul · Elephant · Elmark · Elnük · Erbok · Fleetfeather · Four-eyed Hammerhead Shark · Frog · Frost Serpent · Furyhorn · Giant Crab · Giant Squid · Gigalodon · Golden Narwhal · Golem · Greathorn · Grellfeen · Hawk · Hushtail · Hooked Grouse · Ibex · Ibik · Ironback · Jaull-fish · Kmiros · Kraken · Kumangra Parrot · Lightcharger · Mwatis · Ocklepod · Octopus · Paddlemar · Platewyrm · Plundercrab · Powder Monkey · Protector · Ralsiji · Raptor · Rat · Raven · Sandswimmer · Scaled Snapper · Scuttle Crab · Sea Horse · Sea Serpent · Seagull · Shagyak · Shuriman Camel · Silverwing · Skallashi · Snow Hare · Spider · Spirit · Stellacorn · Stone-scale Viper · Stonehorn · Tamu · Targonian Mountain Goat · Tuskvore · Voidborn · Vulkodalk · Waverider · Whump · Wildclaw · Windfarer · Wing-Eared Devour · Wolf · Wolfseal · Worax · Yellow Crab · Zeeble

Sentient Sub-Species
Celestial

Meep · Sparklefly

Dragon

Basilisk · Drake-Hound · Wyvern

Elephant

Mammoth · Tuskbeast

Golem

Krug · Sentinel

Horse

Light Vindoran Horse

Rat

Gutter Rat · Plague Rat · Wharf Rat

Spider

Spiderling · Vilemaw

Spirit

Brambleback · River Sprite

Undead

Mistwalker

Voidborn

Baron Nashor · Rift Herald · Xer'Sai

Wolf

Dog · Gray Wolf · Murk Wolf · Rimefang Wolf

Celestial TFT icon.svg Alternate Universe Only Species
Sentient Species

Bantha · Chicken · Forest Chameleon · Porowl · Stag · Yonkeies

Mech-Pilot TFT icon.svg Other Species
Unique Creatures

These beings are unique, are endlings of their species and/or don't associate with any species.
Herald of Spring · Zephyr Sage · Characters with no specified species

Mentioned Species

These species were only mentioned, but were never elaborated on.
Carnotaun · Cougar · Croxagor · Devilfish · Elmark · Grelmorn · Lippertick Apple · Mewlark  · Razorhide · Rhoksha · Salamander Dew · Unnamed Species

Species Alterations

These alterations are characteristics that individuals of multiple species can have.
Chemical Alteration · Cyborg · Iceborn · Magical Alteration · Magicborn · Spiritualist · Void Touched

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