Demacia is a strong, lawful society with a prestigious military history. It values the ideals of justice, honor and duty highly, and its people are fiercely proud. Demacia is a self-sufficient, agrarian society, with abundant, fertile farmland, dense forests that are logged for lumber, and mountains rich with mineral resources. It is inherently defensive and insular, partly in response to frequent attacks from barbarians, raiders and expansionist civilizations. Some suggest that the golden age of Demacia has passed and unless it is able to adapt to a changing world - something many believe it is simply incapable of doing - that its decline is inevitable. Nevertheless, Demacia remains one of the dominant powers in Valoran, and boasts the most elite, well-trained army in all of Runeterra.
Champions of Demacia
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- killed the patron and matron of House Vayne.
- has close relations with .
- fought against during one of many wars between Noxus and Demacia.
- took the life of a famous Demacian stage performer.
- attacked a Demacian settlement.
- stores several World Runes inside a Petricite forest in Demacia.
- is a famed Demacian musician.
- was killed by and slew King Jarvan I.
- is the enemy of .
- is a former Demacian knight.
- is a wanted assassin and tasked for to be captured.
- killed and imprisoned wife's soul.
- attacked a Demacian soldier.
- is antagonistic towards due to .
- Only by is truth revealed.
- Starring .
- I'm no hero. Just a yordle with a .
- Starring .
- A taste of magic is all takes to wake the Colossus and send him smashing. And he just got one.
- Starring .
- A young girl ashamed of her power. A monolith that can’t help his curiosity. An unlikely pair - or the perfect match?
- Starring and .
- A young Demacian mage has a secret she must hide - not just from her family, but the entire kingdom.
- Starring .
- To ascend the Mountain, I had to let go...
- Starring .
- An exiled soldier ascends Mount Targon to find redemption, only to discover a higher calling.
- It is not easy being a Protector.
- Starring .
- In the wake of disaster, Lux risks all for the sake of a wounded soldier.
- Starring .
- The Lady of the Stones took a fellow soldier. Now, she'll take on Garen and his broadsword.
- Starring .
- The approaching swarm is a death sentence for a small village - unless Jarvan carries out his own.
- Starring .
- The duty of a Demacian. The savagery of a dragon. Her enemies don't stand a chance.
- Starring .
- For Vayne, revenge is a dish best served brutal, bloody, and with skull-piercing bolts.
- Starring .
- The Demacian wilds are no place for thieving Noxians, but that's who Quinn just found.
- Starring and .
- The undead siege of the Pirate nation.
- Starring , , , , , , and .
- In a town plagued by nightmares, can even the best and bravest of Demacia bring back the light?
- Starring , and, speculated, .
The history of Demacia and its culture stems from the cataclysm of the Rune Wars. Where survivors who fled from the conflict had ventured into the west of Valoran with hope of establishing safety away from the chaos. Some say it was while a cult of dark mages terrorized these displaced survivors, that they hid among the shadows of an ancient and petrified forest where the sorcerers that chased suddenly found their magic was made ineffective by the strange woods. Deciding to take advantage of the unique power from this environment, these vagabonds set up a permanent residence.
Eventually knowledge of this curious new realm reached other refugees, who came seeking asylum and solidarity from the magic ravaging the rest of Runeterra. Within short time the united settlers had built themselves a sizable community, allied under a new nation they would come to call Demacia.
Death of the King
Demacian army led by their King, Jarvan I, had pushed Noxian army to their city walls.ordered one of his men to bar the gates while the rest forced the enemy soldiers to fight them for every bit of Noxian soil. He demanded that they pushed forwards striding as a giant through the Demacian rabble with one clear purpose: to cut their army's head from its body.
Jarvan's royal guardsmen believed they could halt his charge. They were wrong. He cut them down, one by one, until onlyand the king remained. Battered and fatigued, Sion continued the fight the king. He battled Jarvan beyond the point of breaking and was finally bested… but not beaten. With his dying breath, he locked his fingers around the king's throat and broke the will of a nation. The Demacian King, Jarvan I, was dead.
