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"What was fallen will be great again." - Nasus Nasus

Nasus Nasus is an imposing, jackal-headed Ascended being from ancient Shurima, a heroic figure regarded as a demigod by the people of the desert. Fiercely intelligent, he was a guardian of knowledge and peerless strategist whose wisdom guided the ancient empire of Shurima to greatness for many centuries. After the fall of the empire, he went into self-imposed exile, becoming little more than a legend. Now that the ancient city of Shurima has risen once more, he has returned, determined to ensure it never falls again.

Lore

Nasus Nasus's brilliance was recognized from a young age, long before he was chosen to join the ranks of the Ascended. A voracious scholar, he read, memorized and critiqued the greatest works of history, philosophy and rhetoric within the Library of the Sun before he’d seen ten summers. His passion for reading and critical thinking were not passed down to his younger brother Renekton Renekton, who was quickly bored, and spent his time fighting with other local children. The brothers were close, and Nasus kept a protective eye over his younger brother, helping to ensure he didn’t get into too much trouble. However, it wasn’t long before Nasus was welcomed into the exclusive Collegium of the Sun, leaving home to take up his place in this prestigious academy.

While the pursuit of knowledge would always be his passion, Nasus’s grasp on military strategy and logistics ensured he became the youngest general in Shuriman history. While he was a competent soldier, his genius lay not in fighting battles, but in planning them.

His strategic foresight became legendary. In war, he was always a dozen moves ahead of the enemy, able to predict their movement and reactions, as well as pinpoint the exact moment to push the attack or pull back. A deeply empathetic man who took his responsibilities incredibly seriously, he always ensured his soldiers were well provisioned, paid on time, and treated fairly. Every loss of life pained him deeply, and he often refused to rest as he planned and replanned his troop movements and battle dispositions until they were perfect. He was loved and respected by all who served in his legions, and he guided the armies of Shurima to countless victories. His brother Renekton often served on the front lines of these wars, and the two of them quickly garnered an aura of invincibility.

Despite the acclaim Nasus won, he did not enjoy war. Though he understood its importance - for now at least - in ensuring the continued progress of the empire, he firmly believed his greatest contribution to Shurima was in the knowledge he gathered for future generations.

At Nasus’s urging, all the books, scrolls, teachings and histories of the cultures he defeated were preserved in great libraries and repositories throughout the empire, the greatest of which bore his name. His hunger for knowledge was not for selfish reasons, but to share wisdom with all of Shurima, to enhance understanding of the world and bring enlightenment to the empire.

After decades of dutiful service, Nasus was cruelly struck down by a terrible wasting sickness. Some say he encountered Amumu Amumu, a long-dead child-king said to bear a terrible curse; others believed he was laid low by the evil magicks of an Icathian Malzahar cult-leader. Whatever the truth, the emperor’s own physician declared, with a heavy heart, that Nasus was incurable, and would be dead within a week.

The people of Shurima went into mourning, for Nasus was its brightest star and beloved by all. The emperor himself begged the priesthood for an augury. After a day and night of communing with the divine, the priests declared it the will of the sun-god that Nasus be blessed with the Ascension ritual.

Renekton, now a great war-leader, raced back to the capital to be with his brother. The terrible sickness had advanced dramatically, and Nasus was little more than a skeleton, his flesh wasted away and his bones as fragile as glass. So weak was he that as the golden light from the sun disc streamed onto the Ascension dais, Nasus was unable to climb the final stairs and step into the light.

Renekton’s love for his brother was stronger than any sense of self-preservation, and he nobly bore Nasus onto the dais. Ignoring his brother’s protests, he willingly accepted oblivion in order to save Nasus. However, Renekton was not destroyed, as was expected. When the light faded, two Ascended beings stood before Shurima. Both brothers had been deemed worthy, and the emperor himself dropped to his knees to give thanks to the divine.

Nasus was now a towering, jackal-headed being of great strength, his eyes glittering with fierce intelligence, while Renekton had been transformed into a heavily muscled behemoth bearing the likeness of a crocodile. They took their place alongside the other rare Ascended beings of Shurima, and became its protectors.

