Shuriman Crest

The empire of Shurima was once a thriving civilization that spanned a vast desert. After an era of growth and prosperity, the XerathSquare fall of its gleaming capital left the empire in ruins. Over millennia, tales of Shurima's glorious city became myth and religion among the descendants of the scattered survivors.

Most of the TaliyahSquare nomadic inhabitants of Shurima search for basic sustenance in an unforgiving land. Some defend small outposts built around a few oases. Others hunt buried riches among the ruins of the fallen empire, or obtain SivirSquare mercenary work, taking coin for their deeds before disappearing back into the sands. Now, the tribes are stirred by whispers from the heart of the desert: the city of Shurima has AzirSquare risen again.


Champions of Shuriuma

Other Related Champions

  • AatroxSquare Aatrox is a Darkin who aided a Shuriman warlord in ancient times.
  • CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia had hired SivirSquare Sivir to raid the Tomb of the Emperors and later was transformed by a Shuriman curse.
  • EzrealSquare Ezreal had discovered a magical artifact in a Shuriman tomb.
  • KassadinSquare Kassadin is a Leader of the "Preservers".
  • MalzaharSquare Malzahar was a Shuriman seer turned leader of the "Cult of the Void".
  • Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai is a Void Xer'Sai leader terrorising the Shuriman Wastes.
  • RengarSquare Rengar is a Kiilash Vastaya Trophy Hunter of the region
  • RyzeSquare Ryze is an ancient Archmage who hunts for World Runes.
  • VarusSquare Varus is searching for his Darkin sister in a Shuriman tomb.
  • YasuoSquare Yasuo was a mentor to TaliyahSquare Taliyah.

Lore

Legends

Shurima logo
Shurima Crest icon

Shurima was once a powerful empire that spanned the farthest reaches of the vast southern continent. After an era of expansion and prosperity, its AzirSquare last emperor was betrayed by his XerathSquare closest friend, and the empire fell to ruin. Its gleaming capital was all but destroyed in an earth-shaking cataclysm and the empire was left in ruins, its people scattered and its mighty cities devoured by the sand. Now Shurima is a barren wasteland, an unforgiving desert where only the strongest survive and its people cling to the few remaining oases and strips of fertile land around the coast.

In the millennia since Shurima's fall, tales of its glorious capital and gleaming Shurima's Legacy sun disc became little more than myths and debased religions among the TaliyahSquare descendants of the empire's few survivors. Most of Shurima's inhabitants now dwell in small tribal outposts clustered near water or built upon the bones of ancient cities, venerating the glories of the past. Some hunt buried riches among the ruins of the fallen empire or earn a living as SivirSquare sellswords, warriors for hire who fight for rich paymasters before disappearing into the sands. Others try to forget the past, looking to the future and nations across the ocean as partners in trade.

Yet the ancient myths of Shurima do not rest easy and are stirring once more. Whispering winds from the heart of the desert speak of mighty cities rising from the earth, of a AzirSquare golden warrior marching at the head of an Arise! army of sand. Rumors spread of ancient heroes reborn, of a war between gods that will shake the very foundations of the world.

The city of Shurima has risen, and nothing will ever be the same.

Unbound
  • A slave to his own convictions.
  • Starring XerathSquare Xerath.
Fall of the Empire

Fall of the Empire 1

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

Fall of the Empire 2

"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."

Fall of the Empire 3

"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."

Fall of the Empire 4

"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."

Fall of the Empire 5

"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..."

Greed and Tears
  • Solitude can be lonelier than death.
  • Starring AmumuSquare Amumu.
Caravan North
Prey
  • A predator feasting on fear. A hunter without any. Only one will make it out of this alive.
  • Starring RengarSquare Rengar.
Sai Khaleek
  • Fear not ambush from the hills, nor winged beasts from the skies. The true terror of Shurima comes from the sand, and gives no warning of her presence.
  • Starring Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai.
Scourge of the Desert
Traders whisper stories of a beast below Shurima's sands. They say she stalks the caravans that dare cross her domain. They say she hunts those that run, and kills those that fight. But what if the stories aren't simple stories? What if they're true?

Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 01

My Dearest Merina,

Arriving in Bel'zhun at last! Though it pains me to leave our beloved country, I am certain Shurima will make my fortune. Uncle Velius left word that, in addition to cartography, I'm to draw 'anything and everything of value or interest, especially wildlife'. For this meager service, I'm to be paid an additional three gold securi a day! You need only avoid your mother's matchmaking for a little while longer. I will soon be able to return to you as a worthy suitor. There are no obstacles that could divert or slow me from that pursuit.

I've enclosed a picture of the view from my window. I couldn't help but laugh when our innkeeper called his home 'a luxurious city'! Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 02

Though his payments arrive regularly, I still have yet to catch up with Uncle. It is disconcerting that all I remember of him was his unrelenting mantra that 'the lifeblood of the empire is our bureaucracy'.

I find myself employed as part of our nation's endless clerical staff; ironically, not within its borders, but operating in these uncivilized lands.

My cartographic mission received an unexpected boon after I purchased an ancient stone map. The unsavory dealer was obviously a tomb raider or thief (like most Shurimans) but the item was too precious to pass by.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 03

Today, the caravan hired teams of elujrav'i', or 'bell riders'.

These old men and boys will scout ahead to warn us of any approaching threats. The caravan master also purchased a few dozen saih'kharash'i, or 'sand walkers'. These peasants - poor, even by this country's miserable standards - will trot beside the caravan for their meals. If we find ourselves pursued, we will quickly outpace these unfortunates, leaving them behind as fodder.

In the southern desert, a great deal of suffering is endured to avoid the Xer'Sai and the other outerbeasts. That my unseen benefactor continues to lead me deeper into this strange and primitive land is unsettling.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 04

A dead Xer'Sai.

The average-sized specimen was killed a few days ago after annihilating a herd of Eka'Sul goats. Its repulsive flesh oozes and bubbles, while decomposing at an abnormally rapid rate. Not surprisingly, the creatures are inedible. Xer'Sai apparently burst from their small Tunnel burrows and savage anything nearby. That this unimpressive beast should inspire such terror in the caravan's guards speaks to their ignorance and weakness.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 05

With fifty securi, we purchased a ralsiji. The belligerent giant will make for an impressive display in the arena, but it lacks the ferocity of the Xer'Sai. Uncle Velius sent word the team is to concentrate on searching for live Xer'Sai. He has promised me three hundred securi for each good-sized specimen we procure! At that price, I could return home in a month with all of the fortune needed to proceed with our nuptials! I pray your cousin has stopped pestering you to meet that idiot, Genden Belgaunt.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 06

We have entered the 'Sai', the rolling plains of sand and sharp stones that define the harsh, southern desert. This is where I will finally be able to catch these mysterious creatures Uncle has fixated on. Within a fortnight, I hope to escape this hateful country's grinding poverty and the unending silence that defines this land. There is no unnecessary noise permitted in the southland. No laughter. No idle conversation. Natives wait silently by their caravans, listening for the bells that warn of raiders or beasts. How I long to talk openly and to hear your sweet voice again.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 07

A Xer'Sai the size of your pet hound attacked us yesterday.

Thankfully, our spotters saw it, and our spearmen were able to deploy in time. After it took down one of our guards, his fellows were rightfully enraged, and killed it. Though I could have sold the beast for two hundred securi, I cannot, and will not, blame my guards for taking their vengeance. The deceased wasn't a man in our noble arenas, chasing fortune and fame; he was butchered by a vile thing without any hope for glory or wealth.

So much of Shurima seems a hateful place, determined to punish any who visit it and grind its inhabitants into submission. I am ashamed to think I once derided the people who live here.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 08

For weeks, I've been hearing stories about Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai - an infamous Xer'Sai of unmatched size, ferocity, and speed.

