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General

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  • Swain's raven is named Beatrice.[4]
    • Beatrice can be seen on the Dominated Dominion profileicon Crystal Scar. She will land on the barrier near the Boneyard node for a short time and then fly off.
  • Swain's Ravenous Flock old Ravenous Flock transformation has a similar appearance to Tzeentch's daemon servants, the Lords of Change, from the Warhammer franchise.
  • The icon for Ravenous Flock old Ravenous Flock is similar to the old one for Tides of Blood old Tides of Blood.
  • The Art Spotlight for his first splash art is the first one ever released.
  • If Swain dies while casting Decrepify Decrepify, there will be two Beatrices on the battlefield, one attached to the laser and one on his back when he falls to the ground.
  • The ending quote to Swain's background is based on Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22.
  • In the League of Legends, Swain was unable to compete in the Ionia Versus Noxus Grudge Match due to his recent induction into Noxian High Command, thus needing to take time away from the League to put all his affairs in order.
  • Swain is the second champion to feature a transformation ability, the others being Nidalee OriginalSquare Nidalee, Shyvana OriginalSquare Shyvana, Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra, Jayce OriginalSquare Jayce, Elise OriginalSquare Elise and Gnar OriginalSquare Gnar.
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  • While dancing, he whistles a tune from his theme.
  • While playing a game on Summoner's Rift icon Summoner's Rift, Swain's Swain Raven Render flock of Ravenous Flock Ravens (depending on the skin it could also be Snow Owls, Macaws, Demon birds, or Dragons) can be seen around the map.
  • His mannerisms, quotes and the "Grand General" persona are reminiscent of Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones.
  • At the start of the game, there is a chance of thematic music with ravens in the background.
  • His Death's Hand demonic left arm could be a reference to Murtaugh in the Submachine series. After losing his left arm, Murtaugh discovered he had a third "karma" arm, which was extremely powerful and capable of causing mass destruction. Murtaugh pursues his goals with similar ruthlessness as Swain.
  • The sigil that appears beneath Swain when his ultimate ability is cast has three runes and three eyes inscribed into it. This is possibly a reference to the Three-eyed Raven from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, considering both characters possess the ability to see events occurring around the world through magical means.

Lore

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  • As a nod to his old lore, Swain has a raven named BeatriceSquare Beatrice.[6] (< Latin beatrix "she who gladdens")
  • His Demon of Secrets is named Raum as noted by Fiddlesticks OriginalSquare Fiddlesticks.[7]
    • 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-.[8]
  • 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 plays a vastayan strategy game called Xa'h.
    • It's similar to chess, go, etc. Each of the pieces Swain uses are carved from something with metaphorical or sentimental value. He values reminders. The pieces can be lost if they're captured (kind of like pogs). He's willing to sacrifice them.[9]
  • Swain can see what the demon revealed due to part will power, part intelligence, part ruthlessness, part balls.[10]
  • Swain knows that either his demon or his ambitions may potentially overwhelm him and would have to be stopped, which is one of the reasons the Trifarix was established.[11]
  • The six-eyed ravens around him are not actual ravens but rather manifestation of his demonic power. [12]

Development

  • Swain was designed by Steven 'Coronach' DeRose.
  • Swain was the first champion to be announced and then reworked before he went live. As shown in his Champion Spotlight, Torment Torment's damage over time was increased by the amount of damage taken in its duration.
  • Nevermove Nevermove is a reference to the narrative poem The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe.
    • According to David 'Phreak' Turley, Swain OriginalSquare Swain's Nevermove Nevermove ability was originally supposed to be called Nevermore and was called Nevermove as a pun. When the ability was implemented in the game the name was not changed back.
  • James 'Statikk' Bach would walk around with his coat on his shoulders during the development of Swain's Visual Gameplay Update much like Swain in order to promote the idea.[13]
  • Several scrapped spells tested during the development of his Visual Gameplay Update include:[14]
    • A version of his ultimate that allowed him to snipe enemies after absorbing spells.
    • A version of Demonic Ascension Demonic Ascension on his E with a shorter cooldown.
    • A version of passive that would replace his trinket with a raven trinket that would provide bonus movement speed and vision in an area.

