The Lunari were an ancient race - as in they had been around for thousands of years.The fact that ancient relics and the temple were found did not imply that they were 100 years old but that they were ancient. The ancient race could in fact have been wiped out by a more powerful Solari race over 100 years.
Also, if a Riot lore writer were to pursue this link between lores, they could easily change 100 to 1000 in nami's lore.
Here is a question that is bothering me severely: Why do we need Nami's lore to add any more depth to Leona and Diana?
Let's analyze what we have.
-Ancient religions with the idea of oppression, complete genocide of one half of their religion.
-Why did it happen in the first place. Why did it happen? I'll come to some theories of it in a bit.
-Leona's lore states it was only one man who had been the avatar before her, yet his armor somehow magically fitted her, and when looking at Diana's teaser you see the mural depicting two very female and similar looking ancestors to Leona and Diana.
-Leona and Diana are already in conflict. All of the Solari with one Lunari avatar, possibly all of the Rakkor and the lone Lunari avatar. What will adding Nami do to benefit this? The responsibilities of the Lunari? Will get to this soon.
-Using Greek mythology and terminology because Leona and Diana are strongly influenced by it (And if anyone points out that Diana is Roman I am aware, Artemis is the Greek version, move on, it's the Rakkor for crying out loud, they've got a guy named Pantheon and the Romans were strongly influenced by the Greeks as well)
The conflict between Leona and Diana. What is there?
-Personal level: Leona and Diana. Beliefs, personalities, responsibilities
But wait, responsibilities, this is where you can say this is where Nami can fill in! No. Diana's responsibilities rely on bringing the Lunari back to light, to show those who stepped on them the truth, and to show that the injustice that had been perpetrated on them. That right there? That is a lot to deal with. She has a whole lot on her plate. Is she willing to kill Leona? On the fields? Perhaps. Off the fields? Would she? Would that weigh on her conscience? Is she so far gone? Can she be brought back?
Leona's responsibilities involve what, killing Diana? Is that her responsibility? No, I don't think so, then we repeat the exact same cycle of oppression as before. Leona doesn't like killing, that's why she was almost executed at the Rite of Kor, for her kind heart, for not wanting to kill her friend. Stylus said before, what greater tragedy is there than having to kill someone you love? And no hurr durr moments here, I am speaking of Agape love since she demonstrated that for a character that honestly could be used as a pretty decent plot device. Leona has that capability in her to love someone to such a degree. What then would Leona's responsibility be? To break the cycle of what the Solari had done to the Lunari, but not by endangering her own people, and trying to make sure Diana doesn't get stabbed and then figuring out what to do from there to try and make balance again. Would she make the choice to kill Diana? Yes or no? I don't know. Maybe, maybe not! That's the juicy conflict!
-Solari vs Lunari: Different ideologies? How so? They were two halves of the same religion. Considering the Rakkor are based on the Spartans and that they have a similar ruling government, a council. It was served by 28 elders, and 2 ruling kings. Can that be played upon with the idea of the Solari avatar and the Lunari avatar? Possibly. So why would the Solari want to wipe out the Lunari?
The point I am coming to is that the Spartans were xenophobic, meaning they did not want anyone coming close to them. The Rakkor killed both Demacian patrols and Noxian patrols stupid enough to come to their mountain on a continual basis until the League of Legends was established (Pantheon's lore). We get the feeling of xenophobia from them, so how does this play into anything?
What if the Lunari were more accepting of others? That sounds silly, but what if the Solari were the xenophobes, the one who did not want anyone coming into their fold except those who are Rakkor, Solari or Lunari recognized, and the Lunari were more about accepting anyone and everyone? A mothering, caring figure to contrast the burning idea of the Solari. The Solari have this negative connotation because we already know they wiped out the Lunari so it's not that farfetched. What if the Lunari were willing to accept more people into the fold, and were therefore able to grow in number, or were simply bringing in unwanted outsiders to try and help the fact that a population stagnates greatly without more open borders especially when confined to a mountain? Would that not be threatening to a religion?
The Moon can never overpower the Sun, the Moon does not overrule the Sun, the Moon does not command the Sun, so what could be done? And before anyone says anything about how silly that is, I am going to cite the persecution of the Christians by the Romans, the persecution of the Pagans by the Christians after they came into power and the persecution of the Cathars in the medieval ages. These are the ones I know best and off the top of my head, but there are many examples of persecution being abysmally stupid, ignorant and pigheaded. It's not a smart person's choice most of the time and there is always more to it than the simplicity I gave it just now.
-The Sun and the Moon.
