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Noxus is a powerful empire with a fearsome reputation. To those beyond its borders, Noxus is brutal, expansionist and threatening, yet those who look beyond its warlike exterior see an unusually inclusive society, where the strengths and talents of its people are respected and cultivated. Its people were once a fierce reaver culture until they stormed the ancient city that now lies at the heart of their empire. Under threat from all sides, they aggressively took the fight to their enemies, pushing their borders outward with every passing year. This struggle for survival has made the Noxians a deeply proud people who value strength above all, though that strength can manifest by many different means. Anyone can rise to a position of power and respect within Noxus if they display the necessary aptitude, regardless of social standing, background, homeland, or wealth.

Champions of Noxus

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  • AatroxSquare Aatrox is a Darkin that influenced many bloodsheds in Noxus.
  • AlistarSquare Alistar is a former prisoner of Noxus.
  • AnnieSquare Annie is a daughter of the Gray Order exiles of House Hastur.
  • CaitlynSquare Caitlyn is investigating the Noxian spy network in Piltover.
  • CamilleSquare Camille is investigating the Noxian spy network in Piltover.
  • EliseSquare Elise is a member of the Black Rose that worshipes the Vilemaw of the Shadow Isles.
  • GalioSquare Galio fought against many Noxians in the past.
  • GangplankSquare Gangplank stole SwainSquare Swain's flagship, The Leviathan, and raided numerous Noxian ships.
  • GarenSquare Garen fought KatarinaSquare Katarina in a war between Noxus and Demacia.
  • GragasSquare Gragas sojourns into the city for supplies.
  • IreliaSquare Irelia cut off Swains left arm during the Noxian Invasion of Ionia.
  • Jarvan IVSquare Jarvan IV is the nemesis to SwainSquare Grand General Swain.
  • KarmaSquare Karma single-handedly defeated the Noxian army invading her village.
  • KarthusSquare Karthus was a corpse collector in Noxus Prime, but later defected and moved to the Shadow Isles.
  • KayleSquare Kayle seeks to defeat her sister, MorganaSquare Morgana.
  • KaynSquare Kayn is a former soldier during the Noxian invasion of Ionia.
  • Lee SinSquare Lee Sin protested against the Noxian occupation of Ionia.
  • LuxSquare Lux is a Demacian spy that extracted valuable information against Noxus in the Noxus-Ionia conflict.
  • Master YiSquare Master Yi seeks revenge for the destruction of his village.
  • MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser seeks to reclaim the Immortal Bastion; upon which Noxian Capital is unknowingly built upon.
  • QuinnSquare Quinn and ValorSquare Valor, Demacia's Wings captured a Noxian assassin.
  • RivenSquare Riven former Noxian field commander during the Noxian invasion of Ionia.
  • SingedSquare Singed was hired by Noxus for his chemical warfare expertice during the Noxian invasion of Ionia.
  • SivirSquare Sivir was formerly employed by Cassiopeia.
  • TaliyahSquare Taliyah is a former Noxian employed stone mage.
  • Twisted FateSquare Twisted Fate is a Former card shark.
  • UrgotSquare Urgot was tricked by SwainSquare Swain into traveling to Zaun.
  • VarusSquare Varus seeks vengeance for the massacre of his village.
  • VayneSquare Vayne investigates the Black Rose's activities.
  • VeigarSquare Veigar is a Yordle that went mad from imprisonment in Noxus.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao was known as Viscero during his time as a gladiator in The Fleshing.



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The human nation of Noxus is in many ways the moral antithesis of Demacia; it is a country where the physically and mentally strong acquire power through any means, regardless of the consequences to their fellow citizens.

Blood of Noxus
"When a rebellion pits Darius against the person closest to him, he learns the price of loyalty."

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In the Mind of Madness
  • War is eternal... as am I.
  • Starring SionSquare Sion and SwainSquare Swain.
Where the Drakalops Roam
  • A sane man would run... but I ain't the runnin' kind!
  • Starring KledSquare Kled.
The Shedding of Skin
  • There is no antidote for me.
  • Starring CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia.
Progress Day
  • Something is rotten in the City of Piltover.
  • Starring CaitlynSquare Caitlyn and CamilleSquare Camille.
  • The spark that set off the Dark Child’s fire.
  • Starring AnnieSquare Annie.


