Hi (I'd do the fancy insert your user name thing here but I don't know how to), and thanks for reading on my first published champion concept.
I wasn't going to publish this until I'd drawn a few concept art for this guy, but I realised the concept art can probably come later. He's supposed to be a ghost samurai with no visible body but a floating robe and armor parts with a burning (in blue flames) Japanese mask, wielding two burning spiritual katanas and and have two burning sheaths down the left side of his hip.
Feel free to comment / suggest changes. If I get good enough feedbacks I'll probably publish this onto the official champion concept board.
Oh and just a note: his name: Nataka Ishimata is Tamashii Katana (Japanese: Spirit Blade) backwards... and that's really all there is to it. If you want to read his lore it's down below his skills and stats.
Ishimata's abilities do not have costs to them, but Ishimata uses Spirit as an ability mechanic. Ishimata is able to regenerate his Spirit through using basic abilities, killing monsters, gaining assists and killing champions. Spirit can be consumed to empower his regular abilities through the use of his ultimate ability. He can have up to 8 Spirit points at any given point in time, and different abilities regenerate/consume different amounts of Spirit.
Valoran was once nearly one whole empire. This empire owed much of its legacy to one warrior swordsman so great, that it was said he had reached the epitome of swordsmanship and could never be defeated. Legends speak that he was equal a thousand armies put together - and through his uprising, his homeland turned into one of the strongest empires the world had seen.
On the eve of the empire's largest battle, however, this great warrior vanished. The disappearance of their champion had costed the empire dearly, and what was once the undefeated army, what was once the only empire to unite Valoran, crumbled into dust. History marks the great warrior a traitor. The broken empire lost its name through time.
The story no one told, however, was that he in fact, did not disappear, but was spirited away through unknown means by the demon known as the Chain Warden.
In the realm where history is not written and time seems to stop flowing, the great warrior's soul was tormented day and night endlessly. To him, it seemed like it was a thousand, perhaps a few thousand, perhaps tens of thousands - eternities passed. The great warrior's soul, however, continued to endure. It was after enduring all the endless torment that one fateful night, the great warrior had found the chance to escape from his prison when the Warden was distracted by two exorcists (Lucian and Senna).
The only thought that allowed him to endure through the ages of torment is the need to return to the battlefield he was torn away from, but what he returned to was a different world.
With no empire to serve now, at least he will restore glory to what's left of it by proving that the greatest swordsman ever to grace Runeterra is no traitor, but a legend immortal.
A bit more trivial lore:
He was supposed to go up against Aatrox's army before he got spirited away. Of course, he doesn't know.