Though the birthplace of many specialized forms of martial arts, Ionia maintains no standing armies. Rather, the ways of battle are tied to differing philosophies, passed on with reverence and care. In the northeastern mountains, the monastery of Hirana has long been a sanctuary for those seeking to better understand their connection to the spirit realm.
In the wake of the Noxian invasion of Ionia, Ryze and Sona travelled to the renowned monastery at Hirana, only to be ambushed by the Navori Brotherhood.
The Hirana Monastery is home to many skilled and enlightened monks. Their adepts are some of the most devout proponents of personal harmony within one's self. Though the monks deplore violence, they are not defenseless as they are skilled enough to turn and redirect an opponent's strikes. In an act of selflessness, the monks took in Udyr, and taught him how to harness and control his animalistic fury... most of the time. Lee Sin blinded himself in a desperate fury while defending the monastery.