The Immortal Bastion

Situated in the heartlands of what would later become their empire, the Immortal Bastion was the first citadel to fall to the Noxian tribes. Said to have been built by a dread MordekaiserSquare sorcerer in a far distant age, the Noxians made the captured city their capital and it has remained so to this day. In the centuries since then, as Noxian armies conquer ever more territories, the city has sprawled far beyond its battle-scarred walls. Old Noxus retains its forbidding character, but the structures beyond its fortifications grow ever more varied as the diverse people of the empire are drawn to the capital by the lure of wealth and glory.

Noxus Bastion

The Immortal Bastion, Noxus Prime, Noxus (by Riot Artist Gabriel Yeganyan)

Long before the rise of Demacia or Noxus, the revenant known as MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser, the Iron Revenant was once a mortal and brutal warlord-king who ruled the lands of eastern Valoran. He waded into battle bedecked in heavy iron armor and slaughtered all who opposed him, crushing them beneath his ensorcelled mace, Nightfall. After being killed, he managed to gain mastery over the necrotic arts with the help of sorcerers before enslaving them and beginning a reign of terror that would last centuries as time and again, he would be slain, only to return from the grave.

Mordekaiser’s bones were key to his unholy reincarnation, and as the centuries rolled on he became increasingly paranoid about their safety. He constructed a monolithic fortress at the heart of his empire that came to be known as the Immortal Bastion. Locked away at the core of this epic stronghold he hid his remains.

The Immortal Bastion was eventually besieged by a concentrated alliance of tribes and warbands. During the siege, an unknown thief infiltrated the mighty fortress, bypassing its fiendish defenses to steal Mordekaiser’s skull. His skeleton needed to be complete in order for his resurrection to be enacted, yet fearful of their master’s wrath, his enslaved liches kept the theft a secret.

On the walls of the Immortal Bastion, countless enemies fell before Mordekaiser, yet it was not enough to stave off defeat. His fortress was overrun and he was dragged down by sheer weight of numbers. His deadly mace was torn from his grasp and great chains wrapped around his limbs. Confident that he would rise again, he was torn apart and was vanquished for the time being, not aware the his ability to revive had been nullified. While Mordekaiser ceased to exist for the time being, his fortress, the Immortal Bastion, would become the foundation of Noxus' capital. It would not be until centuries later, that Mordekaiser would rise again.

Ancient Darkin Influence

Narrated by EzrealSquare Ezreal
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A Noxian statuette of AatroxSquare a figure.

"This statuette is from Noxus.

Yes, Noxus. You know how EzrealSquare I feel about Noxians, but their city is full of history. It'll take more than dark magic, guards with massive axes, and a creepy SwainSquare bird guy to keep me from exploring the most important places in Valoran.

Noxus is full of these kinds of statuettes. Usually, they're made as tributes to the nation's greatest heroes, but this one doesn't look like any Noxian war hero I've ever heard of. I know of plenty, too, believe me: pick up any Noxian book and it's probably a way-too-lengthy chronicle of some hero's life, conquests, and the size of their weapon. I wouldn't have looked twice at this one if I hadn't recognized the AatroxSquare figure.

Here's the thing that's really nagging me... what's Noxus doing with statues of a figure that shows up in Demacian art, too?

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A Noxian book of war poems (It has the sword of AatroxSquare a figure on its cover).

When EzrealSquare I noticed the similarities between the Demacian stained glass and the Noxian statue, I had to know more. I pulled as many books as I could out of the library at Piltover's academy. There are some sections there restricted to everyone but academy graduates. I could have gotten in on my own, but I didn't want to burn any bridges, so I had JayceSquare Jayce help me out. Everyone loves that guy.

The smaller one is a book of Noxian war poems. Most of what's inside is standard Noxian military fare, but the Blood Thirst blade on the cover captured my attention.

The big one right here is an old book of fables and stories. Not all of them are entirely true, but one of them caught my eye. The character in the story is an arrogant general leading his warriors into battle and winning with ease. He has the last of his enemies cornered, but… you know what they say about pride before a fall.

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An old book of fables and stories (Containing a story of AatroxSquare a figure).

A great warrior - that's right, our AatroxSquare dark figure - appears in the battle. The arrogant general's enemies, men on the verge of death, are inspired by his presence. "They rose from their knees as though he'd lit their very blood aflame," it says. "The shamed general watched as his men were cleaved by an army that had begged for mercy just moments before. His enemies had become murderers and butchers. As they closed on him, the general could not be certain whether they were still men at all."