Along the western coast of Valoran, the human nation of Demacia shines as the continent's paragon of virtue amongst all the other human settlements. The residents are always striving to sharpen their bodies and minds in the pursuit of absolute justice.
Visions of Demacia
The Kingdom of Demacia (commonly referred to as Demacia) is a nation located in the Western part of Valoran, sharing its borders with Freljord and is close to bordering with Noxus. The currently well known locations encompassing Demacia are:
The largest city in the Kingdom. The capital, located in the western part of Demacia, is the main political, cultural, religious, military, economic and educational center of the country. Demacia is a shining beacon of hope for humanity, and as such the nation and its Capital are the visual representations of this concept. There is a clean and pristine feel and look to its cities. Towering spires litter the skyline of the city. White stone and marble are the materials of choice in the construction of Demacian buildings. Majestic flags fly high along the parapets of the city. The city walls virtually gleam with power and nobility. The noble houses that reside within the city are the Conqueror's Sea, with the majority of the other towns resting on a plateau., , and . The Royal Palace of House is the place from which The King of Demacia reigns from. The city also has a barracks and a penitentiary. The Capital itself sits next to a natural port overlooking the
- The Golden Round: It is a large and lavish theater where royalty come to watch its numerous plays. Magga, a famous actress, once played on its stages.
- Alabaster Library: The Library is one of the most beautiful houses of knowledge in all of Valoran which houses the poetry of Tung.
- The Circle of the Illuminators: A Secret order located in the city and is one of the only secret organizations within Demacia comprised of magical users that are tasked to protect Demacias farthest boarders, which one of its members is .
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located in the north-east part of Demacia on the banks of the Serpentrion River. The main road between Demacia City and High Silvermere goes between Edessa.
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located at the far northern part of Demacia, boardering with the Freljord. The town is named after the Demacian hero known as Fossian Crownguard, whose tomb is located near the town itself. The town occupied the banks of the Serpentrion, a thundering river that rose in the mountains and snaked to the western coast. The town’s walls of polished granite followed the line of the hills, and the buildings within were wrought from stone, seasoned timber and bottle green roof tiles. The tower of a Lightbringer temple rose in the east. The current Magistrate of Fossbarrow is Lady Giselle. It was also the sight of a horific incident between the Dauntles Vanguards and anthat threatened the town.
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, High Silvermere is located in the Rocky Highlands of northern Demacia. The city is known as the City of Raptors, due to its large population of Silverwing raptors. The original Crownguard family mansion is located in High Silvermere at the foot of Knight's Rock. On the Memorial Road leading up the High Silvermere stands theMonument, the current location of the Petricite Gargoyle Colossus.
The Golden crossing is a small town located in eastern part of Demacia. It is whereand once use to track an escaped Demacian prisoner.
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located in the southern part of Demacia known as Lower Demacia. This town is described as a perfect and peaceful settlement.
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located in the north-east part of Demacia on the banks of the Serpentrion River. The main road between Demacia City and High Silvermere goes between Lissus (the city after Edessa and Pinara).
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located in eastern part of Westerley region of southern Demacia. This town was the first refuge of the famous actress Magga after her previous companions murders.
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located in the north-east part of Demacia on the banks of the Serpentrion River. The main road between Demacia City and High Silvermere goes between Pinara (the city after Edessa).
A remote mountain hamlet in the northeastern hinterlands of Demacia, Uwendale was one of Demacia's numerous Protectorates. Uwendale is a thriving town of hunters and farmers, protected by mountain rangers expert in intercepting and killing any monsters that came down from the high peaks to hunt. The town was the sight of numerous wyverns, rabid wolves, and bandit attacks, once stopped thanks to an. This was also the birth town of the famous .
