There are thirteen main territories established in League of Legends, and one of the most mysterious and magical is Ionia. It has a long and exciting history, having featured many of our favorite characters around the world. Although the locals are a peaceful and thoughtful people, Ionia has been embroiled in three wars so far, and most expect someone far more dangerous to challenge the peace again soon.

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This list hopes to provide a little more history about Ionia and shed some light on the mystical happenings of this seemingly peaceful land.

8 Ionia is one of the first lands of Runeterra

During the formation of Runeterra (the physical world of the League of Legends universe), continents rose from the sea and fractured to form the contemporary regions known today. Ionia was among the first regions to harbor deadly civilizations. Until then it was only demons and primordial beings who roamed land and water.

The archipelago of islands has since been known as the First Lands, and humans lived there in balanced peace with their surroundings. Due to this balance, the veil between the physical and spiritual realms has thinned, giving these lands a vast wealth of magic.

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seven Responses to the Noxian invasion divided the nationLeague Of Legends Ionia Invasion Noxus Battlefield Smoke Landscape Attack War

As a place of peace and tranquility, Ionia was targeted for its “weakness”, as well as its magical artifacts, and General Darkwill sent Jericho Swain storms the island. The inhabitants of the First Lands are not bloodthirsty by nature and thus quickly fell to the Noxian soldiers. Village after village was decimated, and it would have continued on all the islands were it not for a few intrepid ones who insisted on fighting back.

Originally a member of the Kinkou Order, Zed founded the Order of Shadows to repel invaders. He took dangerous shadow magic to grow stronger, and can be quoted saying “Balance is the king of fools” in reference to those who opposed the fightback. When the hordes reached the village where Darha Karma lived she made a difficult decision, going against all the voices of peaceful leaders in his head. Using her unlimited powers, the avatar of Ionia easily defeated the Noxians and betrayed the teachings of her own religion. Irelia led the initial resistance and has since come to hate pacifists who won’t fight to protect their homes.

Ionia lost all balance, with individuals arguing over whether they should have fought or preserved their pacifism and died as they had lived.

6 Swain lost to a 14 year old girlLeague of Legends Swain Champion Art

In Navori, the spiritual center of Ionia exists in the form of a beautiful city known as Placidium. Here are the greatest collections of mystical teachings and spiritual enlightenment, and the area is often full of scholars and theists. Of course, the Noxian armies flocked there, hoping take the innocent villagers captive and use them as bait.

Among those captured were a small group of resistance fighters, led by a child Irelia. She had found his family massacred and his house being ransacked. Her family’s seal was broken on the ground and, drawing on Ionia’s magic, she used the shards and her dance moves to destroy those around her.

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The Ionian avengers encountered the vast battalion and a great fight ensued. Swain is a legendary leader and fighter, arrogant in his assured victory against farmers and a child. But Irelia’s grief fueled her blades and severed the general’s left hand. The Placidium was defended and Irelia joined Karma on the Ionian council as elders, both wearing a cloak of decorum.

5 The Vastaya originate from IoniaLeague Of Legends Vastaya Art Pig Lizard Equine Cattle Centered

Early in recorded mortal history, the Titans fell from the sky to the First Lands. These are similar to those depicted in Greek mythology, higher than mountains and resembling the shapes of nature; stone, air, water, lightning, etc. To save their small tribes, some of the most capable humans have crossed the thin barrier between the spiritual realm and the physical realm, merging to become magical, shape-shifting demigods, the Vastayashai’rei. They were able to use the natural world as a weapon and defeated the Titans, crumbling them into the remnants we see of them now.

For once, these demigods were quite relaxed and living happily among their own once again, even continuing to have children. These descendants are of human and Vastayashai’rei descent, and still exist today as Vastaya. Their the magic is significantly watered down of their divine lineage, but they retain a deep connection to nature, abnormally long lifespans, and characteristics of nearby animals. Some tribes split early, and all Vastaya look like a certain family of fauna, like nami in the sea, and Neeko as a chameleon in the jungle.

4 Reincarnation exists, in a wayLeague Of Legends Karma Art

In fact, there are religions that believe in reincarnation of the soul and multiple cycles of life and death. Karma as the value of a soul’s worth also exists in Hinduism, and League of Legends borrowed both concepts to create this embodiment of karma. For the first decade of her life, each lifetime, she lives quite normally and unaware of her responsibility. The Monks of the Lasting Altar travel across Ionia to find their Karma for each reincarnation. She is ancient, timeless, and has accumulated the wisdom of many lifetimes with which she guides her people.

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The voices of each pacifist host advise in the spirit of Darha Karma, providing their own experiences, empowering current Karma to make difficult decisions. During the Noxian invasion, she stood against every voice in her head and fought back. The monks of his order are now beginning to wonder who Darha is and if his motives align with those they had revered for centuries.

Her guilt for not acting sooner during the invasion prompted her to ruin herself during Viego’s quest to bring Isolde back.

3 Kashuri benefactor funds serial killerLeague Of Legends Dark Star Jhin Skin

The island of Zhyun in the Ionia archipelago is known for the coastal town of Kashuri, where fine weapons are made. Their products once conformed to the simplistic and harmonic ideals of Ionia, but when the invasion occurred, Kashuri increased their complexity, attempting to recreate the hextech weapons developed at Piltover.

Jhin’s “antics” were felt throughout Zhyun, and he was soon dubbed the golden demon. His innocent victims were often left posing in dramatic theatrical recreations. Many people were sent to find him, but it wasn’t until Kinkou’s order was persuaded that Khada Jhin was finally arrested. His weapon was alien and strange, like an Ionian hextech item, but imbued with powerful magic.

Jhin was still imprisoned during the war, but someone from Kashuri with a lot of influence in the ionian council freed him when it was all over. He was re-equipped with new weapons and armor, courtesy of Kashuri’s Armory, and let into the world. For what purpose no one is sure.


2 Ivern felled the divine willowLeague Of Legends Ivern Holding Wolf Soldier Pups

We all know Ivern; the lanky green friend of all, good at creating hedges and has a great rock friend named Daisy. But did you know Ivern was once a bloodthirsty Frejlordian warlord? As a worshiper of Volibear, Ivern the Cruel led a crusade against Lissandra and her witch sisters. When that failed, he took a troop to Ionia to find the power to defeat his enemies, slaying all who stood in his way. This includes guardians of the Heart of the World, Omikayalan, where the Vastaya protected the god Willow. Anyone else could think of destroying such a thing, but not Ivern!

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Slaying him with his hatchet, magic invaded Ivern and destroyed his very essence. Floating like a lost consciousness, he saw the cycle of life accelerate, as well as the decay of all things. He was transfixed by the beauty of life and felt compelled to protect it at all costs.

1 Syndra is the Angsty OG teenWithered Roseskin Syndra from League Of Legends

Now Vex may seem like the epitome of teenage angst and unpredictable emotion, but Syndra is definitely here. manifesting his frustration like balls of power. As a child, she was bullied by her brother and generally excluded from childish activities. She spent her time sitting under a Spirit Tree, confiding her problems to it and being a little magical. When his brother and his friends found out his best friend was a tree… well, children are cruel. Crying and embarrassed, Syndra inadvertently solidified her feelings and threw them at the bullies.

She was later exiled for standing up for herself and sent to a mentor on the small island of Fae’lor. When, after years of training, she discovered her teacher tied her magic slowly she collapsed a temple on both of them, trapping her, where her isolation turned into fury at the world that let her down.

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