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Runeterra

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"Runeterra? I mean the name of this world literally means 'magic earth'."
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Runeterra (meaning magic earth) is an oblate spheroid planet[1] and the fictional world where most of the lore of the League of Legends icon League of Legends intellectual property takes place on. Runeterra is currently the only known physical realm located in the larger Runeterra Map profileicon Runeterra Prime universe. The currently known continents the planet comprises are Valoran and Shurima. It also boasts several large bodies of water, such as the currently known 18 Seas (like the Conqueror's Sea and the Guardian's Sea), and 2 Oceans with several archipelagos and islands around them (like Ionia, Serpent Isles, and Shadow Isles). The planet revolves around a G-type star while a natural satellite moon revolves around the planet. Runeterra's sun and moon mirrored equivalents also exist in the spirit realm which is connected with Runeterra through numerous gateways.[2]

Lore

Composed of both the material and spirit realms, Runeterra is all that separates the celestial powers of creation from the abyssal threat of all undoing. This is a magical world unlike any other-inhabited by peoples both fierce and wondorous.

History

The Rune Wars

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Centuries ago, magical artifacts called 'World Runes' have been rediscovered. Over the following decades after such event, knowledge of the Runes began to spread as more were unearthed. The world's brightest minds studied the ancient glyphs, attempting to determine the powers they possessed. Few could even begin to understand the importance of their origins, or the sheer power held within them. Some surmised that the Runes were integral to the creation of Runeterra itself. The first use of these mysterious artifacts proved catastrophic, as they reshaped the landscape of entire nations. Mistrust quickly grew as those who knew of the Runes imagined such “Makers' Might” being used as a weapon. Conflicts later related to these magical artifacts were known as the Rune Wars.

Open warfare raged across Runeterra. The first horrors of the Rune Wars sparked fear and aggression among those who now realized the power at their command. Ryze OriginalSquare Ryze and his master, Tyrus, have sought out to lock away every World Rune beyond the reach of man for the protection of Runeterra. Some complied with their pleas, others dismissed them due to their new found powers and influence. After an incident with Tyrus, Ryze later on continued his journey alone in gathering all Runic artifacts so as to prevent another Rune War from starting and possibly destroying the world.

Magic

Magic plays an important part in the history and formation of Runeterra, much like the meaning of the world's name. There are several types of magic that exist in the universe, primary and combined magics. The Void Crest icon Void has no magic at all since it is nothingness.[3]

Beings born or created with magical power have different levels of power. They are able to channel their innate magical power, though their level of control and mastering it varies between individuals. Magical power non-native to the individuals can still be accessed and channeled by using special techniques or magical artifacts.

Primary Magic

Currently there are 3 primary types of magic known:

  • Celestial: Magic coming from celestial concepts known as Aspects and world runes.
  • Elemental: Magic that allows the control of elemental power of the material realm. There are numerous base elemental magics, such as Terrashape Rock Magma, Terrashape Brush Nature, Terrashape River Water, Final Spark Light, and Rewind Time. The people of Ixtal Crest icon Ixtal are known for mastering elemental magics.
    • Chronomancy, or Time magic, is a form of elemental magic considered so advanced as to only be theoretical. Zilean OriginalSquare Zilean and Ekko OriginalSquare Ekko make use of this to manipulate the flow of time near them in different ways.[4]
    • Light magic appears to encompass the ability to manipulate or create Visible Light and perhaps other parts of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. The full extent of it is unknown, but it has been shown to have 01DE042T1-full protective qualities, the ability to create 01DE042T3-full immense force[5][6][7][8][9], heat, and project light into the vision of even the blind.[10] The illusory capabilities of this magic are unknown, though it is very likely LeBlanc OriginalSquare LeBlanc Mirror Image uses it this way.[11]
  • Spirit: Magic coming from the spirit realm. One of its known traits is that it is able to distort reality, the perception of reality, and harness the energies of a soul. An demonic offshoot of spirit magic is Shadow, which is primarily used by the members of the The Order of The Shadows Crest Shadow Order and demons such as Nocturne OriginalSquare Nocturne.
Combined Magic

Primary types of magic can combine to become 4 other basic types of magic:

  • Ascended: Celestial and elemental magic; Pivotal in the creation of the Ascended. One of its abilities is to reshape physical forms, prolong lifespans, greatly empower and expand the base abilities of an individual, as well as create a connection between the Ascended and Aspects.
  • Hemomancy: Elemental and spirit magic; Largely used by the Darkin, later on by the members of the Tides of Blood Crimson Circle. One of its abilities is to reshape physical forms, prolong lifespans, absorb life essence of a living being, as well as manipulate blood.
  • Hextech: Elemental and spirit magic combined with technology; Invented and largely used in Piltover Crest icon Piltover and areas of Piltovan influence, Brackern crystals are integral in creating authentic Hextech devices. One of its abilities is to animate and/or empower technological devices as a fuel source, as well as prolong lifespans.
  • Runic: Celestial and elemental magic; Runic magic is often written down with special symbols known as words of power. One of its abilities is to empower the base abilities of an individual and prolong lifespans.

