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The Howling Abyss bridge is located in the Freljord profileicon.png Freljord and serves as a gateway to the Frostguard profileicon.png Frostguard citadel.

Howling Abyss is also used as the main gameplay map for League of Legends icon.png League of Legends and Wild Rift icon.png Wild Rift.

Lore

Related Champions

  • Anivia Anivia is an ancient Iceborn ally that fought against the Frozen Watchers at the battle of the Howling Abyss.
  • Ashe Ashe is Avarosa's reincarnation and Avarosan profileicon.png Avarosan warmother.
  • Ezreal's Ezreal's first lore makes him Professor Lyte's nephew.
  • Lissandra Lissandra is the seeker for the Frozen Watchers and Frostguard profileicon.png Frostguard warmother.
  • Nunu Nunu was taken in by the Frostguard.
  • Ornn Ornn dug the Howling Abyss and constructed the Bridge above it.
  • Quinn Quinn travelled to the Frostguard citadel through the Howling Abyss bridge.
  • Sejuani Sejuani is Serylda's reincarnation and Winter's Claw profileicon.png Winter's Claw warmother.
  • Trundle Trundle serves the Frostguard.

History

Tale of the Bridge

 

   "This is more than just a bridge, you know. Maybe it was once a simple thing of stone and mortar, but now it bears the weight of the entire Freljord on its back.

"The fate of this land was decided here, ages ago, in a long and brutal battle. Just look around and listen, that noise is more than the wind - it is the cry of the vanquished, thrown howling into the abyss!

"Everyone's forgotten who built built this bridge and why. Everyone's forgotten the war that gave this place its scars. Everyone, but me. I was there! I saw the battle! I died here, and I never left this place! I was bound here to stand guard and sound my war horn war horn if our enemy ever returned.

"And now, now the howling grows louder, and I sense something evil stirring in the abyss, my hand reaches for my war horn. This place will soon see a battle again. One that will shape the Freljord for all time. And if the Freljord falls, so too will the rest of the world.

"Yes, this is more than just a bridge." - Gregor Gregor

The Seeker's Tale

 

   "The Howling Abyss. A bottomless crevasse surrounded by an ancient fortress carved into a glacier. No one remembers who built this place. No one knows its purpose. No one but me.

"Long before Ashe Ashe and Sejuani Sejuani, before magic magic shattered the broken Mount Targon profileicon.png peaks, before the desert desert swallowed Shurima profileicon.png Shurima, it was the time of the Three Sisters. We were so young back then; Avarosan profileicon.png Avarosa, Winter's Claw profileicon.png Serylda, and me, Frostguard profileicon.png Lissandra.

"Back then the Frozen Watchers lived here. I do not know where they came from, but I know they were powerful. They gave us gifts, shared their magic, made us immortal. They named us 'Iceborn'.

"In return, we gave them whatever they desired. This mighty fortress, a vast empire, our loyalty, these were a small price to pay. Avarosa did not see it that way. Like a spoiled child she cried out for freedom. She demanded choice. She sowed the seeds of rebellion and betrayal.

"This place is where it happened. On one side, the Frozen Watchers, on the other, Avarosa and her Iceborn horde. Many Iceborn died that day, but in the end, the Watchers fell. Avarosa drove them howling into the abyss.

"I never forgave her. I had my revenge... but that is another story." - Lissandra Lissandra

Locations

  • Bridges of the Iceborn: There are numerous bridges spanning the abyss, such as the Bridge of Sorrows, Bridge of Shadow, and Bridge of the Lost. At its lower ends True Ice and its variants Dark Ice can be found.
  • Spiked Barricades: At key points throughout the Howling Abyss, gigantic spiked barricades of stone and iron were set into the walls by the Frostguard, many thousands of years ago. One day, when the Watchers reawaken, these meager defenses may buy some precious time for those above to prepare for the final battle.
  • The Hall of the Nine, located there and constructed by the Yeti Yeti, serves as the protective barrier that seals the Watchers. Every year, several Frostguard climb down its icey walls to get to the Hall of the Nine in order to inspect the barriers state. The Howling Abyss was the location of the last battle that sealed the Watchers several millennia ago.

Wildlife

Poros

Poros and the Poro King Poro King.

Poros Poros are the mysterious, magical, and most-loved creatures originating from the Howling Abyss. Poros are equal parts truth, valor, and innocence. The colour of their fur is described as “very light blue, like Freljordian snow”. They have a heart-shaped underbelly because they're made of love. A poro's horns perk up when it's excited and droop down when it's scared. Poros paddle through deep snow with their front paws. Some believe that poros are indestructible—though at one point we animated poros to keel over and twitch if they ran into the Abyss' fountains. Poros stick their tongue out because they are incredibly warm. This is why they can survive the harsh cold environment of the Howling Abyss. Poro-Snax Poro-Snax are frosted with Freljordian ice crystals and are a favourite treat of this creature. The leader of the Poros is known as the Poro King Poro King.

Governments

Frostguard

The Frostguard profileicon.png Frostguard dwell hidden beneath an eternal winter, deep in the ruins of the ancient Freljord. They live among the ancient ruins to the far north, protecting their leader Lissandra Lissandra as she watches over the Howling Abyss. A cult shrouded in secrecy, the Frostguard archive of all Freljords archaic history. Though seemingly peaceful, the truth of the Frostguard's allegiance is far more disturbed. The world had forgotten the terrible enemy that ruled the Freljord long ago and was cast into the depths of the Howling Abyss following a long and brutal battle. And now, whilst the ignorant sleep, Lissandra keeps the Watchers at bay and plots to rule over all of Runeterra. Even so, missionaries and healers from the cult are common throughout the Freljord. The trolls and their king, Trundle Trundle, have allied themselves with Lissandra, while Nunu Nunu temporarily lived among the Frostguard.

Trivia

  • The Bridge above the Howling Abyss was built by Ornn Ornn at the request of the Three Sisters of the Freljord. After the final battle against the Frozen Watchers, Lissandra Lissandra placed a spell on the bridge that would seal the Watchers below but, ultimately, weaken the bridge that would have stood forever without her interference. This was the last time Ornn Ornn interacted with the Three Sisters.
  • In The Eye in the Abyss story, it has been revealed that the bridge above the Howling Abyss had many names during its long history, like: the Proving Grounds, the     Murder Bridge, the Howling Arch, Citadel Bridge, or Bridge of Sorrows.

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