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The Yordle known as HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger

A Yordle are a race of spirits who generally take an appearance of mammalian bipedals. They mostly reside in mystical place known as Bandle City, though some of them have ventured out to live in numerous locations around Runeterra.

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History

Gnar Family

Cave drawing of a prehistoric Yordle family

Gnar in a Battle

Prehistoric predator of the Yordles

The origin of this race on Runeterra is unknown but most would agree that Yordles resided on Valoran during its Pre-Historic times. At that time they were a nomadic race, travelling from one part of Valoran to the other. Records show they had presence in Ancient Freljord. They lived in tight neat family groups as well as near early humans. Because of their small stature, they were mostly prey for many animals. During prehistoric times they had tails and front canine teeth.

Overtime as human civilizations advanced, so did yordles appearances and capabilities. To easily blend in human areas, yordles at one point started using an ability called "Glamour", which gave them the appearance of a small stature humans.

To this day, most yordles stay inside the mystical place known as Bandle City, only venturing out on rare occasions. There are numerous gateways across Runeterra that yordles, and others more knowledgeable and perceptive, are able to use to get to in and out of Bandle City.


Physiology

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TristanaSquare Tristana, a female Yordle

What differentiates yordles from other spirits is that their physiology is more consistent between its members.

Yordles are sexually dimorphic and much shorter than humans; both sexes rarely exceed 1 meter tall, with most averaging around 0.8 meters. Their skin texture ranges from being completely smooth, to very lightly covered in fur, to ultimately being significantly furry. Their hands have four digits while their feet differ greatly depending on the individual (from four to two digit feet). Their skin tone runs a much broader spectrum of colors than their human counterparts; some consider this to be a sign of the yordles’ attunement to Runeterra’s magical nature; though scientists agree that this evolutionary trait is used by male Yordles (which tend to be furry ) to attract females of their species (which tend to be smooth skinned and/or lightly covered with fur).[1] Their large eyes feature a large, circular iris with a vertically oval pupil, and they generally have inferior vision in the normal spectrum of light than humans. Yordles nevertheless have much better hearing, due to their large fox-like ears and are able to see into the infrared spectrum of light, whereas humans cannot. Furthermore, they are commonly characterized by their dependence on language, as well as their creation and utilization of complex tools.

Yordles have exceptionally longer life spans than the average human, this is partially due to the innate magic within all yordles. PoppySquare Poppy was already alive and independent when Demacia was a new, fledgling nation.

The yordle race have shown the possibility to be amphibious, such example would be FizzSquare Fizz [2]

All yordles have the ability to use Glamour, a visual transmogrification charm that changes their appearance. This charm works so long as the yordle controls its mental state. However, some humans are able to break this charm due to their more perceptive nature.

Culture

The Yordle race have innate magic within them which helps them achieve extraordinary things usually impossible for someone of their stature. Also, they require far more social interaction with their own kind than humans do. They generally are a peaceful and amicable race, often marked with streaks of joviality and light prankishness; their moral compass is most often pointed toward goodness and benevolence. Their desire for social interaction drives them toward this ethos, as the mental health of a yordle is very much dependent on the positive company he or she keeps. This does not mean, however, that they are incapable of cruelty and evil. In fact, a yordle who is kept in isolation for too long – especially from contact with other yordles – runs the risk of becoming withdrawn and sullen. Some who already are centered more toward malevolence will become exceedingly so in due course. These yordles will often twist their desire for social interaction into a desire to seek out others to inflict pain and suffering upon them, one extreme example being VeigarSquare Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil. Yordles are attracted to Runeterra cultures and enjoy manifesting around certain human ideals.

Trivia

  • Yordles were previously divided into Yordles and Meglings. The yordles were often seen furry in appearance, while the Meglings had blue skin. Since the "Yordle Unification Pass" development project, both sides of the same race have been unified to share similar features.
  • While originally envisioned as a human child AmumuSquare Amumu has been described as a Yordle for most of his presence in the game. His current state is left intentionally ambiguous, with characters in his lore commenting on the possibility of him being a yordle while others scoff at the idea.
    • AmumuSquare Amumu might have been the first and the last Yordle emperor of Ancient Shurima.
    • Yordles have been shown to use a visual transmorgrification charm to look human, which may have a role in the ambiguity of his identity. [3]
  • According to a recognition scan made by Vel'KozSquare Vel'Koz, a Yordle's physiology appears to be "99% fur, 1% glee.”
  • The origin of the word "Yordle" came from a dream that Paul “Pabro” Bellezza had. He had a dream about Yoda and Yaddle from Star Wars, and woke up saying "Yordles." [4]
  • Most yordles are listed as rivals to Tahm KenchSquare Tahm Kench on Riot's official site.
  • All Yordles have encountered Tahm KenchSquare Tahm Kench at various times. This is because of their races specific nature that makes them more perceptible to inner demons when socially outcast. When not, they are hard to be manipulated, which is why almost all Yordles are seen by this demon as rivals.[5]
  • Some say Yordles know secret ways through Runeterra others cannot perceive.
  • XayahSquare Xayah seems to hint that Yordles are related to the Vastaya, or that humans mistakenly label them as Vastayan.
  • HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger, RumbleSquare Rumble and ZiggsSquare Ziggs are credited for the creation of Aatrox MechaCircle Mecha Aatrox [S|L], Malphite MechaCircle Mecha Malphite [S|L] and Sion MechaZeroCircle Mecha Zero Sion [S|L].
  • In the comic 'Ziggs & Jinx: Paint the Town', it is known that:
    • Yordles are often feared, hunted, and eliminated all across Runeterra.
    • ZiggsSquare Ziggs is recognized as a Noxian weapon.

Yordle Unification Pass

By Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino

"A while back we stated the Yordle Unification Pass of 2014 (The Y.U.P.). This kicked off with HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger. He followed some unintentional design decisions from ZiggsSquare Ziggs and LuluSquare Lulu. However, at the same time we sat down to do some comparisons of Yordles as a whole and are touching here and there upon a Yordle style guide of sorts. We haven't been able to yet to write in stone any hard and fast rules, but we have gotten general aspects decided upon. Such as Yordles needing actual ANATOMY, not just being potatoes with huge heads. Another touching on how we possibly want to explain the furry/non-furry aspects of some Yordles versus others. We're still scratching our heads on the finer points of that, but we've got the informal ideas settled.

Either way, as we crunch along, you'll see Yordles becoming more coherent as a race, at least from a visual side of things where the Champion Update team is concerned. There are also larger discussions about background and other narrative stuff, but we deal mostly with visuals obviously. As we crank through these characters you'll see some consistency emerge. We have a couple that are in our sites currently which will be touched on in due time!"

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