"Perfect for the arena!" I laughed, grimly mocking Uncle's repeated missives. Ridiculing my benefactor to our Shuriman trackers and guards must seem like madness to you, but I find myself feeling more connected to them than to our Noxian traditions. The desert has changed me. It is the absence of everything, and as such, it brings that which is important into sharp relief. Why should a man care for the amusements of the arena? What cherished memory is made there? It is the subtle curve of your cheek and the hint of a smile at your mouth's edge that keeps the dread of this place at bay. I loathe the thought of Genden Belgaunt courting you and that your family considers him a worthy suitor.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 09

Despite its bleakness, this empty outpost still possessed the only drinking water for leagues, and even spending a few hours in the shade of its ruins was a sweet relief from the unrelenting sun. Supposedly, Rek'Sai annihilated it decades ago. A few weeks past, I would have shrugged this off as yet another ignorant superstition of the desert folk. But I've seen too much death. I have walked past the bones of thousands. What sort of monster is capable of inflicting such horror?

Even with the supposed expertise of our Noxian trappers, I find myself doubting we have the means to capture this beast.


Rek'Sai - Scourge of the Desert 10

A burrow of Rek'Sai.

What possessed me to follow Uncle's Noxian trappers there? And on the threshold of this beast's realm, with the evidence right before us, why didn't we turn back? It was as if we were standing on the edge of a great cliff and were seized by some primal instinct to lean against that emptiness until we plummeted to our deaths.

Thankfully, my Shuriman friends convinced me to turn back before it was too late. I wish I had heeded their advice to look away from the events that followed.

Truly, I cannot even explain what I saw. No violence in the arena could begin to describe this creature's unspeakable horror. What I witnessed, within the blink of an eye, returns to me endlessly. I do not sleep for fear of seeing it again, and its memory seems always on the edge of my vision. The outerbeasts are a plague, which destroyed these lands, but Rek'Sai is death incarnate.

I hope I never see this unforgiving desert again, and yet, I know now I could never return to Noxus. I do not see our nation as strong. We are as arrogant and foolish as children.

I am seeking a position near the Demacian border or in the southern jungles - anywhere that takes me far from the devastation this creature has wrought. Would it be possible for you to live outside of our capital? Sadly, I know your answer. I must accept that long ago you moved on from my failed courtship, while I was trapped in a limbo of my own design.

I have enclosed the stone artifact I acquired and based my maps on. It is a wedding gift. I truly hope you will find happiness with Genden Belgaunt, but I pray you will not end our correspondence.

And in hope and love, I will always wait for your letters at the edge of our empire's domain.

Yours,
Aelon


Dreamsong
  • We are one. We cannot be shattered.
  • Starring SkarnerSquare Skarner.
Arisen
  • Shurima was once the glory of Runeterra. He will make it so again.
  • Starring AzirSquare Azir.
Ouroboros
  • The cicle of Life and Death continues.
  • Starring NasusSquare Nasus.
Darkness Renews
  • Madness of Betrayal.
  • Starring RenektonSquare Renekton.
Water
  • Water is more precious than gold.
  • Starring SivirSquare Sivir.
The Bird and the Branch
  • The Little Sparrow learns to fly.
  • Starring TaliyahSquare Taliyah and YasuoSquare Yasuo.
Bloodline
Echoes in the Stone
  • The foundations of pain and death.
  • Starring TaliyahSquare Taliyah.

History

"A cloud of smoldering destruction hangs in the night sky. This is the Fall of Shurima.

The Ancients groped blindly in the darkness, threatening to unravel the very fabric of creation in their hubris. Noble Shurimans who Ascended found a loose thread in the universe’s tapestry, and pulled upon it. The vulgarity of their ambition consumed thousands of innocent lives and ended a golden age.

Such was the fate of mighty Shurima and of men who would become gods."
― Ionian storyteller

A Dire Threat To Ancient Shurima

The Sun Disc was ancient long before the pinnacle of the Shuriman Empire. [1] NasusSquare Nasus and RenektonSquare Renekton knew of its power, and used it to ascend in order to face a dire threat from mysterious beings. [2]

Ancient Darkin Influence

Narrated by EzrealSquare Ezreal
Aatrox Promo 7

The Shuriman urn picturing the AatroxSquare dark figure.

