Zelos

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AbominableToast

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10-03-2012

I am bored, I was thinking about the idea of Zelos, and came up with a lore for him. I doubt it will be to everyone's fancy, but I would enjoy any discussion on why you do or do not like it c:


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The son of the legendary Master Lito, Zelos had many expectations placed upon him. The shadow of his fathers accomplishments hung over him always, everything he did seemed to pale in comparison. He felt his own attempts at glory were inadequate to say the least. His quest for glory lead him to join the Ionian military, a naturally talented warrior, he was swift in his climb to becoming a sergeant. When news of the impending Noxian attack reached his ears, Zelos felt both a mixture of fear and also delight. He was young and audacious, and relished the chance to finally prove himself to be a worthy son to a legend. Whom Zelos most needed to convince of this was himself. The Ionian people were very proud of Zelos for stepping up into his fathers shoes, none more than his older sister Irelia. For whilst she had mourned, Zelos had sought to bring honour to the family name. Seeing almost a blood lust in young Zelos' eyes the Ionian command decided it was best Zelos left. The order was issued for Zelos platoon to escort a diplomat to Demacia, and request aid for the coming struggle. Zelos was infuriated, he felt cheated of his chance for glory, but respectfully followed the wishes of his commanders.

While in Demacia, the young Zelos was impatient to return and defend his homeland. The Demacian officials saw no reason to send troops to Ionia, they would rather not weaken their own defenses with Noxus on the warpath. The news reached Demacia of the conflict in Ionia, Zelos pleaded to be released to return and defend his homeland. His swashbuckling bravado convinced the diplomat to allow the young hero to return, an excited Zelos raced to Ionia to join the fray.

What many do no know, is how Zelos infact did return to Ionia, but not as a triumphant champion of Ionia. It was true, he was zealous in his attack, with the sword his father crafted for him, he tore into the Noxian soldiers with fervor. He felt proud and strong. He had arrived in a different part of Ionia than where his sister Irelia was stationed, and in the end this fact was for Zelos benefit.

Irelia would never know, but Zelos had become arrogant from his previous victory, and lead a charge against a Noxian camp. However, the camp was bait, to draw Zelos into the open, where the Noxians could use Zaunite weapons to bombard the area with horrific chemical weapons. The shells of the Zaunite cannons screeched like banshees as they fell from the sky. A shell exploded close to Zelos and a sickly green substance splashed onto him. In fascinated horror, he watched as his right fore-arm and the sword from his father melted away. He screamed in both pain and terror, and fled from the battle, as many of his comrades were doing before him.

He came to his senses in the mountains of Ionia, the sounds of battle distant. He quietly whimpered, his entire frame shook. He looked down at the grotesque stump of his right arm, and felt both fear and shame. His recklessness had cost him dearly, and he cried. For in truth he was still only a boy. While his sister Irelia stood firm at the Great Stand of the Placidium; Zelos wandered the wilds, wallowing in shame and remorse.

As he wandered, he came upon a magical well-spring. One that had been as of yet untapped, brimming with magical energy. A feeling of serenity overcame Zelos at that moment, as he stared into the depths of the spring. He felt calm, his fear melted away. He turned to leave the spring, feeling enlightened and pacified, when an urge overcame him, to dip his ruined arm into the spring. He followed the urge, and the spring's magic rewarded Zelos.

His arm was returned, but it appeared to be composed of some strange crystalline substance. It was a rich bright blue, the colour matched his eyes. The smooth swirls of the crystal structure showed the graceful caress of a masters handiwork. Zelos delighted in his new acquisition, and swore to himself to not to waste his second chance.

Then, from depths of the spring rose two silvery blades, adorned with traditional Ionian symbols. An ancient relic, that supplied the spring with magic, and had decided Zelos to be a worthy master. Zelos felt a sense of dignity, and he when descended the mountains, he found an Ionia that had long since repelled the Noxian attack. The Ionian people were awed by Zelos new arm and the magical blades that swirled around it. "Where is she?" he asked, and was told of the Institute of War. Zelos stayed a while to help his people return their lives to normality, than bade farewell and set off for the Institute of War.


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Thoughts? Please be gentle ^-^

If people are even vaguely interested I could make a post of the actual champion abilities etc.


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Lewpaka

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10-03-2012

I think it's good writing and a good story, but not for the Zelos that most fans have envisioned.

I personally see him as a very calm, dignified figure. I believe that he would have understood the importance of his mission to Demacia and taken it in his stride. I envision him as much more of a calm, "way of the samurai" type of guy.


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AbominableToast

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10-03-2012

I was going with the traditional "The Heroes Journey" approach, which for some reason doesn't seem to appear in League.

Although understandable why you would say that, I guess that's why Riot themself have not made him, they are scared it won't please everyone.


