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Xerath
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Xerath Xerath is an Ascended Magus of ancient Shurima Crest icon.png Shurima, a being of arcane energy writhing in the broken shards of a magical sarcophagus magical sarcophagus. For millennia, he was trapped beneath the desert sands, but the rise of Shurima freed him from his ancient prison. Driven insane with power, he now seeks to take what he believes is rightfully his and replace the upstart civilizations of the world with one fashioned in his image.

Xerath OriginalSquare.png"A lifetime as a slave has prepared me for eternity as your master."  Xerath
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  • Nasus Nasus and Renekton Renekton imprisoned Xerath after the fall of Shurima, but the older brother older brother had to trap his own sibling his own sibling with him.
    • Xerath is allied with Renekton Renekton as they spent millennia together trapped in a tomb. He drove Renekton mad over the ages and turned him into a relentless creature of pure anger.
    • Xerath does not see Renekton as a noble hero, he represents power being granted to the few by a corrupt society. In Xerath's eyes, Renekton helped to guard a city of subjugation.[1]
    • Xerath later fought Nasus Nasus when The Curator of the Sands was trying to protect Sivir Sivir, Taliyah Taliyah and the citizens of Vekaura from Xerath.
  • Everything Xerath had done prior to Ascension- heinous as his acts of murder were - were all done out of a twisted sense of loyalty to Azir Azir. When that went unsatisfied Xerath sought the power to free himself from being a slave and tear down the decadent society built on the backs of slaves. From his perspective, Xerath was punishing an injustice against the man who had promised him freedom, but had never given it to him.
    • Azir Azir has returned ascended himself, and is a threat to Xerath.
      • Xerath is hunting down Sivir Sivir since her inheriting Azir's Azir's royal bloodline may prove a threat to him.
  • According to Ryze Ryze, Xerath is an 'abomination of magic' and that his hold over the magical powers he wields is 'feeble'.
  • Xerath has fought Pantheon Pantheon and dozens of Rakkor soldiers.
  • Samira's Samira's home was destroyed by his followers.
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  • In Xerath's outdated League Judgement, it was revealed that he had a friend called Tabia. The two of them seemed to have romantic feelings for each other. Tabia tried to interrupt Xerath's transformation, who envisioned himself living a normal human life and dying as a mortal with her, and truly decided to cancel the ritual. Tabia was however killed by a falling statue, violently leaving Xerath with nothing left to turn to, but his ascension (he did consider just letting the magic kill him, but the ambition won him over). Whether or not Xerath continued to grieve for her is open for interpretation.

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Taliyah had almost forgotten how much she'd missed the furnace heat of Shurima – the sweat and crush of hundreds of people pushing, cursing, haggling and speaking with such passion and speed that outsiders often thought they were fighting.

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This was the moment.

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Azir walked the gold-paved Emperor's Way. The immense statues of Shurima's earliest rulers – his ancestors – watched his progress.

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Darkness Renews

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Am I a god?

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For Those Who Have Fallen

By David Slagle

When I land in the ruins of Nerimazeth, it does not feel as if I have leapt, celestial magic burning my path across the sky, but as if I have fallen. I am, after all, only a man.

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Nasus walked at night, unwilling to face the sun. The boy followed in his wake.

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The Legend of the Darkin

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The darkin are thrice-cursed - once by the ancient enemy they faced, again by the fall of their glorious empire, and finally by the betrayal that has damned them for all eternity.

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The Wonder Above

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The stars tell their own stories. Some speak of past events. Some speak of... other things.

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Water and Shade To You

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For the first time Khari could remember, flowers grew on the street leading from the town square to the Cut.

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Trivia

  • Xerath was born in Saikhal and spent his early childhood there (and got attached to this town since it was the only time he was truly free). Then he became slave in Nerimazeth, later got transported to the capital to serve as a slave and ultimately - Azir's personal slave. After fall of Shurima, the Sunborn burned Nerimazeth to the ground to have their revenge on traitor. In reality that's not where Xerath was born, but the only people who know about this are Azir and himself.
    • Xerath was the son of captured slaves who were originally scholars, but whether he was born in captivity or taken as a child is unknown except by Xerath and Azir Azir (the latter is more likely).
      • Xerath's family got enslaved by army led by Renekton Renekton.
  • Xerath is basically a Baccai, a unique aberration. "Baccai" is a term applied to anyone whose Ascension did not result in something "worthy of being called a god-warrior". That's massively subjective. If the Ascended Host was still around, they'd call him Baccai.[2][3]
    • Although he is considered a Baccai, Xerath Xerath is currently the most powerful Ascended in terms of raw power.
      • The magic Xerath uses is a blend of the dark magic he found in his researches, combined with the power he stole from the Ascension ritual, so it's kind of a blend of different strands of magic. Xerath ascended in a different manner because the ritual wasn't keyed for him, it wasn't his to take, so the power intended for Azir Azir affected him in a different way.
    • As Xerath's power grows he'd be able to master most types of magic, but that they'd have a different effect from other users of the same magic when filtered through his body (which is similar to a magical nuclear reactor, always on the verge of reaching critical mass) and coming out the other side so he's constantly having to hold himself from going nova which must be tiring. Xerath believes he is eternal (which he is), though he may still be obliterated as energy can be dissipated so widely that it can never cohere. Xerath is severely limited at the moment, though he is learning to overcome his vulnerabilities.[4]
  • Xerath Xerath can be hurt exclusively by magic, while remaining completely immune to physical attacks.
    • But he can still get punched, pushed or thrown, since he is permanently attached to his sarcophagus, which can have physical force applied to it and as a consequence, it will drag trapped Xerath together with it. It doesn't cause him any pain, but still can be bothersome and annoying.
  • Based on the timeline in Realms of Runeterra and his lore, Xerath is between 3000 – 3050 years old.
  • Xerath means "one who shares" in Ancient Shuriman.
    • Once on old League of Legends forum page (which doesn't exist anymore) people speculated that Xerath's original name and meaning has changed over time. Associated now with what he did, it would stand for something far more pejorative and negative in its modernized connotations.[5] Fans suspected that this change in meaning lead to the origin of the name of Rek'Sai's Rek'Sai's species, the Xer'Sai (meaning supposedly "little devil" in Shuriman). After release of story "Water And Shade To You" we now know that Xerath's name never got revealed therefore connection between "xer-" in Xer'sai and Xerath couldn't be made by inhabitants of Shurima after collapse of the Capital.
  • The Ascension Ritual can take a long time and Xerath kept it going far longer than was normal (hence his body was all but obliterated...), which gave needed time for Nasus Nasus and Renekton Renekton to get back.
  • With his subsequent return Xerath has proclaimed himself the new Emperor of Shurima and made the ruins of Nerimazeth the capital for his new empire.
    • Xerath wants what he never had while a mortal, he wants to take Azir's empire and become master of all he surveys.

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