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Champion Background Strategy Skins & Trivia


Skins

  • Classic Sona Skingallerybutton
    21-Sep-2010
  • Muse Sona Skingallerybutton
    975 RP (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available) / 21-Sep-2010
  • Pentakill Sona Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 21-Sep-2010
  • Silent Night Sona Skingallerybutton
    520 RP (Limited Edition) / 14-Dec-2010
  • Guqin Sona Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 10-Jan-2012
  • Arcade Sona Skingallerybutton
    1350 RP / 31-Aug-2012
  • DJ Sona (Kinetic Form) Skingallerybutton
    Part of DJ Sona (Ultimate) 3250 RP / 25-Feb-2015
  • DJ Sona (Concussive Form Skingallerybutton
    Part of DJ Sona (Ultimate) 3250 RP / 25-Feb-2015)
  • DJ Sona (Ethereal Form) Skingallerybutton
    Part of DJ Sona (Ultimate) 3250 RP / 25-Feb-2015

  • Classic Skin
  • Muse Sona
  • Pentakill Sona
  • Silent Night Sona

Trivia

Development
  • Sona is designed by Colt 'Ezreal' Hallam[1] and reworked by Miyuki 'Shurelia' Mitsuhashi.
  • Sona is voiced by Erin Fitzgerald, who also voices JannaSquare.png Janna.
  • Sona's classic splash art from the 3.02 patch was drawn by Shilin Huang.
  • The name "Sona" is derived from the Latin prefix denoting sound, "son-", attached to the Latin suffix for feminine objects, "a".
  • Sona's name in Hindi means "gold".
  • Sona's name and abilities are closely related to "sonar", which is the technique that propagates sound to navigate, detects and also communicate. Sona's abilities greatly alludes to the 'active sonar' technology, which she emits pulses (in her case, waves) of sound.
  • A "maven" is someone highly skilled in a field who wishes to teach others in said field.
  • The name of Sona's weapon, the "Etwahl", is pronounced the same as the French word "étoile", which means "star".
    • The Etwahl is likely a reference to the guzheng, a Chinese string instrument.
    • "Etwahl" is also an anagram for "wealth", symbolizing her adoptive mother's only notable quality, as well as a reminder that it's Sona's source of power.
Lore
  • Sona is a mute, yet can talk to the Summoner. She claims that only "you" can hear her and says the phrase "From my mind, to yours." This indicates the mental connection between a Summoner and their Champion, which is a recurring feature in League Judgements.
    • This phrase is similar to what is spoken in Star Trek when a Vulcan initiates a Mind Meld[2], which is, "My mind to your mind, my thoughts to your thoughts."
    • This has since not been the case, due to the fact that the specific connection with the new summoners and people known in-game as champions is no longer canon.
General
  • A power chord is a type of chord that consists of a doubled root note and the fifth. It's a key element of many styles of rock music.
  • Her appearance and the general musical theme bears certain similarity to the popular Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, just as how EzrealSquare.png Ezreal looks somewhat like Kagamine Len.
  • Each of Sona's abilities have varying ambient music, playing whenever its aura is active.
    • When Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor is the active aura, the League of Legends theme can be heard from the Etwahl.
      • Hymn is a type of song, usually alluded to religiousness. In Greek, it means "song of praises", practically equivalent to the Islamic 'Dhikr'(chant of remembrance and/or praises).
  • The term 'aria' in Aria of Perseverance is based on the Greek and Latin word 'aer', which literally means 'air'. Aria is a type of music denoting expressive melody with or without one's voice, and is usually applied in orchestral accompaniment especially in operas.
  • Sona's ultimate, Crescendo.png Crescendo, actually triggers the dance emote in addition to the stun. Crescendo means "gradually becoming louder" in Italian, it refers to the amplification of volume instead.
  • In the U.R.F game mode (available in April 2014), Sona was deemed overpowered/obnoxious, and was ultimately disabled in non-custom games.
Quotes
  • The tune of Sona's taunt has the same tune of the announcer's "Finish him!" from the Mortal Kombat series.
  • "Allegrissimo" means to play the music faster, in a very lively or cheerful way, from Italian.
  • "Brioso, Brioso!" means lively, merry, proud and high spirited, from both Italian and Spanish.
  • "Adagio" means gently, slowly or simply more graceful and leisurely in Italian.
  • The other Champion who speaks with music is Bard.
Skins
SonaSquare.png Pentakill Sona [S|L]
  • In the Chinese art for SonaSquare.png Pentakill Sona, the sparks coming from her instrument appear to spell the word 'FAME'.
  • She shares a theme with MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser, KarthusSquare.png Karthus, YorickSquare.png Yorick, and OlafSquare.png Olaf.
SonaSquare.png Muse Sona [S|L]
  • It is based on the Muses, figures from Greek mythology that were goddesses or spirits associated with music and the arts. Many performers wrote songs in dedication to the Muses.
SonaSquare.png Silent Night Sona [S|L]
  • It is a reference to the Christmas carol "Silent Night". It may also relate to the origins of the song, which was first played on a guitar.
  • If the joke command is alternated with KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw in proximity with his Reindeer skin and her using her Silent Night skin, they will both play and sing a section of 'Deck the Halls' together.
SonaSquare.png Guqin Sona [S|L]
  • It is a direct reference to the guqin, a seven-string Chinese instrument. This skin was released in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
SonaSquare.png Arcade Sona [S|L]
  • It is a reference to many '80s and early '90s video game effects.
  • The effect from Crescendo.png Crescendo is a direct reference to Dance Dance Revolution. The sequence is (↑→)(←)(↑→)(↑)(↑)(↑)
  • Arcade Sona skins basic attacks are different depending on which aura she is playing.
  • She shares this theme with BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank, HecarimSquare.png Hecarim, MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune, RivenSquare.png Riven, and VeigarSquare.png Veigar.
SonaSquare.png DJ Sona [S|L]
  • This is the first skin to be fully musicalized, down to Sona's melodic voice-over to match her Disk Jockey music: Kinetic, Concussive and Ethereal.
    • SonaSquare.png Sona has over 3 hours of sound effects, music and voice-over, making her the No.1 champion in terms sound files. All can be heard through this link.
    • As with the standard soundtrack, Sona's three soundtracks build up as the game plays-out - interacting upon using her spells for the first time. Also by changing stances and using her spells, 3 hours of sound files give her a large amount of possible music combination, making the player "the DJ for DJ Sona" with every game.
    • Upon using her ultimate the first time after she puts a point into it, the base music (with all layers applied) will change to sound fuller and more "epic." This applies to all her forms.
  • DJ Sona has three forms that you can toggle through by typing “/toggle” or pressing CTRL+5. Each form creates a unique musical experience that only she and her teammates can hear.
    • Changing her form has a 0.5 second cast time. Casting the transition, dealing damage, taking damage, or getting crowd controlled will invoke a 2 second internal cooldown for transitioning again and the cooldown starts as soon as the toggle is activated.
    • You can rebind the toggle in the Options menu. Options > Hotkeys > Communication > Toggle (second row from the bottom)
    • Sona's allies (but not her enemies) can opt-in to listening to Sona's music instead of the standard in-game soundtrack from the scoreboard. Sona has complete control of the soundtrack. Her allies do not get to choose between Kinetic, Concussive or Ethereal.
  • This is also the first skin showing Sona's legs.
  • Sona's helmet is a reference to Daft Punk.
  • Her dance is a reference to Caramelldansen.
  • In her Concussive form, SonaSquare.png Sona's cube acts very similarly to the Button Beats DubStep Cube.
  • Her joke is possibly a reference to the Fliptable Meme.
  • After using Crescendo.png Crescendo for the first time a part of the Metroid title theme can be heard in her Kinetic form.
  • A week before the skin was revealed, "Backstage Passes" were sent to the emails of some players, showing previews to one of her three different songs.

