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Aatrox lore is stale

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Spidertoast

Senior Member

06-15-2013

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Aatrox is a legendary warrior, one of only five that remain of an ancient race known as the Darkin. He wields his massive blade with grace and poise, slicing through legions in a style that is hypnotic to behold. With each foe felled, Aatrox's seemingly living blade drinks in their blood, empowering him and fueling his brutal, elegant campaign of slaughter.
The earliest tale of Aatrox is as old as recorded history. It tells of a war between two great factions remembered only as the Protectorate and the Magelords. Over time, the Magelords won a series of crushing victories, leaving them on the brink of obliterating their sworn enemy forever. On the day of their final confrontation, the Protectorate army found themselves outnumbered, exhausted, and poorly equipped. They braced for inevitable defeat.

Just when all hope seemed lost, Aatrox appeared among the ranks of the Protectorate. With but a few words, he urged the soldiers to fight to the last before throwing himself into battle. His presence inspired the desperate warriors. At first, they could only watch in awe as this unknown hero cleaved through their enemies, his body and blade moving in unison as if one being. Soon, the warriors found themselves imbued with a potent thirst for battle. They followed Aatrox into the fray, each fighting with the furious strength of ten until they had won a most unlikely victory.

Aatrox vanished after that battle, but the Protectorate army's newfound fury did not. Their surprising triumph led to many more until they were able to finally return home victorious. Their countrymen hailed them as heroes, but though they had saved their entire civilization from destruction, darkness lingered in the mind of each warrior. Something within them had changed. Over time, their memories of battle faded, only to be replaced with a grim revelation: their acts of heroism were, in fact, brutal atrocities committed by their own hands.

Tales like these appear among the myths of many cultures. If they are all to be believed, Aatrox's presence has changed the course of some of the most important wars in history. Though these stories remember him as a savior in dark times, Aatrox's true legacy may be a world filled with conflict and strife.


His lore has a few problems:

1) Stale. This is very overused and generic. Where is the creativity I expect of Riot? This fits his generic character well though.

2) Why is he at the League? After multiple Rioters have said that weak lore is a problem, and some champions such as Trundle had their lore redone to give a reason for their presence in the League, another champion is released with no cause to exist.

3) Not that this is so absurd but no part of his lore ties with any existing part of the League. Even Skarner's references things we know but this is all new material that has no real connection to anything. Skarner's race is supposed to be ancient, why not tie them together?


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NateTheDinosaur

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06-15-2013

aatrox appears during conflinct? the league is one of the most violent places in runeterra where else would he be?


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Naked Malzahar

Senior Member

06-15-2013

I still await a reason for Lissandra, a conspired secret Ice Witch, to join the public of the League.


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Spidertoast

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06-15-2013

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Deadlylimon:
aatrox appears during conflinct? the league is one of the most violent places in runeterra where else would he be?


Though a valid point, they should have expanded upon that in the lore. A paragraph explaining people's confusion over his sudden appearance and questioning his motives would have made it tolerable, though leaving lore on question is boring and stale in and of itself.


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Duckin Sicks 2

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06-15-2013

Only virgin nerds read lore.

Fact.


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Ross the Red

Senior Member

06-15-2013

1) I don't think it's very stale, he's an Eleventh Hour Man, true, but he's villainous. Every time he saves a side there's a cost at work which I think is a rather interesting concept.
2) He is in the league for a couple of reasons, consider the following. Tryndamere, as Aatrox has said himself, is his greatest creation, wouldn't he want to see how it plays out? If I made a person whose rage could shape the world, and I was an immortal eternal being who revelled in bloodshed I would stick around and watch my work, even if it is a hack-job.
3)His lore ties him to Trynd, rather, Trynd is tied to Aatrox, along with Aatrox possibly having a hand in other great conflicts in Valoran (I don't think he'd be the guy to sit back as Avarosa fought Lissandra on that bridge.

I don't think he's uber generic, I think he has a really interesting place in League lore and mechanically he may be cookie cutter but he's still rather fun.

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Duckin Sicks 2:
Only virgin nerds read lore.

Fact.


As a virgin nerd, can confirm.


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Spidertoast

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06-15-2013

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Duckin Sicks 2:
Only virgin nerds read lore.

Fact.


Teach me your ways.


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