While Renekton had always been a great warrior, now he was virtually unstoppable. Nasus too had been gifted with powers far beyond the understanding of mortal men. The greatest boon of his Ascension - his newly extended longevity, which allowed him countless lifetimes to spend in study and contemplation - would, after the fall of Shurima, also prove to be his curse.

One side-effect of the ritual that disturbed Nasus was the increased savagery he saw within his brother. At the culmination of the siege of Nashramae, which finally brought that ancient city under Shuriman rule, Nasus witnessed the victorious Shuriman soldiers butchering everyone they came across and setting the city ablaze. Renekton led the massacre, and it was he who set fire to the great library of Nashramae, destroying countless irreplaceable volumes before Nasus was able to contain it. This was the closest the brothers ever came to bloodshed, standing in the center of the city, weapons drawn against each other. Under the stern, disappointed gaze of his brother, Renekton’s bloodlust waned, and he finally turned away in shame.

Over the following centuries, Nasus bent his every effort to learning all he could, scouring the desert for years in search of ancient artifacts and wisdom, eventually going on to discover the legendary Tomb of the Emperors hidden beneath the Shuriman capital.

Nasus and Renekton had both been lured away when the Ascension ritual of Emperor Azir Azir went terribly wrong, the young emperor betrayed by his closest advisor, the magus Xerath Xerath. The brothers returned as fast as they could, but were too late. Azir was dead, along with most of the capital’s citizens. Filled with rage and grief, Nasus and Renekton battled the malevolent being of pure energy that Xerath had become.

Unable to kill Xerath, they sought to bind him in a Mana Surge.png magical sarcophagus, but even that was not enough to hold him. Renekton, perhaps attempting to atone for Nashramae years earlier, grabbed Xerath and bore him into the Tomb of the Emperors, bidding Nasus seal them in. Nasus refused, desperate to find another way, but there was no other option. With a heavy heart, he sealed Xerath and his brother within the fathomless darkness, locking them away for all eternity.

The Shuriman empire collapsed. Its great central city sank into ruin, and the holy sun disc fell from the sky, drained of power by Xerath’s magic. Without it, the divine waters flowing from the city ran dry, bringing death and famine to Shurima.

Bearing the heavy burden of guilt for having damned his brother to darkness, Nasus took to roaming the sands, accompanied only by the ghosts of the past and his grief. A melancholy figure, he stalked the now dead cities of Shurima, watching as they were slowly swallowed by the desert, lamenting the fallen empire and its lost people. He embraced isolation, a lean, solitary nomad who the occasional traveler claimed to glimpse before he disappeared into a sandstorm or an early morning haze. Few believed such stories, and Nasus became little more than a legend.

Centuries passed, and Nasus all but forgot his old life and former purpose, until the moment when the now buried Tomb of the Emperors was rediscovered, and its seal broken. In that moment, he knew Xerath was free.

Ancient vigor stirred in his breast, and as Shurima rose from the sands, Nasus traversed the desert, angling toward the newly reborn city. Though he knew he had to battle Xerath once more, hope stirred within him for the first time in millennia. Not only was this potentially the dawn of a new Shuriman empire, but he dared believe it might also herald a long-awaited reunion with his beloved brother.

Ouroboros

Nasus walked at night, unwilling to face the sun. The boy followed in his wake.

How long had he been there?

Those mortals who caught a glimpse of the monstrous vagabond always ran, all save the boy. Together, they wove a path through the bygone tapestry of Shurima. Self-imposed isolation chipped at Nasus’s consciousness. The desert wind howled around their malnourished frames.

“Nasus, look, above the dune sea,” said the child.

Stars guided the pair’s sojourn across the desiccated expanse. The old jackal no longer wore the armor of the Ascended. The golden monuments lay buried with the past. Now a hermit dressed in tattered fabric, Nasus scratched at his matted fur before slowly raising his head to observe the night sky.

“The Piper,” said Nasus, his voice low and graveled. “The season will change soon.”

Nasus put a hand on the boy’s tiny shoulder and looked down into his sunburnt face. There, he saw the soft lines and curves of Shuriman lineage, worn ragged by travel.

When did it become your place to worry? Soon we will find you a home. Wandering between the ruins of an extinguished empire is no life for a child.

