Azir Ascension 2

The Ascended known as AzirSquare Azir

The term Ascended, or Sunborn, refers to an order of intelligent anthropomorphic beings of exceptional power, originating from and dedicated to the defense of Shurima, an ancient empire over one thousand years dead. The Ascended were once humans who underwent a transformative ritual that granted them near-immortality and demigod like powers in order to safeguard their nation in its darkest hours.

It is currently unknown how many Ascended ever came to be. Despite their small numbers and Shurima's collapse a millennium ago, the Ascended remain among the most powerful beings on Runeterra. Other versions of the Ascended were Angels, Baccai, and the Darkin.

Ascended Champions

Other Related Champions

  • AatroxSquare Aatrox used to be an Ascended before being sealed away in his weapon.
  • JaxSquare Jax fought against NasusSquare Nasus and RenektonSquare Renekton at the Battle of Icathia.
  • KayleSquare Kayle might be an Ascended.
  • ZoeSquare Myisha helped to reverse several Ascended turn Darkin back to human forms and use their hearts to seal away the Darkin.
  • MorganaSquare Morgana might be an Ascended.
  • PantheonSquare Pantheon fought against the Ascended Darkin during The Great Darkin War.
  • RammusSquare Rammus might be an Ascended.
  • RhaastSquare Rhaast used to be an Ascended before being sealed away in his weapon.
  • SivirSquare Sivir is a descendant of AzirSquare Azir and was aided by NasusSquare Nasus to escape from Vekaura.
  • TaliyahSquare Taliyah was aided by NasusSquare Nasus to escape from Vekaura with SivirSquare Sivir.
  • VarusSquare Varus used to be an Ascended before being sealed away in his weapon.

History

In ancient times the rite of Ascension was a ritual usually decided upon by Sun Priests, who were a clergy of specialized dignitaries devoted to an all powerful sun deity. Using an enormous artifact known as the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc, the priesthood would decree which noble citizen had selflessly served their empire and granted them the chance to do so even after what would normally be their time to die. Because of this many warriors of the Ascended Host were once, if not common, then at least much more prevalent during this era.

Eventually two brothers named NasusSquare Nasus and RenektonSquare Renekton underwent the Ritual of Ascension. Described as 'even ancient then' by Nasus, it bathed the brothers in its arcane energies. Transformed, they took their place alongside the other rare Ascended beings of Shurima, and became its protectors.

But over time however, the ritual had become less successful as more and more folk being offered Ascension weren't surviving the ceremony, becoming deformed by the process. By the time of AzirSquare Azir such a ritual had not been undertaken for centuries.

The Fall of Shurima
Shuriman Crest

The crest of Shurima's Ascended

Approximately a thousand years ago, an adolescent emperor named Azir ruled Shurima. A benevolent and well-meaning ruler ― if overconfident - Azir believed the entire world would benefit from Shurima's culture and way of life. The Imperial Magus, XerathSquare Xerath, consulted Azir, and presented to him the prospect of Ascension. With the power of the Ascended driving Shurima's expansion, Xerath said their great nation would further flourish and grow to influence the world at large - a prospect ambitiously seized by the young emperor, despite ancient warnings against Ascension in all but the direst times of need.

The ritual went underway soon after.

Atop of the ritual platform, Azir awaited his Ascension as the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc collected the morning sunlight and began focusing it onto him. The allure of power quickly incited dissension within Azir's ranks: Xerath befouled the ritual at a critical stage, shoving his emperor aside and taking the power of Ascension for himself. The outcome would be either immortality or self-destruction. The violent magics obliterated them in an instant and wreaked destruction across Shurima, but when the dust settled, Xerath re-materialized as an aberration - a being of raw arcane energy.

Free of flesh and bone, Xerath held nearly infinite power at his command. In the wake of his actions, Nasus and Renekton sensed something had gone wrong, rushed to the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc, and confronted Xerath, fearing his careless disregard for life would bring further ruin to Shurima. A terrible struggle ensued, and though they could not destroy the Magus Ascendant, they managed to seal Xerath within an enchanted sarcophagus. It was not a permanent solution, for Xerath's vast power was already tearing away at his confines, so Renekton bore Xerath into the Tomb of the Emperors, and told Nasus to seal the door behind him. Nasus reluctantly complied, and entombed his brother with the madman.

Bereft of its emperor and devastated by Xerath's folly, Shurima collapsed and its empire turned into dust.

The Intervening Years

With Shurima's collapse, the whereabouts of the Ascended have remained unknown for centuries. The only one known to have been active during all this time was Nasus, who spent years wandering the wastes, hoping to find a way to save Renekton from his imprisonment while also looking for a means to deal with Xerath. Xerath spent that time tormenting Renekton, hoping to twist him in to something that may be of use. The warrior's mind was poisoned by Shurima's bane and was driven to madness, having come to believe it was his brother Nasus who had brought about his torment.

Rise of the Ascended

In time Shurima's history would become myth, but some were bold enough to explore deeper, to uncover the mysteries of the fallen empire for themselves. When the Noxian noblewoman CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia Du Couteau began her search for the Tomb of the Emperors, she hired the Battle Mistress SivirSquare Sivir to be her guide, knowing full well her jeweled crossblade was the key to open the tomb. Upon arriving at their destination, Cassiopeia struck Sivir down, snatching up the weapon and opening the tomb for the first time in centuries. While she was attacked by the tomb's stone guardian for her intrusion, Xerath and Renekton were able to finally leave, and set about on their own individual goals of freedom and fratricide.

