Creative Design AMA - Shyvana, the Half-Dragon

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RiotRunaan

Associate Creative Designer

08-01-2012
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Hey, everyone!

Following kitae's post about our Champion Bio Updates, I'll be running today's AMA about our update to Shyvana, the Half-Dragon!

Ask me anything about her lore, character, personality and place in the world and I'll do my best to answer them for you.

Here's her new bio:

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A half-breed born from the union between dragon and human, Shyvana searched all her life for belonging. Persecution forged her into a brutal warrior, and those who dare stand against Shyvana face the fiery beast lurking just beneath her skin.

Dragonkind considered Shyvana’s impure blood an abomination, and she spent her youth pursued relentlessly by one cruel drake. Constantly on the run, she and her father, an outcast dragon, never knew a lasting home. A brutal reflection of countless battles, Shyvana grew hateful and savage. After years of strife, her father finally fell to the other dragon, but not before gravely wounding his foe. Furious with grief, Shyvana pursued her father’s murderer as he fled north to recover. There she encountered a group of humans on the trail of the same drake. Though the men looked upon her in fear, their leader approached Shyvana peacefully. He introduced himself as Jarvan IV, the Prince of Demacia, and offered to aid Shyvana in her quest for vengeance. Together they hunted down and confronted the vicious dragon that had slain her father. Shyvana did not expect the men to survive, but in the clash of fire and steel, Jarvan and his men fought with strength she had never believed humans to possess. The ironclad warriors drove their foe into submission, and Shyvana struck the final blow, tearing the beast’s heart from its body. Inspired by her ferocity, Jarvan offered her a place in the ranks of his elite guard. Shyvana could still see fear in the eyes of his men, but she longed for a true home. Trusting Jarvan’s word, she accepted his offer and now serves as a Demacian warrior. Though her human allies admire her power, they keep their distance. Shyvana strives to repay the prince’s kindness with the power of the dragon within, but she cannot help but wonder if the humans are right to fear her.

“I have proven my might to dragonkind—what challenge shall humans pose?” - Shyvana


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Cerubois

Senior Member

08-01-2012

Is a love interest in Jarvan totally canon? :3


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StarkRavenMad

Senior Member

08-01-2012

How does Shy feel about the other "Shapeshifters"?

is the magic used to change similar to her crazy dragon blood powers?


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Grand Viper

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08-01-2012

Hmkay...

Here's one. How would Shyvana feel towards the following champions: Irelia, Anivia, Graves and Riven?
And as a bonus champ, Udyr because of that primal rage. You don't have to answer all of the champs, but I am curious about at least one or two of them. Thank you.


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Larcent

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08-01-2012

Does she hang out with Galio and get tips on dealing with those fragile little humans?


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1Eredale

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08-01-2012

So, I would like to know more about this dragonkind spoken about in her lore. Specifically, how many, what kind of species, habitats? It's all very interesting.


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Eph289

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08-01-2012

Do we know anything about Shyvana's mother?


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Grand Viper

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08-01-2012

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Originally Posted by 1Eredale View Post
So, I would like to know more about this dragonkind spoken about in her lore. Specifically, how many, what kind of species, habitats? It's all very interesting.
Oooo that's a good one. Didn't think of that.


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ProtoNoah

Senior Member

08-01-2012

This lore doesn't tell us anything about her abilities, merely that she is strong. I find it hard to believe that this was accidentally left out, so I suppose you guys chose to leave this info out intentionally. Why is this? I believe there should be some sort of explanation or elaboration besides "She's a half-dragon" as to why/how she shifts from humanoid into a full on dragon....and how her armor shifts to fit. :X
TL;DR: Why is there no lore explanation for her abilities besides "She's a half-dragon"?


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Melancholy Exile

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08-01-2012

I know it's only a throwaway line, but why is it that the new backgrounds no longer give a definite explanation for why the character joined the League?

What opportunities does this new lore offer that the old version did not? It feels essentially the same, except with more effort given to make the Demacian soldiery sound credible.


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