Using lime, ash and the fossilized bark of ancient trees, Demacians create petricite; magic absorbing stone with which they built their walls.
Sometimes known as silver steel or rune steel, Demacian steel is coveted for its durability, light weight and its unique interactions with magic.
Garen and Lux are siblings of the Crownguard family, who traditionally serve as the royal protectors.
Fiora serves as the head of House Laurent in Demacia, a position she claimed upon killing her father in a duel.
Native to the rocky crags of northern Demacia are the rare, ferocious Raptors. Only a few individuals have been known to befriend and ride these beasts.
Galio was created over a period of two years by a legendary Demacian sculptor named Durand.
Demacia’s army is often outnumbered, but is arguably the most elite, well-trained army in Runeterra.
Garen left home to join the Dauntless Vanguard, one of Demacia’s most elite military forces, when he was only twelve years old.
Quinn and her twin brother Caleb were born in the rural Demacian town of Uwendale.
The capital city of the Noxian Empire was founded around the Immortal Bastion; the citadel of a dreaded revenant who terrorized Valoran for centuries.
Basilisks of the Kumungu are sometimes raised from eggs as Noxian war beasts.
Drakehounds, a distant relative of dragons, are kept by some rich, and perhaps foolish, Noxians as pets.
Warmasons are tasked by Noxus not only to plot and plan infrastructure, but also to scout out enemy territory for future invasions.
The sisters Katarina and Cassiopeia are a part of the Du Couteau family; one of the most prestigious noble houses in Noxus.
With his dying breath, Sion killed Jarvan I. The King’s crown now serves as Sion’s jaw.
Gateways of dark stone known as Noxtoraa are raised over roads in territories conquered by Noxus.
The Brackern, a race of enormous, crystal-bodied scorpions, slumber in the sands beneath a hidden valley in Shurima.
o Sai Kahleek is one of Shurima’s most feared deserts, as it is populated by the ravenous Xer'Sai.
Many Voidborn have names originating from the ancient Shuriman language.
Above the city of Nashramae stands a replica Sun Disc, built long ago to honor the lost legacy of ancient Shurima.
In the Shuriman city of Nashramae, a festival is held celebrating Rammus. Thousands gather to roll and somersault around the city in his honor.
o Within the bowels of Shurima’s capital lies the “Oasis of the Dawn,” from which almost all rivers in the land flow from.
Some Shuriman nomads have created entire towns upon the backs of the Dormun; enormous, armor-plated beasts that wander the wastes.
The Shuriman city of Zuretta is ruled by Hierophant Hadiya Nejem, who believes herself to be a descendant of the Ascended warrior Setaka.
In Shurima, those who survived a failed Ascension ritual are known as the Baccai, who often are twisted and malformed.
Rengar is one of the Kiilash, a vastayan tribe from Shurima.
o Jax’s favorite food is eggs, particularly those from a certain caravansary in the Shuriman city of Uzeris.
Sivir’s crossblade, the Chalicar, once belonged to Setaka, an Ascended Warrior Queen of Shurima.
Those Ascended by the Sun Disc of Shurima can live for thousands of years.
Piltover & Zaun
The Incognium Runeterra in Piltover was designed to locate anyone in Runeterra, yet its creator mysteriously died before revealing the formula that powers it, leaving it inoperable.
When Zaun’s plans to create a waterway between east and west Valoran went awry, Janna prevented thousands of deaths and is now revered by many as a goddess.
Zaun’s wealthiest can often be found on the Promenade level of Zaun, which intersects with Piltover’s lowest regions.
The Entresol level of Zaun is where most of the city’s trade and business occurs.
The Sump comprises Zaun’s lower levels. Most of the working class live here, showcasing their vibrant culture.
Ekko is one of the “Lost Children of Zaun,” a band of Zaunite youths known for their mischief across the city.
Thanks to her hextech heart, Camille has managed to retain some of her youthful looks despite her age.
The Ecliptic Vaults were once considered to be Piltover’s most secure bank, before Jinx breached its heavily reinforced walls.
Caitlyn’s hextech rifle was crafted by her parents for her twenty-first birthday.
Jayce’s transforming hammer is powered by a shard from a Brackern crystal from the depths of the Shuriman sands.
