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Kuronan rapidly churned out a new article for the first debut of his shared article. This was something he had to do, both as a supporter of the Glorious Evolution and as a former beneficiary (even if it was technically by choice) he finished the article in around ten minutes and brought it to the Editor. "Well, how is it?" The article would read as follows:
The Hextech Armory: Information on New Weapons and Technology in Runeterra
Article 1: The Glorious Evolution and You, by Kuronan Estimare
Greetings! If you are reading this article, it means you have an eye towards Tomorrow, towards the Future. In our pursuit of the Future of Runeterra, we sometimes forget the Today and the sciences that are not yet appreciated for what they are. I would like to discuss with you (in a sadly somewhat biased view) about Augmentation.
This Science, formerly unavailable for all but the most influential and wealthy of individuals, has become more widespread thanks to the efforts of the Machine Herald Viktor. However, former actions by Viktor, along with prejudiced and blind sermons by a very popular icon, have left this science in a darker light than I feel it deserves. So I shall go about remedying this by speaking with you all and explaining just what it is, how it can help you, and why you should take the words of the 'Defender of Tomorrow' with a grain of salt.
First, let me dispel any rumors: Viktor is not a madman. I have spoken with Viktor and a few of his acolytes on many occasions, and I can tell you that many of these fine gentlemen and ladies are people you could sit down and have a cup of coffee with and just have a casual conversation were it not for the giant red slit that may be covering where their eyes should be or the twirling mechanism they have replacing where an arm should be.
You could even say we are on very friendly terms, so I am always saddened when someone approached me back in the day when I too, had a metallic arm, and feared me rather than treated me like a normal human being. The metal on my arm did not change the material that made up my shattered heart whenever someone avoided me in the hallowed halls of the Institute, nor did it change the glares from those who thought me a monster (though at some point I stopped giving a damn) I can confirm that all augmented individuals are fully human save for any limbs that may have been replaced, which brings me to my next point:
When augmentations were first publicized by Viktor, they were seen as a sort of trend or new outfit, rather than their best use: replacement of a limb you actually lost. This can happen to anyone, whether you got your hand too close to a swung sword, whether a fireball just happened to be in the vicinity, or you just managed to annoy the wrong person. I hope for any of you reading this and relating that a Healer was nearby to remedy the situation before it was too late, but rarely is this the case. Not everyone can get their limbs properly treated however... some people have been forced to make due with a lack of an entire limb! Or perhaps you had a defect in your leg's bones and you could never walk properly.
While an augment can never truthfully replace a lost limb, it can help you cope better. This is especially true of Viktor's augments, with faster reaction times than even normal limbs can attain without specialized training from a very young age. Augmentation is not something to be feared as people may think, but a science taking it's first steps in the big world of Runeterra. People act as though it were somehow an evil thing however, and I can tell you that's not the case.
'But what about Viktor' you say. 'Didn't he try to steal from The Defender of Tomorrow?' Yes, he did, and he regrets it. That's not to say that his actions were justified (I personally wish they had gone differently) but as we all know, the past is irreversible. Viktor had made a mistake back then, and he acknowledges it and Jayce continues to stain his name and his science based purely upon this.
But do you blame every Noxian for every war, even if they did not shoot the first arrow? Do you blame every Zaunite for a machine gone wrong, even if it was made in Piltover? The same can be said of this. Augmentation is not inherently evil, and it never will be. There is no chip installed into your brain to change your opinions, there is no supreme override code that will turn you into a slave. This is a better version of having a hook on your hand or a wooden plank on your leg.
And is that really so evil? Thank you for reading, and I hope I have not discoruaged you from reading future articles of The Hextech Armory or the Champion Chronicles. Until next time, I wish you all the best.
Speculation Stories: Part one. Brought to you by Bookworm
Cho'Gath, the Love Bug of the Void?
The Voidborn has been making several trips to both the Kumungu Jungle and Bilgewater. While we do not know for sure, it seems he may be seeking the attention of a certain huntress within the League.
Rumors say he has even spoken to Miss Fortune about dating advice, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Could the Terror of the Void be seeking a mate?
We do not know, but we will find out.
Lady Jane Snow’s Nature Talk
This month’s feature:
The Howling Marsh
A privately sponsored expedition from two years ago, participated in by yours truly, describes the Howling Marsh’s Geography as a vast, obscure landscape. It is fed by the termination of the great Serpentine River, collecting in a basin formed by the Ironspike Mountains. As typical of marshes, it alternates between very thick and very predatory vegetation, immeasurably tall trees, fungus and mold colonies, amphibian wildlife and pools of stagnant water filled with dead plants... and the dead in general, some of which have been preserved by the properties of the soil and water, compounded by the saturation of magical energies.
Due to the lethal ecology the expedition noted fortresses dating back to the Rune wars, overtaken by vines and predators; they decided to make their initial camp at the ruined keep when members of the Expedition went missing on the first day.
Climatically, Gaseous build ups are common, as are toxic fogs; Sunlight is obscured and stored enough that the day night cycle is not reliable, and the expedition has to keep track of time with their pocket watches. Humidity is high year round, and even in winter the stagnant pools never freeze solid enough to be walked on, causing many unwary travellers to fall to their deaths.
Politically, the Marshes are neutral territory, as no current State is willing to hold the region. A few noteworthy events in the histories of Champions took place here, and up until recent memory, the Marshes were claimed by Karthus as his private domain. This was an especially lethal period of time as he would sing about those who perished in this area, a Requiem that doubles as a powerful death effect.
The expedition was protected by a Necromancer that travelled with them, thankfully, and was spared this. However, the Marshes have many, many other hidden dangers, and the expedition had to cut its stay short due to the camp’s proximity to a Gallows tree.
The Gallows Tree is a noted and very popular species of sentient plant to study, arising from possible magically-accelerated evolution similar to Maokai but more... diffused. More comprehensive information is available in botanical manuals published in Noxus and Zaun. It is also extremely carnivorous, and has a symbiotic relationship with a fungus that allows it to create undead servants from those that come too near it. The expedition discovered the fate of their missing members- they had hung far up in the branches and vines of the Gallows Tree like hanged men from the gallows, and when the tree lowered them down they became rabid ghouls that wished to devour our flesh.
Yours truly survived by hiding beneath two bodies of her colleagues as they were eaten alive over the course of an hour, choking and gagging on bodily fluids. It was also there that the tree’s primary source of nutrients was obtained- the ghouls collected all the entrails they ripped out and left them at the base of the tree. The current updated information on the Gallows Tree was obtained during this expedition, for which yours truly was awarded a Noxian naturalist award... a ceremony attended by an army captain and a few colleagues, considering scientific studies take a backseat to the military.
In retrospect, the Marshes are one of the magical ecological phenomena caused by the excessive magical expenditures of previous Runewars. Since the Institute was founded, certain stability had fallen onto landscapes like them; they are a great source of information of the long term effects of magic use, and considering its proximity to the Institute, it could serve as the seat for future ecological planning and rehabilitation.
Lady Jane Snow.
((Perhaps we can put IC interaction between staff in a different thread, yes?))
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