One of Demacia's numerous Protectorates, it is located in the northern part of Demacia. The main road between Demacia City and High Silvermere goes between Velorus (the city after Edessa, Pinara, and Lissus).
Wrenwall is located in eastern part of Westerley region of southern Demacia. Castle Wrenwall had been built as a safe haven for refugees during the cataclysmic upheaval of the Rune Wars, no thanks to the structure's particularly thick Petricite walls. In present history it was the site whereand slew the black Dragon known as Yvva.
The land and coastal areas house an large assortment of astounding creatures, such as: Crag Beasts, Wyverns and all sorts of Fell beasts.
There are also more mundane creatures such as bats, ravens, seagulls, and wolves.
Giant boar-like creatures. Crag Beasts are often sighted in the country side where they frequently attack Demacian settlements. They adorn large tusks and sharp fangs. Their outer shell is protected by a thick layer of rocky-like skin which protects them from swords, spears and other weapons. The only place where their skin isn't as thick is at their belly region. Their soft skin, inner organs, and blood are of a blue-ish colour. Their size ranges from a house to a large tower.once saved an entire settlement from one of these beasts.
Griffin-esque creatures native to the rocky crags of northern Demacia. Only a few individuals have been known to befriend and ride these beasts.
Predatory killers from the Demacian hinterlands known for their thick hide, the long razorhorns that crown their head and a ferocious temperament.
Reptilian creatures, Wyverns are members of the dragon family are often mistaken for theircause of their similar appearances. The distinguishing features of a wyvern is that it only has one pair of limbs and one pair of wings as opposed to the two pair limbed dragons. They are often spotted attacking the Demacian countryside and are a frequent threat to villagers.
Demacian Dogma"Demacia must lead by example."
From the natural sanctuary of western Valoran an ambitious new nation was built, where all were welcome, regardless of station or background, so long as they contributed to the good of the whole. Yet despite the country's noble beginnings the ideals of Demacia has twisted over the centuries, they're still driven by a common cause to disseminate benevolence and order for the betterment of their country. While priding themselves as the moral vanguards of Valoran, with their strength, courage and unity. But have adopted seemingly draconian measures to ensure that their moral code remains the only code by which one may live and prosper within the kingdom.
Crime in any form is harshly punished: there are no misdemeanors within Demacia. Some detractors of Demacia (who criticize far from the reaches of the nation) claim this as proof of its inherent hypocrisy. Demacians counter this argument by pointing out that their justice system incorporates benevolence and mitigation into its verdicts. No one is punished without fair and just consideration of the circumstances involved. While others may continue to criticize the harshness of Demacian law, the Demacians stand by their convictions.
Magic is particularly rare in Demacia and in the wake of how the country was formed, its people have been raised on folk tales about dark mages and powerful magic that had almost destroyed the world. Naturally they have become suspicious of its power in all forms. Where this fear in destructive magic has even extended to distrust in foreign people, which has flourished an insular nation that refuses to be inclusive with the rest of the world.
The kingdom of Demacia was founded by refugees fleeing the Rune Wars' cataclysmic upheavals; as such, Demacian nomenclature reflect her founders' diverse backgrounds. However, Demacia has become culturally unified as time went by.
- Demacia: The Kingdom's , etymology unknown
- Edessa: *gʷheid- "to swell, to flow, to drip") (possibly βέδυ "water" < PIE
- Fossbarrow: * + * "waterfall height" ( )
- Jandelle: יהחנון Yehoḥanan " is gracious" ( -based) + *daljō ( -based)
- Lissus: ( )
- Pinara: ( "round", further origin unknown)
- Silvermere: *silubran (non-IE loanword) + * ( )
- Uwendale: possibly * + * (> *daljō "dell") ( -based)
- Velorus: vellus " " ( , from PIE *h₂welh₁-)
Petricite is a magic-dampening material used by Demacians in defensive walls and in the military. It is also used in Demacian architecture due to its white and elegant appearance.
