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Development

  • Erica Lindbeck voices Taliyah in League of Legends icon.png League of Legends. She also provided vocals for Taliyah's login theme.[1]
  • Zehra Fazal voices Taliyah in Legends of Runeterra icon.png Legends of Runeterra, and also voices Kayle Kayle, Aether Wing Kayle Aether Wing Kayle and LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png2 Brightsteel Protector. While Erica Lindbeck could have been commissioned, the decision to recast Taliyah was made to "remain as authentic to her character and heritage as possible".[3]
  • Taliyah's design hook including making her a 'traditional' mage, particularly a disruptor.[4][5]
  • Taliyah was originally a kind of spunky teen "Rosie the Riveter" with a huge, oversized hammer and chisel.[6]
  • Taliyah's designers considered including her identity as a transgender woman during development, but this detail did not make it to her release.[7] It was thought to have been scrapped entirely, but Neeko was released with a quote toward Taliyah, implying that the idea is still alive:  
      Neeko OriginalCircle.png "Hmm… Neeko not the only one who changes!"
  • Threaded Volley Threaded Volley was combined from a "terrain mage" kit and Lucian's Lucian's The Culling The Culling, and the worked ground was initially designed as a placeholder mechanic for playtest.[4]
  • Rock Surfing Rock Surfing is an import from a "terrain boots" enchantment prototype back in Preseason 2015.
  • Her basic attacks used to be trails of rocks ripped up from the ground.[4]
    • They were changed to the current ones due to raising visual clarity concerns when weighed against her abilities.[8]
  • Seismic Shove Seismic Shove was the most production-intensive of her abilities (animation-wise).[9]

Lore

  • Ṭaliyah טַלְיָה (Hebrew: [a'lija:]) means "young ewe",[10] from Proto-West-Semitic *ṭalay-at.[11]
    • In English localizations, her name is pronounced [tɐˈli:ʲɐ:] TaLEEyah with second syllable stressed[12] like in Hebrew; in other localizations, the stress may fall on different syllables or no syllable is stressed at all.
    • Originally, her name was spelt Taalea.[13]
    • Another inspiration is Arabic Tāliya تَالِيَة ~ Tāliyatun تَالِيَةٌ "reciter", feminine active participle of root t-l-w "to recite".[14]
  • She's portrayed as being about 16 years old,[15] but several timeline inconsistencies gradually arose after her release and made it clear that she is canonically older than that. Scathlocke has stated that she is 23 in the present state of the timeline.[16]
    • She was 6 years old when she became a Stoneweaver.
    • She was 16 years old during the events of The Bird and the Branch.
    • She was 17 years old during the events of Bloodline
  • Yasuo Yasuo dubbed her 'Little Sparrow'.
  • Her tribe is called the Nasaaj, meaning "weaver",[17] from Arabic نَسّاج nassāj < Semitic n-s-k[18] < s-k-k "to weave".[19]
    • Just as Semites formulate surnames from information about the bearer's progenitors, occupation, or origin, whether ethnic or geographical, Taliyah would most likely introduce herself as Taliyah of the Nasaaj.
  • Drawing from her life amongst a tribe of weavers, she uses her powers as if she were weaving stones in a similar fashion to weaving cloth.
  • Taliyah's family is part of one of many nomadic tribes that formed after the fall of Ancient Shurima by Xerath's Xerath's hand.
  • Her father is a shepherd and leader of the tribe, while her mother is a pattern mistress.
  • Before the Oasis of the Dawn started flowing again, Taliyah's tribe followed the seasonal waters around the desert.
  • Taliyah's tribe worships "the Great Weaver," a force of nature said to govern the tapestry of fate and life for every individual.
  • Taliyah's Myers-Briggs personality type is ENTJ (specifically 'the Commander').[20]
  • ThermalKitten, Taliyah's writer, shared several details about her on the boards:[17]
    • Taliyah stands at about 5'9"/175 cm tall.
    • She is a Virgo. ThermalKitten initially placed her birthday in "mid to late September" but later mentioned it on Twitter as being September 22.[21]
    • She was canonically named after a specific, lavender-colored, five-petaled, star-like flower that grows in the rocky foothills near the Icathian border. It's called ta'liyah, "the rock that flowers."
    • From ThermalKitten on her sexuality: "I think Taliyah is someone who is the midst of finding out who she is and figuring out who you're attracted to is certainly part of that. I'm sure she would find some people more physically attractive than others, but I think the thing that would draw her to someone would be who they are on the inside." In short, Taliyah is still figuring out her sexuality, but personality is more important to her than looks.
    • Creating art in all forms is one of her favorite hobbies. She also likes to sing, and her login theme is intended to be her singing. (In the same vein, her voice actress Erica Lindbeck sang the piece in real life, as mentioned below.)
    • She is able to speak modern Shuriman, conversational Noxian (she was actually fluent in this before she left her tribe because her tribe traded in Noxian-occupied cities), learned a little Ur-Noxian while in Noxus, and knows some Ionian thanks to Yasuo. She can also read some common ancient Shuriman symbols. 
    • Her favorite ice cream flavor is rocky road.
    • Her favorite animals are goats, especially fluffy goats.
    • Her favorite color is indigo.
    • Her favorite time of day is dawn.
    • She is a fast runner, and is also learning how to swim. ThermalKitten thinks she would enjoy track and field.
    • In the real world, she'd enjoy indie/electropop music, Western movies, romance novels, frappucinos, red velvet cake pops, and pineapple and pepperoni pizza. Her favorite subjects in school would be geology, astronomy, and biology. Her favorite Pokémon would be Rockruff.
    • Her greatest fears are of drowning and being unable to protect her family.
  • DanielZKlein additionally mentioned that Taliyah is left-handed.[22]
  • Freljord Taliyah Freljord Taliyah was originally intended to be her canon appearance in the Freljord Crest icon.png Freljord.[23] However, due to the reason behind her dramatic appearance changes (contact with True Ice) being unlikely at the moment, the skin is now likely only a nod to her time in the Freljord. As of right now, it does not show up in the client's Freljord set alongside Freljord Sylas Freljord Sylas which is a canon skin.