This was the nature of the universe. Brief moments unfolded into the endless cycles of existence. The heady philosophy weighed upon him, but it was more than just another stone in his endless tally of self-imposed guilt. In truth, the boy would inevitably be changed if he was allowed to follow. Remorse darkened Nasus’s brow like a thunderhead. Their companionship sated something deep within the ancient hero.

“We can reach Astrologer’s Tower before dawn. But we’ll have to climb,” said the boy.

The tower was close. Nasus pulled himself up the cliff face hand over hand, the climb memorized to such perfection that he took great liberties with each handhold, tempting death. The boy clambered up by his side, his agile form utilizing every nook and cranny offered by the blemished rock.

What would happen to this innocent if I gave in to death? The thought troubled Nasus.

Wisps of fog rolled through the crags of the upper cliffs, each threading the narrow rocks like tiny mountain paths. The boy scurried over the top first. Nasus followed.

In the distance, metal clanged against stone, and voices could be heard through the haze — they spoke in a familiar dialect. Nasus was shaken from his reverie.

The well at Astrologer’s Tower occasionally attracted nomads, but never this close to the equinox. The boy stood perfectly still, his fear palpable.

“Where are the fires?” asked the boy.

A horse’s whinny pierced the night.

“Who goes there?” asked the boy. The words rolled through the darkness.

A lantern sparked to life, illuminating a band of riders. Mercenaries. Raiders.

The jackal’s eyes snapped wide.

He saw seven of them. Their curved blades remained sheathed, but the look in their eyes spoke of martial training and guile.

“Where is the caretaker?” asked Nasus.

“He and his wife are asleep. The cool evening prompted them to retire early,” replied one of the riders.

“Old jackal, my name is Malouf,” said another rider. “We have been sent by the Emperor.”

Nasus stepped forward, betraying the briefest hint of anger.

“Does he seek acknowledgement? Then let me give it. There is no emperor in this fallen age,” said Nasus.

The boy stepped forward defiantly. The dark messengers backed away from the lantern. Long shadows obscured defensive stances.

“Deliver your message and leave,” said the child.

Malouf dismounted and stepped forward. He reached a calloused hand into the folds of his shirt and produced a dark amulet bound to a thick, black chain. The geometry of the metal sparked recollections of magic and destruction in Nasus’s mind.

“Emperor Xerath sends offerings. We are to be your servants. He welcomes you to his new capital at Nerimazeth.”

The mercenary’s words fell on Nasus like a hammer on glass.

The boy promptly knelt and snatched up a weighty rock.

“Die!” cried the boy.

“Take him!” said Malouf.

With a heave, the boy hurled the rock through the air, its perfect arc threatening to shatter mercenary bone on impact.

“Renekton, no!” roared Nasus.

The riders abandoned their half-hearted deception. Nasus knew then that the caretaker and his wife were dead. Xerath’s greeting would come in the form of cold steel. Truth began to eclipse illusion.

Nasus reached for the boy. The child tore into shadows of memory that dissipated across the starlit ground.

“Goodbye, brother,” whispered Nasus.

Xerath’s emissaries fanned out, their horses bucking and snorting. The Ascended was flanked on three sides. Malouf did not hesitate, drawing his blade and piercing Nasus’s side with it. Pain rippled through the ancient curator’s body. The rider attempted to withdraw his weapon, but it wouldn’t budge. A clawed hand gripped the blade, keeping it agonizingly buried within Ascended flesh.

“You should have left me to my ghosts,” said Nasus.

Nasus tore Malouf’s sword from his hand, shattering fingers and tearing ligaments.

The demigod pounced on his attacker. Malouf’s body cracked under the jackal’s enormous weight.

Nasus leapt to the next rider, pulling him from his saddle; two strikes ruptured organs and stole the wind from his lungs. His broken form spun off into the sand, a ruined mass of agony. His horse reared and fled into the desert.

“He’s mad!” said one of the riders.

“Not any longer,” said Nasus, approaching the mercenary leader.

A strange fragrance filled the air. Dead flowers spinning on lavender colored threads followed in his wake. Malouf twisted on the ground, the broken fingers of his right hand withered, skin sagging like wet parchment. The barrel of his chest caved in on itself like a rotting spine fruit.