When the human girl Orianna succumbed to poisonous fumes, her father Corin replaced her failing body parts with mechanical augments, transforming her into a lady of clockwork.
Before becoming a member of the Wardens, Vi wielded a pair of gauntlets taken from a chem-powered mining golem.
Hextech is the fusion of magic and technology, harnessing the power contained within extremely rare crystals.
Piltover is the center of mercantile trade in Valoran.
Zaun’s powerful Chem-Barons keep a loose alliance that prevents the city from descending into chaos.
The Zaun Gray is the thick, chemical atmosphere of Zaun that can be fatal to breathe where densely settled.
Artifacts of True Ice hold incredible power, but only the Iceborn can wield them.
Before becoming an Ice Witch, Lissandra was permanently blinded by an Ursine’s claws.
Legends speak of how Avarosa, ancient queen of the Freljord, was killed by her own sister.
Tribes in the Freljord are generally ruled by a Warmother. Under them are their bloodkin, steelskins, clawleaders, sisters, icewalkers, thralls, champions and other ranks.
Champions are usually husbands to the warmother, and are the biggest bastards in the tribe.
DEMACIA: Extremely patriotic songs, usually about the glory of Demacia and its people. Always dedicated to the ruling family and the army. The tune’s almost always a military march, unless Sona Buvelle headlines. Her inclusion as a Demacian singer has led to protests from Ionia as well as petitions for her to not be allowed to use the etwahl as magical music supposedly gives her a unfair advantage.
NOXUS: Demacia sings about glory, Noxus sings about conquest. Their music is actually very similar to Demacia which has occasionally led to fist fights and accusations of plagiarism. Their stage shows usually feature fight-dancing, extremely bloody special effects (real blood was banned after Vladimir got carried away and drenched the judges) and have loud, metal-rock anthems.
BILGEWATER: They run the betting books on who’ll win Valoravision. They also always predictably perform rollicking drinking songs that get the audience singing along or boisterous piratical songs. Far too often, the performers show up already drunk and stumble through their dance routine but their enthusiasm is contagious and wins the audience over.
IONIA: Their songs have a verse in each dialect/language in Ionia and their dancers meld together different styles. Their music is usually very harmonious and smooth. Cherry blossoms and little candles are considered trademarks of the Ionian performances.
PILTOVER: They have incredibly flashy stage shows with lots of pyrotechnics and fireworks. They also have very stringent security because of how often Jinx tries to show up and crash the performances. The romantic ballad performed by the debonair trio of Vi, Ezreal and Jayce was one of Eurovision’s biggest hits ever.
ZAUN: Their stage shows are as flashy as Piltover’s but their music is far more futuristic and techno-styled. Their performers frequently show up wearing masks. They’re more likely to sing love songs to technological advances than each other and there’s been debate about whether augmented/enhanced singers should be allowed to perform.
FRELJORD: Freljord music is very loud, possibly because they all have to shout during practice to be heard over the howling winds. Their music emphasizes the use of horns. They also occasionally bring animals onto stage to perform with them.
SHURIMA: The one time that they did not have bellydancers in their act, there was nearly a riot. Everyone expects Shurima to have the best dancers and the most skin on display. They have been banned from lighting incense during shows, however, and nobody talks about why.
VOID: The Void invented screamo. Or shrieko. Nobody has any idea if they’re singing or screaming and everyone claps when they’re done just because they don’t want to be eaten. They don’t so much dance as prowl around, stalking each other. It’s a very uncomfortable experience.
SHADOW ISLES: Mordekaiser and Yorick can shred hard but the rest of the Shadow Isles inhabitants just wail as background music, barring a few that use music to lure their prey to them. Karthus is currently banned from competing until it’s determined whether or not his music leads to increased rates of suicide.
BANDLE CITY: They might be a little high-pitched but they have the biggest singing groups and harmonize beautifully. Their songs all have cheerful, upbeat melodies and complex melodies that they frequently sing in rounds. They’re so popular with children that they usually go first so that the kids won’t have to stay up late to watch them.
Demacia never votes for Noxus, Noxus never votes for Demacia. Piltover and Ionia both always vote for Demacia and Noxus and Zaun vote for each other.
It’s not a real Valoravision contest unless at least one judge gets killed.