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General

  • Xayah is one of 18 champions without a single Ability power icon ability power ratio on any ability: Aatrox OriginalSquare Aatrox, Camille OriginalSquare Camille, Darius OriginalSquare Darius, Draven OriginalSquare Draven, Garen OriginalSquare Garen, Kalista OriginalSquare Kalista, Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn, Kindred OriginalSquare Kindred, Kled OriginalSquare Kled, Olaf OriginalSquare Olaf, Pyke OriginalSquare Pyke, Riven OriginalSquare Riven, Sett OriginalSquare Sett, Talon OriginalSquare Talon, Urgot OriginalSquare Urgot, Vayne OriginalSquare Vayne, Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah, Zed OriginalSquare Zed.
  • Her name Xayah ['zaɪ̯ʲə] resembles Oirat name Zaya < Tibetan < Sanskrit जय Jaya "victorious"[1] < PIE verbal root *gʷey- "to win, conquer"[2]
  • Xayah's and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan's dual release is the first one since V1.0.0.72.
  • Xayah's and Rakan's loading screens always align themselves to the rightmost side before a game starts and when picked on the same team (to mirror their shared splash art).
  • Xayah's and Rakan's dual recall animation is divided into three sections, an intro, a middle section, and then an outro. The whole sequence would take 8 seconds if Xayah and Rakan recalled at the exact same time, while the intro and the outro are both (<2 seconds).
    The system will always play the intro, then it will always play the outro when there is 2 seconds left in the animation, regardless of how long the middle section has played for. This means that the characters will blend from whatever position they are in, to the first pose of the outro part of the sequence.[4]
  • Xayah's cloak is actually her wings disguised by Vastayan magic (to blend in with humans).
  • Xayah and Rakan are sometimes depicted together with combined wings. The one-winged Jian bird in Chinese mythology has a similar codependency, which represents the bond of two lovers.
  • Xayah does not lay eggs.[5]
  • Xayah is the sixth dark-theme Ionian champion, the others being Shen OriginalSquare Shen, Varus OriginalSquare Varus, Syndra OriginalSquare Syndra, Zed OriginalSquare Zed, Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin, & Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn.
  • Bladecaller Bladecaller's victim is an acolyte of The Order of The Shadows Crest The Shadow Order.
  • She has a base size of 35 which is considered small.
  • Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah and Rakan are likely to always receive skins together.

Development

  • Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn was originally slated to be the antagonist to Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan.[7]
  • Influences for Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan include April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation, Kubo and the Two Strings and We Can Never Go Home.[8][9]
  • During development she was simply called Duo Carry.
  • Gameplay motivations for Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah include having a source of power originating not from a bow or gun, creating a unique auto attacking experience, and giving marksman players an option to survive difficult situations.[11]
  • Her basic attack sound effects come from a: drum brush swish; elastic band; whooshing leather; whooshing towel; processed whoosh and slingshotted bullet casing.
  • Several scrapped spells for Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah include:[12][13][14][15]
    • Summoning a shadow clone copy of every ally that was not nearby.
    • A passive called "A thousand cuts", where she would gain one stack per basic attack, up to ten, and it would dramatically increase her damage.
    • Killer Instinct Killer Instinct but it would have no condition and would forcibly return Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah to her starting position after a delay.
    • An ability that would mark the side of an enemy champion. You would be able to attack the mark repeatedly but it would become progressively smaller.
    • An ability like Steel Tempest Steel Tempest with an ammo system.
    • An ability that gave a single Fox-Fire Fox-Fire like missile that would deal damage and steal some movement speed if it hit an enemy.
    • An ability shared with Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan that would fire a beam like Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray, but they could shoot them together and combine them into a megabeam.
    • Another ability shared with Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan that would create a storm cloud that followed them around and could summon a lightning bolt in the area to stun people. The other had a gust of wind that would knock enemies back.
  • Deadly Plumage Deadly Plumage was created extremely late in development, only three weeks prior to shipping.[16]
  • Some possible thematics explored for Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan included being a vampire couple or being a storm shaman and storm elemental.[17][18]

Lore

  • Her tribe's name, Lhotlan, was named after Lhotl, a Vastayashai’rei hero during the war against a race of titans from the sky.
  • Xayah was originally intended to be 23 in equivalence to human age, but due to being a young Vastaya, she is possibly a few hundreds years old[19][20].
    • This can be explained that as one enters a vastayan forest, time --as we know it-- becomes to be less reliable. This is the border to the spirit world, so time can go strangely --Days can become years; or months can become seconds in the world outside of the forest.[21]
  • Xayah does not lay eggs.[22]
  • Xayah is somewhat prejudiced to Yordle due to people confusing yordles for Vastaya and lumping them together as “magical creatures”, the yordles’ association with humans, and the magic of human ideals.[23]
  • Vlonqo, the town where Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan first met, is a town with a monastery and a Quinlon.[24]
    • Xayah views their relationship as starting after a tavern brawl. They had the sexy time there-- it's very scenic. It's just a nice memory.
      • The Vastayan culture's relationship and marriage rituals are somewhat different than ours-- in part because magic is literally a part of them and their landscape. Their culture is big on declarations. Symbolically when you declare something it becomes true-- but with the magic the vastayan's use-- those sort of declarations also form a weak charm. Reinvoking it maintains its status and makes others aware. From an American perspective Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan are not married or even engaged, and would self-describe as "a couple." --But for a Vastaya declaring someone your boyfriend/girlfriend is a much bigger deal than for Americans. It means you are allowing your magics to entwine.[25]
    • Quinlons are the magical filters and damns scattered around Ionia that attempt to contain the amount of magic released into the region, or limit it to positive and helpful magic, which in turn affect the Vastayan livelihood due to their dependence on magic.[26]
      • In Wild Magic, Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan destroyed one of the Quinlons that Zed OriginalSquare Zed and his Shadow Order use to create their Ichor which is used to channel Shadow magic.

Quotes

Skins

Xayah OriginalCircle Original Xayah
  • She references the harpy from Greek mythology, with corvine dark plumage.
  • She wears a shoulder pad made from a RaptorSquare Raptor's skull and adorned with a couple of Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan's Gleaming Quill feathers (he wears an identical one adorned with a couple of Clean Cuts hers).
  • She shares her splash art with Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan.
    • They are the first champions to share their Classic splash art, the other two being Kayle OriginalSquare Kayle and Morgana OriginalSquare Morgana.
Xayah CosmicDuskCircle Cosmic Dusk Xayah
Xayah SweetheartCircle Sweetheart Xayah
Xayah SSGCircle SSG Xayah
Xayah StarGuardianCircle Star Guardian Xayah
Chromaskins Chromas: Aquamarine, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Her original non-corrupted form can briefly be seen when using Featherstorm Featherstorm and when recalling.
    • Her fully corrupted form can briefly be seen when using Deadly Plumage Deadly Plumage and when recalling without Rakan StarGuardianCircle Rakan.
  • Saki profileicon Saki, Xayah's familiar spirit, acts as her Bladecaller Bladecaller and Featherstorm Featherstorm.

Relations

  • Xayah is a Lhotlan Vastayan who travels Ionia on a crusade to ensure her people's survival and independence. After meeting and getting in a relationship with Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan, both travel Ionia to preserve Ionia's natural magic from being controlled by humans.
    • They are still not married, since she wants to hear him proposing to her everyday.
  • Xayah and Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan fought Zed OriginalSquare Zed and his Order of the Shadow to prevent them from harvesting a magical grove (sabotaging the Kashuri Armories, the creators of Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin's Whisper Whisper and other firearms by using Ionia's abundant magic reserves, might be next).

References

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