General

  • Illaoi as a whole might have been influenced by Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • She is one of Thirteen champions to not have a single Ability Power ratio on any ability, the others being Darius Darius, Draven Draven, Garen Garen, Kalista Kalista, Kindred Kindred, Kled Kled, Olaf Olaf, Riven Riven, Talon Talon, Xayah Xayah, Vayne Vayne, and Zed Zed.
  • She is the only champion who can summon an enemy unit (Vessel.png Vessel).
  • Zoologically, Illaoi does not summon Nagakabouros' tentacles , which were supposed to be smooth all along and have suckers only at their distal clubs; instead, she summons the Goddess' arms with suckers along their length.

Development

  • Illaoi was the last champion released in 2015.
    • Her name is pronounced ɪlˈaʊi: ('ill-OW-ee') and might come from Quechua noun illawi, a snake with black back and white chest.[1]
  • Nagakabouros' religion is meant to speak uniquely to Runeterra and to life on the Serpent Isles.[2]

Lore

  • Illaoi's worldview expresses that everyone must follow their dreams no matter how brutal they might be.
    • But if while doing so someone becomes so passive or so demotivated to keep on pursuing their destiny that their soul starts to stagnate, then Illaoi will give them a Harsh Lesson.png Harsh Lesson in order to encourage them to get back on track.
      • This brand of tough love will end in one of two ways: someone passes their Test of Spirit.png Test of Spirit and is back in 'motion' or they fail and, as a result, their energy returns to the universe so that another lifeform might make better use of it.[5][6][7][8][9]
  • Serpent Islanders aren't aware of other religions (even though Nagakabouros isn't their only god) so they've never needed a name for their faith.[10]
    • Indigenous creatures from their home isles are used as religious symbols in the same fashion Christianity uses lambs and doves.[11]
      • They always share food with guests (especially fruit) but eating without offering to share is a huge insult and an overt threat in their eyes.[12]
  • When Illaoi conducts a Test of Spirit.png Test of Spirit she rips only one of the Vessel.png Vessel's many incarnations from throughout their lives.

Skins

IllaoiSquare.png Void Bringer Illaoi [S|L]

Relations

  • Illaoi and Gangplank Gangplank were once lovers but they went their separate ways over a decade ago.
    • Their past relationship is implied by her liking mangos and him Remove Scurvy.png oranges.[13]
    • Illaoi was Gangplank's first love.
  • Illaoi hasn't met Braum Braum yet but her voiceover hints at what if.
    • If she were to ever test him, Braum would pass the test very easily as he is doing exactly what Illaoi preaches: living his life as he sees fit.[14][15][16][17][18]
  • Illaoi views 'spirits' (Anivia Anivia, Bard Bard, Kindred Kindred, Yordles, etc.) as a useless distraction from the truth.[19]
    • Tahm Kench Tahm Kench would avoid her as he probably knows he would perish if Nagakabouros tested him.[20]
  • Illaoi abhors the undead of the Shadow Isles and the Black Mist itself as both embody the very stagnation she seeks to eradicate.
    • This can be illustrated when she tells Sion Sion he was 'cheated of rebirth' (his soul has been trapped and unable to reincarnate as new life) [21][22]
      • She wants to end Mordekaiser Mordekaiser the most for being the de facto puppeteer of the undead.[23]

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