Races

Locations

Runeterra Terrain map

Map of Runeterra (Northern Hemisphere)

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Map of Runeterra (Northern Hemisphere)

There are many regions and settlements on Valoran, Shurima, Ionia, and Oceania. The current known locations represent the 1/6 of the entire map of Runeterra, mostly comprising areas in the Northern hemisphere, the rest of Runeterra remains largely unknown. The known areas are:

  • Bandle City Crest icon Bandle City (numerous gateways)
  • Holdrum
  • Stonewall
  • Pilt River
  • Piltover Crest icon Piltover
    • North Piltover
      • Bluewind Court
        • Clan Arvino Mansion
        • Clan Cadwalder Mansion
        • Clan Ferros Mansion
        • Clan Giopara Mansion
          • Jayce's Laboratory
        • Clan Holloran Mansion
        • Clan Kozari Mansion
        • Clan Medarda Mansion
        • Clan Morichi Mansion
        • Clan Torek Mansion
      • Count Mei's Menagerie
      • Drawsmith Arcade
      • Heimerdinger's Pyrotechnic Provisions
      • Iron Sand Commercia
      • Mainspring Crescent
      • North Wind Commercia
      • Old Hungry Clock
      • Piltovan Theater
      • Piltover Wardens
        • Hall of Law
      • Reveck's House
        • Corin's Workshop
      • The Explorers Guild
    • South Piltover
      • Boulevard of a Hundred Taverns
      • Ezreal's house
      • Glasswell Street
      • Horologica Avenue
      • Sidereal Avenue
        • Incognia Plaza
          • Zindelo's Incognium Runeterra
        • Oblique Lane
        • Piltover's Treasury
          • The Clockwork Vault
          • The Ecliptic Vaults
      • Piltover University
      • Sapphilite Row
        • Zalie's Expeditionary Outfitters & Haberdashery
      • Workshop of the Horological Institute
      • Rising Howl
    • The Cliff
      • Boundary Markets (Piltover)
        • First Assemblage of the Glorious Evolved
          • The Assemblage Hall
      • Drop Street (Piltover)
      • Sun Gates
        • The Great Funicular of Cantexta
          • Techmaturgy Bridge
            • Statue of The Spirit of Wealth
            • Statue of The Essence of Honesty
        • The Dock
          • Piltover's Warship Squadron
          • Wharfside Docks
      • Zaun Crest icon Zaun
        • Promenade Level
          • Boundary Markets (Zaun)
            • First Assemblage of the Glorious Evolved
              • The Assemblage Hall
          • College of Techmaturgy
          • Horticultural Center
          • Skylight Commercia
          • Pump Station
          • Rising Howls
        • Endersol Level
          • Augmentation Parlors
          • Breather Station
            • "Pure Air" Market
            • Shimmer Bar
          • Bridgewaltz
          • Chemtech Seam
          • Cultivair
          • Delicatessens
          • Drop Street (Zaun)
          • Emberflit Alley
            • Viktor's Laboratory
          • Rising Howls
          • Sir Feisterly's Fantastical Fair
        • Sump Level
          • Bonscutt Pump Station
          • Dredge Prison
          • Factorywood
          • Northside Heap
          • Old Zaun
            • Old Hungry
          • Priggs Industries
            • Priggs Industries factories
            • Priggs Industries warehouse
          • Sump Works
          • The Slums
            • Black Lanes
              • Commercia Fantastica
            • Hope House Orphanage
            • Ekko's House
            • Memorial Wall
          • Zaun's Asylum for the Irreparably Troubled
          • Zaun Sewer
        • Oshra Va'Zaun (ruins)
          • Labyrinthine Passageways
          • Vault of Resplendent Holies