Shurima's been gone for centuries. It's hardly anything but dust now, but the ruins that remain show a massive civilization that once thrived in the desert. EzrealSquare I have no idea what happened to the empire. It seems like it vanished without a trace... but that's a whole different mystery.

I found this urn in a tomb there. From the look of the place and some of the carvings on the walls, it was the final resting place of a great Shuriman warlord who led a battle against impossible odds. He and his men should have gone out in a blaze of glory, but somehow, they won. Just a handful of warriors defeated thousands of enemies who rose against them.

It's no wonder they'd immortalize that kind of victory on the walls of a tomb, but what is this AatroxSquare dark figure doing on the urn? What part did he play in this battle? I just don't get it.


Descent Into the Tomb

Narrated by NasusSquare Nasus. [3]

"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. CassiopeiaSquare 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 SivirSquare 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, impales Cassiopeia in its jaws - the venom sears her flesh like acid.

The Tomb door opens. RenektonSquare Renekton emerges, the brother I loved and locked away, twisted beyond insanity, followed by XerathSquare Xerath, an architect of his torment. My failure is complete.

Sivir drags herself away, life blood flooding from her wound and then succumbs to darkness..."

Rise of the Ascended

Narrated by NasusSquare Nasus. [4]
Azir OriginalSkin

Azir, the Emperor of the Sands

"As SivirSquare Sivir lies betrayed and bleeding, something incredible occurs. For though she does not know it, Sivir is the last in the bloodline of AzirSquare Azir, Shurima’s lost emperor. And as her blood soaks into the ancient sands, a deep magic sparks to life. Resurrection!

First Azir’s mind, then his body. Snatched back from oblivion to be reborn. Then he sees Sivir, wonders at her face, he sees himself in this daughter of Shurima. In that moment, he has no thought of empires or rituals. He only knows: she needs his help.

He must take her to the Oasis of the Dawn - the Mother of Life. He smells the waters - smells of life. He prays he is in time. He does not dream that he, Shurima’s greatest emperor, can at long last earn his Ascension and bring back his broken city. He dares not dream that if he can save her...Azir can save them all."

The Sands have shifted

Shurima Homecoming

Shurima's people return to their ancestral home

Shurima is resurrected, and Runeterra's future is forever altered. XerathSquare Xerath and RenektonSquare Renekton have been unleashed from the Tomb of the Emperors. NasusSquare 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 CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia's ambition, but it also promises a power she never imagined. AzirSquare Azir, Ascended ruler of a fallen civilization, envisions a new Shuriman empire, while his descendant SivirSquare 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.[5]

Bloodline

Taliyah OriginalSkin

Taliyah, the Stoneweaver

Having returned to Shurima after hearing word of the empire's restoration, TaliyahSquare Taliyah made her way from the coastal city of Bel'zhun around the borders of the Sai, heading to Kenethet and then Vekaura on her journey to the capital. On the way she found a fatally wounded Sivir, and brought her to safety within the city's borders. NasusSquare Nasus, who had been searching for the remnants of the Emperor's lineage since Azir's return, also found his way to Verauka, but before he could meet his intended target Xerath assaulted the city with a force of mind controlled warriors from scattered tribes, and his own incredible power.

As Xerath bombard the city and his soldiers laid waste to its inhabitants Nasus finally found what he was looking for in Sivir and her saviour Taliyah. He told Sivir of her importance; with her blood having restored Shurima, she would likely be instrumental to the nation's future, but Sivir had never cared for that ancient legacy and told Nasus she wanted no part in it. After brief words between the Ascended warrior, the mercenary and the stone mage Nasus gave Sivir a magical pendant to keep herself concealed from Xerath while as they escaped the city before going to face the powerful magus himself. Xerath had come to end Azir's lineage completely, and the two clashed in a battle the likes of which Shurima had not seen in ages. Though Nasus was able to stand against Xerath for a while, it did not last, and he was felled by his foe's immense magical power, but Xerath did not want Nasus to die just yet. He had his enemy's death planned out, and it was RenektonSquare Renekton who would kill Nasus. Knowing a confrontation between the brothers was inevitable, and knowing how durable Nasus was, Xerath brought down the buildings of Verauka upon the curator's head, burying him completely before departing.

