Malzahar, the prophet of the void, has been planning for a while. No one save himself is aware of the depths and power of the void. Even his nemesis, Kassadin, has no knowledge of his plans. Using sinister magic, the prophet has influenced those born gifted with magical talent. Through countless trial and error tests, leaving thousands of dead bodies in its wake, he created the first of a new generation. A child born of the void yet conceived by conventional means to Runeterra. He had infected Xerxes' mother with a terrible plague. The dark curse only progressed the further along she got in her pregnancy. She developed dark visions of the void, was tortured by nightmares and sinister whispers. The poor woman ended up dying in childbirth, but the child itself was unharmed. It was immediately known that the boy was not ordinary. His eyes glowed bright, akin to the prophet's own and traces of strange energy streaked across his body, seemingly at random. Whisking the child from his father, Malzahar stole him into the void where Xerxes was trained and grew up. Only a few days later did Malzahar return, a new apprentice at his side. Time in the void warped enough to allow for him to be raised and trained over the course of but a few days in Runeterran's time. The teen doesn't speak to anyone save Malzahar, though as of late he has been branching out -- learning the details of the world. It is unclear as to his motivations, or the dark prophet's. One can only assume it will be revealed in time... and hope it will not be too late.