  • Guardian's Sea
    • Azure Ways
    • Black Mist
      • Shadow Isles Crest icon Shadow Isles (Blessed Isles, ruins)
        • Helia (ruins)
          • Blessed Isles Bridge (ruins)
          • Library Keep (ruins)
          • Helia Library (ruins)
          • Vaults of Arcana (ruins)
            • Grand Gallery of Ancient Artifacts (ruins)
          • Celestial Vault (ruins)
            • Lunatropic Demisphere (ruins)
            • Hall of Conjunction (ruins)
              • Radiance of Alignments (ruins)
                • Athenaeum of Light (ruins)
        • Undead Wilds
    • Serpent Isles
      • Bilgewater Crest icon Bilgewater
        • Bilgewater Bay
          • Black Market Grottos
          • Diver's Bluff
          • Fleet Street
            • Brazen Hydra Bar
          • Freeman's Aerie
          • Grey Harbor
          • Rat Town
          • Slaugher Docks
            • Bloodharbor
            • Gangplank's Warehouse (ruins)
            • MacGregan's Killhouse
            • Dead Pool Ship (wreckage)
            • Syren Ship
          • White Wharf
        • Buhru
          • Buhru Temple of The Mother Serpent
    • Noxus Crest icon Noxus

Nations

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Map indicating the locations of each of the significant nation's capitals.

Runeterra has vast number of nations and settlements each with their own form of governing structure.

Consists of all the nations that control large amounts of territory as well as a number of cities, towns, and villages. These nations may or may not have a centralized or a unified government.

Consists of all the nations that mostly control a city and some small land around it. These nations mostly have centralized and unified governments.

Consists of all the nations that have no form of government or are previously governed nations that have since been left in ruin.

Religions

Religions in Runeterra are largely varied in every nation but several have been known to gather the most of followers:

  • Church of The Glorious Evolved: The Church is celebrated in both Piltover Crest icon Piltover and Zaun Crest icon Zaun. The Glorious Evolution, views of flesh as inferior to that of steel and metal, has gathered most of the followers among the people of Zaun and has spread among other nations. An amalgamation of flesh or the total replacement of it had marked his works, incorporating techmaturgy to purge the weakness and inefficiency of the flesh. For as long as they exist, the day of the world replaced by beings of weaponized steel and metal becomes clearer with each passing day. The church gathered fragments of Viktor OriginalSquare Viktor's philosophy and see him as a messianic figure, but Viktor couldn't care less for them, viewing their quasi-religious cult as an aberration; another reason to eliminate emotional foibles and the belief in that which could not be empirically proven.
  • Demacian Pantheon: There are a multitude of deities worshiped in Demacia Crest icon Demacia. Two of which is known The Sisters of Justice. The first sister is known as ​Kayle OriginalSquare The Protector​ who represents the very appearance of the nation and inspired the nation's laws, traditions, and politics, and view her as a manifestation of hope, valor, perseverance, and justice. The second sister is known as Morgana OriginalSquare The Veiled One, who embodies mercy and atonement while some view her as an embodiment of mystery and judgement: the Demacians pray the deceased find a safe passage to her shortly after death.
  • Eternals: Runeterra has a whole pantheon of deities, whose influence shaped many of the religions, ideologies, and myths across all of the modern Runeterran cultures. While the truths of these deities have been lost to the ages, all are still preserved in the celestial realm, shining down on the world through constellations and archetypes.
  • Freljordian Pantheon: There are a multitude of deities worshiped in Freljord Crest icon Freljord. These deities are referred to as the Freljordian demigods. These demigods are spirits who are depicted as as primal, anthropomorphic animals. Each one of them represents one or multiple phenomenon or ideas. Volibear OriginalSquare Volibear depicts, for example, the Storm and the Wilds while Ornn OriginalSquare Ornn depicts the Forge and the Hearth.
  • Great Weaver: The worship of the goddess of fate. The Shurimans, being a nomadic and simple people, have prayed to her for guidance and help in their daily lives and needs, and give and protect those in her favor. She is said to weave the threads of each and every things' fate into a magnificent tapestry, designating what has been and what shall come to be. Taliyah OriginalSquare Taliyah, the Stoneweaver is said, by her tribe elders, to have been given her powers over earth by the Great Weaver herself.
  • Lamb and Wolf: For as long as its people have known death, Kindred OriginalSquare Kindred has stalked Runeterra Crest icon Valoran. When the final moment comes, it is said a true Demacian will turn to Lamb, taking the arrow, while through the shadowed streets of Noxus Crest icon Noxus, Wolf leads the hunt. In the snows of the Freljord Crest icon Freljord, before going off to fight, some warbands 'kiss the Wolf', vowing to honor his chase with the blood of their enemies. After each Harrowing, the town of Bilgewater Crest icon Bilgewater gathers to celebrate its survivors and honor those granted a true death by Lamb and Wolf. Kindred waits for those locked in the undeath of the Shadow Isles Crest icon Shadow Isles, for they know all will eventually fall to Lamb's bow or Wolf's teeth.The earliest dated appearance of the eternal hunters is from a pair of ancient masks, carved by unknown hands into the gravesites of people long-forgotten.
  • Moonsilver Blade Lunari: The worship of the Moon. The religion spoke that the world needed balance between both sun and moon to live and thrive. However, it has long since been quashed from the world and history, most likely by the Solari's hand. The Lunari's return may come to pass through the crusade waged by Diana OriginalSquare Diana, the Scorn of the Moon and an outcast by the Solari themselves.
  • Mother Serpent: The worship of the goddess of motion, Nagakabouros. Originating from the Serpent Isles, now known as the Blue Flame Islands, Nagakabouros still remains the reigning deity in Bilgewater. Her church is now led by her chosen Truth Bearer, Illaoi OriginalSquare Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess. The religion highly demands that you follow your desires, and make your own fate, one of the primary reasons why this faith's presence remains strong today.
  • Sunlight Solari: The worship of the Sun as the source of all life. Solari worship is largely made up by a special sect of Rakkorians who surrender their mantles of war in favor of greater solar devotion. Their founder and leader chose Mount Targon Crest icon Mount Targon, being the highest peak closest to the Sun, and was blessed with the power to call down the sun's wrath. Currently, Leona OriginalSquare Leona, the Radiant Dawn, has taken this legend's regalia and fights to protect the helpless and the innocent.