Thanks to the magic of Taliyah many of the city's denizens survived; sheltered by shields of woven stone. Nasus was among them, and while grateful for her help, he had done his job. Sivir was safe for now, and he looked to the future, hoping against hope that he could save Renekton from his insanity, so that the two of them could defeat Xerath together.



Locations

Visions of Shurima

Shurima Vekaura Streets

The rebuilt sun disc over the streets of Nashramae.

Shurima Reborn

The sands recede, and Shurima is reborn.

Shurima Risen

Shurima, risen from the sands to bathe in the sun's light once more.

Shurima Homecoming

Shurima's people return to their ancestral home.

Shurima Ruins

The ruins of Shurima, its once grand palaces and citadels cast to ruin.

Shurima Hierophant

The Daughter of Setaka, Ascended Hierophant of Zuretta.

Shurima map

Map of Shurima (The capital at its center)

Shurima is an arid territory in the southern half of the continent. Many men have gone mad beneath the glare of the Shurima sun. It is also the location of the newly resurrected Shuriman Empire, a vast civilization that bloomed millennia ago. It shares borders with Demacia and Noxus. Ancient beings called Ascended originate from this area.

The current well known locations encompassing Shurima are:

Bel'zhun

Belzhun Map 01

Map of Bel'zhun
(a depiction of a Hwatis)

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 insurgence 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 prized for felting and insulation.

Circle of Ascension

Located at the very center of the city, above the Grand Temple, Oasis of the Dawn and the Imperial Place, The Circle of Ascension is the main focal point from which most the privileged beings of Shurima's past harnessed the powers of the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc and became Ascended beings. It was also the center location of Ancient Shurima's destruction and its modern rise from the grave. The circle is accessible with the Stairs of Ascension and The Emperor’s Way, the most important road within the city.

Gereshni

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.

Kalamanda

Located at the Northern part of Shurima, the current ruler of the city is Councilman Reyes. The cities most well known trade good are Gold and Sing-Stones (or Sun Stones).

Nashramae

Located at the Northern part of Shurima, the current ruler of the city is Hagyett Sabja. The cities most well known trade good are 4 thousand Nashramae mats and bolts.

Oasis of the Dawn

"When the sun is at its peak, the pool blends in with the shimmering heat, looking as if its waters run off into infinity."
Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge lore

Described as the Mother of Life, the oasis is located near The Tomb of the Emperors. The bloodline of the entire city, it the city's main source of fresh water. The water is fused with unknown magical properties and has immense healing powers. It is said that any edge dipped into this pool will stay sharper and strike truer than any other sword. It has almost all dried up until the newly resurrected AzirSquare Azir brought a dying SivirSquare Sivir to the now magical pool. The waters' powers healed her fatal wounds. This act of selflessness from Azir made him worthy of ascension which ultimately revived his broken city. [6]

Shuriman Wastes

The fallen empire has littered the dunes with ruins. A RammusSquare mysterious creature can be found wandering the desert. SkarnerSquare Skarner defends the entrance to a realm deep beneath the Shuriman wastes; what he protects no one knows. Buried tombs also hold ancient secrets; AmumuSquare Amumu rose from such a tomb; in another EzrealSquare Ezreal claimed an Ascended artifact of incredible mystical power. Kenethet, Vekaura, Nerimazeth, Zuretta, and Astrologer’s Tower are located in this desert wasteland.