Death to the King

Demacian army led by their King, Jarvan I, had pushed Noxian army to one of their city walls. SionSquare Sion ordered one of his men to bar the gates while the rest forced the enemy soldiers to fight them for every bit of Noxian soil. He demanded that they pushed forwards striding as a giant through the Demacian rabble with one clear purpose: to cut their army's head from its body.

Jarvan's royal guardsmen believed they could halt his charge. They were wrong. He cut them down, one by one, until only SionSquare he and the king remained. Battered and fatigued, Sion continued the fight the king. He battled Jarvan beyond the point of breaking and was finally bested… but not beaten. With his dying breath, he locked his fingers around the king's throat and broke the will of a nation. The Demacian King, Jarvan I, was dead.

Seeds of Doubt

THORN: "The Grand General puts on a brave face, but he takes this loss harder than he lets on. With his most trusted supporter dead, he feels the treacherous eyes of his generals on his back".

PETAL: "A successor must be chosen. Demacia's shaken. We can't squander this opportunity"!

THORN: "Darkwill sees assassins in every shadow; he is paralyzed by fear".

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "No. He is stalling. Darkwill did not become the Grand General by being a coward. Find out why".

Black Rose

VladimirSquare PETAL: "Darkwill's thralls are searching for something. Snatching up articles of the arcane: rituals of blood and bone, relics of the Shadow Isles, and things darker still".

THORN: "He desires things we can offer. An interesting opportunity".

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "I will bend his ear. If he is receptive, ensure we can provide what we promise".



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DARKWILL: "What did you do"?

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "Provided you with what you desired, nothing more."

DARKWILL: "This is not what I desired!"

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "You sought to raise this corpse to do your bidding once again. In that, we have succeeded."

DARKWILL: "Look at him! This... thing has no place at the head of an army. "

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "Not as a leader, no. But your friend was never so much a leader as a killer. And he has never been more perfectly suited to that role than he is now. He does not fear, he does not question—he does not die!"

DARKWILL: "Damn you. I have no other choice."


To the office of the Grand General, There is no doubt the revenant is an effective weapon. It almost razed the fortress at Andras singlehandedly. However, it's also responsible for nearly as many casualties among our forces as the Demacians. The thing seems to feast on the very act of slaughter. It took a company of heavy infantry to subdue it this time, and it's only getting stronger, hacked to pieces or no.

The toll on morale has been heavy. The soldiers find it disquieting to see one of their heroes turned into a monstrosity. It causes them to contemplate how they might be rewarded for their own service. I've had to cull three score regiments for refusing to march aside the thing in battle. I fear the situation will only get worse with time.

Respectfully, Grand General, some things are better left buried.



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Bridge to the Past

Excerpts from the journal of SwainSquare Grand General Swain

A shame Keiran failed to enjoy his father's longevity, not that he'd have been able to enjoy the high office at all had I not designed it. The Grand General's chambers harbor many secrets. My secrets now.

The elder Darkwill was well versed in the art of necromancy. It will take me decades to pore through his library of grimoires, but that will be time I can steal, as he did.

I made a discovery today, one of Boram Darkwill's first dabblings with death magic. It seems he was attempting a resurrection of some sort. But whose return was he seeking?

The previous regime was exacting in its manipulation of the historical record, but there is just as much a story to be told by what's missing from the record as there is by what remains.

I found it. Deep in Old Noxus lies a memorial that speaks of former grandeur and a fall from grace. Therein lies the man Boram Darkwill attempted to rouse from his eternal slumber.

It's still in there, clawing at the walls. I would almost pity it, if I thought it capable of suffering.

The Anchor

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "I haven't had the pleasure of your company for some time, Grand General".

SwainSquare SWAIN: "You have my favor. That is enough".

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "And yet, I suspect you're here to seek the Black Rose's assistance once more".

SwainSquare SWAIN: "The blood of the Jarvan IVSquare Demacian prince. How much remains"?

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "After the last charade? Enough that you should be very mindful of how you use it. Whatever you intend had best be brief".

SwainSquare SWAIN: "No chicanery this time; my need for subtlety is nearing its end. I must secure my position with bloodshed, and that requires a blunt instrument".

LeBlancSquare LEBLANC: "It sounds as if you have one in mind".

SwainSquare SWAIN: "Let me show you".

