Ionia - background lore, portrait, and crest

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KarrieBear

Associate Creative Designer

06-03-2011
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In honor of Ionia winning the poll back at the end of last year "What is your city-state alignment?", I'd like to share with you Ionia's lore, city-state portrait, and city-state crest!

You may have seen this in varied states of iteration in the past, but these are the official background pieces.

I apologize for the delay since the poll was completed -- work ate me alive! I'll get this up on the website as soon as I can..

Ionia

The island city-state of Ionia is a haven for beings who seek spiritual evolution and enlightenment. It is located off the coast of Valoran, northeast of Noxus. While populated primarily by humans, some yordles and beings of unique origin also make Ionia their home. There are many spiritual centers and schools of enlightenment in Ionia, each one working in harmony with one another to find the answers to life’s mystical questions. Why are we here? Who are we? What does life truly mean? Such pursuits leave little time for thoughts of imperialism; the Ionians are extremely peaceful by nature. Diplomacy is an art in Ionia, and Ionian diplomats are revered by its citizens. Ionian courts are known all across Valoran as paradigms of fairness and neutrality, so much so that Ionian adjudicators are some of the most sought-after by the League of Legends.

Ionia is known for its reverence of balance, and this also extends to its politics. Ionia was not an original member of the League. It had, and continues to proclaim, a neutral stance in the political affairs of Valoran. This stance has not excluded them from conflict with the mainland. In recent times, the power-hungry city-state of Noxus turned its eye toward Ionia for the purposes of conquest. Noxus launched a series of campaigns to conquer the seemingly pacifistic Ionians. While the initial stages of its invasion were extremely successful, Ionia eventually rallied a defense that shocked the Noxian High Command. Simultaneously, Ionian leaders hastened the entry of Ionia into the League, preventing Noxus from further hostilities outside the Fields of Justice. Noxus was able to maintain an occupation in some southern Ionian territories, thanks to a key victory over Ionia in a League match that was fought to determine the fate of the conquered lands.

Ionia has one of the most unusual governmental structures in all of Runeterra. This is partially because of its neutral political stance, and also because people in Ionia have generally eschewed conflict in favor of their unending quest for enlightenment. This lack of military involvement has prevented Ionia from needing a single defined leader such as the other city-states have. Instead, Ionia is divided into provinces which are each represented by an Elder. To determine who becomes an Elder, a competition called the Distinction is held every five years. This competition has several trials which test its candidates across a wide array of skills. Schools in each region send their finest adepts – men and women who have trained their bodies and minds in the path to enlightenment – to represent them in The Distinction. The prevailing Elders from each region then gather at the Convergence of Elders thrice annually or whenever any Elder calls for an emergency assembly. Amazingly, there has never been a recorded power struggle within this system, but this is generally thought to be due to the Trial of Humility, one of the most critical and revered tests in the Distinction.

Ionia is a place visually marked by numerous gardens and temples. Nature preserves and parks fill the Ionian countryside. A serene aesthetic dominates the landscape, even at its harbor and in its industrial sectors. Buildings are constructed with the goal of preserving the environment as much as possible. All of Ionia’s structures are ornately decorated, especially the temples. Magic is used liberally in the city, though only for peaceful purposes. Several of the city-states’s largest nexuses have been shaped into prominent temples and houses of communal contemplation.

One of Ionia’s most iconic structures is the Placidium, located in the heart of the city-state atop one of its largest nexuses. This building is home to the School of Transcendentalism, an organization dedicated to raising Runeterra’s populace to the greatest spiritual heights possible. The school is most noted for having the League champion Soraka as part of its governing board of regents. Beings from all across Runeterra flock to the school, seeking the secrets of spiritual enlightenment. Many of Ionia’s most successful diplomats have spent at least some time studying at the School of Transcendentalism.


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Zamzoph

Senior Member

06-03-2011

Oh dang, that is an old poll!

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Originally Posted by KarrieBear View Post
I'll be posting these polls somewhat regularly
lol


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KarrieBear

Associate Creative Designer

06-03-2011
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I know! T__T Creative changed its team around so I stopped working on creative initiatives back in December.


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larkhill

Senior Member

06-03-2011

ooo shiny. i like

all the gems instantly reminded me of taric, though his magic is rare, one-of-a-kind, and not native to runeterra, let alone ionia at all.


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Birdy51

Senior Member

06-03-2011

Still, excellent job to you guys for putting this all together! :P


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Agg

Senior Member

06-03-2011

WTB Dragon champion based on that crest PST

Also, someone should get that as a tattoo (not it!).


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CodeCloak

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06-03-2011

That crest is now my computer background. Lovely


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Vuther

Senior Member

06-03-2011

Dat there's a really neat crest.


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Fulgr1m

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06-03-2011

Great work in the details of the State! Although I must wonder what the...snakes? represent in the crest? Would you just mind explaining the entire Crest please Karrie?