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linkSpirit Blossom (Universe) Spirit Blossom is a series of alternate future/universe skins in League of Legends. A fictional universe from the linkRuneterra Prime (Universe) Runeterra Prime stories told during the Ionia Crest icon.png Ionian Spirit Blossom festivals, as well as a possible afterlife in the Ionian myths. Champions represent the characters from those stories.[1]

Lore

The Spirit Blossom Festival is an ancient and celebrated time in Ionia, when the door to the spirit world is opened, the dead return to their loved ones, and spirits of all manner turn their eyes towards the living. From the benevolent Kanmei, to the obsessive Akana—their stories play out again and again, like shadows on a paper lantern.


Akana
  • Spirit Blossom Cassiopeia Spirit Blossom Cassiopeia
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Citrine, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Turquoise
    Rumored to have once been a beautiful princess, legend says Cassiopeia vanished into the mountains when her sister staged a coup, never to return. So great was her beauty, and so renowned her cunning, that a shrine was built to honor this 'spirit of temptation', until her story was accepted into popular folklore.
  • Spirit Blossom Lillia Spirit Blossom Lillia
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Amethyst, Citrine, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Turquoise
    A shy fawn spirit, Lillia once served as the guardian of a sacred Ionian forest—until her grove was destroyed and cast into flame. Consumed by loss, she now slumbers in the spirit realm, reliving the destruction in an unending nightmare—unaware of the timid hope still waiting to bloom...
  • Spirit Blossom Riven Spirit Blossom Riven
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite
    A brave warrior from an ancient land, Riven was ignobly cut down in the heat of battle thousands of years ago, her sword shattering in the process. Unable to find peace, she obsessively scours an otherworldly battlefield for pieces of her broken blade, possessed by a horrific darkness that guides her into oblivion.
  • Spirit Blossom Thresh Spirit Blossom Thresh
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire
    An ancient demon of obsession, Thresh delights in tormenting the spirits of those he deems as flawed, but blossoming with potential. He haunts the spiritual afterlife as a supreme collector of souls, tempting the dead away from their path to salvation until they are trapped for eternity within their own memories.
  • Spirit Blossom Vayne Spirit Blossom Vayne
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Citrine, Emerald, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Tanzanite
    Vayne came from a lost clan of monster hunters, annihilated to the last when the primordial demon of pain chanced upon their hidden village. Unable to let go, and doomed to her own obsessions for eternity, she hunts the creature without end, always unable to catch it.
Kanmei
  • Spirit Blossom Ahri Spirit Blossom Ahri
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Ahri-versary, Aquamarine, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz
    The famed Spirit of Salvation, and the fox all mortals are beckoned towards when their souls arrive to the spirit realm. A capricious, whimsical spirit who sees the fate of the living as a game of chase, she offers the chance for souls to find their final rest… but will not intervene if they stray from the path.
  • Spirit Blossom Kindred Spirit Blossom Kindred
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Aquamarine, Catseye, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire
    In the Ionian tradition, the Kindred are interpreted as a child and her beastly companion, endlessly playing games with one another until they are called to perform their duties. The two do not know where they came from, but it is said they feel a sense of loss for someone they knew long ago…
  • Spirit Blossom Teemo Spirit Blossom Teemo
    A trickster spirit and a child of the forest, Teemo is famed across Ionia as the embodiment of nature… though his more onerous accolade is the king of pranks. A consummate gadfly and lover of all things annoying, his exploits in tricking mortals have graced the pages of Ionian history for hundreds of years.
    • Spirit Blossom Teemo Prestige Edition Spirit Blossom Teemo Prestige Edition
      Having abstained from pranking his “best friend forever” literally once, the Spirit of Salvation has gifted Teemo with his wildest dream—becoming shiny and gold. Never one to leave anybody alone, ever, he has promised his BFF to prank them at every opportunity, every day, until they die and join him in the spirit realm. Good luck to them.
  • Spirit Blossom Yasuo Spirit Blossom Yasuo
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire
    Long ago, two brothers fought a bitter war across Ionia. Yasuo, the younger brother, was a warlord renowned for his roguish demeanor—until he was accused of crimes against the country and took up arms to defend himself. Both were fated to fall in their final duel… a lesson, perhaps, in pride and hubris.
  • Spirit Blossom Yone Spirit Blossom Yone
    Chromaskins.png Chromas: Aquamarine, Catseye, Emerald, Night Blossom, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Tanzanite
    Long ago, two brothers fought a bitter war across Ionia. Yone, the older brother, was a warlord renowned for his adherence to honor and duty. He fought to defend the country against those who would break its rites and rituals - until he was forced to confront his own brother for his crimes. Both were fated to fall in their final duel… a lesson, perhaps, in pride and hubris.

