Touched by The Eternal
|“||"We are caught between Darkin and Aspect, but we will rise up in spite of them."|
The Aspects are stellar beings that live beyond the physical and spiritual realms of Runeterra, in the cosmic realm of Targon Prime. These beings embody concepts and celestial magics. They are able to meld with mortals, making them their hosts, or merely imbue them with stellar power. Through these mortals, they are able to traverse and/or interact with the mortal plane with relative efficiency.
The sky around Mount Targon shimmers with celestial bodies: the sun and moon, but also constellations, planets, fiery comets that streak through the darkness, and auspicious arrangements of stars. The people living at Targon's base believe these to be aspects of long-vanished stellar beings, creatures powerful and ancient on a scale beyond human comprehension. Some believe the power of these Aspects sometimes comes down the mountain within the lambent bodies of those climbers found worthy. Such an occurrence is unimaginably rare, and amazing tales of their exploits form around such individuals, who only ever appear once every few generations.
It is incredibly unusual for more than a single Aspect to walk the earth of Runeterra at any given time, so the tales of several Aspects manifesting has spread a pall of fear and uncertainty around the mountain. For what threat might be arising that requires the strength of so many powerful beings to fight?
- In the majority of the lore, the Targonian Ascended are referred to simply as Aspects. However, the two entities are fundamentally different, despite the same terminology use in stories.
- Each Aspect is an embodiment of a concept, if they die, the concept they embody (war, twilight, wandering and etc.) will disappear from reality, changing it as a whole. The Darkin had their celestials/concepts already erased, but the efforts of other ascended and mortals with sealing the darkin prevent them from fading into nothingness.
- Eternals are long forgotten deities of Runeterran history that are preserved in the Celestial Realm in the form of constellations and archetypes. It is unclear if some of these deities are also Aspects as some of them share titles and characteristics.