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Jericho Swain Jericho Swain is the visionary ruler of Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus, an expansionist nation that reveres only strength. Though he was cast down and crippled in the Ionia Crest icon.png Ionian wars, his left arm severed, he seized control of the empire with ruthless determination...and a new, demonic hand. Now, Swain commands from the front lines, marching against a coming darkness that only he can see—in glimpses gathered by shadowy ravens from the corpses all around him. In a swirl of sacrifice and secrets, the greatest secret of all is that the true enemy lies within.

SwainSquare.png"I have learned enough to detest all men. Only nations may be revered."  Swain
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Background

Early Life

Jericho Swain was born into a life of privilege in Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus, into a family that had been around since near the beginning of the nation's creation. Many noble houses, including his, had gained the favor of the emperor of Noxus, Boram Darkwill, as they were instrumental in his rise to the throne.

Despite this, Swain's own parents, along with many others, hungered for more power, and as such were part of a secret cabal called the Solid Rose Clasic Faction Colors.png Black Rose, intent on gaining as much power and influence as possible. His parents were especially intent on finding some dark power, hidden in the depths of the Immortal Bastion, but could not find it.

The cabal had helped Darkwill rise to the throne, but when he refused their help after rising to the throne, LeBlanc LeBlanc, head matriarch of the Black Rose, manipulated Swain as a young nobleman into revealing the Black Rose and executing its most prominent members, including Swain's own parents and Leblanc herself. However, LeBlanc's execution was a deception, and she retreated back into the shadows of Noxus, waiting for an opportunity to strike. For his revealing of the Black Rose, Swain was granted a commission in the Noxian army, where he would serve for years to come.

Discovery of Raum

During his time in the army of Noxus, Swain secured Noxus' western borders and his reputation grew, but he saw that Boram Darkwill was growing unhinged. Darkwill was paranoid and desperate, looking for any way to extend his mortal lifespan. Swain was sent into Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia with few men and supplies, with Darkwill expending his forces in order to look for artifacts and objects that could extend Darkwill's life.

During his time in Ionia, Swain's forces lured Ionian troops into what was supposed to be a trap, but his warhost was quickly overrun. Swain was scarred from this battle, gravely wounded with his knee shattered and his arm cut off arm cut off. On the verge of death, Swain saw a raven land next to him to feed. Refusing to die, Swain looked into the raven's eyes. In it, he saw the truth, that LeBlanc LeBlanc had seduced Darkwill with promises of extending his life and had sent Swain to die. It was not the raven that told him this, but something deeper. This was the great power that Swain's parents had been looking for, and Swain knew that he needed it.

Returning to Noxus, Swain was disgraced and regarded as nothing more than a cripple. Despite his fragile state, Swain decided to find out what the dark power he had seen was and if he could use it. What he found was Raum, an ancient entity that preyed on the dying and consumed their secrets. This was the power that he had seen, and he found a way to use it.

Swain set out to take the throne of Noxus with meticulous plans, new allies, and his newfound powers. He had physically restored himself and could use magic to defeat his enemies, along with using Raum to listen to the secrets of the dying. Over the course of many years, Swain amassed power, allies, and laid out plans to kill Darkwill and take his place.

Establishment of the Trifarix

In the end, it only took one night to capture the throne. Swain revealed himself to all of Noxus, showing everyone his physically restored form and leaving Darkwill dead and the throne of Noxus empty. In lieu of the empty throne, Swain established the Trifarix Council, a council of 3 members to take over the responsibilities of the emperor. The members of this consisted of Swain himself, Darius Darius, and The Faceless One, whose real identity is unknown. This Council was made so that no one man could rule Noxus, and if one were to divert from the foundations of strength that Noxus was built on, the other two would be able to keep them in check.

Recent Events

Swain continues to rule Noxus on the Trifarix Council along with the other two heads. Together, they embody Noxus' core values, with Swain representing Vision, Darius representing Might, and The Faceless one embodying Guile. They continue to rule Noxus with an iron fist, crushing anyone who dares oppose them. But above all, they remain dedicated to returning the Noxian Empire to its former glory.

Appearance

Swain is a fair skinned man with long, white hair. He wears black armor, black pants, and a black coat. His left arm was restored with the power of Raum, and consequently glows a shade of red.

Personality

Swain is cold and calculating, often seeing people's lives as pieces in a bigger game. He is a master tactician and general, able predict his enemies' next move with his cunning intellect and win battles swiftly and efficiently. Swain does not often act in his own interests, rather doing whatever is best for Noxus, as he knows that the empire is much more important than him, and he is committed to returning it back to its foundations and making sure that it outlasts him.

Abilities

  • Demonic Bonding: After being defeated in battle, Swain made a pact with Raum, the Demon of Secrets. This granted him several new powers that very few can match.
    • Emotional Feeding: Like other Demons, Raum can feed himself from a specific emotion, in this case, secrets. By absorbing the secrets of others, Raum, and by extension Swain, can sustain themselves for prolonged periods of time. Swain also gains knowledge from these secrets and can use this knowledge for his own benefit.
      • Life Draining: The Secrets that Swain collects come in the form of Soul Fragments. Taking a soul Fragment from someone drains them of their energy and gives it to Swain. By doing so Swain can heal himself and strengthen his powers.
    • Extended Awareness: Swain has heightened senses, meaning that he can perceive and sense things that few else can.. He can see things from far away and perceive supernatural powers that no others can notice.
      • Demon Ravens: Swain can summon several demonic Ravens that are connected to his mind. He can use them as a way to gather intelligence and spy on people.
    • Demonic Energy: Swain can manipulate powerful dark energies to his liking. Those dark energies come from Raum, and depend on how strong Raum himself is.
      • Energy blasts: Swain can summon powerful eldritch blasts.
      • Limbs Creation: Swain can create limbs for himself such as hands and wings.

