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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's appearance was likely inspired by Ignus from Planescape: Torment.
  • During development he was called Bjorn.[1]
  • 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 ;[2] 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

  • Kegan Rhode is a bastard son of a magical healer mother and a raider father. He has no memory of his father.
  • Kegan Rhode was 19 years old when BrandSquare Brand took over his body.
    • He was 7 when he learned about his magical heritage and abilities.
    • He was 13 when he met Zvanna.
    • He was 17 when he parted ways with Zvanna, afterwars she had her own husband and a son.
    • After the death of his Mother he left the what remained of his village. At the age of 19, Kegan met and became an apprentice to RyzeSquare Ryze during one of his trips into the Freljord.

Quotes

Brand OriginalCircle Classic Brand [S|L]
Brand ZombieCircle Zombie Brand [S|L]

Skins

Brand OriginalCircle Classic Brand [S|L]
  • 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.
Brand ApocalypticCircle Apocalyptic Brand [S|L]
Brand VandalCircle Vandal Brand [S|L]
Brand CryocoreCircle Cryocore Brand [S|L]
Brand ZombieCircle Zombie Brand [S|L]
Brand SpiritFireCircle Spirit Fire Brand [S|L]
Brand BattleBossCircle Battle Boss Brand [S|L]

Relations

  • BrandSquare Brand knows of RyzeSquare Ryze due to Kegan Rhode.
  • 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. IronStylus on champion names
  2. G. Kroonen, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic, p. 277, 284