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Previous Lore

"There is no such thing as redemption. Only penance." - Galio Galio

Long before the League's regulation of such magic, mages experimented with the creation of artificial life. Now forbidden, instilling golems with reason was once not so uncommon a practice amongst the more expert of craftsmen. One such visionary was the Demacian artificer, Durand.

Peerless at crafting sentient beings, Durand's constructs served as tireless guardians for the border towns of his beloved city-state, affording them protection from their Noxian neighbors. For his own defense, however, Durand kept his magnum opus: Galio.

This mighty construct forged in the image of a gargoyle kept him safe on his journeys, allowing him to perform his important work without fear of reprisal from those hostile to his homeland. That is, until dealing with his taxing sentinels finally roused the ire of the Noxian High Command.

As Durand crossed the Howling Marsh with his masterwork in tow, he was set upon by Noxian assassins in force. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, Galio looked on in horror as the murderers cut down his charge, executing him swiftly before vanishing back into the mists.

Stripped of his reason for being, Galio despaired. For years he remained in solitude, standing vigil over the bones of the master he had failed to protect... a literal monument to his own everlasting shame. Then, on one nondescript day, a sad but determined yordle Poppy girl carrying a mighty Demacian crown stopped in the shadow of a great Idol of Durand.png statue to rest.

Hidden in plain sight from his unsuspecting visitor, Galio studied the forlorn yordle. She looked as though she too shouldered a tremendous burden. As quietly and as stoically as she had arrived, she departed in the direction of Demacia.

This encounter lit a spark in Galio's eye. Remembering the cause that his master had died defending, Galio arose from his silent purgatory and followed in the wake of this brave creature. He had a new reason to live: to join the League of Legends and fight for the will of Demacia.


Candidate
Date
  • 10 August, 20 CLE
Observation

Galio wears a face as though he is lost in concentration. One may mistake this look to mean the great beast is dumbfounded. His facial features, especially his massive jaw with the exaggerated underbite, give the massive gargoyle the look of a simpleton. This look is intentionally deceptive, magically crafted to lull an opponent into thinking that Galio is mentally slow. The reality of the situation is that he is intently studying what lies before him. The double doors – and the sign above it – are all that matters.

"The truest opponent lies within."

Galio nods knowingly, but does not move afterwards. His form is literally statuesque.

After a lengthy pause, Galio springs to life, lumbering toward the door. Broad, powerful wings spread wide and slowly beat against the stillness of the air, propelling the gargoyle forward with a not-so-gentle whoosh. He moves as gracefully as a being made of stone and metal can.

The doors swing open, revealing the inky blackness within. The engraved obsidian panthers that flank the doorway point the way inward for Galio. He obliges his stony brethren.

Reflection

With a sudden flood of light, Galio knew where he was. There was never a chance of him forgetting this place. The clearing was surrounded by a thick copse of fruit trees. In the center of the clearing were Durand's bones, blanched from countless days of weathering. He could smell the peaches and cherries ripening on the branches.

Galio loathed that smell; the stench of sweet fruit growing, ripening, and rotting in a never-ending cycle reminded him of his failure to save Durand, his creator. He had failed to protect his master from the Noxian assassins who ambushed them, and it was here that he kept a penitent vigil for years afterwards.

I wish they killed me instead. He thought it now as he did back then, but this time he knew something was different. An unwelcome thought masquerading as his own edged its way into his consciousness.

No. I do not.

Galio shifted in place, trying to shake the invasive notion out of his head. He knew it was impossible for him to actually be here, but everything felt real. The sickly-sweet scent of the fruit made him anxious. Was this still the Judgment?

"It is, Galio of Demacia." The squeaky, yet powerful yordle voice belonged to a female.

Sitting on a nearby stump was a familiar face. He recognized the female yordle, but she was not wearing what Galio remembered her wearing when they first met on this very spot. She wore the armor of a Demacian warrior. He now knew the yordle as Poppy Poppy, though when he first met her he did not know her name. He never spoke to Poppy then; in fact, he never even let her know that he was aware of her presence. Poppy had seen Galio standing in the clearing, but she never gave any indication that she thought he was anything more than an inanimate statue.

"You are Poppy." Galio spoke with words that were carefully chosen. "I know you. This was before you joined the League. I saw you. Here."

The yordle girl smiled, though she shook her head slightly. "Here... yes, you met Poppy here, but alas – I am not Poppy." The yordle girl stood and approached Galio, extending her hand. "You know this to be true." The girl smiled again. "It's okay if you want to keep calling me Poppy."

Galio had watched this place for years, but for the first time, he permitted himself an examination of the environment without analyzing for ambush points or areas of defensive weakness. A sudden slight breeze carried the scent of the trees away. He could hear leaves gently rustling. He noticed how the drifting blossoms twirled with each pulse of the wind.

Galio extended his talon-like paw and took the yordle girl's tiny hand into his own. He could feel the warmth of her flesh on his sculpted hide. "Thank you, Poppy."

She nodded. "Why do you want to join the League, Galio?"

The pungent fruit smell wafted back into the clearing, making Galio slightly jittery. "I must fight for Demacia. It was my creator's home."

Poppy clasped the gargoyle's remaining free hand. As she stood facing Galio, she looked up at him with kind, yet serious eyes. "Why do you want to join the League, Galio?"