The Return

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"We've come full circle: a Grand General in need of a champion, the Black Rose seeking to wind its roots further into High Command, and a fallen warrior starved of battle. This time, it will be different. Boram managed to revive the body successfully, but all he got was a mindless beast with a single instinct: to devour life. I can't fix a thing so broken, but I can rekindle its purpose, and that may be enough for my plans. The ritual is prepared, and the body still hungers. Drink deep of the blood of your killer, son of Noxus, and live again.".
SwainSquare Swain


Environments of Noxus

Noxus Layers of History

The Immortal Bastion, at the heart of Noxus, is far more ancient than the empire itself. It is said that it was constructed on the order of the dread revenant Mordekaiser, and parts of it have been razed and rebuilt over the centuries, such that there are layers to its streets, and some districts now lie below ground. Few dare walk these streets after dark without guards to protect them.

Noxus Life is a Battle

Noxians respect strength above all things, and the only way to remain strong is to be constantly tested. They relish the opportunity to compete with one another, since to not be challenged is to grow weak, and even those at the peak of power must always seek new ways to challenge themselves... or they will not remain in power for long. It is not just physical or martial strength that Noxians admire—those who demonstrate expertise in politics, craftsmanship, trade, and magic all help to create a stronger Noxus.

Noxus Oppressive and Defensible

Noxian cities are characterized by imposing structures, claustrophobic streets, crenellated buildings, steep-sloped walls, and immense gateways. Their cities emphasize the strength and dominance of the empire, and are highly defensible—an enemy attempting to take a Noxian city by force can expect to be fought and resisted at every turn, for even the humblest home is built like a fortress.

Noxus A State of Perpetual Conflict

Noxus is an aggressive and expansionist empire, always looking to widen its borders by conquering new lands. It does not always do so by violence—indeed, many are the nations that have taken the knee before the Grand General, seeing a chance for greater stability and security in joining the empire. Those who defy Noxus, however, are crushed without mercy.

Noxus Noxian Presence in Shurima

A number of ports and cities in northern Shurima were voluntarily assimilated into the empire. The original inhabitants of these settlements live in relative peace with their Noxian counterparts, seeing the exchange of food and preferential trade as a price worth paying for military protection from raiders.

The Empire of Noxus (commonly referred to as Noxus) is a nation located on the northern part of Valoran, sharing its borders with Demacia, Shurima, and several city-states such as Piltover and Zaun. The currently well known locations within Noxus are:


Located at the North-eastern part of North Valoran, the cities current leader is Steward Invetia Varn (previously Quilletta Varn). The city is well known for its paintings made out of cobwebs.


Located at the Northern part of Shurima, it is currently controlled by Noxus. Previous rulers of the city were Hagyos Valif, and Hazir Ima'Sai. Its current rule is a Noxian Steward known as Dorrik. The city has a large rebel insurgance against the Noxian rule. Known as the Suns of Bel'Zhun, they frequently trade weapons with Clan Medarda of Piltover. Its Hwatis wool and plate are prised for felting and insulation.


Located in Northern Valoran, the cities current leader is Steward Hovri JV. One of its main sources of trade are rough grades, which it sells to the Avarosans in Frostheld.


Located at the North-eastern part of Valoran, the island city is currently in controll by Noxus ever since the Battle of Fallgren in which KledSquare Kled lead to a decicive victory. The cities current ruler is Steward Jeon. Many tubes used in Zaun have been made here by Hedicila Elastica.


Located at the Northern part of Shurima, it is currently controlled by Noxus. Previous Shuriman and current Noxian ruler of the city is Steward Ta'Fik. The cities most well known trade good are Shuriman Azirite (Blood glass), named by the current Shuriman Emperor, AzirSquare Azir.


Located on the Southern point of North Valoran, its currently in control of Noxus after the Assault on Glorft, led by KledSquare Kled.


Located at teh South-east tip of North Valoran, its current leader is Steward Eranolaj Smik. Its most well know trade good are dried Bolbo fish, which can be made into a dish known as Boild Bolbo-head soup.


Located at the South-east tip of North Valoran, its current leader is Steward Arron. Its most well known trade good is Beet-wine.

Ivory Ward District

The Ivory Ward itself is one of the oldest and most wealthy districts in the Noxian capital.[1] Its marketplace was the center of a serious riot following the death of Boram Darkwill. The compromised marketplace remains under investigation by Noxian authorities, and residents of the Ivory Ward have drastically increased their security.


Located in the Southern part of North Valoran, its current leader is Steward Dauvin (previously Thomark). Its most well know trade good is Kilgrovian cloudcedar.


Located in South Eastern part of North Valoran, its current leader is Steward Lisabetya (previously Liliann Ema Herrbel). The city is known for its AlistarSquare Minotaur smiths.