The Sun was represented by Helios, the personification of the Sun itself. Apollo was another Sun god, and became associated with Helios more closely due to the popularity and that he gained since Helios was an older Titan god belonging to an older age but that is really derailing from my point.
The Sun was usually seen as a male, I cannot recall a culture where the sun was a female but some cultures that had the Sun as a male are: Greeks, Romans, Egyptians. Greeks being the main emphasis here.
The Moon was represented by Artemis, by Selene and by Hecate. Artemis was the unwed, pure Maiden and the huntress, Selene was married to Helios, which was the original definition, the idea of man and woman in unity and the idea of opposing factors and so forth, so what is Hecate? I don't mean the current idea of Hecate, the older idea of Hecate was meant to be associated with chaos, with the emotion of women, of witches in the bad connotation. However, Hecate was also seen as a protector of households and could be seen as a good goddess as well. Why mention this?
For those of you who can off the top of your head, recall MacBeth. The beginning has the three witches. They are the representatives of the moon: The Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone (Artemis/Diana, Selene, Hecate). Keep in mind of all the connotation behind it, both the positive and negative.
This is a Greek idea. They believed that the moon had three faces that it showed: the Crescent Moon was Artemis, the Full Moon was Selene, the Waning Moon was Hecate. Why say this now? Because these are what compromise of the moon that Diana so loves. Look at what she wears, look at what she wields, look at her personality. Will get into this afterwards. First, the broadest idea of conflict:
-The Sun killed the Moon. Balance crushed, disturbed, thrown out the window and hits the curb. Can that be a reason for why no more Solari or Lunari avatars were seen until Leona and Diana? Is that a sign from the Heavens that they need to do something? Should they continue the cycle of ignorance, of stupidity, of death and so forth, or are they meant for something more?
With all of that said, now let's look at Leona and Diana.
Has Leona recognized and realized her true position as the Avatar of the Solari? Yes? No? Why? Why not? Diana is not dead. If she was a "proper" Solari avatar, Diana would be dead and buried and not a problem to be concerned about. There's conflict right there. There is more to say about this, but let's go on to Diana since I did give Leo a bit more screen time a few paragraphs above.
Has Diana realized her true position as the Avatar of the Lunari? I say no. She's fulfilling only two of the three requirements. Look at her, she's cold. That's not what the idea of the moon is, the idea of the moon is meant to encompass all three faces and is meant to be in balance with itself before it does anything else. She's actually meant to be caring for others, as strange as it seems. She's the opposite of the Sun. The Sun burns, the Moon embraces. Leona has to have seen something that once flickered there or else Diana is just some cold ass person who never gave a d*mn and deserves to be killed, but we know she's supposed to be a tragic figure. Perhaps we could pull ideas from Greek tragedy in regards to this? Detracting from my point, onto the next.
Look at how she's designed. The woman, the armor, the weapon. The Maiden, the Mother that protects her child, and the Crone that cuts down those who dare harm her. Why would I call the scythe weapon the crone when it is labeled crescent blade? Because the point of the Maiden and the Crone was that the Crescent Moon and the Waning Moon are literal flip sides. You flip the Crescent moon one way, it's the Waning moon! Flip it the other? It's the Maiden! Artemis and Hecate were two women you do not want cross with you in the slightest. They were meant to be interchanged and interposed in such a way.
Someone who was naive once, and someone who is aged and experienced and knows much about life. The Maiden can be seen as the bloom of youth, the naivety, the foolishness, but in this case she is also associated with the Huntress because Diana is associated with the Moon. She is someone you know you do not want to cross, look at what happened to those that did. The Crone, can be seen as a wise old woman, or a spiteful old thing that is malicious and generally disagreeable, someone who has experienced life and knows what to expect. Young age, old age. Youth, wisdom. Is that how Diana views herself now?
(The three faces of the moon can and are also representations of the life cycle of a woman.)
Does Diana have much emotion? No? Isn't that a little odd, or even...off? Isn't that strange how she closes up in such a matter? She's quite vengeful, and with the way she dashes and reaches out to grab you, she has no care whatsoever for her own protection. She wants the Lunari to be brought back, but the way she speaks, the way she carries herself, maybe she's empty. Is that someone who realizes all three faces of the moon, all the ideas and all the responsibilities behind being the Lunari avatar, or is she still in the process of learning?
What about her jokes? Yeah I know, I shouldn't read into them much, except..."Knock knock. Who's there? The moon. It's far away! You were alone the whole time HA HA!"
Stupid joke or not, they do say that behind every joke there's a facet of truth (For example Vayne and Poppy's hilarious jokes). Is that how she actually feels, since she's the only Lunari? Does she want to have more? Does she need more?
