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The Ruination was a historical event that resulted in the destruction of the Blessed Isles Crest icon.png Blessed Isles and the Camavor Crest icon.png Kingdom of Camavor. In its destruction, the Shadow Isles Crest icon.png Shadow Isles were born. These isles would be haunted by Wraiths, forever trapped in the Mist, unable to move on to the Spirit Realm.

Lore

These snippets are from the Noxian Calendar from Realms of Runeterra. However, they may be incorrect or biased due to the Noxian point of view or the old age.
25 BN — The Ruination

A terrible accident occurred in the arcane vaults beneath the city of Helia, hidden away on the Blessed Isles Crest icon.png Blessed Isles. With the barrier between the material and spirit realms shattered, the souls of the dead were trapped in eternal torment within the coiling Black Mist, and the newly dubbed Shadow Isles Crest icon.png Shadow Isles were abandoned by all right-thinking mortals. [1]

History

25 BN

Shortly after the death of the king of Camavor, his brother, Viego Viego, would succeed him as the next in line for the throne. The newly coronated king would soon fall in love with a humble seamstress named Isolde. The king and the seamstress would have a whirlwind romance and quickly wed. Viego would dote on his queen's every whim and begin to neglect his kingdom. Unable to interest himself in governance and his nation beginning to unravel under his questionable leadership, Viego's enemies plotted in secret to end their new king’s reign. They would employ an assassin to snuff out the young king's life and nearly succeeded, if not for the speed of general Kalista Kalista. However, in saving the king's life, the assassin's blade would poison the queen instead, dooming her to certain death. Viego summoned the greatest scholars and doctors of the land to cure his queen, but to no avail. He then dispatched Kalista in search for a cure, with Hecarim Hecarim replacing her role in her absence. During her journey, Kalista sailed for the Blessed Isles Crest icon.png Blessed Isles upon hearing of the Waters of Life, enchanted water that could cure any ailment. The island's inhabitants accepted Kalista's request and asked her to bring the queen to the island, where they would cleanse her. However, they made her promise not to reveal the secrets of the island to others.

While Kalista Kalista was away, the king king descended into madness, locking himself in a tower with the queen until her death. With Viego unable to lead, the kingdom continued to crumble and villages across the land would protest the king's reign. The king ordered Hecarim Hecarim and his knights to quash all insurrection and hundreds are put to death. Hecarim twisted the king's grief and manipulated him into sanctioning invading foreign lands under the pretense of avenging the queen. As the armies of Camavor prepared to set sail, Kalista Kalista returned from her quest, but found out she had failed to find the cure in time. The king asked Kalista for what she had found, but upon seeing the king's state and realizing the promise she made with the people of the Blessed Isles Crest icon.png Blessed Isles, Kalista refused to reveal what she discovered and was named a traitor. Eventually, at Hecarim's behest, she revealed what she had discovered and agreed to guide them to the Bless Isles.

Viego Viego sailed for the Blessed Isles Crest icon.png Blessed Isles with his armies and asked the island's guardians to resurrect the queen. When the guardians refused, the king flew into a rage. He ordered Kalista Kalista to slay any who opposed him and ransack the city of Helia to find what he was seeking. When she refused, Hecarim Hecarim betrayed her, stabbing her with a spear, before attacking the soldiers loyal to her. While Hecarim and his knights pillaged the city, a custodian, later known as Thresh Thresh, guided Viego to the blessed waters where he could perform his resurrection ritual. Viego fought his way to the vault and when he arrived, lowered his queen's corpse into the water's healing properties.

However, the ritual was only half-successful, bringing back the queen as a horrifying wraith. In her pain, anger and confusion at being ripped from death, she took Viego's Viego's own enchanted blade and thrust it through his heart, sinking the two beneath the water. The magic of the waters and the ancient sword clashed transforming it into the Black Mist. The chamber’s energy erupted, tearing across the Isles, corrupting the land and its inhabitants. Hecarim Hecarim and his knights attempted to flee to their ships, but were caught by the shockwave, fusing the riders with their steeds and transforming them into spectral riders. With the barrier between the material and spirit realms shattered, the souls of the dead were trapped in eternal torment within the coiling Black Mist, and the newly dubbed Shadow Isles Crest icon.png Shadow Isles was abandoned by all right-thinking mortals.

References

  1. Realms of Runeterra, Page 66/67
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