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Development

  • While in the PBE, his name was Al'Zahar, sounding almost like الظاهر Aẓ-ẓahir "the Manifest"[1] is one among the Names of God in Islam.
    • Malzahar was the only champion who caused the PBE to malfunction.

Lore

Skins

MalzaharSquare Shadow Prince Malzahar [S|L]
MalzaharSquare Vizier Malzahar [S|L]
  • He references the eponymous Middle-Eastern title.
MalzaharSquare Djinn Malzahar [S|L]
MalzaharSquare Overlord Malzahar [S|L]
MalzaharSquare Snow Day Malzahar [S|L]
MalzaharSquare Battle Boss Malzahar [S|L]

Relations

  • Even though Malzahar (and KassadinSquare Kassadin) are both Shuriman their ties to the Void directs all their focus to the ancient city of Icathia and what lies within it.
    • Malzahar might be attempting to make Icathia rise again just like AzirSquare Azir did with the Ancient Shuriman capital.
      • It is uncertain whether or not he is aware of the AzirSquare rise XerathSquare of NasusSquare the RenektonSquare Ascended.
        • Even if so, making way for the Voidborn takes precedence over a handful of actually mortal demigods that can be overrun by infinite hordes anyway.
  • Malzahar was brainwashed into believing the Void overrunning Runeterra is an inevitability and this in turned prompted him to become its prophet.
    • KassadinSquare Kassadin is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He glimpsed into the Void and his resolve to fight it only strengthened.
      • Malzahar has done everything to tempt the Void Walker into joining forces with him, going so far as to sending KassadinSquare Kassadin's daughter into the Void itself.
  • The one resposible for luring Malzahar to Icathia might have been the same entity Aurelion SolSquare Aurelion Sol suspects of being commanding all the Void incursions into Runeterra.
    • Malzahar in turn lured Kog'MawSquare Kog'Maw into Runeterra.
      • It could be speculated the hivemind entity is the Mouth of the Abyss' 'Daddy', the 'Terror who is coming'.
        • In short Kog'MawSquare Kog'Maw might be foreshadowing a cataclysm on an interdimensional scale so large the Rune Wars will seem a children's brawl in comparison.

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