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   "Gods do not need followers. Followers need gods."
Ornn Ornn
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The Spirit Gods are a race of powerful spirits who represent whole cultures, ideas and civilizations. Their strength depends on the amount of people worshipping them. They exist in multiple locations and have multiple depictions depending on where they are worshipped.

Lore

Spirit God Champions


Other Spirit Gods

  • Nagakabouros Nagakabouros​ is the spirit of life, growth and motion, her race has been confirmed to be a Spirit God.[1] Some believe that this goddess is a ​Kraken-adjacent​ creature that roams the depths of the seas around ​ Bilgewater​. Even the Buhru​, the ones who worship this goddess, don't know nor care about her species.

Related champions

  • Ashe Ashe potentially encountered Anivia Anivia on her journey when searching for Avarosa's Throne.
  • Braum Braum wields a door made by Ornn Ornn.
  • Illaoi Illaoi worships the Spirit God Nagakabouros Nagakabouros.
  • Ivern the Cruel Ivern the Cruel was a worshiper of the most warlike Freljordian Spirit-Gods, including The Volibear The Volibear.
  • Karthus Karthus was fascinated by the Kindred's Kindred's tally-men as a child in Noxus.
  • Lissandra Lissandra had encounters with the Spirit-Gods of the Freljord in the distant past, attempting to control their wild magic and being blinded by the Volibear Volibear. She currently has a bitter conflict with the Spirit-Gods in her attempt to deify the Three Sisters.
  • Nunu's Nunu's tribe, the Notai, were followers of Anivia Anivia.
  • Tryndamere's Tryndamere's tribe prayed to a Freljordian Spirit-God named "The Iron Boar". They once mistook the Darkin Aatrox Aatrox as their god in physical form.
  • Udyr Udyr​ had encountered the Volibear's Volibear's worshipers and is capable of communing and taking the form of the many Spirit-Gods of the Freljord.

History

Origins

The most ancient stories about the Spirit Gods tell that they participated in the very creation of Runeterra Crest icon.png Runeterra. According to Freljordian tales, Ornn Ornn would battle the earth itself and form the mountainous regions of the Freljord Crest icon.png Freljord. After accidently setting his first home ablaze, he built the legendary Hearth-Home inside a mountain to prevent it from burning. His new home however was to hot. So he dug a trench to the sea, and the Seal Sister allowed cold waters to rush through the trench and cool the Hearth-Home. Great plumes of steam rose up. It took three days for the mountain to cool enough for Ornn Ornn. In that time, the ocean that fed the river dipped several inches. So much steam had risen from the waters that the perpetual blue sky was mottled with darkening gray clouds. As these new puffy forms gathered and cooled, they grew heavier and heavier until they burst with snow. It snowed for a hundred years, being the primary reason why the land later called the Freljord is covered in snow to this day. Later Ornn Ornn would give fire to humans.

The Blue Bird of Oshra Va'Zaun

Janna Janna protecting the people of Zaun.

The seafaring people of the port city of Oshra Va'Zaun Oshra Va'Zaun were depended on calm seas for the trade ships that traveled through. Statues and shrines were raised in gratitude of their goddess, Jan'ahrem Jan'ahrem, a great wind spirit, who guarded the people of Oshra Va'Zaun from foul weather at sea. Even after the Shuriman empire enveloped the city, these displays of devotion continued for a time.

Only when the emperor of Shurima Crest icon.png Shurima issued decrees suppressing “false idols”, were Janna's Janna's statues torn down and worship of her forbidden. Despite the growing worship of the God-Warriors, many still offered quiet prayers to Janna Janna, as only she could protect their ships from thunderous storms.

After the fall of Shurima Crest icon.png Shurima, once verdant lands became a desert as the remaining God-Warriors brought war and chaos. Janna Janna, unbeknownst to the city, now known as Zaun Crest icon.png Zaun, shielded them from the turmoil. As the city's ambition grew, however, humans became more focused on opening a canal that would unite the seas surrounding Valoran and Shurima. Because of this, prayers for Janna Janna diminshed and so, her power waned.