Quotes

Original Taliyah Original Taliyah
Freljord Taliyah Freljord Taliyah
  • She shares quotes with:
  •  
       "Brace yourself - I hear winter is coming." references Game of Thrones.

Skins

Original Taliyah Original Taliyah
Freljord Taliyah Freljord Taliyah
SSG Taliyah SSG Taliyah
  • She was released in celebration of SSG winning the Season 2017 World Championship along with:
  • She represents Crown.
    • The idea for the Recall Recall animation was thought up by Crown himself and displays his signature.
      • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • She is inspired by Hong Gildong or "Korean Robin Hood", who weaves the kind of marble you'd see in ancient palaces.[24]
Pool Party Taliyah Pool Party Taliyah
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Catseye, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Turquoise

Relations

  • Yasuo Yasuo became the teacher Taliyah had been looking for, unlike her people (who didn't understand her power) or Noxus (who sought to use her as a weapon for conquest).
    • Before parting ways, Taliyah gave Yasuo the thread of handspun Shuriman wool with which he ties his hair in-game.
    • As an only child, Taliyah sees Yasuo as the older brother she never had.[17]
  • Having heard only rumors of both the Ancient Shuriman capital and Azir's Azir's rise from the sands, Taliyah is convinced he is a threat to her family and her homeland when nothing could be further from the truth the truth.
    • On the way to find her family, Taliyah encountered a wounded Sivir Sivir and nurtured her.
    • Nasus Nasus encountered both of them when looking for Sivir Sivir in Vekaura. Taliyah was at first suspicious of his motives but later came to trust him. When Xerath Xerath and his army came to decimate the place and find Sivir Sivir, Nasus Nasus bought time for Taliyah to help others escape.



References

  1. Taliyah's LoL Voice Actress
  2. Taliyah Russian Theme
  3. Taliyah's LoR voice actress
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Inside Taliyah Dev
  5. Taliyah Q&A
  6. Taliyah's original story pitch
  7. Taliyah's gender development
  8. Taliyah Q&A
  9. Taliyah Q&A
  10. Mishnah Menachot 13:7 text: טָלֶה וְטַלְיָה taleh vetaliyah "a he-lamb and a ewe-lamb"
  11. The Semitic Languages, ed. S. Weninger, p. 206, 166
  12. Taliyah pronunciation
  13. https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/2017/12/naming-new-champions/
  14. Badawi and Abdel Haleem (2008). Arabic-English Dictionary of Qurʾanic Usage. p. 136
  15. Taliyah Q&A
  16. [1]
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Thermal Kitten Q&A
  18. A. Murtonen, Hebrew in Its West Semitic Setting; Part I, p. 284
  19. J. Huenergard, Proto-Semitic Language & Culture, p. 2076
  20. Taliyah Q&A
  21. Thermal Kitten Twitter
  22. Daniel Z. Klein Ask.fm
  23. Thermal Kitten on Freljord Taliyah's appearance
  24. SSG Taliyah reference

References

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