Relations

Irelia Irelia

Irelia cut off Swain's left arm during the Battle of the Placidium.

Darius Darius

Swain and Darius are two of the three heads of the Trifarix of Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus, embodying the Noxian values of Vision and Might respectively, along The Faceless One, who embodies Guile.

Draven Draven

When audiences for the Reckoning arenas waned and Draven fell into a drunk stupor, Swain found him and offered him a role in his coup against Boram Darkwill. He became integral to Swain’s plan, killing Darkwill himself. He is considered a close ally by Swain.

Katarina Katarina

Katarina serves as an assassin for the Trifarix council, killing people at their command. It is also hinted that Swain may know what happened to her father.

Urgot Urgot

Urgot was sent away from Noxus Crest icon.png Noxus to Zaun Crest icon.png Zaun as a part of Swain's coup, as he was seen as a liability and a potential threat to Swain's plan.

Mordekaiser Mordekaiser

It is likely that Raum worked for Mordekaiser or was used by him, as Swain found Raum in the Immortal Bastion.

Gangplank Gangplank

Gangplank stole The Leviathan, Swain's personal warship and the head of the Noxian fleet. Because of this, Swain despises Gangplank and wishes to see his demise.

Solid Rose Clasic Faction Colors.png Black Rose

Swain has close ties with the Solid Rose Clasic Faction Colors.png Black Rose. The organization is currently trying to either control Swain or kill him in order to take the throne from him. Swain knows this and is trying to take down the organization, but knows that it is unlikely that he will accomplish this goal.

LeBlanc LeBlanc

Swain considers LeBlanc, the head matriarch of the Black Rose, as his rival. Swain and LeBlanc's personal relationship is vague, and they may have been lovers at some point.[1] When Boram Darkwill first took the throne and refused help from the Black Rose, LeBlanc, unbeknownst to Swain, manipulated Swain into revealing the Black Rose and making it look like she was executed and the Black Rose was dead.[2]

"So I guess this makes us enemies with benefits?"
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Sion Sion

Swain obtained Sion from the Black Rose after the organization left Sion in his own tomb for years. Swain now uses him as a living weapon to use against his enemies.

Vladimir Vladimir

Vladimir has recently brought himself back into the public eye, becoming a vocal opponent against the Trifarix Council, and this has caught Swain's attention. However, Vladimir's previous public identity has not been completely forgotten, and it is hinted that Swain may know of Vladimir's true nature.

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Trivia

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  • Swain was a member of the Runeterra Crest icon.png The Black Rose, a dark and mysterious group that controlled Noxus before the rise of the military government. They were thought to no longer exist. However, with the reemergence of their leader LeBlanc LeBlanc, the Black Rose are working towards getting the organization back into power.
  • During the War of Kalamanda, Garen Garen and his Dauntless Vanguard hindered the progress of Swain and his army's advancement at every turn.
  • Swain and Jarvan IV Jarvan IV, have a deep, hate-filled rivalry. He has attempted to kill Jarvan IV on several occasions.
    • It is theorized he fought LeBlanc impersonating Jarvan in order to trigger a war with Demacia Crest icon.png Demacia.
  • Swain is a fan of Sona Sona.
  • As a nod to his old lore, Swain has a raven named Beatrice Beatrice.[3] (< Latin beatrix "she who gladdens")
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  • His Demon of Secrets is named Raum as noted by Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks.[4]
    • In real-life "demonology", Raum is stated to be a Great Earl of Hell, ruling thirty legions of demons. He is depicted as a crow which adopts human form at the request of the conjurer.
  • Swain's Trifarix Council was probably based on the Roman Triumvirate, Swain being the Leader of Vision;
    • Possibly based on Latin trifārius "in three parts~places" (cf. Sanskrit cognate त्रिधा tridhā), from PIE *tri-dʰóh₁-.[5]
  • The Black Powder Plot to assassinate Swain references the Gun Powder Plot by English Catholics to blow up King James I and the House of Lords.
  • Swain likes to play a vastayan strategy game called Xa'h, which is similar to chess.[6]
  • One of the reasons that the Trifarix was made was because Swain knows that either his demon or his ambitions may potentially overwhelm him and would have to be stopped.[7]
  • The six-eyed ravens around him are not actual ravens but rather manifestation of his demonic power.[8]
  • As revealed in Rell's Rell's live Q&A:
    • Swain has neglected the power vacuums left behind from his motions to dismantle the previous Noxian government. He was very well aware of the Black Rose academy that Rell Rell was training in, but did not intervene.
    • Swain knows almost all secrets, the ones he has difficulty knowing are those predating Raum (his demon).
    • He knows about World Runes, but not where they've been hidden by Ryze Ryze.
    • Swain is aware of most major threats around Runeterra thanks to his crows, but has decided to deal with them later over more intermediate ones.
    • Swain and Aurelion Sol Aurelion Sol are tied for most knowledge about the universe, Zoe Zoe comes very close.

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