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Murder Bridge Howling Abyss Butcher's Bridge Proving Grounds


The Howling Abyss bridge is located in the Freljord and serves as a gateway to the ProfileIcon Frostguard Frostguard citadel. It was the Murder Bridge replacement for the Proving Grounds during the Freljord event and later became the first map for the ARAM game mode.

Howling Abyss summoner platform

Howling Abyss Overview (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)

Lore

Freljord- Howling Abyss
"This is more than just a bridge, you know. Maybe it was once a simple thing of stone and mortar, but now it bears the weight of the entire Freljord on its back."

"The fate of this land was decided here, ages ago, in a long and brutal battle. Just look around and listen, that noise is more than the wind - it is the cry of the vanquished, thrown howling into the abyss!"

"Everybody's forgotten who built this bridge and why. Everybody's forgotten the war that gave this place its scars. Everyone, but me. I was there! I saw the battle! I died here, and I never left this place! I was bound here to stand guard and sound Guardian&#039;s Horn item.png my war horn if our enemies ever returned."

"And now, now the howling grows louder, and I sense something evil stirring in the abyss, my hand reaches for my war horn. This place will soon see a battle again. One that will shape the Freljord for all time. And if the Freljord falls, so too will the rest of the world."

"Yes, this is more than just a bridge." - ProfileIcon Gregor Gregor

Lissandra EasterEgg
"The Howling Abyss. A bottomless crevasse surrounded by an ancient fortress carved into a glacier. No one remembers who built this place. No one knows its purpose. No one but me.

Long before Ashe Ashe and Sejuani Sejuani, before Aurelion Sol magic shattered the broken peaks, before Xerath the desert swallowed Shurima, it was the time of The Three Sisters. We were so young back then; ProfileIcon Avarosan Avarosa, ProfileIcon Winter&#039;s Claw Serylda, and me, ProfileIcon Frostguard Lissandra.

Back then the Frozen Watchers lived here. I do not know where they came from, but I know they were powerful. They gave us gifts, shared their magic, made us immortal. They named us 'Iceborn'.

In return, we gave them whatever they desired. This mighty fortress, a vast empire, our loyalty, these were a small price to pay. Avarosa did not see it that way. Like a spoiled child she cried out for freedom. She demanded choice. She sowed the seeds of rebellion and betrayal.

This place is where it happened. On one side, the Frozen Watchers, on the other, Avarosa and her Iceborn horde. Many Iceborn died that day, but in the end, the Watchers fell. Avarosa drove them howling into the abyss.

I never forgave her. I had Frozen Tomb.png my revenge... but that is another story." - Lissandra Lissandra

Freljord Crest icon

Shopkeepers

Gregor and Lyte enforce 'limited' shopping, preventing champions from purchasing items after they have left the fountain and only until after they have been slain in combat (the shop becoming inaccessible is indicated by Gregor fading back into his frozen corpse and Lyte waving goodbye before retiring to his tent)

Their dialogue can be found here.

Development

Howling Abyss now on PBE!

By Richard 'Brackhar' Hough [1]

Hey Gang,

It's been a while since I first talked to you guys about making ARAM an official gameplay mode, and today I've got something awesome to share with you. For the past few months I've been working with an exceptional team of artists to create a space that's an appropriate setting for both the epic battles that occur in ARAM and within the world of Runeterra at large. As a result, we've completely reworked the Proving Grounds and, in effect, created something entirely new.

Now, instead of fighting on a random bridge over a black void, you'll be fighting on the Howling Abyss, an ancient landmark in Freljord where the Iceborn finally overthrew their oppressors and sent them tumbling into the chasm below. As you might have guessed from these mysterious journals, there's more (a lot more!) our story team would love to tell you about Freljord - but for now, you'll have to wait.

Anyway, work is still ongoing on the map, and it's yet a few patches away from release but we just wanted to invite you guys in a bit earlier than normal to get your thoughts as we begin to polish it up. The environment team will be actively reading the forum and looking for your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

Howling Abyss Screenshot

Additionally I wanted to let you guys know that we are actively working on an official matchmaking queue for ARAM and plan to launch it with the map when it's ready. The queue isn't currently enabled on PBE as there's still a good bit of tech work that needs to be resolved to handle the number of players on the environment, but we're fully committed to giving you guys the best experience that we can. So with that, check out the map and explore what we've created; who knows, maybe you'll even find some surprises!

ARAM Howling Abyss

New ARAM Feature: Rerolls

By Richard 'Brackhar' Hough [2]

Hey gang,

A few weeks ago, I let you know we were working on a matchmaking queue for Howling Abyss, but it wasn't quite ready for testing. Well, with today's PBE patch that's changed! Once PBE comes back up you can try out our new queue and help us test out a new ARAM feature we've added especially for this queue: rerolls.

While the random element is a really fun part of Howling Abyss, we also understand there are times you simply don't want to play a particular champion. That's why we created the reroll feature specifically for this queue. When you're really not in the mood to play your particular champion on Murder Bridge, you can reroll and get a different random character instead.

Here's how it works. As you play matchmade games on Howling Abyss, win or lose, you'll earn points you can save up to purchase a reroll in champion select. You'll earn a base number of points every match, along with some bonus points based on the number of champions you own. While there is a cap on the number of points you can store up, you'll be able to reroll multiple times in a single champion select if you've got the points.

And don't worry about wasting your hard-earned points on queue dodgers. If someone leaves your match at champion select, everyone in the game gets a refund except the player who dodged.