Northern Plains

Located at the northern edge of the Empire, the plains are currently occupied by KledSquare Kled. With harsh dust-filled windy weather, many travellers have lost their lives in this unforgiving wasteland. From the weather or from a certain Yordle and his mythic SkaarlSquare Drakalops, most Noxians avoid travelling through this landscape.

Noxus Prime

The largest city in the Empire, the capital is the main political, cultural, religious, military, economic and educational center of the country. The whole city was built into a mountain, with the Main Palace, housing the Grand General's quarters, located at its peak. The Main Palace is also one of the oldest buildings in the city. Known also as The Immortal Bastion, it was once the main fortress of the brutal warlord known as MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser. Towering spires litter the skyline of the city. Many noble houses are located in the capital, such as the KatarinaSquare Du Couteau. While nowhere near clean and pristine in appearance as Demacia's capital, the city is the visual representation of the Empire's might, power, and strength. The city has many war memorials that honor the courageous dead. Noxian Bleak Academy is the main center for the empire's techmaturgical research and has close relations with Zaun's College of Techmaturgy. The city is also the headquarters of the infamous Black Rose organization.


Located at the southern point of Northern Valoran, its currently in control of Noxus after the Siege of Qualthala, led by KledSquare Kled.


Located in the Southern part of North Valoran, its current leader is Steward Katye. Its most well know trade good are vegetables known as Naaps.

Sion's Memorial

  • Sion's Memorial (Newly built)
  • Sion's Memorial (Run down)
  • Sion's Memorial (Black Rose)
  • Sion's Memorial (Reanimation)

This memorial and tomb is dedicated to SionSquare Sion, a Noxian war hero celebrated as the killer of the Demacian King Jarvan I. It was later used to contain the resurrected form of Sion before SwainSquare Swain, with the aid of the Black Rose, was successfully able to control him by the use of Jarvan IVSquare Jarvan IV's blood. The current state of this memorial is unknown, though the former man once housed in it unwillingly serves Noxus, mainly its Grand General, once more.[2]

The Drakengate

Located in the North-eastern part of North Valoran, the citties current leader is Steward Algor Nimchi. It was in control of Noxus ever since The Draken campaign, lead by KledSquare Kled. It most well known trade goods are its fine mudpacks, as well as popular adulterants such as: peach slugs, nacre powder, Nirpooti skins, Freljordian grain milk, HoneyfruitSquare Honeyfruit seeds, and Ionian silver pomace.

The Fleshing Arena

Noxus Prime was renowned for a spectacle called The Fleshing. It was a gladiatorial event with a cruel twist: as a fighter wins their matches, the number of opponents they fight simultaneously, generally other prisoners of war, would increase. [3] [4] This meant eventual death for every contender, though also unparalleled glory. Both Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao, the Seneschal of Demacia, and AlistarSquare Alistar, the Minotaur, are survivors of the spectacle, with Xin Zhao holding the record for defeating the most opponents.


Located at the Eastern part of North Valoran, its current leader is Steward Amenesce. The city is well known for its Light Vindoran horse breed bred for desert use. The Noxian Dark Riders are said to specificly only ride breeds from this area. Other similar horse breed found here are Destriers and Coursers.


Located at the Northern part of Shurima, its currently controlled by Noxus. Its current ruler is Steward Vin. Its most well known trade good is the Urzeris Salt.

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Map showcasing Noxian controlled lands
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Basilisks of the Kumungu are sometimes raised from eggs as Noxian war beasts.


Distant relative of dragons. They're kept by some rich, and perhaps foolish Noxians as pets.


Immortal and inkillable wind spirits that embody the desolation of the Noxian Plains. One of such creature is rode by KledSquare Kled.


Life in Noxus

Noxus Noxus and Magic

Noxians generally regard magic as another powerful tool in their arsenal. Those who are able to wield it are held in high esteem, and are actively sought out—even beyond the borders of Noxus—in order that their special talents may be honed and best harnessed for the benefit of the empire.

Noxus Drake-Hounds

Drake-hounds are a species of wingless, wolf-sized carnivores that lair in the mountains to the north of the Noxian capital. They are vicious pack hunters, and much favored in Noxus as war-beasts, guard creatures, and expensive (albeit dangerous) pets. To own one or more drake-hounds is a visible symbol of wealth and power.

