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The Darkin known as Aatrox Aatrox

The Darkin are stated to be a collection of sentient weapons by Eduard Santangelo[1] and Zed the Shadow Order, of which it has been stated only three are known to exist. There are—in fact—five.

However, a Rioter involved with the story described them as immensely powerful beings of which only the known ones were imprisoned within weapons long ago[2], and that only Aatrox Aatrox among those imprisoned has escaped confinement. The other known Darkin are Rhaast Rhaast and Living Vengeance.png The Darkin Bow. The remaining two Darkin are stated to be unknown even in-universe, and even Rhaast Rhaast isn't sure of their survival.

History

The origins of the Darkin, and any history pertaining to their creation or imprisonment, is unknown.

The entity known as Aatrox Aatrox is known for appearing in wars waged by humans, coming forth when victory seemed assured for one side, only to turn the tables with a few words and an unknown power, which inspires a monstrous bloodlust in people. His influence in historical conflicts spans thousands of years, with his oldest known appearance being in a battle between the Protectorate & Magelords. He has also appeared in Ancient Shurima, Ionia, Noxus, Demacia and more recently Freljord.[3] His work earned him dedicated devotees from various factions across history, being heralded as a hero to many of them, but he disappears as quickly as he comes, giving no indication of his true purpose.

Living Vengeance.png The Darkin Bow was sealed away inside the Pit of Pallas in Ionia, before he was released by Varus Varus during the Noxian Invasion of Ionia. This Darkin personifies Vengeance.

The fate of Rhaast Rhaast varies from game-to-game: either killing Kayn Kayn to become dominant over his body, or being destroyed by Kayn Kayn, based on the outcome of The Darkin Scythe.png The Darkin Scythe Quest.

Known Traits

The wielder of those Darkin trapped within weapons seem to enter a symbiotic relationship, gaining a portion of the Darkin's power in exchange for giving the Darkin agency and an avenue for freedom. However, the Darkin can parasitically dominate their wielder, thereby annihilating the wielder's personality while in turn freely affirming their agency; similarly, the wielder can dominate and expel the Darkin to gain full access to the weapon's power. In both cases, the dominated other is described as "dying."

Aatrox Aatrox has been confirmed to have usurped his wielder long ago and it is known that Rhaast Rhaast actively seeks to gain control over Kayn Kayn's body, but Living Vengeance.png The Darkin Bow is either more patient or is content to share, as Rhaast Rhaast refers to him as kin but Varus Varus is known to be the wielder, and not the Darkin.

Kayn Kayn asserts that Rhaast Rhaast will die if Kayn lets go of the scythe, although the implication is that the Darkin's power is lost if a Darkin is killed in this fashion.

Trivia

  • It's highly possible that Varus Varus's Living Vengeance.png The Darkin Bow is named "Pallas," as seen by the bow's place of origin; "The Pit of Pallas"
  • The two factions within Aatrox's lore, the Protectorate and the Magelords, are highly likely to be the two factions represented on Summoner's Rift. [4]
    • A stone mural can be seen along the north edge of the map that depicts two factions surrounding a crystal, with a small carving of Aatrox Aatrox visible to the left.
  • With Aatrox Aatrox's release, it was believed that the Darkin were a race of demon-like beings. However, in Xayah Xayah and Rakan Rakan's teaser it was stated that the Darkin were a collection of sentient weapons. With Rhaast Rhaast's release, a Rioter stated that the Darkin are powerful beings and that only the known Darkin were imprisoned within their weapons. He later emphasised known to players.
    • Based on the original premise, it was speculated that Kayle Kayle and Morgana Morgana might be the two known-to-history Darkin that are yet not identified to players. This was supported by their winged-humanoid appearance in conjunction with the common Angels and Demons trope, as well as the promise that their out-dated and non-canonical lore would be updated in the future to something more in-universe. However, the other known Darkin were revealed to be Rhaast Rhaast and Living Vengeance.png The Darkin Bow.

Notable Darkin

Champion Ties
Aatrox Aatrox, the Darkin Blade Darkin personification of War
Rhaast Rhaast, the Darkin Scythe Darkin personification of Death
Living Vengeance.png Pallas, the Darkin Bow Darkin personification of Vengeance

Associated Champions

Champion Ties
Kayn Kayn, the Shadow Reaper Wielder of Rhaast Rhaast, the Darkin Scythe.
Varus Varus, the Arrow of Retribution Wielder of Living Vengeance.png The Darkin Bow.
Tryndamere Tryndamere, the Barbarian King Sole survivor of Aatrox's massacre in Freljord

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