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Lore

Brand, the Burning Vengeance
BrandSquare
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Brand Render
Gender Male
Race Human body possessed by unknown force
Residence The League of Legends (imprisoned)
Faction Independent
Rivals
RyzeSquare Ryze AniviaSquare Anivia LissandraSquare Lissandra

In a faraway place known as Lokfar there was a seafaring marauder called Kegan Rodhe. As was his people’s way, Kegan sailed far and wide with his fellows, stealing treasures from those unlucky enough to catch their attention. To some, he was a monster; to others, just a man. One night, as they sailed through the arctic waters, strange lights danced over the frozen wastes. There was something hypnotic about them; it was something that drew them to it like moths to a flame. Trekking across the frozen waste, they came to a cave covered in ancient runes. Though the meaning of the runes was long lost to them, Kegan led the way inside. Inside a perfect cage of ice floated a dancing column of flame. There was no way such a thing should be burning, especially not in this place. However, its movement was as hypnotic as a siren's song, captivating and seductive. While the others stayed back, Kegan could not help but approach it while holding out his hand...

That is the last thing Kegan Rodhe remembers, for now his body belongs to Brand. It is a creature of olden times—perhaps even a casualty of the Rune Wars. It is known in ancient texts as the Burning Vengeance. It is a creature of pure fiery hate that exists for no other reason than to lay waste the world of men and yordles. No one is quite sure how Brand found his way to Valoran, but he began his predations at once. Overcome by Demacian forces, he was given a choice: fight within the confines of the League or die. Naturally, he chose to use his destructive powers in the League, for now...

"This place will burn, not by cinder flying on breath of wind, but by the vengeance of my hand."
BrandSquare.png Brand

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "Ready to set the world on fire? Heheheh..."
Attacking
  • Play "The inferno begins."
  • Play "The fires of vengeance."
  • Play "I purify this one!"
  • Play "Forged in pain!"
  • Play "Their scars will be warning."
  • Play "Some say the world will end in fire."
Movement
  • Play "Going."
  • Play "I'm on a short fuse."
  • Play "Like wildfire."
  • Play "Yes..."
  • Play "I will blaze a trail."
  • Play "You can't contain me, summoner."
  • Play "After millennia, I am free!"
  • Play "This body is just one of many!"
  • Play "I am the fire that cleanses the world!"
Taunt

Brand sets himself ablaze in a column of fire.

  • Play "Is that fireproof?"
Joke

Brand drops on the ground and rolls around in panic.

  • Play "Is it hot in here or is it just me?!"
Upon using Conflagration.png Conflagration
  • Play "Burn! Hahaha!"
  • Play "Burn! Hahaha!"

Zombie Brand quote
Attacking
  • Play Brand grunts.
  • Play Brand growls.
  • Play Brand growls loudly.
  • Play Brand makes a gurgling sound.
  • Play "Mmm, flame broiled."
  • Play "Quit running, I'm hungry!"
  • Play "Blood on my suit."
Movement
  • Play Brand grunts.
  • Play Brand grunts.
  • Play Brand grunts.
  • Play Brand makes a gurgling sound.
  • Play "Flames."
  • Play "Burning hunger..."
  • Play "Some say the world will end in zombies."
  • Play "Dead man walking."
  • Play "Every day I'm shambling."
  • Play "Not easy being green... and dead."
When chasing
Joke
  • Play Brand realizes his hand is on fire and begins running around in a panic as he is engulfed in flames.
Taunt
  • Play Brand swipes the air and grunts menacingly.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "This world will be consumed in flames!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "This is not the end..."

League Judgement

Candidate: Brand
Date: 8 April, 21 CLE
OBSERVATION

The forest burns, blazing with the light of the sun. A lone figure stands amidst the conflagration, reveling in the blistering heat. It has been so long since he burned, so long since he watched the world fall to ashes under his power.

It is ecstasy.

He emerges from the flames. He can sense that nearby, over the next hill, there is life. People scramble, seeing the smoke from his inferno. Soon, they too will receive his gift of renewal.

"Stop, in the name of the Kingdom of Demacia!"

He turns. He is approached by a tall man in armor. The knight levels his sword, ready to strike if needs be. This man will soon discover that needs be.

The man is followed by a blonde girl. Her armor has similarities to the man's. He can tell by her rod that she is a magician of some sort. He decides that she will have to be first.

Then, another presence steps from the shadows. This one wears a cloak, its face buried deep within the hood. The stitching is alien to him, but he can recognize its arcane nature. He decides the girl will have to wait.

He turns and unleashes a jet of burning vengeance at the hooded figure. Hands shoot up from inside the cloak, held in magical gestures. A shimmering shield blocks the flames, directing them harmlessly upward.

"This is my last warning. Come peacefully, or face punishment!"

He decides that the noises coming from the armored man's mouth do not contain enough searing agony. He turns and calls a pillar of flame to immolate the man. Again, a magical shield thwarts his efforts.

Then, darkness...

REFLECTION

He awakened. He lay in a pool of harsh light, descending from above. The floor was smooth, but he couldn't tell if this was a room or some magical trap. At this, his mind vaulted through his memories, to a very painful moment in the past.

They had somehow devised a way to shackle him. Kneeling here on the snowy cave floor, the long-haired barbarians around him chanted words he barely understood. However, the icy cage ritualistically placed in the center of the cave told him everything he needed to know about his fate. He strained against the mystical chains that bound him, but to no avail. He shouted, screamed, and bellowed, trying to disrupt the concentration of his captors, but also to no avail.

He could only wait as they ripped him from his mortal shell and trapped him inside the cage. Then, without words, the barbarians took their things and left. He was alone, and would remain so for more than a thousand years.