Noxus Noxian Weaponry

The forges of Noxus never cool, churning out swords, axes, and armor in vast quantities for distribution to the warhosts. The empire values function over form, their designs often incorporating additional uses, such as hooked handles to unhorse mounted enemies. In recent years, Noxus has begun to experiment with crude black powder weapons and chem-tech from Zaun, though the results are mixed—often as destructive to friend as they are to the enemy.

Noxus Old Blood, New Blood

Anyone can prosper in Noxus, no matter their background, so long as they have the strength of will, and the drive to succeed. The warlord Darius is a perfect example of this, rising from nothing to become one of the empire’s most powerful leaders. Despite this meritocratic ideal, the old noble families still wield considerable power at the heart of the empire, and some fear that the greatest threat to Noxus comes not from its enemies, but from within.

As Noxus expands and defeats neighboring cultures and cities, it offers the conquered people a choice; swear loyalty to Noxus and be judged solely on your worth, or be destroyed. This is not subterfuge or any kind of ruse; the Noxians are as good as their word, and many who have embraced their conquerors' way of life find their prospects greatly improved. But those who refuse to bend the knee are crushed without mercy.

Whether a city is taken by force or willingly swears fealty to Noxus, its warmasons immediately set to work in stamping the empire's authority upon the newly acquired territory. Gateways of dark stone quarried from the mountains surrounding the capital are raised on every road leading to the city. Known throughout Valoran as Noxtoraa (gateway to Noxus in Ur-Nox) these towering structures leave approaching travelers in no doubt as to who holds the reins of power.

Noxus Noxtoraa

Noxtoraa, Noxus (by Riot Artist Gabriel Yeganyan)

The citizenry of Noxus generally stands behind the principle that "only the strong survive", regarding the qualities of benevolence and compassion as signs of weakness. Strength begets strength, at least as far as the humans of Noxus are concerned. This seeming cruelty, however, is not an indicator of chaos. As is naturally and necessarily the case with humankind, Noxus is an orderly country, where rules protect the citizenry from harm... at least from their peers. In Noxus, however, those with power are clearly protected by the law more than those without it.

Noxus Culture

Culturally Inclusiveness of Noxus

Where other human settlements tend to welcome non-humans into their midst, Noxians are decidedly xenophobic. Non-humans are, at best, made to feel unwelcome within the borders of this nation. There are exceptions to this, but only after the non-humans in question have proven themselves to be either useful or VeigarSquare feared (or KledSquare both). Human visitors and immigrants to Noxus are made to feel only slightly better, again proving themselves only by either demonstrating competence or inspiring terror in their enemies.

The Empire of Noxus is a nation that resembles its inhabitants – dark and sinister. The foundation of the Capital was built into a granite mountain, and a fair portion of the city lies underground. Structures are built on top of and into the mountain itself. A tremendous man-made moat, filled with a witches' brew of foul and putrid liquids, circumnavigates the city; the moat serves as a powerful means of cutting off access to Noxus through all but a few key points, which are heavily guarded. At the top of the granite mountain resides the headquarters of the Noxian High Command; the mountain itself vaguely resembles a demonic skull from a distance. Beyond the huge city walls lie the Noxian denizens that are too poor (or not lucky enough) to live inside. The subterranean city level of the Noxian Capital is almost as large as the top level, with numerous shops, taverns, and residences comprising the seedy underbelly of the notorious nation. Noxus contains the largest network of dungeons anywhere on Runeterra, with numerous Noxian nobles claiming ownership over the various labyrinthine passages and subterranean rooms.

The Empire boasts a vast number of different languages, due to it conquering diferrent lands. Ur-Noxian is the most common tounge used in Noxus.

  • Ur-Noxian language:
    • Noxtoraa - gateway to Noxus


Military of Noxus

Noxus Basilisks

Monstrous reptiles from the southern jungles, basilisks are fierce predators that can grow to gargantuan sizes. Young basilisks are prized riding beasts, and few can stand against their charge. After they become too large for a rider to control, they are put to use as beasts of burden, or sometimes as living battering rams to smash down the walls of besieged cities.

Noxus Strength in Variety

Even within the Trifarian Legion, there is little uniformity within the ranks. In Noxus, a warrior’s natural talents and specialities are embraced, rather than forcing them to conform to a certain way of waging war. This carries across into all aspects of Noxian life—they believe in discovering what you are good at, and then finding a way to utilize that to make the empire stronger.

