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Shurima Desert

Shurima Desert 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 Shurima Empire, a vast civilization that bloomed millennia ago.

Ancient beings called the Ascendant originate from this area.


Lore

Shurima logo

A thousand years ago, the glorious empire of Shurima shone like a second sun across the desert. After a flawed Ascension ritual, the gleaming capital city was reduced to ruins.

But an oft-repeated legend stirs in the desert of Shurima. The swirling sands carry rumors of the ancient emperor AzirSquare.png Azir, somehow returned.[1]

Locations

There are 4 known locations in Shurima.

Capital

Shurima in the past

Capital city of Shurima

Once the center of Shuriman society; an oasis in the desert, it fell to ruins after XerathSquare.png Xerath's flawed Ascension. It has risen once again with the resurrection of Shurima's long lost emperor, AzirSquare.png Azir. The city was built around the ancient Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc.

The Tomb of the Emperors

Deep in the city lies the Tomb of the Emperors. For the last millennium it has acted as the makeshift prison of XerathSquare.png Xerath and RenektonSquare.png Renekton. It is guarded by the statue of a huge serpent. When the tomb opened the serpent came to life, impaling CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia on its fangs, its venom transforming her into a terrifying half-snake creature.[2]

Oasis of the Dawn

Shurima Crest login screen

Crest of Shurima

Described as the Mother of Life, the oasis is located near The Tomb of the Emperors. After his resurrection, AzirSquare.png Azir brought a dying SivirSquare.png Sivir here and healed her in the magical pool. This act of selflessness allowed AzirSquare.png Azir to ascend and revive his broken city.[3]

Shurima Wastes

The fallen empire has littered the dunes with ruins. A RammusSquare.png mysterious creature can be found wandering the the desert. SkarnerSquare.png 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.png Amumu rose from such a tomb; in another EzrealSquare.png Ezreal claimed an Ascendant artifact of incredible mystical power.

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.png Azir's time, but has evolved as they eke out an existence in their harsh environment [4]. Nomads such as SivirSquare.png Sivir practice tomb robbing and mercenary service. The people are also known to produce seers blessed with foresight. MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar was born with such abilities.

Shurima Army

Shuriman Army summoned by Azir after Shurima's resurrection

In ancient times the Shurima's Legacy Sun Disc produced heroes called Ascendants in times of direst threat. These were merely considered legends AzirSquare.png until recently.[5]

Military

Shurima had a standing army before it fell. When AzirSquare.png 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.[6]

History

A Dire Threat To Ancient Shurima

The Sun Disc was ancient long before the pinnacle of the Shuriman Empire.[7] NasusSquare.png Nasus and RenektonSquare.png Renekton knew of its power, and used it to ascend in order to face a dire threat from mysterious beings.[8]

Ancient Darkin Influence

AAMIR Urn

The Shuriman urn picturing the AatroxSquare.png dark figure

"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.png dark figure doing on the urn? What part did he play in this battle? I just don't get it".

Fall of the Empire

"In ancient Shurima, young emperor AzirSquare.png Azir was persuaded by XerathSquare.png Xerath, his magus, to attempt the fabled Ascension ritual – despite ancient warnings to do so only in times of direst threat."
"Azir’s hubris proved disastrous. As the Shurima'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."
"NasusSquare.png Nasus and RenektonSquare.png 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…"[10]

Descent Into the Tomb

"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.png 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.png 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.png Renekton emerges, the brother I loved and locked away, twisted beyond insanity, followed by XerathSquare.png 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

Azir OriginalSkin

Azir, the Emperor of the Sands

"As SivirSquare.png Sivir lies betrayed and bleeding, something incredible occurs.

For though she does not know it, Sivir is the last in the bloodline of AzirSquare.png 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 is resurrected, and Runterra's future is forever altered. XerathSquare.png Xerath and RenektonSquare.png Renekton have been unleashed from the Tomb of the Emperors. NasusSquare.png 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.png Cassiopeia's ambition, but it also promises a power she never imagined. AzirSquare.png Azir, Ascended ruler of a fallen civilization, envisions a new Shuriman empire, while his descendant SivirSquare.png 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.[13]

Trivia

  • The speech LissandraSquare.png Lissandra holds in the Howling Abyss mentions that Shurima had not yet been swallowed by the desert when the Frozen Watchers lived in Freljord.
  • For some Valorans 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.png Renekton and NasusSquare.png Nasus were also stories for them. [14]
  • 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.png 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.[15]
  • Although Shuriman, MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar isn't directly involved in Shurima's return. He has his hands full.[16]
  • The Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin, Nomad's Medallion item.png Nomad's Medallion and Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension are Shuriman artifacts. [17]
  • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape bears a Crest of Shurima.

Media

Shurima Crest (Ascension Game Mode) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music02:02

Shurima Crest (Ascension Game Mode) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Ascended Theme

  • Nasus glass mural
  • Sivir at the Oasis of the Dawn 1
  • Sivir at the Oasis of the Dawn 2
  • Azir before Ascending
  • Azir Ascending
  • Azir Ascended
  • Old Shurima concept art
  • Old Shurima Crest

Champions

Champion Ties
AzirSquare.png Azir, the Emperor of the Sands Birthplace; Ascended being; Emperor of Shurima
NasusSquare.png Nasus, the Curator of the Sands Birthplace; Ascended being; brother of RenektonSquare.png Renekton
RenektonSquare.png Renekton, the Butcher of the Sands Birthplace; Ascended being; NasusSquare.png Nasus's mad brother.
SivirSquare.png Sivir, the Battle Mistress Birthplace; mercenary, Sole living descendant of AzirSquare.png Azir
SkarnerSquare.png Skarner, the Crystal Vanguard Residence; guardian beneath Shurima
XerathSquare.png Xerath, the Magus Ascendant Birthplace; Ascended being; imprisoned in a sarcophagus for a millenia
RammusSquare.png Rammus, the Armordillo Travels the Shuriman desert

Associated Champions

Champion Ties
AmumuSquare.png Amumu, the Sad Mummy Awoke in an ancient Shuriman Tomb
CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia, the Serpent's Embrace Hired SivirSquare.png Sivir for a tomb raid. Was later transformed by a Shuriman curse
EzrealSquare.png Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer Ezreal's magical artifact was recovered in a Shuriman tomb
KassadinSquare.png Kassadin, the Void Walker Presumed Birthplace; leader of the Preservers
MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar, the Prophet of the Void Birthplace; Shuriman seer; leader of the Cult of the Void
AatroxSquare.png Aatrox, the Darkin Blade Aided a Shuriman warlord in ancient times

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