White-knuckled panic overtook the remaining mercenaries. They struggled to keep their mounts under control, if only to retreat. Malouf’s body lay abandoned in the sand.

Nasus turned east toward the ruins of Nerimazeth.

“Tell your ‘emperor’ his cycle nears its end.”

Fall of the Empire

In ancient Shurima, young emperor Azir Azir was persuaded by Xerath, his magus, to attempt the fabled Ascension ritual – despite ancient warnings to do so only in times of direct threat.

Azir’s hubris proved disastrous. As the Shurima&#039;s Legacy Sun Disc focused the dawn rays into a transformative beam, Xerath betrayed Azir, shoving his emperor aside and stealing its power for himself.

In an instant, Azir was obliterated – and Xerath remade as a spectral being of pure, malevolent energy – as the city around them was swallowed whole by the desert.

Nasus Nasus and Renekton Renekton, Ascended heroes of Shuriman legend, sensed in an instant that something had gone terribly wrong and rushed to the Sun Disc. They hurled Xerath into a chained sarcophagus – but the magus shattered it into shards.

Renekton dragged Xerath into the Tomb of the Emperors and shouted to Nasus to seal the door. With a heavy heart, Nasus entombed his brother with a madman in the buried ruins for all eternity. Or so he believed…

The Sands have shifted

Shurima is resurrected, and Runeterra's future is forever altered. Xerath Xerath and Renekton Renekton have been unleashed from the Tomb of the Emperors. Nasus Nasus, haunted by his brother's heroic sacrifice, is relentlessly pursued by Renekton in his mad thirst for vengeance. Bristling with power and resentment, Xerath plots to reforge Valoran in the fires of revolution. The serpent's curse is the terrible price of Cassiopeia Cassiopeia's ambition, but it also promises a power she never imagined. Azir Azir, Ascended ruler of a fallen civilization, envisions a new Shuriman empire, while his descendant Sivir Sivir, ever the mercenary, looks to turn the situation to her advantage. Shurima is a land of mystery... but some mysteries refuse to remain buried.[1]

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Nasus Select
    "The cycle of life and death continues. We will live, they will die."
Movement
  • Nasus.move01
    "There, for grace, I go."
  • Nasus.move02
    "It is neverending."
  • Nasus.move03
    "Their death, awaits."
  • Nasus.move04
    "Do not try my patience."
  • Nasus.move05
    "Between life and death lies immortality."
  • Nasus.move06
    "Perhaps Shurima was meant to fall."
  • Nasus.move07
    "Some things must remain buried."
  • Nasus.move08
    "Eons... pass like days."
  • Nasus.move09
    "The sky was naught but dying stars."
  • Nasus.move10
    "For centuries, I have watched."
  • Nasus.move11
    "Burdens sleep best in their tombs."
  • Nasus.move12
    "No dawn comes without darkness."
  • Nasus.move13
    "I walk through the ages."
  • Nasus.move14
    "Shurima is not of this time."
  • Nasus.move15
    "Errant words may fell empires."
  • Nasus.move16
    "The past is a tapestry of what lies ahead."
Attacking
  • Nasus.attack01
    "Anthropomancy: divination by entrails."
  • Nasus.attack02
    "I bring death."
  • Nasus.attack03
    "Soon, there will be nothing."
  • Nasus.attack04
    "Life is part of a cycle. Yours is over."
  • Nasus.attack05
    "Your soul will be measured."
  • Nasus.attack06
    "Death is a harsh mistress."
  • Nasus.attack07
    "Your spirit is hollow."
  • Nasus.attack08
    "Journey into the beyond."
  • Nasus.attack09
    "Return to the dust."
  • Nasus.attack10
    "We approach a time of reckoning."
  • Nasus.attack11
    "This too must end."
  • Nasus.attack12
    "Some spirits are fated to burn."
  • Nasus.attack13
    "Eternity is beyond your reach."
Joke
  • Nasus.joke01
    "Who let the dogs out? Woof. Woof. Woof."
  • Nasus.joke02
    "No, I will not fetch the ball."
  • Nasus.joke03
    "My bite is worse than my bark."
Taunt
  • Nasus.taunt01
    "Your legacy shall drift away; blown into eternity, like the sands of the desert."
  • Nasus.taunt02
    "There is such potential in one mortal life; you have wasted yours."
Taunting an enemy Renekton Renekton
  • Nasus.Renektontaunt01
    "Rage burned away all that was good in you, my brother."
  • Nasus.Renektontaunt02
    "Renekton was lost, long ago. You are but his pale shadow."
Laugh
  • Nasus.laugh01
    Nasus laughs.
  • Nasus.laugh02
    Nasus laughs.
  • Nasus.laugh03
    Nasus laughs.
  • Nasus.laugh04
    Nasus laughs.
Upon using Wither.png Wither
  • Nasus.spellcasteffort21
    "Wither."
  • Nasus.spellcasteffort22
    "Become dust."
  • Nasus.W3
    "Waste away."
  • Nasus.W4
    "Perish."

