I think League is missing a strong motivator. Like, during the Kalamanda incident, it was clear that there were sinister forces within the League, driving events. As League is now, we see a bunch of machinations of champions, but they're all champions, which means they can't do anything. You need 1) a champion who is aware of the information we get from biographies who may work to influence events 2) to bring back the summoners and assorted staff of the League as influential plot characters.
btw, having sinister elements in the League was a really cool idea, and went a long way to explaining why so many dangerous creatures were being collected by the summoners. It's a fair bit more interesting than some of the current dreck...
PS: You can only ape Lovecraft so much before "elder gods" becomes as dated as its subject matter :\
Even if it takes some slightly contrived interaction with other champions, I want Trundle: Chapter 2, not an entirely different story about the Troll King.
Trundle's main goal is to seek acceptance. That's why he chooses to stay in the League, because the sense of cooperating with a summoner is the best "cure" he has yet found. The pain of being shunned was greater than the pain of his plague.
Couldn't that desire lead him down many paths? What if Viktor promises him augments that could relieve the pain and give him a place in the Cult of the Machine? What if Singed takes him under his wing so he can research the weaponized uses of his plague, allying him with Noxus? What if Jarvan recruited him because Jarvan is a cool dude like that?
All of these would continue his story, leave them open ended, and lead to VU's that would keep his essential character and his thematic mesh with his abilities.
Completely agreed. I have written about the direction Riot is going with lore in other threads so not going to repeat myself, but if after a whole year they are still at the early stages of experimenting, I wonder how long will it actually take to do something complete.
I really enjoy this thread so I just want to thank most everyone who has posted here for keeping it well thought and calm; I just want a thread where I can discuss lore! And thank you kitae for the thoughtful response.
Thanks aside, reading this thread has changed my views on the lore reworks slightly, but I really like all of the views here. I will admit that changing the lore so drastically was a bit of a mistake, but the lore of Runeterra needs a change. I believe that Riot is taking their lore more seriously than they have in the beginning and that is why we are seeing these reworks.
Removing Disjointed Worlds
Humor me for a moment: Think about the champions that were first released, they came from strange other worlds and were basically forced into this one. The Void is the only "world" I can see this working with because it has such possibilities for future interaction, but the worlds were Anivia, Morgana, Kayle, Nasus, and Renekton came from seem disjointed from Runeterra and the champions just didn't seem to have any reason to be here other than the fact they they were pulled out of their worlds. There doesn't seem to be any reason for this because Valoran itself has the possibility for strong champions so why did the summoners have to look in other worlds? I am 100% okay with reworking the lore of champions that came from these disjointed worlds as long as it works. I really like what they did with Anivia because now she has something at stake in the world since it is her true home. I hope I am making sense.
Regional Lore Progression
Another reason I think Riot is taking their lore more seriously is the fact that they are defining sides. Everything with the Shadow Isles put them on the world as more than just a spooky island filled with undead. It was a serious jump forward in the Shadow Isles lore and I am actually happy that they placed Karthus there (although I believe this one could have progressed Karthus' plot to the Shadow Isles, but I am happy nonetheless). His old lore had no place in the world, no connections, no real reason to join the League other than "for his own reasons". True, this left the world open to those with imagination, but it takes away from those who really just want to immerse themselves in the world that was created by Riot as is. I will admit that current champions seem to have no real reason for joining the League now either, but they are now on a side and Riot can give all of the champions a reason for joining the League simply by giving their side a reason for being more active in Valoran. Look at the Freljord changes (yes lots of people are upset about Trundle, but humor me), all of the Freljord champions have a definite place in the world and the stage has been set for significant lore progress for Freljord as a whole; regional lore progression. Maybe not so much the individual champions themselves, but, as Gixia has stated, character based stories will not work in a large multiplayer world like League of Legends.
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