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Mythical land of curious enchantment

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Opinions differ as to where exactly the land of the Yordles is to be found. Some maintain these fey creatures live far to the southeast, beyond a range of impassable mountains. Others claim the Yordles live under grassy green hills or deep in the hearts of impenetrable forests. Perhaps some of these tales are true or maybe none, for no expedition mounted to find the Yordle homeland has ever located it. Which is not to say that no one has visited the land of Yordles, for many claim to have travelled through unseen portals into a land of fey enchantment populated by diminutive creatures of mischief. In Bandle City every sensation is heightened for non-Yordles; colors are incredibly vivid, the food and drink intoxicates the senses for years and, once tasted, will never be forgotten. The sunlight is eternally golden, the waters crystal clear, and every harvest brings fruitful bounty. It is also a place of unfettered magic, where the incautious can be led astray by its myriad wonders and end up lost in a dream until they drop dead of hunger and thirst. Those who claim to have travelled to Bandle City speak of a timeless quality, which may explain why many such taletellers appear to have aged tremendously or, in fact, never return at all.


Lore

Opinions differ as to where exactly the of the yordles is to be found, though many claim to have travelled through unseen portals to a land of curious enchantment. They tell of a place of unfettered magic, where the foolhardy can be led astray by myriad wonders and end up lost in a dream, never to return at all.

For most of the peoples of Runeterra, yordles are not typically something to be feared. Their fabled home of Bandle City is said to be a mysterious, spiritual place, filled with odd trinkets and keepsakes gathered from across the material realm. While these curious creatures often leave to dwell among mortal races for a time, they generally return with fresh tales and new experiences to recount.

Champions of Bandle City

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History

The Lost Girl Returns

Lulu OriginalSkin

Lulu playing hide-and-seek

The young, purple, yordle girl, LuluSquare Lulu, that was reportedly missing centuries ago, miraculously reappeared, and although she did grow, she was much younger and healthier than anticipated. During her absence, she acquired some new magical talent and a new friend, Pix, Faerie Companion Pix, possibly the large firefly that the yordles had told about.

LuluSquare Lulu sought to reconnect to the residents of Bandle City, but her attempt had unfortunate results. She led all the children off to play hide and seek, temporarily changing them into flowers and animals to spice up the game, but their parents didn’t appreciate her efforts. The yordles insisted that she leave their lands immediately and she willingly did so. She currently travels around Valoran, hoping to find her place in it.

The Missing Link Reappears

Gnar OriginalSkin

Gnar observing his surroundings

Time marches on for most, but not GnarSquare Gnar. A yordle born millennia ago, Gnar was trapped in true ice, frozen - quite literally - in time. Civilizations formed and fell as the prehistoric yordle vacantly stared on, but nothing – not even true ice – could confine Gnar forever. After breaking free, he wandered Runeterra until he found himself taken in by his yordle descendants. But, as they would soon discover, there’s a beast behind the boy.

Locations

Gateways

  • Deep in the Bandlewood
  • Otherworldly Gateways
  • Geometry of Transit

Runeterra is linked to an enchanted place in the spirit realm known as Bandle City. The pathways are rarely seen by mortals, for they only open under particular circumstances, or for those with the ability to read and interpret the language of the yordles. Certain portals can only be opened with a series of specific gestures, often defined by peculiar symbols inscribed nearby. Some portals open to a deep cavern, when the low tide reveals a pattern of runic circles, filling the indentations with sea water.

Trivia

  • Bandle is Anglicized from Irish bannlámh, a unit of measurement that is two feet in length, the average height of a Yordle, from:
    • bann < English "band"[1] (meaning changed to "a measure") < PIE verbal root *bʰendʰ-;
    • lámh < Proto-Celtic ɸlāmā < PIE noun *plɐmex- (> Latin palma > English "palm")[2].
  • Original Bandle Cities architecture was inspired by traditional German houses, such as the ones in the town of Eisenach.
    • Current architecture was heavily inspired by Smurf houses.
  • HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger, RumbleSquare Rumble and ZiggsSquare Ziggs are credited for the creation of Aatrox MechaCircle Mecha Aatrox, Malphite MechaCircle Mecha Malphite and Sion MechaZeroCircle Mecha Zero Sion.
  • It is said the passage of time is different in Bandle City, giving yordles a timeless nature.
  • Because of their glamour, the true form of a yordle is difficult for normal humans to perceive.

Media

Runeterra Adventure Bandle City

Runeterra Adventure Bandle City

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See also

References

  1. MacBain, A. Etymological Dictionary of the English language
  2. Matasović, R. Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, p. 132
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