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Yasuo is a man of resolve, an agile swordsman who wields the wind itself to cut down his foes. But this once proud warrior has been disgraced by a false accusation and forced into a desperate fight for survival. With the world turned against him, he will do everything in his power to bring the guilty to justice and restore his honor.
Once a brilliant pupil at a renowned Ionian sword school, Yasuo was the only student in a generation to master the legendary wind technique. Many believed he was destined to become a great hero. However, his fate was changed forever when Noxus invaded. Yasuo was charged with guarding an Ionian Elder, but, foolishly believing his blade alone could make the difference, left his post to join the fray. By the time he returned, the Elder had been slain.
Disgraced, Yasuo willingly turned himself in, prepared to pay for his failure with his life. He was shocked, however, to find himself accused not just of dereliction, but of the murder itself. Though confused and racked with guilt, he knew the assassin would go unpunished if he did not act. Yasuo raised his sword against the school and fought his way free, knowing his treason would turn all of Ionia against him. Now truly alone for the first time in his life, he set out to find the Elder's real killer.
Yasuo spent the next several years wandering the land, seeking any clue that might lead him to the murderer. All the while, he was relentlessly hunted by his former allies, continually forced to fight or die. His mission drove him ever forward, until he was tracked down by the one foe he dreaded most – his own brother, Yone.
Bound by a common code of honor, the two warriors bowed and drew their swords. Silently they circled one another under the moonlight. When they finally charged forward, Yone was no match for Yasuo; with a single flash of steel he cut his brother down. Yasuo dropped his weapon and rushed to Yone's side.
Overcome with emotion, he demanded to know how his own kin could think him guilty. Yone spoke: “The Elder was killed by a wind technique. Who else could it be?” Understanding swept over Yasuo as he suddenly realized why he had been accused. He professed his innocence once more and begged his brother's forgiveness. Tears streamed down Yasuo's face as his brother passed in his arms.
The story of a sword is inked in blood.― Yasuo
"A lot of people want me dead - they call it justice. I'm the only one who knows the truth. All I have left is the wind by my side.― Yasuo
- Upon Selection
- "Death is like the wind; always by my side."
- "A sword's poor company for a long road."
- "My honor left a long time ago."
- "No-one is promised tomorrow."
- "Follow the wind, but watch your back."
- "This blade never gets any lighter."
- "Virtue is no more than a luxury."
- "The road to ruin is shorter than you think."
- "Sleep is for the guiltless."
- "Justice. That's a pretty word."
- "Hmph. One step ahead of the past."
- "A wanderer isn't always lost."
- "Just looking for a road home."
- "Never could stay in one place."
- "I will follow this path until the end."
- "Honor is in the heart, not the name."
- "I will not forget who I am."
- "This story is not yet finished."
- "Is a leaf's only purpose to fall?"
- "Hmph... dying's the easy part."
- "People keep running into my blade."
- "I'll give you the easy way out."
- "No cure for fools."
- "Kill me? You can try."
- "It's just death. Nothing serious."
- "Make it quick."
- "Don't start what I'll finish."
- "At peace with yourself? You will be."
- "Some things never dull."
- "Some mistakes you can't make twice."
- "I will not die dishonored."
- "No more running."
- "I alone decide my fate."
- "One blade, one purpose."
- "It is not yet time to die."
Yasuo tosses his flask into the air and catches it on his sword.
- "The blade above all things... except a good drink."
- "Who says I can't handle my drink?"
- "There are three certainties in life: honor, death, and hangovers."
Yasuo grabs his flask and spits alcohol into his sword.
- "There is only death... mine, or yours!"
- "If you've come to kill me... I hope you brought friends."
- "Killing people is a bad habit... but I can't seem to quit."
- Taunting an enemy Master Yi
- "Wuju? Hmph. Never heard of it."
- "Wuju? No, I wouldn't."
- "Nice... sword... boots?"
- Taunting an enemy ninja
- "Scurry back to your shadows, ninja."
- "Ninjas... I hate those guys."
- "Cute mask. Your, uh, mom sew that?"
- Taunting an enemy Riven
- "Which weighs more, Riven? Your blade, or your past?"
- "Everyone faces a reckoning, Riven."
- "You can't run from yourself, Riven... I've tried."
- "Broken sword. Broken spirit."
- Yasuo laughs.
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- Upon using Steel Tempest
- "Ton!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- "Hasag!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- "Hasagi!" (A dialect of Ancient Ionian)
- "Aseryo!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- Upon using Wind Wall
- "Choryon!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- "Face the wind!"
- "Son!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- Upon using Last Breath
- "Sorye!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- "Igei Ton!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- "Sorye Ge Ton!" (A dialect of ancient Ionian)
- "Wait, that technique... huh."
- "Huh, three swift strikes..."
- "Another wind blade?"
- "Who taught you that?"
A Sword Without a Sheath
What is a sword without the man behind it? Teaching a swordsman to kill is simple. The true challenge lies in teaching him not to kill.
When I watched my young brother Yasuo begin training, he breathed life into the blade at first touch. One heard whispers in the halls comparing him to the sword masters of old. But as he grew and his skills increased, so did his ego. He was impetuous and boastful; he ignored our master's lessons and knew nothing of patience.
Fearing my brother had strayed too far from the way, I went not to warn him, but to make an appeal to his honor. I gave him a maple seed, our school's highest lesson in humility one Yasuo seemed to have forgotten. A seed is just a seed, but given time one may come to know the beauty it holds within. Yasuo took my gift, and the following day he accepted a modest guard post. I had high hopes he would learn the patience and virtue required of a true swordsman.
It was not to be.Today, Yasuo committed an act of treason by murdering the very person he was sworn to protect. He has betrayed his nation, his friends, and himself. Were it not for my actions, I wonder if he would have been swept down this dark path. But my task is not to question; I must bear the burden of my duty. At first light tomorrow, I set out to capture a sword without a sheath: my brother Yasuo.― Yone
The Road to Ruin
Delve into Yasuo's past and uncover how he became known as the Unforgiven.
When I was a child, my brother asked me: does the wind flee, or does it follow?
For a long time, I chose to run, for death followed at my back. The people hunting me once called me their friend. Now, when they draw their blades, they call me “murderer.”
One by one, they find me.
The first was a swordsman of strength renowned throughout Ionia. When we were young, I saw him cleave a tree in two with a single swing of his blade.
But he could not cleave the wind.
The second was a warrior of speed and grace. Agile and cunning, she outran the clever foxes in the woods.
But she could not outrun the wind.
The third was a man of compassion. He taught me the meaning of patience when I was just a prideful child.
My guide. My friend.
How long can I keep going? Even the strongest wind eventually dies.But until then, I will not flee. I will follow the truth. Let the wind guide my blade and lead me to the true murderer – the one responsible for the blood on my hands.― Yasuo, the Unforgiven