Movement
  • InfernalNasus.move01
    "Each fork in your path leads to fire."
  • InfernalNasus.move02
    "They toil to live in a fool's paradise."
  • InfernalNasus.move03
    "Mortality is guilt. All will be judged."
  • InfernalNasus.move04
    "Redemption is a hollow wish."
  • InfernalNasus.move05
    "I am the final arbiter."
  • InfernalNasus.move06
    "So eager to find meaning in nothingness."
  • InfernalNasus.move07
    "I walk behind none."
  • InfernalNasus.move08
    "Do storms pity the drowned?"
  • InfernalNasus.move09
    "Fate is a manifestation of my will."
  • InfernalNasus.move10
    "Mortals are not meant to rule."
  • InfernalNasus.move11
    "Hope is the opiate of the frail."
  • InfernalNasus.move12
    "Mankind's corruption spreads no further."
  • InfernalNasus.move13
    "Try not the temper of the ascended."
Attacking
  • InfernalNasus.attack01
    "Sink into darkness."
  • InfernalNasus.attack02
    "Such hollow, empty minds."
  • InfernalNasus.attack03
    "Only the guilty flee."
  • InfernalNasus.attack04
    "This is the way your world ends."
  • InfernalNasus.attack05
    "Grace becomes fire."
  • InfernalNasus.attack06
    "Join the lost."
  • InfernalNasus.attack07
    "Ambition is a mirage."
  • InfernalNasus.attack08
    "Here falls the shadow of despair."
  • InfernalNasus.attack09
    "A fate, sealed in blood."
  • InfernalNasus.attack10
    "Cleave through body, and mind."
  • InfernalNasus.attack11
    "Filth of the earth."
Joke

Nasus throws a bone-shaped biscuit into the air and eats it.

  • InfernalNasus.joke01
    "Who's a good boy? I'm a good boy."
  • InfernalNasus.joke02
    "Now that I've ascended, I can have treats, any time."
  • InfernalNasus.joke03
    "Once you ascend, the old clothes won't fit any more."
Taunt
  • InfernalNasus.taunt01
    "Martyrs are just the first to die."
  • InfernalNasus.taunt02
    "I will bury you alive."
Dance
  • InfernalNasus.dance01
    Nasus plays a beatbox.
Laugh
  • InfernalNasus.laugh01
    Nasus laughs.
  • InfernalNasus.laugh02
    Nasus laughs.
  • InfernalNasus.laugh03
    Nasus laughs.
  • InfernalNasus.laugh04
    Nasus laughs.
Upon using Wither.png Wither
  • InfernalNasus.W1
    "Writhe."
  • InfernalNasus.W2
    "Shrivel."
  • InfernalNasus.W3
    "Squirm."
  • InfernalNasus.W4
    "Despair."
Upon using Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
  • InfernalNasus.R1
    "Flee."
  • InfernalNasus.R2
    "By fire, be purged!"
  • InfernalNasus.R3
    "Run, cowards!"
  • InfernalNasus.R4
    "Scurry!"
Upon starting a game with an enemy Renekton Renekton
  • InfernalNasus.Renektontaunt01
    "I will show you the meaning of butchery, brother."
  • InfernalNasus.Renektontaunt02
    "You have wasted your power, Renekton. Now bleed for it."
Upon being victorious in a game with an enemy Renekton Renekton
  • InfernalNasus.Renektonkill01
    "The butcher, carved to pieces."
  • InfernalNasus.Renektonkill02
    "The butcher, drowned in his own blood."
Upon reaching 50 stacks of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction01
    "More souls for the pyre."
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction05
    "Power... forged in soulfire!"
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction06
    "Fodder for my wrath."
Upon reaching 100 stacks of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction07
    "Fuel my inferno."
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction02
    "Every death feeds my fury."
Upon reaching 150 stacks of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction03
    "Doomed and devoured."
Upon reaching 200 stacks of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
  • InfernalNasus.unknowninteraction04
    "I am death."