Noxus The Trifarian Legion

The most elite, respected, and battle-hardened military force within the Noxian empire, “the Legion” is led by Darius himself. They are not only the best soldiers in Noxus, but also the most loyal, utterly devoted to the empire and its leaders. Their armor is heavy and utilitarian, and often features three indentations hammered into their breastplates, representing the Trifarix—the three principles of strength, and the name given to Grand General Swain’s ruling council.

Noxus The Warbands of Noxus

Noxus has one of the largest armies in the known world, composed of elite troops such as the Trifarian Legion, as well as hundreds of individual, localized warbands. Led by their own chieftains, marshals, and captains, each warband is unique, with its own culture, hierarchy and favored way of war. They fulfill specific roles as part of a much larger warhost, perhaps fighting as frontline shock troops, heavy infantry, scouts, assassins or cavalry—whatever best suits their skills.

Noxus Warmasons

Warmasons are resourceful scouts, engineers, and warriors who design and oversee the construction of roads, bridges and fortifications. Often the first indication of Noxian expansion is not the sight of troops on the march, but a lone warmason scouting enemy territory for possible invasion routes.

The ruling political organization of Noxus is called the Noxian High Command, and it acts as the head of the military. In Noxus, the military controls every aspect of the political landscape; there is no separation between the warfare and politics. The eternally youthful-looking leader of the High Command, General Boram Darkwill, had ruled Noxus for countless years. General Darkwill had far exceeded his average lifespan as a human; it is rumored that he was kept alive through necromantic magic. Such a conclusion would seem to make sense, especially when considering that he had ruled the Noxian High Command since before the time of King Jarvan I of Demacia. His seemingly endless hunger for power and conquest has driven Noxus to be the nightmarish threat to its neighbors that it is today.

In more recent times, the Noxian government was in a transition state. General Boram Darkwill was assassinated, and Noxian High Command was in the process of selecting the next Grand General. There was a power struggle between the different Generals, and political squabbles between their supporters had broken out across the empire.

Finally, by defeating challenger Keiran Darkwill, SwainSquare Jericho Swain assumed the position of Grand General of Noxus. He was able to overcome the odds of the duel with his cunning and quick wits. With the support of his allies, namely DariusSquare Darius, he seized the highest position in Noxus.

All the lands the Empire has conquered have Stewards places as the main leaders of cities or areas.

Noxus Armies

The armies of Noxus

The armies of Noxus appear to be little more than barbarous hosts of individual warbands, but this belies the discipline and sophistication required to make such a formation viable. The success of Noxian armies is undeniable, and their very diversity is testament to their effectiveness. Conquered peoples that swear loyalty to Noxus become part of its armies and add their unique strengths to the empire's war efforts. Thus, regimentation and uniformity are anathema to the Noxian way of life, and each warband is celebrated for the many and varied methods of war it brings to bear.

Military service in Noxus is compulsory for a period of six years, with all of its citizens retained as active reservists until their golden years. The Noxian High Command reserves the right to draft any of its citizens, regardless of age, into military service in times of dire need. Active Noxian military personnel are afforded a higher level of citizenship in Noxian society, and it is not uncommon for most citizens to remain active in the military for ten or more years. There is seldom a lack of work in the Noxian military, even with the forced quasi-peace that exists between Noxus and their eternal rivals, the Demacians.



Thanks to Gangplank's marauding against Noxian warfleets, Bilgewater and Noxus are on shaky terms with one another. However, Bilgewatian pirates on occasion will assist the Noxian military, should they see the endeavor profitable. Though the Noxian military campaigns were eventually stopped, KatarinaSquare Katarina, the Sinister Blade, is a mainstay down at Bilgewater's Fleet Street. She can often be seen poking her head into the pubs and taverns in search of sailors down on their luck, offering an even share of the plunder to those willing to sail under her command. At some point the Saltwater Scourge managed to steal the Leviathan, SwainSquare Swain's personal warship, earning the personal enmity of Noxus's Grand General. After Gangplank's fall from power, it is unknown if relations between Bilgewater and Noxus have improved.


Noxian hostilities with Demacia and likewise stretches far back in the nations histories. Having fought at least two wars with each other, the two nations are political, military and ideological rivals and see the other as a threat. The death of King Jarvan I Lightshield at the hands of SionSquare Sion, a General of Noxus, is celebrated as a national event in the Empire. Tensions between the two nations has not changed and will likely not change until one of the two factions gives up.