Sai

Sai is the harsh, southern desert defined by rolling plains of sand, sharp stones and eerie silence. Located between the end of the desert and the Capital, it is for the most part, completely uninhabited besides the Xer'Sai and their queen Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai, whom has single-handedly claimed vast parts of the desert. Traders and armed caravans will go hundreds of miles out of their way to avoid her territory, though cunning bandits have been known to lure the unwary into her killing grounds. [7]

The Capital

Shurima palace concept

Inner City-Circle entrance, Shuriman Capital, Shurima

An oasis in the desert, it fell to ruins after XerathSquare Xerath's flawed Ascension. It has risen once again with the resurrection of Shurima's long lost emperor, AzirSquare Azir. In its prime, it was the center of Shuriman society. Because of its immense importance as the center of trade and culture of the empire, many cultural, educational centers and markets bringing goods from all over the Empire sprung up. It also housed special burial grounds for the most influential of its citizens, such as The Tomb of the Emperors. The city is divided by ringed districts and city levels. The city's wealthiest citizens lived in the top rings of the city, while middle and lower classes (with slaves) lived mostly in settlements built on the rocky cliff sides of the outer and lower rings. The Palace of Ten Thousand Pillars, Scholes Palace, Temple of the Sun and Oasis of the Dawn are located at the center of the city. The most important road in the city was The Emperor’s Way. The city was built around the ancient Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc that floats above The Circle of Ascension and the city itself. The city also had the most advance irrigation system of its time, seemingly unsurpassed until modern times. Floating gardens decorated with palms and other flora protected its many terraces from the burning sun.

Tomb of the Emperors

Deep in the capital city lies the Tomb of the Emperors. For the last millennium it has acted as the makeshift prison of XerathSquare Xerath and RenektonSquare Renekton. It is guarded by the statue of a huge serpent. When the tomb opened the serpent came to life, impaling CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia on its fangs, its venom transforming her into a terrifying half-snake creature. [8]

Urzeris

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.

Wildlife

Brackern

Within a hidden valley live the Brackern; a species of sentient, crystalline scorpions with great magical power. For thousands of years they lived peacefully in this secluded corner of Shurima, but when the Rune Wars ravaged Runeterra the Brackern hid themselves by hibernating beneath the earth to wait out the devastation, and hopefully wait out the extinction of the human race. In recent times the sleeping Brackern were discovered by thieves who stole several namestones from their bodies; stones which are critical to the livelihood and culture of the Brackern, so much so that those with stolen stones face immediate death if they should wake, and many cannot even be roused from their slumber. SkarnerSquare Skarner, one of the strongest Brackern, was able to wake himself and has set out to reclaim all of the stolen namestones while also ensuring that no humans ever find the valley.

Xer'Sai

Creatures from the Void that plague the southern deserts. They are the size of big dogs on average, but can be smaller and much bigger. Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai by far the biggest and the most dangerous of the species. Xer’sai burst from their small burrows and savage anything nearby, at the detriment of desert caravans. Once dead, the Xer'sai decompose at an abnormally rapid rate and become inedible.

Outerbeasts

Beside the Xer'Sai other creatures from the Void, referred to as 'outerbeasts', can be found in the desert.

Eka'Sul

Desert goats that travel in herds.

Hwatis

Hwatis are goat like creatures with large plated portrudions on their heads. Hwatis wool and plate are prised for felting and insulation.

Ralsiji

Large and aggressive minotaur-like creatures. They are humpbacked quadrupeds with long limbs and thick horns.

Shuriman Camels

This breed of camels are used. [9]

Kmiros

Gigantic scarabs that roam in swarms, looking for unfortunate travelers to feed on. They seem to be common prey for RammusSquare Rammus.

Culture

The current inhabitants of Shurima's desert are mainly descended from the survivors of the fall of Shurima's empire. The origin of their culture reaches back to AzirSquare Azir's time. During those times, slavery was a common thing in the Empire. It was so common that the entire Empire was dependent of slaves as a working force. One of the former slaves, XerathSquare Xerath, tried to seek revenge for position, which inadvertently caused the Empires downfall. Ironically, his plan was implemented right after Azir emancipated all slaves in the empire. After the fall of Ancient Shurima, the society has evolved as they eke out an existence in their harsh environment of the desert. [10] Commonly the nomads, such as SivirSquare Sivir, practice tomb robbing and mercenary service. The people are also known to produce seers blessed with foresight. MalzaharSquare Malzahar was born with such abilities.