Upon selection
  • Nasus
    "The cycle of life and death continues. We will live, they will die."
Attacking
  • Nasus.attack1
    "Anthropomancy: divination by entrails."
  • Nasus.attack2
    "I bring death."
  • Nasus.attack3
    "Soon... there will be nothing."
  • Nasus.attack4
    "Life is part of a cycle; yours is over."
  • Nasus.attack5
    "Your soul will be measured."
  • Nasus.attack6
    "Death... is a harsh mistress."
Movement
  • Nasus.move1
    "There, for grace, I go."
  • Nasus.move2
    "Where angels fear to tread."
  • Nasus.move3
    "It is never ending."
  • Nasus.move4
    "Their death awaits."
  • Nasus.move5
    "If it is your wish."
  • Nasus.move6
    "Yes... summoner."
  • Nasus.move7
    "Do not try my patience."
Taunt
  • Nasus.taunt
    "Your legacy shall drift away, blown into eternity, like the sands of the desert."
Joke
  • Nasus.joke
    "Who... let the dogs... out. Woof. Woof, woof."
Laugh
  • Nasus.laugh1
    Nasus laughs.
  • Nasus.laugh2
    Nasus laughs.
  • Nasus.laugh3
    Nasus laughs.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "We begin a new cycle!"

Special (against player Renekton Renekton)

  • "I will not hesitate to stop you, Renekton."

Player team victory

  • "The wheel never stops turning."

Player team defeat

  • "GG!"

Development

Nasus Nasus was designed by Ezreal.

  • 1st Classic Nasus splash art
  • 1st Pharaoh Nasus splash art
  • Nasus (as illustrated in the Shurima Descent videos)
  • Nasus concept art (by Riot Artist Augie Pagan)
  • Riot K-9 Nasus concept art (by Riot Artist Larry Ray)
  • Passage of the Infernal Nasus
  • Infernal Nasus model 1 (by Riot Artist Cody Bunt)
  • Infernal Nasus model 2 (by Riot Artist Cody Bunt)

Champion Update (Visual): Nasus

By RiotWenceslaus[2]

As the scholar-warrior raises his halberd, the sun glints off the blade just before the Siphoning Strike comes crashing down. Nasus stands guardian anew, the sand shaken from his armor, his visual update complete.

Each of his abilities is accompanied by new animations and particles, completely updating the vision of Nasus. Fury of the Sands is accompanied by a ferocious roar, intimidating particles and a darkened emblem of his homeland. All of the Curator's skins have been studiously renewed as well.

His spirit aflame and renewed, Nasus casts a withering pall over his enemies, ensuring that the cycle of life and death continues.

Infernal Nasus

By RiotWenceslaus[3][4]

Here falls the shadow of despair.A dark symbol sears the ground beneath his victim, burning everything within. Infernal Nasus is on the hunt. Dark, shadowy hands encircle his quarry, choking their movement as if immersed in sludge. There is no escape.

"Here falls the shadow of despair."
Infernal Nasus

He stands above his prey, a legend come alive and growls, "I am death."

Infernal Nasus’s pauldrons break free with exultant howls as flames ignite the fury of the sands. Death would be preferable to what comes next.

"This is the way your world ends."
Infernal Nasus

With fiery new particles, shadow effects and animations including a unique second form during his ultimate, Infernal Nasus is the new, darker legendary skin for the Curator of the Sands.