Trivia

  • The Howlyng Abyss has hosted the Featured Game Modes 'Showdown', 'One for All: Mirror Mode', and 'Legend of the Poro King' (the dedicated summoner spell Poro Toss.png Poro Toss / ProfileIcon749 Poro Attack.jpg Poro Dash eventually led to Mark.png Mark / Dash.png Dash's creation for regular use)
  • The Guardian&#039;s Horn item.png Guardian's Horn, the Guardian&#039;s Hammer item.png Guardian's Hammer, and the Orb of Winter item.png Guardian's Orb all used to belong to ProfileIcon Gregor Gregor (a spectral horn can be seen strapped to his back)
  • Lyte and his robot Geeves are respectively named after Jeffrey 'Lyte' Lin and Kevin 'Geeves' O'Brien.
  • Running around the map are little horned furball creatures called Poro Poros who can be fed a Poro-Snax item.png Poro-Snax (Howling Abyss' 'trinket's) to make them grow in size.
    • If all ten players feed the same Poro their Poro-Snaxs it will 'explode' into 10 new Poros who will then proceed to run around the map as well.
    • They used to be killed by the Nexus Obelisk and Static Field.png Static Field's passive lightning bolts (now they simply run away in fear)
  • The turrets for each team might be styled after the Iceborn (blue side) and the Frozen Watchers (purple side) with the game mode itself recreating their battle.
    • The gap between the purple nexus and its Obelisk features a silhouette resembling Lissandra Lissandra (referencing the purple side being the entrance to the ProfileIcon Frostguard Frostguard citadel ruled over by the Seeker)
    • The 'Watcher turrets' being purple as well as the Watchers themselves appearing to have a single middle eye might be implying they are related to Vel&#039;Koz Vel'Koz's Voidborn species (he himself is not a Watcher, but a Void rift in the Freljord is likely)
  • Standing on the fountain does not grant increased health or mana regen.
  • The map features many instances of destructible terrain:
    • If a champion is killed near one of the giant statues skirting each side of the bridge the corresponding one will crumble and break.
    • Another bridge in the far background will crumble and fall immediately after any team scoring First Blood.
    • Walking past the outermost purple turret will cause a couple of bricks to fall from the crack in the ground nearby.
    • Walking towards the left wall next to the blue inhibitor turret will cause the giant pillar nearby to crash downwards.
  • Waiting 30 seconds after winning a match will play a monologue by Lissandra Lissandra telling the story of the place.


  • Their dialogue can be found here.
    • Gregor and Lyte are hostile to each other.
ProfileIcon Gregor Gregor
  • Gregor is voiced by Joshua Tomar (who also voices Trundle Trundle)
  • Gregor is the only other person who knows the real history of the Freljord (the other being the Lissandra Seeker who worked for centuries to erase it and distort it)
    • Gregor and Lissandra Lissandra share the quote "I am Iceborn".
    • Gregor doesn't know Lissandra Lissandra murdered Avarosa nor that she singlehandedly rewrote Freljordian history (he assumes the world is ruled by Iceborn)
  • "Sorry, fresh out of Nami moonstones" implies Gregor knows of the Marai (or is just making fun of the Tidecaller)
  • "So you want to hear the story of this place? Of my glorious death? Stay a while and listen, I might tell you that and more" might be referencing Deckard Cain from Diablo.
  • "You're making me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry" references Hulk from Marvel Comics.
  • "This! Is! Freljord!" references 300 by Frank Miller ("This! Is! Sparta!")
Lyte
  • Lyte is trying to decipher the history Lissandra Lissandra worked to cover up, and sometimes catches glimpses of the Watchers down below. His senility and his proximity to the ProfileIcon Frostguard Frostguard citadel might become factors in (not) warning of the Watchers' return.
  • "Are Lissandra you the sand witch I have heard so much about? Hmm... now I'm hungry... " might be referencing Seth Seth (eventually Azir Azir) and is a pun on 'sandwich'.
  • "Is it true what I've heard about Ezreal you and Lux Miss Crownguard... hmm?" implies there's a relationship going on between the Prodigal Explorer and the Lady of Luminosity.
  • "Jayce Together, we could make a... a transforming robot!" might referencing Transformers.
  • "So many people have died here, I should call this place Murder Bridge... no, no, the Howling Abyss is definitely cooler!" references the announcer sometimes saying "Welcome to the Murder Bridge!" rather than "Welcome to the Howling Abyss!"
  • "Its dangerous to go alone... take this!" references Legend of Zelda.
  • "Have fun storming the bridge!" references The Princess Bride ("Have fun storming the castle!")
  • "What are you buying... what are you selling?" references the merchant from Resident Evil 4.


Media

Howling Abyss Theme29:11

Howling Abyss Theme

Related Music


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Related Videos


  • Howling Abyss Concept 1
  • Howling Abyss Concept 2
  • Howling Abyss Concept 3
  • Howling Abyss Concept 4
  • Howling Abyss Model 1
  • Howling Abyss Model 2
  • |Howling Abyss Model 3
  • Howling Abyss Model 4
  • Howling Abyss Blue (Iceborn) Base
  • Howling Abyss Purple (Frozen Watchers) Base
  • Howling Abyss Purple Turret Concept (by Riot Artist Maokai Xiao)
  • Howling Abyss Minion Fight
  • Lyte Concept
  • Lyte Model
  • Gregor Model
  • Poro Concept 1
  • Poro Concept 2
  • Poro Concept 3
  • Howling Abyss Loading Background

Associated Champions

Champion Ties
Anivia Anivia, the Cryophoenix Ancient Iceborn ally
Ashe Ashe, the Frost Archer Avarosa's descendant, ProfileIcon Avarosan Avarosan tribe leader
Ezreal Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer Lyte's nephew [3]
Lissandra Lissandra, the Ice Witch Seeker for the Frozen Watchers, ProfileIcon Frostguard Frostguard tribe leader
Sejuani Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath Serylda's descendant, ProfileIcon Winter&#039;s Claw Winter's Claw tribe leader

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