On one cataclysmic day, entire districts on the River Pilt collapsed below the western sea level, caused by the canal's excavation making great portions of Zaun Crest icon.png Zaun unstable. Thousands of Zaunites suddenly found themselves fighting for their lives against the clashing currents. As they faced their doom, they called out to their protector their protector.

Because of the rise of Piltover Crest icon.png Piltover and the ongoing struggles of modern Zaun Crest icon.png Zaun, Janna's Janna's faithful wear bluebird medallions and show reverence to the winds.

Physiology

The physical appearance of spirit gods can take different forms (which may exist simultaneously) depending on the culture of the local inhabitants across Runeterra. Each form however does still connect to the same source energy.

Unlike common spirits, who embody things like water and trees, Spirit Gods embody ideas created around the environment across multiple civilizations. Stories about them are used to explain certain natural phenomena, as the snowfall of Freljord or safe passage through thunderstorms by a seafaring civilization.

They harbor immense power that dependent on their followers. So, they will disappear if their followers are killed or stopped believing in them.

Freljordian demi-gods

Because the inhabitants of Freljord Crest icon.png Freljord mostly consist of tribal nomads, a lot of their Spirit Gods[2] are depicted as primal, anthropomorphic animals. Each one of them represents one or multiple phenomena or ideas. Volibear Volibear depicts, for example, the Storm and the Wilds while Ornn Ornn depicts the Forge and the Hearth. Currently there are seven known Freljordian demi-gods.[3][4]

During the time of the Three Sisters, some demi-gods, like Anivia Anivia, were willing to work with humans to unite the land. Others, like Volibear Volibear and the Iron Boar, were hostile to humans, believing that the gods should rule the Freljord. Most however ignore humans completely, since they would eventually die like all before them. Later on, due to Lissandra's Lissandra's efforts, the demigods were slowly forgotten and faded away for thousands of years until recently as a time of great changes is coming.

Representations of Death

Death visits all who perish within Runeterra, though they are most at home in spaces between the end of life and the afterlife, where they may serve as guides to the hereafter.[5]

The realm of death is built from the beliefs of Runeterrans, its landscape shifts across different cultures according to their beliefs. For many, the flow of air and water signify the inexorable movement of time and mortality.[6]

The Mask Mother

The LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png2 Mask Mother is said to be a primordial being who incepted the notion of gods of death on Runeterra, being a creator of these figures rather than a god of death. The story is purposely left with some ambiguity.[7]

Kindred

Kindred depicted by the Ionian legends

As death is a common thing among all humans, Kindred Kindred is worshipped the most, although in different manners depending again on the culture that worships them. The one consistency seen insofar is their dual nature - they are represented by two beings, often a more anthropomorphic Lamb, equipped with her bow, and a Wolf, equipped with only his teeth and a more incorporeal form. Lamb represents a swift and painless death, while Wolf represents a painful hunt, a chase, fighting until the end towards an inevitable end.

When the final moment comes, it is said a true Demacia Crest icon.png Demacian will turn to the Lamb, taking the arrow, while through the shadowed streets of Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus, Wolf leads the hunt. In the snows of the Freljord Crest icon.png 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 towns of Bilgewater Crest icon.png Bilgewater gather to celebrate their survivors and honor those granted a true death at the hands of the Kindred. Meanwhile, in Ionia Crest icon.png Ionian tradition, Kindred, also known as The Taker The Taker, are interpreted as a child and her beastly companion, endlessly playing games with one another until they are called to perform their duties.

In Spirit Bonds, it is implied certain parts of the Grey Man are still wandering somewhere in the spirit realm.

Other lesser known representations

  • LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png2 Fading Icon was conceived as a Shurima Crest icon.png Shuriman god of death who was known to the Baccai, that they slowly began to forget when they were cursed with (what is functionally) immortality.[8]
  • LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png3 Soulspinner was conceived as a representation of death for Elise's Elise's house.[9]

The Etherfiend

LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png7 The Etherfiend is a representation of a second death - being forgotten.[10] Representations (like the Spirit Gods) can't die, but they can be forgotten, and when they are, they're taken beyond by the Etherfiend. This is why the LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png2 Fading Icon is desperate to be remembered, and why it's terrified of the Etherfiend. In Finishing Soates, it is revealed once the Kindred Kindred are forgotten, Lamb Lamb and Wolf Wolf will kill each other, while the Etherfiend will take away what's left.

