i think we're putting way too much thought into this cult of malzahar's. i highly doubt they have any great influence at all. they're just fans. every champion has a following. the league champions r basically celebrities. malzahar's fans just happen ot be a bit more fanatical than others (like raiders fans... )
and all the agents the void currently has r being watched very tightly. chogath is confined to the league, kogmaw is a naive creature who does nothing but eat so i doubt he has any real way of amassing an army... and malz is under HEAVY restrictions veer since he escaped and basically killed karthus. he may have had his freedom before but now... not so much.
The reason I think the void get's the "they control everything" plot is that they have nearly won before. Mal just needs to kill kassadin and an inhibitor and...well we're doomed. He's learned to fight the champions and may have corrupted some. Even if he didn't...the magic that stopped the void is GONE. We're sitting ducks if they can pull one big stunt.
The whole Kalamanda situation may not nessecarily be void work but they stand to profit by sewing the seeds of chaos in the area.
The thing i'm trying to point out is the many many details in-between that i doubt Swain and friends can be responsible for. Someone is threatening the Black Rose, and many people assume it's Vayne.
Swain (As powerful as he is, even w/o League Restrictions) is getting to much credit in his ability to single-handedly annihilate the entire convoy AND Darkwill with such ease, not to mention leaving to trace.
Where does it say Malzahar is under severe restrictions? He's been sacrificing people in public, and after the situation with the Inhibitor the High Councilor just kind of brushed it off like -well we know they messed up, but we have our own reasons for leaving things be- and left it at that. We don't know what punishment if any that Malzahar and Kassadin received.
I'm not saying the Cult of Malzahar has power, what i'm saying is he's trying to pull another Icathia.
Icathia was a city, lots of people, Void Worshippers, and then they all poofed, and -supposedly- Void creatures charged out, threatened to destroy us all, followed by rune wars, blah blah blah.
Well now the Void might be attempting to re-create Icathia with Malzahar's swarm of followers as a bunch of sacrifices or something along those lines. Now all Malzahar needs is a location without the magical dampening of Inhibitors to allow such an event to happen, thus trying to destroy an inhibitor.
They might be -two different plotlines- but I'll be honest, a few things didn't make sense to me trying to read the Darkwill plot seperately.
The mining incident. The mining shaft exploded, nobody died, except a Noxian miner, which made Noxus look bad. Demacia wins the contract. Out of the blue Swain finds a random soldier that claims he killed said Noxian under orders of Jarvan. Everyone is shock and the guy is put in custody.
Obviously Jarvan believes the prisoner to be innocent, yet DEMACIA pushes back this interrogation several several times. Even the townsfolk said Demacia is up to something. Well after Jarvan pushes this execution back saying -he's doing a big background check- when the prisoner drops dead of a poison that they said -he must have taken willingly- because of the type of poison. Someone is making both parties look very suspicious at this point, and someone has gotten to Jarvan.
Well, now (and for no apparent reason) Darkwill just happens to leave to go to the camp to sign a peace treaty or whatever, and dies on the way over. Swain torches the bodies, not to remove evidence, but to ensure his position.
I don't think Swain or the Black Rose was involved in the murder! Swain just waned to make sure that the bodies were destroyed so he had a guarantee of taking the position. Maybe he legitimately thinks Demacia killed Darkwill, and is super POed that Jarvan's forces potentially took the kill that Swain himself wanted.
About Malzahar's followers, I don't think fanatical raiders fans sacrifice themselves in public.
malz's sacrificings were before he and kass had their little altercation. issue 21 has them in the basic mugshot position. no doubt the league is keeping a closer eye on those 2 now.
and with all these things u keep mentioning... i still dont see a void connection. u use noxus/demacia conflicts to somehow prove that the void is behind this? i dont even know how to properly enunciate my confusion... how can swain, noxus and demacian conflicts have anything to do with the void being behind this. if anything, it proves that swain is behind this.
mine goes boom and suddenly swain finds the scapegoat for the mine blast. swain is the master tactician. do u really not see how easily swain could have planted the bomb there and used a random black rose member posing as a soldier as a scapegoat? he showed up to the noxian hospital with no records at all. surely doing it again with someone else is easy. thats why demacia kept pushing off the treaty and blamed background checks. they couldnt find anything on the guy but if they said that in public, they'd look incompetent and even worse than they already did. it was a lose-lose situation for them
jarvan doesnt necessarily believe the prisoner to be innocent. they simply cant figure out who he is and they cant verify who he says he is. a black rose member led by the deceiver, leblanc, could easily pose as a soldier but obviously he has no official records. figuring out who he actually is would take A LONG time as that would entail investigating the noxian underground and thats no easy task.