He screamed in rage. His mind hurtled back to the present, once again encompassed by light.

"So. You can be contained more permanently."

He turned, immediately reaching out to burn the owner of the voice. However, his flames fizzled to nothing at the edge of the circle of light. He tried to leap toward the voice, but a force blocked him. Knocked back to the floor, he peered to see if his eyes could penetrate the darkness.

"That ritual is long-lost, sorcerer. Your power cannot hold me forever."

A figure stepped out from the darkness, the hooded magician from the forest.

"We both know that isn't true."

Again, his mind became dislodged from the moment, traveling back to a time before the ice barbarians imprisoned him. The body he wore was different, one of the simple herding folk of these farming lands. However, he still burned.

The scene before him would have looked like the apocalypse to any mortal observer. To him, it was an image of absolute beauty. The countryside had been reduced to blackened ash. The nearby wooded hills were now nothing more than incinerated stumps and trunks. The charred bones of farmers and animals dotted the landscape, accompanied by the armored remains of the warriors who had futilely hoped to stop his renewal.

The feeling that welled inside him could only be called one of profound satisfaction.

Again, the present, the light.

"You are a creature of destruction."

Knowing that violence was no longer an option, he sat cross-legged in the pool of light and willed the flames that played across his body to burn even more brightly.

"I am a creature of ever-lasting fire. I am a creature who burns away what needs to make way for what will be. I am a creature born to renew the world."

The sorcerer began to walk, circling his cage.

"You and I will have much time to talk in the days and weeks to come, so for the moment I will focus on the now. We cannot allow you to roam free. You are clearly far too dangerous for that. So, I offer you a choice."

Weary of the sorcerer's voice behind him, he stood to track the pacing figure. The sorcerer continued.

"You have two options. You may choose to be stripped from the body you wear and imprisoned indefinitely. Or, you may choose to remain under our control and fight in competitions where your abilities will be of use. That is the closest thing to freedom you will be afforded. These terms are not negotiable."

Neither option was palatable to him.

"These competitions, sorcerer. What are they?"

"You would fight in the League of Legends, battling champions to settle our conflicts in place of open warfare."

He mused for a moment, before sitting on the floor again.

"I must think on your offer, sorcerer."

The hooded man faded back into the shadows.

"I am no sorcerer. You will address me by my proper title. Summoner. How shall I address you?"

"I am known by many names," he replied. "But in this time, in your League of Legends, I believe Brand is fitting."

And then, he was alone, given space to think. However, there was no thinking to be done. A leash was far better than an eternity caged.

Development

  • Old Classic Brand splash art
  • Kegan Rodhe concept
  • Brand sketch

Champion Sneak Peek

Announcement made by ByronicHero on 4 April 2011:[1]

Brandpromo

Brand sneak peak

Here at Riot Games, we’ve been positively burning with anticipation to tell you about this next champion. And that’s not just smoke and mirrors! If you’ve ever come under fire from critics for leaving a candle unattended, forgetting to turn the grill off, or an over-enthusiasm for fireworks displays, he’s sure to spark your interest. Start getting fired up for Brand, the Burning Vengeance. He’s a real spitfire who is sure to attract all you combustion connoisseurs out there like a moth to a flame.

Hey, did we mention that he’s on fire?

Patch history

V4.18:
  • General
    • Texture update to Classic, Apocalyptic, Cryocore and Vandal.

V4.16:

  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm
    • Now has a secondary targeting indicator that shows bounce radius.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 16 from 12.

V3.15:

  • Conflagration.png Conflagration
    • Fixed a bug where the cast range was longer than intended: reduced range to 625 from 650.

V3.9:

  • Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame
    • Mana cost reduced to 70/75/80/85/90 from 70/80/90/100/110
  • Conflagration.png Conflagration
    • Mana cost increased to 70/75/80/85/90 from 60/65/70/75/80.
  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm
    • Mana cost reduced to 100 from 100/150/200.

V3.6:

  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm
    • Now properly bounces to other targets after hitting an enemy affected by Blaze.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 340 from 315.

V1.0.0.151:

  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm
    • Can no longer bounce more than 5 times.

V1.0.0.144:

  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm
    • Missile speed increased to 1000 from 800.
    • Missile speed no longer increases when hitting ablaze targets.
    • If Pyroclasm strikes an ablaze target, the next bounce will now prioritize champions.

V1.0.0.125:

V1.0.0.123:

  • Fixed a bug where Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm would sometimes disappear if Brand died.

V1.0.0.121:

  • Fixed a bug where Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm could instant-kill enemies under some circumstances.

V1.0.0.116:

  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm
    • For consistency with other chain missiles, it is no longer consumed by spell shields.
    • Fixed a bug where it could sometimes fizzle if there was an enemy stealthed nearby.

V1.0.0.115: Added. (Original Stats)

  • Blaze.png Blaze (Innate)
    • Brand's spells light his targets ablaze, dealing 2% of their maximum Health in magic damage per second for 4 seconds.
  • Sear.png Sear (Q)
    • Brand launches a ball of fire forward that deals magic damage. If the target is ablaze, the target will be stunned for 2 seconds.
  • Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame (W)
    • After a short delay, Brand creates a pillar of flame at a target area, dealing magic damage to enemy units with the area. Units that are ablaze take an additional 25% damage.
  • Conflagration.png Conflagration (E)
    • Brand conjures a powerful blast at his target, dealing magic damage to them. If the target is ablaze, the conflagration spreads to nearby enemies.
  • Pyroclasm.png Pyroclasm (Ultimate): Brand unleashes a devastating torrent of fire, dealing damage each time it bounces. If a target is ablaze, Pyroclasm's missile speed increases.

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