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The Iceborn

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The Iceborn known as Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra

Iceborn humans refer to the humans who possess the Iceborn trait in the Freljord Crest icon Freljord. It grants them the common Iceborn traits such as being more resistant to cold—and they alone are capable, with great effort, of wielding weapons of magical, unmelting True Ice.

A person is not typically called an iceborn (or True iceborn by Grena) until they have proven their ability to wield true ice and have been named following a duel or battle. Until then, they are often described as the daughter or son of an Iceborn.[1]

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History

The Three Sisters

The Iceborn were a powerful group of people who lived in the Freljord Crest icon Freljord centuries ago. They had the ability to control both True Ice and Dark Ice, though the latter was more dangerous to manipulate. As explained by Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra, ancient people who lived in Freljord were visited by mysterious entities known as the Frozen Watchers. The Watchers were beings of great power and knowledge. They made these people immortal and gave them powerful magic in exchange for their servitude, dubbing them Iceborn.

After some time, two Iceborn leaders, Lissandra's sisters: Avarosa (Ashe OriginalSquare Ashe's supposed ancestor) and Serylda, (Sejuani OriginalSquare Sejuani's supposed ancestor) started a rebellion against the Watchers, tired of their slave-like status.

On a fateful day, Avarosa's and Serylda's Iceborn hordes had their final battle against the Watchers on what is now known as the Howling Abyss. In the end, both Avarosa and Serylda gave their lives to defeat the Watchers and were thrown into the abyss, supposedly killing them, along with thousands of other Iceborn. However, according to Lissandra, and suggested by Gregor and Lyte, they are very much alive, and making their way back onto the surface.

The Watchers and the War are now only remembered almost as fairy tales, and they likely happened several thousands of years ago. As of now, there are very, very few extant Iceborn.

Physiology

All known Iceborn humans possess similar physical appearance to their non-Iceborn kins in the Freljord Crest icon Freljord. They have blue (like Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra) or pale white skin (like Sejuani OriginalSquare Sejuani and Ashe OriginalSquare Ashe. Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra is immortal, though it could be due to her bargain with the Watchers. However, Iceborn do not have self-healing abilities like the Darkin, which makes them vulnerable, just like any human, to physical injuries.

An Iceborn human possesses greater stamina, strength and resistance to cold than most humans. They are able to endure lower temperatures than any normal human, being able to withstand the freezing cold of the Howling Abyss. They also have the potential to use ice magic and weld True ice and to control and manipulate ice.

Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra has the ability to sense her surroundings to perfection. It has been speculated that she uses temperature or the ice around her to do this. She developed this technique to be functional as she is blind, but it is not known if the ancient Iceborn had this ability. Considering her ability to function well despite her disability, her sisters Avarosa and Serylda likely found a way to function while being deaf and mute respectively.

Trivia

  • The Three Sisters:
    • Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra lost her sight to "the savage claws of a primal god"[2] - Volibear OriginalSquare Volibear.
    • Serylda "lost her voice to the first twilight"[2] - Likely a Targonian Ascended Host of the Aspect of Zoe OriginalSquare Twilight.
    • Avarosa "faced the twisting dark beneath the world, and was deafened by its emptiness, waiting to consume all creation."[2] This is presumably the Void.
  • Ashe OriginalSquare Ashe and Sejuani OriginalSquare Sejuani are Iceborn, hailed as descendants and reincarnations of Avarosa and Serylda respectively by the people of the Freljord. However, it is unclear if they have direct bloodline connections to these Iceborn, besides Ashe's tribe being named after Avarosa.
  • No ordinary human has been shown to use and manipulate True Ice, as contacting it can be lethal for those individuals.
    • In The Shackles of Belief, Sylas OriginalSquare Sylas is unable to wield a True Ice weapon, however he could channel its power through the Iceborn Brokvar who wielded it, giving him the ability to control ice.
  • Braum OriginalSquare Braum was speculated to be an Iceborn, as his original lore makes him seem ageless (to the point that tales about him happened more than 5 generations ago) and incredibly strong. He was later confirmed by RiotJaredan to not be an Iceborn; he is just a very strong human whose tales (embellished or true) spread around the Freljord during his lifetime.[3] However, WAAARGHbobo and then his biography later confirmed his Iceborn heritage, while the stories about him are just exaggerated tales about his adventures.[4].

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Lissandra, the Ice Witch - Login Screen

Lissandra, the Ice Witch - Login Screen

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