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Grand Viper

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10-03-2012

I'd go for a more Odyssey sort of hero's journey approach for Zelos. The thing is, Zelos isn't exactly the calm way of the Samurai. Look at Irelia's judgement: He's funny. He's the lighter side to Irelia. He makes quick jokes while Irelia's humor is fairly dry. Also, Irelia is the younger sister of Zelos, hence why she held no military or political position and he did. He also got lost on his way to Demacia, making the entire Odysseus thing even more relevant.


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Prelusion

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10-03-2012

Grand Viper. Citation for Zelos getting lost please.


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AbominableToast

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Id always imagined the younger sibling to be the light hearted one. Seeing as Irelia is already very serious, then I would make her the elder. Age and maturity.


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10-03-2012

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Originally Posted by Prelusion View Post
Grand Viper. Citation for Zelos getting lost please.
"The Ionians have developed some of the most breathtaking and deadly martial arts on all of Runeterra – just one manifestation of their pursuit of enlightenment. The most remarkable blade style to emerge, however, was the unusual byproduct of foreign intervention. Master Lito was a swordsman whose teachings were sought by ruling classes from nearly every city-state. His art was a highly-guarded secret, but it was said that swords would breathe in his grasp. He withered unexpectedly from a mysterious disease which baffled the brightest of Runeterran physicians. When he died, he left behind Zelos and Irelia, his son and daughter, and a truly unique weapon. Zelos became a Sergeant in the Ionian military and left to seek assistance from Demacia immediately prior to Noxus' invasion of Ionia. Irelia, charged with the protection of their home until Zelos returned, was alone when Noxian forces struck.

The Ionians fought admirably, but soon Ionian blood stained the land beneath the prints of foreign boots. At the Great Stand of the Placidium, Ionians prepared for surrender, but were inspired to maintain their resistance when the young Irelia hoisted her father’s enormous blade and pledged to hold until her brother returned."

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Then I can cite the JoJ that has her directly answering the question as to what happened with Zelos and she says he's still missing, but that means I'd have to sit down and look for it. It's like, somewhere within issues 10-16 or something.

How is it if she was older, she did not hold a military ranking, when we're looking at Ionia? We have Akali, the Fist of Shadow; Karma, the Enlightened One; and Soraka, the Starchild. They seem to be fairly non gender biased as to who holds high ranking positions.

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Id always imagined the younger sibling to be the light hearted one. Seeing as Irelia is already very serious, then I would make her the elder. Age and maturity.
"Father, wait-", she began to say. The protest was futile. A loud snap announced his attack; Irelia was too slow to dodge. Though he stood twenty paces away, the long cloth from the sleeve of her father's training robe lanced out, lashing her squarely in the chest. She hurtled backward, sliding down the tiles. Catching her balance, she rolled back up the roof. Tiles cracked as Lito's unrelenting strikes thundered after her. He paused for a moment.

"Messy. Your mind is clouded." Lito flicked his wrist, and cloth gripped her neck from across the roof. With another flick, he brought Irelia soaring toward him, yanking her off her feet. She could faintly see her father's devastating roundhouse kick coming to instill the day's final lesson, when a red blur appeared in front of it.

"I thought I heard someone getting disciplined. You having trouble, Irie?" A voice gloated.

"Zelos!" Irelia sputtered. Zelos was between them, his right arm blocking the roundhouse kick, and his left hand holding his father's sleeve so she could extract herself. The fabric released her neck.

"Here, I brought something for you." He grinned at their father, who, though blindfolded, smiled back. "It's only fair."

Zelos hurled a saber to her, but before she could grab it, Lito's other sleeve plucked it from the sky. He leapt, spinning horizontally in the air, reeling the weapon in. The spinning motion knocked Zelos to the tiles.

"Alright, let's go!" Zelos brandished a sword of his own from a sheath strapped to his back and slashed at his father. The blow seemed to pass through Lito entirely. Irelia sprung to her feet, flipping forward with a devastating axe kick. Her heel met the flat of the saber Lito had intercepted. Zelos directed his energy into his own reverse roundhouse, and Lito was forced to block the blow with his arm. The saber clattered from the grip of his sleeve.

Irelia wasted no time diving for the weapon. Lito's sleeve arced out as she'd expected, but this time she was ready. She landed on its cloth with her right hand, pinning it to the tiles. She twisted her body so that her foot could kick the hilt of the blade, bouncing it up in the air. Her other foot swung around in mid-air to kick against the back edge of the blade, launching the steel straight at Lito.

He tore the blindfold from his face as the blade plunged into his stomach. His eyes were wide.

"Irelia, what have you done?!" Lito choked.

Irelia stared at him apathetically. "Had enough?"

"Irelia, Dad's really hurt!" Zelos was incredulous.

She nodded. "Well he does have a sword sticking out of him."

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She's more formal, he's less formal. He's funnier, she's serious, he's makes nicknames, she's dry, he was faster, he was more skilled than her. The older brother being protective of his younger sister, being the smiling face since she was the more serious one. I'm the younger brother, I know how it is.

He can be the older, funnier, more laxed but very skilled brother and she can be the young, serious sister who had a stick up her butt.