when the prisoner dies, jarvan looks pretty guilty... and who hates jarvan with a passion? o wait... thats swain again. read his judgement, its pretty clear that he wants to kill jarvan. u dont need to be a master tactician to see the connection here.
how can u not think swain is behind this. swain doesnt just happen to get good opportunities like this. he's a master tactician. his specialty is planning things like this. he doesnt exactly fall ass-backwards through life.
also, swain has no reason to be mad that boram is dead. he didnt want to kill boram. he wanted to kill jarvan (read the judgment again...) he wanted to get borams position. he didnt care how he got it. his only vendetta was with jarvan and with his anti-demacia campaign on its way, he's primed to get jarvan blamed for this and executed.
o and the void is behind all of this? what...? where do u get void from demacia/noxus conflicts...? sure the void is probably up to something, but we know malz's plan. he needs to destroy the inhibitors first before doing anything. without that, he cant do a thing and as he was stopped before he could do so, the void has no reason to initiate any plans right now. in fact, the best thing the void could do now is to sit back and let things unfold. let noxus/demacia destroy eachother and THEN attack. they have no reason to initiate conflicts between the 2 either as they already have their own conflicts brewing. the void has no reason to dirty its hands and look suspicious.
I'm saying it's all a bloody DISTRACTION
Malzahar and Kassadin's fight wouldn't have made ANY news if Kog'Maw hadn't led summoners right to the scene of the conflict. All the political tensions would be covering the front page allowing Malzahar to carry out whatever mission he has.
The quote from -some person- got a response acknowledging that they know there is a threat facing the Black Rose from LeBlanc herself.
And OF COURSE the inhibitor isn't near Kalamda. If you're attempting to rip open a dimension to get your army through to carry out a world-ending prophecy, you aren't going to make a scene about it.
I understand Malzahar failed, but that's because Kog'Maw is an idiot and led summoners to the scene, in which it was stopped. We know Karthas died protecting the Inhibitor, and no change in the magical area was affected. Even if Malzahar did destroy the inhibitor, the League stopped him before he could open the portal. That, and if it's anything like the Icathian disaster, his army of sacrifices would have to be moved to that location to begin with. That calls to much attention so Malzahar would have to take it one step at a time, destroy the inhibitor, then move his worshippers in, and sacrifice them all in a limit-less zone.
They said the Void doesn't have the ability to mind control people, but considering how well Malzahar is influencing massive groups of worshippers, I wouldn't put it past them to wander into a war-zone to cause some chaos in the name of the Void.
It can't be to difficult to delay an interrogation 6 times over a -background check-. Either someone didn't want Jarvan to interrogate the soldier, or it wasn't really a soldier, so they couldn't FIND a background, which was putting them in a nasty situation of figuring who was responsible. By that time the prisoner was already dead.
Just because Swain might not have killed him, doesn't mean the War wouldn't give him the promotion. The only thing probably going through his mind is to prevent any attempts at resurrecting Darkwill so that he can't reclaim his position. Swain is just going with the flow because of his extreme ambitions. He has a hatred for Jarvan, and anything that works in his favor he's probably not going to question it to much.
This is all just my idea.
In short, just to get my grand-idea in place...
A third party (I'd bet the Void) is attempting to make a move. Malzahar has been sent here, and is creating a cult following. Kog'Maw is here to learn. Cho'Gath is a master tactician. Assuming Cho'Gath is under watch, then the orders would have been given quite some time before his acceptance into the League, or else these orders would be over-heard by the League.
Now, Malzahar has his orders, and it's my bet that he wants to re-create Icathia, as i've said repeatedly. Lots of people, an area uninhibited by magic, and he can release an army of Void-Born. This takes time though, and his movements are being spot-lighted by Kassadin's constant interference (And now, of course, Karthas interference), so he needs to get attention away from him. Word reaches him that there's tension growing in Kalamda over recent discovery of minerals and such, and that Demacia and Noxus (who already hate eachother) have huge armies there.
Wow, sounds like a good way to create a smoke-screen eh? Malzahar sends a follower into the camp as a worker (They're flooding in left and right, so I don't think it'd be to noticeable) and send this follower disguised as a Demacian into the Noxus side, and blow it up. Oh man, now Noxus looks bad, and Demacia gets the contract. But that would end a little to easily...heck you've caused the sides to almost join together in the recovery effort. Can't have that can you?
