Riot Games has posted a new teaser image and some background lore for their next League of Legends champion release. Posted by none other than Ezreal, explorer extraordinaire, he claims to have discovered a surprising amount of historical artifacts relating to a single central figure. A winged, dark figure wielding a jagged blade with a unique pattern that's often represented on the artifacts. Who is this mysterious figure from Runeterra's past?
The teaser image features ancient vases, stained glass, statues and drawings on tomes very clearly showing their age. All of them feature either a horn-helmeted figure with wings or a symbol that clearly represents the dark figure's sword. I've pored over the image and haven't found any other hints, though the image of summoners worshipping a statue of the figure is certainly alarming.
Otherwise, it's difficult to tell what sort of being this character is. He's clearly significant in Runeterra's history, and his large demon-esque wings imply a dark character -- not to mention his grotesquely huge sword. We can likely assume he's an evil character, or at least morally neutral, but even that is pure speculation at this point.
In terms of referential material, well, the character certainly bears resemblance to the original Defense of the Ancients characters Doom Bringer, Lucifer, and Nightstalker, as well as the World of Warcraft character Illidan. Possible the Chernabog from Disney's Fantasia? In terms of League of Legends the immediate association is the "dark figure" from Tryndamere's new "Enter the Freljord" lore that decimated his clan. "Dark figure" is hardly enough to confirm that claim, however.
As per the typical League of Legends schedule, we'd expect more teasers later this week and next, or specifically in this instance stories related to the items in this image from Explorer Ezreal. I'm loving these news character introductions from Riot and they more than make up for the extra one or two weeks a champion takes to be released. Well, folk, what champion do you see approaching?