Relations

  • SonaSquare.png Sona is part of the band Pentakill (Band), along with other members MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser, KarthusSquare.png Karthus, YorickSquare.png Yorick, and OlafSquare.png Olaf. The band is reported to have been a huge success all across Valoran. Sona herself was one of the founders of the band, along with Mordekaiser as stated in The Journal of Justice.
  • In SonaSquare.png Sona's reflection during her League Judgement it is stated that her adoptive mother, Lestara Buvelle, was killed by the Etwahl.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona's first years were spent in Ionia, yet, since her adoption she has become a resident of Demacia.
  • When asked in the DJ Sona Q&A what "Pentakill" thought of DJ Sona, Riot Ve1vet stated that Sona was just branching out, and that she still loves her bandmates.
    • There was originally a promotional concept where the members of Pentakill were mad at Sona for leaving the band to "go collaborate with other big name artists."

Media

Related Themes
DJ Sona League Of Legends Login Screen With Music11:13

DJ Sona League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Login screen

DJ Sona’s Ultimate Concert01:40

DJ Sona’s Ultimate Concert

Trailer

Arcade PRESS START01:32

Arcade PRESS START

Arcade Sona

References

  1. Shurelia, you designed Sona?. Retrieved on 2013-05-20. “Sona was designed by Ezreal.”
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_%28Star_Trek%29#Mind_melds

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