It has a mix of tiger and lion features. Protectors are born wingless and without manes until a certain age when they grow their manes while their wings grow out from their backs. Their other noticeable features are their two tails and gems embedded along their spines and forehead that glow with a mysterious power.
Saga of the First Lands
"In times of conflict, villagers sought the ancient guardian of Autumn Valley. Those who swayed her heart were granted blessings that could turn the tide of battle."
— Saga of the First Lands
In Runeterra Prime universe, the only Protector variant shown has been the Jeweled Protector. However, in Teamfight Tactics Prime universe, there are several subspecies shown in the form of skins.
These species were only mentioned, but were never elaborated on.
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