Runeterra also has a few cults:

  • Cult of the Spider: The Cult has most of its followers located in Noxus Crest icon Noxus and Demacia Crest icon Demacia. The champion, Elise OriginalSquare Elise, serves as its High Priestess, traveling to and from between the two nations and the Shadow Isles Crest icon Shadow Isles, bringing her followers to live with the Spider God, VilemawSquare Vilemaw, for eternity, or so they believe.
  • Cult of the Void: It is a cult that first began when Malzahar OriginalSquare Malzahar claimed that Runeterra will be salved by the Void. It's followers do sacrifices to the nothingness below, hoping that this keeps the holy fury of the Void in check.
  • Disciples of the Armordillo: It is by far the only cult that does not have any detriments. The cult revolves around the champion, Rammus OriginalSquare Rammus, whom they believe to be a god, Ascended, oracle, or something along those lines. Disciples yearly conduct ceremonies wherein they will imitate his famous roll, and somersault across their respective cities in droves. Many pilgrims roam the desert, in the hopes that they will find him and answer a single question. Knowing his cravings for sweets, they often fill all of their caravans with treats and sweets, usually finding their caravans exhausted of it all first thing in the morning.
  • Frostguard: It has most of its followers located in Northern Freljord Crest icon Freljord, with the Frostguard Citadel being its main center of worship. Followers pray and worship the three Iceborn sisters of old: Avarosa, Serylda, and Lissandra OriginalSquare Lissandra. Yearly, three warriors of the Frostguard are chosen to the Climb down the Howling Abyss to check in the runic prisons holding back the Watchers of any signs of melting and giving away.

Trivia

  • The shape of the Runeterran continents were inspired by the real life Greek Peninsula. The names of several nations were also taken from the Greek language.
    • The name Demacia possibly puns on Greek δῆμος demos "people" and Latin decem "ten".
      • Demacia's namesake seems to be a Pre-Greek toponym, Δρυμαλία Drymalia, a former municipality of the island of Naxos.
    • The name Noxus resembles Pre-Greek toponym Νάξος.
      • There is a real life island called Naxos, which is part of modern-day Greece.
      • Noxus also references Latin noxa "harm, injury" or nox "night > darkness".
    • The name Ionia comes from the Ancient Greek Ἰωνία, after the tribal name Ia(w)ones Ἰά(ϝ)ωνες, with unclear etymology, possibly from:
      • PIE noun *wiH-s "force", whence Greek (ϝ)ī́s (w)is;
      • PIE verb *h₁eysh₂- "to push, to strengthen", whence ῑ̓ός īós "arrow".[12]
    • The real-life namesake is Ionia, after Ionian Greek colonists, located in Anatolia, now in modern-day Turkey.
  • There are numerous types of elemental magic, some named while others unknown. Elementalist profileicon Elementalist universe mentions several elemental magics, some of which correspond with those of the Runeterra Map profileicon Runeterra Prime universe while others are currently unique to that Alternate Universe. Those mentioned are: Element of Air profileicon Air, Element of Dark profileicon Dark, Element of Fire profileicon Fire, Element of Ice profileicon Ice, Element of Light profileicon Light, Element of Magma profileicon Magma, Element of Mystic profileicon Mystic, Element of Nature profileicon Nature, Element of Storm profileicon Storm, Element of Water profileicon Water.

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