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General

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 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 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 Test of Spirit she rips only one of the Vessel Vessel's many incarnations from throughout their lives.

Skins

IllaoiSquare Void Bringer Illaoi [S|L]

Relations

  • Illaoi and GangplankSquare 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 oranges.[13]
    • Illaoi was Gangplank's first love.
  • Illaoi hasn't met BraumSquare 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' (AniviaSquare Anivia, BardSquare Bard, KindredSquare Kindred, Yordles, etc.) as a useless distraction from the truth.[19]
    • Tahm KenchSquare 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 SionSquare Sion he was 'cheated of rebirth' (his soul has been trapped and unable to reincarnate as new life) [21][22]
      • She wants to end MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser the most for being the de facto puppeteer of the undead.[23]

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