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Crime City Nightmare (or Crime City) is a series of alternate future/universe skins in League of Legends. Set in Valoran City, champions are mobsters who vie for control of the city until things take a dark turn when a mysterious figure introduces those desperate for power to an ancient evil.

Lore

 
   "You're telling me crime can be organized? Then what have I been doing!?"
Pulsefire Ezreal Pulsefire Ezreal
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In a city where drink is cheap and life is cheaper, eldritch horrors lurk in the shadows, preying upon mankind's greed and envy. Backroom black markets have given rise to Elixirs, a valuable magical export who production spells money and influence should any gang find a way to corner the market. Vying for control with the help of twisted unearthly terrors, enforcers, mob bosses, and cronies alike invite unknowable corruption in for a chance at true power.
The Graves Crime Family
  • Crime City Nightmare Akali Crime City Nightmare Akali
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Underground
    A loyal enforcer for the Graves family, Akali took the same deal everyone else did when the Mysterious Gentleman came calling. The power changed her, twisted her into something that hears a siren song echoing from beyond the veil of reality. Now she acts in ruthless, horrific violence, seeking an inscrutable 'balance' even she cannot name.
  • Crime City Graves Crime City Graves
    Cool, calm, and collected, Malcolm Graves is head of the notorious Graves crime family—and the only non-rat that Twitch will trust. Recent moves in the criminal underworld have put his alliance with the rat-men on shaky ground, and he's keen to find out why.
  • Crime City Jinx Crime City Jinx
    Known by state police as “La Principessa,” Jinx is an unhinged hitwoman with loose ties to the Graves crime family. Sent into rival businesses as a figurative time bomb, the slightest offense will trigger one of her jubilant rampages, with body counts as high as the ceiling.
  • Crime City Nightmare Zyra Crime City Nightmare Zyra
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Catseye, Emerald, Pearl, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Underground
    Zyra was once a longtime associate of Graves and a skilled con artist, but grew dissatisfied with the monotony of a low-end criminal lifestyle. Seeing a way out, Zyra merged with the 4th-dimensional horrors from Beyond. She now follows the edicts of an alien power, ripping veins of sentient sludge from the earth and rending her enemies asunder.
The Miss Fortune Cartel
  • Crime City Braum Crime City Braum
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Citrine, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sandstone, Tanzanite
    Miss Fortune's body man is an unnervingly pleasant gentleman by the name of 'Bank Vault' Braum, whose alias was earned ripping the wall off a maximum security gold depository. He is accompanied by a small cadre of gun-toting poros, who love nothing more than belly rubs and murder.
  • Crime City Nightmare Darius Crime City Nightmare Darius
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Underground
    All Darius wanted was to secure a place for himself at the top of the underworld. Becoming Miss Fortune's personal bodyguard was the first step, but the second was embracing the power of the Mysterious Gentleman: welcoming forces from beyond space and time that have molded him into something far more powerful than he could ever have imagined.
  • Crime City Miss Fortune Crime City Miss Fortune
    A former gun for hire, Miss Sarah Fortune has recently spun up her own criminal cartel, with a hand in everything from arms smuggling to protection rackets. Having destabilized the relationship between Twitch and Graves, she now seeks to cement her empire before they get wise to her ambitions.
The Twitch Syndicate
  • Crime City Twitch Crime City Twitch
    Deeply violent and severely paranoid, Twitch runs one of the largest crime syndicates in the nation. His orders are carried out by a literal army of rat-men, the only creatures he even comes close to trusting.
  • Crime City Nightmare Shaco Crime City Nightmare Shaco
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Amethyst, Catseye, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Underground
    Once a mere courier for the Twitch syndicate, Shaco is now barely human. The eldritch corruption has stripped him of reason and identity, turning him into a chittering horde of knife-wielding monsters that haunt the boroughs of Valoran City. None of them are sure which is the “real” Shaco anymore. None of them care.
