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General

Development

  • Sona is based on Latin sonus (> French son> English sound) plus feminine suffix -a.
    • Her title Maven (Hebrew מֵבִין mevin "he understands", מבינה mevinah "she understands", from Semitic root b-y-n "to separate, to discern"[1]) references her musical skill with her Etwahl.
      • Her instrument's name is based on & pronounced the same as French étoile [etʷal], cognate with English "star".
        • Etwahl's shape is based on the Chinese Guzheng;
  • Sona was targeted by JhinSquare Deadeye (together with ZedSquare Zed, GarenSquare Garen, and ViSquare Vi)

Lore

  • Sona is mute, yet can talk to others and Summoners/players via telepathy.
  • Sona was born and spent her childhood and adolescence in Ionia before moving to Demacia after Lestara Buvelle adopted her.
    • Her Power Chord Etwhal may or may not be possessed by an entity of the spirit world seeing as in Ionia the veil separating both planes is at its thinnest there compared to the rest of Runeterra.

Quotes

  • "From my mind, to yours" might be referencing the Vulcan mind meld from Star Trek.
  • "Allegrissimo" is Italian for 'play the music faster in a very lively or cheerful way'.
  • "Brioso, Brioso!" is Italian and Spanish for 'lively'/'merry'/'proud'/'high spirited'.
  • "Adagio" is Italian for 'gently/'slowly'/'more graceful'/'leisurely'.
  • The tune from Sona's taunt references Finish Him/Her! from Mortal Kombat.

Skins

SonaSquare Pentakill Sona [S|L]
SonaSquare Muse Sona [S|L]
SonaSquare Silent Night Sona [S|L]
SonaSquare Guqin Sona [S|L]
SonaSquare Arcade Sona [S|L]
SonaSquare DJ Sona [S|L]
  • She is the first to be fully music-based, the second being BardSquare Bard.
    • She doesn't speak at all like in Classic.
  • She has a combined over three hours of sound effects, music, and 'voiceover', making her the champion with the most sound files.
    • They call all be heard here.
  • She has three toggleable ('/toggle' or Ctrl + 5 by default, second row from the bottom in Options > Hotkeys > Communication > Toggle to rebind) forms (Kinetic, Concussive, Ethereal)
    • Changing forms a 0.5 seconds cast time and a 2 seconds global cooldown (this also triggers while in combat)
      • Each one has a 'theme' that is played in layers as the game progresses.
        • The layers played will be added to all songs depending on what basic ability is used for the first time and also which level of ultimate has been used for the first time, the latter also affecting the theme structure.
  • Sona's teammates can opt in to listen her soundtrack from the scoreboard (icon to the left of her portrait)
    • They cannot choose which 'theme' since that is dependent of the form Sona chooses.
  • Using Crescendo Crescendo for the first time as soon as an ultimate level is unlocked will upgrade the theme structure of all forms. Using the level 1 ultimate will permanently apply all basic layers, allowing the basic abilities to add new ones. Using the level 2 ultimate will allow the song reach its climax, becoming the regular version of the songs. Using the level 3 ultimate will trigger a more dynamic and intense version of the regular songs.
    • If Crescendo Crescendo is used for the first time while in Kinetic form a fragment of the Metroid theme will play.
  • DJ is the first skin in which Sona's legs can be actually seen.
SonaSquare Sweetheart Sona [S|L]

Relations

  • SwainSquare Swain has described Sona's performances with the statement "Her melody moves the soul, her silence sunders the body."
  • MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser embarked on a metal-fueled journey to recruit KarthusSquare Karthus, YorickSquare Yorick, Sona, and OlafSquare Olaf in order to form Pentakill so they would Smite Smite and Ignite Ignite the whole of Runeterra with their music.[2]
    • Sona didn't leave the band to become a DJ, she is simply branching out.[3][4]
  • JhinSquare Jhin sees Sona as a rival performance-wise, stating that his form of art leaves longer, more lasting imprints.

References