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General

  • Brand is the second fire-themed champion, the first being AnnieSquare Annie.
    • Sear Sear's animation resembles AnnieSquare Annie's basic attack one.
      • Brand's autoattack particle is the same as MorganaSquare Morgana's but orange instead of purple.
  • Brand comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, meaning "fire, torch, sword (poetic)." In English, brand only means "torch" and "sword" in literary contexts, unlike its related Germanic cognates which still mean "fire".
    • His host's given name Kegan is likely based on Old Norse kagi "young tree, shrub", cf. English keg and key [1]; the surname Rodhe likely from hróðr "glory".
    • Pyroclasm Pyroclasm derives from pyroclastic, a term used to describe fast-moving volcanic material, from Greek πῦρ "fire" & κλαστός "broken"

Lore

  • Brand might have been based on the mythical Norse fire giant Surtr "swart(y)": Brand resembles him (blackened skin with lava crackling underneath) and, like Surtr in Ragnarök, Brand is destined to renewing the world by burning it.
  • Brand occupying the body of seafaring marauder Kegan Rhode might be referencing Human branding, a process in which, for example a slave, was branded a searing mark that would then leave a permanent scar.

Quotes

BrandSquare Classic Brand [S|L]
BrandSquare Zombie Brand [S|L]

Skins

BrandSquare Apocalyptic Brand [S|L]
BrandSquare Vandal Brand [S|L]
BrandSquare Cryocore Brand [S|L]
BrandSquare Zombie Brand [S|L]
BrandSquare Spirit Fire Brand [S|L]
BrandSquare Battle Boss Brand [S|L]

Relations

  • Brand is the 'being of living fire' NasusSquare Nasus and RenektonSquare Renekton fought right before the fall of Shurima. The details of his imprisonment are unknown but he was released and used by XerathSquare Xerath as a distraction for stealing the Ascended power meant for AzirSquare Azir.
  • Lokfar being a region of the Freljord implies Brand's icy imprisonment many centuries ago was at the hands of the Frostguard profileicon Frostguard, going so far as LissandraSquare Lissandra having a taunt specifically directed at Brand.

References

  1. G. Kroonen, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic, p. 277, 284