The Beyond
  • Crime City Nightmare Twisted Fate Crime City Nightmare Twisted Fate
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Amethyst, Catseye, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Underground
    No one knows if the Mysterious Gentleman is human or something Else, but he has somehow injected himself into every crime family in Valoran City. With honeyed words and a conman's grin, he convinced them all to embrace the horrors of the Beyond... Now the only thing to do is sit back and watch them tear each other apart.
The Debonairs
  • Debonair Brand Debonair Brand
    Longtime rival to Master Yi, Brand owns a competing chain of high end hotels and can be seen verbally sparring with his enemy at any gala that will tolerate them. Their battles are legendary… though the property damage alone skyrockets into the tens of millions.
    • Debonair Brand Prestige Edition Debonair Brand Prestige Edition
      With a blisteringly fashionable custom suit, the plans for which he burned, Brand stands on the precipice of something he has long thought beyond his reach: defeating his rivals and standing atop the greatest aristocrats in the world.
  • Debonair Draven Debonair Draven
    An infamous club host known for his daredevil attitude while performing envenomed party tricks, Draven is loved and hated by the Nox Vegas strip in equal measure. He possesses a talent for drawing both the curiosity of entertained onlookers and the ire of resort owners cleaning up after his messes.
  • Debonair Ezreal Debonair Ezreal
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Amethyst, Meteorite, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sandstone, Striped
    Tailored suits, fitted vests, and an elegant gauntlet let everyone know the difference between Ezreal and the common rabble is simple. He makes this look good, and they… don't.
  • Debonair Galio Debonair Galio
    Savor that elixir. Highlight that heavenly white tux with a royal purple reserved for kings and queens who just don't deserve it. Because when you're an eighty foot tall petricite gargoyle, you're always the center of attention.
  • Debonair LeBlanc Debonair LeBlanc
    Seemingly at every event in the city at once, LeBlanc is a ubiquitous presence throughout the strip—her unparalleled ability to shmooze matched only by her mysterious origins. There was a time when certain naysayers connected her to Crime City, but as they say… never cross Lady LeBlanc.
  • Debonair Leona Debonair Leona
    An enforcer at the exclusive Solari resort, Leona spends her days brutally ejecting unruly patrons from the premises and her evenings schmoozing up the city's ultra-wealthy. Even the rich and powerful know not to trifle with the Solari's chosen, lest they find themselves soaring out of the penthouse suite and down into the sidewalk.
  • Debonair Malzahar Debonair Malzahar
    An associate of LeBlanc's from her days in Crime City, now established as a mover and shaker in his own right. While the two cross paths on occasion, Malzahar has certain... outside interests to consider, and those business partners have promised him more than any mortal could ever dream of.
  • Debonair Master Yi Debonair Master Yi
    A powerful businessman of few words, often seen staring down on “his” strip from the comfort of his posh presidential suite. Despite his cold demeanor, Yi enjoys the finer things in life, and demands only the finest fits for his world-famous evening attire.
  • Debonair Vi Debonair Vi
    Don the yellow power tie and red rose boutonnière of a woman in charge—of herself, her destiny, and the two dozen spines she's going to snap in effortless, elegant style.
  • Debonair Zed Debonair Zed
    The most powerful (and powerfully dressed) man in Nox Vegas, Zed has been dabbling in more than fancy parties and cutthroat dealmaking. A new crowd from Crime City has entered his inner circle, granting this debonair gentleman an unbreakable stranglehold over the strip… and a dreadful new change in both mind and body.
Unaffiliated
  • Gragas, Esq. Gragas, Esq.
    One of the city's top criminal defense attorneys, Gragas, Esquire is often seen carousing with the chief of police and various circuit court judges—mostly because they know he has access to the finest prohibited goods… but also because he's been paying them off for decades.
  • Knockout Lee Sin Knockout Lee Sin
    'Knockout' Lee Sin is a brutal pit fighter, who made his name in the underground circuit, before leaving the bloody sport for greener, more criminal pastures. He currently sells his services as a “problem-solver” to a select group of monied kingpins.

