An eternal guardian, the Cryophoenix has held a solitary vigil over the Freljord for a thousand lifetimes. Sensing a growing corruption of the land itself, Anivia joins the Avarosan in the belief that a united Freljord can defeat the coming darkness.
Anivia is a being of the coldest winter, a mystical embodiment of ice magic, and an ancient protector of the Freljord. She commands all the power and fury of the land itself, calling the snow and bitter wind to defend her home from those who would harm it. A benevolent but mysterious creature, Anivia is eternally bound to keep vigil over the Freljord through life, death, and rebirth.
Anivia is as much a part of the Freljord as the never-ending frost. Long before mortals had ever set foot on the land's frigid tundra, she had lived countless lifetimes and died as many deaths. The beginnings and ends of her eternal cycle always heralded great change, from the calming of raging storms to the ebb and flow of ice ages. It is said that when the cryophoenix dies, an era ends; and when she is reborn, a new era begins.
Though Anivia's past lifetimes have faded from her memory, she knows her purpose: she must protect the Freljord at all costs.
When she was last reborn, Anivia witnessed the rise of a mighty and united human tribe. She guarded their lands with pride as they prospered, but such unity could not last forever. The great tribe fractured into three, and after that upheaval, Anivia watched the people of the Freljord become embroiled in battle. As she strove to calm the turmoil tearing her home apart, Anivia began to sense a greater threat: an ancient evil growing deep within the earth. To her horror, she felt the pure magic of the ice itself become blackened and corrupt. Like blood in water, darkness crept into the Freljord. With her destiny so tied to the power of the land, Anivia knew if such evil took root in her home, that same darkness would find its way into her heart. She could no longer remain a mere guardian - the cryophoenix had to act.
Anivia soon discovered an ally in Ashe, the Frost Archer. Ashe too believed in unification as an end to the Freljord's perpetual strife, and Anivia offered the tribal leader her aid. Now, with war on the horizon, Anivia prepares to fight for peace, but she knows the inevitable truth of her destiny. One day, evil will rise from the ice, and she must destroy it - no matter the cost.
"I am the fury of the blizzard, the bite of the wind, and the cold of the ice. I am the Freljord."
"On my wings."
"Life passes so swiftly."
"I bring the storm."
"I shall endure."
"A great darkness approaches."
"The Freljord awakens."
"Do not tempt the blizzard."
"I will not forsake my home."
"I am the snow, wind, and ice."
"The cycle closes."
"Meaning, in every snowflake."
"Something ancient stirs."
"I am neither the first, nor the last."
"What change will this wind bring?"
"Take time to reflect."
"I dream of eras past."
"Think beyond one lifetime."
"We are all connected."
"I will be reborn."
"Winter wind, guide me."
"A thousand lives will I give for the Freljord."
"I have felt this corruption before."
"So young, so naïve!"
"Poor creatures, so confined by a single life!"
"Laying an egg isn't as easy as it looks."
"The chicken or the egg? Actually I came first."
"They were lost long ago."
"As meaningless as one snowflake."
"So many chances... wasted."
"Snuff out the fire of chaos."
"Freeze the fury in their blood."
"The world must be saved from itself."
"A heart of ice cannot bleed."
"Vile tainted things."
"To the bitter end."
"I hear whispers beneath the ice."
"Endless cold, endless peace."
"A world in perfect stillness."
"The cycle ends here."
"Life is corruption. Ice is purity."
"The abyss speaks through me."
"I have seen eons of suffering."
"A beating heart holds violence within."
"My skies darken."
"I will have serenity."
"Come mortal beings, bring your armies to my domain. All will perish in endless winter."
"The wind will howl, the stone will crumble and the world will freeze beneath my wings!"
Prehistoric Anivia concept art (by Riot Artist Sunny Koda)
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In most lore, the phoenix is a creature of fire that rises from its own ashes. What few know, however, is that phoenixes are elemental beings, formed by the eternal essences of their native world. Anivia was conceived on a world such as this - a being of the coldest winter, a creature of pure elemental ice. On her world, Anivia was the protector of the frozen wastes and all those with the spirit to endure in such unforgiving places. She was consulted as a creature of great wisdom, one who could not die and who had seen the world renewed several times. Somehow, Anivia knew that the day would come when she would be plucked from her home and pulled across worlds, and when that day came, she received the call with grace. Seeing the imbalance and injustice on Runeterra, a world lacking elemental protectors, Anivia took her place at the League of Legends.
Since her arrival, the Cryophoenix has chosen to live among the highest peaks of the Northern Ironspike Mountains, adjacent to the frozen wastes of Freljord. She has openly claimed this territory as her own protectorate. Surprisingly, Anivia has struck up a friendship with the yeti of this region - a friendship that grows deeper and deeper with each passing moon. She has formed a close bond with two League champions: Nunu (and Willump) and the nomad princess Ashe. In a move that caught the League by surprise, the Cryophoenix recently entreated the summoners of the Institute of War to research a means in bringing across others of her elemental fellows. As a champion, Anivia is revered with a sense of awe by most, but is not the most popular as most consider her unapproachable.
Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice. Anivia awaits the inevitable latter.
Anivia calls forth a piercing lance of ice that flies towards her target, damaging and slowing anyone in its path. After a long flight the shard will explode, damaging and stunning enemies in a small area. Anivia may prematurely explode the missile if she chooses.