As SivirSquare Sivir stumbled away marching to death's door from the wound her Noxian benefactor had given her, her blood sparked an ancient magic within the city, resurrecting Azir. His first thoughts were drawn to Sivir, and he immediately remembered how she could live. Picking her up in his arms he carried her to what remained of the Oasis of the Dawn, and prayed that it was not too late for the pool's healing powers to save her. Sivir's wounds were healed, and this act granted Azir his Ascension. With his newfound power, he raised the ruined Shuriman Capital from the sands.

With the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc floating above the city anew, and with the Ascended walking the sands once more, a new era has dawned on Shurima.

Physiology

Azir Ascension 1

AzirSquare Azir ascends with SivirSquare Sivir as witness

Blessed with incredible strength, speed and a strong affinity for mastering forms of magic. The Ascended are also virtually immune to pain and their lifespan is dramatically increased, however they are not immortal. These transcended beings can bleed, be crippled, or even killed with the right weapon, powerful magic or enough bodies to over power one.

Most resemble anthropomorphic versions of animals and even gain the unique attributes of such creatures. However each individual who rises to Ascension are shaped after the most prominent ideals one strives to embody; some may become far more bestial in form and others could gain extra appendages. Regardless of appearance their gifted powers elevated them to demigod status as a result.

Over the centuries, some of the God-warriors begun to master forbidden forms of primal magic. Through these means and the will power of an Ascended, these warriors could transform their own flesh and armor into something unrecognizable from the noble warriors they had once been.

Trivia

  • Those Ascended by the Sun Disc of Shurima can live for thousands of years.
  • Thus far, each known Ascended has displayed unique abilities the others cannot replicate.
  • Those who survived a failed Ascension ritual are known as the Baccai, who became physically twisted and malformed as a result.
  • One of the most extreme examples of Ascended would be XerathSquare Xerath, who lost his physical form entirely, presumably what he wanted.
  • In the Short Story Where Icathia Once Stood, God-Warriors (presumably the Ascended) were described as 'an awful blend of human and animal', and 'inhuman monsters that defied belief'.
  • Setaka was the Warrior Queen of the Ascended Host, and used the Chalicar in combat. She had a lion shaped helmet.
  • Was revealed during AatroxSquare Aatrox's AMA that all Ascended are in fact "Artificial Mount Targon Crest icon Aspects", as The Sun Disc funnels cosmic energy from a chosen Celestial to produce Ascensions.
    • Only the power of a Celestial can revert the Ascension process.
    • The Ascended are more powerful and longevous than mortal Aspects (DianaSquare Diana, LeonaSquare Leona and TaricSquare Taric) but less than possesed Aspects (PantheonSquare The Pantheon and ZoeSquare The Trickster) and Celestials. This is because Ascended are forcefully granted more cosmic energy than a Celestial would willingly grant to their chosen Aspects.
    • The current Celestial that is used by the Sun Disc is the Celestial of the Sun, who has been used thus far to fuel the Ascension of AzirSquare Azir, XerathSquare Xerath and some Sunborns.
    • The previous Celestial that was used to fuel the Sun Disc for the rest of the known Ascended (NasusSquare Nasus, RenektonSquare Renekton, AatroxSquare Aatrox, RhaastSquare Rhaast and VarusSquare Varus) has gone extint from long ago, enough for no-one to know what It represented or the universal fundament that vanished with their extintion, meaning that the Sun Disc can kill Celestials over extended usage.
    • The extend of the relationship between Mount Targon Crest icon Mount Targon and Shurima Crest icon Shurima remains unclear.
  • Other notable Ascended were: AatroxSquare Aatrox, RhaastSquare Rhaast, VarusSquare Varus, Ta'anari (Panther), Enakai (Tiger), Syphax (Chameleon), Zigantus (Bull), Xuuyan (Turtle), Shabaka and Shabake (Raven twins), Valeeva (Unknown), Moneerah (Unknown), Cebotaru (Wolf), and Naganeka (Snake).
    • Almost all of the Ascended, besides a few like NasusSquare Nasus, RenektonSquare Renekton and XerathSquare Xerath, were ether destroyed, or turned into Darkin and sealed away in weapon prisons during The Great Darkin War.
  • The Ascended can be turned back to humans by the power of the Moon, as demonstrated by Ta’anari in the story Twilight of the Gods.

Media

Azir, the Emperor of the Sands - Login Screen

Azir, the Emperor of the Sands - Login Screen

Related Music

The Climb League of Legends

The Climb League of Legends

Related Videos

  • Azir Promo 1
  • Azir Promo 2
  • Azir Concept 1 (by Riot Artists Gem 'Lonewingy' Lim)
  • Azir Concept 2 (by Riot Artist Charles 'Yideth' Liu)
  • Azir Model (by Riot Artist Sam 'cgsammu' Yang)
  • Azir Soldier Concept (by Riot Artist Charles 'Yideth' Liu)
  • Shurima from Azir's Splash
  • Nasus Early Concept 1 (by Riot Artist Albert Carranza)
  • Nasus Early Concept 2 (by Riot Artist Augie Pagan)
  • Nasus Update Promo
  • Nasus Update Concept
  • Renekton Concept 1 (by Riot Artist Augie Pagan)
  • Renekton Concept 2 (by Riot Artist Augie Pagan)
  • Xerath concept art 1 (by Riot Artist Michael Maurino)
  • Xerath concept art 2 (by Riot Artist Michael Maurino)
  • Xerath concept art 3 (by Riot Artist Michael Maurino)

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