Shurima Rising

The Capital, Shurima

The southern desert is plagued by Xer'Sai, vicious monsters originating from the void. To scout from attacks by Xer'Sai caravans can employ Elujrav'i', or "bell riders". They can also employ "Saih'kharash'i", or "sand walkers". These are poor locals who travels with the caravan, but can quickly be outrun in case of an attack by the Xer'Sai, at which point they serve as unfortunate decoys while their employers escape. [11]

In ancient times the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc produced heroes called Ascended in times of direst threat. These beings were merely considered legends AzirSquare until recently. [12]


Shurima people concept

Ancient Shuriman clothing for men and women

Currency

Wile the nation takes and uses all kinds of currency from all corners of Runeterra, it also mints its own currency. The main currency of Shurima is called Securi. [13]

Clothing

The general styles of clothing tend to differ depending on the era and social status. Regular commoners tend to wear simple practical garments for the harsh desert lifestyle. In ancient times and with the current more wealthier, people tend to wear lose flowing clothing with many decorative gold jewelry either on their feet, hands, head or torso. The common royal colours were gold, red, white, and emerald green. Sun Disk symbols were a prevalent motif in Shuriman clothing.

The Great Weaver

The Great Weaver is a Shuriman deity which weaves the lives and destinies of each individual and holds individual triumph into consideration since even the smallest rock is important in weaving the larger tapestry of life. The belief of the Great Weaver started some time after the events of ancient Shurima's fall and is widely followed by desert dwellers and shepherds.

RammusSquare Rammus

The enigmatic armordillo that roams the deserts of Shurima. Rammus comes and goes appearing to the people of Shurima at random, usually by accident, looking for food, or because of some other agenda. However, this hasn't stopped the people from creating wild theories about his origin, race, and goals. Some say he is harbinger of change, others say a god, and still others claim him to be a guardian of Shurima. Whatever the case, he will continue to roam the desert, and mystify all that comes across him.

Government

Shurima currently has no centralized government, being most regions are controlled by local leaders due to the isolation between settlements. In ancient times all regions were governed by feudal lords that answered to the Emperor of Shurima, who was located at the Capital. AzirSquare Azir proclaimed himself Emperor again after his resurrection and intends to unify the nation again.


Shurima Capital after Azir

Shuriman army (left and right) summoned by Azir after the capital's resurrection (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)

Shurima had a standing army before it fell. There were at least 10,000 elite warriors that guarded the emperor. When AzirSquare Azir returned he summoned a vast army at his command. The soldiers, though made in the image of their predecessors, are constructs of sand and are not sentient. [14]


Relations

Noxus

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 [1] 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 self-proclaimed Emperor of Shurima, has resurrected the its ancient capital and has made his mission to resurrect the old Empire as well. Time will only tell as to what political relations Shurima and Noxus will have in this new political landscape.