History

From The Defender of Tomorrow in the Fashion of Today, exclusive to IM

Inventor's Monthly: Issue Debonair Jayce

“The room smells of mahogany and warm brandy, and I can tell by the leopard-skin hearthrug that the man I've come to interview is well-accustomed to company. They're finishing the shoot in the foyer where Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow, has suited up in the high fashion of today. In the meantime, I have free reign of the illustrious inventor's sitting-room and I'm staring at the newest model of the world-famous Mercury Cannon-Hammer.

Slim and trim, and as stylish as the room I'm standing in, this iteration of Jayce's signature weapon has refined lines and looks as clean as Piltover's finests' sterilized holding cells – not that I've seen them, of course. When we met last night, Jayce told me with his trademark wit about the new effects that issue from the cannon's powerful blasts.

The door swings open and dapper Jayce strides with the effortless grace of someone who has more awards than bottles of wine despite a cellar the size of an Ionian temple. Dressed to the skies with a white overcoat and charming rose boutonniere, Jayce has picked up a confident swagger and a noticeable change in his voice…”

Dressed to the skies with a white overcoat and classy boutonniere, sleek and stylish Debonair Jayce Debonair Jayce is ready for Valentine's Day for 975 RP in the store.

Debonair Vi and Ezreal have arrived

Take your enemy's breath away with style, or if that fails, a sharp punch to the solar plexus. High-end fashion has made its way to the Rift with Debonair Vi and Ezreal. Tailored suits, fitted vests and elegant gauntlets let everyone know that the difference between you and them is simple: You make this look good.

Debonair Vi & Ezreal

Debonair Galio doesn't always go mid lane...

BY RIOT PARADOX[1]

"His calculations are so precise, Vel'Koz asks him for help with geometry.

His singing in the shower is so breathtaking, it stole Sona's voice.

He once stepped on a mushroom and Teemo exploded.

He is...

The Most Interesting Gargoyle-like Construct in the World.

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Punches and Plants: A Piltover Police Story

A crime wave threatens to drown Piltover and only two cops have what it takes to stem the rising tide of lawlessness. We teamed up with Risu to bring you all the punching and plants you could ever want, as Officers Vi and Zyra try to foil the Mafia's sword-stealing schemes and bring peace to the city![2]

Series 2

Trivia

  • Crime City Nightmare and Debonair were chosen by players to receive a thematic update in 2021.[3]
    • The two skin lines were subsequently merged to be in the same universe.
  • Valoran City shares the same name with a city from the linkStar Guardian (Universe) Star Guardian Universe, however these are likely seperate Universes.
  • Several skins were originally named Mafia but were changed to Crime City due to a cultural sensitivity issue with Italian players.[4]
  • Crime City was a 1920s New York-style criminal underworld type of universe, until it was rebooted with more Cthulu inspired elements.
  • Crime City Graves Crime City Graves is the leader of the notorious Graves crime family. Alliance with Twitch.
  • Crime City Twitch Crime City Twitch is the leader of a crime syndicate of literal rat-men. Alliance with Graves.
  • Crime City Miss Fortune Crime City Miss Fortune is a former hired gun who leads a criminal cartel. Destabilized the Graves/Twitch alliance.
  • Crime City Braum Crime City Braum, nicknamed "Bank Vault," is Miss Fortune's bodyguard.
  • Knockout Lee Sin Knockout Lee Sin is a former pit fighter who sells his services as a "problem solver" to criminal kingpins.
  • Crime City Jinx Crime City Jinx is an unhinged hitwoman known as "La Principessa."
  • Gragas, Esq. Gragas, Esq. is a criminal defense attorney with a penchant for bribing law enforcement.
  • This theme shares some similarities with linkGilded (Universe) Gilded.

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