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Assassin TFT icon.svg Sapient Species
Main Sapient Species

Ascended · Brackern · Celestial · Dragon · Golem · Human · Minotaur · Spirit · Titan · Troll · Undead · Vastaya · Vastayashai'rei · Voidborn · Watcher · Yeti

Lesser Sapient Species

Azurite Eagle · Bubble Bear · Cat · Chirean · Coral Creature · Dredge Dredger · Fish Folk · Molediver · Pengu · Plague Rat · Poro · Shellshocker · Squill · Vellox · Whump

Sapient Sub-Species
Ascended

Aspect Host · Baccai · Darkin · God-Warrior

Celestial

Aspect · Celestial Dragon

Dragon

Celestial Dragon · Terrestrial Dragon

Golem

Minion

Spirit

Demon · Faerie · Fae Fawn · Luonn Kon · Nixie · Spirit God · Treant · Yordle

Undead

Revenant · Wraith

Vastaya

Besheb · Canghapi · Chyra · Fauhwoon · Juloah · Lhotlan · Khonlui · Kepthalla · Kiilash · Makara · Marai · Ophelis · Ottrani · Oovi-Kat · Raylu · Shimon · Skard · Sodjoko · Strig · Vesani · Vlotah

Dragon TFT icon.svg Sentient Species
Sentient Species

Abyssal Eye · Antlermouse · Argoth · Aurma Fish · Badgerbear · Bahrl Jay · Balestrider · Bellswayer · Bolbo · Bolor · Cat · Celestial · Clam · Cloud Drinker · Crag Beast · Crow · Dragon · Drakalops · Drüvask · Dunpor · Dormun · Eka'Sul · Elephant · Elmark · Elnük · Erbok · Fleetfeather · Four-eyed Hammerhead Shark · Frog · Frost Serpent · Furyhorn · Giant Crab · Giant Squid · Gigalodon · Golden Narwhal · Golem · Greathorn · Grellfeen · Hawk · Hushtail · Hooked Grouse · Ibex · Ibik · Ironback · Jaull-fish · Kmiros · Kraken · Kumangra Parrot · Lightcharger · Mwatis · Ocklepod · Octopus · Paddlemar · Platewyrm · Plundercrab · Powder Monkey · Protector · Ralsiji · Raptor · Rat · Raven · Sandswimmer · Scaled Snapper · Scuttle Crab · Sea Horse · Sea Serpent · Seagull · Shagyak · Shuriman Camel · Silverwing · Skallashi · Snow Hare · Spider · Spirit · Stellacorn · Stone-scale Viper · Stonehorn · Tamu · Targonian Mountain Goat · Tuskvore · Voidborn · Vulkodalk · Waverider · Whump · Wildclaw · Windfarer · Wing-Eared Devour · Wolf · Wolfseal · Worax · Yellow Crab · Zeeble

Sentient Sub-Species
Celestial

Meep · Sparklefly

Dragon

Basilisk · Drake-Hound · Wyvern

Elephant

Mammoth · Tuskbeast

Golem

Krug · Sentinel

Horse

Light Vindoran Horse

Rat

Gutter Rat · Plague Rat · Wharf Rat

Spider

Spiderling · Vilemaw

Spirit

Brambleback · River Sprite

Undead

Mistwalker

Voidborn

Baron Nashor · Rift Herald · Xer'Sai

Wolf

Dog · Gray Wolf · Murk Wolf · Rimefang Wolf

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Sentient Species

Bantha · Chicken · Forest Chameleon · Porowl · Stag · Yonkeies

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Unique Creatures

These beings are unique, are endlings of their species and/or don't associate with any species.
Herald of Spring · Zephyr Sage · Characters with no specified species

Mentioned Species

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Carnotaun · Cougar · Croxagor · Devilfish · Elmark · Grelmorn · Lippertick Apple · Mewlark  · Razorhide · Rhoksha · Salamander Dew · Unnamed Species

Species Alterations

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