The early settlers of Demacia fashioned concrete from the petrified forests that could dispel magic. Combining Lime, Ash and the fossilized bark from ancient trees they could form the resistant material. With this innovation, the white walls of Demacia were established. However Petricite isn't an invulnerable substance, it can be destroyed and Noxus has Basilisks big enough to besiege most city walls. (as well as .)
is made entirely out of Petricite.
Sometimes known as Silver Steel or Rune Steel, Demacian armor & weapons are coveted for their durability, light weight and unique interaction with magic. Other materials include Sunsteel and Bluesteel.
Lamb and Wolf
Theare less known and followed in Demacia. Lamb represents a peaceful and while the Wolf represents a violent end. Lamb is more venerated in Demacia than Wolf. When the final moment comes, it is said a true Demacian will turn to Lamb, taking the arrow.
The Veiled Lady
Demacians worship a multitude of deities, of which the only one named so far being The Veiled Lady, demacians pray the deceased find a safe passage to her shortly after death.
The Festival of the Slayer
It was a celebration to honorwho saved numerous Demacian farms and villages from wyverns, rabid wolves, and bandits. Although this revered warrior had chosen to remain anonymous, that wouldn’t stop the villagers from celebrating his deeds. The slayer had been spotted near the town of Uwendale, leaving the first eyewitness accounts of his appearance. To commemorate the hero's bravery a stone statue was erected in his honor.
Scarlet vow one pledge to king and realm, When shadows are found, Arise gilded crown, True justice abound.― "Demacia Rising" Slogan
Demacia is a constitutional monarchy, where the King of Demacia serves as the head of state and an elected council serves as the legislative body. While the king is a strong ruler, he is kept in check at least partially by the Demacian Council. The current King of Demacia, Jarvan III (a.k.a. Jarvan Lightshield the Third), works earnestly with the Demacian Council to ensure that the sanctity of the kingdom remains pure and true. Since the rule of Jarvan I, there has never been an attempted coup or rebellion of any kind in Demacia. The king serves not only as the political leader of the country, but also as the commander-in-chief of its military. Numerous territories controlled by the Kingdom are known as the Protectorates.
As a monarchy, Demacia is governed by various royal families, regulating the nation primarily as members of the Demacian Council. While many of the Noble Houses have ruled for generations, they are treated as any other citizen under the nation’s strict laws and are not exempt from them. They may even be treated more harshly under the law as they are meant to serve as shining examples of how Demacian citizens should conduct themselves, publicly and privately.
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A family known for being the patron of the musical arts.
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A paragon family of Demacian service.
A family known for its long line of elite duelists. It is currently headed by Fiora Laurent after she caught her father cheating for a duel and fought him for control over the House.
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They have been the royal family of Demacia continuously for the last three generations.
One of the most influential political forces in Demacia. Notably the prince's mother Lady Lightshield, formerly Lady Catherine Spiritmight, belong to this family.
The famously tragic murder of her family left the controversial figure Shauna Vayne with the family fortune which she invests in her vengeful crusade against evil creatures and dark magic.
The Demacian military is one of the strongest in all of Valoran, and until recently it was the only force capable of holding back the hunger of the military machine that is Noxus. Noxus has been the sworn enemy of Demacia since both settlements were founded hundreds of years ago. Their conflict is, at its core, a moral one. With such a night-and-day division of moral philosophy between Demacia and Noxus, it is not hard to see why Demacia views its military requirements as a vital necessity for survival. Every Demacian citizen is required to serve in its military for no less than three years. Even after this time, most Demacians remain on active status in the nations military reserve.
Demacia's army is often outnumbered, but is arguable the most elite, well-trained army in Runeterra. The resolve of Demacia's military is alternately celebrated or despised, but always respected. Their "zero tolerance" moral code is strictly upheld by civilians and soldiers alike. In combat, this means Demacian troops may not make excuses, flee, or surrender by example. Thousands of great heroes have risen and fallen on the bloody battlefields between Demacia and its preeminent rival, Noxus.