Galio thought carefully about Poppy's question; he knew this was not the real Poppy, but he could surmise that her image was being used for a reason. He remembered that it was the sight of the determined yordle that broke him from his exile. He knew that she herself bore a tremendous burden. It was the same sort of burden that he too struggled to cope with - the burden of failure. Galio had later learned that Poppy lost her father in an ambush also perpetrated by Noxian assassins.

They had such a horrific event in common, but they addressed it so differently. Poppy became even more resolute to complete her mission - to deliver a crown crafted by her father to a Demacian general. Galio chose... a different path. He now realized that it was his choice and his choice alone to stand vigil not over the remains of his creator, but rather over his own hubris.

He looked away from Poppy for a moment, ashamed. He now knew the answer. "I want to join because it is my choice. It is my own free will. I want to fight for my creator's... for my home."

"How does it feel, exposing your mind?"

The pungent odor had dissipated once more. Galio looked down upon Poppy, smiling a slightly fanged grin. "It is... familiar to me. I shared my mind with my creator. I am sharing my mind with you. I will share my mind with any summoner."

Another flood of light washed over Galio. He stood alone in front of a new set of double doors. There was no pause this time - Galio swung the doors wide and entered the League of Legends.


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Patch History

V6.8
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • Cost reduced to 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 from 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90.
    • Bonus movement speed changed to 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50% from 20 / 28 / 36 / 44 / 52.
V5.22
  • Stats
    • Mana increased to 369 from 319
    • Mana growth reduced to 47 from 50
V5.18
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand
    • New Effect: Cannot be canceled by movement commands for the first 0.25 seconds of channel if it taunts at least one enemy champion.
V5.15
  • Bulwark.png Bulwark
    • Bug Fix: Not scoring assists
V5.12
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand
    • Damage reduced to 200 / 300 / 400 from 220 / 330 / 440.
    • Per hit bonus damage increased to 10% from 5.
    • Maximum bonus damage increased to 80% from 40.
    • Maximum damage increased to 360 / 540 / 720 (+ 108% AP) from 308 / 462 / 616 (+ 84% AP)
V5.6
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • Cooldown changed to 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 seconds from 12 at all ranks.
V4.21
V4.17
  • General
    • Texture update to Classic, Commando, Enchanted, Gatekeeper, and Hextech.
V4.10
  • General
    • Magic resistance growth increased to 1.25 from 0
V4.5
  • Stats
    • Armor increased to 21 from 17
V3.11
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand
    • Cooldown reduced to 150 / 135 / 120 seconds from 170 / 150 / 130.
    • Cost reduced to 100 at all ranks from 100 / 150 / 200.
V1.0.0.152
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 335 from 310
V1.0.0.147b
V1.0.0.140b
V1.0.0.135
V1.0.0.122
  • Stats
    • Health increased to 435 from 410
    • Armor increased to 17 from 13
    • Armor growth reduced to 3.5 from 4
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 70% AP) from (+ 80% AP)
    • Projectile speed increased to 1300 from 1200.
    • Cost reduced to 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 from 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90.
  • Bulwark.png Bulwark
    • Duration increased to 4 seconds from 3.5
    • Heal increased to 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 from 20 / 32 / 44 / 56 / 68.
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand
    • Damage reduction on channel increased to 50% from 30.
V1.0.0.120
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand
    • Bonus damage updated to correctly increase when damage taken is absorbed by shields.
V1.0.0.118b
V1.0.0.115
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • Damage increased to 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 from 60 / 115 / 170 / 225 / 280.
    • AP ratio increased to (+ 80% AP) from (+ 75% AP)
    • Cooldown reduced to 7 seconds from 8.
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • Damage reduced to 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 from 65 / 110 / 155 / 200 / 245.
    • Bonus movement speed increased to 20 / 28 / 36 / 44 / 52% from 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40.
    • New Effect: Galio receives the bonus movement speed more quickly.
V1.0.0.114
V1.0.0.113
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • Cost reduced to 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90 from 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100.
V1.0.0.110
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • Area of effect radius increased slightly
    • Projectile speed increased slightly
V1.0.0.106
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • AP ratio increased to (+ 75% AP) from (+ 70% AP)
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 50% AP) from (+ 65% AP)
    • Bonus movement speed increased to 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% from 20 / 24 / 28 / 32 / 36.
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol Of Durand
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 60% AP) from (+ 80% AP)
    • Per-hit bonus damage reduced to 5% from 10.
    • Maximum damage reduced to 140% from 180.
V1.0.0.105
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • AP ratio increased to (+ 70% AP) from (+ 60% AP)
  • Bulwark.png Bulwark
    • Duration reduced to 3.5 seconds from 4.
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • Damage reduced to 65 / 110 / 155 / 200 / 245 from 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250.
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 65% AP) from (+ 80% AP)
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol Of Durand
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 80% AP) from (+ 85% AP)
    • Bug Fix: Inconsistent AP ratio
    • Bug Fix: Breaking enemy spell shield on cast and taunting them again after.
    • Bug Fix: Taunt particle sometimes displaying on targets who blocked the effect.
V1.0.0.103
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • Cost increased to 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90 from 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80.
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    • Cost increased to 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100 from 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90.
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol Of Durand
    • Cost increased to 100 / 150 / 200 from 100 / 145 / 190.
    • Duration reduced to 2 seconds from 2.5
V1.0.0.99
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite
    • Particle updated to represent correct area of effect.
  • Idol of Durand.png Idol Of Durand
    • Taunt radius reduced to 500 from 520.
    • Damage radius increased to 520 from 500.
    • Team-colored range circle updated to represent correct taunt range.
V1.0.0.98
  • Added

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