In more recent times, the Noxians' Barbarian Pacification Campaign was halted when the barbarians allied themselves to Freljord. The Empire puts it's efforts into growing separatist ideas within Freljord, holding it back from ever truly challenging it as a nation.


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Noxian soldiers during the battle of Bard Mountain [5] [6] [7]

Ionia, a land rich in magical energy, proved a fertile ground for Noxus to plunder in search of artifacts of great power to serve as weapons of mass destruction, all in an attempt to fuel the Empire's never-ending expansion with the added benefit of maintaining an edge on Demacia.


As the strongest nation on Runeterra, Noxus heavily relies on the crutial trade rout of Piltover for controling its vast lands in the Northern and Southern parts of Valoran. Due to the importance of the location, many Noxian shadow agents have infiltrated all levels of Piltover's society in order to prepare the Empire for a possible future invasion of the city.


A favorite location for Noxian plunderers and poachers, Shurima represents a land of opportunity for most Noxian citizens that decide to go there. People like Aelon's uncle and CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia would risk everything to seek out wealth and power in this unforgiving land. Noxians usually hire local guides and mercenaries such as SivirSquare Sivir for their grave plunders. AzirSquare Azir , the last Emperor of Shurima, has resurrected the ancient capital and made it his mission to resurrect the old desert empire as well. Time will only tell as to what political relations Shurima and Noxus will have in this new landscape.


The empire shares a friendly relationship with the nation of Zaun. Mercenaries from the nation were recruited by Noxus during their invasion of Ionia, the most heinous of them being SingedSquare Singed, the Mad Chemist and his biological weaponry. The brand of mass death and destruction the madman unleashed remains a festering scar on Ionian history.


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  • The name Noxus resembles Pre-Greek toponym Νάξος.
    • There is a real life island called Naxos, which is part of modern-day Greece.
    • Noxus also references Latin noxa "harm, injury" or nox "night > darkness".
  • The Empire's motto is, "Forever strong!"
    • Also there is a common mantra said by some of its citizens: "The lifeblood of the empire is our bureaucracy."
  • Noxus' history & culture share many characteristics with the Mongol Empire: both were founded by nomadic reavers and were known for their internal inclusiveness, diversity, and stability, despite foreigners' perception as belligerent, brutal, and expansionistic.
  • Noxian architecture was inspired by real life medieval Paris and London, and ancient Rome (mainly Western European architecture) and Constantinople, which might have inspired the Immortal Bastion.
  • The former leader of Noxus, General Boram Darkwill, was believed to have been assassinated by Demacian forces shortly before the major conflict in Kalamanda. But resent sources would indicate that The Black Rose was behind this plot.
  • After the release of Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai's lore, Noxus has been referred to an Empire (with its own capital city and outer territories) which indicates that its previous classification of a city-state has been changed to a country in the post-retconned lore.
  • Noxus has a team called the "Crimson Elite", which is the Noxian counter to the Demacian "Commandos". TalonSquare Talon was the first member revealed to be on the team, the second one being RivenSquare Riven.
    • The skins officiality within the lore is ambiguous.
    • Katarina has an unreleased Crimson Elite skin, meaning she is likely a part of the Crimson Elite.
  • SionSquare Sion was resurrected the second time by help of VladimirSquare Vladimir and several Noxian soldiers that gave their lives for the ritual.
  • Noxus's crest was inspired by SionSquare Sion, since he is the nations hero. It also represents an Ax, a common weapon used by soldiers in the Empire.
  • Gateways of dark stone known as Noxtoraa are raised over roads in territories conquered by Noxus.
  • Tacos are a traditional Noxian dish.[8]
  • The Thornmail item Thornmail, Executioner's Calling item Executioner's Calling, The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver, Long Sword item Long Sword and Vampiric Scepter item Vampiric Scepter are Noxian artifacts.[9]
    • The Executioner's Calling is a Noxian weapon, created to aid in their conquest of Ionia.
  • During the Battle of the Greenfangs, an elite group of warmages known as the "Arcane Fist" was created to counter GalioSquare Galio, but they were defeated after accidentally evoking him.

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Swain, the Noxian Grand General - Login Screen

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  • Old Noxus crest
  • Old Noxus skyline 1
  • Old Noxus skyline 2
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  • The Fleshing Arena, Noxus Prime, Noxus (by Riot Artist Gabriel Yeganyan)
  • Sion's Memorial (Glory)
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  • Sion's Memorial (Rise)
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  • Noxus "Legends Never Die" Concept 1 (by Riot Artist Julien Renoult)
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