Let's reveal our little henchman and have his admit to Swain that he killed the Noxian and caused the situation in the first place.
Now, first off, how did this Demacian soldier just make his way to the Noxian side and just say 'hey I killed that dude, orders of the prince, will you be so kind as to arrest me?' Swain is really ticked and marches right up to the King and throws this prisoner at his feet. The King is taken aback by what appear to be his own sons orders. They throw him in prisoner to interrogate him.
Now this prisoner could say a few things. 'Yeah, i did it, what of it?' but for all they know it could be a Noxian soldier or a puppet of swain, whatever. Anyways, Jarvan could easily tell his dad that it wasn't his orders, because i doubt Demacia wants a War, because they nearly won the mining contract, which was what the whole thing was about.
So what happens? They throw him in jail and wait for the interrogation. Right now however, Malzahar is attempting to make his move to destroy an inhibitor. The League has all eyes on the two Nexi in Kalamda, and is waiting to intervene should anything serious happen. Out of the corner of their eyes, they notice Kog'maw is going a little Hay-wire, and they look away from Kalamda for a few moments to figure out what's going on.
-Gasp- they've discovered a dead Karthas, and Malzahar and Kassadin fighting once more. League officials get Karthas out of there (even though he wasn't in to much harm...) and the press manages to get a few words about 'protecting the inhibitor'. Malzahar and Kassadin are spotlighted and Kog'Maw just wanders off to do his own thing. Kog'Maw obviously screwed up.
Notice though, nobody cares. Malzahar and Kassadin are fighting, and someone (assumingly Malzahar) is trying to destroy the inhibitor. Those things were put in place to stop the Rune Wars, to protect the whole of RuneTerra. What do they do? Not really anything. They just kind of 'well whatever, they're still aloud to fight and we'll "punish them" but we can't tell you anymore'. So Malzahar failed, Kog'Maw is an idiot, and the conflict in Kalamda has been...delayed?
Their big plan fails because of a few loose ends, and suddenly Jarvan is delaying the sacrifice of the prisoner? Well...that messed up. Let's kill the prisoner, he's lost his use to us, and hopefully this will stir up a distraction so we can try again. Nobody claims to have killed the prisoner, but both sides are a little riled up. Military forces on BOTH sides increase a-lot, and everyone is on edge now.
Well this didn't create the desired effect, but something interesting has happened. Darkwill himself has left the super-protected safety of Noxus and is headed to Kalamda to end this fighting. But look at this...this entire area doesn't really have inhibitors. What it does have, is two Nexi spewing out enormous amounts of energy. The League is all over it, but with that much power you could waltz in, cause all sorts of chaos, and waltz back out. Now the League has tights eyes all over Kalamda. We know for a fact they're watching Swain and Jarvan, because the writer goes out of their way to say -well Swain is seen walking around but he never leaves camp. Same for Jarvan, nobody sees him leave his tent at any time. So tight eyes are being kept on both sides, but someone missed something. Swain leaves camp with his patrol to greet Darkwill, only to discover Darkwill is dead.
I don't know about you, but if I were in Swain's position, and this opportunity laid itself infront of me on a golden tray, I wouldn't hesitate to jump in and tie up any ends. Someone has killed the King, and Swain just loves this. First thing to do, make sure he's dead for good. Solution? Quickly torch everything. Now, I don't think Swain himself got a good look at the bodies for a cause of death. His primary concern would be to get rid of the bodies immediately. Next thing, start a war.
Oh what's this? The two biggest parties on the continent have camps, right next to eachother, with their leaders and powerful soldiers, ALL THE WAY on the OTHER END of the continent. The League can't spare to leave their sights from this tension filled field, so what does this say? Malzahar isn't under watch anymore. Kog'Maw can't interrupt again, because if the League takes their eyes off the fight for even a second, it could erupt into war.
So under the shroud of all of this, Malzahar has more-than-likely moved out to set his plan once more into motion. Karthas proved no help last time, and I think Malzahar stands a pretty fair chance at beating Kassadin, especially if Kog'Maw or Cho'Gath happen to be with them. Kog'Maw walked out of the League without restraints before, Cho'Gath can probably do the same thing, and Malzahar can move his followers into position, blow open a hole in the dimension with his mass followers re-creating Icathia, and all the while Noxus and Demacia are at eachothers throats.
I will admit, it is a little far-fetched, but it just seems plausible. The Void being in the background of the JoJ articles would be a good thing for their group, avoiding attention is their whole plan after-all.
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