Look at the armor of Diana, it's dull. If you ever looked at the moon, you'll notice that it's pretty bright and shiny because it's a reflection of the sun. Is that the true state of the armor? Is this Diana's realized potential?
The final question for Diana is this: Is this her duty as the Lunari Avatar, for her to try and act like the Solari did to the Lunari and pay them back by bringing down the sun, or is there more?
That is what you have to play with, the themes, the motifs, the ideas, all of that up there. Nami's lore adds what to it, a possibly responsibility to the Solari and the Lunari that may or may not be needed? Sure, it can be associated, but when you have THAT much to play with, to toy with, the work with, and there is probably a lot of stuff that I did miss, is it really needed?
Look at Mount Targon. It's a bit lower than the dead center of Valoran. The entire southern half of it, is desert. The northern half has the League, has Demacia to its left, Noxus to its right, marshes everywhere, and in terms of walking it must be horrendous and take a long time and so forth. Mount Targon (Once known as Mount Gargantuan).
Would the Solari know of Nami's people? Would this be one of, or the catalyst for why the Lunari were wiped out? Okay, let's say they are, how old are the Lunari and the Solari? Are they from a time before written history even to make such a pact since Nami's people are supposed to have done this for so long it's unbelievable? How much more assumption can be brought out before we know we are completely off mark or not?
Let's consider this now: Nami's people would need this stone to be preeeetty quick all things considered, and they are fish people. How many people from Mount Targon have ever seen the seas or the ocean? They are essentially holed up on that mountain. Why would they ever go to either sea, ever? They don't have ships, they don't fish, they don't need to fish and they don't care to fish I think, and they don't have the territory to be able to expand. They have absolutely zero interest in expansion, or else they would have, no? Mount Targon is their ancestral home from what I understand and they have no way to access the sea and its bounties in a practical matter. As far as I know, Mount Targon is all they pretty much ever owned and all they ever care to own.
Making Nami's lore associated with Leona and Diana's lore really just adds more questions than anything, and it requires a lot of rewriting and a lot of rethinking and a lot of structuring that really would not add to their story in particular.
Leona and Diana have a lot going on for them with story ideas, motifs, symbolism, themes and so forth. Is Nami's lore really necessary to help give it a deeper feel? Why add more onto them when there are other people who could probably benefit from Nami a lot more? Maybe it's the long forgotten mystical gypsies from TF's lore that helped them all those millenniums ago and something happened to them, then you can go into some TF related stuff.
Maybe the civilization of Uristen were the ones who were doing this ritual, since they have a few small islands and coves near them, and Zilean is like, "Ooooh bugger." Maybe it's from the monkeys in the Plague Jungles that Wukong hails from.
Maybe it's near Ionia and the people who originally were supposed to bring the stone were murdered horribly in the Ionian/Noxian war and it can help show the ramifications of war and the need for a new carrier of the moonstone is pivotal to the survival of Nami's people and a new chosen one needs to be found and so forth.
There are other venues to explore that would give Nami's lore the amount of credence it deserves.
Leona and Diana have a lot going for them, a lot of potential, a lot of conflict and so forth. I'm not saying cast Nami's lore aside, but why not use it to help another part of Valoran's people? Why make it a moonstone and have it from the Lunari and have to invite excuse and plot hole after plot hole rather than looking around and go, "Oh! It can work here, and here, and here! Let's see where it would best fit in! This current story isn't working? We better look at it again!"
My final, final question is this: Where is this mystical cove supposed to be even? If we knew that, then theories and possibilities could be made a lot more clear, because if it's a stone's throw away from Mount Targon somehow, then a lot of the eyebrow raising questions are answered then and there (Although it may raise a few others, like how the Rakkor would react when they see a mermaid walking in through their mountain going, "Scuse me! Can you help me? I'm a fish out of water!")
I do believe, however, that if Diana and Nami's lore were to coincide with one another that it could be used to add more the the tale. e.g. a champion who aims to reconcile the two Ancient races in order to allow Nami's people to survive, or one to teach Diana in the ways of the Lunari and their traditions (the moonstone).
It would solve some of the logical problems I have with the theory being right, but I do agree with GV in that Diana and Leona all ready have a ton of stuff going for them as it is. Nami sort of gets shunted off to side character status if she's included with them when I do believe she's capable of a lot more. And now that I think about it again, the distance thing is a HUGE issue(my mistake for forgetting that bit). Mount Targon is almost smack in the middle of the continent, how did the pact even get started in the first place?
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