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Renekton was once a staunch gatekeeper of ancient Shurima, but in the centuries since the fall of that once-glorious empire, he has been consumed by madness. Now, he is little more than a rage-fueled beast who seeks to kill his brother Nasus, who he believes is to blame for his current state of mind.
Fall of the Empire
Azir’s hubris proved disastrous. As the 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 and 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…
Descent Into The Tomb
- Narrated by Nasus,
"The tragic fall of Shurima was nothing comparing to the tragedy of its rise from the grave.
In a market at the edge of a desert. A stranger appears. Cassiopeia, a noblewoman from Noxus looking to hire a guide to take her to the fabled lost city. But not just any guide, she hires a owner of a legendary blade, the mercenary called Sivir. Sivir gathers her band of sell-swords and set out in to the desert to find the very bones of Shurima.
Five days beneath the broiling sun a scout spots towers juddering upwards and a stairway leading underground. They climb down, into the darkness.
Ancient treasures gleam in the torch-light, even Sivir is astonished of the grandeur of the ruins. Her men head deeper in only to stumble into traps and be eviscerated. Sivir is stunned with horror, but Cassiopeia does not flinch. She sees only the statue of a huge serpent silently guarding the door to the tomb of the Emperors and smiles.
The ancient weapon is a key. Cassiopeia betrays Sivir. She picks up Sivir's blade, puts it into the lock. The guardians curse is triggered. The stone serpent comes alive. It pins Cassiopeia into its jaws, the venom sears her flesh like acid.
Sivir drags herself away, life blood flooding from her wound and then succumbs to darkness...
Behold, Shurima's legacy."
The Sands have shifted
Shurima is resurrected, and Runeterra's future is forever altered. Xerath and Renekton have been unleashed from the Tomb of the Emperors. 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's ambition, but it also promises a power she never imagined. Azir, Ascended ruler of a fallen civilization, envisions a new Shuriman empire, while his descendant 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.
- Upon selection
- "As I live, all will die!"
- "Cut them down!"
- "Embrace the jaws of death."
- "I'll leave them in pieces."
- "Bask in their blood!"
- "Light meat, dark meat, it's all the same."
- "There is no retreat."
- "Welcome the havoc."
- "Destruction approaches."
- "Lavish brutality."
- "Chaos will follow."
- "Who's next on the chopping block?"
- "Nothing will stop me!"
- "Nasus cannot escape me forever!"
- "Come back when you've collected all the bits of yourself!"
- Taunting an enemy Nasus
- "You should have done a better job locking me away, Nasus!"
- "You are not my brother, traitor!"
- "What? Do I have someone in my teeth?"
- Renekton laughs.
- Renekton laughs.
- Renekton laughs.
- Renekton laughs.
- "Xerath, we will give them what they deserve."
- "Trapped in a box so long, Xerath! They never should have let us out!"
- Upon beginning a game of Ascension
- "Make this hurt."
- "They will feel pain they've never imagined."
- "No suffering is too great."
- "All will suffer as I have!"
- Upon becoming ascended
- "Now you will know agony!"
- "I will spare no-one!"
- "The slaughter will never end!"
- "I will tear the world asunder!"
- When a nearby ally becomes ascended
- "Massacre them!"
- "Shred their fragile bodies!"
- Killing an enemy while ascended
- "I will gut you all!"
- "Oceans of blood!"
Co-op vs. AI Responses
- "I'll leave you all in pieces!"
Special (against player Nasus)
- "You will not escape me, Nasus!"
Player team victory
Player team defeat
- "One day, you will suffer!"
Champion Sneak Peek
Lately, we’ve seen quite a few sibling duos enter the League of Legends. While Garen and Lux may have been the first to make membership in the League a familial affair, since then Cassiopeia and Katarina have been making a point of highlighting the importance of good genes. Of course, not all families get along, and if we’re going to broach the subject of sibling rivalry there’s probably no better place to start than with Nasus’ brother Renekton, the Butcher of the Sands. We’re personally not sure that we’ve ever seen a fraternal relationship with more animosity (no pun intended).
On a faraway world, Renekton was born a member of a race of bestial guardians created to serve as the rulers and protectors of their people. Alongside his brother Nasus, Renekton oversaw the upkeep of the Great Library, which served as both a vault of ancient knowledge and the repository of the teachings of the Cycle of Life and Death. While the enlightened Nasus taught those scholars who came to study, Renekton served as the Great Library's gatekeeper. He could sense the true natures of those who sought Nasus' teachings, and he sent away those with dark ambitions. Over time, however, his repeated exposure to this evil infected his mind. He grew furious with the malevolence in the hearts of men, and as he descended deeper into madness, he discovered he could quell the fury by cutting the evil from the men who possessed it. Unfortunately, the relief was as short-lived as the subjects, and the butcher's rage, as it came to be known, would resurge even stronger.
Consumed by his anger, Renekton turned on the one being who could defeat him—his own brother. Nasus pleaded with Renekton to see reason. Realizing that he was beyond redemption, the despondent Nasus valiantly struck down his wayward sibling. Defenseless, Renekton waited eagerly for death's release. It never came. He was spared when summoners from the League of Legends claimed his brother. Caught in the wake of this powerful spell, Renekton tumbled for what seemed like ages between realities. When he finally emerged, he fell deep into the sewers of Zaun. Insane with fury, Renekton languished in his newfound home, driven senseless by his rage. That is until, by happenstance, he caught a familiar scent in the air. Believing that the familiar scent would guide him to the solace that was fading from his memory, he traced his brother to the Institute of War.
“My brother has become hollow. Full of rage, but empty.”