From a dark, twisted vision of the world, Infernal Nasus howls with feral power. Siphoning Strike echoes with a malevolent glow upon his halberd, while Wither summons shadows to clutch and grasp his quarry. When he calls forth Spirit Fire the ground blazes with black flame. With his prey already cowering, his rage ignites the Fury of the Sands. Infernal Nasus towers over his foe, three maws spouting fire. His passing leaves nothing but dust.

You’re cordially invited to a soirée!

BY RIOT PARADOX

April Fools 2015 Invitation

For the past year, you've reminded us over and over (and over) of something we once released. You bombarded everything from Twitter to telegraphs and overwhelmed computer repair shops with shattered caps lock keys.

The time has come. This March 32nd, we're releasing a suite of silly skins. Dress up with Nasus, Udyr, Soraka, and Nami for a party of the ages!

Nasus Archduke Screenshots

One can survive everything nowadays, except a shoddy tailor.

Previous Lore

The enigmatic creature known as Nasus came to the League from a faraway world, and served as part of a vast and learned desert empire. There he was a respected and enlightened individual, having been made the Keeper of the Great Library. However, he was also part of a race of animalistic creatures that served as the rulers and protectors of the people. Unfortunately, there were others of his kind that believed they were more than protectors. They were under the egotistical delusion that they had ascended to become gods. War on Nasus's world was never more than a breath away, as these deluded others sought to enslave the people and establish a totalitarian sovereignty. In the midst of a heated battle, just as Nasus was about to slay his treacherous brother Renekton Renekton, he was pulled through the cosmos to a summoning circle in Runeterra.

At first angered that he had been taken just as he was about to cripple the enemies of his people, Nasus' advanced intellect won out when he heard the pleas for mercy from the summoners. He learned that Runeterra was also filled with its own brand of injustice. This danger was no less threatening than what he had fought against at home, and champions were needed to protect the people of this world. Heeding the call, Nasus chose to take his place in the League of Legends, knowing that his brothers and sisters would carry on the fight back home. These days, he is the Curator of the Sands, feeling most at home in the crumbling ruins of the Shurima Desert. However, recent disturbing news has reached the Keeper's ears - rumors that perhaps his brother had not in fact been left behind. If this were the case, the destruction of Renekton would quickly become Nasus' main priority, before this world to faces the threats of his brother's forked-tongue and endless ambition.

"The Curator of the Sands, though contemplative, is not to be trifled with."

The enigmatic creature known as Nasus came to the League from a faraway world, and served as part of a vast and learned desert empire. There he was a respected and enlightened individual, having been made the Keeper of the Great Library. However, he was also part of a race of animalistic creatures that served as the rulers and protectors of the people. War was never more than a breath away, as others of his kind craved to enslave the people and claim totalitarian sovereignty. In the midst of a heated battle, just as Nasus was about to slay his treacherous brother Renekton Renekton, he was summoned to Runeterra. It didn't take much to convince him that Champions were needed to fight against the injustice here and he took up a place in the League of Legends. These days, he is the Keeper of the Sands, feeling most at home in the crumbling ruins of the Shurima Desert.

"The Keeper of the Sands, though contemplative, is not to be trifled with."

Previous Abilities

Patch History

V6.12:

  • Murder Bridge only:
    • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
      • If Siphoning Strike kills its target, Nasus permanently gains 6 stacks of Siphoning Strike instead of 3 stacks of Siphoning Strike.

V5.22:

  • Stats
    • Base mana increased to 325.6 from 275.6.
    • Mana growth reduced to 42 from 45.

V5.16:

  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • New Effect: The empowered autoattack gains 25 bonus attack range (Total range 150). This does not stack with the bonus from Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands.

V5.9:

  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • Fixed a bug where it could take up to 0.25 seconds to grant the bonus health.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 19 from 15.

V4.1:

  • Wither.png Wither
    • Cast range reduced to 600 from 700
  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • No longer increases the cast ranges of Wither and Spirit Fire

V3.14:

  • General
    • Nasus has received a visual update.
  • Soul Eater.png Soul Eater
    • Life steal changed to 10 / 15 / 20% at levels 1 / 7 / 13 from 14 / 17 / 20% at levels 1 / 6 / 11.