As an indoctrination tool, the Demacian military utilizes The Measured Tread, a handbook which outlines the nations ideology. Quotes from the book include:
- "Death is inevitable; one can only avoid defeat."
- "To fight for justice in the name of Demacia."
- "Victory for our allies, defeat for our enemies, and justice for all."
- "When Demacians march forth, ridding Valoran of the evils of selfishness and greed under the pristine banner of justice, we know who we are and what we fight for, unapologetically."
- "In our eternal forward march, we must stomp out evil all across Valoran wherever it may grow. Leave no stone unturned: the roots of one ignored weed will inevitably corrupt the whole of the garden.”
Notable branches of the military include the Dauntless Vanguard and the Demacian Elite Guard.
Crown of Stone
The Crow of Stone is a ceremony that demans a dishonored soldier ascend Mount Targon. Known to all as a death sentence, few mortals had ever survived the climb. It was traditionally used by the dishonored to simply flee Demacia and make a new life in exile.is among the few who decided to uphold to this ceremony and survive, becoming the Aspect of Protection.
Targon and Demacia have a deep cultural relationship with one another. 'The Crown of Stone', is a ceremony that demanded a dishonored soldier ascend Mount Targon. Known to all as a death sentence, few mortals had ever survived the climb.
And while the Crown of Stone was traditionally used by the dishonored to simply flee Demacia and make a new life in exile,decided to actually atone for his mistake and set out for the towering spire of Mount Targon, later successfully becoming the Aspect of Protection.
Noxian hostilities towards Demacia and likewise stretches far back in the nations histories. Having fought at least two wars with each other, the two nations are political, military and ideological rivals and see the other as a threat. The death of King Jarvan I Lightshield at the hands of , a General of Noxus, is celebrated as a national event in the Empire. Tensions between the two nations has not changed and will likely not change until one of the two factions gives up.
Demacia and the people that now make up Freljord have had a history of conflict, albeit nowhere near as grievous as the conflict between Noxus and the northern barbarian tribes. Both and have been highly critical of Demacia’s neutrality during Noxus’ Barbarian Pacification Campaigns. In fact, Demacia had been quite protective of its territory, turning away refugees during the campaign’s more bloody episodes. Likewise, Demacia’s northern homesteads were oftentimes targeted by barbarian raiding parties. Both governments have a great deal of diplomatic work ahead of them before they can bridge the gap that spans decades of distrust.
Piltover and Demacia may have their differences, but the two nations are on relatively friendly terms. Scientists from the City of Progress are usually welcomed inside Demacia. However, should the scientists wish to perform experiments there, they must first get clearance from Demacian officials.
- The name Demacia possibly puns on
δῆμος demos "people" and decem "ten".
- Demacia's namesake seems to be a Noxus. toponym, Δρυμαλία , a former municipality of the island of , probable namesake of
- currently keeps the belonging to Demacia's founder Orlon, possibly based on real-life < Proto-Germanic *Hrōþinanþaz "famous & daring".
- The Kingdom's motto is, "Demacia: Now and forever."
- e one of his lines while moving. features it as
- A common battle cry among Demacian soldiers is, "Demacia!"
- The stress accent of the name Demacia falls on the second syllable /dɛ̝ˈmɑ:sɪ.ä/ De-MAA-sih-ah.
- Prior to the retcon, battle scene featured in an issue of the now-defunct Jorunal of Justice between and . was kidnapped by Noxus and supplanted by . Her face could be seen in his reflection in a
- Demacian architecture was inspired by real life
, and (mainly Mediterranean and Adriatic architecture).
- It has also been inspired by from books.
- Demacian colours are Blue, White and Gold.
, , , and are Demacian artifacts.
- Aegis of the Legion and Randuin's Omen bare the crest of the Demacian Dynasty.
- Gargoyle Stoneplate was inspired by
- resided in Demacia prior to the retcon, but is now listed as having no affiliation.