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Realms of Runeterra is a encyclopedia book released by Riot Games Inc. on November 5th, 2019. It primarily focuses on the Lore of the League of Legends video game.[2]


Unlock the mysteries and magic within League of Legends, one of the world's most popular video games, in this encyclopedic and collectible companion book that explores the game's epic lore.

Embark on a journey through the realms of Runeterra in this first-ever collectible companion book, published to celebrate the game's tenth anniversary.

Spanning the farthest reaches of this universe and venturing into uncharted territory, this encyclopedic compendium connects players to the rich storytelling that inspires all the action. Inside, you'll find:

  • An expedition through eleven regions, chronicling conflicts, entrenched rivalries, and covert alliances,
  • Hundreds of illustrations, including never-before-seen maps and artwork,
  • Insights into the heroes, flora, fauna, architecture, politics, and technologies from all corners of this world,
  • Original narratives that bring the cultures of Runeterra to life.


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 It is an honor to be surrounded daily by folks with
such a deep dedication to excellence. The passion, patience, and
preserverance that runs in the lifeblood of Riot is what has
made this world (and this book) possible.

If we can dream it, we can do it. Thank you for saying,
"Yes, and…" every day.

 Although this book may focus on the fictional world of
League of Legends, know that all of you
are at the center of our universe.

Thank you.

To friends, old and new… Welcome.

For some, this may be your first encounter with the League of Legends universe. For others who have wandered with us over the years, opening this book may be just the yordle portal you've been searching for.
At the time of writing, it has been just over four years since I began my own travels through the realms of Runeterra. The stories I've been part of have let me surf the sands of Shurima, chase the augmented criminals through the corroded back alleys of Zaun, and solve the mysterious death of an elder master in Ionia.
When I joined Riot Games, I was told that, within the world of League of Legends there is something for everyone. At first I was doubtful a fictional setting could be that robust-but as I started to become more familiar with all, I realized there really was no limit to the characters we could meet, or the stories we could tell.
Now and always, Runeterra is for all of us.
Today, you might be a Noxian warmason, claiming new territory for the empire's expansion, while I might be a treasure hunter seeking mystical relics on the haunted shores of the Shadow Isles. Tomorrow, perhaps we can both be young recruits in the Demacian military, taking our oaths to join the ranks of the Dauntless Vanguard? Or maybe we'll just celebrate as Freljordian warriors, and toast "a good day" under a brilliant, celestial aurora? No matter where our curiosity takes us, I know there will always be something new to discover.
This book is meant to serve as a friend and guide as you navigate the wilds of Runeterra. More than just a collection of art and stories, this is the beginning of an exploration into civilizations and cultures touched by fantasy-this is a shared dream made real. Imagination really is the best story-toy-tool-game in the proverbial box, and it is my sincere hope that this glimpse into the world contained within these pages sparks your imagination as much as it has mine.

Wish you magic and adventure on the journey ahead.

Ariel 'Thermal Kitten' Lawrence, Head of Narrative, Riot Games

Table of Content

The book consists of 256 pages, which are divided into 13 chapters of various sizes.

Chapter Page Number of Pages
Targon Crest icon.png Targon 8 8
Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia 16 26
Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus 42 24
Timeline of Runeterra Timeline of Runeterra 66 2
Demacia Crest icon.png Demacia 68 28
Freljord Crest icon.png The Freljord 96 24
Piltover Crest icon.png Piltover and Zaun Crest icon.png Zaun 120 38
Ixtal Crest icon.png Ixtal 158 4
Bilgewater Crest icon.png Bilgewater 162 28
Shadow Isles Crest icon.png Shadow Isles 190 34
Shurima Crest icon.png Shurima 224 28
Void Crest icon.png The Void 252 2
Bandle City Crest icon.png Bandle City 254 2


Riot Games

Story Editorial
  • Michael Haugen Wieske
Background Editorial
Editorial Support
Creative Director
  • Omar Kendall
  • Ghiyom Turmel
Art Direction
  • Bridget O'Neill
  • Laura DeYoung
Localization Consultation
  • Addie Sillyman
  • Petros Pantazis
Head of IP/Creative
Special Thanks (Including Worldbuilding team)
  • Alex Shashmiri
  • Andrew Silver
  • Brandon Meier
  • Brian Chui
  • Chris Cantrell
  • Christian Bayley
  • Dan Sutton
  • Glen Sardelli
  • Jerod Partin
  • Jason Chan
  • Larry Colvin
  • Peter Yoon
  • Prashant Saraswat
  • Sean Yang
  • Ryan Rinkle
  • Ryan Rubin
  • Section Studios
  • Stephanie Lim DeSancrits
  • Xiaolu Li
  • Yula Chin
  • Others...

Melcher Media

Founder, CEO
  • Cherles Melcher
  • Bonnie Eldon
Executive Editor/Producer
  • Lauren Nathan
Production Director
  • Susan Lynch
Senior Editor
  • Christopher Steighner
  • Renée Bollier
Special Thanks
  • Chamille De Beus
  • Chika Azuma
  • Katy Yudin
  • Megan Worman
  • Nicky Guerreiro
  • Luke Gernert
  • Michael Szczerban
  • Shannon Fanuko


All images are copyrighted by Riot Games except for those on the pages in the following list.

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The Weight of Expectations

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Short Story

The Weight of Expectations

By Amanda Jeffrey

Cithria hacked at the ground with the mattock, her shoulders burning with the exertion.

A Good Day

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Short Story

A Good Day

By Anthony Reynolds Lenné

Vrynna gritted her teeth to stop them from chattering and forced herself on, trudging through the thick snow.

As Stone

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Short Story

As Stone

By Daniel Couts

Noxus arrived at Kimir's gates before the remains of its ragged army had time enough to bury their dead.

Water and Shade To You

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Short Story

Water and Shade To You

By Graham McNeill

For the first time Khari could remember, flowers grew on the street leading from the town square to the Cut.

The Jubilee Job

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Short Story

The Jubilee Job

By Ian St. Martin

It was on the eve of Jubilee, when all the undercity was awash in preperation, that Nikola's luck finally ran out.

The Daring Darling

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Short Story

The Daring Darling

By Laura Michet

Fayette always warned her guests that the journey from the Shadow Isles back to the Daring Darling's dock would take a whole watch.

All Kindred Eve

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Short Story

All Kindred Eve

By Matthew Dunn

Little Lamb? Yes, dear Wolf, o' companion mine, My darkest friend in all of time?

Orchid's Bloom

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Short Story

Orchid's Bloom

By Michael Yichao

Jing breathed deep.


See Also