Quotes

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    "The early bird guts the worm," is based on a famous idiom, "The early bird gets the worm."
  • In polish client, selection quote is "Rozdziobią was kruki, wrony." (You gonna be pecked out by crows and ravens), which is a reference to Stefan Żeromski's 1895 novel of the same title.
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    "Any man who must say 'we are winning' is not truly winning" and  
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    "A one-armed man needs all the help he can get." are references to Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones.
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    "Only this, and nothing more" is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's poem "the Raven".
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    "It is better to be feared than loved, Vastaya. strongly resembles Niccolò Machiavelli's quote "It is far safer to be feared than loved." in The Prince on which is better if one cannot be both.
  • He shares the quote  
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    Nasus OriginalCircle "Do not try my patience."
  • Unlike his previous transformation, Swain cannot perform his personal interactions such as joking and taunting.
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    "They move swiftly for all the coins weighing them down.",  
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    "The mind is the weapon. You are unarmed.",  
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    "Fame has gone to your head, and found ample room within." and  
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    "You're the only man I know who believes his own words, even after he's said them." refer to Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.
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      "Do not confuse cowardice for wisdom.",  
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      "You can sit on a throne, that doesn't make you a ruler. It only means you have an arse.",  
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      "They expect me to play fairly. We aren't even playing the same game.",  
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      "Patience is a virtue but it has its limits." and  
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      "There is nothing noteworthy about Demacia, but that in itself is worth noting." references to one of Discworld character - Lord Havelock Vetinari of Ankh-Morpork. Swain and Vetinari were both in patrician families.

Skins

Swain OriginalCircle Original Swain
Swain NorthernFrontCircle Northern Front Swain
Swain BilgewaterCircle Bilgewater Swain
  • This skin represents Swain as he would look like if he was part of the Bilgewater Crest icon Bilgewater faction.
  • It is likely a reference to Long John Silver, the antagonist of the novel known as Treasure Island.
  • Beatrice is a scarlet macaw. In the American splash art, Beatrice's flight feathers are blue and green, as opposed to the real life macaw's blue and yellow feathers; however, on the Chinese splash art, the colors are just like the real life parrots.
  • His updated appearance resembles that of classic Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan.
Swain TyrantCircle Tyrant Swain
  • Swain TyrantCircle old Tyrant Swain
    • This skin thus depicts Swain after his rise to Grand General, the highest position of power in Noxus, and subsequent take-over of his body by the demon.
    • This was the only skin in which Swain is not dependent on his cane to walk; he instead carries a staff.
    • He can be seen on the left of Riven BattleBunnyCircle Battle Bunny Riven's Splash Art. He is also seen during the coronation scene.
Swain DragonMasterCircle Dragon Master Swain
Chromaskins Chromas: Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite
  • This skin was codeveloped alongside Swain's Visual Gameplay Update due to being an old promise to players.[17]
  • He is a Draconic Antagonist to the Dragonslayer skin line.
  • He used to be a Dragonslayer, but was overtaken by the power to turn the dragons against the Dragonslayers, the very monsters he was trying to destroy.
  • His quotes concerning ravens are omitted.
Swain HextechCircle Hextech Swain
  • This skin represents Swain as he would look like if he was part of the Piltover Crest icon Piltover faction.
    • His appearance resembles that of Camille OriginalSquare Camille.
  • His bird is named Peacog.[18]
  • His concept art, along with Elderwood Ornn, were revealed before their intended dates. In the case of Swain, a day before the official skin reveal.

Relations

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  • Irelia OriginalSquare Irelia cut off Swain's left arm during the Battle of the Placidium.
  • Swain has formed an alliance with Darius OriginalSquare Darius, and they work together to unite the nation behind a vision of true Noxian strength.
  • Draven OriginalSquare Draven was integral to Swain’s plan—to depose Boram Darkwill and was considered a friend/ close ally by Swain.
  • Swain possibly knows the reason for and the truth about the mysterious disappearance of Katarina OriginalSquare Katarina's father.
  • Swain saw Urgot OriginalSquare Urgot as a fanatic who couldn't be swayed or reasoned with. Both Urgot's fanaticism, and his place within Noxus at the time made him a liability to the Empire. Especially with Urgot's flawed view on Might, that would have been at odds with Swain's principles on strength.
  • Swain has close ties with Black Rose The Black Rose, having obtained Sion OriginalSquare Sion from them. He is currently trying to take down the organization that poses a threat to his rule.
  • Swain and LeBlanc OriginalSquare LeBlanc see each other as rival, lover and nemesis.[19]
    • Swain killed LeBlanc OriginalSquare LeBlanc with his own hand, however she later reappeared which has potentially scared or enraged Swain.[20]
    • Swain always keeps an eye on LeBlanc who is planning his downfall.
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  • Swain was a member of the Black Rose 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 OriginalSquare LeBlanc, the Black Rose are working towards getting the organization back into power.
  • During the War of Kalamanda, Garen OriginalSquare Garen and his Dauntless Vanguard hindered the progress of Swain and his army's advancement at every turn.
  • Swain and Jarvan IV OriginalSquare Jarvan IV, have a deep, hate-filled rivalry. He has attempted to kill Jarvan IV on several occasions.

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