V3.13:

V3.6

  • Wither.png Wither
    • Attack speed slow amount has been halved.

V3.02:

  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • Fixed a bug where Siphoning Strike critical strikes were dealing more damage than intended.
    • Mana cost reduced to 20 at all ranks from 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40.
  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • Now increases attack range by 50 and cast range by 100 while active.
    • Mana cost reduced to 100 from 150.

V3.01:

  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike:
    • Permanent damage bonus is now doubled to 6 when killing a champion, large minion or large monster

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 350 from 325.

V1.0.0.123:

  • Stats
    • Range increased to 125 from 110.
  • Soul Eater.png Soul Eater
    • Life steal increased at earlier levels to 14 / 17 / 20% from 10 / 15 / 20%.
  • Wither.png Wither
    • Cooldown reduced to 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 seconds from 15 at all ranks.
    • Mana cost reduced to 80 from 100.
    • It will now reach its maximum slow even if its duration is reduced by crowd control reduction effects like Tenacity.
  • Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire
    • No longer has a 0.5 second delay before appearing. It retains the 0.5 second casting time.
    • Now deals half damage initially and the other half over the duration instead of it just dealing damage per second:
      • New: Initial 55 / 95 / 135 / 175 / 215 (+60% AP) magic damage and 11 / 19 / 27 / 35 / 43 (+120% AP) magic damage each second for the next 5 seconds.
      • Old: Deals 20 / 34 / 48 / 62 / 76 (+20% AP) magic damage each second for the 6 seconds the area lasts.
  • Fixed a bug where Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike sometimes gained extra lifesteal.

V1.0.0.114:

V1.0.0.111:

  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • It now updates the buff tooltip to explicitly state how much attack damage granted.
    • Fixed a bug where the attack damage granted was not showing in your stats/character sheet.

V1.0.0.109:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 325 from 320.
  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • Damage bonus per kill increased to 3 from 2.

V1.0.0.103:

V1.0.0.100:

  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • Buff no longer incorrectly states that it grants increased attack speed.

V1.0.0.99:

V1.0.0.98:

  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • Fixed a typo in the tooltip that indicated the spell did magic damage when in fact it does physical damage.

V1.0.0.87:

  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • Fixed tooltip to correctly display that the cooldown of this spell is 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4 seconds.
  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • Tooltip now correctly states that the transformation effect from this spell lasts for 15 seconds.

V1.0.0.83:

V1.0.0.61:

  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • Tooltip will now display the amount of bonus damage it has acquired.

V1.0.0.52:

  • Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire
    • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds from 11.
    • Mana cost increased to 70 / 85 / 100 / 115 / 130 from 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120.

V0.9.25.34:

  • Updated recommended items.
  • His innate icon will now persist through death.
  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike
    • Damage gain on kill modified to 2 at all levels from 1 / 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3.
    • Damage will now interact properly with Soul Eater.png Soul Eater; it was stealing 20% regardless of level.
  • Wither.png Wither
    • Base slow increased to 35% from 32%.
    • Slow per second reduced to 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 / 15% from 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20%.
  • Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire
    • Damage caused will now break recall.
  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands
    • Nasus now gains 300 / 450 / 600 health when the ability is activated.
    • Bonus percent damage ability power ratio decreased to 0.01 from 0.05.

V0.9.25.24: Added

  • Soul Eater.png Soul Eater (Innate)
    • Nasus drains his foe's spiritual energy, giving him natural life steal.
  • Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike (Q)
    • Nasus strikes his foe, dealing damage and increasing the power of his future Siphoning Strikes if he slays his target.
  • Wither.png Wither (W)
    • Nasus ages his target, decelerating their movement and attack speeds over 5 seconds.
  • Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire (E)
    • Nasus unleashes a delayed spirit flame at a location, dealing damage and reducing the armor of enemies who stand on it.
  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands (Ultimate)
    • Nasus assumes his true form, the Avatar of Death. While in this form he gains additional Health and Attack Speed, and drains nearby enemies' max health and converts it into bonus damage for the duration of the skill.

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