Trivia

Shurima's Pendant

Shurima's Pendant

  • The name Shurima resembles:
    • Šumeru, Akkadian rendition of Ki-en-ĝir "land of noble lords", Mesopotamia's first civilization, mirroring Shurima's pioneering status.
      • However, ancient Sumer was nested within the well-watered & fertile floodplain, while Shurima is built near an oasis within a dry desert.
    • or Ancient Egyptian morpheme Šw, meaning "empty", "dry", "sunlight", or "rise up"[15]. From this root stems Shu, the Egyptian god of Light & Air, son of Atum (originally the deified evening sun; in contrast to Khepri-morning and Ra-midday; however all three would later merge).
  • The Emperor of Shurima had other titles such as the Golden Sun or Beloved of Mother Desert.
  • The speech that LissandraSquare Lissandra gives in the Howling Abyss mentions that Shurima had not yet been swallowed by the desert when the Frozen Watchers lived in the Freljord, indicating that Shurima was one of the earliest Valoran's civilizations to ruin itself.
  • For some, ancient Shurima was an Atlantis-like myth. Others, like the current inhabitants of Shurima, knew it existed a long time ago but did not believe any "true" Shurimans remained. RenektonSquare Renekton and NasusSquare Nasus were also stories for them. [16]
  • The only know map of Shurima is symbolic in its nature. Ancient Shuriman people used it purely for recognizing key landmarks of the Empire and it was before the use of realistic cartography.
    • The map shown rising and the setting of the Sun, an important cosmic body in Shuriman culture. In Shurima, as any visitor knows, the sun rises in the East, sweeps high across the sky on the North side, and then sets in the West. If we take these symbols that represent dawn, noon, and the missing setting sun, then the drawing is orientated with North at the top. It also shows the key mountain ranges of those directions (Mount Targon facing the North). [17]
  • Shurima's fall was recorded in a constellation by a Celestial Being known as BardSquare Bard.
  • Shurima is described as a place that had a thriving culture, not only a strong military and a powerful emperor. It had a sense of personal identity with art, music, literature, trade, magical technology, etc. AzirSquare Azir's motivation to bring the golden light of Shurima to other nations neither was nor is for conquest; he truly believes that Shurima was the height of civilization, and could only continue to grow more wonderful. [18]
  • Although Shuriman, MalzaharSquare Malzahar isn't directly involved in Shurima's return. He has his hands full. [19]
  • Almost all the names given to the Voidborn are ancient Shuriman in origin. [20]
  • The Ancient Coin item Ancient Coin, Nomad's Medallion item Nomad's Medallion, Talisman of Ascension item Talisman of Ascension, Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge, Sunfire Cape item Sunfire Cape, Eye of the Oasis item Eye of the Oasis, Soul Anchor item Soul Anchor and Mirage Blade item Mirage Blade are Shuriman artifacts. [21]
  • Shurima's crest was inspired by the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc.


Although they are not Shurimans, Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix, FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks, and ZileanSquare Zilean have a Shurima-themed skin
  • Pharaoh Amumu
  • Sandstorm Ekko
  • Explorer Ezreal
  • Risen Fiddlesticks
  • Desert Trooper Garen
  • Sandstorm Katarina
  • Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix
  • Djinn Malzahar
  • Pharaoh Nasus
  • Pharaoh Nidalee
  • Young Ryze
  • Guardian of the Sands Rammus, Skarner, and Xerath
  • Sandscourge Skarner
  • Celestine Soraka
  • Highland Tryndamere
  • Shurima Desert Zilean

Media

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Shurima - Login Screen

Ascended Theme
Related Music

  • Scholes Palace, Shurima
  • The ruins of Shurima, its once grand palaces and citadels cast to ruin
  • The sands recede, and Shurima is reborn (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)
  • Shurima, risen from the sands to bathe in the sun's light once more (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)
  • Shurima's people return to their ancestral home
  • The rebuilt sun disc over the streets of Nashramae
  • The Daughter of Setaka, Ascended Hierophant of Zuretta
  • Scholes Palace, Shurima
  • Shurima landscape 1 (by Riot Artist Jason Chan)
  • Shurima landscape 2 (by Riot Artist Jason Chan)
  • Shuriman landscape 3
  • Shurima Temple in the Wastes
  • Shuriman Pyramid
  • Shuriman Sarcophagus
  • Sivir at the Oasis of the Dawn 1
  • Sivir at the Oasis of the Dawn 2
  • Azir before Ascending
  • Azir Ascending
  • Azir Ascended
  • Oasis of the Dawn 1
  • Oasis of the Dawn 2
  • Oasis of the Dawn 3
  • Shuriman Capital Rising (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)
  • Imperial Palace and Grand Temple of Shurima
  • Nasus glass mural
  • Fall of Shurima constellation
  • Old Shurima landscape
  • Old Shurima crest

See Also

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