History

Perennial

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Short Story

Perennial

By Dana Luery Shaw

Many had feared that the spirit blossoms would never return to Ionia, a sign of the imbalance still permeating the land and its people.

Spirit Bonds

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Spirit Bonds

By Numerous Creators

They say the Spirit Blossom Festival represents a thinning of the veil between our world and the Spirit Realm.

Beyond the Garden

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Beyond the Garden

With the arrival of the Spirit Blossom Festival, a magical fawn musters the courage to venture out and uncover the mystery behind her ailing forest.

The Path, An Ionian Myth

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The Path, An Ionian Myth

Every myth carries a seed of truth. A slain swordsman must decide if he will make peace with his past—or be consumed by it.

Kin of the Stained Blade

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Kin of the Stained Blade

Not forgiven. Not forgotten.

Ao Shin's Adventure

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Ao Shin's Adventure

Every little dragon has a destiny.

Trivia

  • Spirit Blossom was originally pitched as a reboot to the Sakura skin line, which includes Sakura Karma Sakura Karma & Sakura Runespirit.[2]
  • This theme was initially introduced in the Perennial short story as stories told during a Navori Spirit Festival. The characters represented by the champions are actual folk tale characters in Ionia Crest icon.png Ionian myths.
  • Before the skin-line's release, several quotes on Summoner's Rift would randomly be heard. Spirit Blossom Thresh Spirit Blossom Thresh is the announcer teasing Lillia and Spirit Blossom skinline.
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         "They took your home, Lillia. Do not forget this loss. Let it course through you."
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         "Poor lost spirits beckoning to bloom. I've been waiting for you..."
  • During the Summer of 2020 (from July 22nd till August), the Nexus Blitz icon.png Nexus Blitz map and game mode were updated to match the Spirit Blossom skin-line that was released during this period. Spirit Bonds Logo.png Spirit Bonds was also released, which stood in for the missions interface.
  • Yone Yone was first teased as the next champion with Spirit Blossom Thresh's Spirit Blossom Thresh's voice lines.
  • The Spirit Blossom skins released in 2020 represent the entities present in the various Ionia Crest icon.png Ionian tales in the linkRuneterra Prime (Universe) main canon.
  • Spirit Blossom Ahri's Spirit Blossom Ahri's kimono is supposed to be wrapped right side over left side as in Japan it is believed that only the dead wrap right over left; however, several artworks depict her wearing it the "alive" way. [3]
  • Riot mentioned that Kindred Kindred basically has two different champions. So they made Wolf Wolf akana and Lamb Lamb kanmei.
  • The Spirit Bond dialogues, while not completely canon, offer some insights into the characters and settings:
    • The Spirit Realm has an abnormal flow of time, allowing events to happen without order. There was once an entity who controlled time in the realm, but Spirit Blossom Thresh Spirit Blossom Thresh had done something to him when he found out Time was attempting to hinder his collection.
    • Spirit Blossom Ahri Spirit Blossom Ahri arrived in the realm at some point after Thresh. They were originally friends due to their similarities, but later became opposition for their differences.
    • Spirit Blossom Yasuo Spirit Blossom Yasuo and Spirit Blossom Yone Spirit Blossom Yone are two brothers growing up close together, but fell apart in adulthood due to their family's pressure. Eventually, Yasuo was accused of treason and eventually faced his own brother, resulting in the deaths of both. In the afterlife, they are looking forward to seeing each other again for reconciliation.
    • Spirit Blossom Vayne Spirit Blossom Vayne is a huntress that is trying not to become a demon herself due to her obsession with the a primordial demon of pain (something similar to Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks that feeds on pain like Evelynn Evelynn) that destroyed her home.
    • Spirit Blossom Cassiopeia Spirit Blossom Cassiopeia is the daughter of her village's headman. After he died, she inherited his estates, but also gained his enemies in the process. She handled them easily, except the last one who is her own sister her own sister. Left nothing due to her father not approving her marriage her marriage, she schemed to take back her father's estates, forcing Cassiopeia to run away. Due to the bad weather at the time, Cassiopeia fell off the cliff and died.
    • Spirit Blossom Kindred Spirit Blossom Kindred's dialogues use the most well-known tale about the birth of Kindred Kindred where the Grey Man, a god of death, cut himself in half to never be alone anymore. It is implied certain parts of him still wander somewhere in the Spirit Realm.
    • Spirit Blossom Riven Spirit Blossom Riven is a warrior who died in battle that is trying to accept her death.
    • Spirit Blossom Teemo Spirit Blossom Teemo became Spirit Blossom Teemo Prestige Edition Spirit Blossom Teemo Prestige Edition with Spirit Blossom Ahri Spirit Blossom Ahri's blessing after not pranking his best friend who is the playable character of Spirit Bond.
  • In Legends of Runeterra icon.png Legends of Runeterra there are familiar characters such as:

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